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March 20, 2009 Edition Decatur Rotary Spoke 'n Wheel
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Don't forget the social honoring our past presidents this Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Druid Hills Golf Club, 740 Clifton Road. You and a guest are cordially invited to enjoy food, drinks, music and fellowship. CJ Becker has organized this lovely evening. See you there!

If you have news to share with the club, please let one of your editors know - Susan Cobleigh, Melissa Forgey or Lyn Menne.

Don Hooten is your reporter for March. John Bennett and Bill Funk will share reporting duties in April. James Brewer-Calvert is the reporter for May (except for the May 22nd meeting - we still need a volunteer). Richard Puckett reports in June. Mark Burnette and Jon Manns are our photographers.

-- Susan Cobleigh

    In this Issue
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  • Our House
  • Happy Birthday To You
  • Around the Room
  • Upcoming Programs

  • Our House
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    Tyese Lawyer, Clark Candler and Gayle Gellerstedt

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    Clark Candler introduced the program.

    Don Hooten, Reporter

    Mark Burnette, Photographer

    The invocation was given by Nath Briley, and Clark Candler, Our House board member, introduced our speakers Gayle Gellerstedt and Tyese Lawyer. Ms. Gellerstedt, who is married to Bill Funk, is an Our House volunteer and currently serves on its board of directors. Ms. Lawyer is the executive director of Our House.

    Ms. Gellerstedt started the program by telling that in the Atlanta area, 50 families a day are becoming homeless and that there are over 800 homeless children on any given day. Our House is one of two shelters in the Atlanta area for homeless families, providing early childhood intervention and educational services year-round, five days a week. Our House also serves as an advocacy agency for parents, helping to provide the tools necessary for them to succeed as productive members of the community. It also provides resources and referrals for job training, mental health services, budgeting and many other services related to housing, family strengthening and resource building.

    Ms. Gellerstedt introduced Tyese Lawyer as "someone who does everything from raising money to changing diapers and everything in between." Ms. Lawyer told the history of Our House, which began in 1988 when a group of citizens recognized that children staying overnight in shelters had to leave each day regardless of whether they had anywhere to go. The founders envisioned Our House as a safe haven where a parent could leave her child during the day knowing that the child would be well cared for while the parent sought employment and permanent housing. Our House provides care for 44 children, ages six weeks to five years of age.

    Ms. Lawyer said that data shows that there are 58,000 children in Georgia with no place to call home, ranking Georgia 47th nationwide in child homelessness. One in 50 children are homeless, and Our House continues to receive increasing calls for help.

    Ms. Gellerstedt came back to report on what is happening now at Our House. Through Ms. Lawyer's leadership and volunteer support, Our House is in the black for the fourth year in a row. Two years ago the board of directors decided that due to the inadequate facilities being used, a capital campaign would be started to raise funds for a renovation and addition to the building. The campaign raised $1.5 million, including generous pledges from both the board and the staff. In two weeks the new facility will be ready. Towards the end of April there will be "milk and cookies" events for friends and supporters of Our House, and the children will give tours of the new facility.

    Our House has opened its arms to children and families that are hidden but very much present. Ms. Gellerstedt concluded her message by stating "Your house, my house, Our House, alive, well and functioning."

    In honor of our speakers, President-Elect Bryan presented Finding Grace - The Face of America's Homeless to the DeKalb Library System.

    Happy Birthday To You
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    • March 23: Fred Turner
    • March 24: George Ingram
    • March 26: Bryan Downs

    Around the Room
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    Tyese Lawyer

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    President-Elect Bryan presents book to Gayle Gellerstedt.

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    President-Elect Bryan

    Upcoming Programs
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  • March 27: Honoring our Past Presidents
  • April 3: Bob Lynn, The Bard of Rotary

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    Welcoming Guests

    Elliott Augustine introduced our visiting Rotarian Pete Pfeiffer from Cordele.

    President-Elect Bryan Downs, filling in for President Mark, introduced guests Dr. Ray Huie and Mary Lyons, Our House board members. Also present were guests of the club - John Drake and Becky Sawyer - who are going through the Rotary information process.

    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


    There will be a board meeting this Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m.

    District 6900 assembly will be held on March 28 in Columbus. Any Decatur Rotary member wishing to attend will have the $30 registration fee paid for by the club.

    The Group Study Exchange (GSE) reception will be co-hosted with the Dunwoody Club and held on Sunday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Han II Kwan Korean restaurant, 5458 Buford Highway, Atlanta 30340. Our visitors are arriving in Atlanta on April 4 from District 3630 in South Korea. For more information, contact Bob Berg.

    The Rotary District 6900 Annual Conference at Jekyll Island is fully booked. If you are still interested in going, you might be able to squeeze in. Contact Jason Conn. The dates are April 24-26.

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