Bud and Sid

New Starkville Rotary Club President Sid Salter, right, accepts the gavel from outgoing President Bud Gordon. Salter has been a Rotarian for 27 years and spent the last year as the Starkville club’s vice president.

Longtime Rotarian Sid Salter was installed as the Starkville Rotary Club’s new president Monday, taking over for outgoing president Bud Gordon.

At the meeting, Salter received the gavel from Gordon in advance of the new Rotary year beginning July 1. Salter has been a Rotarian for 27 years, and spent the past year as vice president of the Starkville Rotary Club. Salter also served as president of the Forest Rotary Club in 1994. More recently, Salter represented the Starkville Rotary Club at the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany earlier this month. Outside of Rotary, Salter serves as chief communications officer for Mississippi State University, and has had a successful career as a journalist, syndicated columnist and author.

Among his priorities for his year leading the club, Salter hopes to increase female membership. He said Rotary International hopes for Rotary to be 50% female by 2023.

Salter listed some more of Rotary’s international priorities including promoting peace, fighting disease, clean water, sanitation, hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

He listed increasing membership and recruiting efforts and growing the club’s visibility in the community as priorities. He also encouraged current Starkville Rotarians to do their part.

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