President Abe Helal opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
President Abe Helal, Scott Love and Scott’s daughter, Maya Love, all led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Whitney Doll called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Sponsoring Rotarian
Andrew Portocarrero
Assistant Director, Smithsonian's National Zoo
International law
Peter Kyle
District Past President
Mohammad Shouman
Sayed Dawud
Howard University Cancer Center
Kimberly Harris
Financial Manager
Attorney Search Group
Darrah Love
Maya Love (Scott loves daughter)
The Mission Continues
EJ Delper
Platoon Leader
The Mission Continues
Oscar Vaughn
The Mission Continues
Connor Mallon
City Impact Manager
Booze Allen Hamilton
Cameron Platt
Ken Brown then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
Bob Schott introduced the guest speaker, Julie Kirkwood, Founder DC Greens.  A Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Julie pursued a career in the world of commercial construction for 15 years before she chose to shift her focus to local food security. Julie is a firm believer that community-based food systems can reduce the impact of DC’s food deserts. As a mother of two sons, Julie’s passion resonates at home. She witnesses behavioral differences in her children when they consume processed foods versus whole foods. She is a strong believer that glycemic response to processed foods causes crashes in blood sugar levels, resulting in emotional and physical fatigue. This fatigue negatively impacts both behavior and focus, inhibiting a child’s ability to succeed at home or at school. DC UrbanGreens was born from the concept that access to healthy, whole foods will positively impact a child’s ability to grow and learn. This is her belief - and bringing a solution to this challenge is Julie’s passion.
Following an engaging question and answer session, President Abe Helal presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
Various Announcements regarding World Press Photo, the Dictoniary Project, upcoming elections and other rotary activities were made.
President Abe Helal adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.