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Education, Peace, and Social Change Event at the World Bank
For readers of this blog who are based in the greater Washington, DC, area, please take note of an event I am organizing at the World Bank. On September 20, 2016 at 4 PM (until 5:30 PM followed by a light reception), we will have a great panel discussion on education for peace and social change … Continue reading Education, Peace, and Social Change Event at the World Bank
Telling Your Rotary Club’s Story on Social Media: Posting on Local Blogs
Using social media to tell the story of your Rotary club does not mean focusing only on your club’s own website, blog, or Facebook/Twitter accounts. It may be useful to post stories on websites and blogs that have a stronger readership base than your own. The main local blog for my club’s community is “The Hill Is Home”. So I started writing posts for that … Continue reading Telling Your Rotary Club’s Story on Social Media: Posting on Local Blogs
Strengthening Rotary Clubs through Stronger Partnerships with Local Nonprofits
As readers of this blog may be aware, my Rotary club launched last month a number of partnerships with key nonprofits in our community as part of a “pro bono initiative”. These partnerships bring several benefits: 1) better service opportunities for our members and larger impact in the community; 2) more visibility for  our partners and our club; and 3) … Continue reading Strengthening Rotary Clubs through Stronger Partnerships with Local Nonprofits
Growing the Membership and Serving the Community: Example of a Strategic Plan for a Rotary Club
On July 1, at the start of each new Rotary year, new club Presidents elected by the membership of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide take on the responsibility to lead their club for a year.  New elected leaders are also in place, again for a year, at the level of Rotary Districts and even Rotary International. Rotary … Continue reading Growing the Membership and Serving the Community: Example of a Strategic Plan for a Rotary Club
Polio Immunization in Yemen
A few months ago, I shared news through this blog about the approval of a new World Bank project for routine immunizations in Pakistan which included a component on polio.  Rotarian friends mentioned to me at the time that my blog post did not mention Rotary. The reason was that the project included partnerships with organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates … Continue reading Polio Immunization in Yemen

Rotary Club of Capitol Hill - Washington, DC

Capitol Hill

Service Above Self

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the Month
The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
4 F Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
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The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at The Dubliner. Other Tuesdays will find us in service functions throughout DC. We look forward to welcoming guests and fellow Rotarians at The Dubliner meetings, and look forward to Serving Others across DC.
Stay tuned to this website to find the latest service schedule for the months ahead.
The Dubliner Restaurant
4 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

We're at it again -- celebrating the return of Fall to DC! Join the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill along with "Thor" and his pals in fun and festivities on 8th Street, SE, Saturday, September 24th. The day will be full of arts, festivals and good cheer from the Capitol Hill neighborhood. And a chance to express our desire to "Serve Others" and the community. Stop by our booth and join in the celebration.

The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill has nominated five youth to attend Rotary's Generation LEAD on September 17th at the Riggs Alumni Center in College Park, MD. The all-day event connects young professionals with community leaders, business leads and mentors to build interest in ways to strengthen communities. Participants will have the opportunity to earn an exclusive Young Professional Community Ambassador Certificate from Rotary International.

Volunteer your skills with local nonprofits to achieve higher impact with your service work/hours. As a lawyer, marketer, social media expert, evaluation specialist, or professional in another field, help local nonprofits improve and expand their services in your community. Join an initiative from the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill to provide pro bono consulting advice to local nonprofits in Capitol Hill and beyond.This initiative is for Rotarians and others to engage in service work. Non-Rotarians can participate too and are welcome to join the teams that will be formed to advise each participating nonprofit.

For further details, please contact Quentin Wodon /


District 7620's new Governor, Anne Mae Kobbe kicked off the 2016-17 year at The Dubliner with the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill. She emphasized the club's new to continue to engage in the community and raise the profile of Rotary while inducting our newest member, Cathi Coridan (standing at right). Anne Mae is only the third woman to hold the position of District Governor, and will use her bully pulpit to recognize the contributions that women make throughout the Rotary District.
The new DG also noted that this year is the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. It is also a year to remain vigilant in support of PolioPlus! Both focuses provide opportunities to create and tell stories about why and how Rotarians give to Polio eradication. In addition, it provides opportunities for each Rotarian to match the initial investment in the Rotary Foundation of $26.50 and to PolioPlus!

Would you or someone you know like to be a speaker at a Rotary Club of Capitol Hill meeting? We are always interested in hearing from members of the DC community and beyond on topics ranging from business to academic to humanitarian. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:15AM at The Dubliner, in the Phoenix Park Hotel. Our speakers generally speak for about 15 minutes and have time for audience questions afterward. If you would like to suggest a speaker, please contact:

Jeremy Pearce
Vice President
Rotary Club of Capitol Hill


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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.