|Register for District Conference - College Park - May 5-7||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 09, 2017||
Register NOW - Celebrating Rotary District Conference
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/
Women share stories of humanitarian service on International Women's Day
||Posted by Jane Lawicki||on Mar 11, 2017||
[Excerpts taken from Rotary.org blog]
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
|Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Positioned to Support Community in 2017-18||Posted by David Sterling||on Mar 05, 2017||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill has qualified to participate in Rotary District 7620 and Rotary International grants to communities for the upcoming Rotary Year 2017-18. This qualification enables the club to better serve its community and partners regionally and globally. Rotary sponsors initiatives that are identified and executed by its members supporting improvements in:
|Up Coming Events||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 20, 2017||
The following events are slated for in the coming weeks:
Friday, Feb 24th -- Pro Bono M&E Training at the Hill Center, Pennsylvania SE, DC
Tuesday, Feb 28th -- RCCH Club meeting
Friday, Mar 3rd -- final day to register for District 7620 sponsored "Forum on Human Trafficking"
Tuesday, Mar 7th -- RCCH Board meeting
Wednesday, Mar 8th -- kick-off of Raney-Moss Foundation care package collection
|Cellist performs live at Rotary!||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 20, 2017||
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!
|Collection of Sundries and Personal Care Items for Homeless||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 20, 2017||
Rotarians, join our partner, the Raney-Moss Foundation, in collecting sundries and care package items to help homeless students in the DC area. Sundries and daily care items will be collected and distributed to Raney-Moss volunteers and the Howard University Chapel to assist homeless students this Spring. Beginning March 8th, RCCH members will be collecting items for this cause. For more details, see David Sterling at email@example.com.
Useful items include the following:
Toiletries and Personal Care
· Feminine napkins · Wash cloth · Tampons · Toothbrush holder · Shower shoes · Makeup · Deodorant · Lotion · Toothpaste Contact lens solution · Toothbrush · Hairspray · Towel · Shampoo · Soap · Conditioner
· Pen · Notebooks · Pencil · Sticky notes · Paper – lined or plain · Highlighters
Other Items for Care Packages · Gift Cards · Laundry detergent · Fabric softener · Recent magazine · Recent hometown newspaper
· Motivational book · Devotional book · Air freshener · Paper towels Napkins · Dish soap · Dish cloth · Phone card
· Envelopes · Stamps · Pictures of recent event · Photo album · Blank CDs · All purpose spray cleaner · Holiday decorations · Trash can liners · Potato chips · Pretzels · Corn Chips · Ramen noodles · Tea · Coffee · Canned pasta meals · Cookies · Mints Gum · Microwave popcorn · Candy bars or other chocolate · Mac and Cheese Instant oatmeal
|District 7620 Sponsoring Forum on Human Trafficking||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 20, 2017||
On March 11, 2017 Rotary District 7620 is sponsoring the Forum on Human Trafficking at the College Park Hotel & Conference Center (3501 University Blvd. East, Hyattsville, MD 20783) located on the University of Maryland College Park campus.
Registration fee: $20 per person
To register go to www.rotary7620.org or email Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is required by March 3rd.
Speakers working to end human trafficking include Senator Susan Lee; Michael Lyles, Prince George's Human Relations Commission; Jeanne Allert of The Samaritan Women, Baltimore; Laura Ardito, UMBC and UMD SAFE CENTER; Maryland Trooper Sgt. Debbie Flory; and Angela Spencer of the Frederick County Human Trafficking Task Force. Awareness is the first step to ending trafficking. LEARN about slavery and LEAD in stopping trafficking.
|Help Needed - Pro Bono Training at Capitol Hill Ctr.||Posted by Quentin Wodon||on Feb 20, 2017||
Registration for M&E training on February 24 at the Capitol Hill Center is now closed. We have reached 150 registered participants, with the target of 130 actual participants. Some participants have also registered only for part of the day, so we hope not to exceed the maximum room capacity of 110 people!
