Meeting in Review - June 14, 2023

By Saturday, June 17, 2023
Main article image for story titled 'Meeting in Review - June 14, 2023'On June 14, 2023, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, held its regular weekly meeting in person at the University Club of Washington, D.C. and via Zoom, and welcomed guest speaker Dr. Hardy Boeckle, head of the economic and finance department of the German Embassy in Washington, DC. 
 President Marilyn Nevy Cruz called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Secretary Todd Miller introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. 

Sterling Hoffman recognized birthdays and anniversaries for the week.    

President Nominee Bob Schott encouraged everyone to give to the Club’s Foundation. 

President Elect Lisa Cohen reminded everyone of the upcoming Changing of the Guard event at her home on June 17 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 15. More details are in the Rotary Progress Newsletter and in emails.  

Past President Lynn Holec recapped the Interact Induction that took place on Tuesday, June 14, at CHEC. 

Sheldon Ray announced a Juneteenth event at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Georgetown (2501 Mill Rd., NW) on June 19 at 11 AM.  Meet for a walking tour of Georgetown and join Rotarians for Equality for Black People for the event.

President Marilyn announced that the Rotarian of the Month for the month of February is Dr. Arrel Olano.  The Club appreciates all his contributions to the Rotary Youth Exchange.

President Marilyn also announced that the June 28 luncheon meeting for the Club will be held at Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW. 

Ombudsman David Klaus discussed his German heritage and introduced our guest speaker Dr. Hardy Boeckle, head of the economic and finance department of the German Embassy in Washington, DC, a position he has held since July 2021.

Dr. Boeckle’s career at the German Foreign Office has focused on European policy, economic issues, and relations with China.

Before arriving in Washington in 2021, Dr. Boeckle was responsible for relations with the southern EU member states at the German Foreign Office in Berlin. From 2014 to 2017, he served as press spokesperson of Germany‘s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels.

Prior to Brussels, Dr. Boeckle was head of the cultural and education department at the German Embassy in Beijing.

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Boeckle led the division for coordination of German Government European policy at the Federal Chancellery. Prior to that, he held postings in Berlin, Paris, and Brussels with responsibility for European policy issues, as well as questions regarding European economic and fiscal policy and the European single market.

Dr. Boeckle holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cologne. Directly following his studies, he worked at the Institute of Economic Research in Cologne.  He is married and has three children.

Dr. Boeckle discussed geopolitics, noting broad trends that have resulted in the current challenging environment, such as the pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, reindustrialization/nationalism, and climate change.  He discussed how these things have led to major changes in supply chains, a breakdown of trade, and a rise in new forms of trade blocs.  He described Germany’s role in and responses to these trends, including decoupling its economy from Russia and enhancing transatlantic cooperation.  Despite increased coordination with other countries, including the US, to discuss the response to Russia, China, and India, he suggested that a polarization of the world should not be encouraged.  Germany, for example, desires not to seek the destruction of Russia but to provide Ukraine with as many bargaining chips as possible.

After a question-and-answer session, President Marilyn presented Dr. Boeckle with a certificate for the planting of a tree under the Club’s Trees for the Capital program.

May O’Brien introduced David Owens, formerly with World Vision and now with the National Museum and Center for Service.  Mr. Owens explained that the Museum has been invited to put on an exhibition about service at the MLK Library.  He welcomed a contribution of stories of service from the Club, noting that the Club has a strong history of service and partnering with local organizations. 

Sterling Hoffman conducted the Raffle which was won for the second time in a row by Brian Blum.  Alas, he did not draw the Ace of Spades.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.   Salvador Farfán was the producer on Zoom, and Chelsea Uzarowski graciously stepped in at the absolute last minute and was the producer in the room.  Brian Blum provided hospitality (also stepping in at the last minute) and Dr. Sam Hancock was the greeter.

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William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., D.L F.A.P.A. is Founder of the Institute for Reducing Disparities, LLC, President of Senior Psychiatrists Inc, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University, emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, and emeritus professor and formerly chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Howard University School of Medicine.  He received a PhD in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, residency at Stanford University and fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana, University of California, Irvine, Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas, and Howard University. He was past President of the DC chapter, Mental Health America, the Washington Psychiatric Society, and Black Psychiatrists of America.

He received the American Psychiatric Foundation Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health, Jeanne Spurlock Award, and the Solomon Carter Fuller Award by the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, and  the  George Winokur Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.

Dr. Lawson has over 200 publications, and is former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the National Medical Association.

William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., D.L F.A.P.A. is Founder of the Institute for Reducing Disparities, LLC, President of Senior Psychiatrists Inc, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University, emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, and emeritus professor and formerly chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Howard University School of Medicine. He received a PhD in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, residency at Stanford University and fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana, University of California, Irvine, Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas, and Howard University. He was past President of the DC chapter, Mental Health America, the Washington Psychiatric Society, and Black Psychiatrists of America.

