President Howard Davis called the meeting to order at 12.30 and asked all members to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jay Pugh provided the inspiration by thanking Divine Providence for all blessings and in particular for the opportunity to break bread together.
Jennifer Hara introduced guests and recognized the visiting US and Overseas Rotarians:
Visitors from Overseas:
-    Maurice Darlington, Pembroke RC, Bermuda;
-    Pamhitzai Barna, Harare RC, Zimbabwe.

-    Ausra Kaminskas, Acupuncture Medicine, DC
-    David Adelman, CEO, Reel Tributes, sponsored by Abe Helal
-    Yoshiko Urakawa, sponsored by Nadia Saad
-    Julia Houtman, Exchange Student from Holland

Visitors from US Clubs
-    Mary Eileen Wood, Syracuse, Inner City RC
-    Todd Kruse, St. Paul, Minnesota RC
-    Geoff Klopp, Columbia, Md. RC

Sgt. at Arms Monica Boner recognized members celebrating birthdays this week:

Jim Lanning - June 17. Jim joined our Club in 2008 and was sponsored by Don Marx. His classification is Humanitarian Services – Non Profit.
Joanne Marx – June 17. Joanne joined the Club in 2005 and was sponsored by Cynthia Schulz. Her classification is Energy- International.
John McGraw – June 17. John joined the Club in 1977 and was sponsored by Bill Raiford. His classification is Investments: Counsel.
Abrahem Helal – June 23. Abe is membership chairman and joined our Club in 2009 and was sponsored by Diane Eames. His classification is Printing Services.
Stu Shalloway – June 23. Stu joined our Club in 2008 and was sponsored by Balraj Gupta. He serves on the Hospitality Committee and works for the Small Business Administration.

President Howard continued with some more specific announcements:

-    There will be no meeting on July 4;
-    The last meeting under the present guard will be June 27 when End of the Year awards will be presented, with a “State of the Club” presentation by President Howard.  As a final enticement, wine will be served with lunch!
-    The next Club Board meeting will be next Thursday, June 28, and any and all new members are invited. There will also be a discussion of what it means to be a board member.  Anyone planning on attending must contact the office and let Gretchen or Hillary know if they will be eating lunch.
-    The Changing of the Guard ceremony will take place at the Mexican Embassy on Saturday, June 30 and all are invited to participate in and enjoy this annual change of management ceremony and party.  Sign up on the Club website.
-    The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Habitat for Humanity house is also set for June 30 at 1 pm. All are invited to attend this new joint signature project with one of the outstanding non profits.
-    Another milestone: a Blue Badge for member Stefan Alber who joined in November 2011.  Stefan was presented with his new Blue Badge and a warm round of applause.
-    The next Fireside Chat will be this Sunday, June 24 and all new members and their Rotary Advisor are invited. This is an opportunity to start new friendships and become more acquainted with the traditions of Rotary.  Please sign up on the Club website or call the office.   
-    There is a new Rotary Centennial Pin!  All members can now receive the Centennial pin from the desk at check in on Wednesday.
Several additional presentations followed:

Monica Boner presented Pandit Wright, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club a check for $70,000.  Ms. Wright thanked the Club for its continued support and emphasized that its programs have moved well beyond sports and now try to promote better-rounded human beings.

Sara Bernstorff, in her New Member Talk, described her life as a combination of arts and business. In her early years, Sara used to be a concert violinist performing in her native Denmark and in dozens of other countries. However, in her late teens, Sara took the decision to switch course and took up business education earning advanced degrees. After working several years first in Denmark and then in Switzerland, she and her husband moved to DC last year. Sara now heads a non profit promoting international development. True story: Sara is a Countess in Denmark! Welcome, Sara!

Julia Houtman, our Rotary exchange student from Holland, told the audience that she had a productive and happy experience in DC. She will be cherishing many cultural experiences like the vast shopping centers, food courts, and the amazing prom with frills and all. Julia expressed gratitude for this exchange opportunity sponsored by our Rotary club.

Chuck Vollmer, today’s speaker, gave a compelling and fascinating presentation  on the research and non partisan advocacy program of Jobenomics, an organization promoting the creation of jobs in the US. The last decade has been devastatingly poor in terms of job creation and the current official unemployment rate represents only a fraction of the US population which is not working. Therefore, job creation is of the highest priority and needs to be found in the small business sector which represents 95 % of the US economy. Jobenomics believes that 20 million jobs can be created by 2020 targeting specifically inner cities, baby boomers and the younger “Y” generation. Several questions followed on issues of minorities, globalization and political changes needed to facilitate job creation along the lines of Jobenomics.

The Raffle was managed by Myrna Charles. The small pot was $ 57 and went to the happy winner and new member: Renee McPhatter. The Big Pot of $1,045 went unclaimed and should entice more furious lottery ticket buying next time.

Photos by Lisa Cohen