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Jun 11, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Work of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade in Honduras

Barry Byer, MD

In 1999 Dr. Barry Byer, MD founded and now serves as President of the board of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that provides potable water, sanitation, smokeless stoves, recycled eyeglasses, physical therapy and surgery to some of the poorest of the poor in Honduras. The VHC Medical Brigade sends 8-10 teams to Honduras every year and supports three clinics in remote mountain areas.

Dr. Byer is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice, recently retired after practicing family medicine for 40 years in Falls Church, VA. He was Chief of Family Practice at Virginia Hospital Center since 1980 and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical School. He received his MD degree from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and interned at Marion County General Hospital, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN.  Early in his career he served his country in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps at the National Heart and Lung Institute of NIH in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Byer is currently Vice President of the McLean, VA Rotary Club and will assume the role of President in July.

Wolfgang Rennert, MD

Dr. Wolfgang Rennert is Vice-President of the board of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade and also serves as Medical Director of the Rostropovich Foundation of Global Health.  He is a recognized expert in areas of public and global health.

Dr. Rennert  currently serves as a professor in the Department of Perdiatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and is Director of their Residency Program.   His medical degree is from Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg, Germany; his internships and residency were at Georgetown University Hospital; and he was a Fellow at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa.

Jun 13, 2018
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Jun 14, 2018
6:45 PM – 9:15 PM
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Jun 15, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jun 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember

Councilmember Cheh has served on the Council of the District of Columbia since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. An attorney and constitutional law professor, Cheh has championed legislation to protect the environment, improve the health of District residents, and fight for good government. She previously chaired the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs (2007-2008) and the Committee on Government Operations (2008-2010). Over the last six years, Councilmember Cheh has introduced over 400 separate bills, and led five major Council investigations, including ones on Executive personnel practices and electronic voting in the District. 

Councilmember Cheh is a tenured constitutional law and criminal procedure professor at the George Washington University Law School and a member and former chair of the George Washington Law Public Interest Committee. She is the Elyce Zenoff Research Professor of Law, and is the recipient of numerous teaching and service awards at the University. Councilmember Cheh has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, worked pro bono for the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in South Africa, served as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice and the President’s Commission on Organized Crime, chaired the subcommittee on criminal justice for the D.C. Circuit Court’s Task Force on Gender, and serves as a member of the Rules Committee of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Military Justice. She is a member of the ACLU Litigation Screening Committee.

Councilmember Cheh is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College, and received her law degrees from Rutgers and Harvard Universities. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and before the federal courts. She has lived in D.C.’s Ward 3 for over 30 years, where she raised her two daughters, Jane and Nora, who are both attorneys.

Jun 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jun 21, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 27, 2018
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Jun 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Attorney General of the District of Columbia

Mr. Racine is the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. With his inauguration in 2014, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) began an era of independence for the agency and accountability to District residents. As the chief legal officer for the District, Attorney General Racine relies on his 25 years of legal and leadership experience to advise the Mayor and District agencies, defend the city in court, and use the law to advance the public interest. He has prioritized data-driven juvenile justice reform, consumer protection efforts aimed at assisting the District’s most vulnerable residents, measures to advance democracy and safeguard public integrity, and legal actions to protect affordable housing in communities across the District. Attorney General Racine has broad and deep legal experience, with a career that spans representing indigent residents in the D.C. Public Defender Service and volunteering as a law student in a clinic supporting migrant farm workers’ rights to serving as Associate White House Counsel in the first Clinton Administration and practicing white-collar and commercial litigation with leading law firms. He was the first African-American managing partner of a top-100 US law firm, Venable LLP, where he led a team of over 600 attorneys, and has also served on the District’s Judicial Nomination Commission. A lifelong District resident, Attorney General Racine attended Murch Elementary School, Deal Junior High School, Wilson High School, and graduated from St. Johns College High School. He also played basketball in youth sports leagues across the city. His commitment to equal justice was inspired by his parents who fled authoritarian rule in Haiti to start a new life in the United States, and by the lawyers of the Civil Rights Movement who used the law to effect positive social change. Outside of his official role, he remains involved with a variety of causes, including youth literacy and mentoring. Mr. Racine earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Note: This program was re-scheduled after a weather cancellation in March.

