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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?




Remember: All First Thursday Events and Board Meetings will count as a meeting make-up.


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

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 and look for Career Networking.

Decatur Rotary is now on Facebook.  Check out the page for updates and become a fan.
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NEW!! Link to the most recent District 6900 Newsletter:
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Guests & Visitors

Reverend James Brewer-Calvert gave the invocation.


Our Guests included:
Missy Farmer, wife of District Governor
Casey Farmer
Suzanne Sykes, Asst.   
    District Govenor       
Bill Breen III,
son and guest of
Bill Breen
Bonnie Creighton,
daughter and guest
of Bill Breen
Mary Ann Morgareidge, guest of Bill Breen 
Ben Stafford of
Pattillo Construction,
guest of John Drake 
The Rev. Sharon Johnson, guest of the Club
Our V
isitors included:
 Henry Mullins, Midtown

Speakers At-a-Glance
August 6, 2010:
Joy Zhou

August 13, 2010: Christopher Marinac
August 20, 2010: Susan H. Gordy 
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 4, 2010
We would like to thank everyone who attended last weeks meeting with District Governor Casey Farmer. We also want to encourage everyone to try to and attend our First Thursday Rotary Social. It will be on August 5 and will be held from will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Farmstead 303 (located in the Old Depot at  303 East Howard Ave., Decatur, GA 30030). 
Also, please visit our website at where you can update your contact information or view videos from past Rotary meetings. 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.



William H. "Bill" Breen Jr. was recognized as an "Honorary Member" of Decatur Rotary Club.  President C. J. Becker introduced a video presentation of a "younger Bill Breen" discussing the development of the MARTA rail line through Decatur.  At that time, Bill worked with MARTA planning task forces and fought for construction considerations that incorporated environmental responsibility.  When asked on the video which public servant he most admired, Bill's unhesitating response was "Scott Candler Sr."  A member of Decatur Rotary Club since 1955, Bill was Club President from 1979-1980.  Long active in community and public service, Bill has served on both the Decatur City Commission and on the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education.  He was mayor of Decatur 1969-1970.  Professionally, Bill has practiced architecture for more than 61 years, and still works on residential projects and provides architectural services to Decatur Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a Deacon and an Elder.  President C.J. said that Bill Breen did not want a plaque, a banner, or any other physical recognition of his honorary membership, so she announced to the Club that the Club's participation in and financial support of Decatur's Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project in January 2011 would be in honor of Bill Breen.  District Governor Casey Farmer presented a special pin to Bill "on behalf of RI President Ray Klinginsmith.
Coming up Thursday, August 5 is our First Thursday Rotary Social.  Information about location and time coming soon.  In the meantime, mark your calendar now and plan to come enjoy these monthly meet and greets. 
President C. J. also announced that funding for five students to obtain GED certificates was provided in honor of District Governor  Casey Farmer.
District Govenor Casey Farmer 
President C.J. Becker introduced the speaker, District Governor Casey Farmer.
District Governor Casey Farmer is a member of the Stone Mountain Rotary Club which was charted as the East DeKalb Rotary Club in 1965 by Decatur Rotary. As a law student, District Governor Casey worked at McCurdy & Candler, and says he owes his ability to "walk and stand before you today" to Dr. Hiram Kite, a Decatur Rotary charter member, who pioneered an orthopedic procedure which straightened Casey's feet. "I was born with a birth defect - my feet were turned at 90 degree angles," he said.
District Governor Casey spoke on the RI theme for this year - Building Communities, Bridging Continents.  He said that July 1, 2010, marked the beginning of the Rotary Foundation Future Vision Plan (FVP) Pilot Program.  The three-year pilot program is a new way of structuring grants, and District 6900 is one of 100 Rotary districts worldwide involved.  Except for PolioPlus and Rotary Peace Fellowships, clubs in pilot districts will not participate in current Foundation programs.  Instead, District 6900 and other pilot districts will apply for district grants.  These grants will support six areas:  peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.  During the pilot program period, the Rotary Foundation will phase out current educational and humanitarian grants and refine the plan so that all Rotary districts can participate in July 2013.
District Governor Casey announced a Rotary Foundation Seminar explaining the Future Vision Pilot Program to be held August 21 in Columbus, GA.  He also said that membership retention is an issue in our Rotary zone - Georgia, Florida and the Caribbean.  "District 6900 exists to serve its clubs just as clubs exist to serve their members," he said.  He reminded the club of the April District Conference at Callaway Gardens and of the Rotary International Convention to be held in Atlanta in 2017.
The book "Arts and Crafts Furniture Projects" was donated to the DeKalb Library System in honor of District Governor Casey's visit with us.  
he meeting was then adjourned.

Reported by Susan Cobleigh

                      'Round the Room...

President Cynthia J. "C.J." Becker and our
speaker, District Govenor Casey Farmer


                   Bill Breen receiving his Honorary Member pin
                      from District Govenor  Casey Farmer

                President C.J.  and Bill Breen along with Bills' guests,  
          Bill Breen III, Bonnie Creighton & Mary Ann Morgareidge

 Clark and Terri Candler

The Rotary Bulletin Committee
Decatur Rotary Club
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