This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Tommy Wells, Director, DC Department of Energy and the Environment.

President Lisa McCurdy opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Lisa McCurdy led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Deputy Secretary Whitney Doll welcomed guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Tommy Wells, Director, DC Department of Energy and the Environment. Appointed January 2015, he is chiefly responsible for protecting the environment and conserving the natural resources of the District of Columbia. Tommy’s team is comprised of approximately 300 environmental professionals collectively working to improve the quality of life for residents and the natural inhabitants of the Nation’s Capital.
 
Most recently, Tommy served as Ward 6 Councilmember, a position he held since 2006. During his tenure on the DC Council, Wells won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all.
 
Wells started his Washington career in 1983 as a social worker in the DC foster care system, where he spurred and led a successful class action lawsuit, LaShawn v. Barry, to address the city’s failure to protect children in its care. In 1991, he took the helm of the DC Consortium for Child Welfare, and later established a groundbreaking program to match foster families with children affected by HIV/AIDS. He also led the drive to create the DC Family Court. Wells championed the next generation of public transit – including streetcar lines, expansion of the DC Circulator, and improvements in overall bus service. In addition, he crafted a landmark bill to charge a nominal fee on disposable bags.
 
Tommy is a Ward 6 resident. He earned a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1991 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 1983.
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.