Meeting in Review, December 16, 2020

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., welcomed guest speakers, Ryann Williams Berry and Randi Williams, who talked about the Frank R. Williams Scholarship Fund.

President Nancy Riker opened the virtual meeting at 12:30 p.m. She welcomed participants

Secretary Whitney Doll welcomed visitors and visiting Rotarians; visitors introduced themselves.

Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Schott presented the Four-Way Test and then announced birthdays and anniversaries for the week. He then gave the Inspiration.

  • Lynn Holec talked about club elections. Check your email for an email from Election Buddy. Voting ends at noon on December 23.
  • Marilyn Nevy Cruz gave an update about the Community Service Grants. Grant applications are now open.
  • Chair of Rotary International Foundation Bill Simons recognized Past President David Klaus who was recently awarded RI Major Donor Status.
  • Dr. Sam Hancock presented about Taipei, the location of the 2021 Rotary International Convention.
  • Lisa McCurdy spoke about the DC Club Foundation campaign.
  • Changamire spoke about our Virtual Holiday Party – next week, December 23, at 12:30 p.m.

Steve Liston introduced our speakers, Ryann Williams Berry and Randi Williams, who talked about the Frank R. Williams Scholarship Fund.

Ryann Williams Berry is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Norwood School in Bethesda, MD. For more than a decade, she worked at the National Cathedral School (NCS) as a homeroom and English teacher in both fifth and sixth grades. While at NCS, she served on a number of committees, including those for curriculum development, honor code review, spiritual life, the Center for Ethical Leadership and Service, community culture, strategic planning and academic risk-taking. She holds a B.S. in speech communication from Syracuse University, an M.A. in public communication from American University, and an M.S.Ed. in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Randi Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of a National Cancer Institute-funded Diversity Supplement in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. Dr. Williams holds a strong research interest in developing multilevel approaches to address disparities in smoking and lung cancer. Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. in behavioral and community health from the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health. She obtained her Master of Public Health from Emory University and received a B.A. degree in psychology from Syracuse University.

Frank R. Williams and the Fund
The late Frank R. Williams was a native Washingtonian, devoted teacher, coach, husband and father. He instilled in his students the importance of education, hard work, leadership, and community service. Throughout his childhood, these ideals were fostered by his parents and teachers in the District of Columbia Public Schools. They would become the focus of his work with young people and lead him to a life dedicated to serving others.

In 2006, his widow, Helen Williams, a decades long District of Columbia Public School teacher and department chair, and daughters, Ryann and Randi, started the Frank R. Williams Scholarship Fund to address the financial needs of student athletes pursuing higher education. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded 19 annual scholarships to deserving seniors at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington, D.C. Scholarship awardees display success on the field, exhibit strong leadership qualities and demonstrate a commitment to education and community service.

The mission of the Fund is to continue Williams’ legacy and share his ideals with others. For more information about the Fund, please visit

Next, we connected for Word with Friends Break Outs.

President Nancy adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.