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Ushering in a new Rotary Year, President Abrahem Helal will articulate his vision for our club, explaining how he will engage members in pursuing new goals. Our Fundraising Committee will also report on the second annual DC Duck Race, held on 6 May 2017. Beyond the funds collected from the event, the Committee will share lessons learned from the planning process and address questions about future fundraising efforts.

Jul 12, 2017
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Jul 13, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Jul 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Jul 18, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Financial Education, Managing Money

Joining Farr, Miller & Washington in 2017 as a Vice President of Business Development, Ms. Slatko is bringing her financial education seminars back to the Washington. DC area—​in particular, her long standing “Women and Their Money” program. She comes to Farr, Miller & Washington from Delaware Shareholder Services, where, as Principal, she followed bankrupt publicly traded companies for stakeholders around the globe. Prior to DSS, she spent 24 years as a Financial Advisor working with high-net worth individuals, having started with Merrill Lynch prior to the Crash of 1987. Ms. Slatko attended Ohio's Marietta College, where she majored in Drama, Speech and English. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, indie bands and theater.

Jul 19, 2017
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Jul 20, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jul 21, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Appointed on 18 July 2016, Mr. Lynn is the first career member of the Foreign Ministry to hold the position of Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United States in 50 years. Despite his long, distinguished career in international affairs, Mr. Lynn’s early work was not in diplomacy but rather in geology, the field of his Bachelor’s degree studies at the University of Yangon. He joined his country’s government in 1982 as an assistant engineering geologist in the Ministry of Irrigation. He moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. During the 1980s, Mr. Lynn served as a third secretary in the ministry, as a consul in Hong Kong and in the embassy in South Africa. While working on his Master’s degree in Public Policy at the National University of Singapore during the mid-1990s, he led the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Political Affairs. From 2004 to 2007, he was a counselor to Burma’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. By 2011, he was the Director General for the Department of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Affairs. During the months before his assignment in Washington, Mr. Lynn had become Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His diplomatic service to the United States comes at a crucial time as Myanmar experiences the challenges of democratization and re-enters the international community.

Jul 26, 2017
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Inside the Language of Women's Friendships ... And Other Linguistic Issues

Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, Dr. Tannen has authored books and articles about how the language of daily conversation shapes relationships. Her most recent book is You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships. Interviewing 80 women of diverse backgrounds, she delves into women's friendships—illuminating how they work or fail and how we can improve them. Dr. Tannen is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on The New York Times best seller list for nearly four years and has been translated into 31 languages. Her other books include: You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their LivesYou're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in ConversationTalking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at WorkThe Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words; and I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults. All of them have made best seller lists and earned awards. Often a guest on television and radio programs, Dr. Tannen is one of only six in Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor. She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University and spent a term in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; she has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. Recipient of five honorary doctorates, she is a member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Board of Directors.

Aug 02, 2017
Aug 02, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Aug 03, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Aug 07, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department

Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Chief Dean to lead the 2,100-member DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) on 2 March 2015. Mr. Dean previously served for 10 years as the Fire EMS chief for Seattle, Washington, where he led the administrative and operational functions of a team of 1,150 employees with a $175 million budget. He entered the Seattle Fire Department as a trainee in 1970 and rose through the ranks to become chief. During his tenure in Seattle, he served as Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief of Administration, Deputy Chief of Personnel and Deputy Chief of Support Services. He has a proven record of results; under his leadership, Seattle and King County, Washington announced in 2014 that its overall cardiac arrest survival rate had reached an all-time high of 62 percent, up from 26 percent in 2002. Chief Dean has also served on the board for the Medic One Foundation, a nationally recognized paramedic-training program; and on the Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program.

