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In This Issue
Guests & Visitors
Speakers At-a-Glance
Officers of the Club
President's Corner
Speaker's Corner
Special Guest
'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 Robinson introduced a former Member and Visiting Rotarian, Mark Delher

Our guests included:

Duane Spruell, Career and Technical Education Director for the City Schools of Decatur, guest of Phyllis Edwards;

 Elizabeth Ford, Ira Leads, and Patricia Engle, first year Emory medical students, guests of the Club

Club quarterly invoices are available and will be mailed to any member not in attendance.  Each member is encouraged to timely pay their dues.

Speakers At-a-Glance
September 4, 2009: John Yow

September 11, 2009: Peter Andruszkiewicz
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

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September 2, 2009
The Decatur Rotary Club wrapped up its last meeting in the month of August far from the doldrums.  With a visit from some very special guests as well as an award-winning "panel" for our program, we had much for which to be thankful this past Friday.  Since my writing skills are as bad as my editorial skills, perhaps the Club should consider outsourcing the editing of the newsletter to a more qualified group of high school students?!!  Happy reading!  
Brian Cayce
 President's Corner

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Before inviting Bill Moon to give our invocation, President Bryan coaches Darren Wang on how to stay cool under pressure
VOX Teen Communications, with Rachel Alterman Wallack and Hank Klibanoff
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Member Darren Wang introduced the speakers, Hank Klibanoff, Chairman of the Board of Directors of VOX Teen Communications, and Rachel Alterman Wallack, Founder and Executive Director of VOX Teen Communications, as contributors to an admirable student-driven program thant empowers teens with ways to express themselves and communicate with each other and the community. 

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Rachel founded VOX sixteen years ago.  VOX is latin for "voice" and signifies the timeliness of language, use of language, and imporance of civic involvement.  VOX allows teens an opportunity to communicate, empowerment of their own voices, prespective of the world around them, and the ability to notice and appreciate differences among themselves.  VOX is an after school program where diverse teens from sixty-five metro-Atlanta high schools produce a newspaper and electronic media of their own articles and editorials reaching more than 80,000 student readers.  Approximately 100 teens regularly participate in the VOX after school program with another 100 teens participating in drop-in or guest programs and 200 teens attending VOX community workshops.
VOX allows teens to develop new skills and make a plan for life after high school.  VOX promotes diversity and understanding of others.  VOX links teens to tangible resources for self-help, including resources enabling teens to complete school.  Sixty-five percent of teachers observe improved skills among VOX teen participants and readers.

You can learn more about the work of VOX by visiting

On behalf of Rachel and Hank's visit to our Club the book entitled, Career Ideas For Kids That Like Writing, was donated to the DeKalb Public Library System. 

Report by Kyle Williams
Decatur Rotary Club Hosts its Agnes Scott College Scholarship Recipient

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Suu presents a beautiful "banner" to President Bryan
'Round the Room...

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The Rotary Bulletin Committee
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