Meeting in Review, February 24, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speakers Rotarian and Executive Director of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, Ms. Reem Ghunaim, and Rotarian Mr. David Fishman, Rotary Intercountry Committees.

Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Schott rang the opening bell at 12:30 p.m.

President Nancy Riker opened the virtual meeting and welcomed participants, guests, and visiting Rotarians.

David Klaus led us in singing “Happy Birthday” to Rotary.

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

Club Historian Monica Smith presented a History Moment on the Hidden Figures of Innovation.

ISC Co-Chair May O’Brien provided an update on the International Service Committee.

President Nancy introduced our speakers, Rotarian and Executive Director of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, Ms. Reem Ghunaim, and Rotarian Mr. David Fishman, Rotary Intercountry Committees.

Reem Ghunaim is the Executive Director for the Rotarian Action Group for Peace based in Portland, Oregon. She is a Positive Peace Activator and a Global Peace Index Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace. Reem started as a Rotaractor in Ramallah Palestine then earned a Rotary Peace Fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill – Duke Peace Center where she earned her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning in addition to a certificate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She is now a Rotarian at the Portland Rotary Club.

David Fishman, Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Alexandria, Virginia, District 7610, Zone 33, is experienced in domestic and international conflict resolution. David is active in RI InterCountry Committee (ICC) cooperative efforts. These are both Russia-specific, (currently developing ‘virtual’ bi-lingual meetings), and broader, focused on Middle East peace-building, Iran, and how to help incoming Rotary leadership grow the membership and strengthen the impact of ICCs.

Next, we connected for Word with Friends Break Outs.

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