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In partnership with, and by invitation of the Honorable Alfonso Silva Navarro, Ambassador of Chile, the Embassy Relations Committee, with the support of the Fellowship Committee, invites you to our 1st-Ever Ambassador Fall Reception Event.  The Reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2019 and will be held at the Ambassador's Residence.  The purpose of the event is to build and/or strengthen relationships with invited Ambassadors.  40 Ambassadors have been invited.  Secondly, this event will serve as a fundraiser for COANIQUEM (the Burned Children Foundation) a Rotarian-led (Jorge Rojas of our sister Club in Santiago, Chile).  COANIQUEM is a not-for-profit organization that has received several of our Club's International Service Committee awards over the past few years.  Our own, Mark Wilson and past member, Clara Montanez, currently sit on the Board of this organization.
 
To RSVP and for more details please click here: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2271/Event/ambassador-fellowship-reception
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Meeting in Review, August 7, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

Eight DC Rotary Club members attended the 74th annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast fundraiser on Friday, August 2nd at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. It is the largest crab feast in the world serving 3, 000 patrons. This special event is not only the world's largest crab feast but also a major fundraiser that benefits local and cultural organizations. The feast is all-you-can eat and drink, including large #1 male crabs (the big ones) plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbeque sandwiches, draft beer, and assorted sodas and water.  A bake sale and cake raffle finished the feast with sweetness, but many of us came for the crabs! 🦀   Also for sale were Crab Feast T-shirts and other memorabilia. It was a great event and we hope you'll join us next year! 

 

 

 

 

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We honored our members with Rotary membership over 30 years at last Wednesday's meeting. 
 
We would love the greater membership to be part of this recognition.
 
Congratulations to these 21 Rotarians with 30 or more years of membership. Your support, dedication and passion for Rotary is honored and celebrated:
 
Cy Ansary 
Bill Boley
Greig Cummings
Jim Freeman 
Cal French
Gus Gallagher
Ted Hamady
Sam Hancock 
Bob Johnson
Pat Kavanaugh
Bob Mann
Gene Massey
John McGraw 
Gerry Murphy
Pete Nunn
Jay Pugh
Dick Pyle
Bob Schott
Sheldon Ray
Bob Watson
Hal Vaughn 
 
Sorry to miss Bob Johnson , Sheldon Ray, Sam Hancock, Bob Mann, and Bob Watson after the meeting for this photo op.
 
 
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On Friday evening, I attended the Greater Washington DC Fellowship Event hosted by the Metro Bethesda Club for all Rotarians in the Washington metropolitan area.  District Governor Barton Goldenberg and around 10 Rotarians from our Club joined other area Rotarians at the event.  Talking to our fellow Rotarians in the area was fun and inspirational. Daniel Fischer, Metro Bethesda president, talked to me at length about his desire for the clubs in the area to work more closely together on joint service projects and Rotary International grants.     
 
 
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On Sunday, July 21, 2019, DC Rotary Club leaders joined their sponsoring DC Rotaractors at their New Board and New Member Induction Ceremony. Past DC Rotaract President, Marilyn Nevy Cruz sworn in the new Board while President Lynn pinned them, and DC Rotaract President, Elise Franchino sworn in the newest members of the Club. Spirit and Service above Self awards were presented to three club members and they shared a wonderful presentation of the club's accomplishments in the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Pins, shirts, and new member packages were distributed and the event was an overall a success. Congratulations and welcome to the Rotary family. We are so proud of you!

 

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Meeting in Review, July 24, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
 
A great way to meet other Rotarians in our District is by attending the quarterly Red Line Happy Hours. On Wednesday, July 17, 2019 DC Rotary Club members, Casey Sacks, Marilyn Nevy Cruz, and Dr. Sam Hancock attended the District’s quarterly Red Line Happy Hour at the Silver New American Brasserie in Bethesda, Maryland. Over fifty Rotarians from around District 7620 attended this fellowship event. Members from the Bethesda Chevy-Chase, Metro Bethesda and North Bethesda Rotary clubs served as the bartenders. District 7620 is composed of 57 clubs in Southern Maryland and 4 Clubs in Washington, DC Rotary Clubs that meet near the Red Line Metro Station host quarterly happy hours to bring Rotarians from around our district together. We hope you can make the next one!
 
 
 
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His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States addressed our DC Rotary Club on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 and was presented with Honorary Membership in our Club. It was a fascinating presentation from the representative of a country on the front line of Brexit.
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The Club is fortunate to have so many members with wonderful contacts such that we are able to attract a wide variety of newsworthy, sought-after speakers! Our Club’s Embassy Relations Committee regularly coordinates members of the diplomatic corp as speakers for our weekly lunch. The diversity of our speakers reflects the diverse interests of our members.

 

 
 
 
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On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, DC Rotary Club members and the DC Rotaract President participated in our monthly Grate Patrol service event. Following Grate Patrol, they socialized during a fellowship dinner at The Smith. What a great way to meet members of the Club while serving at the same time!
 
 
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What talent! On Sunday, July 14, 2019, DC Rotary Club members joined supporters of Light the Way Foundation at AFI Silver Theatre to screen the film “The Impact: Traumatizing Kids,” a documentary that resulted from the 2019 Film Summer Camp co-sponsored by our DC Rotary Foundation. From start to finish, the film was produced by students ages 9 to 13. Kudos to these student film executives! 

 
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Hello Rotarians living in the DC area, 

 

I hope this message finds you doing well. I've volunteered to help with the Rotary youth exchange program and we need your help. To host a student in our club we need three host families. The student spends 3 months with each family so it's not a full year commitment for any single family. One of our families backed out and now we're scrambling to find someone who lives in DC who can host from September 2- December 2. Anyone can be a host parent - Rotarian, non-Rotarian, single, married, no kids, kids... The student needs their own bed (they can share a room with a person of the same gender) and they need you to feed them. Beyond that, it's really flexible and the international relationship that you build with the student can last forever. Please consider hosting a student this fall. It's an incredible experience. And if you can't do it, please forward this message to at least one person in your network who might be able to do it. 

  

Please feel free to contact me or our youth exchange chair, Marilyn Nevy Cruz at mncruz10@gmail.com or text/call her at 562-303-4711 with any questions. 

 

Thank you so much for your help, 

 

Casey Sacks

303-886-0435

Rotary needs your help! 2019-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C. has served the local DC metro area since established by the DC Rotary Club in 1922. During our 97 years of service, we have contributed millions of dollars to local community organizations that have sought our assistance through our annual Community Service Grants Program and other programs we fund.
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Last month, the DC Rotary Foundation distributed $180,000 in grants to local nonprofits delivering services to citizens in all eight wards of the District of Columbia. Selected by a Committee of dedicated Rotary Club members from a record number of applications submitted, 29 worthy nonprofits were awarded grants. Foundation Special Grants were awarded to:

 

  1. DC Urbangreens, Inc.
  2. Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop; and
  3. Support Generation Hope
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#PeopleofAction On Thursday, July 11, 2019, our Rotary Club celebrated 107 years of Service Above Self in the District of Columbia and the world!
 
Over a Century of #Rotary Service:
 
The DC Rotary Club was officially organized on July 11, 1912, with 16 members. The Club was the 46th Rotary Club to join the International Association of Rotary Clubs, later renamed Rotary International (RI).

During World War I, the young D.C. Rotary Club became a strong and viable organization and assumed important roles. Its members met the call to service by organizing Liberty Loan drives, helping in Red Cross work, and staging relief campaigns to benefit suffering civilian populations in war zones.
 
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Meeting in Review, July 10, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
 

World Press Photo DC 2019 (WPP DC) is shaping up nicely as an event to introduce new audiences to the DC Rotary Club. Scheduled for October 25 – December 1, the photo exhibition will present at least one DC Rotary Club program each week. The proposed itinerary to date is shown below. Some programs are already confirmed, and we will announce updates as they come in. For now, mark your calendars!

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Light The Way - Red Carpet Premiere
 
When: Sunday, July 14, 2019
 
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:30 Pm
 
Where: AFI Silver Theatre
                 8633 Colesville Road
                 Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
Description: Please join DC Rotary Club members at the Light the Way Foundation red carpet premiere featuring the student's documentary that participated in this year’s summer camp. These students were amazing and determined to discuss the outcome of how violence in the media affect their lives. This is a story that they wanted to tell, to help peers talk about their feelings and reduce fear.
 
How do you sign-up? Simply click the yellow “Members” button here, and you're ready to go!  We will register the DC Rotary Club team with Light the Way Foundation.
 
Light the Way Foundation is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization that provides funding for youth with limited resources in the Washington Metropolitan area, to participate in extracurricular actives. Their motto is “Opening Doors to a Brighter Future.”
 
They believe activities are vital for youth development, as they help increase memorization, problem solving, and self-pride.
 
They believe these skills empower children to exude confidence and leadership, which make them better students and members of society.
 
The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a small $5, 000 grant.
 
 
 
 
Service Event with DC Urban Greens
 
 
When: Sunday, July 21, 2019
 
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
Where: 3675 Ely Place SE
                 Washington, DC 20019
 
Description: A great way for DC Rotary Club members to give back to the community is by participating in our upcoming service event with DC Urban Greens. We will be weeding, prepping beds, and doing general farm maintenance. Please wear boots and clothes you do not mind getting dirty. We also suggest bringing water bottles, sunscreen and bug spray. You will be helping to feed bodies, nourish minds and grow communities in DC’s food deserts.
 
How do you volunteer? Simply click the yellow “Members” button here, and you're ready to go!  We will register the DC Rotary Club team with DC Urban Greens.
 
DC Urban Greens increases accessibility of affordable healthy foods to residents living in DC's food desert neighborhoods.
 
The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a large $20, 000 grant.
 
 
Community Engagement Committee
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Meeting in Review, July 3, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

DC Rotary Club member, Balraj Gupta having a great time during his visit to the Rotary Club of Prague on June 10, 2019. There were 24 guests from different parts of Europe at the meeting that day. They were all there for the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. 

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On Friday, June 28, 2019 we had our Changing of the Guard event where the Club thanked it's 2018-2019 officers and welcomed the incoming officers for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. The evening included a cocktail hour and a three course sit-down dinner.

We thank DGE Barton Goldenberg for joining us and PDG and incoming RI Director Peter Kyle for installing our new officers and Board members. And, congratulations to both outgoing President Lisa McCurdy and incoming President Lynn Holec! #serviceaboveself #Rotary

Stay tuned for more pictures of this lovely event.

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Meeting in Review, June 26, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
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Fellow Rotarians and Friends, 
 
District 7620 needs your help!
 
