Meeting in Review, August 18, 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Prabha Sankaranarayan, President and CEO, Mediators Beyond Borders International.

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

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

Shelton Williams introduced his guests.

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

Monica Smith presented a History Moment with insights into James Smithson, enigmatic founder of the Smithsonian Institutions, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

  • President Bill – committees setting goals & tracking service hours
  • Mary Goldsmith – Sept. 22nd Social
  • Maria Nelly Pavisich & Mimi Kanda – Haiti Rotarian Relief Effort
  • May O’Brien – Reminder of ISC Meeting, Thursday 6:00 p.m.
  • Jim Palmquist (intro by May O’Brien) – on West African Women Peacebuilders

Marcus Soriano introduced this week's guest speaker, Prabha Sankaranarayan, President and CEO, Mediators Beyond Borders International.

Prabha is a conflict transformation practitioner who has mediated, facilitated and trained in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. Her public and private sector work includes conflict analysis for public/private partnerships, consultation & assessment for industrial development zones, design and implementation of trainings for multinational corporations; interfaith dialogues as well as facilitation of multi-stakeholder mediations.

Prabha is actively involved in regional, national and international civic activities focused on civil liberties, sexual violence prevention, conflict mitigation & mediation and the recovery and rehabilitation of trauma survivors. She is an Adjunct Professor at Washington and Jefferson College. She designs programs and interventions, trains and delivers presentations (nationally and internationally) on the impact of family and community violence, the intersection of trauma and peace-building, restorative justice, conflict resolution, mediation, and transitional justice. She speaks English, Tamil, and Hindi. Enjoys travel, hiking, and rafting.

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