Presiding President-Elect Shaun English called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. First he congratulated President David Klaus on the arrival of his new grandchild. Then he led the American members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary-at-Arms Peggy Schoen provided brief words of inspiration.

Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:

  • Louis Kasekende from the Kampala North Club, Kampala, Uganda, whose classification is central banking. He presented a banner from the Kampala North Club.
  • Renato Romano from Beverly Hills Club, Beverly Hills, California, whose classification is international trading;
  • Dominique Rychlik, Realtor, WC & AN Miller, guest of Clara Montanez;
  • Laure-Anne Badey, Manager, Corporate Affairs, EDF Inc., guest of Lucia Serra;
  • Olga Acosta Price, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, George Washington University, guest of Kenny Barnes;
  • Stefanie Fuehres, German attorney, The McClure Law Firm, guest of Christa McClure;
  • John Scales, guest of Clara Montanez;
  • David Grosso, candidate for D.C. At-Large City Council, guest of Elena Tscherny;
  • David Chang, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley, guest of Clara Montanez;
  • Susanne Jalbert, owner of Jalbert Consulting, guest of Glynis Long;
  • Helen Moore, Counsel, FINRA, guest of Irene Koerner;
  • Leonore Jacobs, prospective member and guest of Lynn Holec;
  • Marilyn Holmes, consultant, Marilyn J. Holmes, Esq., prospective member and guest of Gail Hamill;

Peggy Schoen wished happy birthday to Bob Watson (October 14), Pete Nunn (October 16), and Alexander Kravetz (October 19).

Peggy Schoen then asked all DC Rotary Club committee chairs to stay for 20-30 minutes after next week’s meeting on October 24 to discuss using the upgraded Club Runner system for sharing information and uploading committee documents.

Past President Howard Davis reminded members that there will be a joint Rotary-University Club blood drive on Wednesday, October 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Governor’s Room at the University Club. Time slots are still available so please sign up to donate before or after the lunch meeting and help those in need.

Quentin Wodon spoke about the Interact Club of Washington International School’s upcoming Book and Toy Drive. Please bring new or gently used books and toys, and/or the always appreciated cash or check donations, to the Club meetings on October 31 or November 7. Beneficiaries include the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, the World Bank Book Project (next shipment is to Ethiopia in December), and local nonprofits. For more information, contact Quentin at

President Elect Shaun English reminded people involved in the dictionary project to come pick up books at the club office at 1101 16th Street, NW, Level 1C. Gretchen Kearney will be there Tuesday through Thursday next week. Book labels now available as well and can be picked up at the front desk if you already picked up your books.

Shaun English asked members to respond to Mark Wilson’s email sent over the weekend regarding our Club’s Friendship Exchange with Edinburgh RC (see Mark or Peggy Schoen for more details). Shaun also mentioned the Rotaract Club of Washington, DC fundraiser for Disaster AID USA at Adams Morgan’s Grand Central on Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. $10 RSVP at

Shaun English presented a red badge to new member Arrel Olano. Welcome, Arrel!

Akiko Murai, who has been a Club member for about two years, gave a new member talk. She noted the irony that she coordinates the new member talk program but had never given such a talk until President David urged her to do so. Akiko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and first came to the U.S. as a Rotary scholar. A job at the World Bank brought her to Washington, DC. She works in Human Resources and also is certified as a leadership coach. In her role as new member talk program coordinator, she announced that there are available slots for other members who have not spoken before (new or not) on October 24 and 31 and November 21 and 28.

Clara Montanez introduced guest speaker Joan Danziger, a well-known local artist. Born in New York and inspired by many trips to MOMA as a child, Joan received a BFA from Cornell University and also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She was trained as a draftsperson but is a self-trained sculptor. Her first museum exhibit was at the Corcoran in 1970, and she is represented in public and corporate collections including: the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Susquehanna Art Museum; the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ; and Discovery Channel. On November 3, 2012, she will open a temporary show called “Inside the Underworld: Beetle Magic” at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. During her Club presentation, Joan showed photos of her light-filled home studio, described how she creates complex sculptures out of wire, and talked about her recent artistic interest in beetles and scarabs—the focus of her Katzen Center installation. Beetles were seen as symbols of immortality by the Egyptians and worn by Roman soldiers marching into battle. Joan’s whimsical artworks often feature animals and mythical landscapes, based in fantasy and “magical moments.” She has created three major public commissions, including an initially controversial sculpture at Frostburg State College [students mistakenly thought she had been paid using money that was supposed to buy the baseball team new uniforms, but she went to the campus to address the misconceptions and won them over so now the sculpture is a popular fixture]. For more information about the artist, please visit

At the end of her presentation, Shaun English presented her with the Club’s special Tree Certificate for guest speakers.

Presiding President Shaun English ended the meeting with the raffle. Jessica Hancock sold the tickets. Ken Kimbrough won the small pot of $50, but did not draw the ace of spades, so the large pot will continue to grow.

Hospitality was handled by Balraj Gupta and Norm Coe. The Greeters were Larry Wang and Mimi Kanda.

The meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.