President Abe Helal opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
President Abe Helal led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Sponsoring Rotarian
Jerry Pociask
Catherine Pociask
Jessica Pociask
Catherine Pociask
Owner, Expeditions Company
David Manthos
Visiting Rotarian
Giuseooe Morabito
Ralph Conner
Mary Goldsmith
Mike Watson
Bob Watson
Beverly Johnson
Bob Johnson
Rachel Roberts
Bob Schott
Policy Advisor
Linh Nguyen
L. Granat
Visiting Rotarian
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
The guest speaker was introduced, Michael Bobbit, the Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre - Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre, Mr. Bobbitt has directed, choreographed and performed at theatres in the DC area—among them, the Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Roundhouse Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21). A member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, his writing has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York Musical Theatre Festival. He has received grants from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Producer-Writer Initiative, The Creative Projects Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland State Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation. His musical Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds appeared at the New Victory Theatre in New York City. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Montgomery College, Howard University and the Washington Ballet. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, the Coaching Initiative for Non Profit Leaders of Color-National Training Laboratories & Mosaica and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative-Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. In 2010, Michael received the County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Emerging Leader Award, and in October 2015, the 2015 EXCEL Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.
Following an engaging question and answer session, President Abe Helal presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
President Abe Helal adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.