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.
 
Joseph Maberry gave words of inspiration.
 
Deputy Secretary Jill Kent introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians. 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
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.
 
Joseph Maberry gave words of inspiration.
 
Deputy Secretary Jill Kent introduced Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians. 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Announcements:  Saba Amare gave the club a report from the RYLA North America Conference and quoted Ghandi. She said that she did not know much about Rotary before this summer, when she was lucky to get a scholarship for the conference. She made with friends with people from many countries, including, Pakistan, Asian countries, Venezula and the UK.  She discussed world issues such as poverty, hunger and maternal health. 
 
Condolences were made to Laura Khor, as her grandfather passed and to Memo Grazales, as his wife passed.   
 
President Abe reminded everyone that August 30th is the Fellowship Event at City Center and Hawaiian Shirt Day.  He also stated that there would be a Fellowship Committee Meeting after lunch today and Movie Night is August 10th at 6:30, Landmark E St cinema. 
 
Dan Mullin spoke about Grate Patrol Recognition for DC Rotaract Club.
 
Bob Schott introduced our speaker, DC EMS Chief Gregory Dean. Mayor Bowser appointed Chief Gregory Dean to lead the 2,100-member DC Fire and Emergency Medical Department on March 2, 2015. Prior to that, Chief Dean served 10 years in Seattle as the EMS Chief, where he oversaw 1,150 employees and a $175 million budget. During his tenure in Seattle, he served as Fire Marshall, Assistant Chief of Administration, Deputy Chief of Personnel and Deputy Chief of Support Services. Under his leadership, Seattle and King County raised the overall cardiac survival rate to an all-time high of 62%, up from 26% in 2002. He served on the Board of Medic One Foundation and on the Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
 
The DC Fire Department now has 33 fire stations, 16 hook and ladder trucks, 17 medic units and 21 medics. Doctors are riding with the EMS trucks. In 5/15, he convinced the mayor that the Department should work with American Medical Response.  A major challenge the Department has been that the medic units are very busy and they are not able to send an EMS truck for every person. They get 500 calls a week and sometimes they have to arrange alternative transportation. Now Most of the medic units are in NW; but they have to be able to go to SE, which is a 45-65-minute drive. there is a reserve flee of fire trucks.
 
The Chief really believes in training and thinks it is critical to maintaining certification.
 
After a brief Q&A session, President Abe presented the Chief with Tree Certificate, representing our intent to plant a tree in the nation's capital in honor of our speakers. 
 
The Raffle was conducted by Jill Kent and Gretchen Kearney. Hospitality was Joseph Maberry, Kenneth Brown and Stu Shalloway. Greeters were Gretchen Kearney and Thomas Napier. Meeting in Review was written by Jill Kent. 
 
Our speaker August 16 will be Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center.