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April 3, 2009 Edition Decatur Rotary Spoke 'n Wheel
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The Decatur Rotary Club meeting for April 17 will be held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta 30329. Free parking is available in the deck directly behind the former American Heart Association Building, 1605 Clifton Road NE. Walt Drake will preside in President Mark's absence. Thank you Kathy Johnson for arranging this!

-- Susan Cobleigh

    In this Issue
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  • The Bard of Rotary
  • April Birthdays
  • Around the Room
  • Photos from the GSE Reception
  • Upcoming Programs

  • Bob Lynn

    Bob Lynn


    The Bard of Rotary
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    Mark Burnette and Mark Hastings, Photographers

    James Brewer-Calvert gave the invocation, and President Mark introduced our speaker Bob Lynn, the "Bard of Rotary."

    Bob, a past district governor in Louisiana, began by pointing out that he was wearing his district governor's jacket from his term, 1993 to 1994. Most past governors are unable to get into their jackets, he said. Although he has no problem putting it on, he can't button it anymore.

    April is National Poetry Month, so this was a very appropriate speaker. Bob started writing poetry as a way to communicate better and relate to students. He released a book of poems about Rotary in 2007, and all profits go to The Rotary Foundation. Bob proceeded to read selections from his book of Rotary poems. He first read his title poem, "Service Yields Its Own Reward."

    His second reading was actually a song about Paul B. Harris sung to the tune of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." Everyone sang along on the chorus (or at least made a good effort to sing). The next poem was entitled "Yet Alive" and was also about Paul B. Harris and his legacy. Bob's next reading was a limerick about Bill Gates and his generous contributions to the polio eradication project. He then read "One by One and Hour by Hour" and "Cancer is Soul Limited." The last poem, "A Giving Heart," was read as a prayer.

    The book presented to the DeKalb Library System on Bob Lynn's behalf was Governor's Mansions of the South by Ann Liberman.


    April Birthdays
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    • April 1: Bill Harrison
    • April 2: Elliott Augustine
    • 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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    Rick Garnitz presents perfect attendance awards


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    Bedros Sharian III, Bryan Downs and Scott Thompson received perfect attendance awards


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    . . . as did Scotty Candler, Eric Lucas and Tom Adams.


    Photos from the GSE Reception
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    Rotarians at Han Il Kwan Korean restaurant


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    Another scene from Han Il Kwan


    Upcoming Programs
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    Club Announcements

    Rotary District Conference is April 24-26 at Jekyll Island.

    Congratulations to Bedros Sharian Jr. for 31 years of perfect attendance; to Tom Adams for 30 years of perfect attendance; and to Scotty Candler and Eric Lucas for 22 years each perfect attendance.

    Club members are cordially invited to visit "Open House at Our House" on either April 16 or April 17 between 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, call or email Mary Lyons at (404) 378-0938 or mlyons@ourhousega.org.

    Welcoming Guests

    Doug Torbush introduced visiting Rotarians Wes Dodd, Habersham County Club, and Fred Carroll, Midtown Atlanta Club. Two distinguished visitors from our District were District Governor-Elect Roy Strickland and Assistant District Governor Suzanne Sykes.

    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 build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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    Directions: Old Courthouse on the Square
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    phone: 404-371-4444
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