President David Klaus called the meeting to order promptly at 12:30 p.m. and led the Americans present in the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Inspiration was given by Rotarian Bob Walker, who spoke of the scientific accomplishments of landing the “Curiosity” on Mars and the discovering the boson (the so-called “God particle”).
 
The Secretary’s Report was given by Secretary Lynn Holec who announced the following guests:
 
Reverend Richardson (Dick) Libby, a visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Annapolis, and his wife Kathryn.
Roger Libby, Senior Director of Corporate Public Policy, DHL, and son of Dick and Kathryn Libby.
Raja Golmie, guest of Rotarian Nadia Saad.
Kevin Cao, YMCA intern and guest of Rotarian Donnie Shaw, arrived after the guests had been announced.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy Schoen announced the Birthdays of the Week:
 
Myrna Charles– August 4
A sincere apology for excluding Myrna from the birthday list last week!  Myrna was sponsored by Rotarian Dick Pyle when she joined the club in February of this year.  Her classification is Medicine:  Epidemiology.
 
Jean-Marie Masse – August 7
Jean-Marie joined our club in April of this year.  His classification is Finance: Emerging Markets, and he was sponsored by Rotarian Clara Montanez.
 
Ted Hamady – August 11
Ted originally joined Rotary in 1976 in Flint, Michigan.  Later, he was a member of the Rotary Club of McLean, Virginia. He joined our club in 1986 and was sponsored by Karl Hamady.  Ted serves as Co-Chair of the Hospitality Committee.
 
Peggy Schoen then announced changes to the club’s methods for advertising  upcoming events, both toreduce the amount of emails sent to members and to make on-line registration for events easier. Changes include: A single email will be sent to all members every Monday afternoon. The email will provide the names of the next three speakers as well as the dates and times of upcoming events, including registration deadlines, if applicable. Clicking on the links in the email will take the reader directly to the registration page for that event.  If anyone has an event that he or she would like to propose for inclusion in the weekly email of events, he or she should let Peggy know (pschoen329@gmail.com) no later than 12 noon on Monday.  Upcoming speakers and club events are also now conveniently displayed down the right-hand column of the club’s web site.  Any event displayed under the events section on the home page may serve as an attendance make-up.
 
Finally, Peggy asked member to vote on the day they preferred Happy Hours to be held:  Tuesdays or Thursdays.  A plurality voted that either would be fine.  The next Happy Hour will be on Thursday, September 6.
 
Rotarian Dick Libby, from the Annapolis Club, presented his son Roger with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Dick had asked to make the presentation at our club because his son lives and works in D.C and does not get often to the Annapolis Club.  Dick announced that his son volunteers his services to youths to local food banks, reaching to serve others.  Roger is not yet a Rotarian, we are going to put Roger on our prospective member list!
 
Past President Howard Davis announced that the District of Columbia’s Public Schools Beautification Day would be on Saturday, August 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  He asked for volunteers from our club.  Members of the Rotaract Club and Rotarians from other Rotary Clubs in D.C. may also participate.  Past President Howard also announced that the first Build Day for our Centennial Project, the Habitat for Humanity house, will be on Saturday, September 29.
 
Rotarian Don Messer gave an update on tutoring at Stanton Elementary School in Anacostia.  Rotary tutors Don Messer, Shaun English, and Dan Mullin; Rotarian Russ Savage’s wife Trish; and former Rotarian Jim Sherard volunteer their time to tutor seven- to eleven-year-olds once or twice a week.  Since they started the program, the pupils’ proficiency scores have improved dramatically:  50% of the pupils have reached age-level proficiency.  Unfortunately, that means that 50% have not yet reached proficiency.  So Don hopes that more will volunteer to be tutors.
 
President David presented her red badge to new member Monica Smith, whom he had sponsored. President David also presented his blue badge to Rotarian David Brady, in recognition of the fact that he had completed all ten steps necessary to move from red badge to blue badge.  Congratulations to both!
 
Program/Speaker:
 
Rotarian Elena Tscherny introduced the speaker:  Dr. David Vine, author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton, 2009).  Elena announced that she had known the speaker since he was four years old and in kindergarten with Elena’s child.  Dr. Vine’s work focuses on issues of U.S. foreign and military policy, military bases, forced displacement, and human rights.   He has been interviewed in Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands, and all over the United States.  In addition to more than a decade of research about Diego Garcia and U.S. bases abroad, he has conducted research about gentrification in Brooklyn, New York; environmental refugees; homelessness; and mental illness.
 
David spoke passionately about the human element and impact on the Chagossian islanders who were displaced when the U.S and the U.K decided that the small isolated island in the Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia, should become a U.S Air Force and Navy base.  The entire population of the Diego Garcia was moved to the Seychelles and to Mauritius to enable the military to move in.  According to David’s research, the Chagossians (name of the natives of the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia) were not given resettlement assistance, were not given any payment, and were in fact left on the docks in the Seychelles and Mauritius to fend for themselves.  Not unsurprisingly, many of them and their descendants live in utmost poverty.  The Rotarians present had many questions, some of which were answered after the meeting was adjourned.
 
President David presented Dr. Vine with the Trees for the Capital Certificate, signifying the club’s commitment to plant a tree in honor of the speaker’s appearance before the club today.
 
Raffle:  The colorful raffle mix of red and blue tickets was won by President-Elect Shaun English. The usual applause and groans were heard across the ballroom from the Rotarians who once again did not win the Raffle.  Alas, Shaun did not win the large pot of $1409, which continues to grow.
 
The meeting was adjourned promptly at 1:30 p.m.