October 12, 2009 Rotogram


Our guest speaker is Janie Cirlot-New, director of Mississippi State University’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability.


    Sharon Fanning, entering her 15th season as head coach of Mississippi State’s women’s basketball program, will preview the upcoming season that features 16 home games.

SEPT. 28

Invocation and Pledge: Rex Buffington
Attendance: There were 117 members (33 exempt) present and 78 (17 exempt, 11 honorary) absent.
Guests and visitors: Visiting Rotarian was Bill Walker of Columbus. Member’s guests were Carole Gaston of Debbie Nettles, K.C. Morrison of Ed Clynch and Ricardo Inzunza of Marshall Molen. Guests of the Club were Francesca Scaravelli and Kasper Eriksen, Youth Exchange Students, Jarred Renau, outbound Rotary Cultural Exchange Ambassador, and Paul Sims, Starkville Daily News.
Farewell, Betty: President Martha recognized Betty Black for her service to the club as assistant secretary last year and secretary this year. Betty and Mike are returning to new business opportunities in Tupelo.
Farewell, Jarred: Jarred Reneau left on Oct. 5 for Japan, where he will study the Japanese language and represent our club and District 6820 as one of this year’s Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholars. He spoke briefly to thank the club for sponsoring him for the international program and said he would be posting reports of his experiences regularly on his blog (www.reneau.blogspot.com).
Farewell, Chester: Martha also announced that Chester McKee has been made a Lifetime Honorary Member of our club recognizing his long years of service to the club, the university and the community. Chester, a Rotarian since 1959, had planned to attend Monday as his last meeting. Since he was unable to make it, Martha planned to deliver the honorary membership certificate to him. He and Barbara are moving to Colorado to be near family.
Namebadge reward: Bricklee Miller announced the weekend celebration of the Mississippi Horse Park’s 10th anniversary and gave T-shirts and tickets for admission and rides to a half dozen Rotarians who were wearing their badges and whose numbers were drawn by Francesca and Kasper, our RYE students.


Larry Otis, former Tupelo mayor, has been proposed by Jack Forbus and approved by the Membership Committee. A Rotarian for 20 years in the Tupelo Club, he is requesting Senior Active status. His classification is Management and Administration.


At our final September meeting, Bill Boykin of Greenville, district water project chair, introduced the Club to the Ngusishi River service project.
He and District Governor Chuck Jordan are challenging the district’s 44 clubs to commit $100 per member per year to ensure a safe water supply for a Kenyan community of more than 6,000 people.
In May 1998, the Ngusishi River Water Users Association was born out of the fact that people upstream with access to the water use it excessively and wastefully, while people downstream must walk five to seven miles just to retrieve their daily water. Drought and a growing population have created a desperate situation in this area.
In lieu of a full report of the program, the Rotogram will highlight features of the project over the next several weeks.


The first annual Starkville Rotary Club Golf Classic was judged an overwhelming success by the 13 teams that competed on a course that was in remarkably good condition in spite of more than 3 inches of rain within the previous 24 hours.
Cloudy skies and pleasant temperatures made up for the fact that golfers got in some extra walking since carts had to stay on the paved pathways. Good exercise! Golfers teed off promptly at 1 p.m. and the last teams to finish checked in at 5:45, in time for most of the evening’s social hour.

Cooking up some fine steaks and chicken are, from left, Larry Mullins, J.C. Patton, Bobby Crosland, Fall Social chair, and Jeff Read

Gordon Eastman’s foursome of Terry Doss,  Mike Mosby, and Roger Bentick-Smith won the $400 top prize. Just two strokes behind to take second place ($200) was the team of Matt Bedwell, Chuck Alderman, Sean Bishop, and Robert Tranumm.
Rotarians did themselves proud, too. President Martha led her team of  Rotarians Olin McBride and Chuck Rivenburgh, plus Mark Duncan to win the second flight. Close behind for second place in that flight was VP Tommy Tomlinson’s team. Tommy’s  teammates were Bobby Hooks, Jon Boydston, and Wayne Bland.
Other prize winners: Steve Clark, closest to the pin on Hole #5; Mark Duncan, closest to pin on #16;  Guy Davenport, longest drive on #7; and Bailey Howell, longest drive on #11.
Final tally on what the classic netted for the Soar Program will be announced as soon as its available.
Thanks to Bill Ford and his golf committee, as well as to all who sponsored holes and to those who played in our first annual golf classic.


The Oct. 5 Fall Social was a perfect ending to a great Rotary day. The steaks (and chicken for those who requested it) were done to perfection.
Peggy Buckley offered the invocation and led the pledge of allegiance to open the meeting .
Martha Wells presided and welcomed Rotarians and their guests (spouses). She  introduced our two Rotary Youth Exchange students, Francesca Scaravelli (Italy) and Kasper Eriksen (Denmark). Kasper played in the golf tournament on the team of Rotarians Steve Taylor and Bill Ford.
Roy Ruby’s absolutely nothing to do with Rotary minute got the audience in a good frame of mind for the highlight of the evening – the live auction of three outstanding items donated by Rotarians.
Tommy Prentice was the appointed auctioneer for the live auction and his byplay with Roy Ruby, J.C. Patton, and Janet and Larry Mullins was as entertaining as any performer we could have booked.
A week’s stay in a condo in Whistler, British Columbia, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics (donated by Martha and Graham Wells), went to Janet Mullins (Larry wasn’t bidding!).  A beautiful framed print by the late Rotarian Tom Jones went to Joe and Emilee Thompson. An original watercolor by Catherine Jones, daughter of Shelton and Ginger, was purchased by J.C. Patton.
The silent auction was a smashing success. Melanie Mitchell was sweating bullets on Friday with only a handful of items. Then thanks to her email and Larry Mullins’ email challenge to the membership, she found herself scrambling to fit everything in Monday evening.
The two auctions netted $3,698 for the district water project in Kenya.

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