Meeting in Review: December 11, 2013
Words of inspiration came from Mike Carmichael, who gave a well-received talk on sacrifice and service.
Secretary Tim Hurd introduced the guests of Rotarians:
- Former DC Club member Bob Johnson, who is touring the US with his wife.
- Larry Flick, Chairman of the FGA Group, guest of Abe Helal.
- Julie Johnson, a singer and actress, guest of Shelly Williams.
- Frank Dickey, in athletic education, Rotary Club of College Station, Texas.
- Marilyn Diaz, classification law enforcement, President of the Sierra Madre, CA club.
- Florence Cheung, Los Angeles Club 5.
Secretary Tim Hurd also announced the birthdays:
- Tim Hanson, December 12. Past President Tim joined our club in 1990, sponsored by Tom Scoggins. His classification is Consulting: Non-Profit.
- Natalie Korytnyk Forrester, December 12. Foundation Board member Natalie was sponsored by Erminia Scarcella when she joined our club in 2007. Her classification is Psychologist.
- Past President Howard Davis announced an opportunity to begin of interior work on the Habitat for Humanity House 1/11/2014 with another work session 2/1. He also made a pitch for our Rotary Club Foundation.
- Walter Reed Bingo is Thursday, Dec. 19, and volunteer need to preregister before 4 on the 17th.
- Rotarian Renato Renaldo, who visits here often from the Beverly Hills club, asked for donations to their project of helping provide meals to typhoon-damaged villages in the Philippines.
Glen O’Glivie introduced our speaker, Juanita Hardy, Executive Director, Cultural DC. We learned that Ms Hardy retired in 2005 from a 31 year career with IBM, where she held positions in IBM’s Federal Systems, Data Processing, and Global Services Divisions. She has led many large scale business transformation initiatives for public and private sector clients and trained business professionals worldwide. She has long been associated with nonprofit art boards, and she and her husband collect art.
Calm, low-key and elegant in a dramatic red shawl, Ms Hardy took the podium. This is her first Executive Director job, but she is clearly an able manager of people and situations. She complimented Rotary on its global perspective.
Not ready to truly retire after a career in business, she said she took on the Cultural DC job because it was an opportunity to improve the quality of life, as well as a way to help the DC local economy. Arts are a $166 billion sector nationally, and contribute $5 billion to the DC area, employing 10% of the workforce. Cultural DC helps individual artists, theater artist groups, and art organizations to find performance space, galleries, and studios. They broker deals between non-profits and real estate developer to incorporate art into new construction.
Ms Hardy described the contributions made by the many arts groups that Cultural DC has assisted, and the multiple ways that the culture has been enlivened through their work. The organization just announced the opening of 27 arts studios at the new Monroe Street market. Their purchase of the Flashpoint Building on G St., NW, means that many artists will not have to worry about displacement by developers. The three theaters in The Source are an ongoing facility for the production of local performances.
Ms. Hardy shifted gears to talk about the challenges of non-profit work that she perceived after her many years in business. She said it is a tough job and harder in some ways than corporate employment. Non-profits must fully understand their business side, she said, and look after their bottom line and their efficiency. They need to develop income streams and not just depend on grants. They need to be willing to reinvent themselves, to be proactive and realistic.
In questions and answers, Ms Hardy talked about keeping Boards of Directors energized and involved. She has one-on-one meetings and takes special care to provide complete information.
A question about how to create a creator like Michelangelo was turned around nicely to a discussion of supporting skills in business, exhibiting, and marketing, though there may never be another artist exactly like Michelangelo. She talked about her partnerships with local colleges and universities, and how she is always looking to find new relationships. Corporations are willing to help, but not always to give dollars, she told us.
She says dance companies have engaged the imagination of many young people in the area. She told PP David Klaus that rehearsal and performance space is indeed available for choral groups. She said the biggest challenge is managing the relationships with partners toward common goals.
David Klaus gave the elections results, saying that the Board elections were very close, some only being decided by one vote. For the Club, Jennifer Hara was elected President; David Treadwell was elected President Elect; Tony Cusack, Ross Grantham and Monica Smith were each elected to a three-year Board term. For the Foundation, Howard Davis was elected President; David Klaus was elected Vice President; Steve Adkins and Bob Watson were elected to Director seats. Congratulations!
Nancy Riker did the raffle, found and displayed the Ace, and shuffled the cards. Akiko Murai, attending her last meeting before moving to South Korea (we'll miss you, Akiko!) won $29 to help in her move to South Korea, but didn’t win the $220 big pot.
Ted Hamady and Stu Shalloway ran the hospitality table. Natalie Forrester was the greeter.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.