Meeting in Review, August 25, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Mike Molina, Head of School, Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys.

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 weekly inspiration. He recognized birthdays and anniversaries for the week.

Monica Smith presented a Member Moment.

  • Mary Goldsmith spoke about our September 22nd social at the home of Jill Kent.
  • Marcus Soriano talked about the D.C. Rotary 40 Club Summer Sizzler.
  • May O’Brien & Dr. Chris Puttock spoke on Carbon Footprint.
Allister Chang introduced this week's guest speaker, Mike Molina, Head of School, Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys.

With over a decade of professional experience as an education advocate and non-profit leader in diverse environments, Mike Molina is deeply committed to catalyzing the potential of organizations committed to educational innovation in policy, curriculum, and partnerships. Having initially applied his Juris Doctorate to advocate and build political will for California state-wide investment in youth development and less reliance on youth incarceration, then as a national and tri-national (Canada, U.S., and Mexico) advocate for education, Mike went on to win a competitive fellowship to design a program of holistic family support for youth from his native New Orleans who were displaced to Atlanta as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Later, after helping launch an independent charter school where he designed an innovative parent-teacher-community network model, he directed education programs for an organization serving U.N. designated refugees.

Mike most recently ran a wrap-around student support program for boys of color at an elite prep school, while teaching American Literature, African- American History, and Urban Studies.

Mike received his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.

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