Meeting in Review, March 4, 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Ambassador of Slovenia to the United States Stanislav Vidovic.

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Meeting in Review, February 26, 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Paul Frank, Ph.D., Executive Director of SIL LEAD, Inc.

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Meeting in Review, February 19, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Monica Floyd, DC Program Director of Streetwise Partners.

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Meeting in Review, February 12, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Amb. Tony Wayne, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

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Meeting in Review, February 5, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Phoebe Miles, Founder, Cade Museum.

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Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC 2020 Career Fair!

Friday, January 31, 2020 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

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Dear Fellow Rotarians,


On behalf of the Career Fair Committee, I am pleased to announce that this year's Career Fair will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Columbia Heights Educational Campus located at 3101 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010.

The Career Fair Committee is currently looking for Career Presenters to speak about their careers to the CHEC students. This year we are serving all grades, 8-12, thus we a serving over 1, 000 students.

Careers in all fields and trades are welcomed! If you are interested in serving as a career presenter please contact a member of the committee.

We welcome all members of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC to either serve as a career presenter, volunteer, or to just stop by and show your support.

Your participation in this year's career fair will be an invaluable service to CHEC students.



YIRS,


Career Fair Committee

Donnie Shaw, Chair
Ken Brown, Member
Marilyn Nevy Cruz, Member

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Meeting in Review, January 29, 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Scott Beale, Founder and CEO of Atlas Corps.

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Meeting in Review, January 22, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the U.S.

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Rotary UN Day Recap

Sunday, December 29, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City occurred on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Rotary leaders, International officials, friends, and guests joined together as they celebrated our longstanding relationship with the UN and commemorate the organization’s 75th anniversary.

It was great to have so many members of the DC Rotary Club family at #RotaryUNDay!
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We had an amazing time listening to various international speakers talk about this years theme: Connecting for Good* There was a focus on the refugee crisis and how Rotary will be active in this issue as well as the conversation on global connectedness*

 

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Upcoming Community Engagement Committee (CEC) Events

Saturday, December 28, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz
Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends, 
 
 
Please join us in the following CEC service events. All are welcomed!
 
 
Senior Portfolios at CHEC
 
 
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Tuesday, February 4, 2020
 
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
Where: Columbia Heights Educational Campus (“CHEC”)
                 3101 16th Street NW                 
                 Washington, D.C. 20010
 
Description: Columbia Height Educational Campus ("CHEC") has a senior class of about 230 students this year and they are eager to celebrate and exhibit their content knowledge. CHEC seniors are scheduled to present their Math and Science Portfolios, Wednesday, January 29 to Tuesday, February 4 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Any day or time frame to volunteer as a panelist will be an invaluable service to CHEC students.
 
Please contact Rotarian Marilyn Nevy Cruz at mncruz10@gmail.com with your availability. We hope to see you the week of Janaury 29th. 
 
The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club’s Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a small $8, 000 grant. 
 
 
 
Write Lunch with Free Minds
When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
 
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
 
Where: University Club
                 1135 16th Street NW                 
                 Washington, D.C. 20036
 
Description: Please join members of the DC Rotary Club at Write Lunch with Free Minds. Following Wednesday's lunch, we will gather alongside Free Minds Poet Ambassadors home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. It is a simple and powerful way to support members' processes of self-awareness and change, as well as read great writing. We look forward to having you join us. 
 
How do you sign-up? Simply click the yellow “Members” button here, and you're ready to go!  We will register the DC Rotary Club team with Free Minds.
 
Free minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.  
 
The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club’s Foundation) has supported this great organization four years in a row with a large $20,000 grant. 
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Youth Exchange Program Update!

Friday, December 27, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. (through it’s wonderful Foundation, the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C.) along with our District and the Rotary clubs of Capitol Hill and Metro Bethesda are pleased to announce the sponsorship of two Columbia Heights Educational Campus students to the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in the 2020-2021 academic school year.

The students were selected by DC Rotary Club Youth Exchange Program Co-Chairs, Marilyn Nevy Cruz and Casey Sacks. Andrea Bonilla and Stephane Mankemi underwent a rigorous district interview process on Saturday, November 2nd and were selected as one of the 8 out of 10 Rotary District 7620 Ambassadors the weekend of November 9-10, 2019. On the weekend of November 9th, they attended an extensive compatibility training in York, Pennsylvania and selected their top country choices. 

 

Andrea and Stephane visited our Club meeting on November 27th and shared their experience on the program process thus far.
 

 

Andrea’s top three country choices are: Thailand, Denmark and Germany; and

Stephane’s top three country choices are: The Netherlands, Brazil and Italy. 

 

 
 

Andrea and Stephane have successfully completed and submitted their 25 page application and on January 19, 2020 they will find out what country they will be placed in for the 2020-2021 academic year.

We look forward to hearing from them soon!

If you would like to be involved in the Youth Exchange Program Committee, please contact Rotarians Marilyn Nevy Cruz at mncruz10@gmail.com and/or Casey Sacks at caseysacks@gmail.com.

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GWU Rotaract One Year Anniversary!

Thursday, December 26, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

Kudos to the Rotaract Club of George Washington University on their one year anniversary, which we celebrated on Monday, November 18, 2019. We’re so proud of their contribution to the community, and to our DC Rotary Club family! A special thank you to our Rotary District 7620 Governor, Barton Goldenberg for attending their wonderful event. We look forward to celebrating many more. 

#ServiceAboveSelf # Rotaract #Rotary

 

 

 
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Trees for the Capital

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 By: Lisa McCurdy
At each weekly meeting, our speaker is presented with a certificate indicating that the DC Rotary Club plants trees several times a year honoring our speakers. Named the Peter Gilsey Trees for the Capital in honor of long-standing DC Rotary Club member, Peter Gilsey, this program has resulted in more than 300 trees being planted, around the Tidal Basin, although a few trees have been planted elsewhere (e.g., near the White House and the Capitol), and at Farragut Square. Though funded by our Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C., the choice of tree and actual planting is conducted by the experts at the National Park Service.
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Thank you to the DC Rotary Club guest speakers, Rotarians, and members of the National Park Service who braved the cold at our Club’s tree planting ceremony on Wednesday, November 13th . We don’t usually put our speakers to work planting the tree commemorating their presentation to our Club, but all seemed to enjoy participating Wednesday morning!
 
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Book Party Happy Hour ! Shelly Williams' New Book

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

The DC Rotary Club offers several reoccurring monthly service projects and fellowship opportunities and one of those opportunities is our monthly Happy Hour at the University Club!

 

Our monthly happy hour runs the first Thursday of every month, and it's hosted by DC Rotary Club member, Irene Koerner. Make it a date night and bring a friend or family member. It will be a night of fellowship to remember!

 

Here is a snapshot of November 7th's Happy Hour. Members celebrated DC Rotary Club member, Shelly Williams’ latest book, Convey and JayJay Get Educated!  Amateur detectives, Covey Jencks and JayJay Qualls, set out to solve a triple murder and encounter a White Nationalist conspiracy.

 

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Grate Patrol Sign up for January 2020

Monday, December 23, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

The DC Rotary Club offers several reoccurring monthly service projects and fellowship opportunities and one of those opportunities is Grate Patrol!

 

 

Volunteer with your fellow Rotarians and the Salvation Army as they hand out food and water to the city's homeless population from the Salvation Army's Grate Patrol vanRotary's grate patrol runs the third Tuesday and third Friday of every month. Make it a date night and bring a friend or family member. It will be a night to remember in helping others. We need volunteers for Friday, January 17th and Tuesday, January 21st. Mark your calendars and sign-up!

 

Why should you volunteer?
 
  • It is a rewarding experience in giving to those who don't have much to give.
  • You will bond with your friends and family when you make it a date night.
  • Bring a teenager and they can get credit with their school for volunteering and it will open their eyes about life.
  • You will feel compassion, empathy, and gratitude.
 
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Annual Past President Dinner

Sunday, December 22, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

The Annual Past Presidents’ dinner occurred on the evening of Tuesday, November 12th, commencing at 6:30 PM, with dinner at 7:15 PM, at the University Club. The Rotary Club and Foundation Boards joined the Past Presidents at this wonderful Black Tie event. 

 

Thanks to Past President Shaun English’s good work, the event shaped up to be a memorable evening of Rotary fellowship, which we hope many enjoyed!

 

Additionally, thanks to Past President Howard Davis and the Club’s Historian Monica Smith, they had a collection of historic club photographs on display at the dinner! 

 

 

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GOTR-DC Service Event Recap!

Saturday, December 21, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz
Early morning service projects are the best! Our DC Rotary Club team volunteered bright and early at the Girls on The Run DC (“GOTR-DC”) 5k on Sunday, November 24th. We were thrilled to help GOTR-DC host another successful 5k. There is nothing like volunteering on a Sunday morning with family and fellow Rotarians. We hope you’ll join us in the next one!
 
A special shout-out to DC Rotary Club member, Mary Goldsmith for running the 5k with one of the girl participants. It was a cold and rainy morning but for Mary, it was all about Service Above Self!
 

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club's Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a small $5, 000 grant.

 

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RYLA 2020

Friday, December 20, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (“RYLA”) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where high school students develop skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
 
What are the benefits for students?
 
Connect with leaders in their community and around the world to:
 
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in their school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock their potential to turn motivation into action; and
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships
 
Our district’s RYLA will be held on President’s Day weekend, February 15-17, 2020.
 
Our very own DC Rotary Club Rotarian, Marilyn Nevy Cruz was appointed by the Rotary 7620 District Governor, Barton Goldenberg to serve as the District’s RYLA Chair this year.
 
Marilyn and her team have developed a new and revamped RYLA program and returned RYLA to it’s original location, the YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater, Maryland.
 
In addition, our very own DC Rotary Club Rotarian, Casey Sacks is serving as the district RYLA’s committee Program Development Chair. We are so fortunate to have Rotarians like Casey and Marilyn in our Club!
 
This year, our DC Rotary Club through it’s wonderful Foundation, the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C. is sponsoring a total of thirteen (13) students to attend RYLA. More than any other Club in the district!
 
If you would like to participate, carpool students, or overall just hang out at the RYLA camp this year, please contact District 7620 RYLA Chair, Marilyn Nevy Cruz at mncruz10@gmail.com.
 
For more information visit ryla7620.org.
 
#RYLA #Rotary7620 #RYLA2020 #Youth #Leaders #Rotary
 
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Grate Patrol!

Thursday, December 19, 2019 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz

DC Rotary Club Rotarians, Thomas Napier, Marilyn Nevy Cruz and their families volunteered on Thanksgiving Day at our Club’s regularly scheduled Grate Patrol service day to feed the homeless with the The Salvation Army National Capital & Virginia Division! We are thankful that our Club’s Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC had the resources to purchase the van used to fulfill the commitment toward a hunger-free DC. #ServiceAboveSelf

 

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The Nothwest Center Service Event Recap

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 By: Lisa McCurdy

#CommunityEngagement Volunteers from the DC Rotary Club spent several hours on Saturday, December 7th decorating The Northwest Center's maternity home for Christmas. Located in Adams Morgan, The Northwest Center takes in women who are homeless due to their pregnancies, and provides them with safe housing. They, and their babies, are welcomed into the Center for up to 18 months while they work with their social workers to formulate a plan for achieving financial independence and moving into a stable home of their own. The staff, volunteers, and residents of The Northwest Center's maternity home are so grateful for the volunteers from the DC Rotary Club for helping make this home warm and welcoming for all of the women and little ones who live there.   

DC Rotary Club members enjoyed supporting an organization doing such great work in our community. Thank you the Northwest Center for the opportunity to serve! We love further supporting our DC Rotary Foundation grant recipient organizations via hands-on service projects.

 

 

 

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC (our Club’s Foundation) supported this great organization last year with a small $2, 400 grant. 

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