We do need volunteers to assist the day of the event to help coordinate guest and participants. This includes filming the event. All volunteers welcome! Please contact Quentin Wodon for details at email@example.com.
|Capitol Hill Rotarians Support RYLA Youth||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 21, 2017||
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!
|Gear up for Pro Bono project training and reception - Feb24th||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 21, 2017||
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.
|Jennifer Bentzel discusses IMA World Health||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 21, 2017||
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.
|Rotarians and Friends Support Homeless Students in DC||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 12, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill teamed with the Raney-Moss Group (RMG) and friends to create and deliver care packages to homeless students in DC. This is an ongoing effort by Rotarians and partners to serve segments of the student body in local colleges that require day-to-day support. Working with college Outreach programs, RMG and its partners provide monthly personal care items. Thank you for your donations!
|Get ready to Ring Holiday Bells for Salvation Army||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 12, 2016||
Members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill plan to ring holiday bells for the Salvation Army this coming holiday season. If you are interested in participating, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie at email@example.com) for details. As in previous years, we hope to raise fund for the Salvation Army at the Capitol Hill Walmart on one or several of the week ends in December. Date to be confirmed in the near future.
|Donate to Gifts to the Homeless||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 12, 2016||
Donate this season with fellow Rotarians to the Gifts for the Homeless non-profit here in DC (contact Melinda at firstname.lastname@example.org). GFTH accepts clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, sheets and towels, and travel toiletries. The items must be donated on December 2-4.
|Help DASH in its fund raising efforts this Fall and Holidays!||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 12, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill is teaming with DASH to provide focus on fund raising events for the non-profit this Fall. Proceeds will help bolster programs aimed at supporting resident women and children. These include the following:
Art for DASH (contact Roxanne at email@example.com): Over 30 local artists will be selling one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, photography, and craft pieces. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and get your holiday shopping done early! Wednesday, November 16th from 6-9PM. Hosted by: Gunlocke and HBF Showroom, 1331 F Street, NW, DC - 9th Floor. This is a free event. A portion of the artists proceeds will go to DASH.
DASH Holiday Gift Drive (contact Roxanne at firstname.lastname@example.org): The “DASH into December” campaign will provide holiday gifts for 58 women and 81 children in our Cornerstone emergency safe housing program this holiday season. They have a Holiday Wish List with more details for your consideration.
|Rotarian Nazilla Jamshidi shares Afghan story||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 12, 2016||
Nazilla Jamshidi, founding member of the Rotary Club of Herat, Afghanistan, shared her story and passion as a Rotarian in establishing a Rotary Club in Afghanistan. From five original members the RC of Herat has grown to 25 members and is active in environmental education, homeless and health projects in Herat and its surrounding areas. Nazilla continues to focus on gender awareness and educational issues in Afghanistan and developing countries.
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill looks forward to supporting Nazilla in her efforts and welcomes her to the RCCH family.
Bring Your Personal Care Items for Collection This Week
|Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 09, 2016||
Bring in your personal care items for collection!
Saturday, October 15th Rotary members will be collecting and combining their sundries, personal care items and other items needed for day-to-day living for homeless students. Care packages will be created to distribute to and serve homeless students at Howard University. We will be partnering with the Raney-Moss Group and Howard university's Outreach Services Program to create and distribute these packages.
For more details, contact David Sterling at 202-549--4260 or email@example.com.
Stephanie Deutsche Talks Capitol Hill Community Center
|Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 09, 2016||
Stephanie Deutsche, president of the Capitol Hill Community Center, spoke to the Club about the Center's mission and objectives in supporting community development across Capitol Hill. The Center provides small grants to community organizations from teachers to arts to social services under the theme "Neighbors helping neighbors" encouraging a wide range of community NGO concerns.
Stephanie's motivation in continuing these efforts are in part tied to her great grandfather, Julian Rosenthal, a philanthropist who promoted education for Afro-Americans. Mr. Rosenwald partnered with Booker T. Washington to offer grants for public schools in the South in the early 20th century. Over 5000 schools were built and remained till the end of segregation. Details of his life and effort can be found in Stephanie's book You Need a School House. Thank you for sharing, Stephanie.
Rotary Continues Its Support of Salvation Army
|Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 09, 2016||
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.
Barracks Row Festival a Success!
|Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 09, 2016||
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!
Club Secretary position open -- consider volunteering
|Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 04, 2016||
Club Members -- now is your opportunity to volunteer! With Dr. Dan departing for New York pastures, our Club Secretary position is now vacant. The President and Board members are taking applications for this club role. If you are interested, please speak to any Board member soon. Thank you!
Get Ready to Celebrate the Fall at Barracks Row - Sep 24th
|Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 04, 2016||
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.
|RCCH Nominates Candidates for Rotary Generate LEAD||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 06, 2016||
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.
|DG Kobbe Recognizes Roxanne Suratgar's Contributions||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 06, 2016||
Roxanne Suratgar was recognized by District Governor Anne Mae Kobbe and the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill for her contributions to service and the community. Roxanne has continued to demonstrate Rotarian values in her promotion of DASH and outreach to visiting Rotarians and their families. Well done, Roxanne!
|District Gov Anne Mae Kobbe Kicks Off New Year||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 06, 2016||
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!
|Eric Goldstein Keynote and Supporter of RCCH's Pro Bono Initiative||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 23, 2016||
|Rotary Serving Humanity||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 23, 2016||
|Where is Rotary International found?||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 23, 2016||
Rotary International clubs can be found just about anywhere in the world doing good for communities and promoting peace. This clock, donated by the Rotary Club of Hamilton can be found in Hamilton, Bermuda. Look for a Rotary wheel when you travel and connect with a wide assortment of people.
Where was the last place that you recognized a Rotary sign?
|Join us at RCCH Open House at the Hill Center - July 12th!!||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 18, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will be hosting their 2016 Open House on Tuesday, July 12th at the Hill Center at the Old Navy Hospital, corner of Pennsylvania and 9th Street, Southeast. Event starts at 6:00PM with speakers and discussion of support of non-profits and education in DC.
Eric Goldstein, Founder of One World Education, will be the keynote speaker. The Club will also be formally launching their Pro Bono Initiative for Capitol Hill. Come join us for the fun and learning. And bring a friend!
|End Polio Night at the Washington Nationals||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 13, 2016||
Attend a National's baseball game and support the End Polio Now! Campaign on Saturday, July 2. 2016-2017 Rotary International President John Germ will be a special guest at the game. The July 2nd game will feature the Cincinnati Reds against the Nationals. Game starts at 7:15 PM at Nationals Park.
$5 from every ticket sold benefits the Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Campaign.
|Past DG, Peter Kyle, Talks Peace||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 13, 2016||
Rotary Club member and Past-DG, Peter Kyle, brings his considerable experience with Rotary International in a Club discussion on Tuesday, June 28th. The focus of the meeting will be Rotary's role in promoting Peace across the globe. Peter will provide his insights on current Rotary initiatives to build lasting Peace through scholarship and conflict-reduction efforts.
Join us at The Dubliner to welcome back Peter from his global travels.
|RCCH Honors One of Its Own||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 05, 2016||
RCCH honored Debbie Harrison with Paul Harris +6 award for her continued dedication and support of Rotary causes. Club President Tom Reed presented the award. Congrats Debbie! Thank you for your support.
|Calling all writers!!||Posted by Quentin Wodon||on May 21, 2016||
As part of its Pro-Bono Initiative, RCCH is looking to develop a series of briefs that highlight education related non-profit efforts around DC. The briefs are no more than four pages with focus on innovations in education. For more details see the following:
If you are interested in writing a brief for the series, please let Quentin Wodon know the topic/idea. Target deadline is end of June with understanding that our full portfolio would be distributed at the RCCH Open House, July 19th.
Thank you in advance for your contributions!
|Amnesty Intl and Rotary Explore Community Teaming||Posted by David Sterling||on May 21, 2016||
Members of the DC chapter of Amnesty International will be joining the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's club assembly on Tuesday, May 24th, to share and brainstorm on opportunities to collaborate on activities and events around DC. Focus will be on strengthening community awareness of Peace and Reconciliation efforts. Please join us in this session Tuesday morning starting at 7:30AM.
|Government Official to share insights on STEM education for minorities||Posted by David Sterling||on May 15, 2016||
Guest speaker, Kareem Burney, will share his insights as a minority student who successfully pursued a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and career. Kareem currently holds the position of Jurisdictional Officer at the FDA where he has established device regulatory policy and interpretation of FDA device regulations for device determination and pre amendment device decisions. This includes reviewing and evaluating device determination and pre amendment request for FDA and Industry. He also contributed to the development of specific CDRH Compliance enforcement discretion policies. Kareem holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida.
|RCCH members Recruit at The World Bank||Posted by David Sterling||on May 15, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill had a successful recruitment day at The World Bank Tuesday, May 10th. Club members shared Rotary activities and initiatives with Bank colleagues who provide development support across 192 countries. Over 30 Bank employees showed interest in Rotary activities.
Rotary Dictionary Project Nears Completion
|Posted by David Sterling||on May 08, 2016||
Rotary's Dictionary Project for DC Area schools is nearing its completion for 2016. The project is targets 3rd and 4th grade students, introducing them to the ownership and use of dictionaries to promote good educational foundations. Rotary members have distributed the books throughout the DC schools across Ward 6. Throughout the program, feedback from students and teachers alike have been gathered. For more information and how you can participate, please contact Kip Knudson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RCCH Club Meetings at The Dubliner
|Posted by David Sterling||on May 07, 2016||
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
RCCH Kicks-off the Capitol Hill Pro Bono Initiative
|Posted by Quentin Wodon||on May 07, 2016||
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 / email@example.com
RCCH welcomes Melinda Cooperman, our newest club member!
|Posted by David Sterling||on May 07, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill warmly welcomes Melinda Cooperman to our club ranks. Melinda is the Associate Director of the Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Law School and previously taught at Georgetown University Law Center. Melinda lives on Capitol Hill and is looking forward to supporting local community service projects. Welcome Melinda!
|RCCH Foundation presents funds to WANADA||Posted by Doctor Dan Garfinkel||on Apr 30, 2016||
RCCH Foundation Board Member, Chuck Charpentier, presents a $500 check from the RCCH Foundation to Matt Fink of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) in support of its Education Institute.
|RCCH members join fellow Cap Hill Volunteers||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 30, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill joined 38 other non-profit organizations at the Hill Center (Old Naval Hospital) on Pennsylvania Ave. SE for a day of volunteer recruiting and networking. Organized by the Volunteer Capitol Hill Task Force and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, this annual volunteer day offered area non-profits opportunities to promote their initiatives and participate in bringing focus to the wide range of community services provided on Capitol Hill. Nicky Cymrot, long-time resident of Capitol Hill and pioneer in transforming the Old Naval Hospital to a cultural center, was on hand for the day's events. Congrats to all our partner service organizations and interested volunteers!
|DC Duck Races a Success!||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 30, 2016||
|Fellow Rotarian Honored with Paul Harris Award||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 16, 2016||
Fellow RCCH member, Roxanne Suratgar, was honored by Club President Tom Reed with a Paul Harris Award. Thank you, Roxanne, for your commitment and contributions!
|Meals on Wheels Chief Membership Officer Shares Insights||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 16, 2016||
Todd Turner, Chief Membership Officer at Meals on Wheels Association, shared the non-profits priorities and goals with RCCH members. There are 1065 member organizations within this nationwide organization with 5 in DC. Their network of support extends to over 3500 partners in local communities. The MoW Association provides members with education programs, webinars and annual events. In addition, the association provides members with grants and publicity support.
Meals on Wheels is seeking to do the following: 1) Shore up Federal funding, 2) fully understand the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on its members, 3) continue research associated with seniors' health including mental health benefits on human interactions and dollar savings to Medicare, 4) continue to seek dollar savings to members through discounts on food, office, cars and fuel, 5) provide grants with Subaru partnership ("Share the Love") and "March for Meals", and 6) launch a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of youth to understand that seniors are active and delightful persons to develop a friendship with. The goal is to encourage younger people to volunteer their time with seniors.
|Support Your Heart and a Cause -- Lawyers Have a Heart!||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 16, 2016||
Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run & Walk to be held June 11, 2016
Washington Harbour | Georgetown
Join Jennifer Walls, Director of the American Heart Association, in support of DC's largest 10K race. - See more at: http://www.lawyershaveheartdc.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1142580#sthash.JQv2mpFx.dpuf
|Let the Duck Races Begin!! 1st Ever D.C. Duck Race April 30th||Posted by Chuck Charpentier||on Apr 03, 2016||
Washington, D.C.’s first ever D.C. Duck Race is set for April 30, 2016. The Rotary Club of Washington D.C. will host the event on the Anacostia River at The Yards Park thanks in part to a partnership with the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID).
