The meeting was called to order at 12:30 p.m. by Club President David Klaus. He led the American members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. Casey Mauldin provided words of inspiration about Dr. Alfred Nobel, who was the inventor of dynamite as well as the founder of the Nobel Prize.

Secretary Lynn Holec introduced a small number of guests and visiting Rotarians.

Sergeant at Arms Peggy Schoen, wished a happy birthday to the only member celebrating a birthday this week, Dennis Miller.

Membership Chairman Abe Helal discussed the need to be more proactive in gathering all the requirements for new member applications and announced that the next new member orientation will be held on Jan 8, 2013 at the Rotary club library.
President David announced that this month’s happy hour will be held on Jan 3, 2013 at the University Club Pub from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Movie Night will be on Jan 10, 2013 at the Landmark/E Street Cinema.  Meet at 6:30 P.M. to pick up your tickets to see Hyde Park on Hudson.  The movie will begin at 6:45 P.M.
The next grate patrol will be Jan 15, 2013 and will meet at 1425 New York Ave. N.W., Washington D.C. at 6:30 P.M.

Rotary Peace Fellow Sophie Miller gave a short presentation on her studies abroad in Switzerland where she is studying international conflict management and peace building.

The new member talk was presented by Susan Pausky.  She discussed her work in bringing people together to solve problems and promote peace.

John Jackson introduced Brian Carome, the Executive Director of Street Sense. Brian opened his speech with the announcement that homelessness is an entirely solvable problem and went on to discuss how his organization is working with the homeless population of D.C. to give them respectable jobs that provides them with an opportunity to rebuild their lives and climb out of the hole of homelessness. 

Street Sense is a street newspaper that features “news, editorials, poems and art about homelessness, poverty, and other social issues.”  It was launched in 2003 and has grown from 25 vendors and 5,000 copies each month to approximately 150 vendors and 17,000 copies every two weeks.  The vendors are all homeless members of the community who purchase papers directly from Street Sense as independent contractors and then resell the papers at a profit.  Each vendor earns an average of $45/day through this program that is aimed to end homelessness through the work of these vendors and public education.  The Street Sense newspaper sells for $2 per copy so the next time you see one of these vendors be sure to encourage them with a purchase and a kind word. 

Nancy Riker wone the small lottery pot of $51; the large pot of $831 went unclaimed yet again. It will break the $1,000 barrier after next week’s meeting, if the winner doesn’t draw the Ace of Spades.

The meeting was supported by the following:

  • Monica Smith sold the lottery tickets
  • Hillary Miller handled registrations while
  • Balraj Gupta, Ted Hamady, Norm Coe, and Stu Shalloway manned the hospitality table
  • Ken Kimbrough and Steve Genung greeted Rotarians and guests as they arrived

The next meeting will be held on January 9, 2013, and our speaker will be Bill Kristol, Editor of The Weekly Standard.

The meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM