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Rotary International’s New Website and its Story on Literacy
Rotary International launched a much anticipated new website this month. The Rotary Leader January newsletter mentions five reasons to check out the new site, but I must admit that my main reason to look at it right away was the story on literacy because I knew it would feature a great Nepal project. The literacy … Continue reading Rotary International’s New Website and its Story on Literacy
Free ebook series: Let me know your ideas!
Next week, as I take time off from work, I will start working on a series of free ebooks for Rotarians and others interested in service work. The ebooks will be released in coming months. If you have ideas or know of projects that I should cover in this new series, please let me know … Continue reading Free ebook series: Let me know your ideas!
November is Foundation Month: Rapid Update on the Rotary Foundation
Every year, Rotary International publishes an annual report for the organization as well as the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF). As this is Foundation month in Rotary, it may be useful to provide basic statistics on TRF to underscore the good work done by the Foundation around the world and encourage Rotarians to donate. … Continue reading November is Foundation Month: Rapid Update on the Rotary Foundation
Results Are In: 60% Membership Growth in First Trimester
No, Rotary International did not suddenly get 720,000 or so more members, or at least not yet! I am talking about the membership growth in my club – the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, from July to October. Let’s admit it: a high growth rate (negative or positive) is more likely with a … Continue reading Results Are In: 60% Membership Growth in First Trimester
Financing Polio Eradication and Development in Nigeria’s North-East
New cases of polio have emerged in Nigeria. Ahead of World Polio Day, readers of this blog should know that Rotary and other international organizations are stepping up to the plate. In September 2016, Rotary committed an additional $35 million to end polio, bringing its contribution to $105 million in 2016. Two months earlier, the World Bank approved in … Continue reading Financing Polio Eradication and Development in Nigeria’s North-East

Rotary Club of Capitol Hill - Washington, DC

Capitol Hill

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Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the Month
The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
4 F Street, NW
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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
Jennifer Bentzel is the Fundraising Officer for IMA World Health. She has been at IMA for five years and has traveled to Haiti to see first-hand IMA’s WASH and NTD programs in action. She will be discussing IMA World Health, which is an international non-profit whose main headquarters are located in Washington, DC. IMA collaborates with local, national and international partners, especially faith-based networks and organizations to build integrated, holistic and sustainable health systems. IMA’s main focus is to increase access to quality health care, with an emphasis on some of the most vulnerable populations. Many of their programs aim to improve malaria, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and health system strengthening.
As part of a continuing effort to support youth leadership in critical thinking in personal and professional lives, Capitol Hill Rotarians will be sponsoring two high school students to attend the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program in Chevy Chase, MD. RYLA is a three-day leadership training program that is designed to recognize, encourage, and further develop the leadership skills of 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students who have shown a potential for rendering important service to their schools and communities. Rotary established this program to enable promising young leaders to encounter and analyze critical issues of professional and business ethics and to accept responsibility; to confront and resolve critical social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues; and to develop and refine leadership skills.
This year's program will start February 18th. We congratulate all participants and wish them a productive and enjoyable event!
If you are interested in contributing to the Capitol Hill service community and want to meet a range of talented people, we want to hear from you! As part of RCCH's ongoing effort to provide services to non-profits in the Capitol Hill community, plan to join Rotarians on February 24th  in a training session on developing and executing projects for non-profits. Details on time and location will be forthcoming soon.
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
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Jennifer Bentzel
Jan 24, 2017
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...