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In This Issue
Book Of The Week
Guests & Visitors
Speakers At-a-Glance
Officers of the Club
President's Corner
Speaker's Corner
'Round the Room
The Four-Way Test:
In everything that we think, say or do:  
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



Rotary Networking Resources
District 6900 has created this resource to help Rotarians in our district find employment. To find out more visit the district web site and look for Career Networking.

Decatur Rotary is now on Facebook.  Check out the page for updates and become a fan. View the Decatur Rotary Facebook Page here.

Decatur Rotary is now onl LinkedIn. Check our page for updates and to join our group. View the Decatur Rotary LinkedIn Group here. 
NEW!! Link to the most recent District 6900 Newsletter:
District Newsletter

Book Of
The Week
 No Book of the Week 
Guests & Visitors

Todd Speed gave
the invocation.


Doug Torbush

introduced the visiting Rotarians.  


Our Guests included:

Su Myat, Agnes Scott College Rotary student and her friend Shein Ei Cho from Yangon, China, guests of Betty Spiker
Our Visiting Rotarians included:

Doug Eidson, Buckhead Club
At A Glance
NO MEETING on January 14 due to snow and ice.
January 14, 2011: James B. Langford

January 21, 2011:
Tom Salyers 

Officers of the Decatur Rotary Club:


C.J. Becker

Jason Conn

Past President:
Bryan Downs
Betty Spiker

John Bennett

Sergeant-at-Arms: Doug Torbush

District Governor:
Casey Farmer



January 2:
Raiford Hodges

January 4:
Kathryn Johnson

January 4:
Bill Mealor

January 6:
Mark Hastings

January 7:
James Jarboe

January 9:
Wes Dodd

January 16:
Fred Boykin
January 19:
Alan Dishman

January 19:
Pete Pfeiffer
January 13, 2011
As this is our first bulletin of 2011, everyone at WebXperts hopes you had a Happy New Year and enoyed (or are still enjoying) "The Blizzard of 2010"!


Please note that this Friday's Rotary meeting has been cancelled...


Don't forget to please visit our website at where you can update your contact information, view videos from past Rotary meetings and find out who our upcoming speakers are. Don't forget to join our LinkedIn Group and Facebook Page as well!

Elliott Augustine & Andrea Greengard

 President's Corner
President C.J. called the meeting to order


President CJ made the following announcements:

President CJ inducted two new members into the Club:
Al Adams, who is a Past-President of the Dunwoody Sunset Club; and, Charlie Bell, who had a private practice in the Decatur area for over 22 years.

Su Myat thanked the members of the Club for their Christmas gift which she used during her holiday travels.

President CJ noted that the Candler brothers had arranged another successful 1st Thursday event at The Square Pub.  President CJ said she was glad that recuperating Club member Joe Kusmik had attended.

President CJ announce that the next 1st Thursday event would be on the 2nd Thursday of February (2/11/11) at the Planetarium at Agnes Scott College.

There will be a Club Board Meeting on Friday January 21st not on January 14th as was announced.

Mark Burnette announced that the club would be participating in the MLK Service Project to do home repair and maintenance for seniors.  Mark stated that there would be multiple shifts available over the January 15th-17th weekend. Scott Thompson and Bill Mealor are the house captains and it was stressed by President CJ that very little real construction skills are needed. More information and information on participating can be found below:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project seeks to directly assist low-income Decatur senior citizens homeowners to safely and comfortably remain in their homes by providing house maintenance and repair. The MLK, Jr. Service project began in 2002 and was initiated by the Decatur Preservation Alliance (DPA) under the leadership of Robert Soens. The DPA board recognized an unmet need in the community - that of fixed- and low-income senior citizens who were unable to maintain their homes and were facing ever-increasing property tax burdens.  By collaborating with community, church and youth groups, local government agencies, businesses and residents, DPA raises the funds and brings together hundreds of volunteers to work on house repair projects during the MLK, Jr. holiday weekend.  That will be January 15, 16, and 17 in 2011.

What is the role of Decatur Rotary in regards to The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project?Decatur Rotary has pledged funds to support the project. In addition, Rotarians are encouraged to volunteer to work on one of the houses, which will be co-captained by Scott Thompson and Bill Mealor. Mark Burnette hopes to have 10-15 volunteers from Decatur Rotary. Contact Mark via email at or see him at Rotary on an upcming Friday if you would like more information or would like to sign up to help.
Tom Beatty: Witness To War
introPresident C.J. Becker President introduced our speaker,Tom Beatty.

Tom introduced the Club to
a project that has been his
avocation since launching the Witness to War Foundation in 2002. The purpose of the Witness to War project is to record the stories and memories of war veterans so that their history can be told to future generations in a format that will provide an understanding of the time, place and events as experienced in combat situations.

Tom stated that over 450 interviews had been filmed as part of the project.  He added that the interviews were available via the project website:

Relying on volunteers, as well as publicity through news reports and television stories, and word of mouth, these stories have been recorded in order to preserve the history of the foxhole point of view, as well as to honor the veterans and educate the family members, students, the public and future generations about their experiences.

The Witness to War Foundation provides free DVDs of the interviews to participating veterans and their families and to teachers and schools. In addition to the interviews the site has saved correspondence, photos and documents.

Tom showed the Club several interviews with various veterans that allowed us a peek into the real life situations they faced as combat troops.


Speaker Photo: Tom Beatty


On behalf of our speaker, the book "A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us" by Marcus Brotherton was donated to the DeKalb County Library System.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Reported by Peggy Merriss

Photography by Mark Burnette

'Round the Room...

Members chat with President CJ and our speaker, Tom Beatty before the meeting.

Members chat with Su Myat
Members chat after the meeting

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