Meet Our Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC is strategically located to gather the most prestigious group of speakers our nation’s Capital can generate.  From Ambassadors, Business Executives, and Tribal Chiefs to an endless array of Champions of Change.  Our Club Members, and visitors to our weekly meetings, receive an impressive amount of intellectually-stimulating, heart-warming presentations each week.   Further, on this page, is a sample of speakers whom have recently spoken at our Club…

Upcoming Speakers

January 19th 2022 at 12:30 am
Virtual Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
History and Purpose of the InterCountry Committees (ICCs) and the Russia - United States ICC

Greg Bartz is President of the Russia - USA ICC and active Member of the White Bear Lake Rotary Club, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, RID 5960.  Greg will be presenting about the importance and vision of the various Intercounty Committees, the focus upon World Peace and Supporting the Environment, and the special nature of the Russia - USA ICC.  

Rotary International’s very first Intercountry Committee (ICC) was chartered in 1950 between France and Germany, five years after these major adversaries signed a peace treaty following World War II.  Today they are firm allies.  Fast forward over seventy [70] years, the United States is now actively involved in reviving the India - USA ICC, creating the new ICC USA - Spain, and supportive of the recently established Ukraine - Belarus - USA ICC.  There are the recently established India - Egypt ICC; India - Turkey ICC, among numerous others being created at this time.  With over 400 ICCs around the globe these are perfect to foster the nexus between two of Rotary International's seven areas of focus, i.e. World Peace and Supporting the Environment.


January 26th 2022 at 12:30 am
Virtual Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Author and Historian

Eric S. Hintz, PhD, is a historian with the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History.  Eric’s research interests include the history of science and technology and US business and economic history; he specializes in the history of invention, innovation, and R&D. Eric curates exhibits, including the award-winning Places of Invention; produces the Center’s annual symposium series, New Perspectives on Invention and Innovation; coordinates the Center’s fellowship and grant programs; and assists in the collection of historically significant artifacts and documents.  He is also the author of American Independent Inventors in an Era of Corporate R&D (MIT Press, 2021) and co-editor of Does America Need More Innovators? (MIT Press, 2019).  He has discussed his work on MSNBC and National Public Radio; his publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Technology & Culture, the Business History Review, Enterprise and Society, Research-Technology Management, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, various edited collections, and the Lemelson Center blog. 

Eric earned his MA and PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Sampling of Our Past Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC would like to thank our past speakers for the engaging and motivational and informative presentations.

Bob Cusack

Editor in Chief, The Hill/

Reporting on politics and policy in the nation’s capital since 1995, Mr. Cusack joined The Hill as Business and Lobbying Editor in 2003 and is now the newspaper’s Managing Editor.  Mr. Cusack regularly appears on ABC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC as a political analyst.

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana

Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana was a tenured Professor of History at Cosumnes River College (CRC) in Sacramento, California from 1994 to 2013. She is also Co-Founder and President of Friends of Rwanda Association (F.O.R.A).

Manny Mandel

Holocaust Survivor

Emanuel “Manny” Mandel was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1936, the year in which his parents returned to their native Hungary. Manny’s father had been selected to become one of the Chief Cantors…

Juan Williams

Fox Political Analyst and Author

Juan Williams is one of America’s leading political writers and thinkers. Mr. Williams is a top political analyst for Fox Television, co-host of the daily talk show ‘The Five’ and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday and Special Report.

James Chen

Institute for Global Engagement

James Chen is the Vice President of Global Operations at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). James first joined IGE in 2011, serving as both a Program Officer and the Executive Director…

Anne Midgette

Classical Music Critic, The Washington Post

Anne Midgette is a graduate of Yale University. She lived in Munich, Germany, reviewing opera, music, and art throughout Europe for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and other publications.  In 2008, she took over as the chief classical music critic for The Washington Post.