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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.


Invocation by:

James Brewer Calvert




Visiting Rotarian


Mac Willett

Stone Mountain Club







At A Glance
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 19, 2011


Decatur Rotary's Past Presidents Day celebration will be held TODAY, 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.



John Drake

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate


 President's Corner
CJ 05-13-11
President C.J. called the meeting to order.

Decatur Rotary Club received both the Presidential and Governor's Citation at the recent conference; those who attended reported a "grand time" for all.

A number of Paul Harris Fellows were recognized; most were PH Fellows several times over.

Decatur Rotary's Past Presidents Day celebration will be held onThursday, 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.





Marshall L. Nash, MD
President C.J. introduced our Speaker, Marshall L. Nash, M.D.  Dr. Nash is a Certified Physician Investigator, CEO of and Director of Stroke and Neuroscience Research at Gwinnett Medical Center. Dr. Nash is involved in some of the most promising and exciting research trials in Neurology. 

Nash is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA), Rutgers Medical School (MD), and completed his residency in neurology at Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Nash is the managing partner and CEO of Dekalb Neurology Associates, Medical Director of Stroke and Neuroscience Research for Gwinnett Medical Center, and has been involved in over 100 major research trials focusing on discovering new treatments for neurological diseases and conditions.  Dr. Nash is one of only a few private practice neurologists worldwide who devote 100% of their clinical practice time to clinical research. 

Dekalb Neurology Associates is a leader in treating and preventing strokes.  They are also involved in seeking new treatments for Alzheimer's, diabetes, europathy, and multiple sclerosis. Their goal is to expand the windows of neurological treatment in such areas as pre-Alzheimer's medication, managing risk factors related to strokes, and reducing the mortality rate related to procedures that reverse the effects of a stroke. 

In the United States, nearly 800,000 strokes occur each year, making them the leading cause of disability.  There are approximately 134,000 stroke-related deaths per year.   80% of strokes may be preventable by risk factor management.  Currently, the best treatment is to receive stroke medication within three hours of the event.  Usually, after four and half hours, it is too late for such treatment.  The problem is that many strokes go undetected for the first several hours.  If at all possible, receiving help early is critical.  Relatively new procedures of vacuuming" or "cork-screwing" out clots related to strokes may be very effective, but have a mortality rate of nearly 40%.  A promising area of current study is Photothera - laser light therapy that restores brain cell function by stimulating damaged cells.


Approximately 5.4 million persons are currently living with Alzheimer's Disease, reflecting a tremendous financial burden upon families and the entire healthcare system.  Late stage Alzheimer's patients will cost caregivers $5,000-10,000 per month.  Dr. Nash is working on ways to prevent or treat the "plaques" and "tangles" that cause Alzheimer's.  Alzheimer's can now be detected as much as 15 years prior to significant decline so it is critical for Nash's studies that those with any suspicious symptoms receive PET scans for early treatment.  Nash and his associates are also working on the prevention and treatment of diabetes, Parkinson's and other neurological diseases. 

For more information, check out Dr. Nash's website 

Speaker 05-13-11


   Speaker Photo: Marshall L. Nash, M.D.


A book was presented to the Dekalb Library Foundation in honor of our Speaker.

The meeting was adjourned.

Reported by Todd Speed
Photography by Mark Burnette 


Around the Room... 


Members 05-13-11
Members greet our Speaker.
Guests 05-13-11
Jim Crabb, Sara Fountain
and visitor.

The Rotary Bulletin Committee
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