Group Study Exchange with Guests from South
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
|Past Presidents Day|
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 asks "Are you smarter than
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
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
What current member served on the Avondale city commission?
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
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 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|
President Mark and
|Past Presidents Reception|
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 Leder, Jean
O'Callaghan, Mark Hastings,
Mickey and Jim Baskett
Dennis and Janel
Byerly, Bob and Betty
Castellani, Curtis Branscome,
CJ Becker and Linda
Linton and Ruth
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
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The four-way test of the things we think, say or
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Directions: Old Courthouse on the