The meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by the Club’s President David Klaus.  He led the American members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.




Helen Moore provided words of inspiration.   In celebrating the Spring, Helen read a poem “A Prayer in Spring” by Robert Frost.


Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:

  • Ben Burkhardt, Manager of Programs at CTIA and a guest of Abrahem Helal.
  • Bipan and Meenakashi Gupta.  Bipan works in tea production in Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling, India.  He is the brother of DC Rotarian Balraj Gupta.
  • Karl Mattison, Executive Director at Peer Network and a guest of Sheldon Ray.
  • Clif McCann, Partner at Thompson Hine, and a guest of Abraham Helal.
  • Pernille Elbech, Senior Advisor at the Embassy of Denmark and a guest of Steen Steensen.
  • Abdelsalam Hamad, a freelance journalist for Libyan TV and a guest of Abraham Helal. 
  • Wolfgang Bertelsmeier, a member of the Rotary Club of Bangkok Thailand also joined us and brought us his Club’s flag.  Wolfgang is in financial management.


Sergeant at Arm’s Peggy Schoen announced the following birthdays:

  • Maria Nelly Pavisich on April 8.  Maria joined the Club in 2011, sponsored by Sam Hancock.  Her classification is International Development. She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Amboro, Brazil.
  • Francis Muraya on April 10.   Francis joined the Club in February this year, sponsored by President David Klaus.  His classification is International Development: Programs.
  • Nancy Riker on April 10.  Nancy joined the Club in 2010, sponsored by Bill Dent.  Her classification is Services:  Meeting Planning.
  • Bob Mann on April 13.  Bob joined the Club in 1989, sponsored by Mac Asbill.  His classification is Investments:  Securities Retail.


President David presented Paul Harris Fellow+6 pin to Ken Kimbrough for his contribution.   The Club matches the member’s $500 contribution.

President David reported on the Rotary Day at the White House on April 5, at which, twelve Rotarians were honored as Champions of Change, Celebrating Extraordinary Service Above Self.  Brief descriptions of their efforts were given:   1) Ensuring all children in Iowa to have a good pair of shoes that fit them.  2) Helping low-income residents of Williamson Country gain access to clean, safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.  3) Leading the effort to build a special designated camp for those with mental and physical disabilities.  4) Starting a program to provide food for over 520 hungry schoolchildren every weekend over the school year.  5) Initiating activities to install fuel-efficient eco stoves in indigenous Guatemalan homes replacing smoky open cooking fires, causing health problems such as babies’ smoking inhalation, children’s debilitating burns, other health problems from carrying heavy loads of fire wood, creating the first factory in El Salvador, and inspiring Rotary clubs throughout the US, Central America and Mexico to establish six additional factories that now employ more than 45 people and have produced and sold more than 35,000 life-saving stoves.  6) Leading a Rotary partnership aiming to eradicate Guinea Worm Disease in Ghana and Sough Sudan.  7) Making the eradication of polio and alleviation of suffering by polio survivors her life’s work.  8) Building an outpatient clinic to provide a full range of basic health care for local families in southwestern Haiti.  9) Creation of a partnership to develop a low-cost solar lighting system for underserved communities living without electricity near Monte Sereno, CA.   10) Creation of the Shots for Tots program to provide free immunization to all schoolchildren in Deschutes Country in Oregon with one of the lowest routine childhood immunization rates in the US.   11) Taking immediate action after the super storm Sandy in October 2012 to organize warehouse collection point so that volunteers could receive, sort and forward truck loads of clothes, blankets, cleaning supplies and ready-to-eat meals and other non-perishable foods to the affected areas.  12) Creating one of the most successful multifaceted organizations that address important issues like homelessness, unemployment and addiction in Chicago.

Today, April 10, is the deadline for responding to the Program Committee Survey.

Walter Reed Bingo is next Thursday, April 18.  Dinner and set up at 5 pm, games at 6 pm.  If planning to attend, Shaun English or Peggy Garrett must be notified before 3pm, Tuesday, April 16, to be cleared for security.

For this month’s Grate Patrol for the evening of April 16, one volunteer is needed; contact John Jackson.

Movie Night is this Thursday, April 11 at E Street Cinema.  The movie is “Gatekeepers.”

President David reminded us to register for the District Convention on April 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City. 

Abe Helal introduced Ben Burkhardt, his partner, from Miriam’s Kitchen.  Ben discussed Miriam’s Kitchen and invited DC Rotarians to Miriam’s Kitchen Volunteer Session.

May Gwinn together with Lisa McCurdy, reported on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Now, with the task 99% complete, Rotary and its partners are “this close” to making polio to be eradicated.   This is an unprecedented opportunity to help ensure that no child will ever again be paralyzed by or die from polio.  May also encouraged all to attend the PolioPlus Spring Fling book party on Sunday, April 13 at Steve Adkins home, which Paula Delo and Lenore Jacobs have organized.

