President Lisa McCurdy opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Lisa McCurdy led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Catherine Pociask called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
(Visiting Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Arthur Landwehr
German Radio & Television Network
N/A
R. Renthil Rajagopal
Past President
Visiting Rotarian
Vivek Kanagaraj
Secretary
Visiting Rotarian
Sgt. Phillip C. Parker
Metropolitan Police
Dr. Sam Lee Hancock
Al Yu
Osgood Associate
Shelton Williams
C. Cohen
Self and Dress Magazine
Lisa McCurdy
Kimberly Roth
DC Performing Arts
Lisa McCurdy
A. Lane
DC Performing Arts
Lisa McCurdy
Surati Sharma
N/A
Mary Goldsmith
John Thompson
N/A
Visiting Rotarian
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speakers were introduced, Jorge Bogantes Montero (Natural Resource Specialist) and Maddie Koenig – Senior Environmental Educator of the Anacostia Watershed Society.  The Anacostia Watershed Society was founded in 1989 by a small group of concerned individuals who decided that the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities required serious attention. Over the past 20 years, our staff and programming efforts have expanded significantly to encompass efforts in environmental education, stewardship, and recreation, as well as engaging the community through public affairs.
The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage.
 
The vision is to make the Anacostia River and its tributaries swimmable and fishable, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community. Community involvement is critical to achieving this vision and AWS seeks win-win solutions through strong partnerships and coalitions, with all parts of the community, government, and other stakeholders. Core to our work is reaching out to, educating and engaging the next generation of decision-makers, our youth.  More information can be found on The EmeraldPlanet TV Program:  "Reclaiming the Anacostia River: A Report Card of Projects and Progress 'Creating a Swimmable and Fishable River' by 2025" 
 
Segment '1':  James (Jim) R. Foster, President and CEO, Anacostia Watershed Society, (In-Studio), Theme: "Anacostia River Receives First Passing Grade!”;
 
Segment '2': Ariel Trahan, Director, River Restoration Programs, Anacostia Watershed Society, (In-Studio),
  Theme: "Earth Day Cleanups By the Numbers:  Reclaiming the Anacostia River One Volunteer at a Time";
 
 Segment '3'  Ariel Trahan, Director, River Restoration Programs, Anacostia Watershed Society, (In-Studio), Theme:   "Engaging the Community for Watershed Protection; Forest Ecology; Invasive Species Removal; & Community Outreach"; and  
 
Segment '4':    James (Jim) R. Foster, President and CEO, Anacostia Watershed Society, (In-Studio), Theme: "Anacostia Watershed Mussels Restoration Project:  Healing the River With a Little Help From a Few Million Friends".
 
After a series of engaging questions, President Lisa McCurdy presented the certificate to plant a tree in the speakers’ honor.
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.