He received the American Psychiatric Foundation Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health, Jeanne Spurlock Award, and the Solomon Carter Fuller Award by the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, and the George Winokur Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.

Dr. Lawson has over 200 publications, and is former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the National Medical Association.

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The author of over a dozen books, he is also the author of numerous magazine and journal articles along with public affairs commentaries and op-eds.

An independent, he encourages people to “think outside the box.”  His writing has covered political history, presidential history, literature, economics, film, architecture, and historic preservation.

His most recent book is Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).  Previous presidential books include Woodrow Wilson and World War I:  A Burden Too Great to Bear (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Lincoln and Race (Southern Illinois Univerity Press, 2012), Lincoln’s Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), and Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Relentless Struggle to End Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2006). He contributed to the on-line New York Times “Disunion” series on the Civil War and he has written two cover stories for the American Scholar magazine. He has also written articles for William & Mary Quarterly and Aspen Institute Quarterly. He was a regular book reviewer for The Weekly Standard.  

His latest book, Ike in Love and War: How Dwight D. Eisenhower Sacrificed Himself to Keep the Peace was published by Post Hill Press in September, 2023.

Richard Striner is a writer, scholar, and activist. He led an historic preservation organization before joining the faculty of Washington College, where he served as professor of history for thirty years. He also served as senior writer for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

The author of over a dozen books, he is also the author of numerous magazine and journal articles along with public affairs commentaries and op-eds.

An independent, he encourages people to “think outside the box.” His writing has covered political history, presidential history, literature, economics, film, architecture, and historic preservation.

His most recent book is Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Previous presidential books include Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden Too Great to Bear (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Lincoln and Race (Southern Illinois Univerity Press, 2012), Lincoln’s Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), and Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Relentless Struggle to End Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2006). He contributed to the on-line New York Times “Disunion” series on the Civil War and he has written two cover stories for the American Scholar magazine. He has also written articles for William & Mary Quarterly and Aspen Institute Quarterly. He was a regular book reviewer for The Weekly Standard.

His latest book, Ike in Love and War: How Dwight D. Eisenhower Sacrificed Himself to Keep the Peace was published by Post Hill Press in September, 2023.

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The Honorable Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2023 President Joseph R. Biden’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Society (2018), DCTV Hall of Fame (2017), Washington Business Journal Power 100 Recognition (2016 & 2017), Prince Hall Lodge No. 14 Life Time Achievement Award (2017), and the Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Service Award (2016) for career accomplishments promoting excellence in the study, practice and judicial processes of the law.

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A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry in Scotland, Gordon joined Rotary in 1984 aged 26. He has served as President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and in RI has had many roles, including adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee. Gordon looks forward to working with members on building new style Rotary clubs and groups. His vision is to ensure that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to do good in the world. 

He is also a patron of “Hope and Homes for Children” and led a partnership between that organization and RIBI during his presidency to lift orphans of the Rwandan genocide out of poverty and into stability. He recalls a moment of epiphany about Rotary’s power to transform lives while in Rwanda when he met a 16-year-old girl who had previously never owned shoes. Gordon is also a patron of “Trade-Aid” for developing countries. 
 

In his free time, Gordon enjoys rugby, good food and wine, and “stick dressing”. Gordon strongly supports The Rotary Foundation, which he describes as “the fuel that provides the energy to do Rotary service.” He and his wife, Heather, also a Rotarian, are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. They are also members of the Bequest Society. As a proud grandfather, Gordon wishes to dedicate his presidency to making the world a better place for children everywhere to live and thrive. “No matter how long I live, I will never be able to give back to Rotary what Rotary has given me,” he says.

RI President R. Gordon R. McInally owned and operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh until 2016. He has held various academic and professional positions, served as Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and is an ambassador for “Bipolar UK”.
A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry in Scotland, Gordon joined Rotary in 1984 aged 26. He has served as President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and in RI has had many roles, including adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee. Gordon looks forward to working with members on building new style Rotary clubs and groups. His vision is to ensure that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to do good in the world.

He is also a patron of “Hope and Homes for Children” and led a partnership between that organization and RIBI during his presidency to lift orphans of the Rwandan genocide out of poverty and into stability. He recalls a moment of epiphany about Rotary’s power to transform lives while in Rwanda when he met a 16-year-old girl who had previously never owned shoes. Gordon is also a patron of “Trade-Aid” for developing countries.


In his free time, Gordon enjoys rugby, good food and wine, and “stick dressing”. Gordon strongly supports The Rotary Foundation, which he describes as “the fuel that provides the energy to do Rotary service.” He and his wife, Heather, also a Rotarian, are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. They are also members of the Bequest Society. As a proud grandfather, Gordon wishes to dedicate his presidency to making the world a better place for children everywhere to live and thrive. “No matter how long I live, I will never be able to give back to Rotary what Rotary has given me,” he says.

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