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In This Issue
Guests & Visitors
Speakers At-a-Glance
Officers of the Club
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 be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



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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:
Speakers At-a-Glance
August 20, 2010: Susan H. Gordy 
August 27, 2010:
Steve Beshara 
Officers of the Decatur Rotary Club:
C.J. Becker

Jason Conn

Past President:
Bryan Downs
Betty Spiker

John Bennett

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

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 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.

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

The Rotary Bulletin Committee
Decatur Rotary Club
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