Aug 09, 2017
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Aug 10, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Aug 15, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center, Dr. Treanor joined Georgetown in 2010 and was reappointed to serve a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2015. Under his leadership, Georgetown Law has hired 29 new faculty members, expanded the number of certified experiential offerings for students from 450 to more than 2,000 seats, nearly doubled financial aid and experienced the most successful fundraising year in its history, raising over $27.5 million in 2016. In 2012, he was recognized by theNational Law Journalas a "Champion" because of his work to “uphold the profession’s core values,” and in the same year he received the 2012 David Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award from the David Nee Foundation for his efforts to raise mental health awareness among law students.National Juristmagazine has named him one of the most influential people in legal education four times. Dean Treanor’s areas of expertise include constitutional law, property, criminal law, intellectual property and legal history. He has been recognized as one of the 10 most-cited legal history scholars in the United States by the University of Chicago Law School’s Brian Leiter. At Georgetown Law, he has taught a first-year legal justice seminar and an upper-level course on the drafting of the US Constitution. Before coming to Georgetown, Dr. Treanor was Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he began teaching in 1991. He has a doctorate in history from Harvard University and a JD from Yale Law School.

Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Aug 17, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Aug 18, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Joining the US Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. Ballard’s 30-year career included field posts in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique, Portugal, Rwanda and Tunisia as well as positions such as Director of the US Department of State’s Office of Foreign Press and US Army Foreign Policy Advisor. In January 2016, a few months after formally retiring from the Foreign Service, he became a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reviewer for the State Department. He is responsible for reviewing documents for release under FOIA in response to litigation and/or court orders. His selection for this position reflects his expertise and extensive experience in US foreign policy, diplomatic history and protocol as well as his knowledge of the classification system and of laws and practice related to release of information. Mr. Ballard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service and an African Studies Certificate from Georgetown University and a Certificat d’Études Africaines from the National University of the Ivory Coast.  

Aug 23, 2017
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Marching Forward: Addressing Waste and Fraud by Veteran-focused Charities

Adam Zarazinski currently serves as an active duty judge advocate in the United States Air Force. He is stationed at Joint Base Andrews. As an Air Force JAG, Adam acts as a prosecutor with worldwide jurisdiction over Air Force members. He has prosecuted cases involving sexual assault and rape, international drug trafficking, and aggravated assault and battery.  He also recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan where he was a legal adviser to NATO and United States commanders on international law and operational law. Adam worked in international development for three years prior to attending the University of Michigan Law School and joining the Air Force.  During that time, he represented the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights at the United Nations while studying as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, was an assistant to the Director of the Specialized Crime and Analysis Unit at INTERPOL in Lyon, France, and designed and implemented a $2 million program to curtail the spread of venereal disease in the Amazon Jungle as a project manager with the World Health Organization. Adam recently co-founded Marching Forward, a non-profit organization that addresses waste and fraud in fundraising and program implementation of veteran-focused charitable organizations through building a collaborative online platform that is built specifically for military members, veterans, and their families. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Paula. 

 

Aug 30, 2017
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Aug 30, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sep 04, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Project New Opportunity: Prisoner Reentry into Society

An attorney who earned his JD at The Catholic University of America, Mr. Young is the Director of Project New Opportunity, providing assistance and counsel to people released from federal prisons in advance of the duration of their original sentences due to: (1) judicially-approved sentence modifications authorized when the US Sentencing Commission revised federal sentencing guideline for those convicted of drug trafficking offenses; (2) commutations issued by President Obama; and (3) the 2015 US Supreme Court case Johnson v. United States, finding a specific sentence enhancement unconstitutional. Prior to joining Project New Opportunity, he was the Interim Executive Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Director of the Program for Prison Reentry Strategies at the Northwestern University Law School’s Bluhm Legal Clinic. Among his other positions, Mr. Young was the Founding Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, serving in that role from 1986 to 2005. He is one of the country’s leading voices on sentencing reform and prisoner reentry into society.

Sep 06, 2017
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Project New Opportunity: Prisoner Reentry into Society

Norman Brown is a returning citizen who just finished serving 24 ½ years in the BOP. He was commuted by President Obama after being sentenced to three life sentences for a non-violent drug offense.

