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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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Please join members of the DC Rotary Club for the annual Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Cleanup!  Thanks to thousands of dedicated volunteers like you, each year they move closer to the goal of a cleaner, healthier Anacostia River.

On Saturday April 13th from 9 am - 12 pm, they invite thousands of volunteers like ourselves to help remove trash and debris at sites around the watershed and show off your enthusiasm to the world on social media with #AWSEarthDay. Then after the cleanup, celebrate your hard work by wearing your Earth Day shirt at area participating restaurants to receive a special discount!


How do you volunteer? Simply click the yellow “Members” button here, and you're ready to go!  We will register the DC Rotary Club team on the AWS website for this event and the location we’ve chosen. When you volunteer with the Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Cleanup, you make a positive impact on your local parks, streams, creeks, and the Anacostia River!


The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a large $20,000 grant. 

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



Every year the DC Rotary Club invites their sponsoring DC Rotaract Club to speak at their weekly luncheon during World Rotaract Week. They share their accomplishments, ideas and success stories with our members. This year we also decided to invite one of our sponsoring Interact clubs, CHEC Interact. They got to hear about Rotaract and also share their wonderful projects to the club. The DC Rotary Club chartered a second Rotaract Club at George Washington University earlier this year and is set to sponsor a second Interact Club at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts later this month. We are so proud of them!


Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.


In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours.


Today there are 10,904 Rotaract Clubs in 184 countries.  Rotaract membership is now 250,792.


#DCRotaract #GWRotaract #CHECInteract #RichardWrightInteract #DCRotary #Interact #Rotaract #Rotary #InteractDistrict7620 #RotaractDistrict7620 #Youth #DC #GW #CHEC #RWPCS #ColumbiaHeights #BeTheInspiration #FutureRotarians #ServiceAboveSelf


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.

The Community Engagement Committee hosted a Write Lunch with Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop this past Wednesday following our weekly meeting. Thirteen DC Rotary Club members gathered alongside Free Minds Poet Ambassadors home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. It was a simple and powerful way to support members' processes of self-awareness and change, as well as read great writing.


February 23, 2019, Rotary celebrates its 114th anniversary!

February 23, 1905 -  Chicago attorney Paul Harris forms the first Rotary Club with members Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey, “so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members." 
"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”—Paul Harris 
Rotary History in Video: “The Boys of 1905” about the Club founders - 

What an exciting afternoon as we close another District 7620 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Weekend! It was inspiring to see high school students with such leadership qualities present projects addressing societal challenges, turning them into opportunities. Kudos #RYLA7620! Our future is in good hands! 🥇


DC Rotary Club was honored to sponsor a record 20 students this year! We were thrilled to impact the lives of so many young leaders from the District of Columbia. 🥇


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. 🥇


#RYLA7620 #RotaryDistrict7620 #DCRotaryClub #DCRotaryFoundation #youth #leadership #DC #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleofAction 




Looking to donate to The Rotary (International) Foundation? Paul Harris Awards presented in recognition of a $1000 donation or a $500 donation plus available Club Recognition Points.
For questions, ask Chair Nancy Riker. 
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April 2019
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Dr. Maria Paola Lualdi Martelli
Apr 24, 2019
Author, "Ambassador of Fine Arts: The Life of Angelo Lualdi"
Past Speakers
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
Robert "Dean" Clayton
Apr 03, 2019
CEO and Founder, The Sports Analytics Club Program, Inc.
Eva Schoefer
Mar 27, 2019
Director, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria
John Kelly
Mar 20, 2019
Columnist, The Washington Post
Steve Liston
Mar 13, 2019
Inside a US Embassy
Mohamed Malouche
Mar 06, 2019
Chairman, Tunisian American Young Professionals
Dr. George Stosur
Feb 27, 2019
Manny Mandel
Feb 20, 2019
Holocaust Survivor
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