President Abe Helal opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe Helal led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.  President Abe remarked on the Spring Tree Planting that occurred this morning.  He said despite the weather, Rotarians came out to make it a success.
 
Deputy Secretary Catherine Pociask called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest
Sponsoring Rotarian
Occupation/Specialty
Carlene Roche
District 7630
District Trainer 7630
Alex Dulin
Kate Holmes
Consultant
Michael S. Williams
Rotary Club of Warren County, VA (USA)
CEO / Company Owner
Valerie Colimon
Mary Goldsmith
Senior Manager
Ben Curran
Marilyn Cruz
Analyst
Sandy Scott
Guest of the speaker
Senior Advisor to the CEO and State Commission liaison
Christine Beggs
Rotary Club of Innisfil
N/A
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Glen O’Gilvie provided a status update on the Duck Race and requested that volunteers sign up to help out in Team Membership and for participation on Duck Race day.
 
Nicole Butler announced she will be performing in Bizet’s Carmen at the Washington Opera Society, June 23rd and encouraged everyone to attend. 
 
Ken Brown reminded everyone about the Annual career fair is set for May 10th @Roosevelt High located at 4301 13th Street Washington, D.C. 20011 From 10am - 2pm. All available Rotarians are welcomed to host. We have been hosting this Career Fair for Several Years at Roosevelt High School. The goal is to make these students aware of the limitless outcome they can achieve when they choose their career. This year we will be addressing approximately 150-200 or so eleventh graders. We want to motivate our students and have them end the school year with the idea of the never-ending possibilities for their final year of High School and Beyond.
 
Mary Goldsmith introduced our guest speaker -  Chester Spellman, has been appointed by the White House to serve as Director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
 
Spellman will lead AmeriCorps and its network of Governor-appointed State Service Commissions and grantee organizations. AmeriCorps, including AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA, engages 80,000 AmeriCorps members annually across the nation to solve local problems, expand economic opportunity, strengthen the nonprofit sector, and provide workforce skills and educational opportunities for those who serve.
 
Following an engaging question and answer session, President Abe Helal presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
 
President Abe Helal adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.