Washington, D.C. has not been able to host an Inbound youth exchange student in over a decade because we have not had the ability of securing host families in the area. This year the District would like to change that. However, if the District is not able to secure one host family by the end of July I am afraid to say this is a no go. Our DC Rotary Club has agreed to be the Inbound host Club for this student. The student is 18 years old and she is coming from Peru. She has 11 years of English and this would be her gap year before going to college. Conversely, if you are only interested in hosting a male student we can switch the student out.
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Friday, June 21st : Frederick City Tour, Frederick Art Tour, Wine Tasting, Opening Reception, Conference Opening & 2020-2021 District Governor Installation and Hospitality Suites.

 

 
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On Friday, June 7th, DC Rotary Club Rotarians and DC Rotaract Club Rotaractors helped celebrate the DC Rotary Foundation grant recipient City Blossoms celebrate at their Plant Prom.

Thanks to this fundraiser, City Blossoms staff will maintain and support over 28 existing garden projects all over DC, travel to cities across the country to teach garden-based programming, provide more than 2, 200 hours of free and affordable activities, and engage over 14,000 children and youth.

 
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#CommunityEngagement On Saturday, June 8th, nineteen DC Rotary Club, DC Rotaract Club, and CHEC Interact members participated in A Wider Circle’s Essential Support program. This program focuses on providing basic need items for the home to our neighbors seeking to rise out of poverty. The donations they receive include household furniture, linens, kitchen items, toys, and professional clothing and accessories. Volunteers help them to sort donations and stock the showrooms their clients select their items from. With the help of volunteer groups, A Wider Circle is able to furnish 20 homes free of charge each day for our neighbors in need. 
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#LetsCelebrate Congratulations, to the Interact Club of CHEC on a wonderful year of service, successfully launching your own service projects and fundraisers while joining our DC Rotary Club projects too, and getting a head start on next year’s service by electing your officers for next school year! We’re so proud of your leadership! What a nice gesture to remember Rotarian Marilyn Nevy Cruz's Happy Birthday! #interact #chec #dcrotaryclub #rotary #rotarydistrict7620 #leaders #peopleofaction #betheinspiration @ Columbia Heights Educational Campus
 
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What a joy to hand deliver this mini Encyclopedia (The Dictionary) to the 3rd graders. Their curiosity and excitement fills the classroom as you lead them through the Table of Contents and onto fun facts, figures and words.  How they love the longest word in the English language.
 
You might think that with today's technology, a book isn't that important.  From my experience, that's what makes this book so valuable. Everything's in one place. You don't need a laptop, a smart phone, a desk top computer. All you need is your curious mind.
 

 
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Seniors at the Columbia Heights Educational Center must pass a personal presentation of projects they have carried out in various classes. In January those were science and math; this month they were English and history or political science. Having spent fifteen years as a secondary school educator, I was so impressed with the school's program which requires the students to look back on projects they did and evaluate how they met the mission assigned, what they learned from challenges in that process, how their research related to social justice issues, as well as how succinctly they organized and verbally presented their analyses.
 
 
CHEC Senior Portfolios 5/29-6/4/19 2019-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
We are pleased to announce that the CHEC Interact Club was able to raise $400 at their car wash fundraiser this past Wednesday June 5th. They will be providing 50 fully equipped back packs ($7.99 each) to students in Jucuaran, El Salvador (see the enclosed pictures). They are working with the Interact Club of Cusclatan, El Salvador sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cusclatan, El Salvador on this project.

We are so proud of them and hope they get the Rotary International Presidential Citation this year.

PS: The National Honor Society at CHEC tried to do something similar but was not successful. They don’t have the network we do with Rotary. #gorotary
 
Interact Liaisons Marilyn & Katelyn
 

 
 
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Meeting in Review, June 5, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Fox Political Analyst Juan Williams, on the Fox News Channel program, The Five, gave a great shout out to the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.! We feel so honored! During the last show’s segment titled “One More Thing,” (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LiSgEXRnwuw on minute 38) he praised our club’s work, showing photos he took with some of our members!

 

 
 
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On Wednesday, May, 22, 2019, seven DC Rotary Club members attended the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) 34th Annual Scholarship Gala at the Embassy of France. The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. was presented with the Partner of the Year Award in front of 300+ guests for our contributions in Chartering the CHEC Interact Club, sponsoring seven CHEC students to RYLA, hosting the 2019 DC Foundation Career Fair, serving as panelists for Senior Portfolio presentations and for awarding them a $20, 000 Community Service Grant last year.  Three DC Rotarians, including our very own Club President, donated auction items for the gala. We are proud to accept this prestigious reward! The collaboration with Columbia Heights Educational Campus has been enriching, and we look forward to many years of partnering. #ServiceAboveSelf 
 
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Meeting in Review, May 29, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
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On Saturday, May 18, 2019, #DCRotaryClub member, Max Salas, opened his lovely home, providing the perfect venue for the DC Rotary Club to congratulate the Rotaract Club of Washington, DC on 25 years of service to the community. Rotaract Club members are young adult leaders in the #Rotary family. 

 

President Lisa’s message in our Club newsletter last week speaks to the joy we’ve felt as the first Rotaract Club we chartered has blossomed over the years, and highlights our continued partnership!
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#Generosity Major donors of the Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC were invited to a reception hosted on Tuesday, May 21st, by Foundation Vice President, Ross Grantham, at the City Club in downtown DC. The wine flowed and the hors d’oeuvres were plentiful! During brief remarks, Ross exclaimed, “Thank you for your generous contributions to our own DC Rotary Foundation!”

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On Saturday May 2nd, 2019, several members of the DC Rotary Club participated in City Blossoms Workday where we they assisted in a new garden build at Imagine Hope Community Charter School - Lamond Campus. DC Rotary Club members celebrated Rotary Youth Service Month in this joint service project with their sponsoring Interact and Rotaract Clubs.

Rotary's focus in May is on the fifth avenue of service: Youth Service. Youth service comes in many forms throughout the Rotary world. A few of the many youth projects in Rotary District 7620 include Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange. Our DC Rotary Club sponsors two (2) Interact Clubs, CHEC Interact & Richard Wright PCS Interact, and two (2) Rotaract Clubs, DC and GW Rotaract.

City Blossoms fosters healthy communities through innovative, community-engaging programming and green spaces. Through their work with hundreds of community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, schools, and learnings centers, they serve all people, with a particular focus on low-income communities and Latino, African-American, and immigrant youth. They serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space.

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with grant funding! 

#CityBlossoms #CityBlossomsBuild #DCRotaryClub #RotaryDistrict7620

DC Rotary Club Members with their sponsoring Interact/Rotaract Clubs

CHEC Interact Club Members

CHEC Interact Club Members

Richard Wright PCS Interact Club Members

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On Thursday May 8th, eight Rotarians and friends toured the LARGEST ADVANCED water treatment plant in the world. Advanced is the key word and the technology behind it is AWESOME.

 
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#TreesForTheCapital – At each weekly meeting, our speaker is presented with a certificate indicating that the DC Rotary Club plants trees several times a year honoring our speakers. Named the Peter Gilsey Trees for the Capital in honor of long-standing #DCRotaryClub member, Peter Gilsey, this program has resulted in more than 300 trees being planted, around the Tidal Basin, although a few trees have been planted elsewhere (e.g., near the White House and the Capitol), and at Farragut Square. Though funded by our Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C., the choice of tree and actual planting is conducted by the experts of the National Park Service.

 

 

 

 

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We spent a lovely, sunny Saturday at Potomac Point Vineyard in Stafford, VA. Thirteen Rotarians and their selected friends and family joined us for this social affair. In addition to perfect weather and stimulating conversation, the various wines we tasted were excellent and we even enjoyed a couple of bottles of our favorite over a delicious lunch on the veranda.   The owner came out and greeted us - and incidentally learned about Rotary for the first time.  All in all it was a truly memorable day.  But the highlight by far was the group fellowship and comradery throughout the day.   Even the bus ride was enjoyable, as we learned about each other’s interests and passions beyond just Rotary – both coming and going.

 

We hope more of you can join us next year!

 

Mary Goldsmith, Fellowship Chair

 

 

 

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Meeting in Review, May 1, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
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This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Dr. Maria Paola Lualdi Martelli, author of the "Ambassador of Fine Arts: The Life of Angelo Lualdi."
Meeting in Review, April 24, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

So many wonderful stories to share about the #CareerFair we hosted on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Columbia Heights Educational Campus for 550 students! It truly was a collaborative effort including the school’s leadership and staff and #DCRotaryClub Rotarians. The community came together serving as presenters to provide a diverse array of perspectives, exposing 11th, 10th, and 9th graders to pathways of opportunity!

 

A full suite of wonderful pictures of the Career Fair will be included in a future newsletter once we receive clearance from the school to publish them on our website.

 

#DCRotaryClub #RotaryDistrict7620 #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleofAction #community #students #career

 
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By: Krystle OBrien

 

Remember that time in Paris? I do.

Cafes and baguettes;

Effifle tower and views

Especially Champs-Élysées

 

Do you remember that time in Paris

The Metro and Seine;

The streets of history

 

I remember that time in my Paris

Most of all I remember Cathedral Notre-Dame

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On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Rotary Club of Washington, DC Rotarians, Rotaract Club of Washington, DC Rotaractors, and #FriendsofDCRotaryClub joined thousands of community members to clean up our neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the #AnacostiaRiver as part of the annual Anacostia Watershed Society Cleanup Day. What a great group! We registered for Kenilworth Aquatics Gardens location, a hidden gem and one of more than 10 locations buzzing with volunteer cleanup crews around the area. See the schedule on our #DCRotaryClub website to join us for our next volunteer day!

Our DC Rotary President Lisa McCurdy found one of the most surprising items of the day - a beaver carcass. Thanks to #FriendofDCRotary and President Lisa’s husband, Raymond Hankins, for carting it back to the disposal area. The National Park Service took special interest and possession of the remains. It’s important that we know what caused its death.

 

 

 

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Did you know that you can support our Rotary Club’s Foundation while shopping on Amazon? By simply selecting “Rotary Foundation of Washington DC” as your charity on smile.amazon.com, you can help to make our Foundation even stronger, support our signature service projects such as Walter Reed Bingo, Trees for the Capital, and Career Fair, increase the number of young leaders we send to RYLA, and edge up the amount of our Community Service Grants and the amount our International Service  Committee can assign to international and global grants!

 

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Meeting in Review, April 17, 2019 Whitney Doll 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
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Each year the Foundation of Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. extends to the community an opportunity for non-profit organizations (501(c)(3)) to apply for Community Service Grants. These are offered in two categories: Special Grants (of $20,000) which demonstrate long-term impact, and regular Community Service Grants (of up to $5,000). This year we are able to award a total of $180,000 from Foundation monies to assist local non-profits meet their missions. With applications received up to January 31st, this year we received 97 applications from 87 organizations, 34 for large grants and 65 for small grants, for a combined total requested of $955,000. 

