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August 12, 2009 Edition Decatur Rotary Spoke 'n Wheel
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On the eve of a new school year, Decatur Rotary Club was fortunate to secure the precious time of one of its own, who continuing a trend from the previous week brought our Club a unique and informative program with a hometown flavor. I hope you'll enjoy the newsletter from this past week's meeting in the Old Decatur Courthouse. Thanks to all of you who have been sending feedback and comments on the newsletter, as your thoughts are always welcome.

Brian Cayce

In this Issue
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  • President Bryan Invites Our Invocation
  • City Schools of Decatur, Dr. Phyllis Edwards
  • Around the Room
  • August Birthdays

  • President Bryan Invites Our Invocation
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    President Bryan welcomed a large crowd this past Friday and invited Fred Boykin to give our invocation.


    City Schools of Decatur, Dr. Phyllis Edwards
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    Dr. Phyllis Edwards fields questions from the audience.


    Bob Wilson introduced the speaker and Decatur Rotary Club Member, Phyllis Edwards, as someone he has watched diligently seek to improve education while dealing with budget cuts since beginning her tenure as Superintendent of the City Schools of Decatur (CSD). Mr. Wilson praised her leadership, vision and character and shared that Dr. Edwards possesses a genuine commitment to children and their education.

    In anticipation of the first day of school, Dr. Edwards shared the 2009-2010 vision, mission and goals of CSD. Under the theme of "Fighting for Excellent Schools," Dr. Edwards set forth the priorities of "knocking-out" challenges head-on to become one of the top ten community school districts in the nation. CSD set five goals to continue its success: (1) improve academic achievement; (2) close the achievement gap; (3) operate as one system; (4) improve fiscal responsibility; and, (5) strengthen relationship with community.

    In keeping with tradition, Dr. Edwards gathered everyone associated with CSD from bus drive to administrator for the "Opening Day" kick-off. The kick-off served to motivate, highlight accomplishments and preview the upcoming year. Among many other accomplishments, CSD ended the 2008-2009 school year meeting goals, improving math and language arts scores, recognized by Newsweek Magazine as 1 of 10 top school districts in the nation, receiving accreditation for College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, completing its first year as a Charter system.

    Dr. Edwards outlined that as Superintendent she is the "Mother of CSD" responsible for the system. Her job is to solve problems, settle disputes, be accessible, provide support and oversee the budget and employment issues. Dr. Edwards is also the public representative of the CSD and the secretary of the School Board.

    For the upcoming year, CSD will continue to face budget cutbacks, but will strive to keep focus on educating and meeting its goals. CSD will continue to work to enable its students to compete nationally and internationally in academic and extracurricular activities.

    In honor of Dr. Edwards' presentation, the Decatur Rotary Club donated Homework for Grown-Ups: Everything You Learned at School and Forgot to the DeKalb County Library.

    Reported by Kyle Williams


    Around the Room
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    President Bryan and Dr. Edwards share a laugh over the title of the book selected for donation to the DeKalb County Library


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    Dr. Edwards fields additional questions following the program.


    August Birthdays
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    Upcoming Programs

  • August 14th - Nancy Chandler, CEO, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
  • August 21st - District Governor Roy Strickland
  • August 28th - Hank Klibanoff, Pultizer Prize Winner, and Rachel Alterman Wallack

    Welcoming Guests

    Rev. Nath Briley introduced our Visiting Rotarians, including:

  • Trace Hatthorn, Atlanta Downtown
  • Martha Brooks, Atlanta Downtown

    Our guests included:

  • Robyn Brown, daughter of Robert Brown
  • Mary Farmer and Lisa Jones, IT Department of the City Schools of Decatur

    Announcements

    President Bryan made the following announcements:

  • Reminder to members of the Board of Directors of the Decatur Rotary Club: the District Governor will be visiting our Board meeting on Friday, August 21st at 11:15 a.m. Need to have all Board members present.
  • Strike Out Polio event at Braves game, Saturday, August 22nd. Discounted tickets, part of proceeds go to Polio Plus, and festivities for Rotarians and their families before the game. Info at www.rotarydistrict6900.org.

    Addendum

    Our newsletter last week neglected to name the book that was dedicated in honor of Judge Peagler. We are happy to share that the book selected for the DeKalb Library System was entitled, Juvenile Justice.

    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 - Alan Dishman

    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 FRIENDSHIPS?

    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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  • Directions: Old Courthouse on the Square


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