President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians, then announced that the DC Club will begin a new pilot activity in which Rotarians will be asked to tell the name of and an interesting fact about guests sitting next to them. A mic will be floated around as the introductions go along.
 
David Klaus led America the Beautiful.  
President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians, then announced that the DC Club will begin a new pilot activity in which Rotarians will be asked to tell the name of and an interesting fact about guests sitting next to them. A mic will be floated around as the introductions go along.
 
David Klaus led America the Beautiful.  
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays – Bala Murthy (July) and anniversaries – Russ Savage (July 2005); Sterling brought everyone’s attention to a reminder card at each seating to sign up for raffle and greeting duties.
Paul Harris Fellow:  Maria Nelly (L2) (Thrive for Five program)
Major Donor Award: Bala Murthy and his wife (L2); Nancy Riker (L3)
Bala Murthy: Gave a brief explanation of the Paul Harris Fellow and what it means to him. Stated his personal goal was to move up the Major Donor ladder.
 
President Abe reminded everyone 8/30 is Hawaiian shirt day and that there would be a brief International Services Committee meeting after lunch.  Also, there will be two Opioid Addiction Awareness forums 8/3 and 9/13. Attendance is free, but one must register on the website. There is a DC Rotaract Club anniversary 8/30 at rooftop of Mary Goldsmith’s place. Please register online. Next week’s speaker is Debra Tannin—if you would like a book, please order in advance from link on the Rotary website.
 
Zachary Druga was presented with his Red Badge by President Abe
 
Bob Schott introduced Phil Komornik of the Cyprus Friendship Program. Mr Komornik spoke about being one of many hosts of two young people from Cyprus with the goal of promoting peace and friendship on the island. He is currently hosting two young women, Malina and Besa. Both young women spoke about the fellowship of the program and the importance of the youth of Cyprus in bringing peace and unity to Cyprus. The program hinges on bringing together pair of Cyprus teens for one month in a host family scenario.
 
Mr Raschid introduced the Ambassador from Myanmar: H.E. Aung Lynn – first ambassador of free Democratic Rep of Myanmar to the U.S.
 
President Abe then thanked the Ambassador. There were no time for questions after the presentation.
 
Peter Danjczek ran the raffle for the week. 
Hospitality: Ken Brown and Stu Shalloway
President Abe adjourned the weekly meeting with final thanks and remarks at 1:45p.m.