President David Klaus called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. He led the American members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill Dent provided words of inspiration. 

Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:

  • John “Buz” Gorman, General Counsel of CSBS, and guest of Abe Halal;
  • Arrel Olano, a physician with WHC, and guest of Abe Halal;
  • Joan Adesanya of Gray Graphics Corporation and guest of Abe Halal;
  • William Heishman, a guest of Sheldon Ray;
  • Alex Ray, a guest of Sheldon Ray;
  • Ethan Case, student at Duke University and guest of Peter Sawyer; and
  • Diego Grajales, a consultant and guest of Guillermo Grajales

President David invited the visiting American Rotarians to introduce themselves.  Renato Romano identified himself as a Rotarian from Beverly Hills.


Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy Schoen wished happy birthday to Phill Bradbury and Marvin Taylor Dormond, whose birthdays were August 12 and 13, respectively.  She noted that Phill, formerly an active member of the DC Rotary, is now an honorary member and lives in Tennessee.  Phill is currently fighting health issues.  If any would like to send him a card, his address is as follows: 12440 Amberset Drive, Knoxville, TN  37922.  Marvin Taylor joined our club in 2006 and was sponsored by Rob Warne.  He works for the World Bank’s International Financial Corporation.  Sergeant-at-Arms Peggy then recognize Myrna Charles’ birthday, which was August 4th.


President David reminded the members of the DC Beautification Day on Saturday 25 between 8 AM and 1 PM.  Members who would like to volunteer to participate should contact PP Howard Davis.  President David announced the Board Meeting, which will be held on August 23 in the ABA Board Room.  He solicited volunteers for the Grate Patrol this Friday, August 17.  Volunteers should contact John Jackson.


President David noted that Rotary Guest invitation cards were available at the Hospitality Table.   


Rotarian Paula Delo introduced the meeting’s guest speaker, James Srodes, who was an author of many books including On Dupont Circle – Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World, which is just being released.  She noted that Poetry and Prose would be selling Mr. Srodes the book after the meeting.  Mr. Srodes mentioned that he had encountered Rotary when he was in high school in Tampa where the Rotary Club of Tampa sponsored a Wheel Club.  He began his presentation by noting that he disagreed with the premise that history was determined by either great forces or great men.  He stated that nothing is inevitable about history and that most of the heavy lifting of history is done by ordinary people – like us – who rise to the occasion as a result of the forces they met.  His new book relates the story of twelve such ordinary people who lived around Dupont Circle in Washington DC.  He begins in 1916 when the people were young Progressives who advocated for equal opportunity for everyone through public schools, public health and fair labor standards.  They were also focused on ridding U.S. cities of the corruption which governed the cities at the time.  His book covers about a 20 year period from 1916 to the beginning of World War II.  Among the people his book follows through this period are Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Walter Lippman, Feliz Frankfurter, John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Eleanor Dulles.  He describes the interaction of world forces and the actions of these individuals, who devoted their lives to making the United States. a better country.  In response to a question, Mr. Srodes indicated that the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt represented the first joint Presidency, where Eleanor addressed many uncomfortable topics such as civil rights and the treatment of Jewish immigrants. 


President David ended the meeting with the raffle.  Renee McPhatter sold the tickets.  Mark Wilson won the small pot, which held $70.  He donated his winnings to the Rotaract Club.  He did not draw the ace of spades, hence the $1,482 will continue to grow.


The meeting was adjoined at 1:30 PM.


Registration was handled by Gretchen Kearney

Hospitality by Balraj Gupta and Ted Hamady

The Greeters were new members JP Lacombe and Nobotushi Hanai.