 

After review, sixteen members of the Community Service Grants Committee met on the 23rd and the 30th of March to consider and recommend proposals for funding. With many excellent proposals, there was much discussion and collegial debate, with the Committee finally deciding upon a short list in both categories. Announcements on awards are expected once the Club and Foundation Boards have considered the recommendations. The committee is also hoping to be able to apply for, and leverage, District Grants to increase the total amount of funding that we can send out, and hope that all Club Rotarians will further engage with our local partners through our Community Engagement efforts. Meanwhile let us all thank the Community Service Grants Committee members (pictured here) for their service! 

 

 

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Rotary's focus in May is on the fifth avenue of service:  Youth Service. Youth service comes in many forms throughout the Rotary world.  A few of the many youth projects in Rotary District 7620 include: Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange.

Please join members of the DC Rotary Club at City Blossoms Workday where they will assist in a new garden build at Imagine Hope Community Charter School - Lamond Campus. DC Rotary Club members will celebrate Rotary Youth Service Month in this joint service project with their sponsoring Interact and Rotaract Clubs. The DC Rotary Club sponsors two (2) Interact Clubs, CHEC Interact & Richard Wright PCS Interact, and two (2) Rotaract Clubs, DC and GW Rotaract.

How do you volunteer? Simply click the yellow “Members” button here, and you're ready to go!  We will register the DC Rotary Club team with City Blossoms.

City Blossoms fosters healthy communities through innovative, community-engaging programming and green spaces.  Through their work with hundreds of community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, schools, and learnings centers, they serve all people, with a particular focus on low-income communities and Latino, African-American, and immigrant youth.  They serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space.

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a small $4, 000 grant and DDF in 2018.

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Global Grant Scholarship Inbound Students Need Hosts

One of the many wonderful programs that The Rotary Foundation (TRF - the Rotary International Foundation) funds with our donations is scholarships for graduate level studies that focus on one of Rotary's six causes. Because the Washington DC area is the home to many esteemed universities, we usually have between 2-6 young professionals from all over the world that end up in the city to complete a graduate program. PP Jennifer Hara is the new District Global Grant Scholarship Chair and she, President Lisa and President Elect Lynn are looking for members who would be willing to be a 'host counselor' to one of these young professionals during their academic year of study. Please email Jennifer at hara128@hotmail.com if you are interested in learning more. Thanks!

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Join us Thursday, May 9th 10am-11am

The first 12 Rotarians to sign up will meet at 5000 Overlook Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20032 to tour: The Largest Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in the World!

DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest plant of its kind in the world. On an average day, the facility treats close to 300 million gallons of wastewater and has the ability to treat over 1 billion gallons a day at peak flow. Wastewater flows in from the District of Columbia and from Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia.

The plant opened as a primary treatment facility in 1937. Since that time, new processes and technologies have been added to provide advanced wastewater treatment. The Blue Plains facility now uses both primary and secondary treatment as well as denitrification, multimedia filtration and chlorination/dechlorination during the treatment process.

At DC Water, they believe wastewater is more than just waste. During the treatment process, useful products like biosolids and energy are extracted to be reused. They land apply their biosolids across the region, recycling nitrogen and phosphorous back into local soils. The thermal hydrolysis process used in their digesters generates about 10 megawatts of electricity that they reuse to cut their electricity consumption by a third. These efforts help to continue to improve their treatment process and remain a leader in sustainability for the future.

 

Please contact Rotarian Nancy Riker for more information or RSVP here

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Washington’s signature attraction (note not “tourist” attraction!) for residents and visitors alike—our cherry blossoms—peaked this week with their breathtaking beauty and delicacy.  The very best way to appreciate this astonishing gift of nature and Japan is on foot.  Walking along the Tidal Basin allows views of the flowers themselves—the differing shades of pink from almost white to rose, the gnarled trunks of older gems, reflecting water, marble monuments, and importantly, the sheer enjoyment of all (including a few Rotarians!)
 

 

 

 
Written and Photographed by Rotarian William Busker
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On Sunday, March 24, membership chair Monica Smith hosted a fun, informal  "Fireside Chat" at her house to welcome new members who joined the Rotary Club of Washington, DC this Rotary Year. Although the party was small, it was an enthusiastic gathering of guests ranging from two of our most recent members Jeanne Shen and Changamiré and Jamie Finch who joined in July 2018 to Club past and future presidents Howard Davis, Lynn Holec, and Nancy Riker and past, current, and honorary members Gladys Antezana, Robert Meins, and Donna Smith, respectively. We enjoyed celebrating spring by nibbling Monica's homemade Rotary duck cookies and other sweet and savory goodies along with selections from her bar. Always great to socialize with fellow Rotarians who share a commitment to "Service above Self"!

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We did it! Joined by proud members and leadership of the DC Rotary Club and Rotary District 7620 leadership, the Interact Club of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts has been chartered. A record number of 40 young leaders launched this new Club. Welcome to our Rotary family! 

#RotaryInternational #DC #Youth #Leaders #InteractDistrict7620 #BeTheInspiration

 

 

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Is your schedule keeping you from attending our Club lunch meetings? Stay connected by participating in an upcoming community project. There are several per month, scheduled after business hours or on weekends. In addition to our signature activities - Grate Patrol, Dictionary Project, and Walter Reed Bingo), look for these upcoming projects where we’re partnering with organizations that have received grants from our Club Foundation (April - AWS, May - City Blossoms, and June - A Wider Circle). See the Club calendar on our  website for details. 

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#ThisJustIn  The President of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus #Interact has been awarded a full four-year scholarship to The George Washington University! There, he will join the #GWRotaractClub chartered by our Club last November. Congratulation, Gerardo! We are so proud of you!

 

#DCRotaryClub #CHEC Interact #CHEC #Leadership #Leaders #RotaryInternational

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Every year the DC Rotary Club invites their sponsoring DC Rotaract Club to speak at their weekly luncheon during World Rotaract Week. They share their accomplishments, ideas and success stories with our members. This year we also decided to invite one of our sponsoring Interact clubs, CHEC Interact. They got to hear about Rotaract and also share their wonderful projects to the club. The DC Rotary Club chartered a second Rotaract Club at George Washington University earlier this year and is set to sponsor a second Interact Club at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts later this month. We are so proud of them!

 

Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

 

In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours.

 

Today there are 10,904 Rotaract Clubs in 184 countries.  Rotaract membership is now 250,792.

 

#DCRotaract #GWRotaract #CHECInteract #RichardWrightInteract #DCRotary #Interact #Rotaract #Rotary #InteractDistrict7620 #RotaractDistrict7620 #Youth #DC #GW #CHEC #RWPCS #ColumbiaHeights #BeTheInspiration #FutureRotarians #ServiceAboveSelf

 

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We are pleased to invite DC Rotary Club members to the Charter Day of the Interact Club of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts. Approximately forty (40) students have been selected to join our Rotary family. Our Club is the only club that currently sponsors an Interact Club in Washington, DC. This will be the second one.

Below you will find details for the event. A formal agenda will follow. 

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM  
Where: Richard Wright School for Journalism and Media Arts
Address: 770 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Please RSVP here if you plan on attending.

We look forward to seeing as many of you there. 
 
 
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Every year the DC Rotary Club invites their sponsoring DC Rotaract Club to speak at our weekly luncheon during World Rotaract Week. They share their accomplishments, ideas and success stories with our members. This year the DC Rotary Club chartered a second Rotaract Club at George Washington University. We look forward to hearing from them on Wednesday March 13.
 
Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours.

Today there are 10,904 Rotaract Clubs in 184 countries.  Rotaract membership is now 250,792.
 
Rotaract Club of Washington, DC
Rotaract Club of George Washington University
 
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Please join members of the DC Rotary Club for the annual Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Cleanup!  Thanks to thousands of dedicated volunteers like you, each year they move closer to the goal of a cleaner, healthier Anacostia River.

On Saturday April 13th from 9 am - 12 pm, they invite thousands of volunteers like ourselves to help remove trash and debris at sites around the watershed and show off your enthusiasm to the world on social media with #AWSEarthDay. Then after the cleanup, celebrate your hard work by wearing your Earth Day shirt at area participating restaurants to receive a special discount!

 

How do you volunteer? Simply click the yellow “Members” button here, and you're ready to go!  We will register the DC Rotary Club team on the AWS website for this event and the location we’ve chosen. When you volunteer with the Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Cleanup, you make a positive impact on your local parks, streams, creeks, and the Anacostia River!

 

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a large $20,000 grant. 

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On May 4, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled [case 481 U.S. 537 (1987)]  that Rotary clubs in the United States might not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. [See also https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/481/537/.]

 

  • June 1987 issue of The Rotarian - The Supreme Court decision is first mentioned on page 7: “U.S. Supreme Court rules: Rotary must accept women members.” [Note that this just covered U.S. clubs.]
  • January 1988 issue of The Rotarian - See the Opinions, pages 51-52, about the pros and cons of women joining Rotary.
  • Rotary Year 1988-1989 – In 1988 the Rotary Club of Washington, DC admitted its first woman member, Ann M. Milne.
  • 1989 - The June 1990 issue of The Rotarian, p. 31, refers to the 1989 Rotary International Council on Legislation’s vote.

 We appreciate the contribution of the History and Archives Committee to this story.

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The Community Engagement Committee hosted a Write Lunch with Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop this past Wednesday following our weekly meeting. Thirteen DC Rotary Club members gathered alongside Free Minds Poet Ambassadors home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. It was a simple and powerful way to support members' processes of self-awareness and change, as well as read great writing.

 
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What an exciting afternoon as we close another District 7620 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Weekend! It was inspiring to see high school students with such leadership qualities present projects addressing societal challenges, turning them into opportunities. Kudos #RYLA7620! Our future is in good hands! 🥇

 

DC Rotary Club was honored to sponsor a record 20 students this year! We were thrilled to impact the lives of so many young leaders from the District of Columbia. 🥇

 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. 🥇

 

#RYLA7620 #RotaryDistrict7620 #DCRotaryClub #DCRotaryFoundation #youth #leadership #DC #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleofAction 

 

 

 

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February 23, 2019, Rotary celebrates its 114th anniversary!

February 23, 1905 -  Chicago attorney Paul Harris forms the first Rotary Club with members Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey, “so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members." https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/history 
 
"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”—Paul Harris 
 
 
Rotary History in Video: “The Boys of 1905” about the Club founders - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ2T1G1WWTo 
 
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On Thursday, February 21, 2019, Rotary District 7620 Rotarians and guests gathered in Bethesda for a festive celebration of Rotary’s 114th Birthday, with great food and fellowship. Approximately 12 DC Rotary Club members attended, including President Lisa McCurdy. We were well-represented with one of the largest groups of members participating! Can you spot familiar faces in the attached pictures?

 
As you can see from the pictures, a good time was had by all!
 
 

Rotary District 7620 Leadership begins the program.

 

A celebratory crowd of Rotarians and guests.

Rotary District 7620 Leadership begins the program.

 

Rotarians and guests.

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The Community Engagement Committee invites you to join fellow members of the DC Rotary Club to participate in Write Lunch with Free Minds.

Following lunch on Wednesday, February 27th, we will gather alongside Free Minds Poet Ambassadors home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. It is a simple and powerful way to support members' processes of self-awareness and change, as well as read great writing. We look forward to having you join us. 

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these poets achieve their education and career goals and become powerful voices for change in the community.  

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club’s Foundation) has supported this great organization three years in a row with a large $20,000 grant. 

Please register here: https://dcrotaryclub.org/event/write-lunch-with-free-minds/

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The Community Engagement Committee has been busy this past month! A group of nine DC Rotary Club Rotarians and Rotaractors supported the talented seniors of Columbia Heights Educational Campus as they presented their senior projects last week.
 
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Congratulations to those members elected to Club and Foundation leadership positions! They will begin serving in the following positions on July 1, 2019. 
 
 
Welcome them to the team and thank them for their service!
 
 
President Elect:               
 
Lynn Holec
 
President Elect Nominee:
               
Nancy Riker
 
Club Board of Directors (3 year term)
 
  1. Mary Goldsmith
  2. Catherine Pociask
  3. Bill Day*
 
Club Board of Directors (1 year term)
 
  1. Mike Carmichael*
  2. Gerry Murphy
  3. May O’Brien
 
Foundation President Elect:
 
Ross Grantham
 
Foundation Board of Directors (3 year term)
 
  1. Dick Pyle
  2. Scott Love
 
*Mike Carmichael and Bill Day both received the same number of votes, tying them for our Club Board’s three-year and one-year term Board seats.  (The candidates receiving the top three votes were to be elected to the three-year term and the candidates receiving the next top three votes were to be elected to a one-year term.) To break the tie, Mike Carmichael chose to assume the one-year term.
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40 Toys delivered to So Others Might Eat (SOME)

40 Toys delivered to So Others Might Eat (SOME), a Washington Post Helping Hand nonprofit selected for Holiday donations. You guessed it! That box full of toys collected at our holiday party on Sunday was delivered by Nancy Riker on Monday to enthusiastic members of SOME.
 
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Holiday Party: a Good Time Was Had By All!

A good time was had by all at our #DCRotaryClub Holiday Party on Sunday! 

These pictures, fellowship among members and guests, that delicious spread of tasty vittles and libations, set in the Wine Room at the Residences at CityCenterDC, and the festive jazz playing in the background - speaks volumes about the fun we had! There were a few member-applicants in the room too! (Additional pictures and video of the jazz musicians can be found on our Club's Facebook page.)

Of course, even during the festivities #service was on our minds. That large box is full of toys is for SOME (So Others Might Eat). More on that later...

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This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Amb. Akbar Ahmed. Amb. Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.
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Today's guests are Stephanie Sinclair – Photographer and Founder, Too Young to Wed - an internationally acclaimed photographer and tireless humanitarian and Rotary International Foundation District Chair, Dr. Anna-Mae Kobbe. 
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This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Gil Klein, author of "Trouble in Lafayette Square: Assassination, Protest & Murder at the White House."
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This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel David O. Treadwell, U.S. Army (Retired). From 1998 to 2018, David Treadwell served Washington’s Central Union Mission as Executive Director (now in emeritus status).
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This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Dr. David Campt. Dr. Campt is a national expert in the areas of inclusion and equity, stakeholder engagement, and conflict resolution and dialogue.
 
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What a meeting! At our October 3rd meeting, we did things a little differently than usual. President Lisa McCurdy greeted our guests and we hosted an open house for our 2018 Community Service Grant recipient organizations. Fifteen non-profit organizations joined Rotarians and guests to share the progress of the projects funded by the #DCRotaryClub through our Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC, issues addressed by the organizations’ missions, and upcoming events and service projects for which our #DCRotaryClub members can volunteer.
 
Feedback has been great. We’ll likely host another in the spring! Rotarians loved engaging with the organizations and the grantees appreciated meeting our members and having a platform to report progress.
 
Thanks to all of the non-profits that attended, including:
 
CARECEN-Central American Resource Center
CHEC - Columbia Heights Educational Campus
City Blossoms
DC Urban Greens
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Girls on the Run - DC
Hope and a Home
Libraries Without Borders
Literacy Volunteers and Advocates (LVA)
Mary House
Rise DC
Suited for Change
Teatro de la Luna
Teens Run DC
WANADA
 
#DCRotaryClub #RotaryInternational #RotaryDistrict7620 #nonprofits #Grants #Grantees #Grantmaking #DC #community #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleofAction
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We would like to wish a very happy birthday and congratulations to members celebrating birthdays, club milestones and anniversaries...

 

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Lunch Meeting Agenda, February 7, 2018
 
 
Presiding President—President Abrahem Helal
Call to Order (at 12:30 p.m.).......... Abrahem Helal
 
Opening Meeting Elements (conclude by 12:45 p.m. or BEFORE)
Please silence all cell phones!.......... Abrahem Helal
Pledge of Allegiance..........
Inspiration.......... Russ Savage
Secretary’s Report, Guest of Rotarians/Visiting Rotarians.......... Catherine Pociask
Rotarians Celebrating Birthdays/Anniversaries.......... Sterling Hoffman
 
Announcements
Foundation Fund Drive........... David Treadwell
Duck Race Minute .......... Glen O’Gilvie/Marcia Dyson
DC Rotary Video.......... Gretchen Kearney
University Club Special Offer.......... Abrahem Helal
 
Program           
Speaker Introduction.......... Steve Liston
Speaker.......... Pam Holland, President, TechMoxie, LLC
Questions & Answers..........
Tree Certificate.......... Abrahem Helal
 
Closing Meeting Elements (conclude at 1:30 p.m.)
Raffle – Super bowl Pool..........Gretchen Kearney
Hospitality.......... Balraj, Joseph, Kenneth, Laura and Stuart
Greeter.......... Nancy Riker
Meeting in Review.......... Catherine Pociask/Whitney Doll
Next Program (February 14, 2018).......... Scott Love, “How to Win them Over: Strategies for Building Influence”
Please remember to turn your cell phones back on.......... Abrahem Helal
 
Adjournment at 1:30 p.m.......... Abrahem Helal
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The 2018 Community Service grant cycle is now accepting applications. The deadline is January 31, 2018. Please encourage the 501(c)3 organizations that you work with to apply. Grants of up to $20,000 are available from our Foundation. 
 
For more information about the grant process, and to download the 2018 application, click here
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Our semi-annual tree planting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 1 at 11:30 a.m. in McPherson Square. This event is free and open to the public. 
 
 
 
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A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it."  - Irving Penn

 

Members of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, are bringing together a coalition of leading local institutions to organize the Washington D.C. edition of the world’s leading press photography exhibition this November. Partnering with international,(non)governmental organizations, think-tanks, embassies, universities and civil society organizations, they have developed a unique approach, using the powerful photos to highlight the topics, people and stories behind each picture.

The Grand Opening event for the exhibit is Friday, November 3, and the exhibit runs through November 26. 
 

 

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Posted on Oct 08, 2017

 

Hurricane María created health, medical, safety and security hazards, plus additional environmental and socio-economic issues in Puerto Rico. Now it lacks electricity, ICT (cell, Internet) and water services; and is suffering supplies and fuel shortages. Floods and debris are blocking roads. Life went on in darkness, isolation and little means of communication.

To complement first-responders’ efforts, the LIGHT FOR PUERTO RICO PROJECT (LFPR)  will provide 100 vulnerable families in hurricane-devasted Puerto Rico with  3-in-1 solar and crank powered devices (Flashlight, USB enabled cell/tablet charger, night lamp) which runs from 7 to 48 hours on a single charge, providing light and enabling mobile communication from affected people   with  first-responders, medical services and police, as well as their community and individual support systems. The donation has been possible thanks to DCDuckRace funding.  (http://www.dcduckrace.org/)

This week, a team of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.  and the Rotary Club of Arecibo, Puerto Rico worked together to procure the items and  participate in a packaging event in Pentagon Row Mall . Next week, the donations will be sent to Puerto Rico to be distributed to most-in-need families in the rural areas close to Arecibo.

 

 

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President Abe opened the meeting at 12:36 pm, requested everyone silence all cell phones and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Peter Danjczek led the Words of Inspiration.  He spoke about how important it is to continue acts of kindness in trying times.  He mentioned that during WWII his family was all but lost, except for the help from Rotary.  Continuing in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, Peter is proud to call himself a Rotarian.
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President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Deputy Secretary Catherine Pociask introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians.  She also reminded the Class of 2016 that she’ll be having an event  on September 7th from 6pm to 8:30 pm.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
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President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Anna Wadsworth provided words of inspiration.
 
Deputy Secretary Catherine Pociask introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians.  She also reminded the Class of 2016 that she’ll be having an event on September 7th from 6pm to 8:30 pm.
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President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
David Klaus led us all in the Star Spangled Banner.
 
Deputy Secretary Catherine Pociask introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians.
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President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Joseph Maberry gave words of inspiration.
 
Deputy Secretary Jill Kent introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians. 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
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Fellowship Event - End of Summer Rooftop Soiree Gretchen Kearney 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians, then announced that the DC Club will begin a new pilot activity in which Rotarians will be asked to tell the name of and an interesting fact about guests sitting next to them. A mic will be floated around as the introductions go along.
 
David Klaus led America the Beautiful.  
Meeting in Review, July 26 Joseph Maberry 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Foundation of Washington DC provided $181,730 for 2017 Community Service Grants (“Regular Grants”) with a funding cap of $5,000 and Foundation Special Project Grants (“Special Grants”) of $20,000.  The funding for these grants was enhanced by revenue from our second annual Duck Race Festival. The DC Rotary Club received 70 applications for the Regular Grants and 50 applications for the Special grants.
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Hawaiian Shirt Day - Wed Aug 30 Gretchen Kearney 2017-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
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This is a tremendous example of the good that can be done in the world when Rotarians come together. 

The Rotary Club of Harrow, England (Rotarian Nick Cervantes) surprised our Board Member Maria Nelly Pavisich with a Paul Harris recognition for the work done leading our project in Mali.

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President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Nicole Butler introduced herself as the 2017-2018 Secretary and reminded everyone to contact Catherine Pociask to assist in the Meeting in Review responsibilities.
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays – Gerry Murphy (July 10), Rynthia Rost (July 11), Shelton Williams (July 13) and Bob Schott (July 13) -- and Anniversaries – Shelton Williams (July 13), and Greig Cummings (July 14).
Meeting in Review - July 12, 2017 Catherine Pociask 2017-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
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New Club President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
Jennifer Hara led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by words of Inspiration.
Meeting in Review - July 5, 2017 Catherine Pociask 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
The meeting was called to order by President Ross Grantham at 12:31pm.  Mike Carmichael then led us in the pledge of allegiance to our flag.
 
