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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
 
The Prospective Member Orientation is a required step to becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC.  This Orientation is an interactive and informal discussion about Rotary and a chance for New Members to learn a bit more about what it means to be a member of the DC Club.  
 
Orientations are held every 6 weeks on Mondays at K & L Gates.  For more information, contact the Membership Committee Chair, Edmund Breitling ( BreitlingE@gmail.com)
 Mon Apr 03, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
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A nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, Dr. McKenzie is an expert in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with 15 years of research and work experience for the US government, private sector and academia. An expert in displaced persons and refugee resettlement he has extensive experience working with Muslim communities in the United States. He also focuses on policies for MENA societies in transition, seeking to understand the effects of large-scale forced migration and protracted displacement. Dr. McKenzie has been an adjunct lecturer at Wayne State University in Detroit, a researcher at the American University in Cairo and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. His latest book project, expected in May 2017, explores humanitarian assistance to refugee situations in the MENA. In his most recent government position, Dr. McKenzie served as senior advisor for countering violent extremism (CVE) at the US Department of State, developing global initiatives in education and youth engagement, sports and cultural diplomacy, and support for terrorism victims. Previously, he was project director for the establishment of the Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi, devoted to training, dialogue, collaboration and research on CVE. Dr. McKenzie has written for, appeared on or been cited by: The Baltimore Sun, Bloomberg View, The Brookings Cafeteria Podcast, CNN, The Detroit Free Press, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Guardian, The New York Times, Share Radio, The Washington Post and The Washington Times. Born and raised in the Greater Detroit area, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Michigan State University, a Master's Degree in Security Studies and a graduate certificate in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.‚Äč

Robert McKenzie
 Apr 05, 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 Apr 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
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Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 2010, Mr. Smith calls himself a “recovering law professor,” acknowledging that work as a corporate and securities lawyer helps him appreciate the private sector’s role and the value of cross-sector collaboration. Convening “unusual allies” and “unlikely champions” is a hallmark of Mr. Smith’s work at the Foundation—from supporting fathers’ critical role in children’s lives to mobilizing communities as change agents in improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families. As the Foundation seeks a brighter future for children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes, Mr. Smith has been forging consensus around ensuring that they reach the milestone of reading on grade level by the end of third grade. “Focusing on helping the youngest children succeed in school was the logical next step to advance the Foundation’s two-generation strategy for attacking intergenerational poverty,” he declares, referring to efforts to assist low-income parents to succeed economically while improving access to high-quality, early childhood learning opportunities. Mr. Smith made his early mark in academia by teaching corporations and securities regulation at the University of Pennsylvania, but his years as chief of staff and special counsel to the Philadelphia School District helped him grasp “the interplay between what was going on in schools and classrooms and what was going on in the lives of the children at home and in their communities,” he says. Working to “put families at the center of the Foundation’s efforts to improve outcomes for disadvantaged kids” numbers among his proudest accomplishments. He is “helping to build a culture where people are encouraged to take risks and to get personally involved with the work” As Mr. Smith remarks, “What crystallizes the moral imperative to act is the awareness and belief that acting can make a difference.”

Ralph Smith
 Apr 12, 2017