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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

James Brewer-Calvert gave
the invocation.


Scott Thompson

introduced the visiting Rotarians.  


Our Guests included:

Dr. Charles "Charlie" Bell:
guest of John Adams

Daniel VanderErle:
guest of Bill Harrison

Our Visiting Rotarians included:

Henry Mullins: Midtown

Al Adams: Dunwoody Sunset

Zee Jennings: Guest
of the Club
At A Glance
December 17: Reverend David Jones

December 24:
No Meeting -
Merry Christmas

December 31:
No Meeting -
Happy New Years

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


Dec 4: Jeremy Warner

Dec 12: Tim Martin

Dec 13: Hugh Goodwin

Dec 15: Robert Stroud

Dec 17: Julia Carter

Dec 18: Houston Smith

Dec 21: Art Vinson

Dec 26: Bill Funk

Dec 28: Dennis Byerly
December 15, 2010
We just wanted to take a moment to remind you that there are a lot of great holiday events coming up before the end of year!

Decorating Contest:
The City of Decatur is sponsoring a community-wide decorating contest! Join us and turn on your holiday lights, light your luminaries, and be a part of the celebration! Judges ride through Decatur and pick 10 favorite homes, a business, a neighborhood, and an overall winner who receives the Commissioners Cup from the City Commission.

Breakfast with Santa:
Bring your children to meet Santa this Saturday, December 18, from 8-10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select Decatur Conference Center (130 Clairemont Ave.) Join Santa for breakfast after he arrives on a Decatur fire truck. Sponsored by the Decatur Business Association.

Annual Holiday Bonfire/Marshmallow Roast:
This annual tradition will be Thursday, December 16, from  7-8 p.m. on the square. The City of Decatur will end thier "Terrific Thursdays" with the Bonfire/Marshmallow Roast. Gather around the giant bonfire and roast marshmallows. Free and sponsored by the Decatur Business Association.   

Don't forget to please visit our website at where you can update your contact information, view videos from past Rotary meetings and find out who our upcoming speakers are. Don't forget to join our LinkedIn Group and Facebook Page as well!

Elliott Augustine & Andrea Greengard

 President's Corner
President C.J. called the meeting to order


Past-President Bryan Downs reported on behalf of the Nominating Committee and offered the following slate for 2011 - 2012:
Board of Directors (for a two-year term):
Todd Speed
Amy Nash
Jim Topple
Desiree Peagler
President Elect:  Eric Norwood 

By unanimous vote, the slate was approved.

President CJ announced that there would be a reception for Bob Castellani at 2:00pm on Courtroom 7C.  Bob is leaving Superior Court for new endeavors.

President CJ also announced that the "women" of Rotary would be meeting with Gloria Kusmik on Tuesday to attend the Georgia Shakespeare Theater.   

Mark Burnette announced that the club would be participating in the MLK Service Project to do home repair and maintenance for seniors.  Mark stated that there would be multiple shifts available over the January 15th-17th weekend. Scott Thompson and Bill Mealor are the house captains and it was stressed by President CJ that very little real construction skills are needed. More information and information on participating can be found below:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project seeks to directly assist low-income Decatur senior citizens homeowners to safely and comfortably remain in their homes by providing house maintenance and repair. The MLK, Jr. Service project began in 2002 and was initiated by the Decatur Preservation Alliance (DPA) under the leadership of Robert Soens. The DPA board recognized an unmet need in the community - that of fixed- and low-income senior citizens who were unable to maintain their homes and were facing ever-increasing property tax burdens.  By collaborating with community, church and youth groups, local government agencies, businesses and residents, DPA raises the funds and brings together hundreds of volunteers to work on house repair projects during the MLK, Jr. holiday weekend.  That will be January 15, 16, and 17 in 2011.


What is the role of Decatur Rotary in regards to The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project?Decatur Rotary has pledged funds to support the project. In addition, Rotarians are encouraged to volunteer to work on one of the houses, which will be co-captained by Scott Thompson and Bill Mealor. Mark Burnette hopes to have
10-15 volunteers from Decatur Rotary. Contact Mark via email at or see him at Rotary on an upcming Friday if you would like more information or would like to sign up to help.
Past President David Ewing: Life Lessons From Baseball On Investing
john adams introduces speakerJohn Adams introduced our speaker, fellow Rotarian 
and Past President David Ewing 

Past-President David gave
an outstanding educational
and entertaining presentation
of "Life Lessons From Baseball
on Investing."

The sound investment advice included: 

  1. Know where you want to go and what your financial goals are;
  2. Diversify your investment holdings - own
    all asset classes;
  3. Take a long term view and stay invested
    over time; 
  4. Take a positive attitude;
  5. Concentrate on what matters to you.

The life lessons from baseball included: 

"If you don't know where you're going, you might get there."  - Yogi Berra

"Just take the ball and throw it where you want to; home plate doesn't move." - Satchel Paige

"Two most important things in life: good friends and a strong bull pen." - Bob Gibson

"You're never as good as you think you are when you are winning and you're never as bad as you think you are when you're losing."  - Earl Weaver

And, Finally....

"Work like you don't need the money. Love like
you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's
watching." - Satchel Paige

speaker david ewing

Speaker Photo: Past President David Ewing

On behalf of our speaker, the book "A Global Life" by James D. Wolfensohn was donated to the DeKalb County Library System.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Reported by Peggy Merriss

Photography by Mark Burnette

'Round the Room...

John Adams and our speaker, Past President David Ewing
Members enjoy a laugh after the meeting
Members chat after the meeting

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