Meeting in Review: June 26, 2013
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
Dick Pyle provided the words of inspiration for which he read various quotes regarding the value of service.
Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:
- Dan Puls, who is with the Atlantic Council and was a guest of Clara Montanez and a prospective new member.
- Stan Fujii, who is the Veterans Procurement Liaison with the Small Business Administration. He was the guest of Stu Shalloway.
- Jeffrey Jacobovitz, an attorney with Arnall, Golden and Gregory, was a guest of Clara Montanez.
- Zeenat Karim, who is retired.
- Yoko Anazawa, the Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan.
- Ramsey Daminabo, a CPA with HFTC Collaborative Council and a guest of Peter Dannenfelser.
- Amar Zumkhawala, a guest of Gene Lloyd.
- Donna Fitzgerald, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and a guest of Yoshiko Urakawa.
- Carlton Carroll, spokesman for API and a guest of Peter Sawyer. Judy Ramey, Senior Vice President Financial Advisor with the Royal Bank of Canada and the guest of Asif Bhally.
- Tata Zhorzholrani, who is at George Mason School of Law and is a Rotaract.
We also had the following two Rotarians visiting from other U.S. Rotary Clubs:
- Peter Dannenfecsor from the Rotary Club of Sacramento. He is the current President of his Club. His classification is architect.
- Kevin Browne from the Rotary Club of Chicago. He is on his Club’s Board of Directors.
Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy Schoen announced the following birthdays:
- Abe Helal, whose birthday was June 23, is just completing a very successful year as the Chairman of Membership Committee. He joined the Club in 2009 when he was sponsored by Diane Eames. His classification is Printing Services.
- Stu Shalloway, whose birthday was June 23, has over the past year been at the hospitality table each week and has also recruited Club members to handle the Raffle. He joined the Club in 2008 when he was sponsored by Balraj Gupta. His classification is Law: Small Business Administration.
- Joel Alperstein, whose birthday was June 25, joined the Club in 2011 and was sponsored by Mark Wilson. His classification is Medicine: Urology.
- Henrick “Steen” Steensen, whose birthday was June 26, joined the Club in 2011 when he was sponsored by Clara Montanez. His classification is Diplomatic Service: Denmark.
- Paula Delo, whose birthday is June 29, joined the Club in 1998 when she was sponsored by Doris Margolis. Her classification is Journalism: Publications.
- Carl Gell, whose birthday is June 29, joined the Club in 1981 when he was sponsored by Rudy Flythe. His classification is Lawyer.
Rotary Club Happy Hour. Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy reminded Club members that the Rotary Club Happy Hour this month is being held from 5PM to 7PM on July 27 on Ancora’s outdoor patio. Ancora is a new restaurant in the Watergate across from the Kennedy Center.
Gretchen Kearney. Gretchen Kearney, our Executive Director, had an operation yesterday, which President David said went well. She is now at home recuperating.
Rotaract Fundraiser. President David reminded Club members that the DC Rotaract Club is holding a fundraiser for Stanton Elementary School on July 11. The fundraiser is a happy hour from 6 PM to 10:30 PM at One Lounge, 1606 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The entry tickets are $15, which provides the purchaser with one drink and a raffle ticket.
Happy Hour at the University Club. The Happy Hour at the University Club, which is usually held on the first Thursday of each month, will not be held this month because the first Thursday is July 4th.
Foundation Moment. President David announced that only 12 Club members had contributed to the Rotary International Foundation this year despite his weekly reminders of the Foundation’s good works. To correct this, President David used the President’s discretionary fund to contribute $30 on behalf of each DC Rotary Club Member to the RI Foundation. Any Member who gives at least $70 more dollars before the end of the month will have their contribution matched with $100 from both the Club and the District for a total of $300.
Membership and Finances. President David stated that the Club had 155 members at the beginning of his Rotary year, added 29 members and lost 16 members during the year. Thus, he is ending his year with Club membership of 168, two fewer than his goal of 170.
As of the end of May, the Club had year-to-date income of $297 thousand and expenses of $283 thousand. This resulted in a surplus of $14 thousand. The Club’s Foundation had $6.4 million.
Member Recognition. President David gave recognition awards to members who were present at today’s meeting but were absent from the previous meeting, when he announced the awards.
Changing of the Guard. July 26 was the last day to sign up for the Changing of the Guard party, which will be held on the Cherry Blossom Charter Boat.
Sheldon Ray introduced the speaker his Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, the Ambassador of Japan to the United States. He related the many distinguished positions that the Ambassador has held since joining the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974. Ambassador Sasae assumed his current position in 2012.
Ambassador Sasae related that he first learned of Rotary when he was six years old. He had noticed well-dressed, apparently wealthy men cleaning the park where he was playing. His mother explained to him that the men were Rotarians and that they cleaned the park every year. Since that first meeting, he has encountered Rotary many times and has great respect for it. He stated that Rotary was first established in Japan in 1912. There are approximately 19,000 Rotarians in Japan. He was pleased to learn at the meeting that the current President of Rotary International is a Japanese Rotarian.
He expressed appreciation for the goodwill and support that Rotary provided to Japan after the tsunami and for Rotary’s good works around the world.
He discussed the long friendship between the United States and Japan that began in the 19th century and has extended to the present with the exception of the World War II. This friendship is symbolized by the cherry blossoms. He noted that nearly one million people attended the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Ambassador Sasae addressed Japan’s economic condition, which is finally improving after being stuck in deflation for 20 years. He believes that after several years Japan now has strong leadership in Prime Minister Abe. When the economy was stagnant people did not invest or spend money. It is necessary to change people’s attitudes. Prime Minister Abe with his economic policy is able to do this. The Japanese economy is showing signs of improvement; its stock market is on the rise and people are beginning to buy things. Japan has also now belatedly joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) trade negotiations. A TPP agreement will be beneficial to Japan and to the United States.
With respect to China, he stated that it was good for China to have economic growth. Hopefully, the basic principles of a free market place such as recognition of property rights will take hold. Japan will stand by to gently and kindly advise China. China’s military growth is concerning. He hopes that China will exercise restraint for its sake and for the sake of the region.
Christa McClure won the raffle’s small pot, which was $66, which she donated to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. She did not win the $736 large pot. There was a second raffle draw for a barbeque bucket that was donated by the Cherry Blossom Charter Boat company. Francis Muraya won this prize.
The meeting was supported by the following:
- Howard Davis sold the raffle tickets.
- Eric Fraint and Stu Shalloway manned the hospitality table.
- Ken Kimbrough, Monica Boner Casey Mauldin greeted Rotarians as they arrived.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.