President David Klaus called the meeting to order at 12:35 PM and led the members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Russ Savage provided words of inspiration.  President David announced the July 11 was the day of the DC Rotary Club’s Centennial and lead us in a toast.


Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:

·      Will Heishman, President of Infinity Mortgage and a guest of Sheldon Ray

·      Jason Wheelock, Analyst/Fellow in the Congressional Budget Office and the Council of Foreign Relations and a guest of Clara Montanez

·      Haleh Vaziri, Research Consultant at Vaziri Consulting Services and a guest of Abrahem Helal

·      Kevin Kimbrough, President of the KAR Group and a guest of Kenneth Kimbrough

·      Miguel Leonardo of Morgan Stanley, a guest of Sheldon Ray

·      Dianna E. Waters, Manager—Community Relations and a guest of Donnie Shaw

·    Casey G. Mauldin, Chief Innovation Officer at Paenara and a guest of Abrahem Helal

NiNina Preuss, Project Manager at TCG and a guest of Clara Montanez

·  TThomas Corcoran, an attorney with Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe and a guest of Clara Montanez

·     Rocio Caces Espinosa, a geographer at FDC Consulting Transport Engineering and a guest of Clara Montanez and Bill Dent.  Ms. Espinosa is a member of the Rotaract Club of Santiago Chile.  She brought us greetings and a banner from the Rotary Club of Santiago with whom the Rotary Club of DC has a special relationship.  She gave President David a pin with the Chilean and Rotary flags.  President David thanked Ms. Espinosa and gave her a DC Rotary Club banner.

President David invited the visiting American Rotarians to introduce themselves.

Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy Schoen wished happy birthday to the following DC Rotarians with birthdays in the first two weeks in July:

·      Stefan Alber-Glastaetten

·      James Adduci

·      Marco Stilli

·      Gerry Murphy

·      Greig Cummings

President David said that Rotary presidents are encouraged to have a “Foundation Moment” at each meeting and to say something about the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  His “Foundation Moment” for his first meeting was to relate that in 1917, the then President of Rotary International proposed that an endowment be sent up “for the purpose of doing good in the world”.  Thus, began the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

He also made the following announcements:

·    Movie night on July 12 at the E Street Theater will be To Rome with Love

·    Walter Reed Bingo will be held on July 19 with dinner to begin at 5 PM.  He informed those interested in participating that they needed to let Peggy Garrett or Shaun English know by July 17 to allow clearance by security.

·    New Member Orientation will be held on July 17.

·    The Program Committee will meet immediately after the Rotary Meeting.

·    Rotary year theme pins and Centennial pins will be available after the Meeting.

President David introduced two new members, Jean Pierre Lacombe and Nobotushi Hanai and presented them with their red member badges.

President David presented Director pins to Wilhelmina Bratton, Glynis Long and Larry Wang, who were unable to attend the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on June 30.  He recognized the following three Paul Harris fellows:  Ken Kimbrough, Howard Davis and Joel Alperstein.

President David outlined his plan for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  He began by introducing the names of each of the Club officers, the Club and Foundation Board members and the chairs and deputies of all the Club’s committees for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  He suggested that everyone participate in committee work advising that is an excellent means of getting to know other Club members while providing service.  He reviewed the Club’s draft budget for the 2012-2013 Rotary year, which he compared with the 2011-2012 Rotary year budget.  He discussed the intention to have a Club fundraiser, which is tentatively scheduled for February 9, 2013.  He emphasized the importance of Club membership and announced his membership goals for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  He indicated an intention to establish a three-year plan for the Club.  He also discussed the joint celebration of the celebration with the Rotary Club of Edinburgh, Scotland our mutual centennials.  Lastly, he discussed the proposed Peace Project in East Africa.

President David ended the meeting with the raffle.  Frank Reaves and Gretchen & Hillary’s intern, Courtney, sold the tickets.   Hal Vaughn won the small pot, which was $57. The big pot is still up for grabs, growing to more than $1200!

The meeting adjoined at 1:35 PM. 

Registration was handled by Gretchen Kearney and Hillary Miller

Hospitality by Balraj Gupta, Norm Coe, Stu Shalloway and Ted Hamady

Greeters were Ken Kimbrough and Stefan Alber