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1135 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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On Friday, June 7th, DC Rotary Club Rotarians and DC Rotaract Club Rotaractors helped celebrate the DC Rotary Foundation grant recipient City Blossoms celebrate at their Plant Prom.

Thanks to this fundraiser, City Blossoms staff will maintain and support over 28 existing garden projects all over DC, travel to cities across the country to teach garden-based programming, provide more than 2, 200 hours of free and affordable activities, and engage over 14,000 children and youth.

#CommunityEngagement On Saturday, June 8th, nineteen DC Rotary Club, DC Rotaract Club, and CHEC Interact members participated in A Wider Circle’s Essential Support program. This program focuses on providing basic need items for the home to our neighbors seeking to rise out of poverty. The donations they receive include household furniture, linens, kitchen items, toys, and professional clothing and accessories. Volunteers help them to sort donations and stock the showrooms their clients select their items from. With the help of volunteer groups, A Wider Circle is able to furnish 20 homes free of charge each day for our neighbors in need. 


#LetsCelebrate Congratulations, to the Interact Club of CHEC on a wonderful year of service, successfully launching your own service projects and fundraisers while joining our DC Rotary Club projects too, and getting a head start on next year’s service by electing your officers for next school year! We’re so proud of your leadership! What a nice gesture to remember Rotarian Marilyn Nevy Cruz's Happy Birthday! #interact #chec #dcrotaryclub #rotary #rotarydistrict7620 #leaders #peopleofaction #betheinspiration @ Columbia Heights Educational Campus
What a joy to hand deliver this mini Encyclopedia (The Dictionary) to the 3rd graders. Their curiosity and excitement fills the classroom as you lead them through the Table of Contents and onto fun facts, figures and words.  How they love the longest word in the English language.
You might think that with today's technology, a book isn't that important.  From my experience, that's what makes this book so valuable. Everything's in one place. You don't need a laptop, a smart phone, a desk top computer. All you need is your curious mind.
One of the teachers in an Upper NW school told me she was teaching dictionary skills and only had one dictionary for the class. She was thrilled that each student had their own copy.
From a parent: My two daughters who are in grade 3 at Bancroft Elementary School were so excited yesterday when they came home with student and Spanish / English dictionaries. One of my daughters were asking us to name a president and she would tell us about them and the other daughter wrote her name on the edge and "I [heart] Education!". Thank you very much for your support to children and students in Washington DC. 
A Rotarian volunteer received this email from a teacher....."I just wanted to reach out and THANK YOU for the dictionaries!  My kids are in dictionary heaven!"
Can't beat endorsements.
This is the Club's signature project. It's time consuming, it isn't always easy, BUT it's worth it.
Keep up the good work, Rotarians!
Written by Nancy Riker, President Nominee

Seniors at the Columbia Heights Educational Center must pass a personal presentation of projects they have carried out in various classes. In January those were science and math; this month they were English and history or political science. Having spent fifteen years as a secondary school educator, I was so impressed with the school's program which requires the students to look back on projects they did and evaluate how they met the mission assigned, what they learned from challenges in that process, how their research related to social justice issues, as well as how succinctly they organized and verbally presented their analyses.
I was privileged to meet an extraordinary young lady who plans after graduation to begin her career in ballet. So her presentation for English was based on a literature course which because of her rehearsal scheduling needs she took at GW University. It focused on a paper which she had written for the class which analyzed Romantic Poetry.. She not only had politically relevant ideas about how the Rime of the Ancient Mariner was perhaps symbolically related to its period of British slavery voyages, but also reflected on using language for subtle purposes. It would be an understatement to say that I was impressed both by this surely soon to be star ballerina but also by the school's requirement for students to analyze their own growth and skills at presenting their work. These go way beyond valuing memorized facts.
Written by Honorary Member Donna Smith

Fox Political Analyst Juan Williams, on the Fox News Channel program, The Five, gave a great shout out to the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.! We feel so honored! During the last show’s segment titled “One More Thing,” ( on minute 38) he praised our club’s work, showing photos he took with some of our members!


