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In This Issue
Guests & Visitors
Speakers At-a-Glance
President's Corner
Member Report
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?
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Guests & Visitors
John Bennett introduced our Visiting Rotarians:

Michael Olsen, Elmwood

Our Guests included:

Patti Garrett, hosted by Robert Soens

District Governor Roy Strickland will be our speaker on August 21.  All are invited to attend and encourage fellow members and guests to join our meeting with the District Governor.

Speakers At-a-Glance
August 21, 2009: District Governor Roy Strickland

August 28, 2009: Hank Klibanoff & Rachel Alterman Wallack

September 4, 2009: John Yow

  • August 03: Desiree Peagler
  • August 06: Clark Candler
  • August 08: Peggy Merriss
  • August 09: Scott Drake
  • August 12: John Scott
  • August 13:
    Bill Harshman and Stephen Ortlib
  • August 17:
    Curtis Branscome and Jeff Hancock
  • August 19: Michael Hancock and David Jollay
  • August 22: Thomas Brown
  • August 25:
    John Adams
  • August 31: Douglas Torbush

August 18, 2009
CORRECTION:  Some of you have already commented that the new template had obscured President Bryan's photograph in the lead section.  I want to assure you that that was operator-error, so I submit an amended edition for your pleasure.  It's a great photo of our current President, so apologies for the duplicate email but here you go!

New Rotary year and a new look!  The Bulletin Committee has transitioned to a new template for the weekly Spoke 'n Wheel, and we beg your pardon as we get the look right.  We hope that you will feel free to send feedback, comments or requests our way.  If anyone has a particular interest in graphic design and wants to spend some time on the template, we would welcome the support!

Brian Cayce
 President's Corner

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Following the invocation by David Hughes, President Bryan reminds the Club of his expectations for District Governor Roy Strickland's upcoming visit
Member Report: Walt Drake

President Bryan introduced a new weekly addition to our program that will highlight a different member each week.  This week, our club heard from Walt Drake who provided a historical account of farming and gardening in DeKalb and an account of his personal gardening that begins in January with soil preparation with planting traditionally taking place on Good Friday and through harvest of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, radishes, squash, okra, beans and cotton.  

Report by Kyle Williams

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President Bryan and Walt Drake eating fresh greens
Nancy Chandler, CEO, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
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Bob Wilson introduced the speaker Nancy Chandler, Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, as someone he tremendously respects for her work to protect children and heal the damage inflicted by sexual and physical abuse.  Mr. Wilson highlighted the work of Ms. Chandler and the Center as originating and being based in Decatur, but reaching nationwide through its leadership and membership with other child advocacy centers.

Ms. Chandler praised the Decatur Rotary Club and its members for their involvement, support of and service to the Center, including the work of Mr. Wilson to establish the Center twenty-two years ago.

Ms. Chandler outlined that the mission of the Center is to champion the needs of sexually and severely abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy and collaboration.  One in four girls is sexually abused before she reaches the age of eighteen.  One in six boys is sexually abused before he reaches the age of eighteen.  Thirty to forty percent of victims are abused by family member.  Since its inception, the Center has served more than 9,000 children through its advocacy efforts.  However, less than 10% of children report abuse.  The Center seeks to heal trauma, prevent abuse and hold the abusers accountable at no cost to children under seventeen years of age. 

The Center sees improvement in behavioral problems, self-esteem and hope through its work with each child it sees.  Ms. Chandler believes that all abuse is preventable through education, reporting and criminal prosecution of abusers.  The Center teaches children to report if anyone touches them where they wear their bathing suit and educates others to recognize signs of sexual and physical abuse.

The Center faces a financial crisis as a result of funding decreases due to the economic downturn.  However, the need for the Center's services has increased.  The Center will continue to its work of the past two decades to ameliorate the trauma inflicted by childhood abuse. 

You can learn more about the work of the Center by visiting 

On behalf of Ms. Chandler's visit to our Club the book entitled, Justice Denied: What America Must Do To Protect Our Children, was donated to the DeKalb Public Library System. 

Report by Kyle Williams
'Round the Room...

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Our speaker Nancy Chandler and Bob Wilson enjoy their meal together

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Fred Boykin and Jason Conn discuss the program following the Q&A with the speaker


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