October 6, 2014 Rotogram: 13

New Retirement Community

Saunders Ramsey will tell us of the new development, The Claiborne at Adelaide, across from the Country Club. Carey Hardin will introduce him.

Next Week: Fall Social

We’ll gather for good food and fellowship at 5:30 p.m. on October 13. No lunch meeting.

For the Record—September 29

  • Invocation and pledge:               Bart Harris
  • Attendance:                                          75.8%
  •       Present — 118 (42 exempt, 1 honorary)
  •        Absent — 64 (15 exempt, 11 honorary)
  • Makeups reported: Stu Vance, Micah Huffman and Frank Chiles.
  • Guests: Visiting Rotarian was Jimmy McCluskey. Member guests were Mary Jane Runnels of Peggy Buckley, Jeremy Nicholas of Carrie-Beth Randall, Feifei Zeng, Laura Herring and Filippo Del Noce of Mimmo Parisi, Lauren Ann and Michael Cooper of Rebecca Tabb, and Garrett Whitehurst of Gathian Wells. Guests of the club were Leigh Phillips, Max Garzoni, RYE student, and Stephen Nalley, Starkville Daily News.

Meeting Notes

  • President Michelle welcomed Lateshia Butler, Rebecca Tabb and Denny Daniels to their first meeting as members.
  • Brian Jones was congratulated for The Bank of Commerce’s award from Mainstreet Starkville for the bank’s remodeling.
  • She called for thoughts and prayers for Heath Barret and wife, Misti, who had an emergency appendectomy. With three little ones, they have their hands full.

Proposed Members

Jon Munger, Starkville Chick-Fil-A restaurant franchise operator, is proposed by Gathian Wells. His recommended classification is Restaurant-Owner.

Jeremy Nicholas, Head of School at Starkville Academy, is proposed by Grant Arinder. His classification is Education-Head of School.

New Members Recognized and Oriented

Our club is seeing its greatest growth in years. At last week’s meeting, John Rigdon inducted nine recent new members. They are Lauren Black, Scott Farmer, Mark Chandler, Martin Lifer, Christina Lucas, Cindy Palmer, Ruth Remy, Jay Willis and Justin Suber.

On Wednesday, they were joined at an orientation lunch at Harveys by Lateshia Butler, Denny Daniels, Rebecca Tabb and Gathian Wells. President Michelle and Orientation Committee co-chairs Larry Mullins and Ned Browning conducted the meeting.

At the weekly meeting, President Michelle also presented special Rotary International pins to recognize sponsors committed to growing Rotary. They are Stu Vance, Mike Cason, Cory Lucius and Carey Edwards.

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.

MSU Women’s Golf Goes from Basement to Top 10

September 29 — In five seasons, Ginger Brown-Lemm has taken women’s golf at Mississippi State University from 130th in the country to a current number ten national ranking.

The former All-Southwest Conference player at the University of Texas at Austin is proud to have team strokes reduced from 315 to 288 (almost even par).

In her short tenure, she has accomplished what no other coach in Mississippi has ever done by leading her team to back-to-back NCAA Championships. The squad has gone from not winning any tournaments to finishing in the top ten in every one it enters.

The 20-year, PGA class “A” professional stresses her core covenants that establish a standard of behavior in the classroom, on the course and in community:

Discipline, Attitude, Will, Gratitude, Selfless

“When we recruit, we tell them we are a family-oriented program; we are not results based,” she said. “We recruit them on the basis of who they are as a person.”

Her two recruiting themes are character and chemistry that they bring to the team.

“We look for the young ladies who want a second mom as a coach and a big sister for an assistant,” said Brown-Lemm.

She and assistant coach Leigh Phillips apparently have done quite well recruiting a team with a grade point average of 3.7.

Team size ranges from six to twelve members. Current members hail from Taiwan, New Zealand, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas and South Africa.

Of her number one player, she said, “To have an athlete like Ally McDonald leading the program, I’m thrilled she’s from the state of Mississippi. She’s shown a lot of people that it doesn’t matter where you’ve grown up, that you can be the best with work and poise.”

The recent LPGA Legends Handa Tournament at Old Waverly worked beautifully for recruiting. She had two 2017 recruits who got to mingle and play with the pros. And, they got to see Nancy Lopez ring a victory cowbell.

She explained that golf is the only competitive year-round sport on campus with the annual SEC tournament at Greystone in Birmingham.

MSU golf practice facilityGolf Dream Come True—The Bulldog Club has partnered with Old Waverly on a $2.2 million practice facility that includes a driving range, short-game area, putting green, team clubhouse and indoor hitting bays. Over $1.3 million has been raised thus far.

The first phase, which features the team practice areas (driving range, a short-game area, and a unique putting green shaped as the state of Mississippi), a 6,300-square foot team clubhouse with locker rooms, players’ lounge, coaches’ offices, indoor putting center, exercise room and conference room is currently under construction and should be completed soon.

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