Jun 27, 2018
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Jun 30, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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No Club Meeting

Jul 04, 2018
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Jul 05, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Initial Club Assembly

Join us for Washington, DC Rotary Club President Lisa McCurdy's initial Club Assembly. President Lisa will discuss her vision and priorities for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.

Jul 11, 2018
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Jul 12, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Jul 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Governor, Rotary District 7620

Join us to hear from Governor Rich Glover about his vision and priorities for our Rotary District during the 2018-2019 Rotary year.

Jul 18, 2018
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Jul 19, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jul 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Jul 23, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Abel Núñez joined CARECEN as its Executive Director in March 2013. Prior to CARECEN, he was Associate Director of Centro Romero in Chicago, IL, and was primarily responsible for the day to day operations, fiscal management, program administration, and communications.

Mr. Núñez migrated from El Salvador to the United States with his family in 1979 and grew up in the District of Columbia.  Mr. Núñez has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Hofstra University. Before he moved to Chicago, he worked in D.C. for the Latino Civil Rights Center. From 1998 to 2000, he was also on the staff of CARECEN serving first as its Citizenship and Civic Participation Project Coordinator and later as its Deputy Director.

Mr. Núñez’ volunteerism reflects his lifelong pursuit of justice and empowerment for immigrants in the U.S. He served as Co-President of Organization of the Northeast (ONE), a nonprofit agency that aims to build a successful multi-ethnic, mixed-economic community on Chicago’s northeast side. He also served as Community Co-Chair of the Alliance for Research in Chicago Communities, a project of Northwestern University that supports community-based participatory research. He worked tirelessly with city and state coalitions to pass the Illinois Dream Act.

Nationally, Mr. Núñez has been one of the founding members of the Residency Now campaign which was launched in January 2012.   He also co-founded the DC-MD-VA Coalition in Support of Children Fleeing Violence which responded to the incoming wave of unaccompanied children in the summer of 2013.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of La Clinica del Pueblo and also serves on the Community Advisory Board of Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS).  In 2017 Mr. Núñez has been the recipient of Georgetown University’s John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award and the Hispanic Bar Association of DC Hugh A. Johnson Jr. Memorial Award.

Jul 25, 2018
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CEO, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region

Linda Mathes is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region which includes the District of Columbia; Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, VA. Ms. Mathes is charged with responsibility to carry out the mission of the American Red Cross throughout this regional community and to support other communities across the country and around the world.

Ms. Mathes was recently named in Washington Magazine's "100 Most Powerful Women." She was selected for the Influential Women of Virginia Award in 2014. She was selected for the Women Who Mean Business Award 2013, a Most Admired CEO Award, and Readers' Choice Award for Most Admired CEO of Nonprofit Organizations all sponsored by the Washington Business Journal. Ms. Mathes was the 2006-2008 elected Chair of the Association of Metro Managers, the 45 largest Red Cross chapters in the USA. 

Ms. Mathes began her career with the Red Cross in 1973 at the Dallas County Chapter/Northeast Texas Division. She served in several leadership positions at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, DC from 1978-1986; Executive Director of the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Red Cross Chapter in Pennsylvania from 1986-1991; and was appointed CEO of the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area in 1991. Ms. Mathes is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and received her master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs Center.

Aug 01, 2018
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Aug 02, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Aug 03, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Founder, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

Professor Joan Meier is a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence and the law, appellate litigation, and clinical law teaching. In her more than 20 years at George Washington University, she has founded three interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs, two of which provided legal representation, advocacy, and counseling to victims of domestic violence and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as leading national models. In addition to her years of litigation and teaching, Professor Meier has co-written several significant pieces of federal and state legislation, and frequently delivers presentations and trainings to attorneys, judges, and other professional organizations. She has published widely on domestic violence, and received the Cahn Award from the National Equal Justice Library for her article on domestic violence and welfare reform. Professor Meier's scholarship focuses on custody and abuse litigation, in particular the misuse of psychological science in custody litigation.

In 2003 Professor Meier founded the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), which provides pro bono appellate representation in compelling domestic violence cases, including Supreme Court cases, and trains attorneys and courts around the country. In 2009, Professor Meier received the Inaugural Sharon Corbitt Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. She has also received Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Peace Award, and DV LEAP has received Justice for Children’s Leadership Award, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award, and the Mary Byron Foundation Celebrating Solutions Award in 2006, In 2011, DV LEAP received a two-year $450,000 grant award from the Dept of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to provide trainings on the misuses of science in custody and abuse litigation, in partnership with the Leadership Council on Interpersonal Violence and Child Abuse.