The D.C. Duck Race is a fun, family-friendly event and festival that will bring the community together in support of local non-profits and organizations. "Sponsor” numbered rubber ducks that will participate in a race in the Anacostia River, with funds supporting the Rotary Club and community organizations. This event is modeled on many successful events hosted by Rotary Clubs across the United States, including one run in Aspen, Colorado for more than two decades.
First prize is $5,000 or a Special Duck worth $1,000,000!!* Plus an additional 10 or more prizes will be awarded.
Please consider making a donation on our team page as a portion of your donation will be returned to the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Foundation to fund our various grants and service projects. Here is a link to our team page: https://www.crowdrise.com/rotary-club-of-capitol-hill-foundation/fundraiser/chuckcharpentier.
|One World Education Celebration April 13th||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 03, 2016||
One World Education will be presenting their annual One World Celebration event recognizing new OWEd Ambassadors. These students, who have participated in the One World Program, are nominated by their teachers to be published on One World Education’s website in the Student Writing Library. Scholarship checks will also be presented to the amazing winners of the College and Career Senior Challenge, held in December. In addition, three teachers will receive the Global Educator Award in recognition of their achievements in integrating cultural and global issues in their writing instruction.
Come join the celebration!
When: Wed Apr 13 2016 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Where: GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010
|Volunteer Fair DC - April 30th||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 03, 2016||
Washington DC Volunteer Day is set for April 30th. Volunteer organizations from across DC -- and Capitol Hill -- will be setting up shop at the Old Naval Hospital on Pennsylvania Ave., SE from 10am - 1pm. If you would like to assist in supporting the RCCH table at the event, please see David Sterling.
|Volunteer to help DASH Beautify||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 03, 2016||
Rotary Club of Capitol Hill members and friends will be helping DASH Spring Clean their surroundings on April 11th. Volunteers are needed to assist with lawn and garden activities. If you are interested, please see Jeremy Pearce for details.
In preparation for the activities, Jasmine Owen provided Club members and friends with training in dealing with families who have suffered domestic violence and abuse. Thank you, Jasmine, for a thoughtful presentation and discussion. We look forward to helping your efforts!
|March is Madness for Paul Harris Points! Don't miss out!||Posted by Chuck Charpentier||on Mar 07, 2016||
March is madness for matching Paul Harris Points! Don't miss out! This month our club’s foundation has once again approved a Paul Harris Points match for any contributions made to the Rotary Foundation during the month of March 2016. This would be the same as the last one we did and members will be matched 1 for 1 for gifts over $100 up to $500.
|Jasmine Owens provides DASH insights||Posted by David Sterling||on Mar 07, 2016||
Jasmine Owens, Volunteer and Development Associate for DASH, discussed the safe housing organization's initiatives and volunteer opportunities. DASH currently serves over 40 residents and 70 children in their programs with secure housing, skills training and coordination with city-wide support organizations. Jasmine and RCCH members discussed opportunities to provide service projects this Spring and into the remainder of 2016. Opportunities covered garden clean-up and resume and interviewing skills training. There are numerous avenues to support DASH in enabling domestic violence victims a path to normal lives. Thank you, Jasmine.
|Michigan Rotarian Visits||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 29, 2016||
Sara Cottle, Rotarian from Upper Michigan joined RCCH members at the Dubliner and shared stories of winter life in the UP. Thanks for sharing, Sara!
|Rotary Women in Action to be streamed Live at The World Bank||Posted by Quentin Wodon||on Feb 29, 2016||
Come see Rotarian Women in Action event at the World Bank on March 8, from 2 PM to 4 PM. The first session will feature great Rotarians who did service projects on education and health. The second session will have a panel of psychologists and psychiatrist. The theme is to celebrate International Women's Day, showing what women can accomplish.
