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.
 
Deputy Secretary Catherine Pociask called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest
Sponsoring Rotarian
Occupation/Specialty
Erin Robertson
Danielle de la Fuente
Foreign Service Officer
Najwa Bayrakdar
Clara Montanez
N/A
Rasha Nahas
N/A
President
Aleta Margolis
N/A
Judge Margolis' daughter
Nick Barbknecht
Rotary Club of La Porte, IN
Strategist
Isabella Brodsky
N/A
N/A
 
Stand-in Sergeant-at-Arms Howard Davis then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Danielle De La Fuente -- co-founder of the Amal Alliance, Inc. - a non-government organization dedicated to empowering displaced youth through social development programs at refugee camps around the world.  Ms. De La Fuente earned a BA in International Relations from Boston University and a MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Danielle served at the National Defense University where she fostered relations across the Middle East and South Asia. She has also worked at various Embassies and on political campaigns, specializing as a liaison within the diplomatic, governmental, and political realms.
 
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.