Speaker Date Topic
Ann McClellan May 24, 2017
Panel on Bonsai Trees
Panel on Bonsai Trees

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. 

Sandy Moore May 24, 2017
Panel on Bonsai Trees
Panel on Bonsai Trees

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.

Stephen Voss May 24, 2017
Panel on Bonsai Trees
Panel on Bonsai Trees

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.

Craig Connelly May 31, 2017
Solar Energy and Our Economy
Solar Energy and Our Economy

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."

 

 

Pari Kasotia May 31, 2017
Solar Energy and Our Economy
Solar Energy and Our Economy

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. 

Patrick Schoof Jun 07, 2017

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. 


 

Fire and EMS Chief Gregory M. Dean Jun 14, 2017

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.

Club Assembly Jun 28, 2017

As the Rotary Year comes to a close, President Ross Grantham will outline the club’s accomplishments during his term and reflect on other aspects of his time in office.