Oscar Bartoli gave the inspiration thought of the day which centered an Italian Song of the Immigrants.
 
Meeting in Review - June 7, 2017 Nicole Butler 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
 
The membership potluck at David Klaus' house was a huge success!
 
If you weren't able to make it to this one, looking for more fellowship events coming in the next few months, and register today for the Changing of the Guard on June 30. 
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The meeting was called to order by President Ross Grantham at 12:32pm who then led us in the pledge of allegiance to our flag.
 
John Jackson gave the inspiration thought of the day which centered on “The Will of God be Done”.
Meeting in Review - May 10, 2017 Nicole Butler 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Four Way Test Meets Washington DC 2017-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the midpoint of the Rotary year! President Ross spoke to the Club about the first six months, and the plans for the second six months.
 
President Ross called to order the first meeting of 2017, welcoming all members, and inviting them to silence their cell phones and inviting Jay Pugh to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Ken Kimbrough spoke of being inspired by the Chinese proverb/curse “May you live in interesting times!” He ruminated on the positives of life in America and in Washington DC, and the good things that we sometimes forget as we worry about the future.
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, and enjoyed a very Happy New Year.
 
In our last Club meeting of December, we completed the voting for the Club and Foundation leadership. Members were invited to vote electronically and at the meeting. The results have been confirmed and announced:
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MEETING IN REVIEW: DECEMBER 7, 2016
Posted by Joan Bristol on December 10, 2016
 
The meeting was called to order by President Elect Nominee Lisa McCurdy at 12:30 who then led us in the pledge of allegiance to our flag.
 
Past President Larry Margolis gave the inspiration giving a brief overview of the activities of the DC Rotary Club over the last several years.
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Posted by Lara Bersano Calot on Sep 25, 2016
President Ross opened the meeting at 12:32, led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag.
 
Jill Kent Led the inspiration reading a poem about “Endurance” in life.
Meeting in Review: September 21, 2016 Lara Bersano Calot 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Fougere on Sep 25, 2016
President Ross Grantham called the meeting to order at 12.30pm, asking all members to silence their cell phones.
 
Jessica Stewart led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Nicole Butler shared her inspiration on Divine Storms and viewing challenges as opportunities.
Meeting in Review: September 14, 2016 Alicia Fougere 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcus Soriano on Sep 25, 2016
President Ross Grantham called the meeting to order at 12.30pm, asking all members to silence their cell phones.
 
David Treadwell led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Julie Deleresse lead the inspiration on Purple Fall Leaves.
Meeting in Review: September 07, 2016 Marcus Soriano 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Cravedi on Sep 25, 2016
President Ross Grantham called the meeting to order at 12.30pm, asking all members to silence their cell phones.
 
Jim Freeman presented club members with a few words to highlight the history of Rotary by discussing ‘What is Rotary?’  He quotes Dr. William Lyon Phelps (replacing the word gentleman with Rotarian) saying in part “The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.”
Meeting in Review: August 31, 2016 Dennis Cravedi 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
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MEETING IN REVIEW – AUGUST 24, 2016 by Alicia Fougere
 
President Ross Grantham called the meeting to order at 12.30pm, asking all members to silence their cell phones.
 
Bill Dent led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, then led us in singing You’re a Grand Old Flag.
Meeting in Review - August 24, 2016 Alicia Fougere 2016-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
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Meeting in Review - August 17, 2016 by Nancy Riker
 
President Elect Abe opened the meeting promptly at 12:30 via the gong of the bell by substitute Sergeant at Arms Michael Harper. Everyone silenced their mobile devices, mostly.  PE Abe led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Club Member Dennis Cravedi offered the inspiration relating some of his stories mentoring a foster child through Best Kids DC. His profound experience and lessons learned gave us all pause as we reflect on how we help others.
Meeting in Review August 17, 2016 Nancy Riker 2016-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
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DC Rotary MEETING IN REVIEW FOR: August 10th 2016   by Lara Bersano
 
President David opened the meeting at 12:32, led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag.
 
Richard Madison Led the inspiration about the “Olympic Games” with a special mention to our Olympic athletes.
Meeting in Review, August 10, 2016 Lara Bersano 2016-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Smith on Aug 09, 2016
MEETING IN REVIEW: AUGUST 3, 2016 by Monica Smith
 
OPENING:
 
President Ross opened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. and asked a citizen-member to lead the group in a pledge of allegiance to the United States flag.
 
Mary Goldsmith led the inspiration by giving a prayer essentially reminding us, in these difficult times, to offer more understanding and less judgment, more listening and less talking, and aim for tolerance in pursuit of peace.
Meeting in Review: Aug 3, 2016 Monica Smith 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
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DC Rotary MEETING IN REVIEW FOR: July 27, 2016   By Richard Madison
President-Elect Abrahem Helal opened the meeting at 13:30, led the pledge of allegiance to our flag.
David Klaus led the club in singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”
Meeting in Review: July 27, 2016 Richard Madison 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
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DC Rotary MEETING IN REVIEW FOR: 07/21/2016 by Lara Bersano.
 
President Ross opened the meeting at 12:32 pm led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag.
 
Russ Savage led the inspiration and a prayer for law enforcement officers. The prayer followed with a moment of silence: “At this troubling time for our country, as tensions and violence arise between the minority community and law enforcement, let us join in prayer. Gracious God, be with us as we face difficult and painful issues among us. Hold us in your steady embrace of love and understanding and forgiveness. Open our eyes that we may see the decades of injustice and oppression which are just now beginning to become clear, and that we may appreciate the complexity of law enforcement. Remind us that in your sight each of your children are of equal value.  None is more precious than another, and none less so. Teach us the ways of listening, of healing and reconciliation, that we may become one at last and live in peace with one another. This is our prayer, and let us all say together, Amen.”
Meeting in Review: July 20, 2016 Lara Bersano 2016-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
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Meeting in Review July 13, 2016         by Pat Cunningham
 
President Ross Grantham opened the meeting at 12:30 leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
John Jackson used the Inspiration to thank David Treadwell for his leadership as President, and his service to Rotary and Central Union Mission. John also thanked Dan Mullen for his time to coordinate the Grate Patrol schedule. He noted that he will now look to Ross Grantham to provide future inspiration.
Meeting in Review: July 13, 2016 Pat Cunningham 2016-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Fougere on Jul 12, 2016
President Ross Grantham called the first meeting of the 2016-17 Rotary year to order at 12.30pm, inviting Immediate Past President David Treadwell to lead the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sterling Hoffman inspired members with a short poem about Happiness, and some suggestions on ways to be happier.
 
New Secretary Alicia Fougere introduced the guests:
Robert Schott invited 3 guests from the Cyprus Program; Stavros Karantonis, Cemal Ozikisler, and Joanne Perlman.
David Klause invited Jill Kent as a returning Guest.
We welcomed Anand Seth, classification Education, from the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Rotary Club.
Meeting in Review: July 6, 2016 Alicia Fougere 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Carmichael on Jul 01, 2016
President David Treadwell opened the meeting at 12:30 pm, leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
As is traditional this year for the fifth Wednesday of the month, Jim Freeman used the words of inspiration time to inspire us with a piece of Rotary history.  He reminded us that Paul Harris founded the club 111 years ago when he was 37. Our Washington club is 104 years old. It was 25 years ago when President George H.W. Bush and the RI president met and spoke of reforestation efforts. President Bush established “Trees for the Capital” and placed the Park Service in charge, with Rotary becoming a partner. In 1932 Harris visited five continents and planted trees as a symbol of international cooperation.  Perhaps now our club’s Trees for the Capital effort should become Trees for the Capitals around the world.
Meeting in Review: June 29, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Xuan Zhu on Jun 27, 2016
President David Treadwell opened the meeting at 12:30 pm, leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
David Klaus played the piano and led the national anthem of the United States of America: The Star-Spangled Banner.
 
Meeting in Review: June 22, 2016 Xuan Zhu 2016-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Carmichael on Jun 17, 2016
President David Treadwell opened the meeting at 12:30 pm, leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
Cherry Baumbusch presented very moving words of inspiration in remembrance of the many lives lost to a shooter at a gay dance club in Orlando.  She asked for a moment of silence and read comments from her son, who is gay. Taking a suggestion from the taxi driver who drove her to Rotary, she also read from a poem on the wall of the United Nations building in Geneva, written by the 13th century Persian poet Saadi:
The sons of Adam are limbs of each other,
Having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time affects one limb
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others,
You are unworthy to be called by the name of a Human.
 
Meeting in Review: June 15, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
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President-Elect Ross Grantham opened the meeting at 12:35 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
Andy Cook presented the Words of Inspiration, a short poem on the value of a simple smile.
 
Secretary Mike Carmichael welcomed the following guests:
Visitor
Host or Rotary Affiliation
*Michael Ramos
Bethesda Metro
*Alberto Avendaño
Bethesda Metro
Rolando Herts
Cleveland, MS
Bobbette Orr
Judith Henderson
Taylor Foster
Lisa Cohen
Brigette Bustos
Alicia Fougere
Daniel Freihofer
Asif Bhaly
Jill Kent
David Klaus
Manon Matchett
Lynn Holec
Deborah Sigmund
Abe Helal
* brought us a club banner
 
Meeting in Review: June 8, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Carmichael on Jun 02, 2016
President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
John Jackson presented the Words of Inspiration, centered on the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
 
Meeting in Review: June 1, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katrina Romain
The meeting opened at 12:30 pm in style, with a song.
 
Bill Dent, in place of the Words of Inspiration, led the club in the singing of “God Bless America.”  He explained that there is an old tradition of singing this song before meetings.
 
The group’s lovely singing was then followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, led by President David.
 
Meeting in Review: May 25, 2016 Katrina Romain 2016-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Duriga on May 08, 2016
President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
Jay Vilar presented the Words of Inspiration-Jay started with describing different kinds of inspiration. Make sure you stay true to your vision of where you are and where you want to be. By staying close to those people who you see as where you want to be will get you where you want to go.
 
Meeting in Review: May 4, 2016 Julie Duriga 2016-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Pociask on Apr 25, 2016
President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm.
 
Eliot Williamson presented Words of Inspiration by calling upon his ethos of what it means to connect with the community and the importance of getting involved.  His inspiration is to leave a situation better than before and strive to leave your mark - whether with a job, personal situation, or community.  He ended his speech with a Chinese Proverb stating, “It is easy to be the person you have always been, that person does not go away.  But it is our calling to add to what has always been.”
Meeting in Review: April 20, 2016 Catherine Pociask 2016-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm.
 
