President Abe Helal opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe Helal led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest
Sponsoring Rotarian
Occupation/Specialty
Spencer Stephens
Visiting Rotarian
Financial Representative
Maria Teresa De La Fuente
Clara Montinez
 
Sergio De La Fuente
Clara Montinez
 
Jay Strickland
Nicole Butler
Strickland Assoc.
Amanda Silva
 
Rotaract DC President
Elizabeth Genter
 
Rotaract DC
Adam De Donno
Erminia Scarcella
 
Rosalba De Donno
Erminia Scarcella
 
Kyra Crawford-Frisby
Marilyn Cruz
Business Consultant
Linley Beckbridge
Abe Helal
Outreach Manager for Doorways for Women and Families
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Haleh Vaziri introduced the guest speaker, Emily Esfahani Smith -- journalist and writer. She is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, in which she identifies "four pillars of meaning" - belonging, purpose, storytelling and transcendence.
 
Following an engaging question and answer session, President Abe Helal presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
 
President Abe Helal adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.