Meeting in Review, July 21, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Lisa Fager, Executive Director, Mt. Zion - Female Union Historic Memorial Park, Inc.

The Zoom meeting was opened at 12:15 PM for member fellowship.

President Bill Dent welcomed participants, guests, and visiting Rotarians.

Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman presented the Four-Way Test and recognized birthdays and anniversaries for the week.

President Bill shared our plans for hybrid meetings, and Khaled Sabah provided an announcement as well.

We continued the presentations from last week of our club’s dynamic committees. We heard from the chairs of:
  • Community Service Grants (Marilyn Nevy Cruz)
  • Public Relations (Salvador Farfan)

Sheldon Ray introduced this week's guest speaker, Lisa Fager, Executive Director, Mt. Zion - Female Union Historic Memorial Park, Inc.

Ms. Fager is a self-described student of history and nontraditional preservationist.  For nearly twenty years, she has worked to preserve and protect Black communities and interests by reflecting on the past and using her voice and actions to create meaningful change. Today, Ms. Fager is the Executive Director of the Mt. Zion - Female Union Historic Memorial Park, Inc., where she directs operations, programming, fundraising, and community engagement to ensure the long-term viability of the Foundation. Her primary objective is to facilitate the creation of an education center and preserve the Mt. Zion – Female Union Band Society cemeteries.
 
Prior to this, Ms. Fager was the Director of Public Policy for the Hip Hop Caucus. She oversaw the policy agenda and advocacy campaigns, and worked with key policymakers at the local and national level to advance policies and engage communities in the process.  Ms. Fager also consults on civic and public health issues through her Free Mind Communications venture and has a broad array of clients including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Comcast NBC Universal, American Cancer Society, and Def Jam Records.
 
Ms. Fager received her BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland and her MBA from The Johns Hopkins University.

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