Meeting in Review, January 13, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Delbert McFadden, Executive Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement.

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

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

President Nancy welcomed visitors and visiting Rotarians; visitors introduced themselves.

Ken Brown talked about the wine tasting opportunity in February. Check your email for details.

Jak Kramer provided a Member Moment.

Membership Chair Catherine Pociask presented the Member of the Month Award to Mary Goldsmith and presented David Klaus the Coffee On Me Award. Catherine then presided over the mew member inductions for Susan O’Neal and Sonya Sconiers.

Kenny Barnes and Allister Chang introduced our speaker, Delbert McFadden, Executive Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE).

Appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser in October 2017, Delbert “Del” McFadden serves as the Executive Director of ONSE for the District of Columbia. Mr. McFadden is a community organizer and educator with experience in implementing evidence-based violence prevention and intervention programs across the city. During a long career at Collaborative Solutions for Communities, located in Ward 1, Mr. McFadden served as coordinator for numerous intervention programs, including Weed and Seed, Project Safe Neighborhood and the Citywide Coordinating Council on Youth Violence Prevention.

In 20 years of service, Mr. McFadden has made significant strides in advocating for disadvantaged youth and reducing criminal elements in targeted communities. He has a proven track record building cross-sector collaborative relationships with government agencies, community based organizations, and stakeholder groups. Mr. McFadden worked in conjunction with late Councilmember Jim Graham, the Metropolitan Police Department, and community residents to reduce gun violence in the Columbia Heights community.

Next, we connected for Word with Friends Break Outs.

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