|DASH Residence Advocate to Speak to RCCH||Posted by Roxanne Suratgar||on Feb 20, 2016||
DASH Residence Advocate, April Lee, will be speaking to the Club this coming Tuesday about shelter programs and community advocacy. DASH provides over 128,000 safe nights for families away from violence and educated 1,600 survivors and advocates about housing protections afforded to victims under local and federal law.
|Join District Rotarians at ReImagine Rotary Conference, April 8-10||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 14, 2016||
Join fellow Rotarians in Charm City Baltimore, Maryland on April 8-10th for the 2016 ReImagine Rotary District Conference at the beautiful and newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel overlooking the Inner Harbor. A negotiated hotel rate of $129 per night is available until 3/18/2016, so don’t miss out!! A fantastic agenda of events is waiting! Don’t miss out!
To register, go to www.7620Rotary.org. For additional questions call 240-205-98961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Assistant Chief Burke Delivers Passion and Energy||Posted by Patricia O'Connell||on Feb 14, 2016||
Assistant Chief Patrick Burke of DC's Metro Police spoke with passion about his work supporting community and safety initiatives. We thank him for time and energy, and wish him well his endeavors. We all feel safer knowing there are people like Chief Burke in charge of this very diverse city.
|Join us for a Rotary Fireside Social -- and bring a potential member - Feb 6th||Posted by Kip Knudson||on Jan 30, 2016||
Join us for a Rotary Fireside Social at the home of Kip Knudson and Paula Conru. Bring a friend and/or potential member and enjoy an evening of fellowship and food. The main course will be provided. Sign up to provide the other courses.
When: Saturday, Feb 6th
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: 150 11th Street NE, Washington, DC
RSVP to email@example.com
|DC Metro Assistant Chief to Speak to Community||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 24, 2016||
Assistant Chief Patrick Burke will share his insights on DC's Metro Police initiatives to support community and safety initiatives. Chief Burke has over 24 years of service with the Metropolitan Police Department and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the MPD’s Strategic Services Bureau. During his MPD career, Assistant Chief Burke has served in four of the seven police districts, the Special Operations Division, Operations Command, and the Field and Tactical Support Unit. He also served as MPD’s first chief of the Homeland Security Bureau.
|Join Dupont Circle RC's Trivia Night - Feb 28th 4 - 7 PM||Posted by Chuck Charpentier||on Jan 24, 2016||
Join fellow Rotarians and friends at the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle's annual Trivia Night for 2016. Test your mental factoid recall capabilities and enjoy a night of fund raising and fun! Festivities begin at 4PM, Sunday February 28th at RFD, 810 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. You can order your tickets via Eventbrite:
|Rotary Foundation Gives $35M to Combat Polio||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 17, 2016||
Rotary is releasing $35 million in grants to support polio immunization activities and research in nine countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. The funds will build on last year’s historic achievement of stopping the transmission of the wild poliovirus in Nigeria and all of Africa. For more details see: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/news-media/rotary-gives-35-million-boost-polio-eradication
|Welcome Mark Meissner, Newest Member to RCCH||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 09, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill warmly welcomes its newest member, Mark Meissner. Mark is senior director for public affairs at R&R Resources Plus, a full-service marketing, public relations and communications firm. His expertise focuses on developing compelling messaging, coalition building, advocacy and grass-top organizing for clients. Above, Club President Tom Reed inducts and welcomes Mark to RCCH.
|Foundation Global Grant Scholar shares experience||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 09, 2016||
Haruna Hayakawa, Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholar from Shinjuku prefect, Tokyo introduced herself to RCCH. Haruna is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Event and Sports Management at Iowa State University. Her goal is to support the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. We look forward to seeing more of Hayakawa-san in the coming months.
|RCCH Members Join OneWorld Education in Senior Awards||Posted by Debbie Harrison||on Jan 04, 2016||
We're so happy to support One World Education with a Rotary District 7620 Foundation grant!
|RCCH Rides the C-SPAN Presidential Campaign Bus||Posted by David Sterling||on Dec 12, 2015||
|Rotary Rings in the Holidays for Salvation Army||Posted by David Sterling||on Dec 12, 2015||
|One World Education Seniors' Challenge Event Dec. 15th||Posted by David Sterling||on Dec 12, 2015||
College and Career Senior Challenge
Join DC public and charter school seniors, their teachers, education and civic leaders, and the community for the 2nd annual College and Career Senior Challenge.
