Meeting in Review, February 21, 2018
 
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 Whitney Doll called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest
Sponsoring Rotarian
Occupation/Specialty
Craig Hill
Catherine Pociask
Property Accountant
Alex Quillin
Sheldon Ray
Program Associate
Tyler Swanson
Sheldon Ray
Program Associate
Michael Osta
Sheldon Ray
Program Associate
Stirling MacDougall
Shelly Williams
Program Associate
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.  As the Acting Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Dr. Nesheiwat strengthens diplomatic efforts to secure the safe return of Americans held hostage overseas. Working closely with the hostages' families, foreign governments and the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, she represents the United States on hostage-related issues. Previously, she was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Implementation in the Bureau of Energy Resources. She also served as a Political-Military Advisor and Visiting Professor at the US Naval Post Graduate School's National Security Affairs Department. She has held numerous positions as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Security. Earlier in her career, she served as the Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she managed the integration and collaboration of analysis and reporting with all intelligence agencies. Prior to that role, she was selected to serve on the US Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, leading the North Korea and Iran policy steering committee from 2004-2005. A former US Army Military Intelligence officer, Dr. Nesheiwat served consecutive tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a senior operations officer, she coordinated and managed interagency assessments on terrorist networks within the Middle East and Asia, and acted as the US military liaison officer with regional political parties on governance and threat reduction. An International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Governing Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum, Dr. Nesheiwat earned a PhD from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in religious studies and sociology from Stetson University in Florida. She speaks fluent Arabic and Japanese.
 
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.  
 
 
Lunch Meeting Agenda
February 21, 2018
 
Presiding President—President Abrahem Helal
Call to Order (at 12:30 p.m.) ………. Abrahem Helal
 
Opening Meeting Elements (conclude by 12:45 p.m. or BEFORE)
Please silence all cell phones! ………. Abrahem Helal
Pledge of Allegiance ……….
Inspiration ………. Buz Gorman
Secretary’s Report, Guest of Rotarians/Visiting Rotarians ………. Catherine Pociask
Rotarians Celebrating Birthdays/Anniversaries ………. Sterling Hoffman
 
Announcements
Foundation Announcement ………. David Klaus
Italy Trip ………. Natalie Korytnyk- Forrester
Duck Race Minute  ………. Glen O’Gilvie/Marcia Dyson
Promote this month's "The Rotarian" for Rotaract 50 year anniversary  ………. Abe Helal
 
Program           
Speaker Introduction ………. Catherine Pociask
Speaker ………. Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs
Questions & Answers ……….
Tree Certificate ………. Abrahem Helal
 
Closing Meeting Elements (conclude at 1:30 p.m.)
Raffle ………. Marcia Dyson
Hospitality ………. Balraj, Joseph, Kenneth, Laura and Stuart
Greeter ………. Jill Kent
Meeting in Review ………. Catherine Pociask/Whitney Doll
Next Program (February 28, 2018) ………. Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff, Magistrate Judge, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Please remember to turn your cell phones back on ………. Abrahem Helal
 
Adjournment at 1:30 p.m. ………. Abrahem Helal