September 11, 2008
It’s perhaps my highest honor ever. And it wasn’t in the form of a plaque or trophy or certificate.
I got a text message Friday, Aug. 29, about 3:30 a.m. My wife heard the cell phone. She awoke me. The message was from Joel McNeece, son-in-law of Gale Denley. Mr. Denley, as I called him, had just passed away after more than two weeks in the intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. It was the end of the text message that signified an honor likely greater than any I’ve ever received.
“We would like for you to be a pallbearer,” Joel wrote.
Close to Nowhere
Where were you “that day?”
I was right where I am now -- sitting at my computer on a Tuesday morning. The only worry I had was that Tuesday is a deadline day.
Pam, the editor’s wife, called and said another plane had hit the other tower.
I didn’t have a clue as to what she was talking about, but soon, I, along with most other Americans, watched in stunned disbelief as the Twin Towers burned and collapsed.
“Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?”
Letters to the Editor
We, the family of Autry Dempsey Robinson, would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone for the love, kindness and support you have shown us during our time of bereavement.
On Aug. 5, 2008, my husband, father, and friend left home to seek professional health care. On his way, his illness took control, leaving him unable to finish his journey alone; however, God saw fit to dispatch an unknown angel to assist him with his journey.
To the unknown angel(s), our gratitude cannot be expressed with mere words. but they are the best we can offer you in saying “thank you.”
May God forever bless you
Recently I read an interesting article in the “Rotarian” magazine by author Mary Ellen Podmolik. As a fellow Rotarian and past president of the Holly Springs Rotary Club, I found the article very intriguing. Whatever else has changed in our society, a mentor is someone you still need in your corner.
Some people call mentoring “networking.” Whatever it is called today, a mentoring spirit is alive and well among Rotarians, and it expands well past the environs of club meetings.
Many people ask, “Why take on the extra work?” Rotarians say they do it not only because they enjoy it, but because they were guided early in their own careers, and they want to help others succeed. But as times have changed — and the workplace has most definitely changed — so has mentoring. It isn’t networking, although there is a networking aspect to it. And it’s not telling someone what to do or how to do it. Successful mentoring is a two-way street where both the mentor and mentee benefit.
Rotarians around the world, including our hometown Rotarians, believe that mentoring makes a tremendous impact within a community. Herb Wilson, an 80-year-old retiree, an engineer by profession, believed early on that it was his responsibility to help businesspeople who were just starting out to achieve their potential. As a member of the Rotary Club in Iowa City, Iowa, he said that he never turned down an invitation to help young businesspeople achieve their goals, or volunteers in the community.
In Rotary, we have successful generations of mentors, leaders and members who have helped numerous individuals achieve their goals. So, if a Rotarian asks you to lunch, accept the invitation. You won’t regret it.
Submitted by Lisa Cole
Clean Hands Week at Rust:
Hand washing is the single most important act you can do to prevent getting sick or making others sick.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 5,000 people die each year from foodborne illness; 78 million become ill and between 79,000 and 96,000 die from hospital infections each year. A direct link for many of these deaths is poor hand washing.
Hand washing is important for food safety, disease prevention and personal health.
Wash your hands before you eat and after you use the bathroom; before, during and after preparing food; after handling animals or animal waste; after playing sports; after changing diapers; and anytime your hands are dirty. Use soap and warm water, scrub for 20 seconds, rinse and dry hands thoroughly.
Join the Rust College campaign to reduce preventable illnesses. Practice hand washing, make it a habit and reduce illness and death. We will place posters in every hand washing area on campus to teach proper technique and as reminders to wash or sanitize hands often.
We will feature a variety of fun activities each day of Clean Hands Week. Your business can join us by raising awareness for your employees, the community and your families to take the challenge to prevent sickness and food borne illnesses.
Prize donations would enhance the effectiveness of our campus activities. Small treats, hand hygiene products and prizes for contest winners would help this very worthy cause to keep Holly Springs healthy and save lives!
Let us know if your school or business will schedule special events to start your personal hand washing campaign during this week. Please contact us at 662-252-8000, ext. 4900. Let’s come together as a community and save lives. Please join us.
Jacqueline Jones, RN
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
Welcome Home: James Marcus Anthony, Kevin Luse, George Frank Frayser,William Payton, Charles (Will) Stanback
Battle Ewing, Army, Iraq
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Timothy Hardaway, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Henry A. Jones, Army, Iraq
Donnie Kirksey, Marines, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
Michael McClatchy, Army, Iraq
George Merritt, Marines, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Jerry W. Richardson, Army National Guard, Iraq
John Snow, Army, 2 tours Iraq, now in Afghanistan
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stephnie Taylor, Air Force, Iraq
Lynwood Turner, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Charles Weathersby, Marines, Iraq
Supporting Our Troops
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