At 12:30, the bell was rung as President Shaun called the meeting to order. Cell phones were ordered silenced, though one did ring during the meeting. American members pledged allegiance to the flag. Words of inspiration were delivered by John Jackson, who read some excerpts from his book about his father, a pastor for 40 years. 

March 12 Meeting in Review

Posted by Tim Hurd

Secretary Tim Hurd introduced the guests of Rotarians:

  • Margaret Kyle, wife of DG Peter Kyle
  • Chloe Friburg, Royal Norwegian Embassy, guest of Tim Hurd
  • Ghazi Saad of Merrill Lynch, cousin of Nadia Saad, guest of David Klaus
  • Diego Grajales, son and guest of Guillermo Grajales
  • Lisa Stupezek, Director, FINRA, guest of Helen Moore
  • Emily Boniface, paralegal with Allen and Avery, guest of Steve Adkins
  • Daniel Puls, Vice President of the Atlantic Council, guest of Andy Koval
  • Glenn Sutton, Director of the Koinonia Foundation, guest of Mike Carmichael
  • Cole Cartledge, DoD Consultant, guest of May Gwinn
  • There were three visiting US Rotarians, one of whom gave us a nice banner featuring Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox from Brainerd, Minnesota.

Sergeant at Arms David Treadwell gave the birthday announcements:

  • Jennifer Hara, March 10: President-Elect Jennifer joined in 2005. Her classification is Marketing: International Finance and she was sponsored by Yukio Tada.
  • Helen Moore, March 10: Helen was sponsored by Irene Koerner when she joined in 2013. Her classification is Law: Regulatory Oversight.
  • John D. Jackson, March 11: John joined in 2002, sponsored by Rob Warne. His classification is Religious Organizations: Homeless Ministry.
  • Larry Margolis, March 13: Past President Larry was sponsored by Herman Arens when he joined our club 40 years ago, in 1974. His classification is Judiciary: Court of Federal Claims.
  • Renee McPhatter, March 14: Renee joined our club in 2012. Her classification is Education: Government and Community Affairs, and she was sponsored by Kathy Ward.
  • Ken Kimbrough, March 15: Ken was also sponsored by Rob Warne when he joined in 2007. His classification is Real Estate: Advisory Services.

In announcements:

  • President Shaun reminded everyone that Walter Reed Bingo is Thursday, March 20.  Contact Peggy Garrett or Shelly Williams to sign up.
  • Volunteers are still needed for Grate Patrol Tuesday March 18 and Friday, March 21.  Contact John Jackson to sign up.

District Governor Peter Kyle, seated at the dais, came to the podium to introduce our special guest speaker, Past Rotary International President D. K. Lee of Korea.  He is now the Trustee Chair, in charge of the Rotary Foundation for 2013-14.  DG Kyle enumerated President Lee’s many achievements in his business, charity and Rotary activities.  He also currently serves as head of the Community Chest organization of Korea and holds many key positions in Korean business and nonprofit organizations.  DG Kyle highlighted Mr Lee’s addition of 32 Rotary Clubs with 1800 members during one of his terms as a Rotary officer.

Trustee Chair Lee spoke in a careful and dignified way about the international work of Rotary.  He complimented this club on its 102 years of service and on specific international projects. He talked about the success of Polio Plus and how important it is to build up the Rotary International Foundation.  He talked about the 2 for 1 match from the Gates Foundation – if Rotary can raise up to $35 million a year through 2018, it will mean $70 million more each year from the matching grant to fight polio. “Let’s rid the world of this scourge,” Trustee Chair Lee said. “There is no problem so daunting that it cannot be overcome by people’s efforts.”  We stood to give him respectful applause.

Marlene Thorn introduced Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, first noting that this is International Women’s History Month and that it’s very appropriate to hear from women leaders.

Ms Herring joined United Way in DC about 6 months ago, and briefly described the geographic scope of her new territory and the 700 member organizations that serve it.  She describes herself as a finance person, with experience at the Bank of America, Fannie Mae, and other companies that taught her about strategic investment.  She spoke of the ”business of philanthropy” a how they want to be the partner of choice for organizations operating locally concerning education, income support and health.

Tailoring efforts to the local community was a recurring theme.  We were told about the unique issues that arose during the sequester, and how United Way of DC mobilized to help.  They brought together Pepco, Capital One Bank and others to help Martha’s Table, Meals on Wheels, the Capital Area Food Bank and similar groups.  The United Way has a unique base in workplace giving, with many employers and the Federal Government supplying a steady flow of cash.  But Ms Herring wants to evolve to new forms of collaboration – tone of three “C’s” we learned about. 

United Way of DC is a convener of local organizations through its traditional setup, and it wishes to become a catalyst for non-traditional methods of meeting the problems of the day.  It hopes to reach the new millennials for volunteer engagement, and to bring in those young people with time and talent, but little treasure, for the long haul.

Questions, questions:  Where does the money come from?  60 percent from traditional sources of giving, 40 percent from social media efforts, with a 70/30 split in respective revenue.  Could the Rotary Club of Washington DC hitch into this?  Sure, they work with all kinds of 501(c) (3) groups. They made 133 grants last year. There were tangential discussions of polio programs, the need to find best practices, and talk of gaining entrée to the Combined Federal Campaign.

Ms  Herring ended up with a commitment to lobby against changes in the tax deductibility of charitable donations, which may be yet again threatened. 

A tree certificate was presented to both D.K. Lee and Ms Herring.  The Raffle, conducted by Susan Pausky, was won by Rotoractor Tata Zhorzhaliani, who took home $57.  I believe she has not seen many instances of the raffle, and so was spared the full bitter impact of failing to win the $609 large pot.

Ted Hamaday and Stu Shalloway ran the hospitality table, and Heather Jaffran was a greeter. The meeting was adjourned at 1:30.