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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

Jeff Hancock gave
the invocation.


Bobby Atwater introduced the visiting Rotarians.  


Our Guests included:

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

Curt Armstrong:
guest of James

Allyson Wiesinger:
guest of Jim Jarboe

Our Visiting Rotarians included:

Assistant District Governor Suzanne Sykes

Al Adams, Dunwoody Sunset

Jerry Gardner, Midtown
At A Glance
December 10: David Ewing

December 17: TBA

December 24: No Meeting

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 8, 2010
Did you know 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. More info can be found on

Don't forget about Breakfast with Santa, either! It will be 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.

There will also be the annual Holiday Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast on 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


President CJ thanked the "Candler Brothers" for organizing another successful First Thursday activity at Parker's on Ponce.

President CJ reported than Joe Kusmik is doing well at Northside Hospital and that he hopes to be going home on Friday, December 10th.

President CJ announced that she had attended a graduation ceremony from the DeKalb Superior Court Drug Court program and she commended the partners in the program for their leadership, including the Sherriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office, for helping people turn around their lives.

The Nominating Committee will be reviewing Club input as they develop a recommended slate for future club leadership. 

President CJ announced that the AJC will be printing an interview with club member Julia Carter about her Zip-to-Green enterprise.


James "Jim" M. Thomas: Integrity
John Adams introduced our speaker, fellow Rotarian 
James "Jim" M. Thomas 

Jim Thomas (Dublin, GA Club) gave an impassioned plea for the importance of integrity in our everyday lives.

Jim started off by defining
integrity as the ability to:
  1. Keep our word;
  2. Deliver on what we promise; 
  3. Play within the rules;  
  4. Stand up and be counted when it counts

Jim also offered that there were two elemental tenets to integrity.

First, integrity is made up of an adherence to principles that contribute to the greater good and the essence of integrity is the capacity to stand by the right ideas as the right time.

Second, that integrity is made of three components: the unmistakable, unvarnished truth; a willingness to announce one's convictions to the world; and, a resolve to translate one's convictions into reality.

In conclusion, Jim stated that integrity is a character trait that helps us to assess and react to trying circumstances with the right choice.


Speaker Photo: James "Jim" M. Thomas

On behalf of our speaker, the book "Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business" by Josh Bernoff was donated to the DeKalb County Library System.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Reported by Peggy Merriss

Photography by Mark Burnette

'Round the Room...

Members gather at our First Rotary Social In December
that was held at Parker's on Ponce.
Members gather at our First Rotary Social In December
that was held at Parker's on Ponce.

Members gather at our First Rotary Social In December
that was held at Parker's on Ponce.

Bill Moon, Barbara Tedrow and Eric Lucas
chat after the meeting


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