|Changing of the Guard|
President Mark Hastings passes the
torch to incoming President Bryan Downs.
Mark Burnette, photographer
by Richard Puckett, reporter
Outgoing President Mark Hastings began his
farewell address by pointing out the good things that had
happened on his watch: no terrorist attacks; no more public
punishments; general benevolence for all. More seriously, he
thanked the numerous people who made it a good year for the
the group of past presidents
all the committee chairs
the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees
President Mark also thanked the four retiring directors of
the club: Jeff Hancock, Gue
Hudson, Scott Thompson and
In addition, he recognized four individuals for jobs very
well done by awarding them with plaques:
Tom Adams, Billing and Comptroller
Jack Gerlach, Rotary Foundation Treasurer
Jason Conn, Club Treasurer
Vee Nelson, Club Secretary
Finally, President Mark thanked Doug
Torbush for being a stalwart and dependable
Sergeant-at-arms. Saying "goodbye," he then became a past
Incoming President Bryan Downs took up the
reins of leadership by first thanking outgoing President Mark
for his year of service, especially his dependability and his
work behind the scenes to improve the structure and
functioning of the club. He then recognized Mark's leadership
with a Past President pin, a plaque, and a gift from the
President Bryan continued by introducing family members
that were present - his father-in-law, Joe
Anderson, his son, Walker, his
mother, Ann Downs, and his wife,
Nancy. Unfortunately, his other son,
Luker, could not be present.
As he looked forward to the year ahead, President Bryan
pointed out that what will make a successful year for the club
is not the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the president,
but whether the members of the club are inspired members. The
measure of inspiration is threefold: faithful attendance,
giving of time and energy, and being generous financial
givers. He asked very member to look at her or her talents and
skills and to see how they can use them most effectively in
service. The club will only work because of the energy and
effort of its members.
President Bryan asked the club to focus on its greater
purposes: to contribute to the community, to tend to business
ethics, to be in service to the local community, and to
transcend boundaries to create community. He pointed out that
we are a local club, but an international organization; we are
a business club formed of professional who want to help
alleviate suffering in the world; we contribute in both
tangible and intangible ways.
In striving to continue the tradition of good Friday
programs, President Bryan analogized to a baseball pitching
staff: he going to have a starter (Scott
Thompson), a middle reliever (Peggy
Mitchell) and a closer (David
He thanked the club for entrusting him with leadership for
this year and dismissed the meeting.
The book donated to the DeKalb Library System this week in
honor of both the incoming and the outgoing presidents was
Book of the Presidents: An Illustrated History of
|Around the Room|
Past President Mark Hastings recognized many club members
and committees for their outstanding performance over the last
year. Jason Conn, right, is proudly
displaying the plaque he received for service as Club
Treasurer. Also pictured are Mark Treese and
President Bryan's family was present in support of the
occasion. Pictured with President Bryan are
his wife, Nancy, his son,
Walker, and his father-in-law, Joe
|Decatur Rotary Annual
Neima Abdulahi thanks the club for her
scholarship award as the other awardee, Lindsey
Tumperi, looks on.
As is the Club's tradition before the outgoing President
takes his leave, Rotary Foundation grants were given to a
number of community non-profits.
This year's Rotary Foundation grants were awarded to:
Decatur Cooperative Ministry
DeKalb Library Foundation
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center
Girls on the Run
Global Village School
International Community School
United Methodist Children's Home
Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse:
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
John Robinson, Chair of the Rotary
Scholarship Committee, introduced the co-recipients of the
2009 Rotary Scholarship Award. This year the committee had two
finalists with exceptional records and - with the vote of the
club - decided to give scholarships to both finalists. The
2009 recipients are:
Lindsey Tumperi: Lindsey is a graduating
senior and will be attending University of Virginia in the
fall. Lindsey was accompanied by her father, Eric
Neima Abdulahi: Neima is also a
graduating senior. She is originally from Somalia and will be
attending Elon College in the fall. Neima was accompanied by
her mother, Safio Mohamed.
The girls were also accompanied by their teacher,
Happy Birthday to all Rotarians with birthdays in July!
Unfortunately, Julia Carter is standing in for Susan Cobleigh
while she is away, and she doesn't know who you are. We will
rectify this shortly!
Torbushdelivered the invocation.
The membership summary
for the year is as follows:
4 new members
8 removed members
Current membership of
Carley had as guests Clark Candler
II and Catherine Henson, interns in
his office for the summer.
The club had a number
of guests from the charities that were receiving Rotary
Ministry: Beth Vann, Valerie
Foundation: Donna Brazzell
DeKalb Rape Crisis
Center: Phyllis Miller
Girls on the Run:
Global Village School:
Grace Hawkins, Barbara
Thompson, Suzi Jacobs
Community School: Mary Moon, Laurent
Children's Home: Alina Crews
Our House: Lee
Carroll, Amy Green, Tyese
Side by Side Brain
Injury Clubhouse: Virginia Vaughn,
Catherine Frasier, Cindy
Guests of the club also
included awardees of the Decatur Rotary Scholarship:
Lindsey Tumperi and Neima
Abdulahi. Lindsey's father and former Decatur Rotary
member, Eric Tumperi, proudly accompanied
her; and Safio Mohamed also attended in
support of her daughter, Neima. The girls' teacher,
Amanda Lockhart-Keener, also was also present
and a guest of the club.
And last, by certainly
not the least of our guests, President Bryan's family was
present. In attendance were his wife, Nancy,
his mother, Ann Downs, his father-in-law,
Joe Anderson and his son,
District Governor -
Officers for Decatur Rotary:
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us! Decatur Rotary Club meets each Friday at noon at
the Old Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur.
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test of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all
Will it build GOOD WILL
and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL
to all concerned?
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. . Directions:
Old Courthouse on the Square