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In This Issue
Guests & Visitors
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 build






Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?





Member Notes 


B.J. Sumner has been slowly recovering from Lyme disease. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.


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Upcoming Speakers 

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Book Of
The Week

What's Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World

by McKay Jenkins




Recent Guests


Andrew Burnette, guest of Mark Burnette


Chad Greer, guest of

the Club


Susie Brown, guest of the Club


Jim Ewing from the Ahihic, Mexico Club, guest of Jim Ewing


guest of Jason Conn


Sharon Steele, guest of Walt Bryde, Director of Volunteers at Senior Connections


Brian Smith, guest of Kyle Williams



Visiting Rotarians


Dr. Steve Bethea, Buckhead Club


Harl Pike, Sunrise-Sierra Vista, AZ Club


Bishop Bevel Jones



Decatur Rotary Club Officers 

Jason Conn

Eric Norwood

Past President:
C.J. Becker
David Hughes

John Bennett

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bedros Sharian III


District Governor:

Margie Kersey


8     John Robinson
15   Scott Stevenson
19   John Kozak,
       Bill Moon
23   Charlie Bell
28   Judy Turner
29   Rick Garnitz

October 7 and October 14 Meeting Recaps



Remember Park Renewal Day - November 12 - we need 15 volunteers.


Jim Jarboe is seeking participation in our Literacy Project "On the Same Page."  Let him know if you want to help.


The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is hosting "Run Dunwoody" on Oct. 23.  It is a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. 


October 29 is Electronics Recycling Day in Decatur.  Drop off your electronics between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Decatur High School Parking lot.


The November First Thursday Social will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at No. 246 in Decatur.  More details to follow but mark your calendar now.


Brock Peyer 

Bulletin Committee Chair


 President's Corner

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President Jason encourages the Club to read the District 6900 newsletter. Click here to read it now.


Meeting Recaps and First Thursday Review


October 14 

Speaker: Debra Furtado


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Speaker Debra Furtado of Senior Connections

Classification Talk - Jim Crabb with Perry, Crabb & Associates explained they do mechanical and electrical Engineering work mainly with hospitals. According to Jim, hospitals have traditionally been energy hogs and he is working to help reduce that.

Perfect Attendance Pins - Al Adams, Charlie Bell, Bob Berg, Amy Nash, John Robinson, and Betty Spiker all received Perfect Attendance Pins for the past year.  Congratulations!

From the Speaker - Walt Bryde introduced speaker Debra Furtado, CEO of Senior Connections. Debra joined Senior Connections in 2005. They have now expanded their service to 10 counties in metro Atlanta and Bibb County. Their mission is to maximize independence for seniors through advocacy, information and services. They serve 2,700 meals per day and deliver 1,000 meals per day to Macon.

By 2030, one in five Georgians will be age 65 or more. In DeKalb County 8,000 people age 65 or older live below the poverty line. Senior Connections assists those who wish to stay in their homes and maintain some self-sufficiency. In addition to Meals on Wheels, they provide catering and home repairs.  Half of their funding comes from contracts with counties. Funds also come from HUD, Medicaid and private donations.

Volunteering is a key component to Senior Connections and they need volunteers 6 days a week. If you are interesting in finding out more call Sharon Steele, 770-455-7602 x104.  

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I'm telling you . . .
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A serious discussion ensues



October 7 

Speaker: Hank Klibanoff


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Speaker: Journalist Hank Klibanoff

Classification Talks - Ginny Byrd Porter's classification is Consulting/Grants. She is with Research Associates and works with public school districts in the Southeast to help them acquire grants and then implement programs to use the grant funds.  

Walt Bryde is a CPA. He owns his own practice and focuses on tax compliance and preparation as well as financial planning.

From the Speaker - Rhonda Davidson introduced Pulitzer Prize winner Hank Klibanoff who was the managing editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution until June, 2008. He is currently a journalism professor at Emory University.

Hank received the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2007 for the book The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, co-written with Gene Roberts.  

Hank noted that every case of civil rights injustice that has been in the last few decades has been the result of the work of a journalist.  He is currently working on a project to help bring cases to light and is teaching a course at Emory to investigate unsolved civil rights cases saying that nearly 25 people have gone to jail as a result of this work.  Hank is passionate about this cause because there is a large section of the population that will never have peace until these crimes are solved.

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Socializing at the end of the Oct. 7 meeting


Around The Room

First Thursday Review 

The October First Thursday Social, held at Cafe Lily in combination with the Stone Mountain Club, was a smashing success. Take a look at the photo collage for a visual recap. The November First Thursday Social will be held at No. 246 (in downtown Decatur in the space where Eurasia used to be - or, if you are a long-time Decatur member, the space where The Square Table used to be!)

First Thursday Social  

Reporter: Brock Peyer

Photographers: Mark Hastings, Jon Manns and Mark Burnette



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