He is now employed as the Deputy Project Director, Project New Opportunity, where he assists people coming home from prison. He also goes to Juvenile Detention Centers five days a week. Under the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Center, he is working with youth, guiding them on how to avoid a life of crime and the pipeline to prison. He completes this work under the organization, Grow-Up Grow Out. While he was incarcerated, he designed classes for BOP in self-improvement, anger management, and coping skills, etc.

Even today, Norman Brown continues to work with others to encourage them to realize the power of thought and transformation. He has participated in numerous panels at the White House, Google, Innovation Lab, and reentry conferences and forums discussing mass incarceration as well as how to rebuild your life after being incarcerated.

Sep 06, 2017
Sep 06, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Sep 07, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Ward 4 DC Councilmember

A native Washingtonian and alumnus of Eastern Senior High School on Capitol Hill, Mr. Todd was elected in April 2015 as the fifth Councilmember representing Ward 4 for the District of Columbia, succeeding Muriel Bowser who assumed the office of mayor. He was re-elected in November 2016 to a full four-year term. Councilmember Todd seeks to advance an agenda focused on expanding services for seniors, improving education in DC schools, supporting the growth of small businesses, and making the city safer. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations and sits on the Committees on Health, Human Services, and Transportation & the Environment. He is also Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee and a member of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. Mr. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Bowie State University and a Master of Business Administration from Trinity Washington University. He attends St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and lives in Ward 4’s Petworth neighborhood. 

Sep 13, 2017
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Sep 14, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sep 14, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Sep 15, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Sep 19, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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The Children’s Organ Transplant Association

Named President of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in August 1998, Mr. Lofgren has worked to build the charity into a highly respected national fundraising entity that saves kids’ lives while sparing their families from financial ruin. During his tenure, COTA has increased patient campaign dollars raised from less than $750,000 to more than $5 million. Besides offering hands-on fundraising assistance to families and patients awaiting life-saving transplants, COTA has partnered to register thousands of organ donors and held dozens of bone marrow registration drives under Mr. Lofgren’s leadership. Since 1986, COTA has helped thousands of transplant-needy children and young adults, and has raised more than $100 million for transplant-related expenses. At Indiana-based COTA, Mr. Lofgren administers strategic operations and policy formulation for the $30 million health care-related and fundraising charity. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Non-profit and Public Organizational Management from the University of Illinois in Springfield and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  

Sep 20, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Sep 21, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Sep 23, 2017
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
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Sep 26, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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The Power of Meaning

A journalist and writer, Ms. Esfahani Smith 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. She was inspired to write this book at least in part by her parents who ran a Sufi meeting house out of their Montreal home when she was a child. Growing up surrounded by people who believed in Sufism—the mystical interpretation of Islam, practiced loving kindness and service to all, and whose lives were so rich with meaning left an impression on her. Ms. Esfahani Smith draws on psychology, philosophy, literature, and her own reporting to consider the human experience. Her articles “There’s More to Life than Being Happy” and “Masters of Love,” originally published in The Atlantic, have been read over 30 million times. She is a columnist for The New Criterion and an editor at the Stanford University’s Hoover Institution where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles Project. A collaboration between the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University, the Circles bring people together to enjoy deep, meaningful conversations about what it means to live well. Ms. Esfahani Smith is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Master’s degree. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband. 

Sep 27, 2017
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Oct 01, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Oct 02, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Politics during the Trump Era

Bob Cusack has been reporting on policy and politics in the nation’s capital since 1995. He joined The Hill as Business and Lobbying editor in 2003 and became the newspaper’s managing editor a year later. Mr. Cusack has won five awards from the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative articles on a range of issues, including national security, healthcare and 2008 presidential politics surrounding Hurricane Katrina. He regularly appears on MSNBC, Fox, ABC and CNN as a political analyst. Before joining The Hill, Cusack was a chief editor at Inside Washington Publishers. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in commercials, television shows and feature films. A native of New York City, Mr. Cusack received his Bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola College in Maryland. 

