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Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who has worked for more than a decade to reform US tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy. Prior to becoming Friends of the Earth’s president in 2009, Mr. Pica served as the organization’s director of domestic programs. In that role, he designed and launched many of Friends of the Earth’s campaigns—among them, efforts to bring emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology, under greater public and regulatory control and to reform how the federal government manages and invests in our transportation system. 
 
The Washingtonian calls Mr. Pica one of Washington, DC’s "40 Under 40: K Street's New Generation of Lobbyists." He was named by Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s "Green City Leaders" and as one of the “Capital Region’s Most Influential Under 40 Residents.”  He is also listed in Washington Life’s “Power 100” special report. He has testified before the US Congress and appeared extensively in the media, including on NBC Nightly News, The News Hour, Bill Moyers Journal and various shows on MSNBC. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio and PRI’s Marketplace and has been quoted in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker, as well as by wire services including the AP, Bloomberg and Reuters.

Mr. Pica comes from a family of farmers and educators in a conservative part of southwest Michigan. He discovered his passion for the environment while attending Western Michigan University. After school, he moved with his wife-to-be Amy to the Washington, DC area.  He is a trombonist and has played with the Montgomery County Symphony Orchestra, is an avid golf hacker and enjoys working in his small organic vegetable garden.

Erich Pica
 Mar 01, 2017
 
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 Mar 02, 2017
 
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Members of the Washington, DC Rotaract Club will lead our weekly meeting, inviting Dr. Michael Gresalfi to address our club. A member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's senior staff in the Washington DC area for nearly 21 years, Dr. Gresalfi provides national security-related strategic planning, policy and operations advice and assistance to federal agencies and associated national security programs, with a focus on protecting, preventing, and/or responding to attacks by weapons of mass destruction (WMD). His responsibilities include partnership strengthening between the Department of Energy-National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE-NNSA) and other US federal agencies, with respect to counterterrorism operational assets and programs. Previously, Dr. Gresalfi was senior advisor from the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Branch and the Whole Community Initiative. He engaged in strategic planning oversight during the coordination, definition and development of numerous all-hazards, catastrophic incident emergency management initiatives, to include  “A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action” (December 2011) and “Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty” (January 2012). He was selected in 2012 to lead the development of the “DHS Strategy for Improving the Nation’s Response and Recovery to a Catastrophic Chemical Attack." Dr. Gresalfi is the co-author (with John Darrin) of The Rockets' Red Glare, a best-selling techno-thriller novel. He earned a PhD in Public Policy from The George Washington University and attended the Executive Level Program in National Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. ​

Dr. Michael Gresalfi - Rotaract Week
 Mar 08, 2017
 
 
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 Mar 09, 2017
 
 
This is an open meeting held on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss topics on all things regarding to the club's membership.
 
Please contact Membership Committee Chair, Edmund Breitling ( BreitlingE@gmail.com ) for more details.
 
 
 Tue Mar 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
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*    President of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, Mr. Stevens founded this organization in 2006. For the past seven years, he has worked to achieve the vision of a vibrant, mixed-use, transit-oriented community that is a regional waterfront destination for Washington, DC. The Capitol Riverfront BID provides a range of services on behalf of its stakeholders, including Clean & Safe Teams, business and retail attraction efforts, strategic planning, transportation planning, management and maintenance of parks as well as community building. Mr. Stevens has been involved in the economic development, urban planning and downtown/neighborhood development fields for most of his 35-year career. He has participated in numerous downtown redevelopment efforts for such cities as Wichita, Kansas; Lubbock, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; and Washington, DC. He served as Director of Planning for his hometown of Jackson and as the Vice-President of Development for the Center City Commission in Memphis. Prior to his work at the BID, he was the President and CEO of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership from 2000 to 2006, building that organization from a start-up to a full partner in the District’s economic development initiatives. Mr. Stevens holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning/Urban Design from and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Sociology from Millsaps College. He is actively involved in the community through service on a variety of boards such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival; the Washington, DC Economic Partnership; Barracks Row Main Street; and Destination DC.

Michael Stevens
 Mar 15, 2017
 
 Thu Mar 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
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NEW LOCATION ON WALTER REED CAMPUS: Please note that Bingo Night has now been moved into the newly completed USO Warrior and Family Center, 4565 Taylor Road.  Multipurpose Room A and B. Please park ONLY in the America Garage. 

Join Rotary and Rotaract club members in providing an evening of bingo entertainment for recovering soldiers and their visiting family members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (formerly known as Bethesda Naval Hospital) on the third Thursday of every month.

Dinner and set-up begin at 5:00 p.m. with the start of bingo play at 6:00 p.m.
 

As those attending must be on the security clearance at the hospital's entrance, please register online and/or contact Shelton Williams no later than 3 p.m. on the Monday prior to the month's event. You will need to have a driver's license or other photo ID to show the security guard and the name registered must match your name as shown on the ID. If you have not previously done so, please include your driver's license number in the comments field when you register online.

