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
Wilson Frota
Amanda Silva
Sr. Operations Officer
Agathe Christien
Rotary Global Grant Scholar
Amanda Silva
Rotary Club of Washington, DC
Ales Znidaric
President of the RC Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mariana Azaola
Benny Lenaerts (Belgium)
Business Relationship Manager
Sheldon Frank
Electrical Engineer
Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Kenneth Brown then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
The guest speaker was introduced, Marvin Kalb, nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. He discussed his new book, The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia
Marvin Leonard Kalb (born June 9, 1930) is an American journalist. Kalb was the founding director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy from 1987 to 1999. The Shorenstein Center and the Kennedy School are part of Harvard University. He is currently a James Clark Welling Fellow at George Washington University and a member of the Atlantic Community Advisory Board. He is a guest scholar in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Kalb spent 30 years as an award-winning reporter for CBS News and NBC News. Kalb was the last newsman recruited by Edward R. Murrow to join CBS News, becoming part of the later generation of the "Murrow Boys." His work at CBS landed him on Richard Nixon's "enemies list". At NBC, he served as chief Diplomatic Correspondent and host of Meet the Press. During many years of Kalb's tenures at CBS and NBC, his brother Bernard worked alongside him.
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.