Oct 04, 2017
Oct 04, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Oct 05, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Putting a Price on Life

Kenneth Feinberg is an attorney who specializes in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He founded his own law firm, The Feinberg Group, in Washington, DC. He is widely known for his work in deciding who gets what for losses suffered in high profile catastrophes, accidents and terrorism. He has disbursed billions of dollars for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the Virginia Tech Shooting Disaster Foundation, the BP oil spill, the Sandy Hook School shooting, the Sandusky Penn State victims' fund, the VW Emissions scandal and the Archdiocese of New York Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. Much of his work is pro bono. Mr. Feinberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.

Oct 11, 2017
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Oct 12, 2017
6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
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Oct 14, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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Oct 17, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Mentoring to College and Career

Khari Brown has served as the Executive Director at Capital Partners for Education (CPE) since 2001 and in November 2015 was renamed as its Chief Executive Officer. Beginning as its only employee, he has built CPE from a niche program that reached only 100 students and mentors per year to a burgeoning organization with multiple program lines that is currently serving more than 700 students and mentors, growing more than 30 percent annually since 2012. By developing CPE’s program offerings to make it the DC region’s most holistic and comprehensive mentoring program, CPE has been remarkably successful in helping its students overcome the barriers that limit most low-income students. Under Mr. Brown’s leadership, CPE has seen 97 percent of its graduates enroll in college and nearly 75 percent complete college on time. He received both a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a Master’s degree in Education from Tufts University. A two-time captain of the Tufts basketball team, he played professional basketball in Helsinki, Finland upon graduating from college. After his playing career ended in 1995, Mr. Brown spent six years coaching high school and college basketball in the Boston area. He also owned and operated a fitness and sports performance business serving individual clients and offering clinics and camps for high school and college athletes. Mr. Brown’s involvement working with urban teens through his various coaching experiences led him to pursue a career in expanding educational opportunities for low-income youth. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children who attend DC Public Schools.

Oct 18, 2017
Oct 18, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 19, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 20, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 21, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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DC Urban Greens—Feeding Bodies, Nourishing Minds

Ms. Kirkwood is the Founder of DC UrbanGreens, Inc. A Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, she pursued a career in the world of commercial construction for 15 years before she chose to shift her focus to local food security. Julie is a firm believer that community-based food systems can reduce the impact of DC’s food deserts. As a mother of two sons, Ms. Kirkwood’s passion resonates at home. She witnesses behavioral differences in her children when they consume processed foods versus whole foods. She strongly believes that the glycemic response to processed foods causes crashes in blood sugar levels, resulting in emotional and physical fatigue. This fatigue negatively affects both behavior and focus, inhibiting a child’s ability to succeed at home or at school. DC UrbanGreens was born from the concept that access to healthy, whole foods will have a positive impact on a child’s ability to grow and learn. This is her belief—​and bringing a solution to this challenge is Julie’s passion.

Oct 25, 2017
Oct 30, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Supporting Veterans through Higher Education

The Vice President for Public Relations and Chapter Engagement at Student Veterans of America, Mr. Bogue is the nation's leading voice in supporting America's veterans through higher education. For nearly a decade, he executed public campaigns promoting the largest expansion of education benefits for veterans since World War II. He helped implement and advertise the Post-9/11 GI Bill, now the most widely used VA education benefit, during his tenure with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He enjoys telling stories that compel action and helping others reach their potential. A former Marine and Presidential Management Fellow. Mr. Bogue lives with his wife and daughter in Burke, Virginia. 

Nov 01, 2017
Nov 01, 2017
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Nov 01, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Nov 02, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Nov 06, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Artistic Director of Opera Lafayette

Mr. Brown is the founder, conductor and artistic director of Opera Lafayette. Through his work with Opera Lafayette, he has gained an international reputation for his interpretations of French opera and for his role in the revival of significant works from 18th and 19th centuries. His repertoire and discography of over ten recordings for Naxos include operas by well-known 18th-century composers (Gluck and Rameau) as well as rediscoveries of their contemporaries (Sacchini and Rebel/Francœur), works which exemplify traditions established in the 17th century (Lully and Charpentier), and those which point the way toward the music of the 19th century (Monsigny and Grétry). He was most recently and widely lauded for the modern premiere and recording of Félicien David’s 1862 Lalla Roukh, a seminal work of musical orientalism. Mr. Brown’s frequent performances of Italian works by Haydn, Mozart, Paisiello and Cimarosa have also met with great acclaim. He was raised in a musical family in California and performed extensively as a violinist and chamber musician before turning his attentions to conducting. His teachers included Dorothy DeLay and Gustav Meier. In 2014, Mr. Brown returned to the Opéra Royal in Versailles, leading Opera Lafayette in Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. In 2015, he conducted Vivaldi’s Cantone in Utica at the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Brown is a recipient of La Médaille d’Or du Rayonnement Culturel from La Renaissance Française.  

Nov 08, 2017
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Nov 09, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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District 7620 Rotary International Foundation Chair

Beginning his Rotary Career in June 1993, Mr. Baum and several others in the Frederick community formed the Carroll Creek Rotary Club. He served as the club’s third President in 1995. In 1997, then Governor Ken Shook appointed him as the Area Representative. His third year as Senior Representative led to his selection as District Governor for 2001-02. A member of the “Regal Eagles," 2001 proved to be a year full of challenges and triumphs. The culmination was the District Conference in Rocky Gap. Looking for more to do, Andy was aide to the President’s Representative in 2003, Foundation Chair in 2004, and Chair for on to Chicago in 2005. Governor Pat Kasuda appointed him Grant’s Chair in 2006, a position he held for three years. In 2008, Mr. Baum accepted the position of District Trainer for Betty Lewis and also chaired her Bermuda Conference. Another stint as Grant’s Chair, a couple years as Interact Chair, and District Trainer again rounds out his twenty plus years as a Rotarian. He has been recognized by the District with a “Service above Self” award and by The Rotary Foundation with the “Citation for Meritorious Service.” In 2017, Andy was recognized by the Foundation with the Distinguished Service Award.  He currently is in his third year as the District Rotary Foundation Chair. Andy and his wife Leigh will be celebrating 38 years of marriage this year. They have two children, Chris and Matt.

Nov 15, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Nov 16, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 17, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 21, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Nov 21, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Playing Golf, Learning Life Skills

Mr. Sanchez joined the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC as its Executive Director in October 2012 and has been around the game of golf most of his life. He grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland playing at Montgomery Village Golf Club. In 1998, Clint graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a degree in Sport Management. He has worked in and around Washington, DC since 2001 and has been working in youth development since 2007. The First Tee was created in 1997 to provide young people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. By engaging young people in a combination of life skills, leadership and golf activities, they also are exposed to positive traits that will help them achieve success in life. 

Nov 22, 2017
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Director, National Museum of American History

With a background in banking, small business and museums, Mr. Gray brings deep experience and a unique vision for unlocking the transformational power of history museums. Director Gray is leading the physical and programmatic reinvention the National Museum of American History. The museum is pairing its unparalleled collection of national treasures with a thematic focus around fundamental American ideals and ideas to share the value of history to visitors’ daily lives and inspiring a more humane future for the nation. Under his leadership, the museum is boldly re-imagining its three-floor, 120,000 square-foot West Wing. The first floor recently opened devoted to the themes of innovation and American enterprise. The second floor will present the ideas of democracy and the peopling of America, and the third floor will explore America’s democratic identity and culture. As steward of our nation’s national collection of more than three million artifacts and documents, including the iconic Star-Spangled Banner, the Greensboro lunch Counter, Lincoln’s top hat, Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Mr. Gray intends to use these objects to tell an inclusive, respectful, instructive and compassionate story of all the peoples of America. Prior to becoming the museum’s ninth director, he was founding president of the Autry National Center of the American West, a successful merging of three cultural organizations: the Autry, Colorado’s Women of the West Museum in Denver and Los Angeles’ oldest museum, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Commercial banking was the foundation of Gray’s previous career. He served as executive vice president of First Interstate Bank of California in Los Angeles from 1987 until 1996. Mr. Gray has a bachelor’s degree from C.W. Post College at Long Island University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. He serves on the board of St. John’s College in Annapolis and Santa Fe, where he continues to study the Great Books, and received an honorary degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. 

