October 27, 2014 Rotogram: 14

High School Football Championship

Todd Kelly, Mississippi High School Activities Association director of Development and Communications, discusses this year’s football championship games at MSU. Heath Barret introduces him.

Next Week: Speech/Essay Contest

Three finalists in the Rotary motto-themed speech contest will speak in the final round with awards presented at the end of the meeting. Ten semi-finalists will speak to judges tomorrow evening.

For the Record—October 6

Invocation and pledge:             Bryce Griffis

Attendance:                                          74.3%

Present — 111 (37 exempt, 1 honorary)

Absent — 70 (19 exempt, 11 honorary)

Guests: Visiting Rotarian was Jimmy McCluskey. Member guests were Mary Jane Runnels of Peggy Buckley, Casey Newstead and Casey Newstead II of Denny Daniels, David Buys of Brent Fountain, Caleb Luke of Eddie Keith, Jeff and Jenny Davis of Katherine Little, Carol Melton of Cyndi Palmer, Nancy Lifer of Jerry Toney, Sallie Whiteside of Robert Whiteside and Garrett Whitehurst of Heath Barret. Guests of the club were Ronnie Roberts, Max Garzoni, RYE student, and Stephen Nalley, Starkville Daily News.

October 13—Meeting cancelled due to storm.

October 20—Fall social attendance was 47.1 percent with 64 members and 45 guests.

Meeting Notes

In President Michelle’s absence, President-elect Zach led the meeting. Assistant Secretary Bud Gordon welcomed guests.

RYE chair Grant Arinder noted that since Max Garzoni has been in the state of Mississippi, he has not been to a football game where the team he’s cheering for has lost yet. Undefeated Starkville High had moved to seventh (now sixth) in the MaxPreps national poll. And, of course the MSU Bulldogs are at the top.

Members were reminded to go online (tinyurl.com/osnsdv7)to volunteer for Salvation Army Christmas bell ringing at Walmart on Dec. 4 and 6. Ringers will serve for an hour at either the north or south entrance. You are encouraged to make this a family affair.

President-elect Zach reminded members that directories are available on dining tables and at the secretary’s station.

Meet Christina Lucas

Real estate agent Christina Lucas with Tom Smith Land and Home joined the club in August. Originally from the Louisiana delta she has a degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in leadership and policy studies from the University of Memphis. She is married to optometrist Al Lucas.

Proposed Members

Nancy Lifer, a Cadence Bank vice president with primary responsibilities with retail businesses, is recommended for membership by Jerry Toney. Her proposed classification is Banking-Retail. She was a member of the founding task force, a charter member, board member and treasurer of Johns Creek Rotary Club in Georgia.

Mary Jane Runnels is recommended by Peggy Buckley with the classification Communication-Newsprint Advertising. An advertising representative for the Starkville Dispatch, she is also an ambassador with the GSDP.

Pre-School Reading

Baseline reading assessments were conducted last week with three-year-olds at Brickfire, Emerson and First Presbyterian early childhood centers. Rotarians begin reading to the children this week. Check with Nancy Walsh to volunteer.

International Service: Fill a Shoebox

Don’t forget to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. The Club goal is to collect at least 150 boxes by November 16. Boxes are available with donation forms and instructions. Check with International Service Committee chair Grant Arinder for details.

Our Cub Scout Pack 14 will take donations and purchase and pack boxes on your behalf. Cost of stocking, packaging and shipping a box is about $25.00.

~Learn more about the program at samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/~

The Claiborne at Adelaide: A Renewed Concept of Community

October 6 — Yet another South Montgomery residential development has piqued curiosity in recent weeks. However, Rotarian Saunders Ramsey said we are not looking at a subdivision, but at a new community with little need to get in the car.

The 486 acre neighborhood of about 900 single family lots is a legacy project of the Ramsey family that goes back more than a decade in his dad’s dream. Even further in family history is the fact that his great-grandparents met at a picnic on the land.

“I’m humbled to talk about a piece of property that I didn’t buy; I don’t own; I didn’t take care of; and, a plan I didn’t pay for,” said the Starkville native. “Basically I’m here today on behalf of the Ramsey family.”

What is visible at the moment is only six acres of land being cleared for the Claiborne retirement village. There will be 43 assisted living units and 25 memory care units in 60,000 square feet. Additionally, there will be 14 independent living units in duplexes.

All units will be leased by the Blake Management Group with support services such as food and medical attention part of the agreements. The Jackson-based company has several other assisted living developments and one of the Southeast’s largest food distribution systems.

Ramsey said the project, being developed by the Tatum family from Hattiesburg, has a $12,850,000 price tag with the promise of about 40 new jobs. The economic impact has qualified the project for a $150,000 Mississippi Development Authority grant for its entrance road.

However, Ramsey said the Claiborne is only half the story. It is the opening of a development that attempts to recapture traditional neighborhood design. The community of Adelaide, named for the Ramsey family matriarch, is designed for more than just vehicular traffic; it emphasizes spaces balancing people and automobiles.

A major component in the planning is how development should happen based on the ability to walk to a destination within five minutes. The plan has five neighborhood centers as opposed to a conventional design that requires a drive for essentials. There will be five or six connections to South Montgomery with four more potential connections to the south and west.

“We are attempting to help with the South Montgomery traffic problem by reducing reasons to get in the car and drive to town for the simplest things such as bread and milk,” said the MSU civil engineering graduate.

Christian Preus, landscape architect from Ocean Springs and Ramsey’s fraternity brother, designed the community with a commercial center of 354,000 square feet of mixed use space. It also includes 15 civic structures, 250 acres of open space for aesthetics and rain runoff control, a lake for recreation and water containment, a community pool and a seven acre community farm.

Ramsey said there naturally were rezoning concerns, but the argument that it was a village center and not a strip mall carried the day.

Tree lined streets and walkway networks will connect neighbors. The dream is to create an outdoor feel in which the last thing one notices is the structures.

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