November 30, 2015 Rotogram: 19

MSU Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems

Roger King is the director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University. Joe Thompson will introduce him.

Next Week: Rotary Youth Exchange

Our current Rotary Youth Exchange student, Benedetta Trentarossi from Milan, Italy, will tell us of her country and her experiences here. Grant Arinder will introduce her.

For the Record—November 23

Invocation and pledge:          Peggy Buckley

Attendance:                                        62.0%

Present — 88 (31 exempt)

Absent — 93 (26 exempt, 12 honorary)

Makeups reported: Gary Jackson in Winona, Frank Chiles in West Point and Carey Hardin in Eupora

Guests: Visiting Rotarian was Jimmy McCluskey. Member guest was Molly Jackson of Katherine Little. Guest of the club was Alex Onken, Starkville Daily News.  

Meeting Notes

  • President Zach welcomed Mike Kunkle as a new member.
  • He called for prayers of support for Christina Lucas and her mother who suffered a stroke.

Christmas Bell Ringing

Rotarians will ring the Salvation Army Christmas bell from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. twice during the season.

  • Thurs., Dec. 3 — Walmart both entrances
  • Sat., Dec. 19 — Kroger

Rodeo Sponsors Needed

The annual Rotary Classic Rodeo in February is our major fund raising event. Underwriters account for the majority of our earnings.

Members need to be recruiting sponsors for the event. Let the Rodeo Committee know of any prospects.

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Excellence in Education

November’s Outstanding Teacher LaSonya Ferguson, East Oktibbeha Elementary School kindergarten, introduces her top students Trevon Sherman and Alyza Murray to Cory Lucius.



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Member Induction

Heath Barrett conducted the induction ceremony for new members, from left, Gathian Wells, Garrett Whitehurst, Nancy Lifer, Jackie Bowman, Jay Hines, Robyn Havard, Ben Carver, Hayden Carr, Mary Jane Runnels, Seth Pounds, Shawn Mauldin and Kyle Jordan.

Nominees for Next Year’s Leadership

Candidates for club leadership will be presented on Dec. 7 by the nominating committee of past-presidents Debra Hicks, Brent Fountain and Michelle Amos. We will vote on Dec. 14.

Starkville Christmas Parade is Tonight

With the theme A Star Spangled Christmas, the annual city Christmas parade hits Main Street tonight at 6:00. The celebration culminates with Santa’s arrival on the float prepared by new Rotarians led by Hank Williams.

Between the Lions



Reading Schedule

  • 12/1, 10:30, First Baptist CLC  Reader needed
  • 12/7, 9:00, First Presbyterian   Sarah Fratesi
  • 12/3, 9:15, Emerson  Warren Housley


Thanksgiving—A Distinctively American Holiday

November 23 — “We, like the Pilgrims, have a choice,” said Rotarian Martin Lifer, pastor of Starkville First Presbyterian Church. “In life, there are many who will complain all the time. Then, there are others who will have an attitude of gratitude, thankfulness, grace, giving and sharing.”

Employing a seasonal quiz, he led a focus on Thanksgiving fact or fiction first explaining the American holiday has not always been on November’s fourth Thursday.

In 1863 in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared a day of thanksgiving on the final Thursday of November. That schedule was followed until the 1930s when commercial interests pressured President Franklin Roosevelt to move it to the fourth Thursday to begin the Christmas commercial season earlier. Following a few years of confusion and debate, the date became formalized by Congressional action.

Before 1863, there had been a number of days of thanksgiving related to specific events including war successes and the Constitution.

Other interesting Thanksgiving facts include:

  • Following a disastrous winter and summer relief, the iconic celebration occurred on Dec. 13, 1621, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth “gave thanks to God for His provision, helping them to find 20 acres of cleared land and that the Indians were not hostile.”
  • Ben Franklin thought the turkey should be our national bird.
  • Although the NFL’s first Thanksgiving game was in 1934, collegiate games began in 1876 with the Intercollegiate Football Club’s first championship.
  • Macy’s was not the first Thanksgiving parade; Gimbel’s started in the 1920s. The 1946 movie Miracle on 34th Street actually sealed it by using Macy’s parade film footage.
  • Native Americans used cranberries for food and medicinal purposes.
  • In 2007, two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World after President Bush pardoned May and Flower.


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