Meeting in Review, March 31, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Susan Lewis Solomont, Author of Lost and Found in Spain.

The Zoom meeting was opened at noon for member fellowship.

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

President Nancy Riker opened the virtual meeting and welcomed participants.

Secretary Whitney Doll welcomed guests and visiting Rotarians.

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

Club Historian Monica Smith presented a Hidden Figure of Innovation for Women’s History Month..

We had a few announcements:
  • April issue of Rotary Magazine mentions two of our members: Monica Smith and Lisa Cohen (pages 14-15).
  • Khaled Sabah talked about an upcoming service event on April 24, an Earth Day Clean Up run by the Anacostia Watershed Society.
  • Sue Weber, Chair of the Virtual 7620 District Conference, talked about the upcoming conference on April 23-25.
Steve Liston introduced the guest speaker, Susan Lewis Solomont, Author of Lost and Found in Spain.

Ms. Solomont has more than thirty years of experience providing strategic philanthropic counsel to private foundations. She frequently speaks with organizations and groups on topics such as women in business, diplomatic life abroad, travel, and philanthropy.

In 2013, she was named International Woman of the Year by FEDEPE, the leading organization for female executives and directors in Spain. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in education from Tufts University.

Her memoir, Lost and Found in Spain: Tales of an Ambassador’s Wife, focuses on her 2008 to 2012 post at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where her husband, Alan Solomont, served as Ambassador under an appointment by President Barack Obama.

Sergeant-at-Arms Bob rang the bell to adjourn the meeting at 1:30 p.m.