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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



Alan Dishman

introduced the

Visiting Rotarians


Rod Price

Brookhaven Club

Thua Barlay

Conyers Club





Kitty Crowley, guest of

Hugh Goodwin 






At A Glance
May 13, 2011:
Marshall L. Nash, MD, Certified Physician Investigator, CEO and Director of Stroke and Neuroscience Research at Gwinnett Medical Center.

May 20, 2011:  
Derek V. Smith, Chairman of the GivingPoint Board, a public charity to help teens find and fuel their civic passion.


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


May Birthdays!

May 1
Amy Nash
May 6
Tom Adams
May 14
Sara Fountain
May 15
Phyllis Edwards
May 15
Hobby Rice
May 16
Betty Willis
Becky Sawyer
May 20
Earl Tveit
May 22
Davison Philips
May 28
Eric Norwood

May 12, 2011


John Drake

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate


 President's Corner
CJ 05-06-11
President C.J. called the meeting to order.


Decatur Rotary's Past Presidents Day celebration will be held on Thursday, May 19 at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA  30307, from 6 - 8 p.m.  The celebration includes light food and drinks and is open to all members and guests.

Congratulations:  Peter Michelson has been nominated for the Fred Case Award.




James Brewer-Calvert
James Brewer-Calvert introduced our program by reminding the Club that social change is best addressed by a both/and approach:  both rescuing those who are drowning and going upriver to address the reasons why people are ending up in danger, over their heads in floodwaters they cannot escape on their own.

James Brewer-Calvert and the Local Grants Committee presented the six organizations receiving Rotary grants and highlighted a key volunteer from each organization. Grants in the amount of $12,500 were available for work that is making a significant local impact with at-risk youth and/or literacy.  Six grants in the amount of $2000 were awarded, and $500 will be spent to provide books for volunteers to distribute. Each recipient group had a key volunteer to receive the grant and speak briefly about their organization.


Grant recipients are:


Boys and Girls Club Decatur, for after-school "Power Hour" homework help and leader.  Emily Green recognized our own Tom Adams as a key volunteer and Board member. 87% of those who participate in Power Hour will graduate from high school.


Decatur Cooperative Ministry: One-year for leader for child enrichment at Hagar's House for homeless women and their children.  Beth Vann recognized Board President Sherri Hutter for systematic and sacrificial giving of time and talent. 


Decatur Education Foundation: Writing and reading workshops for almost every student of the City Schools of Decatur, in conjunction with The Little Shop of Stories.  Gail Rothman introduced Mechele Hillegrass, a recent Hometown Hero and regular volunteer for the foundation.


Our House shelter for homeless children: Literacy supplies and educator for 57 children. Robert Dowd, Vice-Chair of the Board, spoke of the importance of school readiness for homeless children.


Girls on the Run exercise group, peer group counseling: Shoes and scholarships, in conjunction with Oakhurst Elementary and Renfroe Middle School after-school programs, to foster and develop healthy self-esteem. Sue Payne recognized Kelly Walsh, a regular volunteer since 2002, and mentioned that this program reaches over 1300 girls in the Atlanta area. 


DeKalb Rape Crisis Center: One year of for leader for adolescent trauma and recovery group.  37 were served in 2010.  Robin Kirby thanked Mandy Miller for her work as a crisis interventionist.


Calvert 05-06-11


   Speaker Photo: James Brewer-Calvert


No book this week, but instead a $500 check was presented to the Dekalb Library Foundation in honor of our grant recipients.

The meeting was adjourned.

Reported by Todd Speed
Photography by Mark Burnette 


Around the Room... 


Recipients 0-06-11
Grant Recipients are honored.

First Thursday Social May 5th...
 Group 05-05-11
  Good turn out to enjoy the warm summer night at Eddie's Attic.

JC 05-06-11
Jeremy Warner and Jason Conn catch up.

The Rotary Bulletin Committee
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