Meeting in Review, November 10, 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Charles “Chic” Dambach, President Emeritus, National Peace Corps Association.

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

President Bill Dent welcomed participants.

Secretary Whitney Doll led the introduction of guests and visiting Rotarians.

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

Luz Barbero Carbi presented a Member Moment.

Monica Smith presented a History Moment.

Announcements:
  • Annual TRF Campaign – Ken Kimbrough
  • Community Engagement event – Khaled Sabah
  • Dictionary Project Committee – Michelle Ems
  • First Club Networking Event – Lisa Cohen
  • RYLA Committee University Club – Alexander Tu
  • Social November 17 - Mary Goldsmith
  • University Club - Bill Dent
Dick Pyle introduced this week's guest speaker, Charles “Chic” Dambach, President Emeritus, National Peace Corps Association.

Chic Dambach’s wide ranging career includes President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association (currently President Emeritus), President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, CEO of Operation Respect (currently Director Emeritus), and Chief of Staff for Congressman John Garamendi.  Previously, he held executive positions in education, the arts, sports, and health, and he was an “expert” advisor to the Director of the Peace Corps.  He recently retired as an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins and American Universities.

He is chair of the Peace Corps Connect to the Future initiative to engage the Peace Corps community for new opportunities and challenges.  He is an advisor for the Washington Strategy Group, on the board of the Institute for Economics and Peace (USA), and a member of the Public Diplomacy Council.  He lectures worldwide at colleges and universities and at conferences, and he was a senior consultant with BoardSource where he helped write two books on nonprofit governance.

His career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, and his memoir, Exhaust the Limits, the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, features a lifetime of service and successful initiatives for peace in Africa.  A second edition of the book was published by Apprentice House of Loyola University in March 2020. https://exhaustthelimits.org/

He was nominated by Members of Congress for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2021, he was awarded the medal of “Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mali” (Knight of the National Order of Mali) as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award for Advancing World Peace from the Rotary E Club of World Peace.

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