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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 


December First Thursday Social Coming Up December 1.  Details coming soon! 


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On Our Website

Upcoming Speakers 

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Get Social
with Us


Book Of
The Week

Dec. 9 - Into the Blue...American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight edited by Joseph Corn



Recent Guests


Visiting Rotarians



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


 4   Jeremy Warner
12  Tim Martin
13  Hugh Goodwin
15  Robert Stroud
17  Julia Carter
18  Brock Peyer &
      Houston Smith
21  Art Vinson
26  Bill Funk
28  Dennis Byerly

December 2 & 9 Meeting Recaps




Our thoughts and prayers go out to John Kline.  Funeral services for his mother Chris Kline were held this past week.  


The January First Thursday Social is coming up January 5 and will be held at Eddie's Attic.  Details coming soon...


Mark Burnette reminded the Club about the upcoming MLK, Jr. Service Project weekend.  See below for his Top 4 Reasons, aka David Letterman, to participate.


Pledge forms were on the table for those not currently pledging.  Your pledge will be placed on your quarterly bill - be sure to turn the forms into Jean O'Callaghan. 


The Nominating Committee, consisting of C.J. Becker, Mark Hastings, Bryan Downs, Vee Nelson, and John Bennett made their report.  The slate that was voted in unanimously includes:


Directors - Ginny Byrd Porter, Rick Garnitz, Pete Pfeiffer, and Earl Tveit


President Elect - to begin July, 1, 2012 - Kirby Thompson


President Elect Nominee - to begin July 1, 2013 - Robert Brown 



Brock Peyer 

Bulletin Committee Chair


 President's Corner

President Jason  

President Jason is thrilled with the Nominating Committee's report.   

Meeting Recap   

December 2

Speaker: Re-Cap From South African Travelers


Guests - Senitra Syas, guest of Robert Brown; Toby Emert, guest of Ginny Byrd Porter; Harl Pike, Sunrise Sierra Vista Club; Charlie Crawford, Buckhead Club.

From the Speaker(s) - The South African travelers gave a re-cap of their service trip.  The purpose of the trip was to experience the real South Africa and visit the project sites where Decatur Rotary made a contribution.  They also wanted to visit a potential Rotary International Future Vision Partner in Mthatha.  And finally, they hoped to take a deeper look at the giving projects of other Rotary Clubs and other International Nongovernmental Organizations beyond Rotary.  As a result, they explored a less traveled region in South Africa, the Eastern Cape Province, which is known for its deep racial divisions and poverty.  The Club enjoyed a 12-minute slide presentation that told the collective story of their trip.

Rotary luncheon
The distinguished travelers to South Africa
Rotary luncheon
Jack Gerlach and Barbara Tedrow confer
Rotary luncheon
Charlotte Pfeiffer shares her story


December 9  Speaker:  Louis E. Miller 

Rotary speaker Dec. 2
Louis Miller chats with Art Vinson
before the program
Invocation - Art Vinson


Guests - Judy Turner introduced the Visiting Rotarians David Weitnauer and Harl Pike.

From the Speaker- Art Vinson introduced our speaker Louis E. Miller, General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  Louis took the helm at Hartsfield-Jackson in September, 2010 with a vision of providing world-class air transportation services in collaboration with all of the Aairport's partners, including the airlines, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration concessionaires and all Airport tenants.  His priority is the completion of the Airport's new international terminal scheduled to open in Spring, 2012.

Louis gave us plenty of facts and figures surrounding the new terminal:

They expect 13 million international passengers by 2015 - currently they have 9 million.  The construction has created 3000 jobs and will create 2000 jobs once it is open.  Currently they have 58,000 employees.

The new terminal will have a 12-gate concourse with 1.2 million square feet at a cost of $1.4 billion.  The terminal connects to Concourse E making the airport a 40-gate international concourse complex.

Changes coming once the terminal is open include eliminating the baggage re-check process for Atlanta bound international travelers; separate levels for arrivals and departures; two parking garages with 3,700 spaces; a new exit off of I-75 (Exit 239); will not be able to check in the domestic terminal for international flights.

Challenges include the signage necessary for the process to get to the airport, wayfinding, and different passenger types to name a few.  They are looking at a $10 million roadway signage package on interstates only in addition to replacing and reusing signs.  In the concessions area, they want to create a sense of place with world class food and beverage choices and business services.  Parking options will include valet parking, a park/ride, and a Gold Reserve.

Once the construction is finished, they will hold a Grand Opening Day with the Public.


Bryan Downs
Bryan Downs delivers the Nominating Committee's report 
Rotary luncheon
Congratulations to Kirby Thompson, 2012 President Elect and thanks to Jim Jarboe for a job well done "On the Same Page"
Rotary luncheon
Jim Philips & C.J. Becker discuss the pros and cons of Cross Fit with Eric Willis
Park Renewal Day 2011
Park Renewal Day 2011
Park Renewal Day was a big success - thanks to all Rotarians who participated!

Reporter: Brock Peyer

Photographers: Mark Hastings, Jon Manns and Mark Burnette



The Rotary Bulletin Committee
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