This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Anne Midgette, Classical Music Critic for The Washington Post.

President Elect Nominee Nancy Riker opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Elect Nominee Nancy Riker led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Catherine Pociask called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
(Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Patricia Hobson Wilson
Attorney, LKH Group
Lisa McCurdy
Antoinette Ford
Artistic Director, President, Double Nickels Theater Co., Inc.
Lisa McCurdy
Allister Chang
Executive Director, Libraries Without Borders
May O’Brien
Casey Sacks
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Education
Transferring Rotarian
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Anne Midgette, Classical Music Critic for The Washington Post.
 
Anne Midgette is a 1986 graduate of Yale University. After college, she lived for over a decade in Munich, Germany, reviewing opera, music, and art throughout Europe for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and other publications. In 2001 she became the first woman to review classical music for The New York Times on a regular basis. She continued as a classical music critic, theater critic, and arts writer for the newspaper until 2008 when she took over as the chief classical music critic for The Washington Post.
 
In addition to her contributions to periodicals, Midgette has co-authored two biographies. With Herbert Breslin, she wrote the book The King and I, about Breslin's 36 years managing the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, which was published in 2004. She subsequently collaborated with the pianist Leon Fleisher on a book about his life, My Nine Lives, published in November 2010.
 
President Elect Nominee Nancy Riker adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.