This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker John Kelly, Columnist for The Washington Post.

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.
 
Changamire gave the Inspiration, which touched on lyrics from Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”
 
Changamire and Xuan Zhu gave their new member talks.
 
Bill Day announced visiting guests and Rotarians. There were eight guests and two visitors. Tom Smith was visiting from South Tennessee and Katie Hamlin from Minnesota.
 
(Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Chris Maurer
Maurer Law
Gene Massey
Jan Ridgely
CEO, United Charitable
 
Robin Edwards
President, Care Patrol
Changamire
Mike Watson
 
Bob Watson
Thomas Smith
 
Visiting Rotarian
 
Announcements:
  • The club will now be planting one tree per guest speaker. The next tree planting will take place on April 15th.
  • More volunteers are needed for the Dictionary Project.
  • The annual Rotary Foundation career fair will be taking place on April 12th from 10am-2pm at the Colonial Heights Educational Campus.
  • The club will be hosting a wine tasting on April 27th in Stafford, VA. Tickets are going fast.
The guest speaker, John Kelly, was introduced. John Kelly writes John Kelly's Washington, a column that runs from Sunday to Thursday and discusses local events and items of interest. He has completed journalism fellowships at Harvard and Oxford and holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland. Mr. Kelly discussed his personal and familial ties to the Washington, DC, area and the history of the column, which was started in 1947. The column started with Bill Gold, who was the writer for 34 years, and Bob Levey’s tenure lasted for 23 years. Mr. Kelly began working at the Washington Post in 1989 as a deputy editor in the Weekend section, and had several adventures in journalism (founding the Washington Post’s KidsPost, being a weather feature writer) before his current role. He discussed how he sources his writing material and stated that he relies on readers for tips.
 
Mr. Kelly has researched the history of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, and provided several interesting anecdotes. He also provided the memorable takeaway line: “An issue is a problem that belongs to someone else.” Mr. Kelly wrapped up his speech with several questions, including a thoughtful response to a question about the “two Washington’s,” stating that though the country sends its most colorful people to Washington, it’s important to remember that there are regular people living in the greater DC area as well. 
 
President Lisa McCurdy presented a tree certificate.
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.