Professor Meier is regularly interviewed in the media on domestic violence issues and was one of the featured commentators in the groundbreaking PBS documentary, “Breaking the Silence: Children’s Voices.” She previously practiced in two national law firms and in two public interest organizations providing legal services and freedom of information litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1980, cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, and clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

At the law school, Professor Meier teaches the Domestic Violence Project, a clinical course in which students work with community organizations on domestic violence legal advocacy. She has also taught criminal law and family law at GW and as a visiting professor at Washington & Lee. Her research and publications focus on domestic violence, criminal procedure and civil rights, child custody, and misapplication of social science theories.

Aug 08, 2018
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Aug 09, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Senior Environmental Educator, Anacostia Watershed Society

In her role as Senior Environmental Educator, Maddie facilitates classroom visits with students, assists with river restoration projects, provides unique on-river experiences for community members of all ages, and runs the Master Naturalist program. Maddie has spent her life in the greater Washington, D.C. area. She believes that all kids (and grownups, too!) should have easy access to healthy and vibrant outdoor spaces. Maddie is excited and grateful for the opportunity to share the river with others.  She holds a dual graduate degree in Park and Resource Management and Environmental Education.

The Anacostia Watershed Society was awarded a Major Grant by the Rotary Club of Washington, DC in 2018.

Aug 15, 2018
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Aug 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Aug 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Aug 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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CEO, Protect Our Defenders

Colonel Scott Jensen, USMC (ret.) is the Chief Executive Officer of Protect Our Defenders. Commissioned in 1989 and designated a Naval Aviator in 1992. Col Jensen served in various command, operations, maintenance, and logistics assignments in operational units where he participated in peace keeping operations in Somalia, noncombatant evacuation operations in Rwanda, Operation Southern Watch in Kuwait, and combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

He commanded at various levels to include: Platoon; Headquarters Squadron; Light Attack Detachment; Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron; Marine Aircraft Group; and Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward). Additionally, he served as an instructor and staff officer in various positions to include: The Basic School; the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; the Joint Staff J-8; and as an Assistant Wing Commander.

Col Jensen completed his military service by serving as the Chief of the Marine Corps’ Behavioral Programs at Headquarters Marine Corps where he was responsible for developing and leading a portfolio of programs that included the Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Suicide Prevention, Domestic Violence Prevention and Response, Community Counseling Services, and Substance Abuse and Drug Demand Reduction Programs. Upon his retirement and prior to joining POD, Col Jensen served as the Assistant Vice President for Leadership Development Programs at the American Council on Education in Washington, DC.

Col Jensen holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, a masters degree in military studies from Marine Corps University, and a masters degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

His personal decorations include two Legion of Merit medals, three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal with strike/flight numeral “22”, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with combat “V”, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Aug 22, 2018

Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the OAS

Francisco Daniel Gutierez presented his credentials as ambassador from Belize to President Donald Trump on July 21, 2017. Gutierez also serves as Belize’s ambassador to the Organization of American States.

Gutierez was born in 1974 in San Ignacio, Cayo district, in the western part of Belize, not far from the border with Guatemala. He attended primary and secondary school in San Ignacio before going to Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He earned a degree in communications and advertising in 1997. Gutierez then came to the United States to continue his education at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s University. There, he earned an M.S. in international marketing in 1999.

Gutierez returned to Belize to lecture in business, marketing and communications at Sacred Heart College, a high school and junior college in San Ignacio. In 2003, Gutierez was named dean of the junior college.

Gutierez left his post as dean in 2006—while taking a seat on the school’s board of governors—for a job as manager of marketing, logistics, corporate communication and business development for Belize Natural Energy (BNE), an oil company.

He left BNE in 2015 and in January 2016 took his first ambassadorial post, serving as his country’s representative to Caricom, the Caribbean Community, headquartered in Georgetown, Guyana. In addition, Gutierez served as executive director of Belize’s Economic Development Council.

Aug 29, 2018
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Sep 11, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Sep 18, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Sep 20, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Sep 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 18, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Oct 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 15, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Nov 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM