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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?
Theme 2009-2010
Guests & Visitors

Our Visiting Rotarians included:

Bill Clark and Bruce Gunter, both from the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club

Our guests included:

Andrew Hancock, son of Jeff Hancock;

Bill Harrison, son of Bill Harrison;

Ruth Marley, guest of Tom Adams;

Shigeo Kikuchi, Prof. of Linguistics from Kyoto, Japan, guest of Pete Pfeiffer;

Charlotte Pfeiffer, wife of Pete Pfeiffer;

Pam Price, guest of Barbara Tedrow

  1. Upcoming Leadership Institute hosted by Henry County Rotary Club;

  2. Health Care Panel Forum on 9/18/09 hosted by Leadership Dekalb (member Eric Norwood, CEO of Dekalb Medical will be one of the panelists)

Speakers At-a-Glance

September 11, 2009: Peter Andruszkiewicz

September 18, 2009: Mark Speece

September 25, 2009: Mark P. Becker

Officers of the Decatur Rotary Club:

Bryan Downs

C.J. Becker

Past President:
Mark Hastings
Alan Dishman

Jason Conn

Doug Torbush

District Governor:
Roy Strickland

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Sep 2:Alton Dowd
Sep 6:Robert Lanier
Sep 8: Jason Conn and Jimmy Smith III
Sep 11: Brad Bryant
Sep 17: Scott Thompson
Sep 18: John Hegman
and Vee Nelson
Sep 19: Kirby Thompson
Sep 20: Mark Burnette, H.G. Pattillo, and Kyle Williams
Sep 22; Eric Lucas
Sep 24: George Carley

September 9, 2009
On a Friday in which the enthusiasm for the Decatur Book Festival was palpable in the air and permeating through into our invocation, we had the pleasure of hearing both from birds and a birder about a unique way to learn more about the environment around us.  Holidays and travel schedules have delayed your newsletter a bit this week, but I can assure you that this is not because there is not plenty to report about.  
Brian Cayce
 President's Corner

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Unbeknownst to President Bryan, upon invitation to give our invocation, the Rev. James Brewer-Calvert also encouraged us all to read banned books
John Yow, author of the recently published Armchair Birder

Our Club Member Scott Thompson introduced the speaker, John Yow, who describes himself as a writer, reader, birder (armchair variety), gardener (vegetables mostly), golfer (only because birds love golf courses), husband of Dede (recently retired English professor and Agnes Scott graduate), father of Ruthie (graduate student of American Studies at Yale), servant of Peanut and Moses (dogs).

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John began the program by sharing the beautiful sounds of the Carolina Wren, Mourning Dove, and Woodthrush from his iPod.  He claims his is the "best bird book ever written" because of the concept he utilized. This book is not a complete bird guide, but a helpful, interesting, and at times humorous resource about the birds we already know.  While John is not an ornithologist, he made use of several classics in the field in his research.  Dent's Life Histories of North American Birds, Forbush's Natural History of North American Birds, and Audubon's Ornithological Biography were all mentioned. 

Armchair Birder covers the lifestyles of roughly forty familiar birds with a 5-6 page anecdotal essay on each variety.  Since John moved from the suburbs to the woods fifteen years ago, he has become increasingly interested in and knowledgeable about the birds that inhabit our geography.  John's story about the fascinating yellow-billed cuckoo, who eats an incredible amount of spiny caterpillars and then sheds its entire stomach lining, his description of Audubon's frightful encounter with the sand hill crane (just who was the hunter and hunted?), and his sharing of the freelance mating habits of the ruby throated hummingbird piqued the interest of the Club.

After the meeting, numerous Rotarians gathered to purchase one of John's books and greet the author as he signed their copies.

Library Book:  What else? Armchair Birder by John Yow

Report by Rev. Todd Speed
Book-Signing Hosted After the Club's Meeting

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Numerous Rotarians gathered to greet the author and have their copies of his book signed
'Round the Room...

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As if Scott Thompson weren't busy enough this past weekend, he introduced our speaker, as well

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President Bryan displays the copy of the speaker's book, which is to be donated to the DeKalb Public Library System


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