Gretchen Kearney presented Words of Inspiration, drawing from the writings of that great sage, Dr. Seuss.  The three messages were: Be Flexible (from I had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew); Think Before you Speak (from “Steak for Supper” in The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories); and Cherish Diversity (from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish).  The quote supporting the second message was: 
My father had warned me, “Don’t Babble. Don’t Bray. / For you never can tell who might hear what you say.”
My father had warned me, “Boy, button your lip.”/And I guess that I should have.  I made a bad slip.
 
Meeting in Review: April 13, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Carmichael on Apr 01, 2016
President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm. 
 
This being the fifth Wednesday of the month, Jim Freeman presented a piece of Rotary history as our Words of Inspiration.  He noted there are repressive dictators over much of the world, some certifiably insane. Looking back at the dictatorship of Adolph Hitler, Jim told the history of Rotary in Germany during the rise of the Nazi party.  At first the party encouraged its members to join Rotary as a means of pushing propaganda and at one point half of club members were party members.  Then party members started forcing Jews from the clubs; some other Rotarians quit in protest. Before long the Nazi party forbade its members from joining Rotary or Freemasonry, because the standards of those groups were incompatible with the Nazi agenda. It is important for Rotarians to take stands for our values.
Meeting in Review: March 30, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:35 pm and noted the impact on attendance by today’s total closure of the MetroRail system.  He then introduced members of the DC Rotaract Club who would run the meeting.
 
Acting President Peter Danjczek, Rotaract Club Services Chair, asked for the silencing of cell phones and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  He introduced Rotaract Vice-President Ruxanda Renita to present the Words of Inspiration.
 
Ruxanda started by saying Rotary itself is inspirational, and  eloquently proceeded both to praise what we do in Rotary and to challenge us to live up to our roles.
Meeting in Review: March 16, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. and led the pledge of Allegiance.
 
Matt Ford presented the Words of Inspiration with the poem that his father used to read to him: “The Desiderata”.  As this is a poem of solid advice with nearly every sentence being a point of reference for some larger life meaning I shall post it in its entirety: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
 
Secretary Mike welcomed guests:
Meeting in Review: March 9, 2016 Edmund Breitling 2016-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Haleh Vaziri put down her pen as acting secretary and I reached for my keyboard after five weeks away, visiting other clubs in a warmer clime.
 
President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Meeting in Review: March 2, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
In Stefan Alber’s Words of Inspiration, he shared the essence of the 2014 book, Why Science Does not Disprove God, by science writer and researcher Amir Aczel.   Drawing on a wide range of interviews with Nobel prize winners and prominent scientists as well as spiritual leaders, Aczel makes his point:  For all we know about the Big Bang and evolution, for example, we still cannot explain life, intelligence and consciousness, or perfection in the universe. Faith and religion, despite all the flaws, remains the source of comfort and refuge as we humans transit through life.
Meeting in Review: January 20, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Sterling Hoffman provided the Words of Inspiration.  He told of a purple vase used at Sterling Portraits into which folded notes were placed during the year.  Each note told of something for which they were thankful.  At the end of the year, sitting by a fire and with drinks in hand, his team was able to go through those notes and be thankful and joyful once again.  It is important for us to be thankful throughout a year, not just at special times.
Meeting in Review: January 6, 2016 Mike Carmichael 2016-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
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President-Elect Candidate Abe Helal opened the meeting at 12:30 PM, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and introduced Scott Love to provide the words of inspiration. 
 
Scott read a passage from a book he wrote, telling of his visit to a hospice with a Montessori school next door.  The loud noise of children playing seemed inappropriate for those facing life’s end.  Then he noticed the hospice windows open, and some doors, and residents actually sitting outside.  Sounds of noisy children were therapeutic for them.  As leaders we need to take time to find what motivates and is meaningful to people.
Meeting in Review: December 16, 2015 Mike Carmichael 2015-12-24 05:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  In lieu of a traditional Words of Inspiration, and in recognition of the Holiday Season, Rotarians joined in two rousing verses and choruses of "Jingle Bells", accompanied by David Klaus on the piano.
Meeting in Review: December 23, 2015 William Busker 2015-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30, and led the club in the pledge of allegiance.
 
Words of inspiration:   Bob Schott discussed the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights on 10 Dec. 1948, underscoring the importance of principles set out therein, and the overlap between the Declaration and the principles underlying Rotary.
Meeting in Review: December 9, 2015 Robert Meins 2015-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Tuesday December 15th –The  D.C. Duck Derby Open House event will be held exclusively for prospective partners and sponsors to learn more about the Duck Derby (logistics, marketing opportunities and ways for your company to get involved).  Hosted at K&L Gates from 8:00am to 9:30am – the formal presentation from the DC Duck Derby Committee will begin at 8:15am.  Please contact Jennifer Galloway with questions.  Please encourage your Employer to send a representative.   Food and Beverages to be served complimentary!
 
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 p.m., led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and introduced Marilyn Cruz to provide the words of inspiration. 
 
Marilyn quoted John Holmes as saying, “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”  She advised us whenever we are down we should get on that Salvation Army van with John Jackson and remember the best exercise for the heart.
Meeting in Review: December 2, 2015 Mike Carmichael 2015-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 PM, led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag, and introduced David Klaus to sing a musical inspiration. David led the Club to sing a Thanksgiving Hymn, “The Hymn of Joy”.
Meeting in Review: November 25, 2015 Raven Canty 2015-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Starting at 12:30, President David led the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced Rich Madison with the Words of Inspiration.  Rich recited a poem and the main point of the poem was that we should be thankful for both good and bad things. President David asked the Rotarians to take a moment of silence for the Paris Victims, as well as informing us that he has sent condolences from our club to our sister club, Paris Académies.
Meeting in Review: November 18, 2015 Awad Morgan 2015-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Starting at 11:00 am, President David welcomed everyone who attended the Veteran’s Day celebration at the Central Union Mission. President David described the meaning of Veterans Day as not only honoring those who served during times of war but also to those who maintained and continue to maintain peace in our nation. He described the United States as a peaceful nation. President David described when Veterans Day was established as a holiday after World War I and asked the audience to recognize the veterans present. Veterans were sitting at the front tables.
Meeting in Review: November 11, 2015 Marilyn Cruz 2015-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm, led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag, and introduced May Gwinn to present the Words of Inspiration.
Meeting in Review: October 14, 2015 Kevin Baumb 2015-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 P.M., led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag, and introduced Alicia Fougere to present the Words of Inspiration.
Words of Inspiration.
Meeting in Review: October 7, 2015 John Davies 2015-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
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For the past eleven years, The Rotary Club of Washington DC with the cooperation and endorsement of the DC Public School System, has distributed student dictionaries to every third grade student in the public school system.
2015 Dictionary Project Is Here! Marilyn Cruz 2015-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm, led in pledge of allegiance to our flag and introduced Jim Freeman to present the Words of Inspiration.  Each fifth Wednesday of the month the Inspiration covers Rotary history.
Meeting in Review: September 30 2015 Mary Goldsmith 2015-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm, led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag, and introduced John Jackson to present the Words of Inspiration.
 
John told us the story of a meeting in which was asked, “What is the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received?”  Joe Jack Pierce an 84 yr. international racquetball champion, raised his hand to speak. This is what he said…
Meeting in Review: September 9 2015 Michael Harper 2015-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sterling Hoffman on Aug 14, 2015
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The following Meeting in Review notes are a reasonable facsimile of actual events that occurred at the Rotary Club of DC on Wednesday, the 12th of August, 2015, in the University Club, Washington, DC. On the one day that I, Sterling Hoffman, your officially-appointed "scribe", should have been EARLY for this duty, I was conspicuously absent for the first 30 minutes of the luncheon meeting. Metro delays caused by "single-tracking" is the excuse I am using. My attempt to sneak into the arena unnoticed was thwarted by, of all things, my attire. As you see, the dress code for this particular meeting had been relaxed to allow Hawaiian-styled shirts. My shirt was exceedingly loud and boisterous and when coupled with the seersucker suit…unobtrusive entering to assuage my embarrassment was not an option.
Meeting in Review: August 12, 2015 Sterling Hoffman 2015-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
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Starting at 12:30 P.M, President David led the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced Sterling Hoffman to deliver Words of Inspiration. Sterling’s inspiration included “A simple act of kindness can stop millions of tears," and “The world will be better place if we all cared a little more.”
Meeting in Review: August 5, 2015 Bala Murthy 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Larson
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President David opened the meeting at 12:30, led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag, and introduced Jim Freeman to present the Words of Inspiration.
 
Secretary Mike Carmichael welcomed guests Lizabeth Wagger, Mike Matter, Liliana Sulikouska-Klebek, June Huber, Mary Goldsmith, Heather Young, David Morres, Lauren Seibert, Haley Choi, Tom Lillis, Beth Lawton, Travis Gideon, Gary Zuercher, and Ludwig Ahlquist.
Meeting in Review: July 29, 2015 Peter Larson 2015-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Carmichael
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Starting at 12:30, President David led the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced Past-President David Klaus to lead singing of “America the Beautiful” as our Words of Inspiration. 
Meeting in Review: July 22, 2015 Mike Carmichael 2015-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Carmichael
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Starting at 12:30, President David led the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced Tony Cusack to provide the Words of Inspiration. 
 
Tony focused on the inspiration of the life of fellow Rotarian Ed O'Brien, who passed away suddenly last Thursday.  Tony spoke of Ed’s generosity as a mentor, including advising Tony on setting up his own charitable organization.  Then Tony read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life,” noting that Ed did leave “footprints on the sands of time” that do inspire others.  He ended with a prayer of thanksgiving for Ed’s life and asked for comfort for Ed’s wife, May, and their families.
Meeting in Review: July 8, 2015 Mike Carmichael 2015-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Carmichael
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We will all miss seeing Secretary Haleh Vaziri at the head table, hearing her welcome visitors, and reading her Meetings in Review. In this new Rotary year she serves as a board member and in a number of other significant roles (including production of the monthly newsletter for prospective members), and I get to serve as secretary. So, let me get started with a review of what happened at our lunch meeting of July 1, the first day of David Treadwell’s year as club president.
Meeting in Review: July 1, 2015 Mike Carmichael 2015-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
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Hello fellow Rotarians! Although I am sad that this “Salaam” is my last as your humble Secretary, I will detail what transpired during our 24 June meeting which began as President Jennifer Hara called us to order shortly after 12:30 PM. Rotarians responded with a standing ovation, expressing their profound appreciation for her deft and unflappable leadership of our club.
Meeting in Review: June 24, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Treadwell
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.! Our club was founded July 11, 1912 and we have been celebrating more than a century of Service Above Self in our local community and in the world.
 
