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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


Bill Funk

gave the invocation.


Gary Sams

introduced visiting Rotarian

Ed Willingham,

 Northlake Club





Mary Moon, wife and 

guest of Bill Moon.


Adrienne Vinson, daughter and guest of

Art Vinson







At A Glance

May 6, 2011:
James Brewer-Calvert, Local Grants Committee,  Spotlight on Rotary Grants.
May 13, 2011:
Marshall L. Nash, MD, Certified Physician Investigator, CEO and Director of Stroke and Neuroscience Research at Gwinnett Medical Center.

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


April 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 4, 2011


REMINDER: First Thursday Social is scheduled for this Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough Street (next door to City Hall).
"BYOW" (Bring Your Own Wallet) for drinks and enjoy the free appetizers from Eddie's. Remember you can park free at City Hall after 5 p.m. and in the DeKalb County Parking Deck.  Parking meters are free after 6 p.m.
Remember, this social counts as a make-up!


John Drake

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate


 President's Corner
Bedros 04-29-11
Bedros Sharian, Jr. called the meeting to order.



President C. J. Becker was attending the Rotary District Conference at Callaway Gardens, and Bedros Sharian Jr. presided in her absence.

Eric Willis gave a talk about his classification, Health and Physical Fitness.  Eric urged club members to maintain a healthy weight and to exercise daily.

Alan Dishman announced that there will be an evening event on May 19 to honor our Club's past presidents.

Steve Ortlip announced a Saturday evening concert on May 8 at the Rialto Theatre.  This is in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Young Singers of Callanwolde which was formed with the support of the Club.



Dr. Patrick Allitt
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John Adams introduced our speaker, Patrick Allitt, who is Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, and is an Americanist specializing in religious, intellectual, and environmental history.  He is originally from Derbyshire, England.

Dr. Allit presented a history of the American conservative movement and began his remarks by saying that the 1980 presidential election (Carter versus Reagan) was the first he observed after coming to America.  He said the conservative movement sprang from a feeling following World War II that American government had grown too big as a result of the New Deal and the war effort.

The Road to Serfdom, written between 1940 and 1943 by Austrian-born philosopher-economist Friedrich von Hayek, began a libertarian revival, Dr. Allit said.  This was followed by a movement called the New Conservatives or New Traditionalists led by Russell Kirk, who was a friend of William F. Buckley Jr.  The New Conservatives venerated all things British, tracing their philosophical roots back to the early 1300s and the struggle between "realists" and "nominalists."  For the New Traditionalists, this is "when things started to go wrong in western civilization," said Dr. Allit.

Following World War II, the rise of communism and the resulting Cold War produced a strong anti-communist movement.  Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted as Soviet agents.  (Mr. Hiss was incarcerated; the Rosenbergs were executed.)  Senator Joe McCarthy, a "reckless demagogue," accused everyone including President Eisenhower of being communists, Dr. Allit said.
In the mid-1950s, three groups - Libertarians, Traditionalists, and Anti-Communists - were consolidated under William F. Buckley Jr. and The National Review, according to Dr. Allit.  They rallied around Barry Goldwater (R) in the 1964 presidential campaign.  Goldwater had published a book The Conscience of a Conservative in 1960, which was actually ghostwritten by William Buckley's brother-in-law.

During the 1960s, the Neo-Conservative movement grew as a reaction to government policies that were deemed liberal (i.e., the welfare system), and in the 1970s, Evangelical Christians became politicized as a reaction to the sexual revolution, the women's movement, the gay rights movement, and the legalization of abortion.  The Reverend Jerry Falwell founded the "Moral Majority," and Ronald Reagan decisively won the presidency in 1980 because of conservative and evangelical support.

Dr. Allit responded to a question about today's Tea Party movement by saying that there is a "mad grandeur about that party, but the movement is destined for disappointment" because "the only way it can survive is through compromise and conciliation," which it seems to lack, he said.


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   Speaker Photo:  Dr. Patrick Allitt


The book Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism by Paul Wapner was given to the DeKalb Library System in honor of our speaker.

The meeting was adjourned.

Reported by Susan Colbeigh
Photography by John Drake (iPhone Photography)
District Conference Photography by Mark Burnette 

Rotary District Conference... 

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Group who marched in opening ceremonies on behalf of our Club.
 Jean 04-29-11
  Jean O'Callaghan shows off her prize for
 winning the Scavenger Hunt.
Meal 04-29-11
Good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

The Rotary Bulletin Committee
Decatur Rotary Club
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