President Howard Davis opened the meeting at 12:30 at the 3rd floor of the University Club.  The lunch was salad (green and pasta); choice of baked chicken and/or baked tilapia; and mousse (chocolate and vanilla).

Clara Montanez provided the Words of Inspiration and Marlene Thorn filled in with the Secretary’s Report, and welcomed our guests...
 
President Howard Davis opened the meeting at 12:30 at the 3rd floor of the University Club.  The lunch was salad (green and pasta); choice of baked chicken and/or baked tilapia; and mousse (chocolate and vanilla).

Clara Montanez provided the Words of Inspiration and Marlene Thorn filled in with the Secretary’s Report, and welcomed our guests:

Susan Pausky, a Prospective new member;
Diane Dickerson, sponsored by Rob Warne;
Jane Beeder, sponsored by Rob Warne;
Rebecca Proch, Sponsored by Rob Warne;
Manish Patel, sponsored by Balraj Gupta;
Scott Levine, sponsored by Stefan Alber;
Nobutoshi Hanai, a Prospective member with Mitsubishi Ind. who has just moved to Washington after taking on the role at Mitsubishi formerly held by Rtn. Koichi Imura.

Monica Boner recognized the birthdays of Rotarians:  PPs Allen Jones and Bill Boleyn, Memo Grajales and Chris Manning.

President Howard provided several announcements:    
1)The membership was informed of the tragic accident that claimed the life of Rtn. Mimi Kanda’s daughter earlier this week.  Her 29 year old daughter, Mona, died in an automobile accident earlier this week.  Mona was married and had a one year old daughter.  The Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM this Saturday, May 26, at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave in Silver Spring.  There will be a gathering following the service at the People’s Community Baptist Church (next door).   

2) The Club Board will meet on Thursday, May 31, from noon until 1:30 p.m. in the 7th Floor Boardroom of the American Beverage Association building, where the Rotary office is located (1101 16th Street, NW).  The meetings are open to our membership and attendance at a Board meeting is a requirement for new members working on obtaining their Blue badge.  Notify the club office if you plan to attend.

3) The Changing of the Guard Ceremony will be Saturday, June 30, at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW;

4) Before the meeting started, we were shown pictures of the centennial event at the Mayflower Hotel. Be advised that you can purchase pictures from the photographer and a link will be provided on line through the Rotary web site in the near future.

5) The sale of coffee as a fundraiser for our club’s international projects is nearing an end.  We are down to the last 60 bags.  President Howard pledged to buy 10 bags and challenged others to help finish this fundraiser off with enthusiasm.  A report following the meeting indicated that 40 bags were sold.  Great work!  For those of you who weren’t able to be there, the rest of the coffee will be sold next week.   

Joan Bristol introduced Gary Hines, from the Father McKenna Center.  They were the recipient of a $5K grant from our Washington DC Rotary Foundation.  This organization hosts a daytime drop-in-center for men and a Food Pantry for Ward 6 residents.
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The speaker was introduced by PP Rob Warne.  Akua Femi Kouyate is the Senior Director of Education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA.  She is an artist herself and studied in Gambia, Africa.  Additionally, she is a Fulbright Fellow and a member of the Library of Congress.  She spoke on the Programs and Internships provided at Wolf trap, National Park for the Performing Arts.  In addition to producing 92 performances this summer, they have the Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, which is part of a $1.4M grant program from the Department of Education.
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Peter Kennedy sold raffle tickets and Steen Steensen was the winner of the small pot of $68 and missed the draw for the Ace of Spade worth $807. Steen, a new member, donated his winnings to the Rotary Foundation.  

The meeting adjourned at 1:20, 10 minutes early.

Ken Kimbrough