President David opened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. and led the pledge of Allegiance.
Matt Ford presented the Words of Inspiration with the poem that his father used to read to him: “The Desiderata”.  As this is a poem of solid advice with nearly every sentence being a point of reference for some larger life meaning I shall post it in its entirety: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Secretary Mike welcomed guests:
Host or Rotary Affiliation
Bruce Quinn
North Bethesda Club
Public Affairs
George McArdle
Abraham Helal
Program Examiner , OMB
Robert Enholm
Jennifer Galloway
Executive Director, Woodrow Wilson House
Jennifer Kwan
Abraham Helal
Davie Holland
Steve Liston
Financial Economics, Dept. of State
Matthew Bathon
Steve Adkins
OF Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson
Jonathan Huie
Steve Adkins
Paralegal, Steptoe & Johnson
John Sachs
Jennifer Hara
Managing Director, Taylor-DeJongh
Lydia Pelegrín
Clara Montanez
Attorney, L. Pelegrín consulting LLP
Tony Fitzpatrick
Lisa McCurdy
CEO, world foot prints
Michael Lebar
Lisa McCurdy
Principal, Compass
Ann Sarkes
Abraham Helal
Shills Adyers
Rim Nicole
monitoring & evaluation
Malik Aiquier
Clara Montanez
Private Sector, the world bank
Kevin Matthews
David Klaus
Rotary Global Grant Scholar, SAIS
Sarah Elsamanoudi
Abraham Helal
Marketing Representative, Gray Graphics
Ashley Briefed
Anthony Triplin
Regulatory Analyst, US Dept. of Labor
Sarah Danke
Ken Brown
Grad student, the George Washington University
Sergeant-at-Arms Ken Kimbrough announced birthdays of Rotarians celebrating this week:
  • Charlotte Lallement-Klaus -March 6. Sponsored by her dad PP David Klaus, Charlotte joined Washington Rotary almost one year ago.
  • Jennifer Haram – March 10. Rotarian of the Year in 2008-09, PP Jenifer served as President of the Club last year. She was sponsored by Yukio Tada. Her classification is Marketing: International Finance and she’s been a member since 2005.
  • Mary Gold Smith – March 11. Mary joined us last year, sponsored by Ken Kimbrough. Her classification is Consulting: Business Development.
  • John Jackson- March 11. John was sponsored by PP Rob Warne and has been in the Club since 2002. His classification is Religious Organizations: Homeless Ministry

Secretary Michael noted that he had recently come across another club with a cup holder emblazoned with what had to be an “unofficial” slogan: “Not your grandfathers rotary”.
President David, announced that John Jackson is seeking volunteers for the Grate Patrol.
President David announced that tomorrow night there is a Movie night scheduled, and on April 8th the District golf tournament will be held so let President David know if you would like to know to sign up.
Awards were announced by President David as well.  Paul Harris Fellow number 8 was awarded to: Heather Jaffan, and Clara Montanez was awarded flowers.
Erminia Scarcella spoke about Milan showed a picture of her holding the Milan flag with 4 other members from the Milan club who are all engaged in fighting human trafficking.
Clara said yesterday was International Woman's day and when she started at the club it only had 10% women now it's between 30% or 40 %, and had a rose petal for each woman present.
Yesterday, there was a great event at the World Bank with over 200 people. Rotary International sent women who worked on community projects, and by the end of the talks there was not a dry eye in the house. The essence of woman panel spoke as well. Many topics were broached including the history of woman in the work force and nurturing and loving. All those that attended the event then stood up and were acknowledged.
Steve Adkins introduced speaker of the day Diane Willkens, President & CEO, Development Finance International, INC.
Ms. Willkens was a lawyer working for a judge when she got out of Tennessee law school. She started her company:  Development Finance International, where she currently represents such companies as: Mars, Oracle, and Microsoft. One of her more recent accomplishments included cutting the lighting costs in Sri Lanka by 80%. On top of her intense schedule, she is first and foremost devoted to her family.  One thing you’ll notice about her is that she’s always on her “A” game. Always. One clear example of this was when she thought of Steve whilst at an antique shop and gifted him a Rotary pen from an antique shop, which Steve pointed out is still the best Rotary pen he’s ever seen. Steve also warned the club to never play golf with her for money.
Ms. Willkens thanked Steve for his introduction and bid the club a good afternoon.  Ms Wilkens is a friend of Steve’s and explained that she was a good friend of Abe's as well.  She also had the club nearly standing in applause when she mentioned she has known about Rotary for some time and planned on joining the club.  Everyone then slowed their clapping when she added the caveat that she would join after she had more time away from Ethiopia (once you read about her current work and time commitments, you’ll understand why this is funny). 
Ms. Willkens then dove right into her pitch to raise awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) (for more information check out the website here: Sustainable Development Goals) adopted in December by the UN. You all might remember the lofty Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).  Ms. Willkens described them as missing the mark including leaving a vacancy on many issues including women and children’s health.  Which is why the UN developed the SDG’s to give it a second shot with 17 actionable goals and 179 targets amongst those 17 goals.
The SDG’s were started in 2016 and hope to be reached by the end of 2030. “I want to intrigue you. I want you to go home and look up these goals” Ms. Willkens plugged. She left SDG information on each table for club members to take home and to share with others. She believes that with the invention of infographics that soon words will disappear altogether. In that same light, the SDGs have been represented by 17 icons transforming our world by 2030.   The below points were taken from the UN website:
  1. No Poverty
    Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount, plus many people risk slipping back into poverty.
  2. Zero Hunger
If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment.
A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.
