Meeting in Review: May 29, 2013
Arrel Olano provided the words of inspiration.
Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:
- James Butler, CEO of Guardhous, a guest of Sam Hancock and a prospective member.
- Eric Solovy, an attorney with Sidley Austin LLP, a guest of Lynn Holec and a prospective member.
- Sam Azar, Vice President of Hafezi Capital, a guest of Lisa McCurdy and a prospective member.
- Arthur Molella, a director at the Smithsonian and a guest of Monica Smith. He is a prospective member.
- Rachel Masey, an Associate at Chemonics International and a guest of Nick Cieslinski. She is a prospective member.
- Taylor Pochekallo, Director of Special Programs – The Washington Post Awards Center for Nonprofit Advancement, a guest of Glen O’Gilvie.
- William O’Brien, a guest (and also the brother of) Ed O’Brien.
- Diego W. Grajales, Vice President of Kazen, and a guest of Guillermo Grajales.
Lenore Jacobs, acting as Sergeant-at-Arms in Peggy Schoen’s absence announced the following birthdays:
- Bill Boleyn, who turned 91 on May 22.
- Allen “Hap” Jones, whose birthday was May 24.
- Guillermo Grajales, whose birthday was May 27
- Christine Warnke, whose birthday was May 27
- Carl Reddel, whose birthday is May 31.
- Mimi Kanda, whose birthday is June 1.
Monica Boner recognized the 2013 Community Grant Recipients and commended them on their work. She noted the good fortune of our Club to have a large endowed foundation, which was able to give out $120,000 to worthy non-profits.
President David presented blue badges to Lauren Lloyd and Gene Lloyd. He presented a red badge to new member Ayesha Baigmohamed. Ayeshs was sponsored by Nadia Saad.
Christa McClure introduced the Honorable João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Christa listed Ambassador Vale de Almeida numerous accomplishments as a European diplomat since he joined the European Commission in 1982. Christa noted that he is the first person to occupy the position of EU Ambassador to the United States, a position that was created by the Treaty of Lisbon, which came into force on December 1, 2009.
Ambassador Vale de Almeida focused his comments on how he sees the world and the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Europe. He discussed the significance of two events: the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The Fall of the Wall meant that the bipolar world that we were used to no longer existed. The world was less predictable and more dangerous. The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy highlighted the degree to which we are now interdependent. Europe and the United States are facing the same problems and both want stability, security and prosperity for their populations.
This calls for an enhanced transatlantic relationship of which Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (“TTIP”) can be an important element. The United States and Europe make up the two most important economic blocks and together account for 50 percent of the world’s GDP, 40 percent of its trade in services and one-third of its trade in goods. We also have shared values such as a willingness to fight for democracy and a respect for human rights, individual freedom and the rule of law. We have a historic and cultural link.
In response to questions, Ambassador Vale de Almeida stated that in predicting the failure of the Euro or Greece’s withdrawal from the Euro, American financial analysts fail to understand the Euros political importance. Europe is committed to preserve what it has achieved.
Guillermo Grajales won the raffle’s small pot of $47, but he did not win the large pot.
The meeting was supported by the following:
Eric Fraint sold the raffle tickets.
Balraj Gupta, Norm Coe and Stu Shalloway manned the hospitality table.
Susan Pausky and Ken Kimbrough greeted Rotarians as they arrived.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.