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In This Issue
Announcements
Guests & Visitors
Speakers At-a-Glance
Officers of the Club
Birthdays!
President's Corner
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 build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 

 

 

Announcements
A new Decatur Rotary directory is in the works.  Has your contact information changed?  If you have NOT sent in your updated information, we need it now.  Email your changes to Vee Nelson at vee@vnelson.com.

Rotary Networking Resources
District 6900 has created this resource to help Rotarians in our district find employment. To find out more visit the district web site www.rotarydistrict6900.org and look for Career Networking.

Decatur Rotary is now on Facebook.  Check out the page for updates and become a fan.
 
Decatur Rotary is now onl LinkedIn. Check our page for updates and to join our group.
NEW!! Link to the most recent District 6900 Newsletter:
District Newsletter
 
Book Of
The Week
 
The Art Of Racing In The Rain
By: Garth Stein
 
Book Selected By
Walt Drake
Guests & Visitors


James Brewer-Calvert gave the invocation. 


Our Guests included:
 

Henk Brinkman, guest of Julia Carter

 

Elizabeth Chandler, guest of Kirby Thompson

 

Jeffrey Evans, guest of Mark Burnett

 

Dee Dee Harrington, guest of Carl Seville

 

Ken Gwinner, guest of Elliott Augustine

 

Robert James, guest of Gregory Adams

 

Michael Keller, guest of Judy Turner

 

Robby Lanier, guest of Robert Lanier

 
Doris Ortlip, guest of Steven Ortlip 

  

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde,

Guests of Club attending in honor of Steve Ortlip:

Adele McKee

Andrea Clement Santiago

Rebekah Bokros Hatch

Jaclyn Kottman

Alex Luce

Paige Mathis

Adele McKee

Emily Schmidt

Ginny Thompson

 
Our V
isitors included:
 
 
none
 
 
Speakers At-a-Glance
 
August 20, 2010: Susan H. Gordy 
 
August 27, 2010:
Steve Beshara 
 
Officers of the Decatur Rotary Club:
President:
C.J. Becker

President-Elect:
Jason Conn

Past President:
Bryan Downs
 
Secretary:
Betty Spiker

Treasurer:
John Bennett

Sergeant-at-Arms: Doug Torbush
 
District Governor:
Casey Farmer

Birthdays!
gavel
 
August 3:
Desiree Peagler 
 
August 6:
Clark Candler
 
August 8:
Peggy Merriss
 
August 9:
Scott Drake
 
August 13:
Bill Harshman &
Stephen Ortlip

August 17:
Curtis Bransome &
Jeff Hancock

August 19:
David Jollay

August 22:
Thomas Brown

August 25:
John Adams

August 31:
Doug Torbush
 
August 18, 2010
Did you know the 2nd Annual Taste of the Town is Thursday, August 19? You can taste complimentary food from 15 Decatur-area restaurants and enjoy live music on the patio. There will be a $1-per-ticket raffle, and a huge silent auction. Admission is only $10. The event will be held at The Solarium in Oakhurst village (321 West Hill St., Decatur). For more information, please visit this website.
 
Please remember to visit our website at www.decatur-rotary.org where you can update your contact information, view videos from past Rotary meetings and find out who our upcoming speakers are. Don't forget to join our LinkedIn Group and Facebook Page as well! 
  
Elliott Augustine & Andrea Greengard
 President's Corner

 President C.J. Becker called the meeting to order.
 
Annoucements:
 

An informational meeting on South Africa trip was held after the meeting in the boardroom.

 

In celebration of Steve Ortlip's 90th birthday, the Club was led in a hearty round of "Happy Birthday" by the Young Singers of Callanwolde's Music Director Paige Mathis. Executive Director Ginny Thompson also joined other YSC alumni in song. They then sang a beautiful "goodbye" at the meeting's end. Thanks to President C.J.'s initiative, the Club also enjoyed a birthday cake decorated with the Rotary emblem.
   
As many Club members are aware, Steve Ortlip is the founder and director emeritus of Young Singers of Callanwolde. YSC began in 1975 after Steve brought the Chattanooga Boys Choir to perform for Rotary. He was then encouraged to begin a children's choir at Callanwolde, after Decatur Rotary President Ben Johnson suggested, and members Robin Harris, Pat Pattillo, Davidson Philips and others lent encouragement and direction. He developed the well regarded YSC children's choir, that included an educational opportunity to "develop service above self." Steve promoted service and growth through singing with YSC for 23 years.

 
 
Christopher Marinac
    
 
Linda Morris
introduced the speaker, Christopher Marinac, C.F.A, the co-founder of FIG Partners, LLC.
 
He is the co-founder of FIG Partners, LLC, an employee-owned broker/dealer for the banking and thrift industries. He serves as managing principal and director of research at FIG Partners, and is a widely respected industry analyst.
 
Chris provided a historical perspective on the banking industry's present turmoil. He attributed current challenges to a number of factors, including over-building in the residential and commercial real estate sectors, questionable banking practices, inconsistent FDIC overview, and growth in the number of banks.
 
One of the biggest challenges banks face is projecting which loans will be bad. Appraisals in this climate are difficult to conduct. The best means of determining a bank's strength is its liquidity, he asserted.
 
Despite dire media reports, which are often misleading, Chris forecasts good trends that in the end will serve everyone. He expects an increase in "weddings of banks," both voluntary and involuntary. A growth in the number of banks has come to an end, he said. Recent financial industry reform will require more costly institutional compliance, prompting banks to consolidate. Within the next five to six, a sharp rise in bank buy-outs and consolidations is expected.
 
The best medicine for these challenges is the passing of time, Chris believes. The banking industry as a whole will be strengthened by consolidation.   
 
  
                     
 
The book, "The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan" by Larry E. Swedroe was donated tothe DeKalb County Library on behalf of our speaker.
 
The meeting was then adjourned.

Reported by Julia Carter

                      'Round the Room...


 Members of Young Singers of Callanwolde
       

                   

                             Stephen Ortlip, his wife Doris and
                            Young Singers of Callanwolde
 
 

                     David Jollay, Judy Turner, and Dennis Byerly
 
 

Jim Baskett and Tom Adams talk after the meeting
  
 

John Bennett and Jack Gerlach talk after the meeting
 
Sincerely,

The Rotary Bulletin Committee
Decatur Rotary Club
 
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