President Abe Helal opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe Helal led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest
Sponsoring Rotarian
Occupation/Specialty
Kimberly O'Dell
Ken Brown
Nurse Practitioner
Sara Goldberg
Potential Member
Senior Development Officer
Mohammad Shouman
Rotery
Roteract
Chiara Polina
Visiting Rotarian
Rotaract Club Milano
Doug Deer
Marylin Cruz
Pekko Beer
Selam Eyassu
Marcus Soriano
Vice President, DC Community Manager
Maria Teresa Angulo
Potential Member
Congressional Bank
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
The guest speaker was introduced, Barrett Bogue, the Vice President for Public Relations and Chapter Engagement at Student Veterans of America – For nearly a decade, Barrett executed public campaigns promoting the largest expansion of education benefits for veterans since World War II. He helped implement and advertise the Post-9/11 GI Bill, now the most widely used VA education benefit, during his tenure with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He enjoys telling stories that compel action and helping others reach their potential.  Barrett is a former Marine and Presidential Management Fellow.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Burke, Virginia.
 
Following an engaging question and answer session, President Abe Helal presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
 
President Abe Helal adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.