  1. Good Health & Well Being
Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
  1. Quality Education
Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. The world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
  1. Gender Equality
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.
  1. Clean Water & Sanitation
There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve the world we want to live in. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.
  1. Affordable & Clean Energy
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential.
  1. Decent Work & Economic Growth
Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty. A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. . The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.
  1. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.
  1. Reduced Inequalities
The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty.  The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction.  However, inequality still persists and large disparities remain in access to health and education services and other assets.
  1. Sustainable Cities & Communities
Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.
  1. Responsible Consumption & Production
    Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.
  2. Climate Action
People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. They are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century and is likely to surpass 3 degrees Celsius this century—with some areas of the world expected to warm even more. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.
  1. Life Below Water
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.
  1. Life On Land
Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population.  Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.
  1. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
  1. Partnerships for the Goals
A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.
In order to develop these goals the UN Secretary General consulted 100’s of thousands people to refine and change the goals of the world to ensure that the vested interests of all were related into the correct and fair statements of the goals. (Tobacco in particular was affected by the goals). In order to help hit these large goals there are targets set up to help pin point areas of success.  One of the issues the UN is finding is the issues about open data, and lack of reliable data. The UN will have to create the data while simultaneously developing the evaluation metrics for the goals. Ms. Willkens noted that Ethiopia did a great job with the millennium goals, and will drive competition for the SDG’s.
Unlike the millennium goals, the private sector is predominantly assisting the countries with hitting their goals. Companies do very well in home markets and will be relied on heavily for assistance in hitting these goals.
These all sound fantastic!  How will the UN pay for it? …crickets…No one knows.  It will cost anywhere from 3.9 trillion to 9 trillion dollars. Again, relying on the private sector to help mobilize these goals, Ethiopia built corporate parks in order to attract business, and in doing so was able to push many of their gals for the MDG’s. Ms. Willkens is working to mobilize the development community around the SDGs. It's the first time these donors have been in the room looking at a massive private investment towards the development of a project like this.
Countries have a daunting but empowering choice to pick up and carry the goals. Counties can set their own agenda and open the way for private sector. Ms. Willkens hopes she had ignited the spark and transforming the world in 2030.
Q: How is Corruption being addressed?
A: Corruption is listed under goal 17, In addition to the US the UK have the UK bribery Act. In which it is incumbent on anyone to know the law and follow the law.
Q: In the US we are dim-sighted on major issues until it affects us. Are other countries more engaged, or are these just a lot of nice things we would like?
A: In order to do business in Africa you must know the goals. It is changing the way private donors and countries are working together. The embassies are each mapping out how they will hit their goals. As countries get to set their agenda there is a competition to hit the goals, Ethiopia is proud of hitting some of these goals and is pushing to hit the rest of their goals, and even pushing a bit of competition to hit their goals first. “If you don't do business internationally, you are missing a lot of fun” – Ms. Willkens mentioned
Q: What would you say about expanding the MDGSs to the 17 goals when the initial MDGs couldn’t be hit? Also, what are the quantitative measurements of these goals? Will we really see progress?
A: Still waiting on key measurement that will measure the 179 targets, since we have tragedy private sector we will see impact. The targets within each goal are going to be key to the success of each goal.
President David presented Ms. Willkens with a certificate noting that in appreciation of her speaking today, we would plant a tree in her honor.
President David called up the Duck race committee to quickly over each segment of the event.
Jessica, Jennifer, Beth, Dan, and Raven came up to address each portion of the Duck Race:
April 30th is the first DC Duck race ever!   This event will be full of family fun, and lots of activities. 
We are looking for members to sign up now to sponsor ducks (which can be bought by check or business check).  We’ll have roughly 10,000 ducks race down a contained channel of the Potomac escorted by the DC’s PD and DC’s FD.  The Fire dept. will have fire boats with harbor patrol sirens blaring!  How cool?!
Jessica pleaded with the members that in order to do this we need tons or partners and volunteers, please sign up for an event and time slot on the sheets at your table. There will be activities taking place prior to event. We are currently working with non-profits, given the opportunity to sell ducks.  They receive a dollar back for every duck you sold on their behalf. Let us know about other organizations that want to join!
We need Sponsorship to underwrite and fund the $30,000 left to hold the event, and sponsorships begin at $1000.  We are hoping to have the last sponsorships in place by April 1st. Reasons to sponsor this event included:
  • Exposure to over 1000 attendees
  • Company name on a banner leading the
  • A press release that goes in Washington post.
THIS JUST IN: The Justice Scalia family will be sponsoring some ducks.
There are plenty of opportunities to help aside from sponsoring a duck and volunteering.  On the sheets on the table there are FAQ’s on other ways you can help...
  • Advertise it on: Facebook, twitter, Instagram, periscope
  • Advertise it in your email signature
  • Tell friends and invite them to join you and come to the event.
  • You can copy and paste the website into an email and social media outlets. 
  • You can sponsor a duck and don't have to go. 
  • Check out:  Like and hit share. Invite fiends
Raven and Dan presented entertainment at the community festival.  The entertainment is going to be engaging to make sure everyone has a good time. There will be kid’s zones to ensure the children are engaged with lots of hands on activities and music and entertainers.
Join us at the Pentagon mall from 10AM to 4PM, on April 2nd to work the Duck Sales and information desk. See Raven for more information on joining this event.
President David thanked Balraj Gupta for staffing the Hospitality Desk; Edmund Breitling for conducting the raffle; Darren Crew & Rhonda Helal for being Greeters; and Edmund Breitling for writing today’s Meeting in Review.  He announced next week’s speakers will be Rotaract & John Ashmen President of the Association of Gospel Rescue Ministries.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30