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Attn: Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.
1135 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202-331-8686
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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

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Rotary Club of Washington, DC Rotarians, Rotaract Club of Washington, DC Rotaractors, and #FriendsofDCRotaryClub joined thousands of community members to clean up our neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the #AnacostiaRiver as part of the annual Anacostia Watershed Society Cleanup Day. What a great group! We registered for Kenilworth Aquatics Gardens location, a hidden gem and one of more than 10 locations buzzing with volunteer cleanup crews around the area. See the schedule on our #DCRotaryClub website to join us for our next volunteer day!

Our DC Rotary President Lisa McCurdy found one of the most surprising items of the day - a beaver carcass. Thanks to #FriendofDCRotary and President Lisa’s husband, Raymond Hankins, for carting it back to the disposal area. The National Park Service took special interest and possession of the remains. It’s important that we know what caused its death.




So many wonderful stories to share about the #CareerFair we hosted on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Columbia Heights Educational Campus for 550 students! It truly was a collaborative effort including the school’s leadership and staff and #DCRotaryClub Rotarians. The community came together serving as presenters to provide a diverse array of perspectives, exposing 11th, 10th, and 9th graders to pathways of opportunity!


A full suite of wonderful pictures of the Career Fair will be included in a future newsletter once we receive clearance from the school to publish them on our website.


#DCRotaryClub #RotaryDistrict7620 #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleofAction #community #students #career


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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Edward Luce
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Amb. Ivan Korcok
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Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States
Robert "Dean" Clayton
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Eva Schoefer
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Director, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria
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