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I hope you are enjoying the mild weather and accomplishing much holiday shopping (downtown!)

As we continue into this festive season, please consider those in need and volunteer for the MLK Service Project.

Your reporters for December are John B. Kline and Don Hooten.

In this Issue
  • Tim Downes on Emory Athletics
  • Happy Birthday Wishes
  • Around the Room
  • MLK Service Project
  • Betty Willis in the News
  • Upcoming Programs

  • Tim Downes on Emory Athletics

    Tim Downes and Doc Partin share lunch at the head table

    President Mark Hastings presents a book to Tim Downes in honor of his talk

    Doc Partin , a former Decatur Rotary Club member with twenty-five years of perfect attendance, gave a humorous introduction to our speaker, Tim Downes.

    Mr. Downes was appointed Emory University's Director of Athletics and Recreation in July of 2007 and spoke of his love of Division III athletics, which he feels is a great outlet for students who love sports, but are destined to go on to great things in life.

    Emory's first intercollegiate competition was a baseball game against the University of Georgia, held at Union Point, Georgia in 1884. There were reports of gambling, drinking and bawdy behavior, resulting in the Emory Board of Trustees passing a resolution against intercollegiate sports. In 1919 Emory College left Oxford for its new Atlanta campus as part of Emory University and the trustees approved "mass athletics for all" and a ban on major intercollegiate sports.

    Though sports popped up and went away, it was not until 1986 that Emory's current athletic program started, with the joining of the University Athletic Association, a grouping of institutions with similar philosophy to that of Emory's. Emory now has two areas of athletics.

    The first is intercollegiate, of which Emory has nine men's and nine women's teams with 350 student-athletes. These athletes are fully integrated into campus life, both socailly and academically. They are great athletes, but athletics is not their defining experience. The second area is recreation, with 23 club sports and 600 participants and intramurals with 4,500 participants.

    Mr. Downe's goal is to carry on the legacy of Doc Partin, having the best athletic and recreation program in the country. Mr. Downe's introduced one of his coaches, Jenny McDowell, who this past fall led the womens volleyball team to Emory's first team national championship. She spoke of how special it was to win a championship, but more importantly how special it is to coach an outstanding group of young women. In closing, Mr. Downes invited Rotary and the community to partner with Emory in sponsoring events for charity and to attend games.

    Following the talk, President Mark presented the DeKalb Library System with The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited in Mr. Downe's honor.

    Reported By Don Hooten

    Photographs By Mark Burnette

    Happy Birthday Wishes

    Happy December Birthday

      • December 4: Jeremy Warner
      • December 12: Tim Martin
      • December 13: Hugh Goodwin
      • December 15: Robert Stroud
      • December 17: Julia Carter
      • December 18: Houston Smith
      • December 21: Art Vinson
      • December 26: Bill Funk
      • December 28: Dennis Byerly
      • December 28: Ruth McCann

    Around the Room

    Justice George Carley introduced visiting Rotarians

    President Mark welcomes our newest member, John Hegman

    After the meeting, Decatur Rotararians enjoy socializing

    MLK Service Project

    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 and dire 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 17, 18, and 19 in 2009.

    What is the role of Decatur Rotary? Decatur Rotary has pledged funds to support the project. In addition, Rotarians are encouraged to volunteer to work on one of the houses. Mark Burnette hopes to have 10-15 volunteers from Decatur Rotary. Contact Mark at (mburnette@decatur- law.com) or see him at Rotary on a Friday if you would like more information or would like to sign up to help.

    Betty Willis in the News

    The Regional Business Coalition has elected Betty Willis, senior associate vice president for governmental and community affairs at Emory University, as its 2009 chair.

    A native of Bainbridge, GA, Willis holds a B.S. degree from Radford University in Virginia. Before returning to Georgia, she worked for 15 years in Washington, D.C. Willis joined Emory as director of community affairs in 1996.

    Among her extensive list of community improvement activities, Willis serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association, the Georgia Brain Train Group and Central Atlanta Progress.

    As the 2009 legislative season approaches, Willis said the RBC's unified voice for more than 17,000 businesses across the region can help metro Atlanta devise workable solutions to some of its most pressing issues, particularly transportation and water.

    Upcoming Programs

  • December 19: Bishop Bevel Jones

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    Welcoming Guests

    Visiting Rotarians were introduced by George Carley and included former Decatur Rotary Club member, Mark Dehler and Bishop Bevel Jones.

    Guests of Rotarians:

    Guests, introduced by President Mark Hastings, included Dr. Clyde Partin (former Emory Athletic Director and Decatur Rotary Club member) who later introduced the speaker, and Jenny McDowell (Emory volleyball coach) and Mark Crowell.


  • Terrific Thursdays 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.
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 · 7-8 p.m. Holiday Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast on the square. We end our Terrific Thursdays with the annual Bonfire/Marshmallow Roast. Gather around the giant bonfire and roast marshmallows. Free. Sponsored by the Decatur Business Association.
  • LAST CALL! Christmas Trees and Wreaths are for sale NOW on the lawn of First Christian Church of Decatur located at 601 West Ponce de Leon Avenue. Cash, checks, and credit cards are welcome. The proceeds benefit church and community ministries serving greater Decatur. Free home delivery is available within a 5 mile radius. Contact 404-378-3621 or www.decaturdisciples.org.

    Buy your trees and wreaths Monday and Wednesday from 3-9 PM; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-9PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9AM - 9PM

    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


    The Annual Meeting and elections will be held on December 19th.

    The Board meeting will be on December 19th.

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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 be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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    Directions: Old Courthouse on the Square

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