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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. 
Link to the most recent District 6900 Newsletter:
District Newsletter

Book Of
The Week
There was no book of the week.

Guests & Visitors

Doug Torbush

gave the invocation.


Al Adams
introduced the

Visiting Rotarian:


 Kent Gipson,

North Atlanta Club, and his guest Richard Laird.




No Other Guests


At A Glance
March 25, 2011:
Jones Hooks, Chief Executive of the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA).
April 1, 2011:
Rev. Pam Driesell, Senior Pastor, Trinity Church


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


March 2:
Bill Jackson 
March 6:
Terri Candler

March 14:
Rhonda Davidson

March 17:
Lyn Menne

March 17:
Henry Wall

March 23:
Fred Turner

March 26:
Bryan Downs
March 23, 2011




Spring is here and I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather!


Opening Day is just around the corner - Go Braves



John Drake, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate




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

President C.J. recognized Judy Turner, our Club's nominee for District Governor.  Judy warmly thanked the Club for her nomination and said she very much enjoyed going through the process.  The new District Governor is Blake McBurney of the Atlanta Club, which is celebrating its centennial this year.


President C.J.  mentioned that our Rotary Foundation student Su Myat Thu (Agnes Scott College) is seeking summer employment and asked Club members to consider opportunities for her.  Su Myat's resume' is available through Betty Spiker.


Bill Harshman reminded the Club of the Rotary District 6900 Conference, April 28-May 1, at Callaway Gardens.


Jason Conn said that members will receive an email message from "Survey Monkey" asking for member input about our Club.



Dale Caldwell 
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John Adams introduced speaker

Dale Cardwell, Emmy award-winning

investigative reporter at WSB-TV (1996-2007)

and former candidate for the U.S. Senate in the 2008 Democratic Primary.  Today, he manages, a consumer advocacy and advisory company, and its companion broadcast TrustDaleTV which airs on WAGA-TV.


Dale said his speech should be entitled, "Why Was I Crazy Enough to leave WSB-TV and Start This Business?"  As background, Dale recalled when he and his family were placed in protective custody following the murder of DeKalb County Sheriff-Elect Derwin Brown in December 2000.  Like Brown, Dale was on a "hit list" for revealing corruption in the DeKalb Sheriff's Department under then Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, who had been defeated by Brown in the 2000 election.  (Dorsey was later convicted of Brown's murder and is serving a life sentence.)


In 2007, Dale left WSB-TV to "save the world and run for the U.S. Senate," but he refused to accept PAC (political action committee) funding and lost the primary nomination.  On the advice of WSB's Clark Howard, with whom Dale had worked as part of WSB's consumer reporting team, Dale started his own internet consumer reporting site:, launched in May 2009.


He said he took his 20 years of investigative reporting experience to develop a checklist for consumers using tools such as public records and agencies (Office of Consumer Affairs, for example).  Currently, 68 companies are represented on the site, which has an impressive 85,000 visits per month, with an average visit of more than four minutes.  Visitors click through an average of 12 pages on the site, and the bounce rate is under one percent.  The television show TrustDaleTV airs Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on WAGA-TV (Fox 5).   


Before representing a company on the website, Dale personally interviews the company owner.  After passing the TrustDale investigative review, the company must agree to and abide by the TrustDale "Make It Right Guarantee" which ensures complete customer satisfaction with product, price and service.


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   Speaker Photo:  Dale Caldwell



On behalf of the Speaker, the bookWhat's Mine Is Yours: the Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers, was donated to the DeKalb County Library System.

The meeting was adjourned.

Reported by Susan Cobleigh
Photography by Mark Burnette 


'Round the Room...

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President C.J. presents book in Mr. Caldwell's honor.


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  Jason Conn, Fred Turner and Bill Harshman catch up. 


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Judy Turner thanks the club for their support



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Members greet Dale Caldwell following the meeting.





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