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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

"Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World"
Donated to the DeKalb Library in honor of Dr. Peterson



Clark Candler 


Recent Guests


Assistant District Governor Durl Jensen


Debra Lowe, Rotary Foundation, guest of Jim Philips 


Chad Greer, guest of the Club 



Visiting Rotarians


Harl Pike, from the Sunrise Club in Arizona  

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
November 4 Meeting Recap



Remember Park Renewal Day this Saturday - November 12 - contact Mark Whatley if you can help.


Jim Jarboe and Ginny Byrd-Porter are seeking participation in our Literacy Project "On the Same Page."  Let one of them know if you are able to help.


The Nominating Committee for next year's officers consists of C.J. Becker, Mark Hastings, Bryan Downs, Vee Nelson, and John Bennett.  They will meet to propose a President Elect and a President Elect Elect.  Please let one of them know if you have someone you want to nominate.  We will vote on their recommendation in November.



Brock Peyer 

Bulletin Committee Chair


 President's Corner

President's Corner  

President Jason shows Dr. Peterson the book we will donate in his honor to the DeKalb County Library


Meeting Recap   

November 4

Speaker: Dr. Bud Peterson


Speaker Bud Peterson
Our speaker Dr. Bud Peterson is the 11th President of Georgia Tech

Invocation - Given by Clark Candler   

Guests - Harl Pike from the Sierra Vista, AZ Club; Durl Jensen, Assistant District Governor; Debra Lowe, guest of Jim Philips; and Chad Greer, guest of the Club   

From the Rotary Foundation - Debra Lowe with the Rotary Foundation delivered a wealth of information regarding our Club and our District's contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  For example, did you know that District 6900 was #1 in Zone 34 in per capita giving?  Did you know that District 6900 is #4 in polio giving in the world?  Did you know that the Decatur Rotary Club was #1 in Zone 34 in giving to the Rotary Foundation?  And finally, did you know that Jim & Donna Philips are among a select group of individuals of less than 200 in the world for their level of giving to the Rotary Foundation?  Debra thanked us for our continued support of the Rotary Foundation and asked us to continue to remember the Rotary Foundation in our giving.   

From the Speaker - Dave Jollay introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Bud Peterson who is the 11th President of Georgia Tech. noting that he is in the process of the implementaiton of a 25-year strategic plan that envisions what the Institute might be like on its 150th anniversary.  Dr. Peterson came to Georgia Tech from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he served as chancellor.  Prior to that, he served a provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic in New York.  During his career, he has worked for NASA and the National Science Foundation.  He has also served on the faculty of Texas A and M University.   

Throughout his career, Peterson has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on many industry, government and academic task forces and committees.  A distinguished scientist, he was appointed in 2008 by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the National Science Board through 2014.  The National Science Board oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises the President and Congress on national policy related to science and engineering research and education.

Most recently, Peterson was named by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  This group is focused on helping the U.S. develop policies that foster entrepreneurship and identify new ways to take innovative and creative ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace in order to create jobs, develop new businesses and drive economic growth.

Peterson shared with us that Georgia is one of only four states to have two schools in the top 25 list of public universities (the others are NC, CA and TX).  This year Georgia Tech has the best first year class in the history of Georgia Tech.  There are currently 182 students from DeKalb County and 7000 Tech Alumni from DeKalb.  Sixty percent of the incoming class is from Georgia.

Georgia Tech currently has 36 different majors and their business school is among the Top 25 in the country.  Forty percent of Tech students will study abroad, 35% take a foreign language even though it is not required.  The current first year class is 38% female, up from 30% in recent years.

The challenge Tech faces in preparing students for an uncertain future, according to Peterson, is that their mission is to prepare their students for jobs that do not currently exist with technology that does not exist.

Dave Jolley
Dave Jolley delivers a new spin on Ramblin' Wrecks from Ga. Tech   
Rotary luncheon
President Jason with Assistant District Governor Durl Jensen
Jim Philips and Debra Lowe
Jim Philips and Debra Lowe with the Rotary Foundation
Luncheon meeting
"Come on Bryan...Park Renewal Day is fun and we need you..."
Rotary Board Meeting
Remember Rotary Board meetings are open to all and count as a make-up if you need one.



Thursday Social in Photos
Rotary social
Rotarians enjoyed the November First Thursday Social + Scotty Candler's birthday at No. 246. In spite of the torrential rain, our group is still smiling - could it be because we are enjoying the food, beverages, company AND getting a make-up?!?!?

Reporter: Brock Peyer

Photographers: Mark Hastings, Jon Manns and Mark Burnette



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