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I hope you are preparing to spend a pleasant Thanksgiving with friends and family. As we enter this holiday season, take a moment to relax, enjoy and give thanks!

Remember, we do not meet this week, but will be back at the Old Courthouse on December 5.

Your reporter this month is Frank Matthews.

In this Issue
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  • Robert Hall speaks about Polio Plus
  • Happy Birthday Wishes
  • Around the Room
  • Upcoming Programs

  • Robert Hall speaks about Polio Plus
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    Past District Governer Robert L. Hall complimented Decatur Rotary for our participation in the Rotary Foundation


    Jim Philips introduced our speaker and fellow Rotarian, Robert Hall

    Jim Philips gave a humorous but respectful introduction of our speaker, Robert Hall, saying that if God has a refrigerator, he has on it a picture of Robert and his wife, Charlene. Before his retirement, Robert was with IBM and was expected to move every three years; as a result he was a member of the clubs in Brunswick, Milwaukee, and Baton Rouge.

    He is currently a member of the Dunwoody club and was our District Governor when Jim was president. Robert could have chosen any of several topics; he chose to speak on the Rotary Foundation. He was very complimentary of our club's contributions to the Foundation, noting that two years ago it was highest in the state.

    All told, clubs in Atlanta have contributed $6 million dollars to Polio Plus. The Foundation has essentially only three programs: 1) education, exemplified by the scholarship program and group exchanges; 2) humanitarian, manifested in various ways; and 3) Polio Plus.

    Polio Plus has been a huge success; over 250 BILLION kids have received the vaccine. But the program must be completed if a resurgence of infantile paralysis is to be avoided. Currently polio is still endemic in the PAIN countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria. The Foundation has contributed over $850 million to the campaign.

    Putting himself where his money is, Robert led a group to India, where on November 7, 2006 and the week following, he joined Indian Rotary Clubs to inoculate 176 million children in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

    Following his talk, President Mark presented the DeKalb Library System with Polio - an American Story in Robert's honor.

    Reported By Frank Matthews

    Photographs By Mark Burnette


    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
      • November 18: Mary Callahan
      • November 25: Bedros Sharian, Jr.
      • November 28: Robert Brown
      • November 29: Darro Willey

    Around the Room
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    President Mark Hastings and Kathryn Johnson at the head table



    Bob Wilson, Jeff Hancock , Kirby Thompson and Bill Moon receive certificates


    Jim Crabb and Bill Harrison catch up at Decatur Rotary


    Bob Wilson and Robert Hall discuss the strides Rotary has made towards eradicating Polio


    Upcoming Programs
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  • November 28: NO MEETING -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING
  • December 5: Jason Conn
  • December 12: Tim Downes, Director of Athletics and Recreation for Emory University
  • December 19: Bishop Bevel Jones
  • December 26: NO MEETING -- MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS
  • January 2: NO MEETING -- HAPPY NEW YEAR

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    Welcoming Guests

    There were no visiting Rotarians.

    Guests of Rotarians:

    Windsor Jordon introduced his guest Johnny Mason. Elliott Augustine introduced his guest and business partner Chris Winter.

    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.

  • 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 announced with sadness the deaths of Ann Fountain, wife of Tom Fountain, and of Mildred Taylor Miller, mother of Linda Morris.

    Bryan Downs announced a Christmas party, sponsored by the DeKalb Rotary Council, to be held at the Petit Auberge restaurant on December 3. Cost will be $50 per person; all Rotarians are invited.

    Kathryn Johnson presented Paul Harris Fellowship certificates to Bob Wilson, Bill Moon, Kirby Thompson, and Jeff Hancock.

    Jeff Hancock also received a +1 award; Robert Brown, Pat Pattillo, and Bob Wilson received +2 awards; and Bob Bachman won a +4 award.

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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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    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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