On Wednesday, May, 22, 2019, seven DC Rotary Club members attended the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) 34th Annual Scholarship Gala at the Embassy of France. The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. was presented with the Partner of the Year Award in front of 300+ guests for our contributions in Chartering the CHEC Interact Club, sponsoring seven CHEC students to RYLA, hosting the 2019 DC Foundation Career Fair, serving as panelists for Senior Portfolio presentations and for awarding them a $20, 000 Community Service Grant last year.  Three DC Rotarians, including our very own Club President, donated auction items for the gala. We are proud to accept this prestigious reward! The collaboration with Columbia Heights Educational Campus has been enriching, and we look forward to many years of partnering. #ServiceAboveSelf 

#Generosity Major donors of the Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC were invited to a reception hosted on Tuesday, May 21st, by Foundation Vice President, Ross Grantham, at the City Club in downtown DC. The wine flowed and the hors d’oeuvres were plentiful! During brief remarks, Ross exclaimed, “Thank you for your generous contributions to our own DC Rotary Foundation!”

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, #DCRotaryClub member, Max Salas, opened his lovely home, providing the perfect venue for the DC Rotary Club to congratulate the Rotaract Club of Washington, DC on 25 years of service to the community. Rotaract Club members are young adult leaders in the #Rotary family. 


President Lisa’s message in our Club newsletter last week speaks to the joy we’ve felt as the first Rotaract Club we chartered has blossomed over the years, and highlights our continued partnership!
This month, we celebrate the Rotaract Club of Washington, D.C.’s 25 years of service to the community! Our Club is proud to have charted this community-based Rotaract Club more than two decades ago, and we’ve been enriched by the partnership over the years!

Isn’t it fitting that we celebrate the vibrancy and commitment of the D.C. Rotaract Club in May, Rotary Youth Service Month? Our youth leaders fuel our Club and community with the energy and inspiration to take our Rotary family to the next level, and to solve the challenges we face with new solutions.
We asked, “What will inspire you to continue your commitment to service by joining our Rotary Club when the time comes?” We learned that Rotaractors want to connect with mentors, seasoned professionals at the top of their careers and retirees with connections who can serve as mentors. They’re looking for a Club that not only has resources, but also has a rich calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities. Just as important, they’d like the opportunity to continue to serve in leadership roles and be welcome to share their ideas and vision.
Rotarians, learn how to connect with our Rotaractors! Reach out to our very own Rotarian Marilyn Cruz, former President of the Rotaract Club of Washington, D.C., and now one of our Club’s most innovative leaders.
#youthservice #peopleofaction #betheinspiration #leadership #globalcitizens #empower #DCRotaractClub #DCRotaryClub #RotaryInternational #community #betheinspiration


On Saturday May 2nd, 2019, several members of the DC Rotary Club participated in City Blossoms Workday where we they assisted in a new garden build at Imagine Hope Community Charter School - Lamond Campus. DC Rotary Club members celebrated Rotary Youth Service Month in this joint service project with their sponsoring Interact and Rotaract Clubs.

Rotary's focus in May is on the fifth avenue of service: Youth Service. Youth service comes in many forms throughout the Rotary world. A few of the many youth projects in Rotary District 7620 include Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange. Our DC Rotary Club sponsors two (2) Interact Clubs, CHEC Interact & Richard Wright PCS Interact, and two (2) Rotaract Clubs, DC and GW Rotaract.

City Blossoms fosters healthy communities through innovative, community-engaging programming and green spaces. Through their work with hundreds of community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, schools, and learnings centers, they serve all people, with a particular focus on low-income communities and Latino, African-American, and immigrant youth. They serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space.

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with grant funding! 

#CityBlossoms #CityBlossomsBuild #DCRotaryClub #RotaryDistrict7620

DC Rotary Club Members with their sponsoring Interact/Rotaract Clubs

CHEC Interact Club Members

CHEC Interact Club Members

Richard Wright PCS Interact Club Members

#TreesForTheCapital – At each weekly meeting, our speaker is presented with a certificate indicating that the DC Rotary Club plants trees several times a year honoring our speakers. Named the Peter Gilsey Trees for the Capital in honor of long-standing #DCRotaryClub member, Peter Gilsey, this program has resulted in more than 300 trees being planted, around the Tidal Basin, although a few trees have been planted elsewhere (e.g., near the White House and the Capitol), and at Farragut Square. Though funded by our Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C., the choice of tree and actual planting is conducted by the experts of the National Park Service.

