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.
 
Deputy Secretary Bill Dent called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
(Visiting Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Denise O’dell
Executive Asstistant
Lisa McCurdy
Esa Irri
Visiting Guest
 
Christopher David
 
Matthew Metcalfe
Elizabeth Genter
 
Rotaract of DC
Shirley Genter
 
Elizabeth Genter
Anil Kapur
Managing Director
Mr. Stefan Alber
Michelle Ems
Auditor, FAA
Howard Davis
Ao Yu
Program Associate
Sheldon Ray
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez - Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the OAS.  Francisco Daniel Gutierrez presented his credentials as ambassador from Belize to President Donald Trump on July 21, 2017. Gutierrez also serves as Belize’s ambassador to the Organization of American States.
 
Gutierrez was born in 1974 in San Ignacio, Cayo district, in the western part of Belize, not far from the border with Guatemala. He attended primary and secondary school in San Ignacio before going to Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He earned a degree in communications and advertising in 1997. Gutierrez then came to the United States to continue his education at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s University. There, he earned an M.S. in international marketing in 1999.
 
Gutierrez returned to Belize to lecture in business, marketing and communications at Sacred Heart College, a high school and junior college in San Ignacio. In 2003, Gutierrez was named dean of the junior college.
 
Gutierrez left his post as dean in 2006—while taking a seat on the school’s board of governors—for a job as manager of marketing, logistics, corporate communication and business development for Belize Natural Energy (BNE), an oil company.
 
He left BNE in 2015 and in January 2016 took his first ambassadorial post, serving as his country’s representative to Caricom, the Caribbean Community, headquartered in Georgetown, Guyana. In addition, Gutierrez served as executive director of Belize’s Economic Development Council.
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.