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Don't forget to take time today to honor our Veterans. Thank you to Lyn Menne for passing the Editorial baton! Her training on the Constant Contact program has been invaluable. I hope to do justice to the Spoke 'N Wheel. Please send me any announcements through February.

Your reporter this month will be Frank Matthews.

In this Issue
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  • Mary Margaret Oliver
  • Happy Birthday Wishes
  • Around the Room
  • Decatur Rotary Foundation Trustees Meeting
  • Upcoming Programs
  • Rotarians Support Habitat for Humanity

  • Mary Margaret Oliver
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    MM & Judy


    Past President Judy Turner and Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver


    Rotarians speaking to MM


    Rotarians greet Mary Margret Oliver after her stimulating talk


    Our speaker,Mary Margaret Oliver was introduced by Judy Turner. Mary Margaret was a member of our club for 10 years and has practiced law in downtown Decatur for 25 years. She is a Democrat and now represents District 83 in the Georgia House of Representatives.

    Commenting on Mr. Obama's communications skills and charisma, Mary Margaret noted that he has a "skill set" of leadership, much like that of a businessman. A campaign is like a temporary business, she said; Mr. Obama raised $750 million and had tens of thousand of "employees." When he closed his "business," he promised each of them their salary through November and health insurance until the end of the year.

    She quoted Ted Turner's statement that college graduate today needs aworld view. In the l952 election, 95% of voters were Caucasian; in 2008, only 74% were. And for the first time, there were more voters under 30 than over 65.

    Mary Margaret does not entirely trust exit polls, but she quoted one which showed that 6% of voters made over $200,000 annually; of these, a majority the poll said, voted for Obama.

    She then addressed the State Budget. In 2007, preparing for the 2008 budget, the Budget Office projected a 4.5% growth. Obviously the unforseen market crash made that impossible. The budget was $20 billion; revenue is now estimated at $l8 billion. To make up the shortfall would take, in 2009, an $8.4 revenue growth; instead, a 2.6% decrease seems likely. Obviously, there must be some painful cuts. If state taxes are not to be raised, local cities and counties will have to make up the difference if essential services are to be continued.

    She then addressed the State Budget. In 2007, preparing for the 2008 budget, the Budget Office projected a 4.5% growth. Obviously the unforseen market crash made that impossible. The budget was $20 billion; revenue is now estimated at $l8 billion. To make up the shortfall would take, in 2009, an $8.4 revenue growth; instead, a 2.6% decrease seems likely. Obviously, there must be some painful cuts. If state taxes are not to be raised, local cities and counties will have to make up the difference if essential services are to be continued.

    At the close of her talk, Mary Margaret asked for questions and comments. Two were pithy. Sheriff Thomas Brown urged expansion of the State Crime Lab, to be funded by abolition of the State Patrol. John Adams, Jr., admitting he was part of the "evil 6%," said he would prefer to spread the wealth around by creating jobs in his small business.

    Before gaveling the meeting closed, President Mark presented the DeKalb Library with a book on Mary Margaret Oliver's behalf: Pearls, Politics, and Power - How Woman Can Win and Lead.

    Reported By Frank Matthews


    Happy Birthday Wishes
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    Happy November Birthday



      • November 2: Linda Harris
      • November 3: Scotty Candler
      • November 4: Gloria Kusmik
      • November 6: Marvin Fralish
      • November 8: Jay Durham
      • November 10: Bob Wilson
      • November 11: Bill Probst
      • November 13: Jim Baskett and David Weitnauer
      • November 18: Mary Callahan
      • November 25: Bedros Sharian, Jr.
      • November 28: Robert Brown
      • November 29: Darro Willey

    Around the Room
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    Jim Jarboe and Fred Turner discuss the six percent solution


    Decatur Rotary Foundation Trustees Meeting
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    Trustees


    Trustees discuss Rotary business


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    Decatur Rotary Foundation Trustees


    Upcoming Programs
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    November 14: Sue Ellen Williams

    November 21: <>, Past District Governor and Foundation Chair

    November 28: NO MEETING -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING


  • Rotarians Support Habitat for Humanity
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    On Saturday, November 1st, 2008, 20 volunteer laborers from the Decatur Rotary Club, along with two Rotary spouses and three children met at 1237 Kipling Street SE, to work with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the North DeKalb Rotary Club. Our Club assisted with the construction of a new residence for a single-parent family. This was the last full day of work, and members focused on installation of the trim and soffit mouldings, and installation of hand railings and sills, and caulking and painting. We owe a great debt of gratitude to all of our hard workers who participated. Thank you!


    Rotary volunteers share lunch


    Rotarians measure twice and cut once!


    Rotary logo

    Welcoming Guests

    Bill Breen introduced our visiting Rotarian, Frank Jackson, from the Brookhaven club.

    Guests of Rotarians:

    Betty Willis had as her guest Bryan Cook.

    DECATUR EVENTS

  • Terrific Thursdays begin in Decatur on Thursdays in November and continue through December. Visit downtown Decatur and Oakhurst every Thursday evening for refreshments, special sales and unique events. Business stay open later on Thursdays and the Cliff Shuttle bus makes it easy to move throughout the shopping district. Visit the city's website at www.decaturga.com for a complete listing of special activities.

    ELECTIONS!

    The Nominations Committee, Secretary Vee, President Mark and Jean are trying something new this year to encourage club members to vote. In addition to paper ballots on November 14th and 21st, Vee will e-mail a message with a Word document attached which serves as an e-ballot. You can download the attachment, type in your vote and save it. Then respond to Vee's original e-mail, and attach the ballot you created. No record of any ballot's source will be retained. Our paper ballots will also be anonymous. Please consider the needs of our club for good future leaders and vote!

    As always, our Four Way Test protects us against ballot-box stuffing. We trust you'll only vote once!

    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

    Announcements

    President Mark thanked those involved for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta.

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    Join us! Decatur Rotary Club meets each Friday at noon at the Old Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur.

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    The four-way test of the things we think, say or do:

    Is it the TRUTH?

    Is it FAIR to all concerned?

    Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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    Directions: Old Courthouse on the Square


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