Meeting in Review, July 8, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, DC, heard from two Interact students who participated in the District four-way test speech competition this year.

President Nancy Riker opened the virtual meeting at 6:00 pm.

Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Schott presented the Rotary four-way test and then announced birthdays and anniversaries for the week.

Meeting visitors introduced themselves.

President Riker provided a club update. She introduced Monica Conroy, our new Club Administrator. She mentioned the biweekly Progress Report and asked members to submit stories to She also explained the new format for our virtual meetings, which is (1) replacing the Pledge of Allegiance with the four-way test, (2) a club business briefing at the beginning, (3) speakers start at 6:25 with time for Q&A, and (4) 7-minute fellowship breakout sessions.

Then we heard updates from:

  1. Lisa Cohen, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Rotarians for Equality for Black People. The committee is planning a 5K walk/run for equal justice. Details coming soon.
  2. Natalie Korytnyk Forrester, a member of the Health & Wellness Committee. The committee will be sending out virtual birthday cards to members this year and will be acknowledging anniversaries.

Marilyn Nevy Cruz introduced two Interact students from CHEC and Richard Wright who participated in the District four-way test speech competition this year. This was the first time in over 10 years that DC had representation in this contest. Autumn spoke about African American dancers  and discrimination in the dance community, and Fernando spoke about diabetes.

Next, we connected during two seven-minute small fellowship breakouts called “Words with Friends.”

President Riker adjourned the meeting a few minutes before 7:00 pm.