The meeting was called to order at 12:30 PM by the Club’s President David Klaus.  He led the American members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Monica Smith provided the words of inspiration.
Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:
  • Nick Ruhfus, guest and son of Antje Ruhfus.
  • Alexander Ray, a student and guest of Sheldon Ray.
  • Kevin Kimbrough, President of The KAR Group and guest of Ken Kimbrough
  • Ana Solter, Curator of the Archeological Museum in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia, and guest of Christa McClure.
  • Diego Grajales, Consultant and son of Guillermo Grajales.
  • Gary Fellman, a visiting Rotarian from East Hampsted in Bracknell, UK.
  • Steve Brown, a visiting Rotarian from the Barnstable-Sunrise Rotary Club in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Mr. Brown gave us a beautiful flag from the Barnstable-Sunrise Club.  
Peggy Schoen, Sergeant at Arms, announced the following birthdays:
  • Cy Ansary, whose birthday was November 20.  Cy joined the DC Rotary Club in 1980 and was sponsored by Karl Jones.  His classification is Investments, Capital Management.
  • Her own birthday, which was November 24.  In addition to being our Sergeant at Arm’s, Peggy is our web master.  She joined the Club in 2009 and was sponsored by Marlene Thorn.  Peggy is classified as Communications, International Monetary Fund.
President David made the following announcements:
  • Jessica Hancock, one of our new Club members was hospitalized Tuesday night, but was released to the care of her family for the holidays.  We all wish her well.
  • The Nominating Committee thanks everyone for their suggestions and recommendations.  The nominating process is closed.  The Committee will announce the nominees on November 28.
  • Our Club made a donation of $5,000 to victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The Foundation Board voted to approve the donation last Tuesday, which is being channeled through the Wall Street Rotary Club Foundation.
  • Past District Governor Claude Morrisette’s father passed away on November 20.
  • President Elect Shaun English was released from the hospital Tuesday evening, November 20, after suffering a stroke.  He will take it easy for awhile, but is anxious to get back in the swing of things very soon.  President David thanked everyone who offered assistance to help while PE Shaun recovers from his stroke.  In particular, he recognized Nancy Riker, who took over the Dictionary Project, and new member Steve Genung, who will work with the Walter Reed Bingo.  The next Bingo Night is December 20.
  • DC Rotarian Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. was a featured speaker at the Washington Times Symposium on China and Russia.  He was also the featured speaker a September 26 program on the Tragedy of Syria.
  • Movie night is Thursday, December 13. The movie is Anna Karenina.  See Alexander Kravetz or May Gwinn for more information.

Rotarian Bob Walker introduced the speaker Chris Apel (who is also his wife).  Ms. Apel ran an art gallery for ten years, is an accomplished portrait artist and now specializes in painting Ravello, Italy.  As background, Bob described the geography of Ravello and its history.

Ms. Apel described the light variations, geography and architecture of Ravello that make it a magnet for artist.  It is situated 15,000 feet above the Mediterranean Sea.  She showed us several of her painting while describing the life of Ravello, its history and the influence of its history on its architecture including the Moorish influence.  She described her techniques for achieving specific results such as the hardness of stone and softness of cat.  She says that she is still discovering Ravello and finds it a source of inspiration.
In response to questions, Ms. Apel indicated that the best months to visit are May, June and October and that lack of Italian is not a problem.  In response to a question about Rotary meetings, she indicated that Rotarian from the entire Amalfi coast meet in Ravello.

President David presented a tree certificate to Ms. Apel, which promises that the Club will plant a tree in honor of our speakers.

Bob Watson won the raffle’s 50/50 pot, which was $54.  The playing cards were lost so there was no draw for the large pot, which will resume next week.

The meeting was supported by the following:
•    Maria-Nelly Pavisich sold the raffle tickets.
•    Balraj Gupta, Norm Coe and Stu Shalloway manned the hospitality table.
•    Gene Lloyd and Lauren Lloyd greeted Rotarians as they arrived.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.