The Meeting called to order at 12:30pm by the Club’s President David Klaus. The words of inspiration were provided by Lisa McCurdy.

Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:

  • Judy Gibson from the Capitol Hill Club
  • Christina Petrakis from the UN Club in NY
  • Liz Salett of the National Multi-Cultural Institute, a guest of Abe Helal (Membership in Progress)
  • Thomas Goldstein of the Paxton Law Group, a guest of Christina Petrakis
  • Flavius Mihaies of the American Roman Dialogue, a guest of Sam Hancock
  • Tami Brown of Merck, a guest of Lisa McCurdy
  • Mariko Montpetit, a guest of Marlene Thorn
  • Eric Vaughn of Bookhill Partner, a guest of Hal Vaughn
  • Elizabeth Goldberg of the National Building Museum, a guest of Kathy Ward
  • Visiting Rotarian Sylvia Homberger from San Jose, Costa Rica

Peggy Schoen, Sergeant at Arms, announced the following birthdays:

  • Dan Mullin, November 25
  • Shaun English, November 26
  • Bob Shriner, November 28
  • Asif Bhally, November 28
  • Rob Warne, November 30

Marlene Thorn honored Estela Landeros-Dugourd, who recently became a United States citizen. Estela shared some very inspirational words, as well as insight to her experiences with President Obama (and the kiss they shared on television!)

2012-2013 Officer Nominations Announcements were provided by Howard Davis. The two Vice Presidents/President Elect candidates are Jennifer Hara and David Treadwell, who will be presiding over the next two meetings.

A new member talk was presented by Glen O’Gilvie, who provided all of us with insight into his 38 years on earth from being born from Jamaican parents and living in New York to his current position in the Center for Non-Profit Advancement. The speech was informative and well-constructed despite the technological difficulties.


  • Happy Hour is next Thursday, December 6th at the University Club.
  • Movie Night is Thursday, December 13th and the movie is Anna Karenina.

Our speaker was: Governor Dirk Kempthorne and was introduced by Abe Helal.

Governor Kempthorne provided us with a warm introduction to himself as well as his past relationships with Rotary through his father. Mr. Kempthorne served as mayor of Boise in 1985 and was in the senate for 6 years.  Governor Kempthorne won his election as governor and was reelected in 2002. His career would soon find him in the position as Secretary of the Interior in 2006, which brings him to his current position as President and CEO of the ACLI (American Council of Life Insurers).  Governor Kempthorne provided us with insightful information pertaining to the importance of Life Insurance and the impact it can have upon our lives.

The Club Raffle was sold by Steve Genung. The small pot amount was $60, and was won by Ken Kimbrough (again!). The large pot amount totals $676 and continues to grow because Ken did not select the Ace of Spades.

Meeting supported by:

  • Balraj Gupta, Ted Hamady, Norm Coe and Stu Shalloway at the Hospitality Table.
  • Greeting everyone was Haleh Vaziri

Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 5 where our speaker will be Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the DC Council.

The meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.