Together with our club’s foundation, the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C. (which was founded in 1922), our club is involved in projects that give back to our local community and benefit those in need around the world.
Welcome from the Club President David Treadwell 2015-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Jun 22, 2015
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am happy to report the details of our 17 June meeting. First, I wish to thank Past President David Klaus for acting as Secretary on 3 June while I was traveling as well as Anthony “Trip” Triplin and Dennis Cravedi for recording the Meeting in Review on 3 and 10 June, respectively.
Meeting in Review: June 17, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Cravedi
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The meeting was called to order at 12:35 PM by President Jennifer Hara who led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Words of inspiration were offered by Nancy Riker who shared a tweet from Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter: “Think about what is valuable before thinking about what is profitable and know that there’s compound interest in helping others—start early!”
Meeting in Review: June 10, 2015 Dennis Cravedi 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am delighted to return to your screen after a brief bout with the flu. My thanks to Mike Carmichael for sitting in as Secretary and to Red Badge member Laura Khor for writing the Meeting in Review last week. I greatly appreciate your willingness to help on short notice.
Meeting in Review: May 27, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
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Hello fellow Rotarians! I am happy to tell you what transpired during our meeting on 13 May 2015.
 
President Jennifer Hara called us to order at 12:30 PM, leading members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She invited Bill Dent to offer words of inspiration. He spoke about the joy and inspiration he derives from diverse activities—enjoying music as a choir member, working with nature, appreciating the fine arts and meditating. Suggesting that all of us take a few moments every day to be alone with our own thoughts and feelings, Bill highly recommended meditation.
Meeting in Review: May 13, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Khor
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The meeting was called to order at 12:30 PM by President Jennifer Hara who led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Words of inspiration were offered by Russ Savage who spoke about Martin Luther King and the recent unrest in Baltimore; he gave thoughtful advice on how to respond to the inequities that spark conflict. He had many suggestions, especially to “give back to a child.”
Meeting in Review: May 20, 2015 Laura Khor 2015-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Washington DC and the Rotary Foundation of Washington DC have awarded more then $140,000 in grants to local nonprofits. Congratulations to all of the grant recipients!
2015 Community Service Grants Awarded 2015-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting in Review: May 6, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am pleased to report on our 15 April 2015 meeting. Before doing so, however, I want to thank Red Badge member Judith Henderson for writing last week’s Meeting in Review.
 
Meeting in Review: April 15, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am happy to be back from Detroit to report on our 1 April 2015 meeting.  First, though, I wish to thank Red Badge member Johnny Allem for writing the Meeting in Review and Mike Carmichael for acting as Secretary in my absence last week.
 
President Jennifer called us to order at 12:30 PM, leading members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She asked Christian Lungarotti to offer words of inspiration. He invoked the wisdom of 12th-century Catholic friar Saint Francis of Assisi who abandoned his worldly possessions to live a modest life. Saint Francis advised that we first “do what is necessary,” then “do what is possible” and eventually we will notice that we are “doing the impossible.” As Christian remarked, Saint Francis’ words resonate with Rotarians seeking to improve the world in small and large ways.
Meeting in Review: April 1, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johnny Allem
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The meeting was called to order by President Jennifer Hara who led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Words of Inspiration were offered by Russ Savage who quoted from the Persian scholar, jurist and poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, suggesting that we are in a guest house and that we treat each guest honorably, meeting them laughing and remembering that each is a guide sent from the Beyond.
 
Meeting in Review: March 25, 2015 Johnny Allem 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am delighted to be back with you to detail what transpired during our 18 March meetingPresident Jennifer Hara’s Third Quarterly Club Assembly. First, however, I wish to thank Red Badge members Jennifer Galloway and Liz Salett for writing the Meeting in Review on 4 and 11 March, respectively. Red Badge members, please remember that if you want to cross this task off of your to-do list towards earning your Blue Badge, I welcome your assistance!
 
Meeting in Review: March 18, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Day DC To Bring Free Family Fun and Volunteer Awareness to Washington, DC
Open to the community, this fun festival showcases Rotary and its local non-profit partners
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President Jennifer Hara called our gathering to order at 12:30 PM, announcing that officers of the Washington, DC Rotaract Club would lead our proceedings in honor of World Rotaract Week. Rotaract Vice President Kyle Morford then asked us to silence our cell phones and led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Meeting in Review: March 11, 2015 Elizabeth Salett 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Galloway
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The meeting was called to order at 12:30 PM by President Jennifer Hara who led members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Words of inspiration were offered by Liz Perla who recounted Soren Kierkegaard’s “Parable of Ducks.” In a town where only ducks live, they choose to waddle rather than use their wings to fly. We have all been given gifts, abilities, untapped potential, intelligence, energy, passion and dreams so that we can live EXTRAORDINARY lives. So don’t forget to spread your wings and fly; choose to fly and make a difference.

Meeting in Review: March 4, 2015 Jennifer Galloway 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Valet Parking Disruptions at University Club 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Salaam and hello fellow Rotarians! I am glad to report on what happened during our 25 February meeting.
 
With President Jennifer taking a well-earned vacation in the Dominican Republic, President Elect David Treadwell called us to order at 12:30 PM. After leading members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, he called on Laura Khor to provide words of inspiration. She noted that the Academy Awards broadcast aired on Sunday, 22 February as a celebration of story-telling. Among those lost in 2014 and memorialized during the broadcast was actor Robin Williams, one of the best story tellers ever who brought great humor and humanity to his performances. Laura opined that the most memorable stories and story tellers touch on the questions we ask about our words and deeds in the Rotary Four-way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Meeting in Review: February 25, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
2015 District Conference Gretchen Kearney 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am happy to recount the details of our 18 February gathering.
 
President Jennifer called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM, leading us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She asked John Jackson to offer words of inspiration. John explained that he was standing in for Russ Savage who was in Virginia leading an Ash Wednesday service. Thankful for Rotarians’ support of the Salvation Army, John pointed to Sharon Taylor’s and Marta Pentassuglia’s participation in the previous night’s Grate Patrol amid frigid temperatures and indicated that he is working with Nancy Riker to define his organization’s role on our 25 April Rotary Day. John closed with the Bible’s counsel to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Meeting in Review: February 18, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
Hello fellow Rotarians! I am pleased to detail what transpired during our 11 February meeting.
 
President Jennifer called us to order at 12:30 PM. After leading members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, she called on Monica Smith to deliver words of inspiration.
 
A historian, Monica reminded us that Thomas Edison was born on 11 February 1847, explaining that his life teaches us lessons about individual achievement and team work. This most prolific American inventor, with 1,093 patents to his name, was a great self-promoter. Yet Edison did not work alone, creating a lab for research and development in Menlo Park, New Jersey to collaborate with hundreds of scientists, machinists, carpenters, glass workers and others during his career. Thanks to his Menlo Park and West Orange labs, which he dubbed “invention factories,” Edison should be better known for inventing the modern R&D lab. As Monica noted, Edison’s contemporary Andrew Carnegie declared that “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision ... to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Monica observed that we Rotarians resemble Edison and his team. By combining our abilities to work toward a common vision, we exemplify the power of collaboration to help our communities and change the world.
Meeting in Review: February 11, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am happy to report on our 4 February gathering. Before doing so, however, I wish to thank Red Badge members Tom Kern and Pat Cunningham for covering the Meeting in Review on 21 and 28 January, respectively. After a two-week break, I am pleased to return to a screen near you.
Meeting in Review: February 4, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Cunningham on Feb 03, 2015
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The meeting was called to order at 12:30 pm by President Jennifer Hara who then led members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Words of Inspiration were offered by Buz Gorman who spoke about Enthusiasm (with much enthusiasm in his voice). He told the story of going to a Rotary Club meeting with his father when he was 12 years old. The guest speaker was a 90-year-old nun who talked about her figurine collection—not a topic that would remotely interest a 12-year-old boy. Yet the nun was so enthusiastic that Buz was captivated by her talk. So be enthusiastic in all you do and say because the feeling is contagious!
Meeting in Review: January 28, 2015 Pat Cunningham 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Kern on Jan 26, 2015
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President Jennifer Hara called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm, leading American citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance.  She called on Tom Kern for the words of inspiration.  Tom spoke about Jim Thorpe who was considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports and won Olympic gold medals in 1912, played American collegiate and professional football, and also played professional baseball and basketball.  He was voted greatest athlete of the 20th century in an ABC Sports poll of fans.
Meeting in Review: January 21, 2015 Tom Kern 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Hello fellow Rotarians! I am pleased to share the details of our 14 January lunch gathering.
 
President Jennifer called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. With members still queuing at the buffet, she spoke over the clinking of silverware, again reminding everyone to arrive on time. After leading us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, she called on Pat Cunningham for words of inspiration. Pat drew from swimmer Diana Nyad’s TED Talk titled “Never, Ever Give Up.” Nyad is the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Confronting venomous jelly fish, large sharks and the turbulent Florida Straits, she tried this swim and failed four times. Scientists, endurance experts and her closest friends repeatedly told her that this feat would be impossible. Yet on 2 September 2013, after 53 hours in the water swimming 110 miles, Diana Nyad achieved her goal at age 64. As she declares, “Never, ever give up!”
Meeting in Review: January 14, 2015 2015-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
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You may have heard that our DC Foundation owns a double cemetery plot in Parklawn Cemetery.  This was left to the Foundation by a former member who moved out of town and no longer had a need for the plot.  The Foundation Board has decided that it is appropriate to sell the plots so that the proceeds can be used for charitable purposes. 
Cemetery Plot For Sale Howard Davis 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Kearney on Jan 13, 2015

Past President Shaun English, Chair of the Nominating Committee, announced the following members were elected to serve on the Club and Foundation boards for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

Officers Elected for 2015-2016 Gretchen Kearney 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Jan 13, 2015
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am delighted to report what transpired at our 7 January gathering, the first in this new year. Before proceeding, I wish to thank Nancy Riker for acting as Secretary and Andrew Clark for recording the Meeting in Review in my absence on 17 December 2014.

Meeting in Review: January 7, 2015 Haleh Vaziri 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Clark on Dec 28, 2014
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Our 17 December meeting was called to order at 12:30 PM by the second of our club’s two nominees for President Elect for the 2015-16 year, Ross Grantham.

Meeting in Review: December 17, 2014 Andrew Clark 2014-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Dec 17, 2014
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am pleased to detail what happened during our 10 December meeting led by one of the two nominees for President Elect of our club for the 2015-16 year, Peg Schoen.

Meeting in Review: December 10, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Dec 07, 2014
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Hello fellow Rotarians! I am pleased to report what transpired during our 3 December gathering. Before doing so, I wish to thank Past President Monica Conroy for serving as Secretary on 26 November in my absence.

Meeting in Review: December 3, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Letter from Carsten Jacobson Gretchen Kearney 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Conroy on Nov 30, 2014
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President Jennifer called the meeting to order at 12:30 and we were off!  She led us in the Pledge to the flag and PP David inspired us by sharing the discovery of his grandfather’s Rotary name badge and reading aloud the Resolutions of Respect submitted by the Rotary Club of Charles City, Iowa, Club #433, September 17, 1928, upon the passing of the Rev. John H. Klaus.  The Reverend’s obituary said “He was a good man, full of faith and good works.”  It was a touching tribute to Rotary and to the Klaus family.

