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Group Study Exchange with Guests from South Korea

The reception for the GSE (Group Study Exchange), co-hosted with the Dunwoody club, will be held this Sunday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Han II Kwan Korean restaurant, 5458 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30340. This event is free to members. On Monday, April 6, there will be a tour with the GSE to the Carter Center and to the DeKalb Farmers Market, followed by a pot luck dinner at the home of Laura Kann, 104 Kathryn Ave., Decatur 30030 (at the corner of Kathryn and Coventry). Children are welcome to attend the Monday dinner. Please let Bob Berg know if you will be attending any of these events so that reservations can be made for you and your guests.

-- Susan Cobleigh

    In this Issue
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  • Past Presidents Day
  • April Birthdays
  • Around the Room
  • Past Presidents Reception
  • Upcoming Programs

  • Past Presidents Day
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    Past Presidents


    Seated from left: Frank Matthews, Bob Wilson, Walt Drake, Bill Probst, Curtis Branscome, B.J. Sumner, Fred Turner, Bedros Sharian Jr., Bill Breen. Standing from left: David Ewing, Clark Candler, Judy Turner, Bob Castellani, Tom Adams, Dave Jollay, Dan Coursey, Art Vinson. Not pictured: Phil Jardina and Jean O'Callaghan, representing Ted.

    Walt Drake

    Walt Drake asks "Are you smarter than Jimmy Smith?"

    Don Hooten, Reporter

    Mark Burnette, Photographer

    Doug Torbush gave the invocation, and CJ Becker introduced the program with a quote from Ibsen, who said "A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm." She then introduced the past presidents in attendance and thanked them for their service.

    Past President Walt Drake presented "Are you smarter than Jimmy Smith?" -- a trivia game featuring questions about our members and past presidents.

    What two current members worked at C & S bank with Mills B. Lane? (Judy Turner and Bobby Atwater)

    What current member served on the Avondale city commission? (Jim Topple)

    Name two current members whose last name starts with "B" and who served as mayor of a city whose name begins with "D." (Bill Breen, Decatur, and Linton Broome, Doraville)

    Which current member's wife is a direct descendant of Agnes Scott? (Ray Willoch)

    Which current member's husband is a direct descendant of Agnes Scott? (Terri Candler)

    Which two members played on a Decatur High School state championship basketball team? (Candler Broom and Jimmy Smith)

    Club member Bill Moon of the International Community School gave a presentation on community service. Bill spoke of a recent visit to Cap Haitien on the northern coast of Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the world with the highest rate of mortality, infant death and illiteracy. However, the people are wonderfully friendly and supportive of their community. Bill heard of several instances of a baby being left on a doorstep and the family in the home taking that child and raising it. Bill visited a school that has 1,058 students with 36 teachers whose total annual salary is the equivalent of $37,000 in U.S. dollars. He was present in a class that had 55 students and one teacher, but the children were well behaved and neatly dressed. They sang a song of welcome to Bill. The church that sponsors the school would like to build additional classrooms. Bill met with a past president of the local Rotary club, who asked if there is a club in Atlanta that would like to partner with them to build the classrooms. As Bill left a little girl asked "When you get back to the U.S. will you remember us?"

    Stuart Zola concluded the meeting with an amazing magic trick which even though he explained how it was done, left the audience baffled.

    To honor our past presidents, the book Our Country's Presidents was presented to the DeKalb library system.

    April Birthdays
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    • April 1: Bill Harrison
    • April 3: Jim Philips
    • April 3: Gary Sams
    • April 4: Brian Cayce
    • April 5: Bedros Sharian III
    • April 7: Ed Turner
    • April 8: Susan Cobleigh
    • April 14: David Hughes
    • April 17: Bob Buckner
    • April 19: Jim Crabb
    • April 27: Jim Miller
    • April 28: Bob Biebel

    Around the Room
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    President Mark and CJ Becker
    Becker, Hastings

    Bill Moon
    Bill Moon


    Past Presidents Reception
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    Ewing, Becker

    Past President David Ewing with CJ Becker and Linda Morris. CJ and Linda hosted the Past Presidents reception last Thursday evening at the Druid Hills Golf Club. The food was delicious, the music was superb, and the event was lovely!

    Brenda, Jean, Mark

    Brenda Leder, Jean O'Callaghan, Mark Hastings, Mickey and Jim Baskett

    Byerlys, Castellanis

    Dennis and Janel Byerly, Bob and Betty Castellani, Curtis Branscome, CJ Becker and Linda Morris


    Linton and Ruth Broome


    Upcoming Programs
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    Welcoming Guests

    Jim Crabb introduced his guest, Jim Young, and Scott Drake introduced his guest Neil Dobbs. Also present was a guest of the club, Becky Sawyer, 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

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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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    The four-way test of the things we think, say or do:

    Is it the TRUTH?

    Is it FAIR to all concerned?


    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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