Today's guests are Stephanie Sinclair – Photographer and Founder, Too Young to Wed - an internationally acclaimed photographer and tireless humanitarian and Rotary International Foundation District Chair, Dr. Anna-Mae Kobbe. 
President Lisa McCurdy opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Lisa McCurdy led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Deputy Secretary Bill Dent called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
(Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Ould Abdeslam
Doctor, University of Haute Alsace
Visiting Rotarian
Reef Farah
N/A
Visiting Rotarian
 
Megan Finkbeiner
Associate/Research Intern
Shelton Williams
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Our first guest speaker was introduced, Stephanie Sinclair – Photographer and Founder, Too Young to Wed.  Stephanie Sinclair is an internationally acclaimed photographer and tireless humanitarian. Recipient of numerous awards including the CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two Visa D’Ors, three World Press Photo awards and the Anja Niedringhaus award for courage in photojournalism, she has worked for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. 
 
Stephanie is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has documented the defining conflicts of the past decade with a fearless persistence and has also helped shape policy debates, especially as pertains to child marriage. Her organization Too Young To Wed was featured in the June edition of the Rotarian Magazine.   Early this year Stephanie brought two young women who had been captured by Boko Haram to Washington to meet with members of congress to maintain the pressure to ensure the release of all the girls still held in captivity. 
 
Last year Stephanie was one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural DC World Press Photo Exhibition.
 
Our second guest speaker, Dr. Anna-Mae Kobbe was introduced.  Dr Kobbe is the Rotary International Foundation 7620 District Chair.  She served as District Governor in 2016-2017.  She was inducted in to the Rotary Club of College Park in 2000 and served as Club President in 2008-2009. Her district experience includes serving on numerous district committees. 
 

Her district experience includes serving as Administrative Assistant to DG Bette Lewis and DG Jay Kumar, Area Governor, District Trainer, member of the District Global Grant Scholarship Committee, member of the Rotary/Gallaudet Scholarship Committee, and serving as the District Paul Harris Society Chair.  Anna-Mae is a Rotary Leadership Institute graduate, a Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member, and a Major Donor.

Her career was with the U. S. Department of Agriculture/Land-Grant University System’s Cooperative Extension Service.  She began her career with the University of Missouri Extension Service, was on the faculty with the University of Tennessee Extension Service, and served as a National Program Leader and Division Director at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.  She retired from the Federal government in 2006.  She served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky, School of Human Environmental Sciences from 2006 to 2008.

Anna-Mae was born and raised in Iowa.  She holds a B.S. Degree in Secondary Education from Northwest Missouri State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Anna-Mae is married to Doug Newell, also a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of College Park.  They live in University Park, Maryland.  They are members of University Christian Church in Hyattsville, Maryland. 

After an engaging set of questions, President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.