Meeting in Review: November 26, 2014 Monica Conroy 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Nov 23, 2014
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am happy to detail what transpired during our 19 November meeting —our annual gathering with the Washington, DC Kiwanis Club, a tradition going back more than 40 years.

Meeting in Review: November 19, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Kearney on Nov 15, 2014
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Past President Susan Neely is featured in the Washington Business Journal's list of "Women Who Mean Business." Reach the article here.

PP Susan Neely Means Business! Gretchen Kearney 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
University Club Book Fair Gretchen Kearney 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting in Review: November 12, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Kearney on Nov 10, 2014
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Executive Leaders Radio conducts “elite interviews” of prominent CEOs, CFOs, and Presidents focusing on “what makes people tick.” A recent installment featured our member, Glen O'Gilvie, CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

 

Members in the News Gretchen Kearney 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Bailey on Nov 10, 2014
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Rotarian and new member Kathy Bailey was recently in Tunisia, serving as an international election observer as Tunisians elected their first Assembly, or Parliament, under their new constitution. She shared her observations and a few photos with us.

Rtn. Kathy Bailey Observing Tunisia's Election Kathy Bailey 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Liston on Nov 06, 2014
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Greetings, Rotarians!

Here’s the story of our November 5 meeting, following the five-part model outlined by our guest speaker, Anne B. Thomas.

Meeting in Review: November 5, 2014 Stephen Liston 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Nov 02, 2014
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Greetings fellow Rotarians! I am pleased to share what transpired during our 29 October meeting—a lively club assembly held in a dining room decorated for a spooky Halloween with tables set up to represent each of our club’s service committees.

Meeting in Review: October 29, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Oct 26, 2014
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am delighted to report the details of our 22 October gathering.

President Jennifer Hara called us to order at 12:30 PM, leading American citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance. She turned to Nancy Riker for words of inspiration. Reading a passage from the Prayer of St. Francis, Nancy requested that when we hear the word “Lord,” we think of whatever higher power or inner truth each of us embraces:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
Where there is injury, pardon; 
Where there is doubt, faith; 
Where there is despair, hope; 
Where there is darkness, light; 
And where there is sadness, joy. 

O Lord, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console; 
To be understood, as to understand; 
To be loved, as to love; 
For it is in giving that we receive…

Meeting in Review: October 22, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Oct 20, 2014
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Greetings fellow Rotarians! I am happy to detail what transpired during our 15 October meeting.

President Jennifer Hara called members to order at 12:30 PM, leading U.S. citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She turned to Shelly Williams who inspired us with his first-hand observations as an educator of the millennial generation. Insisting that millennials are not the self-centered generation portrayed by their detractors, he recounted examples of youths helping their communities worldwide. In Shelly’s view, millennials are leaders in service, the “doers” described in the Bible, epitomizing “the Rotary way.”

Meeting in Review: October 15, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Oct 12, 2014
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am delighted to report the details of our 8 October gathering, jam-packed with guests and featuring remarks by eminent speakers.

Immediate Past President (P2) Shaun English led our meeting in President Jennifer Hara’s absence for business travel. He called us to order shortly before 12:30 PM in anticipation of a busy meeting. After leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance, P2 Shaun invited Dan Mullin to offer words of inspiration from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the thing that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Meeting in Review: October 8, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Howard Davis on Oct 06, 2014
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Sixteen Rotarians and family members came out to the Ivy City Build Site on Saturday, 9/27, to work on our Club’s Habitat house.  This project was initiated as a Centennial Project several years back and is now nearing completion.

 

Habitat for Humanity Build Day! Howard Davis 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Miss a Week? Want to Read Meeting in Review? Gretchen Kearney 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cherry Baumbusch on Oct 02, 2014
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President Jennifer Hara called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. After leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance, she turned to Mimi Kanda for the words of inspiration. Mimi reflected on the fact that although there is strife and conflict everywhere, we are all connected to God and all people. If we realize that we are all connected, we will have empathy and compassion for others. God also has a sense of humor, showing Mimi that she is connected to others this week. She tried to add money to her metro card but did not push cancel first, and the money was actually added to the previous user’s card. Connected in all ways!

Meeting in Review: October 1, 2014 Cherry Baumbusch 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Sep 28, 2014
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Hello fellow Rotarians! I am eager to share what transpired during our gathering on 24 September—a particularly busy meeting filled with guests, packed with announcements and graced by a distinguished speaker.

President Jennifer called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM, leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance. She then invited Judith Henderson to provide us words of inspiration. Judith chose a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Meeting in Review: September 24, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Sep 18, 2014
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Salaam fellow Rotarians!

I am pleased to share the details of our 17 September gathering.

President Jennifer Hara called our meeting to order at 12:30 PM, asking members to join her in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She then invited Ed O’Brien to offer us inspiration as he commemorated legendary writer James Baldwin’s life. Ed shared three quotes to “give us a flavor of the man.” About the United States, Baldwin declared, “I love America more than any other country in the world and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her.” Regarding change, he asserted, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Most profoundly, Baldwin proclaimed, “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word ‘love’ not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace—not in the infantile American sense of being made happy, but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”

Meeting in Review: September 17, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Sep 14, 2014

I am delighted to detail what happened at our 10 September gathering—especially after Valentin Solis picked up the pen last week to give my writing hand a respite.

Meeting in Review: September 10, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valentin Solis on Sep 05, 2014
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The meeting was called to order at 12:30 pm by President Jennifer Hara who led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Words of inspiration were offered by Russ Savage. In honor of Labor Day celebrated on Monday, 1 September, he underscored the value of doing work inspired by passion—pursuing a job that “sets the heart on fire.”

Meeting in Review: September 3, 2014 Valentin Solis 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Aug 31, 2014
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Greetings fellow Rotarians! Yes, it’s Haleh. I promise that Valentin Solis will prepare our Meeting in Review at another time; this week, his adorable little girl needed his company—the challenges of childcare scheduling. For now, you are stuck with me as I share the details of our 27 August gathering.

Meeting in Review: August 27, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Aug 24, 2014
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Salaam fellow Rotarians! I am happy to be back after visiting my family in Detroit. With pen in hand, I can report what transpired during our 20 August gathering.

President Jennifer Hara called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM, leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance. She invited Valentin Solis to offer words of inspiration; he shared an excerpt of his favorite passage from the First Book of Corinthians, reminding us that we have nothing without love in our lives. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

Meeting in Review: August 20, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Kearney on Aug 24, 2014
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Thank you to the volunteers who came out on Saturday to help us get Stanton Elementary School ready for a new school year! Pictured below are Dan Mullin (left), Howard Davis and Valentin Solis. Image
DCPS Beautification Day was Saturday, August 23 Gretchen Kearney 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of the Minds in Sao Paolo, Brazil! Gretchen Kearney 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clara Montanez on Aug 19, 2014
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You are cordially invited to attend the 2014 Rotary Day at the United Nations on Saturday, November 1 at the United Nations in New York City.

Rotary Day at the United Nations 2014 Clara Montanez 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Kapner on Aug 14, 2014
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Fellow Rotarians, I am delighted to share the minutes of our 13 August gathering.

President Jennifer Hara called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM, leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance. She then invited Wilhelmina Bratton to deliver words of inspiration; she read a passage from Psalms about the sanctity and healing power of stillness.
 

Meeting in Review: August 13, 2014 Daniel Kapner 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Aug 13, 2014
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Greetings fellow Rotarians! I am pleased to share the details of our 6 August gathering.

President Jennifer Hara called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. After leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance, she turned to Dick Pyle for words of inspiration. Lamenting the bad news from around the world, Dick underscored the need to find hope. He recounted two stories of individuals dispelling stereotypes, one in Jamaica and the other in Mali. Amid myriad international conflicts, the impact of individuals seems slight. Yet as Dick asserted, collections of individuals—such as the Rotarians and Peace Corps volunteers he has known—have the power to multiply the impact of refuting stereotypes so as to forge positive relationships across cultures, ultimately creating hope for a better, more peaceful world.

Meeting in Review: August 6, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Jul 31, 2014
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Hello fellow Rotarians! I am glad to share the minutes of our 30 July gathering.

President Jennifer Hara called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM, again reminding Rotarians to arrive on time while several entered the University Club’s dining room. After leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, she invited Nobutoshi Hanai to deliver words of inspiration. He read from Inazo Nitobe’s book Bushido: The Soul of Japan published in1900. “Bushido,” translates as “the military-knight’s ways.” Essential elements of this Samurai ethical code are justice and courage, universally valued virtues.

Meeting in Review: July 30, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting in Review: July 23, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Club Announcements 7/23/14 Gretchen Kearney 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting in Review: July 16, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting in Review: July 9, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Changing of the Guard Photos Gretchen Kearney 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Letter from Carsten Jacobsen Gretchen Kearney 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haleh Vaziri on Jul 05, 2014
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A NEW BEGINNING

Hello fellow Rotarians! I am humbled to serve as your club secretary charged with recording the minutes of our weekly gatherings.

Our 2 July meeting marked the launch of President Jennifer Hara’s term. She called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM, leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced Johnny Allem to deliver words of inspiration. Reading from Alice Walker’s 2006 book We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness, Johnny reminded Rotarians that positive change comes from within each of us.

Meeting in Review: July 2, 2014 Haleh Vaziri 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Kearney on Jun 30, 2014

Have you ever wondered where all those wonderful photos of our meetings that Lisa Cohen takes each week can be viewed? We now have a website, thanks to Lisa!

Rotary Club Photos Gretchen Kearney 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy Hurd on Jun 26, 2014
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President Shaun called his last meeting of his term to order at 12:30 pm. Mobile phones were turned off.  He led American members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Words of inspiration were presented by Dan Kapner, who told the story of a young man who throws starfish back into the sea, making the point that even the smallest act of service in meaningful. 

Meeting in Review: June 25, 2014 Timothy Hurd 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Kearney on Jun 20, 2014
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Have you registered for the Changing of the Guard? We will celebrate Shaun English's year at President, and welcome Jennifer Hara as our new Club President for 2014-15.

Changing of the Guard Gretchen Kearney 2014-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy Hurd on Jun 19, 2014
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President Shaun called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm. Mobile phones were suppressed.  He led American members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Words of inspiration were presented by Kenneth Brown, who quoted Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs urging people to live their own lives, unburdened by the expectations of others. 

Meeting in Review: June 18, 2014 Timothy Hurd 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Kearney on Jun 17, 2014

A Global Grant Scholar is looking for short term housing during her internship with the State Department this fall. Please contact her if you can help.

Student Housing Request Gretchen Kearney 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0