Speaker Date Topic
Final Assembly of the 2016-2017 Rotary Year Jun 28, 2017

As this Rotary Year ends, President Ross Grantham will outline the club’s accomplishments during his term and reflect on his time in office. 

General John R. Allen (Retired, US Marine Corps) Jul 05, 2017

Retired US Marine Corps four-star general and former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Allen is a Senior Fellow and Co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. Before joining Brookings, he served as special presidential envoy to the global coalition to counter ISIS for 14 months. Immediately following retirement from the Marine Corps, he was the senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security; in that role, he led the security dialogue with Israel and the Palestinian Authority for 15 months. During his nearly 38-year military career, he served in various command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force. Beyond his operational credentials, General Allen has led many professional educational programs, including as the Marine Infantry Officer Program’s director, the Marine Corps Basic School’s commanding officer, and commandant of midshipman in the US Naval Academy. He has been the Marine Corps fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a commandant of the Marine Corps fellow, and was the first Marine officer to become a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations Analysis from the US Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

First Assembly of the 2017-2018 Rotary Year Jul 12, 2017

Ushering in a new Rotary Year, President Abrahem Helal will articulate his vision for our club, explaining how he will engage members in pursuing new goals. Our Fundraising Committee will also report on the second annual DC Duck Race, held on 6 May 2017. Beyond the funds collected from the event, the Committee will share lessons learned from the planning process and address questions about future fundraising efforts.

Ilene Slatko Jul 19, 2017
Financial Education, Managing Money
Financial Education, Managing Money

Joining Farr, Miller & Washington in 2017 as a Vice President of Business Development, Ms. Slatko is bringing her financial education seminars back to the Washington. DC area—‚Äčin particular, her long standing “Women and Their Money” program. She comes to Farr, Miller & Washington from Delaware Shareholder Services, where, as Principal, she followed bankrupt publicly traded companies for stakeholders around the globe. Prior to DSS, she spent 24 years as a Financial Advisor working with high-net worth individuals, having started with Merrill Lynch prior to the Crash of 1987. Ms. Slatko attended Ohio's Marietta College, where she majored in Drama, Speech and English. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, indie bands and theater.

Ambassador of Myanmar Aung Lynn Jul 26, 2017

Appointed on 18 July 2016, Mr. Lynn is the first career member of the Foreign Ministry to hold the position of Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United States in 50 years. Despite his long, distinguished career in international affairs, Mr. Lynn’s early work was not in diplomacy but rather in geology, the field of his Bachelor’s degree studies at the University of Yangon. He joined his country’s government in 1982 as an assistant engineering geologist in the Ministry of Irrigation. He moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. During the 1980s, Mr. Lynn served as a third secretary in the ministry, as a consul in Hong Kong and in the embassy in South Africa. While working on his Master’s degree in Public Policy at the National University of Singapore during the mid-1990s, he led the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Political Affairs. From 2004 to 2007, he was a counselor to Burma’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. By 2011, he was the Director General for the Department of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Affairs. During the months before his assignment in Washington, Mr. Lynn had become Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His diplomatic service to the United States comes at a crucial time as Myanmar experiences the challenges of democratization and re-enters the international community.