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Thank you Bill Funk for volunteering for reporting duty this coming Friday, May 22! Now I can get some sleep.

Don't forget the 21st annual Decatur Arts Festival this weekend. Events begin Friday evening and continue through Sunday evening.

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-- Susan Cobleigh

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In this Issue
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  • Southern Center for International Studies
  • Around the Room
  • Happy Birthday!
  • Coming Up

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    Eric Lucas introduced Dr. Cedric Suzman

    Southern Center for International Studies
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    by James Brewer-Calvert

    Mark Burnette, photographer

    Dr. Cedric Suzman earned an MBA from Harvard and taught at Georgia Tech. Currently he is on staff of the Southern Center for International Studies as the Vice President and Director of Programming. He spoke about the current political situation in South Africa.

    Dr. Suzman is delighted that the Decatur Rotary is weighing a partnership with the East London Rotary Club in the field of education.

    The glass is always half empty or half full with South Africa. He is optimistic about the past 15 years. The African National Congress earned close to a two-thirds majority in the last election, and placed Jacob Zuma in the presidency. Despite unhappiness in much of the country, Zuma is the leader. The largest opposition party (Democratic Alliance) generated 12 to 16 percent in support. An emergent party of dissatisfied citizens called COPE (Congress of the People) only got 7.4 percent of the vote. A Zulu-led party got an even smaller percentage, which is a sign that tribal politics have taken a back seat to national concerns. There was little violence to speak of during the election. S. Africa can boast a good democratic process and practice.

    So, Jacob Zuma replaced President Tabo Umbeke even though Zuma was indicted for corruption and later faced rape charges. The corruption charges were thrown out on a technicality, but may reemerge at the highest level of the court.

    Zuma has established four priorities for the federal government. They are: AIDS, Crime, Unemployment, and Zimbabwe. Approximately 5.7 million people in S. Africa are infected with HIV. Eighteen percent of adults age 18 to 49 are infected. This is more than double the rate in Nigeria, which is more populous. Zuma appointed Barbara Hogan as Minister of Health, and she is initiating good programs. Violent crime rates are among the highest in the world. This has affected foreign investment and immigration, not to mention local victims. Related to crime is the 40 percent rate of unemployment of adults in their 20s and 30s. In the last two years, the Black middle class has increased, which is a good sign. At the same time, it is conspicuous that the job creation is from the top down rather than the bottom up. A "white paper" on infrastructure investment hopes to produce two million jobs by 2014. Dr. Suzman said that these might be interpreted as good signs: Zuma has a solid cabinet; is surrounded by people of integrity; and hopefully he can resist and avoid the trap of hubris. Regarding Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe has destroyed the land that all of Africa considers the Bread Basket of the continent. Diseases like cholera and AIDS/HIV, civil unrest and strife, political mismanagement of power, and extreme poverty have decimated the country. five million Zimbabweans have fled to South Africa. Little has been done to pressure Mugabe to step aside.

    Bring Me My Macine Gun: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa from Mandela to Zuma by Alec Russell was donated to the DeKalb Library System in honor of our speaker.

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    Dr. Cedric Suzman receives book from President Mark

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    Fred Boykin and Walt Drake enjoy a chuckle

    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

    Coming Up
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    Club Announcements

    Bill Moon delivered the invocation.

    The next board meeting is this Friday, May 22, and the Decatur Rotary Foundation will meet on Wednesday, May 27.

    Alan Dishman is seeking volunteers to hand out dictionaries to fourth graders at Glennwood Academy TOMORROW at 8:30 a.m. Please call him at (404) 583-8345 if you can help.

    Kudos to John Robinson and the Scholarship Committee as well as to Nath Briley and the Committee to Distribute the President's Fund for Local Charities.

    Welcoming Guests

    Visiting from the Atlanta Club was the Rev. Bevel Jones. Other visitors included Carl Seville; Francois Botha, guest of Eric Lucas; Mike Griffin, guest of Hugh Goodwin; and Alex Wilson, son and guest of Bob Wilson.

    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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