President David called the meeting to order at 12:30. After asking for cell phones to be silenced, President David led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.  David Treadwell offered words of Inspiration.
 
Christa McClure, filling in for Secretary Lynn Holec, announced the following guests:

Guests of Rotarians:
Pete Titas, Practice Manager for TIBCO Software Federal and guest of Howard Davis
Alex Fleming, retired from the World Bank and guest of Stefan Alber
Mervyn Lathow, international trade analyst and guest of Stu Shalloway
Juneanne Kimbrough, guest and wife of Ken Kimbrough
Justin Swain, Event Recorder and guest of Estela Landeros-Dugourd
Kate Rice, with Rice Consulting, and guest of Kathy Ward
Jessica Glynn, an Ambassadorial Scholar 2006-07 and guest of Andy Cook
Melanie Habwe Dickson, daughter and guest of Violet Habwe
Gillian Bristol, Ambassador of Grenada and guest of Marjorie Scott
Eve Birge, Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice and guest of Ted Hamady

The following visiting Rotarian from abroad was introduced:
Lilah Wright Contreraz, visiting Rotarian from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico

The following visiting Rotarians from the United States introduced themselves:
Greg Viola, Rotarian from the Falls Church Rotary Club
Tom Knoll, Rotarian from the Downtown Honolulu Rotary Club
    
Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy Schoen wished a happy birthday to the following members celebrating birthdays this week:
Balraj Gupta - Sep 10
Andy Boyd - Sep 11
Peggy Garrett - Sep 11
Violet Habwe - Sep 12
Rhonda Poirier - Sep 12
Peggy also acknowledged the birthday of a member applicant that we missed last week, Haleh Vaziri.

For the Foundation Moment, President David talked about the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program.  He mentioned that it had been his first committee assignment in Rotary and how the candidates the club got were not only brilliant and personable but also were dedicated to service.  He recognized another former Ambassadorial Scholar, Peggy Schoen.  He told about how being an Ambassadorial Scholar in Zurich, Switzerland, had changed his life and had been instrumental in his being a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., today.   He mentioned that Trish Savage, wife of Russ Savage, had been an Ambassadorial Scholar and that even though she is not a member of our club, she participates in a number of our programs because she wants to give back to Rotary.  President David also mentioned that the focus of the program has changed, with today’s Global Grants being awarded to young people equally as outstanding as the former Ambassadorial Scholars but also willing to study in the Future Vision fields identified by Rotary International to deal with global needs.  Finally, he encouraged Rotarians to support The Rotary Foundation generously.

The Foundation Moment led directly into the next announcement:  President David recognized Tony Cusack for his Paul Harris NINE recognition.

President David then extended the club’s sympathies to Joan Bristol, who lost her ex-husband a few days ago to pancreatic cancer.

Movie Night is Thursday, September 13.  The movie was changed to “Beloved,” a different French film, starting at 8:15 p.m.  Rotarians are invited to gather at 7:15 for wine and popcorn before the show.  Contact Alexander Kravetz for more information.

Walter Reed Bingo is Thursday, September 20. RSVP to Peggy Garrett or Shaun English.

Volunteers are still needed for Grate Patrol on September 18 and 21.  Contact John Jackson if you can volunteer.

President David presented a red badge to new member John “Buz” Gorman.  President David promised the years on the Member Recruitment banner would be updated very soon!

Paula Delo introduced our speakers, Liz Salett and Tina Frundt.  Liz Salett has been working on the issue of human trafficking since 2003 when she first became aware that human trafficking was a thriving worldwide phenomenon and that there were millions of people who were enslaved.  In response, she (a) created a unique web portal known as www.humantraffickingsearch.net, which is searchable in 14 languages, has information on 120 countries, and features a daily news feed; (b) developed a training program and guide, Assisting Survivors of Human Trafficking:  Multicultural Case Studies, for service providers working with victims and survivors; and (c) authored NASW's Practice Update on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery.  She presented alarming statistics about the types of children and adults who end up caught in human trafficking and slavery situations, where they may be promised a good job and then end up as a domestic slave or in a prostitution ring.  For example, a young Mexican man may be kidnapped at the border and forced to work in agriculture. Y oung Korean women are forced to work in massage parlors (there are 40 in the Washington/Baltimore corridor).

Tina Frundt is the Founder of Courtney’s house, which focuses on saving boys aged 12 to 18 years old.  Over the past year, then have saved more than 700 children.  Tina’s passion stems from her own experiences as a teen when she kidnapped and forced into prostitution.  She told stories of working with families of ‘runaways’ and Courtney House’s street outreach program.  The agency runs a hotline for victims, where the calls are answered by survivors.  She outlined the four types of trafficking:  (1) pimp control;  (2) gang control;  (3) family control; and  (4) boys/transgender-specific trafficking.  Most of the child victims come from families, and Courtney’s House assists parents in dealing with their issues.

Liz and Tina answered a number of questions from members, and could have spent more time on the topic. After presenting them with our club’s speaker recognition tree certificates, President David invited them to stay after the meeting to field additional questions.

The raffle was managed by Asif Bhally.  The small pot,  $35, was won by Ken Kimbrough in his second win in as many weeks!  Ken did not pull the ace of spades, so the large pot will continue to grow.

Our greeters were Buz Gorman, Violet Habwe, Kathy Ward and Joel Alperstein.  The Hospitality Table was managed by Ted Hamady and Stu Shalloway.  Next week’s speaker is Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles.

A special thank you to Estela Landeros-Dugourd for making arrangements to have the speakers' presentation recorded. When the session has been edited and is available for viewing, we'll let you know! 

President David adjourned the meeting promptly at 1:30.