Nov 29, 2017
Dec 04, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Dec 04, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Dec 05, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Rotary District 7620 Governor

Governor of Rotary District 7620, Mr. Wims is a sixth generation Marylander with 49 years of volunteer service to the community. He has served on many nonprofit boards: the University of Maryland Dental School, Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, the YMCA, the Kennedy Center and the Boys and Girls Club, just to name a few. He presently serves on the Congressional Bank Board in the Metro Washington DC area. He founded the Victims’ Rights Foundation 21 years ago to help victims of violent crime. Greg is a Paul Harris fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. He is a member and Past President of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. He is married to Michelle and has three children and two grandkids. 

 

Dec 06, 2017
Dec 06, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Dec 06, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Dec 07, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dec 09, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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"My Dear Children," a Documentary about Eastern Europe's Anti-Jewish Pogroms

Ms. Dance is an award-winning investigative and documentary television producer. Video production and broadcast journalism have been her passions for over 20 years, ever since receiving her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She has produced everything from groundbreaking news stories for CNN to promotional videos for non-profit organizations, and an internet radio show for individuals relaunching their careers. Her journalism background has given her the ability to distill a large amount of material and hone in on what is true and important. She pinpoints the real message that needs to be conveyed, creating a human story that moves and inspires audiences. Ms. Dance is currently co-directing and co-producing (with Cliff Hackel) My Dear Children, a first-ever documentary about the anti-Jewish pogroms of Eastern Europe as told in the firsthand account of a survivor. Feiga Shami's story offers a window into this forgotten history and the daring rescue mission that saved two of her children, changing the family forever. Ms. Dance's film gives voice to thousands of forgotten victims, recounting a story shared by Jews around the world.

 

Dec 13, 2017
Dec 13, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Dec 14, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Dec 15, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dec 19, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre

Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre, Mr. Bobbitt has directed, choreographed and performed at theatres in the DC area—among them, the Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Roundhouse Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21). A member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, his writing has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York Musical Theatre Festival. He has received grants from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Producer-Writer Initiative, The Creative Projects Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland State Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation. His musical Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds appeared at the New Victory Theatre in New York City. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Montgomery College, Howard University and the Washington Ballet. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, the Coaching Initiative for Non Profit Leaders of Color-National Training Laboratories & Mosaica and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative-Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. In 2010, Michael received the County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Emerging Leader Award, and in October 2015, the 2015 EXCEL Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Dec 20, 2017
Dec 20, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dec 21, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jan 01, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Progress Report Mid-point in the 2017-2018 Rotary Year

Club President Abrahem Helal will review progress made at this mid-point in his term towards such goals as recruiting new members and increasing fellowship activities. He will also outline plans for the second half of his tenure, including the mobilization of members to volunteer for the third annual DC Duck Race.

Jan 03, 2018
Jan 03, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Jan 04, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Book—The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia

Marvin Kalb is a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He focuses on the impact of media on public policy and politics. He is also an expert on national security, with a focus on US relations with Russia, Europe and the Middle East. His most recent book The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia follows in a long line of thought-provoking works. His previous books include Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War and The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed in which he considers how presidential commitments can lead to the use of American military force, as well as Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama, co-written with Deborah Kalb, to examine the Vietnam War’s extraordinary impact on presidential decision making over the past four decades. Mr. Kalb’s distinguished journalism career spans more than 30 years and includes award-winning reporting for both CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and anchor of NBC’s "Meet the Press." He went on to become founding director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Mr. Kalb is the Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard and hosts "The Kalb Report" at the National Press Club.

Jan 10, 2018
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Jan 11, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM