The meeting was called to order at 12:30 PM by President Jennifer Hara who led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Words of inspiration were offered by Russ Savage who spoke about Martin Luther King and the recent unrest in Baltimore; he gave thoughtful advice on how to respond to the inequities that spark conflict. He had many suggestions, especially to “give back to a child.”
 
Michael Carmichael graciously sat in for Secretary Haleh Vaziri at this luncheon meeting, introducing the following guests and visiting Rotarians:
  • Caroline Brice, Founder of HavServe, invited by Clara Montanez
  • Giancarlo Civalleri, Rotary Global Grants Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, invited by Jennifer Hara
  • Dominique Lallement, President of American Friends of Chartres, invited by Charlotte Lallement-Klaus
  • Dayna Neef, a financial advisor recently relocated from Saginaw, Michigan where she was a Rotarian
  • Alessia Thiebaud, Rotary Global Grants Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, invited by Jennifer Hara
  • Collin Wareham, administrative intern, invited by John “Buz” Gorman
Sargent-at-Arms Buz Gorman announced Rotarians celebrating birthdays this week! Sadly, our birthday friends were not in attendance:
  • Gail Hamill on 17 May – Joining our club in 2011, sponsored by Christa McClure, Gail’s classification is law-tariffs and customs.
  • Octavian Ionici also on 17 May – Sponsored by Bill Dent when he became a member in 2005, Octavian’s classification is international finance.
  • Elizabeth Perla on May 20 – New member Liz joined our club in December, sponsored by Abrahem Helal; her classification is psychology-clinical.
  • Bill Boleyn on 22 May – Joining our club in 1975, sponsored by Edward Merrill,
    Past President Bill’s classification is transportation-urban passenger.
  
President Jennifer made the following announcements and introductions:
  • Judith Henderson was invited to give her New Member Talk about her past, present and future relationship with Rotary. She has traveled all over the world and Rotary has been a great part of these global adventures.
  • Two Rotary Global Grant Scholars, Giancarlo Civalleri and Alessia Thiebaud, both from Italy, spoke to our Club about their experiences in the United States and thanked us for the kind Rotarian welcome and support. They will graduate from John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
  • The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management Celebration Event will take place on Thursday, 21 May 2015. Rotary is one of the event’s sponsors. President Jennifer asked for volunteers to attend. The event runs from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Washington Post’s office on 1150 15th Street, NW. (Please note that this event has already taken place.)
  • The Rotary Club of Federal City is hosting the fourth Redline Rotary Happy Hour this evening at La Tosca on 722 7th Street, NW. Please join members of our and other local clubs at this great mixer! A wonderful opportunity to meet more Rotarians! (Please note that this event has already taken place.)
  • A Polio Plus event with the Federal City Club will be held at the Italian Embassy. The ticket cost will be $50. An e-mail will be sent shortly to members with the particulars of date, time and address.
Sargent-at-Arms Buz Gorman introduced this week’s guest speaker and his wife, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Patient Care Services at Children’s National, Kathleen Gorman. Ms. Gorman holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical College. She was selected as a 2011 Johnson & Johnson Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow. She has worked tirelessly in her field.
 
Ms. Gorman discussed the great history of Children’s Hospital, present initiatives and future projects. Her slide show and presentation stressed advocacy, research, education and the impact that Children’s Hospital has had locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Children’s Hospital has embraced technology, collaborating with Health IT to push medical boundaries and research forward. The focus on children and their families remains central to the core of the mission and approach at Children’s Hospital. There will be a new First Ladies Garden built and studios donated by Ryan Seacrest to add to the holistic well-being of patients. Children’s Hospital offers over 34 fellowship programs and boasts more than $75 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is consistently ranked among the top five hospitals in the country.
 
Raffle tickets were sold by Sterling Hoffman. The small pot, valued at $39, was won by Dick Pyle. The large pot of $870 continues to grow!
 
The meeting was supported by Balraj Gupta and Johnny Allem at the Hospitality Table. The Greeters were Terrence Lovelady and Dan Mullin.
 
Our next meeting on Wednesday, 27 May will feature guest speaker Jason Tengco, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.