Meeting in Review, September 22, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Glenn Blumhorst, President, National Peace Corps Association.

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 History Moment.

Announcements:
  • Marilyn Cruz – Awarding Member of the Month
  • Khaled Sabah – City Blossoms event on September 25th
  • May O’Brien – ISC Reminder – Celebrate Basic Education & Literacy Month!
  • Sheldon Ray – Rotarians for Equality of Black People update
Dick Pyle spoke about Rotary/Peace Corps Week. He covered:
  • 60th Anniversary and Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership
  • Jody Olsen – recent past Director of the Peace Corps
  • Ted Adams – Peace Corps’ Director of Partnerships
  • PSA video which Rotary Executive Secretary John HewKO
Dick Pyle introduced this week's guest speaker, Glenn Blumhorst, President, National Peace Corps Association.

Glenn Blumhorst is President and CEO of National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), a 501(c)(3) enterprise at the center of a community of more than 180 grassroots affiliate groups and 240,000 individuals who share the Peace Corps experience.  Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, DC, NPCA’s mission is “to champion lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals.”  During his tenure, Glenn has led NPCA’s historic transformation from a dues-based alumni association to a community-driven social impact organization.

Prior to joining the NPCA, Glenn enjoyed an illustrious 18-year career with ACDI/VOCA, most recently leading the establishment and substantial growth of ACDI/VOCA’s worldwide Community Stabilization and Development practice area as Managing Director.  He also served as Country Representative and Chief of Party on several major USAID-funded projects throughout Central and South America.  His work has taken him to over 65 countries.

Glenn launched his career by serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala from 1988 to 1991.  He holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious University of Missouri Faculty-Alumni Award.

Glenn is a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill.  In his spare time, he is a private pilot with 400 hours of flight time.

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