November 8, 2010 Rotogram

Former long-time Starkville resident Bill Nettles served in post-WW II  occupation forces in both Germany and Japan.  We welcome him today to share some of those memorable experiences.

Next Monday, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman will be our guest to give us his annual report on current issues of importance to our city.


Invocation and Pledge: J.C. Patton.
Attendance: Only 104 of our 191 members were present (61 actives and 43 exempt). Absent were 59 active, 12 honorary, and 16 exempt members.
Visitors and Guests:  Visiting Rotarian was Jim McCluskey of Waco, Texas. Member guests included  Andrew Grandfield of Jack Forbus, Ann Bailey of Kim Richardson, Bart Harris of Larry Mullins, Bob Marshall of Frank Chiles, and Guy Hargrove of Nancy. Club guests were Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jessie Hsu, and Danny Smith Starkville Daily News.
Meeting Notes: President Tommy reported that Omis Avant has enrolled in the School for the Blind in Jackson and will be on leave for 6 months. Continue to keep Omis in your prayers.
Meetings held following Rotary included the Membership/Classification Committee and the Board of Directors.

Nancy Hargrove announced that a special program of music from World War II will be held Thursday evening at Starkville High School.
The Veteran’s Day program will feature the SHS Andrews Sisters plus Seven (10 members from the SHS Choir), tenor Guy Hargrove, and the SHS Jazz Band. The program, co-sponsored by Starkville Reads, will start at 7 p.m.  Nov. 11 in the SHS Auditorium.  Admission is free.

      Two new members, approved by the Mem-bership/Classification Committee and Board,  are published for review by members.
      Bart Harris, who is with Mississippi Land Bank, is proposed by Larry Mullins and assigned the active classification Banking.
Andrew Grandfield, a sales consultant with Harvey Dallas, is proposed by Jack Forbus and assigned the active classificationSales.
If there are no objections filed with the Board by Monday, Nov. 15, the two will be considered elected to membership.

Tues. Nov 9, 9:30 a.m. –   Brent Fountain ,  First  Presbyterian

Wed, Nov.10, 9:45 a.m. –  Judy Couey,  Emerson  School

Nov. 11, Veterans Day   – Head Start and Brickfire  Day Care Centers will be closed.

      When the MSU Women’s Basketball team opens its season Friday afternoon, there won’t be many familiar names on the roster. Just three players from last year’s Sweet Sixteen team are returning – sharp shooting senior guard Mary Kathryn Govero, junior Danielle Rector, and point guard Diamber Johnson.
Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis is optimistic, however, because she’s added a group of freshmen and junior college transfers that are highly skilled and who have proven they know how to win. The key to the success of this year’s Lady Dawgs will be how well the coaching staff can meld them into a winning team.
With her usual good humor, energy, and enthusiasm Coach Sharon offered Rotarians “a chance of a lifetime. Next Friday afternoon at 4:00 you can go to the Hump and see the Lady Bulldogs season opener. You can stay and at 7:00 see the men’s team play Tennessee State. Then the next day you can go to Tuscaloosa and see the Bulldogs beat Alabama in football. Now isn’t that a chance of a lifetime!”
The coach admitted that losing four of the five starters and eight lettermen from last year’s team means there will be a lot of changes. But she’s really high on her new players – four freshmen and six junior college transfers.
“These ladies come from championship programs in junior college and high schools. They have a good knowledge of the game, are highly skilled, and know how to win.” She says this year they’ll have more height and more depth than any recent team.
Three of the new Bulldogs transferred from Jefferson College where they won their league championship the last two years. They include Porsha Porter, Ashley Brown, and Elyssia Dunn. Porsha Porter is very intense and quick –  a strong defensive player.  The coach expects Brown and Dunn to rotate into the 3 or 4 positions.
Judy Tabala is a 6-5 center from the Congo who transferred from Trinity Valley Community College. “Judy is a lot like Chanel (Mokango), perhaps a bit stronger, but not as quick.”  She’ll probably start at center.
The other 6-5 center is Catina Belt who transferred from Kentucky and was red-shirted last season. She’ll be eligible when conference play starts in January.
Carnecia Williams, a 6-3 freshman from Memphis adds depth at both forward and center positions but she’s currently recovering from a finger injury.
Senior Mary Kathryn Govero (M-Kat) and Junior Diamber Johnson are expected to provide experienced leadershop on the court.
The Lady Bulldogs have been busy in recent weeks, both on and off the court. To promote teamwork and trust, the ladies all went through the rugged rope course at Camp Seminole.
Coach Fanning-Otis said they had an enjoyable Halloween Party last week and “we had an etiquette dinner last Friday. I want them to know how to act properly when we’re invited to the White House after winning the championship,” she quipped.
She expressed her appreciation for the new Lady Bulldog locker room, the  new Templeton Academic Center, and the new practice facility that’s expected to be completed in April.
Fan support is of major importance. “Come and see us play. Join the Lady Bulldog Booster Club. Your enthusiasm and support make the difference,” she concluded.
She then answered several questions, then ended with her quiz for Rotarians. First to answer the two questions and win T-shirts were O.A. Cleveland and Martha Wells.
Coach Fanning-Otis is starting her 35th year in coaching, her 16th as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs. Her lifetime coaching record stands at 556-412 and her MSU record is 233-186.

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