President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
David Klaus led us all in the Star Spangled Banner.
 
Deputy Secretary Catherine Pociask introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians.
President Abe opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
David Klaus led us all in the Star Spangled Banner.
 
Deputy Secretary Catherine Pociask introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians. 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
Announcements:
 
Erminia Scarcella spoke about the Appia Antica Rotary Club of Italia and showed photos from the Rotarian Exchange trip.
 
President Abe reminded everyone that August 30th is the Fellowship Event at City Center and Hawaiian Shirt Day. 
 
Duane Miller spoke about the DC-AASP and how it’s provided support to DC public schools.  He talked about the importance of the program and how he welcomes volunteers.
 
Catherine Pociask introduced our speaker, David Ballard – State Department.  David spoke about the generation gap occurring within the US government and how to combat challenges in and around melding the workforce.  David provided thoughtful ideas on how the generation gap is occurring with technology and expectations on flexibility with younger generations.  He determined that these discussions need to take place and will continue as technology advances.
 
Joining the US Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. Ballard’s 30-year career included field posts in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique, Portugal, Rwanda and Tunisia as well as positions such as Director of the US Department of State’s Office of Foreign Press and US Army Foreign Policy Advisor. In January 2016, a few months after formally retiring from the Foreign Service, he became a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reviewer for the State Department. He is responsible for reviewing documents for release under FOIA in response to litigation and/or court orders. His selection for this position reflects his expertise and extensive experience in US foreign policy, diplomatic history and protocol as well as his knowledge of the classification system and of laws and practice related to release of information. Mr. Ballard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service and an African Studies Certificate from Georgetown University and a Certificat d’Études Africaines from the National University of the Ivory Coast.  
 
President Abe thanked our guest speaker and presented the Tree Certificate to David Ballard and provided the raffle for the week.
 
Hospitality was run by Joseph, Kenneth, and Stuart. 
 
Peter Danjczek was the greeter for the week.
 
President Abe adjourned the weekly meeting with final thanks and remarks at 1:30p.m.