DC Rotary MEETING IN REVIEW FOR: August 10th 2016   by Lara Bersano
President David opened the meeting at 12:32, led in a pledge of allegiance to our flag.
Richard Madison Led the inspiration about the “Olympic Games” with a special mention to our Olympic athletes.
Secretary Alicia Fougere welcomed visiting Rotarians and guests:
  • Lorie Hood, Invited by Abe Helal
  • Joanne Perlman, Invited by Robert (Bob) Schott
  • Liz Sallet, Invited by Hal Vaughn
Sergeant-at-Arms Marilyn Cruz recognized Rotarians celebrating birthdays this week:
  • Dennis Cravedi - August 10. Dennis joined Rotary in April 2015. He was sponsored by Abe Helal and his classification is Broadcast Media: Producer.
  • Ted Hamady - August 11.  Ted has been a Rotarian since May 1986. He was sponsored by Karl Hamady and his classification is International Defense: Security Services.
  • Marvin Taylor-Dormond - August 13.  Marvin joined Rotary in November 2006. He was sponsored by Rob Warne and his classification is Development Finance: Private Sector.
The club would like to wish a happy anniversary to:
  • Monica Smith- August  7, 2012 (4 years)
  • J.W. Arnold- August 12, 2002 (14 years)
  • John Jackson - August 12, 2002 (14 years)
  • Abe spoke about the “Cabaret Benefit Gala” to be held on November 6th. If you would like to attend please email Abe.
  • President David talked about Movie Night and to contact Alexander if you want to attend.
  • Ross also reminded us about the Town Hall Meeting to be held today after lunch.
Erminia introduced speaker Matthew Friedman who is an activist against Human Trafficking and also founder of The Mekong Club. The Mekong Club is a catalyst for change – engaging, inspiring and supporting the private sector to eradicate slavery from their business by creating industry specific networks that meet regularly to learn, share best practices, and network with other like-minded professionals. Member companies also work together to achieve an annual deliverable which will work towards producing tangible results in the fight against forced labour
Matt Friedman about his long career in USAID helping children and young women escape from human trafficking networks. After decades working with USAID Matthew and his wife decided to start advocating in favor of the victims and against this kind of modern slavery.
He speaks especially about the terrible experiences he lived and he saw in the Middle East and Asia, and how organizations like Rotary International can help raise awareness of this terrible situation.
He also gave us some information if we want to know more about the topic and help the victims:
Raffle:  Kenny Barnes won the small pot of $ 55 and did/did not win the large pot of $1,502.
President David announced our next program August 17th  will feature Chic Dambach, a Peacebuilding Expert.
He thanked Taylor Foster for conducting today’s Raffle, Bal Raj & Ken  for staffing the Hospitality Desk, Deborah Sigmund & Dennis Cravedi for serving as Greeters, and Lara for writing today’s Meeting in Review.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 pm