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A special thank you to James Brewer-Calvert who volunteered to be your reporter for May (except for Friday, May 22). If you are willing to be the reporter for that day, please let me know. And thank you in advance!

-- Susan Cobleigh

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    In this Issue
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  • Global Peace Containers
  • Around the Room
  • Happy Birthday!
  • Upcoming Program

  • New Rotarian


    President Mark congratulates new member Rebecca Sawyer

    Global Peace Containers
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    Dick Martin

    Dr. Dick Martin

    by James Brewer-Calvert

    Mark Burnette, photographer

    What do we do with old containers that are hard to get rid of and dispose of? Eric Lucas introduced our speaker Dr. Richard L. Martin, who retired from Georgia Tech in 1999 where he taught building design and construction at the School of Architecture for more than 24 years, is president of Global Peace Containers, Inc. While touring South Africa in the late 90s, Martin visited a cooking school that was built out of shipping containers to help impoverished people get jobs in Cape Town restaurants.

    Back in Atlanta, Global Peace Containers, Inc. was formed and the first project for the professor and his Georgia Tech students was to build an elementary school in Cross Keys, Jamaica. The school was built in just one month at a cost of $10,000, using four containers in a square formation with open space in the center. To keep the space cool, shade covers are constructed to act as parasols. About 150 children now attend the school. More projects have been finalized and currently Dr. Martin is working with the government of Liberia investigating the possible use of shipping containers for a university expansion in the city of Monrovia.

    When used for shipping and transporting goods, each container can hold up to 59,000 pounds, and they are strong enough to be stacked nine high. Durable and waterproof, containers are replaced every 12-13 years. Each container's history is verifiable thanks to tracking and record keeping. Older and unused containers are abandoned, often in 3rd world countries or counties, but the sustainable design and materials means they could be put to use for schools, homes, and community centers.

    Before joining Georgia Tech in 1976, Dr. Martin taught at Stanford University, California State Polytechnic University and the Stanford Research Institute and currently teaches building construction at Southern Poly Tech State University. He holds degrees from UCLA, the Pratt Institute and the University of Hawaii. Dr. Martin is a nephew of the African explorer Dr. Livingstone.

    In honor of our speaker, Green Homes: New Ideas for Sustainable Living by Sergi Costa Dunn was donated to the DeKalb Library System.

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    Around the Room
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    Lucas and speaker







    Eric Lucas and Dick Martin

    Happy Birthday!
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    • May 6: Tom Adams
    • May 12: Frank Carryl
    • May 14: Sara Fountain
    • May 14: Pierce Head
    • May 15: Phyllis Edwards
    • May 15: Hobby Rice
    • May 16: Betty Willis
    • May 18: Mark Treese
    • May 20: Earl Tveit
    • May 22: Davison Philips
    • May 28: Eric Norwood

    Upcoming Program
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    Club Announcements

    Jeff Hancock delivered the invocation.

    Jeremy Warner welcomed visiting Rotarian Casey Farmer, Stone Mountain Club, and incoming District Governor for 2011.

    We welcomed three new members. John Chapman Drake, introduced by Jeff Hancock, is a Marketing Executive with Patillo Construction. He is the son of Walt Drake and the brother of Scott Drake. Rebecca L. Sawyer is the Business Manager for Decatur First United Methodist Church. She is a third generation Rotarian and was Past-President and Assistant District Governor in previous Rotary Clubs. She was introduced by John Robinson. Judge Pete Pheiffer, a former Chief Magistrate in Cordele, was a Past-President of the Cordele Club with 31 years perfect attendance. He now lives in Decatur and was introduced by Bedros Sharian Jr.

    President Mark reported on the Rotary event at Jekyll Island, and it sounds like a great time was had by all.

    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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