Arriving By Metro: The easiest way to come to the hospital is by Metro, as the main entrance is located directly across from the Medical Center station on the Red Line. Cross Wisconsin Ave., turn left and walk north to the North Gate.

Arriving By Car: The hospital's address is 8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20889. From DC, proceed north on Wisconsin Avenue just beyond downtown Bethesda and past the intersection with Jones Bridge Road. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will be on your right (most noticeable is the tall central building). Enter by the second or North Entrance. Please keep in mind that traffic on Wisconsin Avenue in front of the hospital can be heavy during the evening rush hour so you may want to allow extra time to reach the entrance. Please park ONLY in the America Garage, as parking in other lots may may make you subject to ticketing or towing. 

At the Gate: Present your photo ID to the guard in the Security Booth and then proceed to the USO Warrior & Family Center, 4565 Taylor Road, Multipurpose Rooms A& B (see base map here). If driving, you must park in the American Parking Garage. Cars parked in other areas may be towed.

- See more at: http://dcrotaryclub.org/event/walter-reed-bingo-1/#sthash.b4kDO9E2.dpuf
 Thu Mar 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
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Volunteer with your fellow Rotarians and the Salvation Army as they hand out food and water to the city's homeless population from the Salvation Army's Grate Patrol vanRotary's grate patrol runs the third Tuesday and third Friday of every month.

Volunteers meet in front of 1425 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20005 at 6:30 PM with the van arriving by 6:45. The van arrives back around 8 PM. The nearest Metro stop to the start location is McPherson Square on the blue and orange lines.

Click here to check availability and sign up (due to space, we are limited to four volunteers per day). 

Register online or contact Dan Mullin for more information.  

- See more at: http://dcrotaryclub.org/event/grate-patrol-13/#sthash.robdNUEm.dpuf
 Fri Mar 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
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Volunteer with your fellow Rotarians and the Salvation Army as they hand out food and water to the city's homeless population from the Salvation Army's Grate Patrol vanRotary's grate patrol runs the third Tuesday and third Friday of every month.

Volunteers meet in front of 1425 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20005 at 6:30 PM with the van arriving by 6:45. The van arrives back around 8 PM. The nearest Metro stop to the start location is McPherson Square on the blue and orange lines.

Click here to check availability and sign up (due to space, we are limited to four volunteers per day). 

Register online or contact Dan Mullin for more information.  

- See more at: http://dcrotaryclub.org/event/grate-patrol-13/#sthash.robdNUEm.dpuf
 Tue Mar 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
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The CEO and Interim President for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Mr. Almond is an accomplished executive whose career includes service to his country as a US Army Officer. He began working with the Boys & Girls Clubs as a part-time Teen Director at the Southside Club in Norfolk, Virginia during summer 1990. He became full-time after serving in that role for three months. In 1995, he received a promotion to Branch Director at the Virginia Beach Boys & Girls Club, where he built the program from an Average Daily Attendance of 36 to 80, which was capacity. Five years later, Mr. Almond moved to Emporia, Virginia, where he started the Boys & Girls Clubs of Emporia/Greenville County as the founding Executive Director. He brought knowledge of the clubs to an area that had not previously heard of them. Seeking an even bigger challenge, he became the Senior Branch Director of the then Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club, which is a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. During the first year of his leadership, the Alexandria Club went from a deficit of $65,000 to a surplus of $8,000. This feat earned him the Employee of the Year Award in 2001. After serving in this role for four years, he was promoted to a position created especially for him—Senior Regional Director, overseeing two regions and managing two separate Boards of Directors. Three years later, he rose to the position of Vice President of Branch Operations. Mr. Almond has received numerous honors, including induction into the Academy of Boys & Girls Clubs Professionals in 2005 and into the Southside Boys & Girls Club’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a 1986 graduate of St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia and of the US Army Armor Officer School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. 

Please note that this lunch meeting will be held at the Central Union Mission, 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

 

Jim Almond
 Mar 22, 2017
 
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Renowned photojournalist and public interest activist, Mr. Schardt has enjoyed a long and diverse career. As a journalist, he was a reporter for United Press International, a writer at Sports Illustrated, and a correspondent at TIME, where he spent seven years covering the civil rights movement in the south. He left TIME to become associate Washington legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped to organize a national campaign to impeach Richard Nixon—launched one year before Watergate. He left the ACLU to serve six years as executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he erased the organization's debt, established a reserve fund, and created EDF's first communications program, a formal legislative program and its wildlife program. Mr. Schardt’s passion for politics and environmental causes made him a natural fit as national press secretary for Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign. Returning to journalism, he was news media editor at Newsweek, then editor of Foundation News magazine. In 1993, he founded Environmental Media Services to provide top-end public relations services for the pressing environmental issues of the day. He served as the president of EMS for over a decade until he retired. Mr. Schardt has worked in media consulting for the American Forest Foundation since 1960.

Arlie Schardt
 Mar 29, 2017