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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
 There was no "Book Of The Week" this week.

Guests & Visitors

David Ewing gave
the invocation.


James Brewer-Calvert introduced the visiting Rotarians.  


Our Guests included:

Alick Elliot:
guest of Todd Speed 

Charles B. Bell:
guest of John Adams
via Susan Cobleigh
Our Visiting Rotarians included:

Gary Chow: South San Francisco Club

Al Adams: Dunwoody Sunset Club

Dr. Steve Bethea:
Buckhead Atlanta Club
At A Glance
November 19:
Jason Conn &
Rotary International

November 26:
No Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!

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


Nov 2: Linda Harris
Nov 3: Scotty Candler

Nov 4: Gloria Kusmik
Nov 6: Marv Fralish

Nov 8: Jay Durham

Nov 10: Bob Wilson

Nov 12: Ginny Byrd Porter

Nov 13: Jim Baskett

Nov 25: Bedros Sharian Jr

Nov 28: Robert Brown
Nov 29: Darro Willey
November 17, 2010
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Elliott Augustine & Andrea Greengard

 President's Corner

President C.J. called the meeting to order

Park Renewal Day Wrap-Up: Peter Michaelson and Mark Whatley gave a quick wrap-up of Park Renewal Day along with plenty of before and after photos.  The Club received great kudos for its participation.  Twelve teams competed and according to Mark, "there are no wimps in this Club."  While we didn't win a check for competing, Mark did receive a special "Ivy Annihilator."

Hugh Goodwin gave us an update on Joe Kusmik and his upcoming procedure.  Hugh explained that Joe was treated a while back for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and thought he was cured.  He is now going through a complicated procedure that includes harvesting his stem cells, killing his immune system, re-injecting stem cells and being in isolation for 50 days.  During those 50 days he will make daily visits to the hospital.  Thanks to Elliott Augustine, Joe will be able to attend Decatur Rotary via laptop each week.

 Ballots are on each table for nominations for President Elect and board members.  The nominating committee is made up of our three most recent past presidents, Bryan Downs, Mark Hastings, and David Ewing along with two club members selected by President C.J., Jason Conn and Vee Nelson.

Candler Broom
President C.J. Becker introduced Candler Broom noting that he is a life-long resident of Decatur, a graduate of Ponce de Leon Elementary and 1958 graduate of Decatur High.

Candler played just about every sport in high school and was a senior superlative.  Candler's wife Colline is also a Decatur native and her grandfather was the first superintendent of City Schools of Decatur.  Candler and Colline have two children, Jennifer and Bo, and several grandchildren. 

Candler entertained the club with a variety of jokes and stories that are impossible to repeat here (for many reasons) and then went on to tell us the story of the Jef Jel Project.  He now serves as Director of that project and his slides and stories made it come alive.

Jef Jel is an expression in the Wolof language of Senegal that means give and take or the effort you put out is what you get back in return.  The Jef Jel Project with Ndangane, Senegal provides ongoing opportunity for people in the U.S. and Senegal to give and take with each other.

Their mission is to provide vital assistance needed by struggling communities in Senegal, West Africa so they can participate in the local trade markets to the full potential of their natural and human resources - to help in the areas of health, education, and job development.
Most often, men have no choice but to leave their family and village to seek work in a larger city or town.  This breaks down family structure.  As a result of the Jef Jel Project's efforts, the people of Ndangane will rely less on migrating to larger cities.  Instead they will live and survive within a familiar social support system, establish entrepreneurial activities, have timely access to healthcare, and have the means to pursue education without jeopardizing the success of their income-generating activities.

Candler described several finished projects including providing running water to the village of Ndangane (previously villagers walked miles each day carrying water back in large tubs), two millet machines (before millet was pounded all day with mortar and pestle) thus allowing women time for additional entrepreneurial, educational or other activities, planting of fruit trees, and more.

The Women's Maternity Clinic is an ongoing project that includes improvement of the facilities and health care including the construction of indoor bathrooms and adding two rooms for guests.  This particular project is dedicated to the memory of Kellie Lartigue-Ndiaye who died in a car accident in 2007 leaving a husband and two young boys and whose story intersects with that of Jennifer Broom, via Pat Pattillo, ultimately resulting in Candler becoming the director of the Jef Jel Project.   
100% of all contributions go directly to the project as there is no overhead.  Their purpose is to make things easier not to change the people or give them anything.  They go to the Women's Committee before deciding on any project in order to determine what the people want.  If you are interested in learning more, visit or call Candler.  He will be glad to answer any questions and might even repeat some of his jokes!

In honor of Veterans Day, President CJ left us with two quotes:

"More powerful than the will to win is
the courage to begin." Unknown

"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down
on the tracks of history to wait for the train of
the future to run over him."  Dwight D. Eisenhower


Photo: Candler Broom

On behalf of our speaker, the book "Through My Eyes: The Remarkable Children Of Sengal" was donated to the DeKalb County Library System.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Reported by Linda Harris

Photography by Mark Burnette

'Round the Room...

Members chat with the speaker, Candler Broom
after the meeting

Members talk with visiting Rotarian, Gary Chow

Jon Manns, Betty Willis, and Robert Brown catch up

James Brewer-Calvert and Jason Conn pose for a picture


The Rotary Bulletin Committee
Decatur Rotary Club
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