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

Liz Salett provided words of inspiration.

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:

  • Stanley Rosholt from the Rotary Club of Amboro in Santa Cruz, Boliva.  His classification is water and he is with the Chiquitano Water Program  of the Foundation for the Conservation of the Chiquitano Forest.
  • Michelle Palmer, Executive Director of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, who was a guest of Nancy Riker.  The Wendt Center was a recipient of a DC Rotary Club Community Service Grant.
  • Lynda Martin-McCormick from the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and a guest of Nancy Riker.
  • Robert Kirkhorn, a writer and a guest of Richard Pyle.   Robert is a prospective new member of our Club.
  • Fatoumata Bathily, Senior International Health Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a guest of Jessica Hancock.
  • Caterina Paolucci, Vice Director of the James Madison University in Florence, Italy, and a guest of Umberto Viviani.
  • Jason Vaughn, the son and guest of Hal Vaughn.
  • Chinenye Onyemaechi, Physician at the University of Maryland and guest of Erminia Scarcella.
  • Elisabetta Ullmann, Conference Diplomatic Interpreter, IELIS, and a guest of Erminia Scarcella.
  • Marcela Krieger, Managing Partner of Botsford Global and a guest of Erminia Scarcella.
  • Natalie Wowk, Presidential Management Fellow with the Small Business Administration and a guest of Glynis Long.
  • Richard Hyde, member of e-club One.
The following visiting Rotarian from the United States introduced himself:  Rory Lee from the East Honolulu Club.  His classification is insurance.

BIRTHDAYS

Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy Schoen announced the following birthdays:

  • Mary Salander, whose birthday was April 21.  Mary joined our Club in 2005 and was sponsored by John Jackson.  Her classification is non-profit, school mentoring.
  • Lauren Lloyd, whose birthday was April 23.  Lauren and her husband Gene joined the Club in November 2012.  She was sponsored by Paula Delo.  Her classification is human services.
  • Bryan Wright, whose birthday was April 24.  Bryan joined the Club in 1986.  He was sponsored by Bowdie Craighill and his classification is banking:  savings.
  • Bill Watts, whose birthday is April 25.  Bill joined our Club in February of this year and he was sponsored by Past President Howard Davis..  His classification is law:  financial services.

EDINBURGH EXCHANGE

Peggy Schoen reminded the Club members that members of the Rotary Club of Edinburgh would arrive in Washington next week to participate in the Washington phase of a fellowship exchange that celebrates our two Clubs’ corresponding centennials.  She suggested that Club members come to next Wednesday’s meeting early to socialize with these visitors, who will be leaving immediately after the meeting to catch a bus to Mount Vernon.  All Club members are invited to join in the Happy Hour that will be held at 5 PM next Tuesday at the Old Ebbitt Grill and the dinner that will follow afterwards at various restaurants.

POLIO PLUS FUNDRAISER RECAP

Paula Delo announced that Polio Plus fundraiser cleared about $1,300.  She thanked her Committee co-chair Lenore Jacobs and her Committee members May Gwinn (who handled the Polio Plus publicity), Steve Adkins (who lent his beautiful house for the event) and Lisa McCurdy.  She also thanked Irene Koener, Steve Genung, President David and Josette Conell.  In addition, several Rotaractors helped throughout the event including the clean up. 

WENDT CENTER

Joan Bristol and Nancy Riker presented one of the large Community Service Grants to Wendt Center.  Michelle Palmer the Executive Director of the Center accepted the check on behalf of the Center.  She describes the Center’s history, its broad functions and the program for military, military veterans and their families, which the Center is launching with the $20,000 Community Service Grant it received from the DC Rotary Club.

PAUL HARRIS + 3

President David presented Christa McClure with a Paul Harris plus three pin.

PROGRAM

Christa McClure introduced the guest speaker Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, the Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States.  She briefly described his many academic achievements and his diplomatic service.

Ambassador Adefuye reminded us that Nigeria is the largest country in West Africa and has 20 percent of the Africa’s total population.  He discussed Nigeria’s strong relationship with the United States noting that no week goes by without a visitor from Nigeria coming to the United States.  The Nigeria Minister of Foreign Affairs is arriving tomorrow to meet with Secretary of State Kerry.   The Ambassador mentioned that he just returned from accompanying 17 CEO’s from the United States who were visiting Nigeria.  This close relationship is further shown by the fact that many of Nigeria’s top government officials either trained or worked in the United States before they entered government service.  

He said there are many investment opportunities in Nigeria and it is a mistake to think of Nigeria merely in the terms of oil.  Nigeria already had many companies willing to invest in its oil.  Nigeria needs foreign direct investment in other industries.  The United States and the UK are its primary investors.  He stated that it is in the United States’ interest to have a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nigeria.  Nigeria is promoting African unity along the EU model, but this won’t happen overnight.  Africa is composed diverse ethnic populations and religions. 

Ambassador Adefuye graciously agreed to stay after the Club adjourned to respond to questions.      

RAFFLE

Memo Grajales won the raffle’s small pot, which was $30, but he did not win the large pot, which was $318. 

MEETING SUPPORT

The meeting was supported by the following:

  • Ausra Kaminskas sold the raffle tickets.
  • Stu Shalloway manned the hospitality table.
  • Ken Kimbrough greeted Rotarians as they arrived.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.