President David presented Blue Badge to Lisa McCurdy who joined the Club in June 2012, sponsored by Abe Hell.  Her classification is Law:  Trusts and Estates; and to Asif Bhally, who joined in April 2012, sponsored by Larry Margolis.  His classification is Financial Consultant. 

President David presented Red Badge to our new member, Sharon Taylor, sponsored by Marjorie Scott and Ken Kimbrough.  Her classification is Law:  Litigation.  Sharon is counsel at Arnold & Porter.

President David presided over the Club Assembly to review the Club’s Third Quarter, covering January 1 – March 31, 2013.  At his request, following group leaders made brief presentations:

Stuart Shalloway on CLUB SERVICE.   Program Committee continued its outstanding work.  Basic functions of every meeting are carried out smoothly.  Howard Davis agreed to draft a 3-year plan based on Quentin Wodon’s 14-page report, presented to the Board of Directors and on the Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Club prepared by President David before the start of this Rotary Year.

Peggy Schoen on INTERNATIONAL SERVICE.  Embassy Relations Committee identified two ambassadors who spoke to the Club  in the third quarter:  The Ambassador of San Marino and the Ambassador of Canada.  Other Ambassadors are identified to speak in the fourth quarter, including the Ambassador from Nigeria.  Rotary Foundation of Rotary International:   On March 14, a number of Club members assembled on the steps of Capital to have their picture taken with Bill Gates, other Rotarians, Rotaractors and others who have supported the PolioPlus Campaign.   Such an event is very important.  The Scholarship Committee has received two applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship.   As part of Scotland Friendship Exchange, Rotarians from Edinburgh Scotland are visiting Washington in the week of April 28.  International Service Projects:  Dick Pyle, Mark Wilson and Lisa Choen undertook a fact-finding trip to Jamaica to identify a possible project, visiting the village where Dick Pyle had served in the Peace Corps.   A mission by US surgeon and team is planned for the Turkey Brest Cancer training project before June. The original India water harvesting project is being integrated into a broader India WASRAG project with stronger technical expertise.  Preparation is underway for the Thailand classroom project for Akha children to be implemented next year.  An allocation is considered to help provide medicine with AIDS in Kenya through Sister Owens’ Nyumbani project.  Sister visited the club earlier in the year.  New projects for the next year for which preliminary work is underway are:  Bus for Indian school for children with disabilities; Water project for schools in Cameroon, and Kenya peace project proposed by President David.

Andy Cook on COMMUNITY SERVICE.    Community Service Award Grants Committee, co-chaired by Wilhelmina Bratton, met in March to review and make recommendations, based on which two large-scale grants ($20,000 each) and three small grants are being approved by the Board of Directors.  Grate Patrol and Walter Reed Bingo continue successfully.   Howard Davis leads the Habitat for the Humanity project, and the closing for the Club funded housing is being completed this week, so that the start of the building construction is imminent.  The Trees for the Capital Committee, chaired by Bill Dent is growing.  We have a new initiative – Downtown Parks Initiative with the National Park Service to re-tree city parks starting with Farragut Square.  On Marcy 27, at the Spring Planting of our traditional twice yearly cherry tree planting initiative, some 20 Club member joined our National Park Service counterpart to plant new cherry trees on the Washington Monument grounds.  Since 1991 our Club has planted approximately 230 trees.  Club Administrator, Gretchen Schroeder, is committed to compiling a “Speakers Database” so that invitations can be sent to our speakers on a timely manner to the tree planting ceremonies in their honor.

Bill Simon on VOCATIONAL SERVICE.  Eleven Club members participated in the Career Fair held on March 21 at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus.  Kathy Ward coordinated with the school principal and the career counselor for the event “Careers as seen from  the Classroom.”  Club members and several other volunteers were broken into small teams, each visiting classrooms to discuss students’ aspirations and exchange views on career finding and development.

Abe Helal on MEMBERSHIP.  We are slightly ahead of the ahead of our scheduled membership goals.  In the first three quarters, 23 new members were recruited, and nine members were lost.  Several applications are pending.   Abe thanked all involved in the membership effort for recruitment, orientation and retention.   He stressed the importance of healthy membership development to the success of the Club.

Jennifer Hara on the NEW GENERATIONS, covering Interact, Rotaract, and Santon Tutoring, as well as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) that would be effective in development of future leaders capable of meaningful contributions to the society.  

President David concluded the review with his report on the budget, which is on track as at end March 2013.


Myrna Charles won the raffle’s small pot, which was $28, but did not win the $228 large pot.


The meeting was supported by the following:

  • Lenore Jacobs sold the raffle tickets.
  • Balraj Gupta, Norm Coe and Stu Shalloway manned the hospitality table.
  • Bill Watts and Nancy Riker greeted Rotarians as they arrived.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm.