The Real History of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 By: Monica M Smith
Rotary Club of Washington, DC
November 23, 2022
History Moment by Monica Smith: The Real History of Thanksgiving


Dear fellow Rotarians, thank you for this opportunity to give a History Moment on the eve of American Thanksgiving during Native American Heritage Month. Given many myths about this holiday, I would like to share a brief history of Thanksgiving based primarily on a Smithsonian history spotlight written by colleagues of mine at the National Museum of American History.
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Meeting in Review - November 9, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 By: Deborah Peters
On November 9, 2022, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, held its regular weekly meeting in person at the University Club of Washington, D.C. and via Zoom and welcomed guest speaker Dr. Frank A. Blazich, Curator at the Smithsonian's American History Museum. 

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Meeting in Review - November 2, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 By: Deborah Peters
On November 2, 2022, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, held its regular weekly meeting in person at the University Club of Washington, D.C. and via Zoom and welcomed guest speaker Dr. Marco Clark, Founder and CEO of Richard Wright Public Charter Schools for Journalism and Media Arts. 

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Meeting in Review - November 16, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022 By: W Todd Miller
On November 16, 2022, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, held its regular weekly meeting in person at the University Club of Washington, D.C. and via Zoom and welcomed guest speaker the Honorable Donald Beyer.  


 

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Disaster Relief Grant Approved for Puerto Rico

Monday, October 31, 2022 By: Lisa Glodine McCurdy
On October 3, 2022, the Board of our Club’s Foundation, the Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC, accepted the recommendation of the Foundation’s Disaster Working Group to support a proposal providing $1,000 in disaster relief funding to Puerto Rico to mitigate the impact of Hurricane Fiona. The request specifically requests, funds to repair damage to the Mayaguez Children's Library and private homes caused by water damage, in coordination with the Rotary Club of Mayaguez and the local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Plenitud Iniciativas Eco Educativas.

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Meeting in Review - October 26, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022 By: W Todd Miller
On October 26, 2022, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, held its regular weekly meeting in person at the University Club of Washington, D.C. and via Zoom and welcomed guest speaker, Elizabeth Lanning, Founder and CEO of Project Propel.
 

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Meeting in Review - October 19, 2022

Saturday, October 22, 2022 By: W Todd Miller
On October 19, 2022, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, held its regular weekly meeting in person at the University Club of Washington, D.C. and via Zoom, and welcomed guest speaker Mrs. Beatriz Cejas-Williams, Director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division in the Office of Post-Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Youth Avenue Report

Friday, October 21, 2022 By: Darren Crew
Youth Avenue Report by DC Rotary Club Board Member Darren Crew

CAREER FAIR


On Monday, October 17, a meeting was held.
Due diligence surrounding the date was done via an introductory Zoom meeting with:
Rotarians Donnie Shaw and Ervin Owens, and Richard Wright staff Helen Compton-Harris.

There was a selection of Richard Wright Public Charter School over Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC).

The date for the Career Fair will be either:
January 31, 2023 or February 2, 2023


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Our own President Marilyn introduces Dr. Marco Clark, Founder and CEO of Richard WrightPublic Charter Schools.  Dr. Marco Clark is a well-respected educator, forward-thinking innovator, exemplary author, polarizing public speaker, and veteran in the world of urban education. Dr. Clark currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Richard Wright Public Charter Schools for Journalism and Media Arts in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work as Founder and CEO, he is Chairman of “Man the Block,” an organization focused on providing safe passage for students to and from school.
Dr. Clark serves on the Board of Trustees for the Beta Psi 1923 Foundation. Dr. Clark continues to be an advocate for various youth groups, civic organizations, and other nonprofit organizations focused on restoring trust in public school education.

At age 10, Dr. Clark became a spelling bee champion. Ironically, by age 11, a guidance counselor labeled Dr. Clark as a functional illiterate. This label disrupted his educational journey for many years. However, it was that label that eventually sparked Dr. Clark’s fight against illiteracy and the need for student development and worldwide advocacy. Through the unwavering support of his parents, Dr. Clark was able to make it through high school and go on to Clark Atlanta University, where he met a professor, Dr. Johnny L. Wilson, who recognized his potential, believed in him, and helped him shape his educational path and platform for the years to come. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Secondary Education from Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Clark went on to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education from Coppin State University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Goucher College, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from Morgan State University. By the age of 34, almost 25 years after being labeled as a functional illiterate, Dr. Clark emerged as a noted educator and scholar.

Dr. Clark has been featured in JET magazine, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times discussing his battles with reading as a youth and his educational reform efforts to fight against world illiteracy and community issues throughout the country.

Many political figures have acknowledged Dr. Clark’s ability to offer a fresh mix of traditional and contemporary approaches to motivating troubled youth and mobilizing communities. Historical icon, the late Congressman John Lewis (Democrat for the 8th District of Georgia) exhorted Dr. Clark’s unique ability to identify with students sparking their desire to achieve.

Dr. Clark has received numerous awards and appeared on hundreds of talk shows, as well as serving as keynote speaker in various venues across the country. Dr. Clark also serves as the Education Contributor for Patty Jackson’s Re-Wind Show on WDAS 105.3 FM, Philadelphia. Dr. Marco Clark is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a continued advocate for educational and social change. His motto is “You can’t beat a person who is determined to win.”

Our own President Marilyn introduces Dr. Marco Clark, Founder and CEO of Richard WrightPublic Charter Schools. Dr. Marco Clark is a well-respected educator, forward-thinking innovator, exemplary author, polarizing public speaker, and veteran in the world of urban education. Dr. Clark currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Richard Wright Public Charter Schools for Journalism and Media Arts in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work as Founder and CEO, he is Chairman of “Man the Block,” an organization focused on providing safe passage for students to and from school.
Dr. Clark serves on the Board of Trustees for the Beta Psi 1923 Foundation. Dr. Clark continues to be an advocate for various youth groups, civic organizations, and other nonprofit organizations focused on restoring trust in public school education.

At age 10, Dr. Clark became a spelling bee champion. Ironically, by age 11, a guidance counselor labeled Dr. Clark as a functional illiterate. This label disrupted his educational journey for many years. However, it was that label that eventually sparked Dr. Clark’s fight against illiteracy and the need for student development and worldwide advocacy. Through the unwavering support of his parents, Dr. Clark was able to make it through high school and go on to Clark Atlanta University, where he met a professor, Dr. Johnny L. Wilson, who recognized his potential, believed in him, and helped him shape his educational path and platform for the years to come. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Secondary Education from Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Clark went on to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education from Coppin State University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Goucher College, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from Morgan State University. By the age of 34, almost 25 years after being labeled as a functional illiterate, Dr. Clark emerged as a noted educator and scholar.

Dr. Clark has been featured in JET magazine, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times discussing his battles with reading as a youth and his educational reform efforts to fight against world illiteracy and community issues throughout the country.

Many political figures have acknowledged Dr. Clark’s ability to offer a fresh mix of traditional and contemporary approaches to motivating troubled youth and mobilizing communities. Historical icon, the late Congressman John Lewis (Democrat for the 8th District of Georgia) exhorted Dr. Clark’s unique ability to identify with students sparking their desire to achieve.

Dr. Clark has received numerous awards and appeared on hundreds of talk shows, as well as serving as keynote speaker in various venues across the country. Dr. Clark also serves as the Education Contributor for Patty Jackson’s Re-Wind Show on WDAS 105.3 FM, Philadelphia. Dr. Marco Clark is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a continued advocate for educational and social change. His motto is “You can’t beat a person who is determined to win.”

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Dr. Marco Clark, Founder and CEO | Richard WrightPublic Charter Schools | November 2, 2022

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Our own President Marilyn introduces Director Ceja.  Beatriz Ceja-Williams is the Director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSID) in the Office of Post-Secondary Education.  The HSID is responsible for the administration of the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans, and the HSI STEM and Articulation programs.  Prior to this role, she served as a Program Manager for the Teacher Quality Programs in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. 

As a Program Manager, she oversaw the administration of several discretionary programs including: Race to the Top District, Teacher Quality Partnership, School Leadership, Supporting Effective Educators, and Transition to Teaching.  Mrs. Ceja-Williams has also served as the federal liaison to the states of Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the U.S. Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program.  Mrs. Ceja-Williams has presented at numerous education conferences on school leadership, teacher quality, migrant students, and cultural literacy.  Fellowships include the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship Program, the Department’s Excellence is Government Fellows Program, and the Executive Leadership Program. 

She earned her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and Special Education from George Washington University.

Our own President Marilyn introduces Director Ceja. Beatriz Ceja-Williams is the Director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSID) in the Office of Post-Secondary Education. The HSID is responsible for the administration of the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans, and the HSI STEM and Articulation programs. Prior to this role, she served as a Program Manager for the Teacher Quality Programs in the Office of Innovation and Improvement.

As a Program Manager, she oversaw the administration of several discretionary programs including: Race to the Top District, Teacher Quality Partnership, School Leadership, Supporting Effective Educators, and Transition to Teaching. Mrs. Ceja-Williams has also served as the federal liaison to the states of Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the U.S. Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program. Mrs. Ceja-Williams has presented at numerous education conferences on school leadership, teacher quality, migrant students, and cultural literacy. Fellowships include the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship Program, the Department’s Excellence is Government Fellows Program, and the Executive Leadership Program.

She earned her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and Special Education from George Washington University.

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Beatriz Ceja, Dir., Hispanic Serving Institutions | U.S. Department of Education | October 19, 2022

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Dr. Sean McAlister is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Chief Learning Officer for the U.S. Foreign Service and manages the training and professional development programs for more than 2,300 federal employees working in 128 U.S. cities and 119 countries.  He earned a PhD in adult education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and both a master’s and undergraduate degrees from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.

Sean joined Rotary in 1992 as a member of the Virginia Tech Rotaract Club, and later the Capitol Hill Rotary Club in 2004.  Sean served as the Capitol Hill Rotary Club’s President, and various District 7620 leadership roles including Area Governor, District Trainer; District Conference Chair; and the Executive Trainer for Chesapeake PETS which includes District 7600, 7610, 7620 and 7630.  Presently Sean is serving as District 7620’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Chair (2018- 2022), the Bylaws Committee Chair (2020-2022), and the Digital Marketing Chair (2020-2021). He is also serving on the Executive Board for the Mid-Atlantic Rotary Leadership Institute (2020-2023) that oversees the RLI programs in nine states.

He is a Rotary Major Donor, and is a member of the Rotary Bequest Society, Paul Harris Society, and Rotary Bourbon-Whiskey Society.  He is a resident of Alexandria, VA, but tries to spend as much time as he can fishing on Smith Mountain Lake in Central Virginia.

Dr. Sean McAlister is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Chief Learning Officer for the U.S. Foreign Service and manages the training and professional development programs for more than 2,300 federal employees working in 128 U.S. cities and 119 countries. He earned a PhD in adult education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and both a master’s and undergraduate degrees from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.

Sean joined Rotary in 1992 as a member of the Virginia Tech Rotaract Club, and later the Capitol Hill Rotary Club in 2004. Sean served as the Capitol Hill Rotary Club’s President, and various District 7620 leadership roles including Area Governor, District Trainer; District Conference Chair; and the Executive Trainer for Chesapeake PETS which includes District 7600, 7610, 7620 and 7630. Presently Sean is serving as District 7620’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Chair (2018- 2022), the Bylaws Committee Chair (2020-2022), and the Digital Marketing Chair (2020-2021). He is also serving on the Executive Board for the Mid-Atlantic Rotary Leadership Institute (2020-2023) that oversees the RLI programs in nine states.

He is a Rotary Major Donor, and is a member of the Rotary Bequest Society, Paul Harris Society, and Rotary Bourbon-Whiskey Society. He is a resident of Alexandria, VA, but tries to spend as much time as he can fishing on Smith Mountain Lake in Central Virginia.

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Dr. Sean McAlister | District Governor visit | October 12, 2022

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