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.  John Danner provided the words of inspiration.

Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:
Dickson Gateri, a guest of Clara Montanez and a prospective member.
Emma Oxford, a guest of Kathy Ward and a prospective member.
Helen Moore, Vice President & Counsel, FINRA, a guest of Irene Koerner.  She has indicated an intention to apply to become a member of the DC Rotary.
Lis Chimaras, a student at The Washington Center, a guest of former club member Shelton Williams and a prospective member.
Tianylu Lu, a student at The Washington Center, a guest of former club member Shelton Williams and a prospective member.
Michele Imhuff, a guest of Clara Montanez and a prospective member.
Ambassador Maria de Fátima Veiga, the Ambassador to the United States from Cape Verde and a guest of Marjorie Scott.
Carolyn Lane, a guest of Kathy Ward and a prospective member.
Bill Watts, an attorney with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, a guest of Howard Davis and a prospective member.
Wendolyn Holland, Director at Holland Consulting and a guest of Abe Halel.
Raymond Hankins with the NLRB and a guest of Lisa McCurdy.
William Heishman, a guest of Sheldon Ray.
Steve Genung
with Pronurse Homecare & Infusion and a guest of Joel Alperstein. We will present Steve with his new member red badge at our next meeting, November 14.
Ambassador Mario Jaramillo, who is the Ambassador to the United States from Panama.  He is a member of the Panama Rotary Club and was a guest of Clara Montanez.
Susan Scher, a writer, editor and talk show host.  She was a guest of Sam Hancock.
Andrew Chainey, a member of the Aberdare Rotary Club in Wales.
Luigi Passamonti, a member of Rotary Club Vienna International in Vienna, Austria (and former member of our club!).
Lyn Summers, a member of the Lancaster Loyne Rotary Club in Lancaster, UK.
Ruth Ratzlaff, a member of the Kingsburg Rotary Club in California.

Monica Boner, Acting Sergeant at Arms, announced the following birthdays:

Chris Lane, who joined our Club in 1989.
Bill Dent
, who joined our Club in 2000.
Razu Shrestha
, who joined our Club in 2004.
Estela Landeros-Dugourd
, who joined our Club in 2003.

President David made the following announcements;
Kenny Barnes
was named “Advocate of the Year” by the Washington Psychiatric Society.
Dr. Rita Munley Gallagher, Gus Gallagher’s wife, was awarded the American Public Health Association’s Ruth B. Freeman Award at their annual meeting in San Francisco.
Walter Reed Bingo is Thursday, November 15 with set-up and dinner beginning at 5 PM and bingo beginning at 6 PM.  See Shaun English or Peggy Garrett for more information.
Movie night is Thursday, November 8.  The movie is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  See Alexander Kravetz or May Gwinn for more information.
The nominating Committee is beginning its work for the 2013-2014.  Anyone who has suggestions should contact Howard Davis, Chair of the Nominating Committee.  And, anyone who is interested in becoming an officer should let it be known.
The Interact Toy/Book Drive is going on now.  Please bring toys and books to next week’s meeting.
John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International, is going to ride his bicycle 111 miles to end polio and is asking for contributions to the Rotary International Fund in support of his ride.
The Club’s Board Meeting will be held next week, November 15th.  We will meet in the ABA Board room on the 7th Floor.

Lisa McCurdy gave her new member talk in which she listed the top ten things to know about her.  Number 1 was that she was looking forward to becoming an active, contributing member of the DC Rotary Club.

Rotarian Greg Scarliatou introduced the speaker Carl Gershman, the President of the National Endowment for Democracy (“NED”).

Mr. Gershman described the history, purpose and accomplishments of NED.  On June 8, 1982, then President Reagan called for the creation of the creation of an initiative to support democracy.  He envisioned an entity that would be bipartisan and involve labor, business and government.  In 1983, the U.S. Congress passed the legislation that created NED based on the principles articulated by President Reagan. 

Mr. Gershman explained that NED receives about $18 million a year and is largely a grant making entity that distributes funds to non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”).  Half of its funds go to four NGOs, which were created respectively by labor, a business, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.  NED distributes the other half of the funds to NGOs around the world.  In addition to its grant activities, NED lectures and honors activists to give moral and political support around the world to those supporting democracies.  NED’s goal is to support people around the world who are supporting freedom and democracy non-violently.  In the response to questions, Mr. Gershman emphasized that NED is non-partisan and does not take political or foreign policy positions.

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

Nadia Saad
won the raffle’s small pot, which was $47, but did not draw the ace of spades so the large pot, which was $629, continues to grow.

The meeting was supported by the following:
Dan Mullin
sold the raffle tickets.
Balraj Gupta, Ted Hamady and Norm Coe manned the hospitality table.
Estela Landeros and new member Glen O’Gilvie greeted Rotarians as they arrived.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.