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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:

Pete Pfeiffer


Visiting Rotarians introduced by Dennis Byerly 


Trace Haythorn, Atlanta

Phil Jardina, Past-President - Decatur




Beth Sumner guest of B.J. Sumner

Diane Loupe,

Guest of the Club


Jennifer Abbott,

Robyn Abree,  Anne Cooper, Mary Kathleen Johnson, Patti Peach,  David Sutherland and Patti Zettek all were guests of Kirby Thompson


Ansley Cooper and Tanner Smith guests of our Speaker Derek Smith 






At A Glance
May 27, 2011:  
Tom Hughes, Consultant to and part owner of NEA and MEA.

June 3, 2011:
Greg Pins, SE Regional Director of CLEAResult, a national company focused on Energy Efficiency programs.


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 26, 2011


As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, let us remember the freedoms that were bought and paid for by the lives of others few of us actually knew. They came from all walks of life and regions of the country. But they all had one thing in common - love and loyalty to country. By honoring the US soldiers who died while in military service,  we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifices in the memories of future generations.

Have a safe and happy day with family and friends.


John Drake

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate


 President's Corner
CJ 05-20-11
President C.J. called the meeting to order.


President C.J. thanked Alan Dishman and Earl Teveit for putting together a great Past-President's Day event at the Frazier Center.

President C.J. announced that the Board had adopted a draft long-range plan that would be sent out to the  membership for comments. President C.J. noted that the Board hoped to adopt the final plan on June 17th and if the Board did not hear comments back from members, it would be assumed that the membership supported the plan.

Eric Lucas brought greetings from the East London and Mthatha Rotary Clubs of South Africa.  He stated that project opportunities were being evaluated and that a presentation to the Club about the trip would be scheduled for a future program.


Derek V. Smith  

Kirby 05-20-11

Kirby Thompson introduced our speaker, Mr. Derek V. Smith.


Derek Smith is the former Chairman and CEO of ChoicePoint, Inc.  and currently serves as the President of GivingPoint, a nationwide community-based youth development organization whose mission is to inspire youth to discover their passion for learning and service.

Mr. Smith stated that the world is facing three crisis points: technology, education and service.  He noted that we are living in an exponential society where new generations of technology are released every day and that there is a growing gap between what technology  is able to do and people's ability to comprehend the capacity of technology.
Mr. Smith added that the exponential society impacts education by minimizing the value of  teaching and because it stresses math and science alone and does not value the humanities,  people will have a more difficult time understanding the environment that surrounds them.

Lastly, there are impacts on our connections to each other and how we view service to the greater good.  He says many youth today expect technology to solve their personal problems and noted that research showed that 1/3 of teens send at least 100 text messages a day.  He said the current young generation has seen the words "friend" and "communication" redefined in ways that do not result in young people relating on a personal basis with each other.

Mr. Smith stated that the purpose behind GivingPoint is to use a technology platform to as the infrastructure for human connection.  It provides an incredible opportunity to value service and giving to others as well as focusing youth on a higher and better purpose.  It also leverages social entrepreneurship to create a combination of outcomes that have a positive effect.  Lastly, it provides and
reinforced a sense of accomplishment.
If you would like to learn more about GivingPoint, please see the website at:

Speaker 05-20-11


   Speaker Photo: Derek V. Smith


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

The meeting was adjourned.

Reported by Peggy Merriss
Photography by Mark Hastings 


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