Decatur Rotary Spoke 'n Wheel
In This Issue
Guests & Visitors
Speakers At-a-Glance
Officers of the Club
President's Corner
Speaker's Corner
Dinner Event
'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?
Decatur Rotary Spoke 'n WheelTheme 2009-2010
Guests & Visitors
With no Visiting Rotarians, President Bryan introduced the following as Guests of the Club:

David Wagnor,
Suzanne Strickland, wife of District 6900 Governor Roy Strickland, and
Suzanne Sykes, District 6900 Assistant Governor

The Club's Agnes Scott Scholarship recipient has arrived on campus and will visit the Club in the coming weeks. 

The Mortgage Bankers of Georgia recognized Member Jeff Hancock with an Excellence in Banking award. 

All are invited to attend the District 6900 Foundation Dinner on August 29 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, recognizing and thanking all donors to the Foundation and Paul Harris Society Members.   Please register on-line at Rotary District 6900's web site

Speakers At-a-Glance

August 28, 2009: Hank Klibanoff & Rachel Alterman Wallack

September 4, 2009: John Yow

Officers of the Decatur Rotary Club:
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


August 25, 2009

It was an exciting and inspirational week for the Decatur Rotary Club, as we had the pleasure of hosting one exceptionally committed and dedicated Rotarian for a dinner, a board meeting and a Friday weekly meeting.  I hope you enjoy reading about it, and always remember that if you have something noteworthy that you feel deserves to be printed in our newsletter, don't hesitate to send it along to your Bulletin Committee.
Brian Cayce
 President's Corner

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Having invited Todd Speed to give our invocation, President Bryan welcomed District 6900 Governor Roy Strickland and his wife, Suzanne, to our Club


Rotary District 6900 Governor, Roy Strickland

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President Bryan introduced District 6900 Governor Roy Strickland, highlighting his ties to and work during his teenage years in Decatur.  Along with Tom Adams, President Bryan serenaded Governor Strickland with an original song sung to the Johnny Cash song "I've Been Everywhere" naming the numerous Clubs the Governor has visited during his tenure and his travels throughout the District.  President Bryan noted that Governor Strickland joined the Smyrna Rotary Club in 1996 and was twice the Club's President serving in that role in 1997-1998 and again in 2006-2007.  Among his many recognitions and honors, Governor Strickland is a Paul Harris Fellow, a two-time Smyrna Rotarian of the Year and a District 6900 Rotarian of the Year.

    Governor Strickland reported that the health of District 6900 is good with active Clubs, regular attendance, and service and giving exceeding goals.  Governor Strickland encouraged our Club to (1) Dream Big; (2) Have Fun; and (3) Serve Meaningfully.  Governor Strickland noted that the Club has accomplished all three in its 71 years of service to Decatur and District 6900. 

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    In announcing the District's current mission, Governor Strickland reminisced that when Member Ted O'Callaghan served as District Governor the mission statement was "Put Life Into Rotary, Your Life".  For 2009-2010, the District's mission statement is "The Future of Rotary Is In Your Hands".  The future of Rotary is in each member's own hands and all are encouraged to reflect on who else should be invited to join as a member.   Rotary is not just a "civic club," but instead it is an international humanitarian service organization.  Rotary must remain strong, attract and retain members, and thrive to remain relevant and committed to service.  Each member has the obligation to keep the club vital, meaningful, and relevant.

    In seeking new members, we must remember that Rotarians take up the hard fight and must view the Four-Way Test not just as some litany to be memorized but as a way of life.  Governor Strickland is proud to be a Rotarian because of the character, integrity, honor and morality of Rotary members.  As a Rotarian, we owe a duty to share Rotary to grow the Club, support the Rotary Foundation, and conduct the business and service of Rotary.

On behalf of District 6900 Governor Roy Strickland's visit to our Club the book entitled, Your America: Democracy's Local Heroes, was donated to the DeKalb Public Library System. 

Report by Kyle Williams
Decatur Rotary Club Hosts the District Leadership for Dinner

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Snapshots from the evening's event include President Bryan, Governor Strickland and his wife, Suzanne

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President-Elect, C.J. Becker, has a chance to socialize with District 6900 Assistant Governor, Suzanne Sykes, and District 6900 Governor, Roy Strickland

'Round the Room...

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The Rotary Bulletin Committee
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