President David opened the meeting at 12:30 pm.
 
Eliot Williamson presented Words of Inspiration by calling upon his ethos of what it means to connect with the community and the importance of getting involved.  His inspiration is to leave a situation better than before and strive to leave your mark - whether with a job, personal situation, or community.  He ended his speech with a Chinese Proverb stating, “It is easy to be the person you have always been, that person does not go away.  But it is our calling to add to what has always been.”
 
Secretary Mike Carmichael welcomed the following guests:
Visitor
Host or Rotary Affiliation
Occupation
Ben Lincoln
Abe Helal
Associate, Transwestern
Buzz Mauro
Abe Helal
Director, The Theatre Lab
Jennivine Kwan
Abe Helal
 
Michael Johnson
Abe Helal
Consultant, Peer Insight
Ellen Short
Alicia Rule
Program Assistant, Friends Committee in National Legislation
Gay Victzke
Bill Dent
Superintendent, National Parks Service
Robin Nixon
Bill Dent
Chief Partnerships, National Park Service
(Chip) Harold Carson
Doris Margolis
Retired
Christine Miller
Doris Margolis
 
Gary Scott
Doris Margolis
Retired
Christian Katsu
Erminia Scarcella
 
Dorine Andrews
Ken Kimbrough
 
John Manzolillo
Ken Kimbrough
CEO, the CEP Group
Lidice Rivas
Max Salas
Advisor, GMFMG
Shoaib Qureshi
Gretchen Kearney
CEO, SQ Capital LTD
Tiziana Barrow
Nicole Butler
CEO, Tilagia
Hunting Davis
Sheldon Ray
Advisor, Raymond James
Angela Lee
University Club
Pharmacist
Anna Rose Ott
University Club
Sandler Trade LLC
Helen Gao
University Club
Consultant, Camper Consulting
Jelena Sati
University Club
 
John Campbell
University Club
 
John Rectenwald
University Club
Executive Director, Sustainable Sight Initiative
L. Stan Kelly
University Club
 
Nadim Sati
University Club
 
Paul Minehart
University Club
Head, Corporate Communications
Al Harvey
William Busker
 
Donald Shea
William Busker
M.S. Chamber
I. Fauster
 
Lawyer
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Ken Kimbrough then announced the birthdays of those Rotarians celebrating this week:
  • Don Messer - April 19  Don joined Rotary in 1976 and became an honorary member in 2015. Don's classification is Consulting: Sciences and Engineering.  
  • Arrel Olano - April 20  Arrel joined the club in 2012 and was sponsored by Abe Helal. His classification is Internal Medicine. 
  • Ats Van Hattum - April 20 Ats joined the club in June 2001. His classification is Diplomatic Service: Netherlands.  He's an honorary member residing in France.
 
Announcements:
 
President David reminded folks to make sure their dues are paid in time.  Invoices go out about a month in advance and dues are due the first day of the quarter. They are officially late on the tenth.  We need to reduce our accounts receivable.  Members can help by ensuring their account and credit card information are accurate.  He also mentioned directly after the weekly meeting adjournment April 27, 2016, is an opportunity for individuals to attend a brief introduction on managing rotary investment funds. 
 
Lisa McCurdy announced the Ducks Race hats are available with the purchase of ten ducks and the Club is looking for volunteers before, during, and after the duck race events. 
 
Matt Teems presented on behalf of the University Club.  Matt encouraged all Rotary participants to become University Club members, understanding that it has a deep founded history in Washington DC focusing on fellowship, networking, and sports.  There will a monthly guest reception held May 14th, 2016 where prospective members may visit the club.  The University Club welcomes all potential members to take a tour of the grounds.
 
Bill Dent & President David remarked on the tree planting that took place at 11:30am with the National Parks Service.  It is the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service and they emphasized the unique opportunities within the National Park Service. 
 
Gay Vietzke and Robin Nixon from the National Parks Service thanked Bill Dent and President David while accepting a check from the club, and also emphasized the importance of National Parks with the youth of today. 
 
