October 2016
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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
Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms
Today, October 17, is the United Nations’ World Day for Overcoming Poverty. The origin of the day lies in the work of the late Father Joseph Wresinski, the founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World. Wresinski had a profound influence on my life. To honor his legacy, please allow me to share below the message of the International Committee for October … Continue reading Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms
Which Is Better? Creating Your Own Event or Participating in an Existing Event?
As part of our new strategic plan, our club is stepping up efforts to improve our public image and our presence in the community, in part through social and traditional media, but also through the organization of public events and participation in existing events. Which is better? Creating our own event, or participating in events that … Continue reading Which Is Better? Creating Your Own Event or Participating in an Existing Event?
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

Rotary Club of Capitol Hill - Washington, DC

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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

The Salvation Army operating on Capitol Hill and throughout DC recently recognized the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill for its ongoing support of expanding their services to DC's homeless population. Pictured is their mobile care van that has been operating for the past year with the help of the Ford Motor Co., Rotary, Pepco Holdings, The McFadden Group and ML Resources Social Vision.

This year's Barracks Row Fall Festival was held under great weather on September 24th with over 100 local and area community organizations. The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill participated with games and face painting events -- fun for both children and adults! For more details see the following post:
Thank you Rotarians and friends for all your help!

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 / rotarianeconomist@gmail.com


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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Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...