Meeting in Review, July 1, 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020 By: Jeanne Shen
This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, celebrated the changing of the guard. In addition, we welcomed guest speaker Shamun Cole, who spoke about racism and injustice.

President Nancy Riker opened the virtual meeting for the changing of the guard at 6:00 pm.


President Nancy Riker announced a belated birthday for the prior week.


President Nancy Riker introduced several guests, including members of her family.


Meeting visitors introduced themselves.


President Nancy Riker presented outgoing President Lynn Holec with a gift and recognized her leadership.  Lynn Holec presented Nancy Riker with the President’s pin and a Rotary plaque.


Past District Governor Greg Wims installed the 2020-2021 officers.


President Nancy Riker introduced the new logo: Uncomfortable, Necessary, Rewarding. She challenged members to be revolutionary and change what they think they know to be true.

President Nancy Riker introduced our speaker Shamun Cole. 

Speaker Shamun Cole challenged Rotarians to think about the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” He shared his experience as a black person, and several examples of racial discrimination. Shamun asked Rotarians to speak up against racism, to educate and to show empathy.

Shamun Cole is a Senior Advisor at NFP. In his role as plan advisor, he specializes in the intricacies involved with retirement plans and works with employers to establish plans that meet their needs and guides them toward a financially secure retirement.

A Saint Augustine’s College alumnus, Shamun volunteers his free time helping low-income youth in Washington, DC, achieve academic and career success (RISE-DC). He is an avid DYI-er who enjoys building or repairing things as a hobby.

Shamun resides in Aspen Hill, Maryland, with his wife, Amelia, and sons, Joshua and Elijah.

President Nancy Riker adjourned the meeting at 7:00 pm.