PROGRAM
 
 
 
With much anticipation, Doris Margolis introduced the influential Diane Rehm.  She has been host of The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington DC, distributed by National Public Radio since 1979.  The show has a weekly listening audience of 2.5 million and broadcasts on 200 stations and Sirius Satellite Radio across the country, as well as internationally by Armed Forces Radio Network.
Diane has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Humanities Medal, presented to Diane by President Obama in 2014 and including the following citation: “To Diane Rehm for illuminating the people and stories behind the headlines.  In probing interviews with everyone from pundits to poets to Presidents, Ms. Rehm’s keen insights and boundless curiosity have deepened our understanding of our culture and ourselves.” 
 
She recently published “On My Own”, a deeply-personal and moving memoir detailing the long drawn-out death of her beloved husband and reconstructing her life without him.  Ms. Rehm was inspired to write the book the night her husband passed away.  She began detailing her emotions of her husband’s deliberate choice to die after developing Parkinson’s disease. 
 
At 2am, lying on two chairs and holding his hand, Diane felt angry that such a strong man was being taken from her.  Her husband passed away after ten days of choosing to not eat, drink, or use medication.  Diane’s speech today was to make a plea for the choice to die.  She reinforced that she is not affiliated with any organization, but supports personal choice on an individual’s option to aid in their right to die. 
 
It is her personal wish to encourage everyone, young and old, to talk with their families on how they want to die.  Ms. Rehm spoke about how far removed we are from death and that no one wants to talk about it.  She stressed the importance of having the conversation and the need to talk beyond the discomfort.  She mentioned the St. Louis organization, “Cupcakes and Death”, where friends and neighbors gather to talk about their personal choice on dying.
 
Diane spoke about her beloved friend, Doris Margolis.  How they have been friends since the 8th grade and how they have had the conversation on how Diane wants to die.  She then went on to speak about her daughter, who as an undergraduate secretly took classes leading to medical school, and now is a physician at Boston Medical and about her son, who is a Mount St. Mary’s University philosophy professor.
 
After fourteen years of raising her children, Diane began volunteering for WAMU radio in 1979.  National Public Radio had barely started then when it picked up her program and became what it is today.  She recounted her opportunities with the radio station and how her voice made her unique.  Diane received notification of the National Humanities Medal just two days after her husband’s passing. 
 
Looking ahead to the future, she reinstated that she will be stepping away from the microphone, but her journey is far from over.  At a spry 80 years old, Ms. Rehm will continue to fight for the right to choose for everyone who is suffering.  As long as she is living, she stated, she will continue to positively contribute to society. 
 
Diane Rehm is a native Washingtonian and honorary member of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC.  Her presentation today marked the fourth time she has spoken at the Rotary podium. 
 
Q&A’s:
Q: Parts of the United States and European countries are open to assisted suicide, why was that not considered with your husband?
A: It was considered; however my husband’s condition was so frail, it would have been impossible to move him at such point.
 
Q: With such an iconic voice that is not traditional to radio, how did you overcome your own insecurities with your voice?
A: I started on the radio in 1979, my voice was not always like this.  In 1998, I developed spasmodic dysphonia – a neurological voice disorder – in which I need to have botox treatments every four months.  Doctors freeze my vocal cords (and it is painful).  That being said, everybody knows Diane Rehm’s voice!
 
Q: What do you want people to remember most about your husband?
A: My husband was the strongest person I knew.  After buying our first house, he dug up the entire driveway and leveled it by himself. We met at the State Department after joining a softball team.  After a while, we started talking about more than just softball.  He was highly educated, I had no college education.  He became the first General Council to US Trade.  He was a wonderful mentor and father.  We had our ups and downs throughout our marriage – no marriage is perfect.  I want the book to be truthful about who we were and are.  He was my teacher every day.  And I believe, I was his.
 
President David thanked our speakers, Diane Rehm, Matt Teems, and Gay Vietzke and everyone for attending the meeting. He also thanked Ken Brown and Stu Shalloway for staffing the hospitality desk, Darren Crew for being a greeter, and Catherine Pociask for writing the Meeting in Review.  He announced next week’s speaker will be Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director of the National Sporting Library and Museum.
 
There was no raffle today.
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:30pm.