Meeting in Review, December 1, 2021

Thursday, December 2, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker His Excellency, Ambassador Tadeous T. Chifamba, Ambassador of Zimbabwe.

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

Past President Lynn Holec 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.

  • Community Service Grants Update (Todd Miller)
  • University Club Update – In-person meetings (Lynn Holec)
  • Annual Campaign for the Rotary Foundation (Bill Simons)
  • December 16 Holiday Party at Mansion at O Street (Mary Goldsmith)
  • Club Voting for Officers and Board Members Dec. 15-22 (Lynn Holec)
  • Hal Vaughn update (Lynn Holec)
Dr. Sam Hancock introduced this week's guest speaker, His Excellency, Ambassador Tadeous T. Chifamba, Ambassador of Zimbabwe.

Before his assignment to the Embassy of Zimbabwe to the United States in October, 2020, Ambassador Tadeous T. Chifamba was an Ambassador to the European Union and the Benelux before that.  He served as the Permanent Secretary for Special Projects in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Secretary for Regional Integration and International Cooperation from March 2009 to September 2013.  He also served as Deputy Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of Zimbabwe to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization at Geneva in Switzerland, from 1994 to 2001; and Divisional Head of Multilateral Affairs and for Africa, Asia and the Pacific in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2009, respectively.

Ambassador Chifamba has vast experience in bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations having been appointed Coordinator and Spokesperson of the African Group of Trade Negotiators in the World Trade Organization, a position he served in 1999 and 2001.  In 2011, he was elected Chief Negotiator for Eastern and Southern Africa for the negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union (EU).  He holds a BSc Politics and Administration (Hons) degree as well as an MSc International Relations degree from the University of Zimbabwe.  He has contributed Articles on regional integration and multilateral trade issues.  He is also a member of the African Capacity Building Foundation Technical Advisory Panel.

President Elect Nominee Lisa adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m