Our May 1, 2019, ceremony coincides with the date when Crown Prince Naruhito officially assumes the Chrysanthemum Throne from his father. The first cherry trees were gifted to the U.S. in 1912, the year our #DCRotaryClub was established. Another close connection to Japan, the prestigious Rotary Club of Tokyo was our first Sister City Club. 

#peopleofaction #serviceaboveself #betheinspiration #beautifyingourcity#improvingourenvironment @ The Mall (Washington DC)





We spent a lovely, sunny Saturday at Potomac Point Vineyard in Stafford, VA. Thirteen Rotarians and their selected friends and family joined us for this social affair. In addition to perfect weather and stimulating conversation, the various wines we tasted were excellent and we even enjoyed a couple of bottles of our favorite over a delicious lunch on the veranda.   The owner came out and greeted us - and incidentally learned about Rotary for the first time.  All in all it was a truly memorable day.  But the highlight by far was the group fellowship and comradery throughout the day.   Even the bus ride was enjoyable, as we learned about each other’s interests and passions beyond just Rotary – both coming and going.


We hope more of you can join us next year!


Mary Goldsmith, Fellowship Chair







By: Krystle OBrien


Remember that time in Paris? I do.

Cafes and baguettes;

Effifle tower and views

Especially Champs-Élysées


Do you remember that time in Paris

The Metro and Seine;

The streets of history


I remember that time in my Paris

Most of all I remember Cathedral Notre-Dame

We did it! Joined by proud members and leadership of the DC Rotary Club and Rotary District 7620 leadership, the Interact Club of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts has been chartered. A record number of 40 young leaders launched this new Club. Welcome to our Rotary family! 

#RotaryInternational #DC #Youth #Leaders #InteractDistrict7620 #BeTheInspiration



On May 4, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled [case 481 U.S. 537 (1987)]  that Rotary clubs in the United States might not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. [See also]


  • June 1987 issue of The Rotarian - The Supreme Court decision is first mentioned on page 7: “U.S. Supreme Court rules: Rotary must accept women members.” [Note that this just covered U.S. clubs.]
  • January 1988 issue of The Rotarian - See the Opinions, pages 51-52, about the pros and cons of women joining Rotary.
  • Rotary Year 1988-1989 – In 1988 the Rotary Club of Washington, DC admitted its first woman member, Ann M. Milne.
  • 1989 - The June 1990 issue of The Rotarian, p. 31, refers to the 1989 Rotary International Council on Legislation’s vote.

 We appreciate the contribution of the History and Archives Committee to this story.

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June 2019
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
James Hollis
Jun 19, 2019
Executive Director, Jung Society of Washington
Lisa McCurdy
Jun 26, 2019
President, Rotary Club of Washington, DC
Past Speakers
Admiral (ret.) Paolo Bembo
Jun 12, 2019
Editor, Italian Navy League Magazine and President, Italian Association of Naval Painters
Joe Mettimano
Jun 05, 2019
President and CEO, Central Union Mission
Juan Williams
May 29, 2019
Fox Political Analyst and Author
Wayne Winston Sharp, Ph.D.
May 22, 2019
Chairman of the Board, National Council for Adoption
Romanieo Golphin and Romanieo, Jr.
May 15, 2019
The Robeson Group
DJ Lavoy
May 08, 2019
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Real Estate Assessment Center, HUD
Nominsuren Munkhuu
May 01, 2019
Director of Program, Lantuun Dohio USA
Dr. Maria Paola Lualdi Martelli
Apr 24, 2019
Author, "Ambassador of Fine Arts: The Life of Angelo Lualdi"
Edward Luce
Apr 17, 2019
US National Editor, The Financial Times
Amb. Ivan Korcok
Apr 10, 2019
Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States
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