September 22, 2014 Rotogram: 11

The Cotton Mill

Mark Castleberry of Castle Properties, Inc. in Columbus brings an update on the Cotton Mill Project on Russell Street. Carey Hardin introduces him.

Next Week: MSU Women’s Golf

Ginger Brown-Lemm is the MSU Women’s Golf head coach. David Boles will introduce her.

For the Record— September 15

  • Invocation and pledge:           Tom Jackson
  • Attendance:                                         70.5%
  •         Present — 105 (41 exempt, 1 honorary)
  •         Absent — 75 (16 exempt, 11 honorary)
  • Makeup reported: Frank Chiles.
  • Guests: Visiting Rotarian was Jimmy McCluskey. Guests of the club were Kristi Swift; Henry, Rob and Kristen Fyke; Carissa, Cassandra and Todd Palmer; Rebecca Tabb; Lori and Abigail Arinder; Denny Daniels; Cat Walker; Arma Ruth De la Cruz; Jon Munger; Max Garzoni, RYE student; and, Connor Guyton, Starkville Daily News.

Proposed Members

Rebecca Tabb, owner of R. Tabb & Co., a clothing store in downtown Starkville, is a former Eupora Rotarian. Her classification is Ladies Clothing-Retail. Cory Lucius proposed her membership.

Denny Daniels is a retired U.S. Army battery commander and the chair of the Bell School House Volunteer Fire Department Board. His classification is U.S. Military-Retired. Bill Henry proposed his membership.

Lateshia Butler is the progam manager for Health Help, a non-profit healthcare advocacy organization. Proposed by Cory Lucius, her classification is Healthcare Advocacy.

Meeting Notes

  • President Michelle called attention to a district new member recruitment form on our tables. She said that although our membership committee is doing an outstanding job, they cannot do it alone. Each Rotarian is encouraged to recruit at least one member this year.
  • She noted that Honorary Life Rotarian Bo Haynes had a stroke.
  • She congratulated W.C. Johnson on the recent arrival of a granddaughter.
  • Members were reminded of the District 6820 dollar-for-dollar Rotary Foundation Annual Fund match that is available through Oct. 15. Details can be found on the district Web site.

2014 Sudduth elementary Web



Teacher and Students of the Month—Kristi Swift, teaching second grade for the first time at Sudduth Elementary School, was named our Teacher of the Month. She has spent the last seven years with first graders. This is the third year that she has been selected by her peers as teacher of the year.

She chose Henry Fyke and Carissa Palmer as Students of the Month. “I can’t say enough about these exemplary students,” she said. “They strive everyday to be better at everything. Any task that I give them, they want to go just a little bit further.”

Swift received a gift card for classroom supplies. The students were joined by their parents. And, Henry’s grandfather, Tommy Tomlinson, was beaming with pride.

A Long Name with a Long History Marks Our New RYE Student

September 15 — Massimiliano Garzoni di Adorgnano expressed pride in family and country as he introduced himself.

Better known to us as Max, the sixteen-year-old hails from Milan, Italy.

The Garzoni family history is known since the year 835. The main family has been in Tuscany since 1200. However, his branch migrated north to Bologna, Venice and Milan. From Venice, a branch moved in the early 1400s to Adorgnano, a small village in the Friuli Region, generating the current name Garzoni di Adorgnano.

In 1376, the family earned the title of count in the Holy Roman Empire when Emperor Charles IV of Luxembourg recognized its battlefield achievements.

His great-grandfather was a noted musician, composer, poet and intellectual in northern Italy. A late contemporary of Giuseppe Verdi, Luigi Garzoni composed music with the master.

Max’s immediate family is “lively, animated and enjoyable.” His father Vittorio is a professional engineer who loves driving and cooking “really good Italian food.” He is past president of his Rotary Club.

“My mother Elisabetta is the most helpful and available person that I have ever met,” he said. “She is beautiful.”

Sister Caterina is a 23-year-old law student. Brother Carlo Alberto is twenty, is sociable and extroverted and dislikes studying. Federico is thirteen and likes weapons and playing videogames.

A love of architecture and visual design mark Max’s interests. From antiquities to contemporary architecture, he thoroughly enjoys seeing and describing famous structures. Studying at the art-focused High School of Brera, his own creativity is expressed in an interest in color and the typography of graffiti.

Milan, in Lombardy, is like a laboratory for him. The fashion and design capital of Italy is situated in the Po Valley. After Rome it is the nation’s second largest city.

Max also demonstrated his special dexterity with a yo yo. His skill has even earned him a competitive sponsor.

Accompanying Max were Abigail and Lori Arinder, and Cat Walker. The Arinders and Walkers are his first host families. We still need a third family to round out the year.

Instead of a question and answer period, President Michelle encouraged members to invite Max to sit with them at lunch throughout the year. And, Rotary families are welcome to invite him into their homes.



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