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  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Around the Room
  • Around the Table
  • June Birthdays
  • Coming Up

  • Zoo Atlanta
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    Laurel Askue

    by Richard Puckett

    Scott Drake, photographer


    Betty Willis introduced speaker Laurel Askue, Director of the Academy for Conservation Training (ACT) of Zoo Atlanta. She is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the International Zoo Educators Associations and an editorial board member of the journal India, China and America Institute.

    Ms. Askue has made six trips to China (and is about to make another one) working with ACT to both educate and train zoo directors and stakeholders in China. The entrée for this connection is Zoo Atlanta's contract with China to keep Giant Pandas. This contract is a 10-year term and is up for renewal next year. The program works with 45 zoos and wildlife parks in 26 of the 34 provinces in China. There are over 400 zoos in China overall.

    Zoos in China are relatively young with most established in the 1950s. They do not have an extensive history of using their facilities for education and conservation efforts but they most are anxious to learn. The ACT program is designed to improve the three keys for change: knowledge, attitude and behavior. The program works to model Chinese zoos on the successes of zoos in the U.S. The overall key is to connect people with the animals on both an emotional and academic levels.

    The overall goal of ACT is to develop a network of trained zoo educators in China to support conservation efforts through education in zoos. The training has four specific goals: (1) to develop a professional training academy; (2) to establish a network of trained conservation educators; (3) to gain support from zoo directors; and (4) to transfer ACT program management to the Chinese themselves. As example of the specific steps, the training academy focuses on the following: a five day best-practices training, a workshop on exhibit design, and training in productive interaction with zoo visitors, especially children.

    The book donated to the DeKalb Library System in honor of our speaker was How Many Baby Pandas? by Sandra Markle.


    Around the Room
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    John Robinson makes an appeal for the scholarship fund.


    Around the Table
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    President Mark presents book to speaker.


    June Birthdays
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    • June 2: Jon Manns
    • June 4: Bill Breen
    • June 10: Greg Adams
    • June 10: Richard Puckett
    • June 13: Bobby Atwater
    • June 13: Ray Willoch
    • June 14: Jack Gerlach
    • June 14: Gue' Hudson
    • June 16: Dan Coursey
    • June 17: Bob McMahan
    • June 17: B. J. Sumner
    • June 18: Van Fraser
    • June 19: Lauri McKain-Fernandez
    • June 21: Bob Bachman
    • June 22: Candler Broom
    • June 22: Don Hooten
    • June 24: David Ewing
    • June 25: Bob Rutland
    • June 26: Todd Speed

    Coming Up
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    Club Announcements

    Nath Briley delivered the invocation.

    President Mark announced that Diane McAfee (wife of former member Doug McAfee) died last week. The memorial service was Sunday afternoon, June 14, at the Decatur First United Methodist Church.

    John Robinson announced that there are two finalists for the Decatur High Rotary Scholarship. The scholarship is $1,000/year for four years. This year both finalists are so worthy that John is asking the club to consider awarding two scholarships. The first finalist has an excellent academic record, is planning to attend the University of Virginia, and will major in public health. The second finalist likewise has an excellent academic record. She moved here from Somalia with her mother and lives in public housing. She plans to attend Elon College and major in communications.

    The awards will be made at the June 26 meeting. Please let John know if you are willing to contribute toward the awarding of two scholarships this year. John is planning on making a gift himself for that purpose.

    Welcoming Guests

    We welcomed visiting Rotarian Dr. Steve Bethea of the Buckhead Club.

    George Carley introduced his guest Clark Candler II, a rising second year student at UGA Law School and son of Rotarians Clark and Terri Candler.

    Bill Breen had three guests: Earnest Key, former Decatur Rotary President; Teresa Key, Earnest's wife; and Mary Ann Morgareidge.

    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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    Is it the TRUTH?

    Is it FAIR to all concerned?

    Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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