Greetings from your new Bulletin editors. This year
Brenda Leder, Brian Cayce and John Bennett will be
sharing the editor assignment along with a great group of reporters.
We look forward to bringing you the weekly news from Decatur Rotary
Club and invite you to send us any announcements that you want to
share with other members of our club.
|Past President Bob
Past President Bob fills in for
President Bryan who was on vacation.
Past President Bob reported that
President Bryan was apparently so exhausted
after the inaugural activities on June 26th that he needed
some rest and recuperation.
He introduced Nath Briley who gave our
invocation and John Drake who welcomed our
Betty Willis presented our speakers Vivian
Price and Maceo Rodgers
Betty Willis introduced our speakers,
author Vivian Price and illustrator
Maceo Rodgers, who have produced the DeKalb
History Center's most recent publication, Historic DeKalb
Vivian Price is a life-long resident of DeKalb County and
has researched and written numerous publications on history
and genealogy. She provided us with an interesting overview of
her new book:
- DeKalb County was founded in 1822, carved out of Henry
County. New settlers were flocking to this area, because
land was being distributed for free using a lottery system.
Settlers received 2 to 2-1/2 acres, paying only a filing
- When DeKalb County was formed, it was twice as large as
it is today, stretching all the way to the Chattahoochee
- DeKalb County was named for Baron Johann DeKalb, a hero
of the Revolutionary War.
- Decatur became the county seat because it was located at
the intersection of two major Indian trails. Decatur is
named for the naval hero, Stephen Decatur, who is best known
for his successful battles against the Barbary pirates of
- Aside from Decatur, three other major communities
existed in DeKalb County when it was formed. The Standing
Peachtree Community, home of the influential Montgomery
family, was located near what is now the Atlanta water
plant. The Old Cross Keys community included the Primitive
Baptist Church, built in 1824, which is still holding
services today. Near what is now Lithonia, Macedonia Baptist
Church was the center of that community. It is the oldest
church in DeKalb County, and it is also still holding
- In 1848, Atlanta was created, and in 1853, Fulton County
was created. With their removal, DeKalb County became the
size it is today.
- As Atlanta became a transportation hub, DeKalb County
became an industrial hub. A proliferation of sawmills
contributed heavily to the economic growth of our county
- Current cities within DeKalb County are also highlighted
within the book.
- Vivian emphasized that her book is not intended to be
Volume 2 of the official history of DeKalb County. Instead,
it is divided into three different parts for an integrated
view of the county since its inception. Part 1 is Through
the Years, and it is a factual narrative of county history
to the present. Part 2 is People, Places and Events, with
many stories on a wide variety of topics and time periods.
Part 3 is Sharing the Heritage, with profiles of
institutions and businesses that have made significant
contributions to and influences on the success of DeKalb
County. The book also includes numerous unique photographs
and illustrations contributed by the DeKalb History Center,
Emory University, Georgia State University, and by the
illustrator, Maceo Rodgers.
Maceo Rodgers is a person of many talents as well. He is
the Deputy Director of the DeKalb County Office of Economic
Development. He is also the artist responsible for the
numerous paintings and watercolors throughout the
publication, Historic DeKalb County.
Maceo confessed that he is often asked how economic
development and art relate to each other. He explained that
vision and planning are required for both of his passions.
Just as he envisions the subject and the results before he
starts painting on a blank canvas, he also envisions the
correct business and the results for new developments within
He said that his contributions to the book were rewarding
experiences for him, both as an artist and because he was
able to talk with residents about their particular
Their book is available for purchase at the DeKalb
In honor of their presentation, Darrow Willey selected
Voice & Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other
Serious Nonfiction, for donation to the DeKalb County
Reported by Betty Spiker
|Around the Room|
John Drake introduced our visiting
Bo Sundmark, from the Stockholm, Sweden
Club presented us with his Club's flag, and Past
President Bob presented Bo with one of our flags.
- July 03: Warren Davidson
- July 04: Bob Castellani and Robert Soens
- July 05: Betty Spiker
- July 08: Linton Broome
- July 09: Al Raab
- July 10: Walt Drake
- July 16: Ted O'Callaghan
- July 17: Joe Kusmik and Barbara Tedrow
- July 19: John Kline
- July 21: John Bennett
- July 27: Jim Thibadeau and Jim Topple
- July 30: Mark Whatley
- July 17th - Matt Slappey, Business Broker
- July 24th - Kodac Harrisson, Poet and Singer/Songwriter
- July 31st - TBA
- August 7th - TBA
- August 14th - Nancy Chandler, CEO, Georgia Center for
- August 21st - District Governor Roy Strickland
- August 28th - Hank Klibanoff, Pultizer Prize Winner
John Drake introduced our
visiting Rotarian Bishop Bevil Jones, from
the Atlanta Club and Bo Sundmark, from the
Stockholm, Sweden Club. Jim Jarboe
introduced his guest, his wife Mary K. Jarboe. Betty
Willis welcomes former member Mark
If you have news to share about our Club
members or a member spotlight, please let us know so we can
feature it here. It is even better if the information is
already in written form with a photo!
Officers for Decatur Rotary:
President - Bryan Downs
President-Elect - C.J. Becker
Past President - Mark Hastings
Secretary - Vee Nelson
Treasurer - Jason Conn
Sergeant-at-Arms - Doug Torbush
District Governor - Roy Strickland
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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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The four-way test of the things we
think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Directions: Old Courthouse on the