The meeting was called to order at 12:30 PM by the President David Klaus.  He led the American members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 

WORDS OF INSIPRATION
Russ Savage
read Robert Frost’s A Prayer in Spring.

SECRETARY’S REPORT
Secretary Lynn Holec
introduced the following guests:

  • Jonathan Gray, Executive Director of Teen Challenge.  He was the guest of Larry Wang and is a prospective member.
  • Mark McIntyre, Partner at Keller McIntyre & Associates.  He was the guest of John Jackson and is a prospective member.
  • Dr. Huda Ayas, Executive Director of the Office of International Medicine Programs at George Washington University.  He was the guest of Hal Vaugh and is a prospective member.
  • Michal and Louise Joachimowski, who are both with International Care Ministries (“ICM”).
  • Deirdre Foley, Policy Analyst with the Consumer Finance Protection Board.  She was the guest of Irene Koerner.
  • Karen Brown, Director Health Benefits for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.  She was the guest of Glen O’Gilvie.
  • Robin Nixon, Chief of Partnerships for the National Mall & Memorial Parks.  She was the guest of Bill Dent.
  • Geert Van Brant, Representative of IRRAD.  He was the guest of Christine Warnke.
  • Jorge Garcia, retired from the World Bank, and a guest of Clara Montanez.
  • Inez Garcia, retired and a guest of Clara Montanez
  • Doris Sutherland, retired and a guest of John Jackson
  • Lloyd Sutherland, retired and a guest of John Jackson.
  • Marina Theodotou, a visiting Rotary from the Rotary Club of Nicosia Aspelia in Nicosia, Cypris.  She is an economist with Curveball Ltd.  Marina is relocating to the District of Columbia and looking for Rotary Club in the District. 

The following Rotarians visiting from other Rotary Clubs in the United State introduced themselves:  Cloe Heung from the Dupont Circle Rotary Club; Francine Lawrence from the Rotary Club of Toledo; Sherry Sim from the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside; Miel Hendrickson from the Dupont Circle Rotary Club; Nick Cieslinski from Moorestown Breakfast Club; Sergei Andronikov from the Fairfax Club; Jay Parrish from the Titusville Club; Richard Hyde from the Rotary E-One Club; and Marion Spark from the Newburyport, Maine Club.

BIRTHDAYS

Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy Schoen announced the following birthdays:

  • Greg Scarlatoiu, whose birthday was May 15.  Greg joined our Club in 2011 and classification is Non-Profit:  Human Rights.
  • Gail Hamill, whose birthday is May 17.  Gail joined our Club in 2011 and her classification is Law:  Tariff and Customs.
  • Octavian Ionici, whose birthday is May 17.  Octavian joined our Club in 2005 and her classification is International Finance.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rotary Rotating Happy Hour
Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy
announced that tradition of the monthly Rotary Rotating Happy Hour has been reinstated.  The first one will be held next between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM Thursday, May 23, at Cantina Marina.

Web Site Demonstration
President David and Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy demonstrated how to log on to the Club’s web site and how to access the member directories.

Grate Patrol
President David
announced that volunteers are needed for Grate Patrol this Friday and next Tuesday.  If you can help out, please contact John Jackson.

Paul Harris
President David
presented a Paul Harris pin to Russ Savage.

Rotary Trees for the Capital
Bill Dent
presented two checks to the National Park Service representative Robin Nixon – one for the Club’s Cherry Tree Program and one for the Downtown Parks Program.  He stated that to-date 230 trees had been planted under the Cherry Tree Program.  The Downtown Parks Program is a new initiative to re-tree DC’s downtown parks.

Robin Nixon thanked the Club on behalf of the National Park Service.  She discussed the importance of trees to the city and the wear and tear they endure.

Dupont Circle Club Fundraiser
Meghan Cieslak from the Dupont Circle Rotary Club invited everyone to her Club’s Trivia Night fundraiser, which is being held this Sunday, May 19, between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM at the Bier Baron, which is located at 1523 22nd Street, NW.  Tickets are $20 per participant.  The $20 includes one drink.  She sold tickets at the meeting but they are also available at the Dupont Circle Club’s web site.

PROGRAM

John Jackson introduced the speaker David Sutherland of the International Care Ministries (“ICM”). 

David described ICM’s history, mission and progress.  ICM assists the poorest of the poor in the Philippines.  The United Nations defines poverty as less than $2.50 per day and $1.25 per day as abject poverty; ICM assists those with $0.50 or less per day.  ICM is run by investment bankers and is one of the largest charities in Asia.  It has 400 full time staff and has assisted 330,000 people.  It has succeeded in reducing malnutrition, domestic violence and expanding childhood education.  Currently, 95 percent of ICM’s funding is from Hong Kong donors.  It is reaching out for funding from Australian, British and US sources in order to expand.

David followed his brief talk with songs sung by the ICM children’s choir while a video illustrating ICM’s work played.  

RAFFLE
President David
won the raffle’s small pot, which was $60, but he did not win the $451 large pot.

MEETING SUPPORT
The meeting was supported by the following:

  • Nadia Saad sold the raffle tickets.
  • Stu Shalloway and Lenore Jacobs manned the hospitality table.
  • Past President Howard Davis and Liz Salett greeted Rotarians as they arrived.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.