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June is Rotary Fellowships Month!

June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of this program.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month | Rotary Club of Coquitlam

What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowship provides opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Also, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining our existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serve as an effective tool in promoting membership development and should be actively promoted in our Districts.
There are many Fellowships that would be of interest to our members, and they are detailed on

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Meeting in Review, May 27, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcome guest speaker, Tim Winkle, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

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2019-2020 Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC Grant Recipients

2017 Community Service Grant Winners | Rotary Club of Washington, DC

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C. grant awards for 2019-2020! As each year, we received many excellent applications from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that do great and amazing work serving our community in D.C. This year the Club will support 3 major grant recipients and 38 small grant recipients, and expect to continue to be actively engaged with all of these organizations and more, irrespective of award amounts or whether we were able to support a specific application project this year or not. Club members are especially invited to stay in touch with news on organization events and volunteer activities.


Recipients for 2019-2020 are: 

Special Projects Grants ($20,000)


Organization’s Mission

Use of Funds

Funding Provided

Central Union Mission

Provides emergency shelter and operates a holistic transformation and workforce development programs for men.  It provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center serving over 4,000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizens.

This grant will enable the Mission to conduct critical repairs to the roof of its transitional housing facility, Lambert House. The building has a flat roof and over the years, the roof has been patched when leaks arose. However, the roof has deteriorated to the point where it was no longer effective to implement short-term repairs. Because of this problem, it prevents us from using some of the apartment units in our transition home, which therefore limits our ability to transition men to the next stage in their success.



The aligned missions of the Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP) and its DCPS partner, Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC), are to serve as professional learning communities that respect and respond to the diverse needs of underserved at-risk youths, preparing them to succeed in college and as leaders in the quest for social justice.

Purchase computers for CHEC students. Computers from this grant, the DDF and other CHEC funds will enable all 11th and 12th graders, who had previously benefited from the 1 to 1 deployment in lower grades, to have the access to technology to see them through high school to college. CHEC is intent on minimizing the access gap as much as possible, inclusive of Advanced Placement, SAT, college prep, etc. for seniors and juniors.  Each computer costs $700.  In total, CHEC is purchasing 52 computers for a total equipment cost of $36,400.  The pandemic has increased the urgency of the need for the computers.


Northwest Center Community Center

It operates both a pregnancy center and maternity home. It serves minority and low-income pregnant women in the DC area.  The pregnancy center provides assistance to pregnant women and their families.  The maternal home helps women develop the necessary skills and support networks to be effective parents and provide for their families. 

Support for general operations due to the pandemic.  While the pandemic has caused the organization’s projected revenue to decreased, its operational costs for the maternity home have increased. It is operating at near-maximum capacity and in addition to its usual costs the pandemic adds new operating expenses. Because it provides an essential social service, addressing the critical housing need for homeless, pregnant women in DC, it is keeping its doors open and is providing safe and stable housing for women facing homelessness due to their pregnancies.






Community Service Grants ($500  $5,000)

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Allen (Hap) Jones

Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association

5301 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 210

Washington, DC   20015

(202) 237-7200



In Memoriam


May 27, 2020


Allen Jones, Jr

Former Legal Counsel to WANADA


       It is with sadness and reflection that WANADA reports on the passing of its longtime legal counsel, supporter and friend Allen Jones, Esq.   He died peacefully at his home on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife Cheryl, son Matt, and family.  He was 90 years old.


       Allen was counsel to WANADA for 38 years, commencing in 1979 and continuing   until 2017.  He followed a long tour of legal service to WANADA from his predecessor and law partner, Lou Mann.  In his work for WANADA, Allen was first affiliated with the DC firm, Wilkes and Artis, later Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick and Lane; ultimately, he was with the DC firm of Hamilton and Hamilton.  Throughout   his extensive service to WANADA, he worked with innumerable WANADA dealer leaders and senior staff members while interfacing regularly with NADA, AIADA, MADA and VADA, along with other dealer associations across the U.S., on a variety of legal and regulatory matters facing automotive retailers.  He was also an expert in real estate and  corporate  law and represented several major  hoteliers in Washington.  

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Virtual Prospective Member Orientation

On Monday, June 1, 2020, the Membership Committee hosted a Virtual Prospective Member Orientation via zoom. This orientation is a required step to becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. 11 prospective members along with members of the DC Rotary Club membership committee had an interactive, fun, and informal discussion about Rotary. It was also a chance for prospective new members to learn a bit more about what it means to be a member of the DC Rotary Club. What a great way to continue to recruit new members!

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Orientations are held every 6 weeks on Mondays.

If you would like to join or get more involved with the Membership committee, contact Membership Committee Chair, Monica Smith at


2019/2020 DC Rotary Cohort Class First Virtual Meetup


Last week on May 26th, members of the 2019/2020 Rotary cohort class, which consists of Rotary members that joined the club during the 2019/2020 calendar year, met virtually for the first time via a Zoom meeting. It was a fun and engaging session where members introduced themselves and conversed about their backgrounds and interests. The cohort also plans to stay engaged with the community by establishing their own volunteer activity, and some ideas were briefly discussed.

2019/2020 D.C. Rotary Cohort

Adler, Sean

Chang, Allister

Egan, Elise

Ingram, Bryan

Kamara, Musa

Koberg, Kelsey

Krucoff, David

Nikakhtar, Manijeh

Ogwurike, Oluchi

Tate, Tiffany

Tichaona, Munyaradzi

Sabah, Khaled

Future cohort meetings as well as social meetups will soon follow. For members who were unable to attend this event, there will be plenty of other chances to meet the rest of your class and to participate in the cohort project. Please feel free to contact Khaled Sabah at for any questions. 



We hope everyone had a peaceful and safe Memorial Day weekend. May their sacrifice and courage never be forgetten.

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Member Snapshot - Bryan Ingram

Bryan Ingram 
Member Snapshot

After being born in Chicago, Illinois my folks moved near the small rural town of Brownsville, Oregon where my father took his first post as a Christian Minister.  Our family, on my father's side, were pioneers who traveled to the Pacific North West via covered wagons on the Oregon trail. We have been stewards to the land for the past century primarily as a grass fed, organic Black Angus farm which was recently converted into a winery.   My Grandparents were active members in leadership roles at the local 4H and The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry.  The spirit of perseverance, grit and and loyal dedication to my community, family, and loved ones is woven into the fabric of who I am today.

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Rotary 2020 Virtual Convention

General and breakout session dates and times are now available for the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention! Learn more about these exciting events:

Meeting in Review, May 20, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcome guest speaker, Joseph Leitmann, Executive Director of Capital Area Asset Builders.

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Embassy Relations & Sister Cities/Capital Cities Virtual Committee Meeting

On the evening of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Embassy Relations & Sister Cities/Capital Cities committees hosted a joint Virtual Committee Meeting via zoom. 17 DC Rotary Club members brought their wonderful ideas, got comfortable with their device, and had an informative and fun hour together. This is a great way to continue to stay active and involved with the Club. 

If you would like to join or get more involved with the Embassy Relations committee, please contact Committee Chair David Klaus at

If you would like to join or get more involved with the Sister Cities/Capital Cities committee, please contact Committee Chair Linda Keene Solomon at

Virtual Fireside Chat

On Monday, May 18, 2020, the Membership Committee hosted a Virtual Fireside Chat via zoom. 13 DC Rotary Club members brought their favorite libation, got comfortable with their device, and had an informative and fun hour together. This was a great and more intimate way to get to know the newest members of our Club. 

If you would like to join or get more involved with the membership committee in the 2020-2021 Rotary year, please contact

Celebrating Interact and #RotaryYouthService all month long!

We’re celebrating the Columbia Heights Educational Campus Interact Club and the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts Interact Club, as well as all of the others #Interact clubs around the world!
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Member Snapshot - Allister Chang

Member Snapshot

Allister Chang

I was born and raised in an immigrant family. By second grade I had completed more formal schooling than my father, and instinctively became a translator and interpreter between Chinese and American cultures. For as far back as I remember, I have enjoyed building bridges and understanding between people.

I studied historiography in college because I was interested in who gets to decide which aspects of history are remembered. I was shaped by those studies to prioritize the importance of context in understanding social phenomenon.

As the former Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders, a non-profit where I am now a board member, I have worked to expand educational opportunities to under-served areas, including refugee camps in Jordan, demobilization zones in Colombia, and laundromat waiting areas in the US. Libraries Without Borders received a grant from the DC Rotary Club in 2018, which inspired me to learn more about the club's initiatives and to join as a member in 2019.

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Meeting in Review, May 13, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcome three speakers this week who shared their experiences on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Member Snapshot - Russ Savage

Member Snapshot

Russ Savage

              I’m a native Washingtonian but lived in many parts of the country before returning to DC in 2005.  I am a graduate of the University of Maryland, BA 1964, MA 1965.  I’ve been a Rotarian since 1993, originally joining the Rotary Club of Hyannis, MA, and then transferring to the Rotary Club of Schenectady, NY.  My early career was with AT&T, where I worked in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and New Jersey.  I retired from Bell Laboratories in 1989. 

              I had always been interested in church, so after retiring I attended seminary at Harvard for three years, earning a Master of Divinity degree, and became a Unitarian minister.  I served churches in Massachusetts and New York before returning to DC.  Here I have served a number of churches in the metro area and presently serve a small church in Rappahannock County, VA, about 75 miles from DC.  Of course we are presently holding our services by Zoom.

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Meeting in Review May 6


Rotary Club of Washington DC
Meeting on May 6th 2020 at 6:00 pm (via Zoom)

Today’s virtual meeting of Club members was opened by Pamela Stern Green, serving today as our Zoom platform moderator. After a few reminders about Zoom features, Pamela turned the microphone over to Club President, Lynn Holec, who called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Steve Liston, our Program Committee chair, introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Xanthe Scharff, Founder of The Fuller Project ( ). In his introduction, Steve noted that

Dr. Scharff is a journalist and award-winning social entrepreneur, who in 2015 cofounded The Fuller Project with Christina Asquith in Istanbul to promote reporting on issues impacting Turkish and Syrian women. The Project is a nonprofit based out of Washington DC and builds its work on the power of “storytelling”. To date, it has produced over 200 stories featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, Foreign Affairs and and other outlets.

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May is Youth Service Month

Friday, May 1, 2020 By: Marilyn Nevy Cruz
What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Youth Service this month? May is Youth Service (formerly called New Generations) Month when Rotary Clubs, around the world focus on youth services, Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange.
Rotary International's Structured Programs for Youth Service are: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Youth Exchange. The month of May is designated as “Youth Service Month” to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30.

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Rotarian in Mexico

Friday, May 1, 2020 By: William Busker
In January and early February, I spent four weeks in Mexico, enjoying the rich culture—especially of indigenous peoples—delicious cuisine, excellent weather, fine art and beautiful people.  San Miguel de Allende, my first destination, is a small city in the central part of the country in the high desert that has become a year-round destination for ex-pat North Americans.  The hot chocolate and churros at Cafe San Agustin are amazing!

Puerto Vallarta is a resort destination on the Pacific ocean, known for its art scene, excellent international restaurants and summer climate during our winter.  In January, it becomes a Canadian and American playground with an active nightlife and wide choice of things to do.

Both cities have Rotary clubs—Puerto Vallarta has four!  In PV, I met several Rotarians, one who owned a restaurant where he placed a Rotary donation box (see photo)!  In Mexico, students must pay for public high school and the main Rotary club raises money to help students who cannot afford it.


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