Decatur Dispatch - September 2018

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 9 • SEPTEMBER 2018 Decatur Dispatch Covering Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill and Toco Hill PRICELESS ISSUE! Fernbank Museum of Natural History Looks Ahead Amid Re-Accreditation American Alliance of Museums Awards Accreditation for Next 10 Years Photo by Dean Hesse After an intensive analysis, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM,) the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, has awarded Fernbank Museum of Natural History the elite status of re-accreditation. Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and a thorough review by leaders of peer institutions, Fernbank has demonstrated it meets stringent standards and best practices, is a core educational entity and is a good stew- ard of collections and resources held in the public trust. As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, AAM accreditation signifies excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, governments and outside agencies and the museum-going public. Developed and sus- tained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the muse- um accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. Continued on page 13 Let’s hear it for La Vista Lions Club! Volunteerism makes him happy: Lion Ray Currie at club’s veggie garden raising food for those in need. (Facebook) La Vista Lion’s Club, which received its international charter back in 1953, is one of the oldest active service clubs in DeKalb. For 65 years it’s been doing good works in our community without much media recognition—not however what motivates the good-hearted Lions. Though it’s been long deferred and there’s many other good groups, this month we’d like to say: Let’s hear it for La Vista Lions Club! Continued on page 5

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