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Washington, DC  20001
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2017 District 7620 Annual Conference & Foundation Centennial Gala
College Park, Maryland - May 5-7, 2017

Be a part of Celebrating Rotary 2016-2017 accomplishments and The Rotary Foundation Centennial.  The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is at the intersection of University Blvd., Campus Drive, and Adelphi Road - 3501 University Blvd. East, Hyattsville, MD 20783
 
To register, go to http://www.rotary7620.org/
 
Irene Mbari-Kirka, Founder of InABLE, a non-profit in Kenya that supports pathways to education, employment and empowerment for the visually impaired, shared her organization's vision and efforts to provide computer skills training to youth. Her 11 year-old NGO has provided over 20,000 computer-training hours to youth and enrolled of over 1,600 blind and visually impaired students with 140 teachers. Working with SafariTel, InABLE is now delivering coding of mobile websites that are utilized around the world. This effort has also led to employment for skilled graduates of her program. InABLE is now working with the government of Kenya to scale these successes nationwide. Irene, thank you for sharing your enthusiasm and vision with Rotarians.
  
 
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What motivates everyday women to do extraordinary things — to positively change the lives of people halfway around the world while inspiring so many folks at home?   Razia Jan, the founder and director of the Zabuli Education Center, was honored on International Women's Day. 

Three Rotary members answered that question at a celebration of International Women’s Day hosted by the World Bank at its Washington, D.C., headquarters 8 March.

Speaking to an audience of more than 300, with thousands listening to the live-stream, Razia Jan, Deborah Walters, and Ann Lee Hussey told their personal stories and explained what inspired them to build a girls school in Afghanistan, assist people living in a Guatemala City garbage dump, and lead more than 24 teams to immunize children in Africa and Asia.

“I’m so inspired to see the faces of the children, what they’re learning, how to stand up for their rights, to have ambition ... to want to do things that may even be impossible — to have dreams,” said Jan, a member of the Rotary Club of Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA. An Afghan native now living in the United States, Jan has worked for decades to build connections between Afghans and Americans while improving the lives of young women and girls in Afghanistan.
 
...for more details on this Women's day celebration go to www.rotary.org/en/rotary-women-inspire-international-womens-day 
 
Cellist Carrie Bean Stute graced our Rotary club meeting with live music and reflection on efforts to more fully engage communities in classical music. Carrie and her colleague, Efi Hackmey, are music directors of the chamber ensemble Chiarina, which brings high-quality chamber music performances and innovative programming to Capitol Hill, DC, and Montgomery County, MD. Their mission is to make live performances of great masterpieces accessible to the community at large, and to connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  
 
Carrie discussed new trends in classical music and how these efforts to engage communities in more common settings is reconnecting people to classical music as a learning tool. In addition to her chamber ensemble work, she is a member of the President’s Marine Corps band and delivers performances throughout D.C. Thank you, Carrie, for being a part of our morning meeting. We look forward to a return visit!
 
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
JeremyAPearce@yahoo.com
 
 
 
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