Meeting in Review, March 17, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Clara Montanez, President of the Metro Bethesda Rotary Club.

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.

We connected for Word with Friends Break Outs.

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

President Nancy gave a few announcements:
  • Reading Partners tutoring starts in the fall. There will be a write up in Friday's Progress Newsletter. Training to tutor is anytime between now and then. Contact Michelle Ems at for more information.
  • Community Engagement Chair Khaled Sabah talked about March and April opportunities.
  • Fellowship Chair Mary Goldsmith talked about outdoor fellowship opportunities.
    • Sunday, March 21, 1-3 p.m., National Gallery Sculpture Garden across from National Archives.
    • Saturday, April 10, Hillwood Museum, lunch, mansion tour, and see the gardens, reservations required.

Membership Chair Catherine Pociask announced the Member Awards for Member of Month and monthly Coffee on Me drawing.

President Nancy introduced the guest speaker, Former Member Clara Montanez, President of the Metro Bethesda Rotary Club.

Clara told us about the Rotary International Representative Network and the Partnership that Rotary International signed last year as a result of the relationships that were developed through the exposure that Rotary received from International Women’s Day at the World Bank organized by Clara. This partnership is starting with a pilot project in Kenya and will extend to 64 of the poorest countries of the world to bring education to the neediest children. She is working on a Global Grant with the Rotary Club of Kenya so that Rotarians like us can participate with boots on the ground.

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Sergeant-at-Arms Bob rang the bell to adjourn the meeting at 1:31 p.m.