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I hope everyone had a happy and productive MLK Day!

Please check this issue for photos of the Decatur Rotary service project.

Your reporters for January are Scotty Candler and Richard Puckett.

In this Issue
  • Elliott Augustine & Jason Conn
  • Happy Birthday Wishes
  • Around the Room
  • Rotarians at the MLK Service Day
  • Upcoming Programs

  • Elliott Augustine & Jason Conn

    Elliott Augustine explains "Web 2.0"


    Jason Conn suggests ways you can start the turnaround

    President Mark present the program, composed of two Vocational Awareness/Classification Talks: Elliott Augustine, the owner of WebXperts Design talked about his work of web design and planning. The internet is evolving rapidly and in order to use it effectively in business you must have more than just a website. That website has to be easily accessible and it has to keep people engaged.

    In order to accomplish these things the website has to have (1) good design and (2) functionality.

    Good design consists of several things. The site must change over time with updates every 12 to 18 months. It must reflect current standards for internet use that are being set currently by social-networking sites like Face Book and My Space. Some of the website designs and redesigns that Elliott's firm has done include Ted Turner Enterprises, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, and Advent PDS. Good functionality includes things like good search capabilities, forms that capture crucial user information, and being generally engaging to the visitor.

    Sites Elliott showed to demonstrate functionality included Prestige Jets, Rowdy Records, and Cox Communications. In addition the business should work for search engine optimization. This is achieved by focusing on key terms that are associated with your business and making sure that these key terms appear in the very beginning of your website. Make sure to submit the domain name to the search engines that you are trying to use. To be effective, your website must be in the top three listed on the search engine. If it is at the bottom of the page or on the next page it can be easily missed.

    Check out the new Decatur Rotary Website, designed by Elliott's firm.

    Jason Conn, of HLM Financial, talked about the general economic situation. Mortgage rates are great and incredible buys in housing. However there is much fear and anxiety. Jason believes that we must pull ourselves out.

    Jason listed ten things that we have the ability to do to start the turnaround:

  • Don't let fear consume you
  • Choose to use our precious resources wisely and locally
  • Start thinking of how you can help others instead of how they can help you
  • Pay it forward
  • Help people who can't help themselves
  • Volunteer your time or give to a charitable organization
  • Invite a lonely friend or neighbor over to dinner once a month
  • Nominate someone for Rotary
  • Seek out and lead others to explore their own spirituality
  • Slow down - listen to people and what they are saying Doing these things may result in good effects that ripple through the larger community and offset and shorten the anxious times we are in.

    The book donated this week to the DeKalb County Library this week in honor of our speakers is The Subprime Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened and What to Do about It.

    Reported By Richard Puckett

    Photographs By Mark Burnette

  • Happy Birthday Wishes

    Happy January Birthday

      • January 2: Raiford Hodges
      • January 4: Kathryn Johnson
      • January 4: Bill Mealor
      • January 5: Bruce Roaden
      • January 6: Mark Hastings
      • January 7: James Jarboe
      • January 14: Melissa Forgey
      • January 16: Fred Boykin
      • January 19: Alan Dishman

    Around the Room
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    Bill Moon, Jason Conn and Jack Gerlach

    Rotarians at the MLK Service Day
    MLK 1

    Many of the Decatur Rotarians who assembled this past Saturday to contribute their time and effort to the MLK, Jr. Weekend Service Project sponsored by the Decatur Preservation Alliance. Pictured are Jack Gerlach, Bill Mealor, David Weitnauer, Morgan Thompson (Scott Thompson's son), Ed Turner, Sara Fountain, John Bennett, and Mark Burnette.

    MLK 2

    A starting view of the house we helped repair on Greenwood Avenue in the Oakhurst section of Decatur.

    MLK 3

    David Weitnauer, Scott Thompson, and Jack Gerlach prior to our digging in and getting started.

    MLK 4

    Another partial assembly of Decatur Rotarian co-workers. Pictured in this shot are Mark Burnette, Ed Turner, Scott Thompson, John Bennett, Bill Mealor, and David Weitnauer.

    Upcoming Programs

  • January 23: TBA
  • January 30: TBA

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    Welcoming Guests

    There were two guests of the club: Alyssia Crump and Kyle Williams.

    Guests of Rotarians:

    Elliott Augustine had five guests: Andrea Greengard, Bart Lester, Ken Gwinner, Carl Seville and Ashley Jones. Jason Conn introduced his guest, Matt Slappey.

    Officers for Decatur Rotary:

    President - Mark Hastings

    President-Elect - Bryan Downs

    Past President - David Ewing

    Secretary - Vee Nelson

    Treasurer - Jason Conn

    Sergeant-at-Arms - Doug Torbush

    District Governor - Ted Propes


    President Mark announced that the club directories were ready thanks to some hard work by Mark Treese. They were available for pick-up downstairs by the badges and will be available next week.

    Joe and Gloria Kusmik are making reservations (and plans) for the District Rotary Convention at Jekyll Island beginning on April 23.

    Fred Turner is planning the Apples for Teachers appreciation day. The sign up sheet is on Jean's table at the back after meetings.

    The board of Directors met today and made the following elections:

  • Rotarian of the Year - Jason Conn
  • Four Avenues of Service Award - Jack Gerlack
  • Nominee for district You-Are-the-Key Service Award - Bill Moon IMPORTANT! The elevator at the Old Courthouse on the Square may be out-of- service on Friday, January 30, If you need to use the elevator, please call that morning to check on its status. Call Melissa at 404-373-1088, ext. 22. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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      Is it the TRUTH?

      Is it FAIR to all concerned?

      Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

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