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In This Issue
Guests & Visitors
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 build






Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?





Member Notes 



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On Our Website

Upcoming Speakers 

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Get Social
with Us


Book Of
The Week

What's Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World

by McKay Jenkins



Bob Wilson 


Recent Guests


Nicole Bellman, guest of Brock Peyer


Mary Alice Kemp, guest of Linda Harris


Kenn Dowd, guest of Tony Dowd


Caroline Morgan, guest of J. Tom Morgan  



Visiting Rotarians


Harl Pike  

Decatur Rotary Club Officers 

Jason Conn

Eric Norwood

Past President:
C.J. Becker
David Hughes

John Bennett

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bedros Sharian III


District Governor:

Margie Kersey


 2    Linda Harris
 3    Scotty Candler
 4    Gloria Kusmik
 6    Marv Fralish
 8    Jay Durham
10   Bob Wilson
12   Ginny Byrd Porter
13   Jim Baskett
25   Bedros Sharian
28   Robert Brown
October 28 Meeting Recap



The November First Thursday Social will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at No. 246 in Decatur.  More details to in the Special Alert Announcement.  


Remember Park Renewal Day - November 12 - we need 15 volunteers.


Jim Jarboe is seeking participation in our Literacy Project "On the Same Page."  Let him know if you want to help.



Brock Peyer 

Bulletin Committee Chair


 President's Corner

Decatur Rotary  

President Jason welcomed new member Susie Brown


Meeting Recap   

October 28 

Speaker: Luma Mufleh


Our speaker for 10/28/11
Our speaker Luma Mufleh's story was an inspiration to all

Invocation - Given by Bob Wilson   

Guests - Harl Pike from the Sierra Vista, AZ Club; Nicole Bellmann, guest of Brock Peyer   

Classification Talk - Tony Dowd gave a very interesting talk on Transportation Engineering/Highway Design.  He worked for Georgia Department of Transportation.  He was hired in 1956 at the same time that President Eisenhower signed the bill that created the United States interstate system (46,000 miles).  The total cost at the time was $130B, funded 90% by the Federal government and 10% by the states.  Tony said 1,244 miles of that system is in Georgia.  He described the US Highway system as the greatest public works project in the history of the world.

Perfect Attendance Pins - Pins were awarded to the following Rotarians:  Pete Pfeiffer - 34 years; Bedros Sharian, Jr. - 32 years; Tom Adams - 31 years; Scotty Candler & Eric Lucas - 23 years; Jon Manns - 10 years; Bryan Downs & Jason Conn - 3 years; Kirby Thompson - 2 years; C.J. Becker, John Bennett, Scott Thompson, Robert Berg, & Jack Gerlach - 1 year

From the Speaker - Walt Bryde introduced our speaker Luma Mufleh.  Luma founded the Fugees Family, Inc.  The Fugees Family Project began in 2004 by Luma.  Fugees is short for "refugees." 

Luma started her first soccer team in 2004 to give the kids a sense of belonging.  Soon after, she began helping them with their homework to ensure that they did not slip through the cracks.

Since 2004, the team has evolved into the Fugees Academy.  They now have 5 soccer teams and is the first school for refugees in the country.  They have 36 students and they teach the students about soccer and being good citizens.

Since the beginning of the Academy, 18 students have graduated and are now in college.  All of these students were the first in their family to graduate high school and attend college.  Recently the purchased some land on which they plan to build the Fugees Academy.

Luma began her talk with a video presentation of a piece that was on the CBS Sunday Morning show last Sunday.  After the piece aired, they raised $200,000 in four days for the purpose of building the school.

Luma's story inspired our club and it inspired a movie that has been written about the Fugees that is set to film in the summer of 2012.

Visit for more information on the Fugees project and how to make a donation.

Rotary introductions
Thanks for sharing Tony!   Walt Bryde introduces Luma
Perfect Rotary attendance
And the winner is...#34 - Pete Pfeifer with 34 years perfect attendance with Bedros Sharian right behind with 32 years and Tom Adams with 31.
Decatur Rotary Luncheon
Bob Wilson, Bryan Downs & Terri Candler plotting away
Decatur Rotary luncheon
Steve Ortlip catches up with Bevel Jones
Rotary Board Meeting
Remember Rotary Board meetings are open to all and count as a make-up if you need one.



Reporter: Brock Peyer

Photographers: Mark Hastings, Jon Manns and Mark Burnette



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