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Expert on the cherry blossom tree, Ms. McClellan is the author of The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Celebration; Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossoms Festival; and Bonsai and Penjing, Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty. She has earned a Certificate of Commendation from Japan’s government for “promoting mutual understanding between our two great countries through great efforts and activities with cherry trees.” Ms. McClellan’s life-long love of trees began in New Jersey where she was fortunate enough to attend the Lawrenceville School, an arboretum-like campus laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted. Now residing in Washington, DC, she has held executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund and the American Association of Museums among other prestigious organizations. 

Ann McClellan
 May 24, 2017
 
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The author of The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story, Ms. Moore began her writing career in a US Senator’s office and worked as a journalist focusing on stories about families and children. She and her family live close to Washington, DC’s National Arboretum where she first encountered her story’s protagonist —a bonsai tree that is almost 400 years old and miraculously survived the bombing of Hiroshima. She believed that the true story of a Japanese family's devotion to the tree and their decision to donate it to the United States in an act of reconciliation and friendship would inspire and delight young readers. Ms. Moore is originally from the Maine coast, which shares with Japan a wealth of islands that are dotted with magnificent pine trees.

Sandy Moore
 May 24, 2017
 
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Based in Washington, DC but always ready to travel with camera in tow, Mr. Voss is an editorial photographer. He has spent the last decade producing great images for magazines and organizations; his clients include BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Time and Wired. He received the Creative Visions Foundation Grant to document homelessness in Portland, Oregon, with his photos featured in a national exhibit that is touring the country. His documentary work covers US politics, environmental issues and globalization’s impact worldwide. He is presently working on a project about the intersection of development and the environment in New Jersey, his native state. Mr. Voss has photographed bonsai trees, with his images recently on view at the Japan Information and Cultural Center. He has produced the book In Training: a book of Bonsai photographs.

Stephen Voss
 May 24, 2017
 
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Mr. Connelly joined the Solar Foundation in 2016 as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation. He received his BA in Political Science from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Master's in Public Administation from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Connelly served for nearly eight years in different roles within the US Department of Energy, including as: Special Advisor to the SunShot Program Director; Energy, Innovation, and Environment Legislative Fellow to US Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico; ​ Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of the SunShot Initiative; Program Performance and Measurement Analyst for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Budget Formulation Analyst for the Wind & Water Power Program. As he declares, "...I chose to join The Solar Foundation and help build innovative and impactful programs which can change the world through solar. Since I was young, I was always interested in the intersection of science and policy. History was my favorite subject in high school, but when I got older, I decided that I did not want to study history, I wanted to make it. That's why I am so excited to come to work every day at The Solar Foundation. We make amazing things happen."

 

 

Craig Connelly
 May 31, 2017
 
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Ms. Kasotia is the Deputy Director at The Solar Foundation and is responsible for providing leadership and operational oversight. She has worn multiple hats that range from leading organizations to being an entrepreneur to providing academic leadership. In 2015, she was named Midwest Energy News’s 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders. Ms. Kasotia has strong expertise in clean energy markets, energy efficiency, and biofuels. Prior to her role at The Solar Foundation, she led the Iowa Energy Office,  managing multi-million dollar federal and state energy projects to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa communities. Ms. Kasotia serves on the Board of Directors of the Solar Household Energy Inc., a non-profit organization promoting solar cookers around the world; is a Vice-Chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the Energy Bar Association; and is a member of the Women’s Council for Energy and Environment and of the United Nations Association (UNA). She has delivered presentations on clean energy and energy efficiency for various platforms including the UNA, Intersolar, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Governors Association and the Environmental Defense Fund. Her published work appears in UN Chronicle and Triple Pundit. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University and a Master’s in Public Affairs in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Drake University in Environmental Policy and Political Science. She has lived in India, Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in addition to the United States. 

Pari Kasotia
 May 31, 2017
 
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An award-winning director and advisor to international organizations and their leadership, Mr. Schoof’s strategy and innovative ideas with global programs, operations and teams, allows him to drive transformation. He combines entrepreneurial thinking and high-performance public, private and nonprofit approaches that align meaning and direction, connect people and priorities, and deliver resources and solutions to scale, even in the most challenging environments. Patrick Schoof is the CEO of A Better World Foundation—a global thought leader and social innovator in helping people and organizations strengthen and expand their definitions of themselves and accelerate simple, powerful ideas to improve our lives and planet. He is also a career coach and strategist to senior professionals, who specializes in guiding clients towards clarity, balance, meaning, and direction in their professional and personal lives. Committed to advancing international development and human rights, Mr. Schoof has advised and worked with international organizations, and public, private and non-profit sector entities, including UN agencies, the World Bank, U.S. Department of State, USAID, the International Red Cross, and Fortune 500 companies. As a sought-after public speaker, he has addressed nearly 1,000 audiences, including the Olympic Games, the White House, and 70+ Rotary Clubs on five continents. Mr. Schoof holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration/Political Science from Western Michigan University, a Master’s in Law Degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s in Management from the London School of Economics. 


 

Patrick Schoof
 Jun 07, 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 Jun 13, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
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Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Chief Dean to lead the 2,100-member DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) on 2 March 2015. Mr. Dean previously served for 10 years as the Fire EMS chief for Seattle, Washington, where he led the administrative and operational functions of a team of 1,150 employees with a $175 million budget. He entered the Seattle Fire Department as a trainee in 1970 and rose through the ranks to become chief. During his tenure in Seattle, he served as Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief of Administration, Deputy Chief of Personnel and Deputy Chief of Support Services. He has a proven record of results; under his leadership, Seattle and King County, Washington announced in 2014 that its overall cardiac arrest survival rate had reached an all-time high of 62 percent, up from 26 percent in 2002. Chief Dean has also served on the board for the Medic One Foundation, a nationally recognized paramedic-training program; and on the Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. A Seattle native, he holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program.

Fire and EMS Chief Gregory M. Dean
 Jun 14, 2017
 
 Thu Jun 15, 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 Jun 15, 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 Jun 16, 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 Jun 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM