Meeting in Review, December 15, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Mary Anne Rishebarger, Program Director for Monarch Sister Schools Program USA.

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.

President Elect Marilyn Nevy Cruz presented a Red Badge to new member Michael Skerritt.

  • Community Service Grants - Update (President Elect Marilyn)
  • Annual Campaign for the Rotary Foundation (Ken Kimbrough)
  • December 16 Holiday Party at Mansion at O Street (Bill Dent)
  • Club Electronic Voting for Officers & Board Members (Nancy Riker)
  • Contributions to the D.C. Rotary Foundation (Past President Lynn Holec)
President Bill introduced guest speaker Mary Anne Rishebarger, Program Director for Monarch Sister Schools Program USA. She spoke about how “Rotary Clubs Are Supporting the Environment by Planting Monarch Butterfly Gardens in Schools.”

Mary Anne was born the second oldest of nine children in Toronto, Canada to an American Mom and German Dad. She moved to Suitland, MD, when she was in elementary school. After working and living in England and Switzerland in the mid 80's, she moved to Baltimore where she raised two children with her husband Mark.

Mary Anne received an MBA from Loyola University in 2013.

As an Entrepreneur, she has run several successful companies including BTX a Business-to-Business Barter Exchange and a Food Truck called Farm to Charm. Most of her working career has been in Sales, Marketing, and Fundraising.

She joined the Baltimore Rotary Club in 2001 and served as the second female President in over 100 years. She served as Area Governor from 2011 – 2017.  She’s a charter member and Past President of the new Rotary Club of Baltimore Sunset.

My greatest Rotary achievement: I received a global grant to build a gravity-powered water treatment plant in Atima, Honduras. After raising $30K in local funds, she was awarded matching grants from our District 7620 and Rotary International. The final project was completed in one year at $90K working with local NGO’s, Cornell University Engineers, Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, Honduras and created two full time jobs for local residents.

Mary Anne a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of ESRAG: Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group, and a member of the International Rotary Yacht Squadron of Chesapeake Bay.

She’s been raising a yellow lab for Guiding Eyes for the Blind over the last 15 months. She’s planted 10 pollinator gardens in Baltimore City Schools, and she’s the New Program Director for Monarch Sister Schools Program USA. Her goal is to plant 100 pollinator gardens in Spring 2021 across the U.S.

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