Speaker Date Topic
Clint Sanchez, Executive Director, The First Tee Nov 22, 2017
Playing Golf, Learning Life Skills
Playing Golf, Learning Life Skills

Mr. Sanchez joined the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC as its Executive Director in October 2012 and has been around the game of golf most of his life. He grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland playing at Montgomery Village Golf Club. In 1998, Clint graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a degree in Sport Management. He has worked in and around Washington, DC since 2001 and has been working in youth development since 2007. The First Tee was created in 1997 to provide young people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. By engaging young people in a combination of life skills, leadership and golf activities, they also are exposed to positive traits that will help them achieve success in life. 

John Gray Nov 29, 2017
Director, National Museum of American History
Director, National Museum of American History

With a background in banking, small business and museums, Mr. Gray brings deep experience and a unique vision for unlocking the transformational power of history museums. Director Gray is leading the physical and programmatic reinvention the National Museum of American History. The museum is pairing its unparalleled collection of national treasures with a thematic focus around fundamental American ideals and ideas to share the value of history to visitors’ daily lives and inspiring a more humane future for the nation. Under his leadership, the museum is boldly re-imagining its three-floor, 120,000 square-foot West Wing. The first floor recently opened devoted to the themes of innovation and American enterprise. The second floor will present the ideas of democracy and the peopling of America, and the third floor will explore America’s democratic identity and culture. As steward of our nation’s national collection of more than three million artifacts and documents, including the iconic Star-Spangled Banner, the Greensboro lunch Counter, Lincoln’s top hat, Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Mr. Gray intends to use these objects to tell an inclusive, respectful, instructive and compassionate story of all the peoples of America. Prior to becoming the museum’s ninth director, he was founding president of the Autry National Center of the American West, a successful merging of three cultural organizations: the Autry, Colorado’s Women of the West Museum in Denver and Los Angeles’ oldest museum, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Commercial banking was the foundation of Gray’s previous career. He served as executive vice president of First Interstate Bank of California in Los Angeles from 1987 until 1996. Mr. Gray has a bachelor’s degree from C.W. Post College at Long Island University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. He serves on the board of St. John’s College in Annapolis and Santa Fe, where he continues to study the Great Books, and received an honorary degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. 

W. Gregory Wims Dec 06, 2017
Rotary District 7620 Governor
Rotary District 7620 Governor

Governor of Rotary District 7620, Mr. Wims is a sixth generation Marylander with 49 years of volunteer service to the community. He has served on many nonprofit boards: the University of Maryland Dental School, Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, the YMCA, the Kennedy Center and the Boys and Girls Club, just to name a few. He presently serves on the Congressional Bank Board in the Metro Washington DC area. He founded the Victims’ Rights Foundation 21 years ago to help victims of violent crime. Greg is a Paul Harris fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. He is a member and Past President of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. He is married to Michelle and has three children and two grandkids. 

 

LeeAnn Dance Dec 13, 2017
"My Dear Children," a Documentary about Eastern Europe's Anti-Jewish Pogroms
"My Dear Children," a Documentary about Eastern Europe's Anti-Jewish Pogroms

Ms. Dance is an award-winning investigative and documentary television producer. Video production and broadcast journalism have been her passions for over 20 years, ever since receiving her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She has produced everything from groundbreaking news stories for CNN to promotional videos for non-profit organizations, and an internet radio show for individuals relaunching their careers. Her journalism background has given her the ability to distill a large amount of material and hone in on what is true and important. She pinpoints the real message that needs to be conveyed, creating a human story that moves and inspires audiences. Ms. Dance is currently co-directing and co-producing (with Cliff Hackel) My Dear Children, a first-ever documentary about the anti-Jewish pogroms of Eastern Europe as told in the firsthand account of a survivor. Feiga Shami's story offers a window into this forgotten history and the daring rescue mission that saved two of her children, changing the family forever. Ms. Dance's film gives voice to thousands of forgotten victims, recounting a story shared by Jews around the world.

