President Elect Lisa McCurdy opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
President Elect Lisa McCurdy  led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Sponsoring Rotarian
Mike Watson
Bob Watson
Valerie Colimon
Mary Goldsmith
Bob Feldmann
Partner at RSM
Ernie Almonte
Mary Goldsmith
E. Michael Southwick
Bill Busker
Idy Marcus
Lisa McCurdy
Global-Strategix, Founder
Michael Cobb
David Klaus
Bob Montague
Bill Busker
Kimberly Harris
Gilda Furbert
Financial Manager
Joel Coulter
Sam Hancock
Director, Honeycomiq
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
The guest speaker was introduced, Greg Scarlatoiu - Executive Director, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea -  a member of the Washington, D.C. Rotary Club, is the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C. He has coordinated 18 HRNK publications addressing North Korea’s human rights situation and the operation of its regime. He is a visiting professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul as well as instructor and coordinator of the Korean Peninsula and Japan class at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI).  Scarlatoiu is vice president of the executive board of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS). Prior to HRNK,Scarlatoiu was with the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington, D.C. He has over six years of experience in international development, on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. For fourteen years, Scarlatoiu has authored and broadcast the weekly Korean language ‘Scarlatoiu Column’ to North Korea for Radio Free Asia. A seasoned lecturer on Korean issues, Scarlatoiu is a frequent commentator for CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and other media organizations. He has published op-eds and letters to the editor in newspapers including The Washington Post and The New York Times. He has published academic papers in volumes produced by organizations including The Hanns Seidel Foundation, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and the International Journal of Korean Studies. He has appeared as an expert witness at several Congressional hearings on North Korean human rights. Scarlatoiu holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Seoul National University’s Department of International Relations. He graduated from the MIT XXI Seminar for U.S. national security leaders in 2016-2017. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title ‘Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul,’ in January 1999. He is fluent in Korean, French, and Romanian. A native of Romania born and raised under that country’s communist regime, Scarlatoiu is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Following an engaging question and answer session, President Elect Lisa McCurdy presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
President Elect Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.