Filling in for president Abe today, Treasurer Lynn Holec opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
Lynn led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
David Klaus provided the words of inspiration:
“I am inspired by this strange, obscure, and enigmatic sentence: “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriation legislation” Let me explain why.
The American Constitution came into effect in 1789.  It has been amended only 27 times.  The first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, were added almost immediately, in 1791. In the 227 years since then, there have been only 17 amendments.  The strange phrase which inspires me is attached to the end of 7 of those 17.  They are the following:
The 13th Amendment in 1865, abolishing slavery: Slaves are people, not property.
The 14th Amendment of 1868: equal protection under the law: All Americans are citizens and have the same rights throughout the country.
The 15th Amendment of 1870: black suffrage: All Americans, regardless of race, are citizens and have the right to vote
The 19th Amendment of 1920: women’s suffrage. Women are citizens and have the right to vote.
The 23rd Amendment of 1961: Suffrage in the District of Columbia: Americans living in D.C. are citizens and have the right to vote, at least for President and Vice-President
The 24th Amendment of 1964: Abolition of poll taxes: Poor people are citizens and have the right to vote
The 26th Amendment of 1971: Suffrage for 18-year-olds: 18-year-olds are adult citizens and have the right to vote.
So whenever the American people, overwhelmingly, have found it necessary to change the basic law of the land to make certain basic rights explicit, Congress is given power and in fact is exhorted to enforce the law.  In reality, we may not yet have, and perhaps we will never have, “liberty and justice for all.” But we keep trying and working at it.  And I find that inspiring.”
Secretary Nicole Butler introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. She reminded us that at any given meeting, members may be called upon, at random, to share something about a guest at their table.  Be prepared! Welcome and learn something about our guests!
Rotarians present with birthdays and anniversaries this week were invited to share their birth dates and anniversary dates.  No Rotarians were born or have an anniversary this week. 
Director Marilyn Cruz presented a blue badge to Bob Johnson. Bob had tried to set the record for the longest holder of a red badge, but after a little less than a year, he failed.
The Rotarian of the Month award was presented to May Yoneyama O’Brien. Congratulations, May, for all you do for our club.
Marilyn also announce District 7620 Club Leadership Training on April 14th (see club website for details).  She then introduced Interact Students from Bell High School, who gave a short update on their activities.
Glen (DUCK RACE! DUCK RACE! DUCK RACE!) O’Glivie reminded us that the “Race of the Century” is set for May 26.  Activities will take place from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, with the race scheduled for 2:00 pm.  So get out there and sell some ducks! Also, next networking event is April 17th.
Visiting Rotarian from Albuquerque, Sara Robinson, gave a short presentation on “Shelter Box and Rotary”.  See
May Yoneyama O’Brien reported on her recent visit to Europe, and presented the club with a banner from the Rotary Club of Madrid.
Marilyn introduced the guest speaker, Maria Tukeva. Ms. Tukeva is the founding and current Principal of Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC). As CHEC’s educational leader, Ms. Tukeva is responsible for overseeing curriculum development, the program of study, professional development, student activities and discipline, administrative and support services, guidance and counseling, career development and placement.
Ms. Tukeva has also served DCPS in the capacity of Assistant Superintendent for High Schools and as a Lead Principal. Prior to her career in education, Ms. Tukeva was the Administrative Director of Andromeda Mental Health Center.   Maria holds two Bachelor's degrees in Literature and Journalism from Penn State University, a Masters in Bilingual Education from Georgetown University and has pursued post graduate studies in anthropology and educational administration from George Washington University.
Following an engaging question and answer session, Lynn presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
Lynn thanked Katelyn Holms for running the raffle, and Balraj, Stu, Joseph, and Ken for manning the hospitality table.
Bob Johnson covered the Meeting in Review.
Next week’s speaker will be Ed Kerns, on Climate Change Reality Project.
Lynn adjourned the meeting at 1:30p.m.