 

Michael Bobbit Dec 20, 2017
Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre
Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre

Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre, Mr. Bobbitt has directed, choreographed and performed at theatres in the DC area—among them, the Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Roundhouse Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21). A member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, his writing has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York Musical Theatre Festival. He has received grants from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Producer-Writer Initiative, The Creative Projects Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland State Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation. His musical Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds appeared at the New Victory Theatre in New York City. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Montgomery College, Howard University and the Washington Ballet. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, the Coaching Initiative for Non Profit Leaders of Color-National Training Laboratories & Mosaica and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative-Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. In 2010, Michael received the County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Emerging Leader Award, and in October 2015, the 2015 EXCEL Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Club Assembly Jan 03, 2018
Progress Report Mid-point in the 2017-2018 Rotary Year

Club President Abrahem Helal will review progress made at this mid-point in his term towards such goals as recruiting new members and increasing fellowship activities. He will also outline plans for the second half of his tenure, including the mobilization of members to volunteer for the third annual DC Duck Race.

Marvin Kalb Jan 10, 2018
Book—The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia
Book—The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia

Marvin Kalb is a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He focuses on the impact of media on public policy and politics. He is also an expert on national security, with a focus on US relations with Russia, Europe and the Middle East. His most recent book The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia follows in a long line of thought-provoking works. His previous books include Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War and The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed in which he considers how presidential commitments can lead to the use of American military force, as well as Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama, co-written with Deborah Kalb, to examine the Vietnam War’s extraordinary impact on presidential decision making over the past four decades. Mr. Kalb’s distinguished journalism career spans more than 30 years and includes award-winning reporting for both CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and anchor of NBC’s "Meet the Press." He went on to become founding director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Mr. Kalb is the Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard and hosts "The Kalb Report" at the National Press Club.

Danielle De La Fuente Jan 17, 2018
The Amal Alliance—Empowering Displaced Youth
The Amal Alliance—Empowering Displaced Youth

Danielle De La Fuente is the co-founder (with Dr. Rose Cardarelli) of the Amal Alliance, Inc.—​a non-governmental organization dedicated to empowering displaced youth through social development programs at refugee camps around the world. The organization is based on the premise that we are all global citizens with a social and moral responsibility to ensure that children have access to their cultural identity, knowledge of their history and future opportunities through reading stories and finding inner strength. Our holistic approach stimulates the mind and body through education and integration programs. Ms. De La Fuente earned a BA in International Relations from Boston University and an MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She served at the National Defense University where she fostered relations across the Middle East and South Asia. She has also worked at various embassies and on political campaigns. She specializes in work as a liaison between the diplomatic, governmental and political realms.

David L. Charney, MD Jan 24, 2018
Psychiatrist to Captured Spies
Psychiatrist to Captured Spies

Dr. Charney is the Founder and Medical Director of  Roundhouse Square Counseling Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, couples and family therapy as well as Attention Deficit Disorder in adults. Besides his usual practice, he has also treated personnel from the intelligence community.  As a result of unusual circumstances, he had the opportunity to join the defense team of his first spy case, Earl Pitts. Subsequently, Plato Cacheris, the attorney of Robert Hanssen, invited Dr. Charney to join his defense team, which added a further dimension to his experience. With the addition of his third spy case, Brian Regan, he further deepened his knowledge of the psychological nuances of captured spies. As a member of their defense teams, Dr. Charney was perceived by these insider spies as an understanding and supportive figure, which lowered their defensive mindsets and provided a truer picture of their inner lives. He questioned many common assumptions about spy motivations. Dr. Charney elaborated on his findings in Part One of his White Paper, True Psychology of the Insider Spy. Part Two of his White Paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, lays out Dr. Charney’s innovative and perhaps controversial recommendations for using what he learned to manage the problem of insider spies better. To educate and promote these concepts and ideas, he founded NOIR for USA, a non-profit organization. In 1968, Dr. Charney earned his medical degree at the Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York in Syracuse. For many years, he has hosted his own cable television show "Psychiatry Today" on Comcast Cable in Alexandria. Since 1975, Dr. Charney has taught psychiatric residents at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, where he holds the academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor.

Waleed Diab Jan 31, 2018
Music, Technology and the Law
Music, Technology and the Law

Mr. Diab is the recently promoted Director of North America Record Label Business Development, YouTube & Google Play Music. Prior to his November 2017 promotion, he was the Head of North America Record Label Business Development, YouTube & Google Play Music, responsible for managing Google's North American business partnerships with all major and independent recorded music companies for the YouTube Music services. In 2016, Billboard Magazine named Mr. Diab one of "40 Under 40: Music's Top Young Power Player. His work in 2015 with major labels laid the legal groundwork for the launch of YouTube Red, the company’s ad-free subscription service in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Since joining Google in 2011, his work to untangle the web of music licenses helped expand Google Play Music to more than 60 territories worldwide. Mr. Diab holds his Juris Doctor from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Maryland.