At 12:30, President Shaun called the meeting to order. Phones were silenced.  American members pledged allegiance to the flag.
 
Ken Kimbrough talked about the other voices that we hear, the voices of our conscience and our better natures.  He led everyone in the prayer for serenity.
 
Secretary Tim Hurd introduced the guests of Rotarians:  
  • Les Larsen and Anna Maria Larsen, partner and managing partner of Lumenis Partners, guests of Joan Bristol and prospective members.
  • Nora Diehl, senior trade economist with the World Bank, guest of David Klaus and a prospective member.
  • August Millans, retired, a prospective member.
  • Patrice Silver, guest of Lisa Cohen.
  • Patty O’Malley, senior manager at Rubino and Co, guest of Eric Fraint.
  • Robert Montague, guest of Bill Busker.
  • Howard Klutts, Oppenheimer and Co., guest of Clara Montanez.
  • Edward Nassim, guest of Clara Montanez.
  • A visiting Rotarian from overseas was Novia Afrouz, of the Milano Rotary Club.
  • A visiting Rotarian from the US was Renato Romano of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club.
Sergeant at Arms David Treadwell announced the birthdays:  
  • Glynis Long, Oct 13. Glynis joined our club in 2005, sponsored by Clara Montanez. Her classification is International Trade: Trading Consultant.
  • Bob Watson, Oct 14. Bob's classification is Education: College. He joined our cub in 2005, sponsored by Mary Ann Blackwell.
  • Pete Nunn, Oct 16. Past President Pete Nunn joined our club in 1976. He was sponsored by Robert Lee O'Brien, and his classification is Consulting: Accounting.
  • Alexander Kravetz,  Oct 19. Alexander was sponsored by Kimberly Kotnik when he joined in 2005. His classification is International Development: Government & Economic Growth.
In announcements, Quentin Wodon talked about the International Service Committee and other fundraising activities.
Stephanie Spivak, President of the DC Rotaract Club, thanked the attendees of the networking dinner and invited everyone to their November Happy Hour fundraiser.
Jennifer Hara asked for volunteers for a Rotary Youth Exchange scavenger hunt event Nov. 16 and 17.
President Shaun encouraged people to volunteer as greeters for future meetings.
 
President Shaun presented a blue badge to new member Helen Moore.
 
Christa McClure introduced our speaker, Klaus Linsenmeier, Executive Director of the Heinrich Boll Foundation of North America.  She gave the background story on Heinrich Boll’s achievements in literature and human rights.  The foundation works to advance the politics of the ecological movement, and our speaker has an educational background and expertise in forming a businesslike approach to environmental issues.  He has been instrumental in the development of the organization, which now has 33 offices around the world.  He came to the US in 2009.
 
Mr.  Linsenmeier said that we are in an era of transition from coal and fossil fuels to renewable energy.  Some think the movement in Germany was simply anti-nuclear, but there is also a consensus on climate change, he said.  Chernobyl and Fukashima have strengthened sentiment against nuclear reactors.
 
The foundation seeks to mainstream environmental ideas through new regulations, new alliances and new technologies, he said, speaking without the need of the PowerPoint screen that has proved so troublesome lately.
 
New regs include cap and trade in the US, a tax on CO2 targeted for job creation, and subsidies for renewable energy efforts paid for in Germany by a consumer levy of 50 euro per year. German energy is now 25% from renewable sources with more capacity available. He hopes that by 2050 that it will be 100 percent from renewable.
 
New alliances include strong support from trade unions with 350,000 new jobs attributed to green industries. Businesses are supportive after finding new opportunities. Consumers have become entrepreneurs creating energy through 600 energy co-ops.  Many rural villages have become energy self-sufficient through biogas and solar projects, he said.
 
New technologies include improved solar panels, now made cheaply in China with German technology.  Storage is a problem – the surplus energy efficiently produced in Germany is whisked away in the  EU grid, leading some German consumers to wonder about the benefit of their annual fee. Overall, the cost of energy is plummeting.  Mr Linsenmeier complimented the US on its system of planning future capacity through auctions in a market-based system.
 
In responding to questions, Mr. Linsenmeier said US and EU energy policies are drifting apart due to the large quantity of inexpensive shale gas now being produced in this country.  In another answer, he talked about geological and historical differences between nations and called for all costs to be included in any calculation. With special reference to Rotary projects in developing nations and unstable electricity supply, he assured us that the foundation and its international offices considered this a core issue.
 
President Shaun presented the much-appreciated tree certificate, and Paula Delo brought up the raffle container.  The pot was won by Natalie Korytnyk.  She picked a card for the $182 large pot but luck was not with her.   
 
The Hospitality table was staffed by Stu Shalloway, Ted Hamady and Balraj Gupta.  The greeters were Glynis Long and May Gwinn.  The meeting was adjourned.