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Library Great Hall
Every year 12th graders from across Washington, DC come together for the College and Career Senior Challenge. This is the culminating event for the 2,300 DC Seniors who have completed the One World Program. In this in-school program, these students strengthened their research, writing, and presentation skills and produced argumentative essays on self-chosen, college and career issues. Keynote speaker will be DC Public Schools Chancellor, Kaya Henderson.
|Volunteers needed for Salvation Army Bell Ringing||Posted by Debbie Harrison||on Dec 05, 2015||
Volunteers are needed to help Salvation Army ring in the Holidays and support a worthwhile fund raising event. Rotary members will be ringing bells on behalf of Salvation Army at Wal-Mart, 99 H Street NW on both Saturday, December 12th and 19th. This will be RCCH's second year of ringing the Salvation Army bells. Join us for this worthy cause. For more information and shift time sign-up, please contact Debbie Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Volunteers needed for One World Education event - Dec 15th||Posted by Debbie Harrison||on Dec 05, 2015||
One World Education is hosting its annual Senior Challenge on Tuesday, December 15th at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library (901 G Street NW, Washington, DC). The event involves DC high school seniors competing for scholarships based on their writing and oral presentation skills in articulating persuasive arguments on their education topic of choice. The event will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
OWEd is looking for volunteers to assist in helping the Senior Challenge event go smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering, please connect with Debbie Harrison for details.
|Photo recap of November speakers||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 28, 2015||
Francisco Marmolejo, Higher Education Coordinator at The World Bank, shared his insights on how the world is changing and requires a new model of tertiary education for students to succeed. Emphasis was on focusing on the needs of growing populations in developing countries. We look forward to Francisco's return to discuss how Rotary can be a part of the solution.
|DASH looking for holiday volunteers||Posted by Roxanne Suratgar||on Nov 21, 2015||
DASH -- District Alliance for Safe Housing -- is looking for volunteers to man their Thanksgiving shop on Wednesday, Nov 25th. The shop is staffed by volunteers and proceeds go to supporting housing residences. For more information regarding volunteering, please contact Jamie Owens at email@example.com.
DASH will be collecting donations for the Christmas holidays as well. Donations include the following items: X-MAS gifts, gift cards and food gift cards that will support families at the shelter. Thank you in advance for your support.
|Eric Golstein, CEO of One World Education speaks||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 15, 2015||
Eric Goldstein is the Executive Director and Founder of One World Education provided an update to the non-profit's Student Writing Challenge. The nonprofit organization will continue its program this year with middle-school and high-school students to improve their writing and presentation skills. Student awards will be will be determined based on student essays and presentations in December at the Martin Luther King Library in DC. Students compete across school districts, independent schools, and charter networks to leverage Common Core literacy programs that teach students the skills necessary for college and career writing while also teaching students about cultural and global issues.
RCCH continues to support OWEd with annual grants. Thank you, Eric, for your time and passion.
|Rotarian Key to US Grant Memorial Restoration||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 15, 2015||
Rotarian Scott Freilick, CEO of Kreilick Conservation, provided an up-close tour of the on-going restoration of the U.S. Grant Memorial to RCCH members. The memorial is undergoing its first major restoration since its unveiling in 1922 and is displayed in seven major pieces. Conservation requires that each piece be conserved to its original intended figure with appropriate historical documentation. This work will continue through the end of 2016.
|Holodomor Memorial dedicated across for The Dubliner||Posted by Patty O’Connell||on Nov 08, 2015||
On Saturday, November 7 an exhibit and dedication ceremony for the Holodomor Memorial at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NW took place across from The Dubliner. The Holodomor famine took place from 1932 to 1933, under the regime of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. This man-made famine, artificially created by the regime to destroy those seeking independence from the Soviet Union, caused the death of around 7 to 10 million people. The memorial, authorized by Congress in 2006, commemorates the millions of innocent victims of the famine engineered by Stalin’s communist regime.
|Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey shares Antarctic stories||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 08, 2015||
US Naval Commandant of the Washington Region, Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey, provided the Club with an overview of the US Navy's assets and mission. He also shared his unique insights on missions to the Antarctic where he served for three years early in his career. Details included highlights of operating air supply and support missions for the NSF and research scientists across the Southern Ocean and continent. Thank you, Admiral Lindsey for your sharing your time.
|RCCH celebrates Fall Speakers 2015||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 04, 2015||
|Help the DASH Fall Clean up||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 01, 2015||
DASH -- District Alliance for Safe Housing -- is looking for volunteers to help clean up their facilities in DC this Saturday. For more information, please contact Roxanne Sugarat or David Sterling.
|Rotarian speaks on Hunger NGO||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 01, 2015||
|Welcome back Yvonne Carr!||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 25, 2015||
RCCH President Tom Reed welcomed back our newest club member, Yvonne Carr. Yvonne returns after a year of absence and is already actively involved in club events. Welcome back, Yvonne!
|RCCH Monthly Program Chairs assigned||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 18, 2015||
|Rotary Club of Capitol Hill celebrates one of their own||Posted by Patty O’Connell||on Oct 18, 2015||
|Oktoberfest -- Help Rotary Club of Dupont Circle raise funds for education||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 11, 2015||
Join the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle on Wednesday, October 28th for its first-ever Oktoberfest celebration! All proceeds will benefit the Club's footbridge project in partnership with the Rotary Club of Harare City, Zimbabwe, raising funds to build a bridge to help kids in a rural Zimbabwean village get to school. Join Rotarians for beer, music, beer, games, beer, contests and more beer. A special Oktoberfest brew from Port City Brewing in Alexandria will be on tap, as will many other excellent frosty beverages.
Costumes (Oktoberfest-themed and otherwise) are welcomed and encouraged. Prizes wil be awarded for the best costumes.
|Interact Club Hunger Project - October 17th at Central Union Mission||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 11, 2015||
Come support the Interact Club of the Washington International School this Saturday, October 17th as they participate in "Service Above Self" project at Central Union Mission. The project serves as a Hunger Day program serving food to shelter members. For more information, contact Quentin Wodon or Tom Reed for details.
|Rotary and Interact members unite for service cause||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 11, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and Interact Club of the International School teamed with the Raney Moss Group Foundation in creating and delivering over 30 care packages for students at Howard University. The project is part of RMGF's program to serve homeless and needy students at Washington, DC area schools in collaboration with college outreach programs. RCCH plans to continue and build its partnership with RMGF and Howard University to serve this targeted population. Thank you to the Interact club and Rotarians for their contributions.
|Interact, Rotary and Raney Moss Group Foundation team to help students in need||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 04, 2015||
The Interact Club of the International School, RCCH and the Rainey Moss Group Foundation came together last weekend to collect and create over 30 care packages for homeless and needy students at Howard University. Personal care items and study aids were collected for distribution by the Outreach Program services at the college. A big THANK YOU to all those who gave their time and effort for this project.
Photos will be coming in Track 16's later editions.
|Peter Kyle chairs Rotary Peace Centers Committee||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 04, 2015||
Rotary Peace Centers Committee meeting in Evanston last week. Peter Kyle chairing, and Duane Sterling serving as vice chair. Hard working committee selected 100 Peace Fellows who will study at one of our great Peace Centers.
|Dr. Robert Oelrichs shares polio immunization insights||Posted by David Sterling||on Oct 04, 2015||
Dr. Robert Oelrichs of The World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Prevention Global Practice shared his insights on polio immunization. Dr. Oelrichs has worked extensively with governments in developing countries to strengthen and expand their immunization programs. Polio, which is an endemic disease in developing country population, requires robust and vigilant monitoring by medical staff. Routine immunization, a basic health capacity, is needed to ensure no cases are seen for several years. This is a significant challenge in countries such as Pakistan, where a diverse population with pockets of deep poverty exist. Even with the significant funding by Rotary and others ($5.5B over the past 10 years), implementing polio vaccination continues to be a nagging issue due to strains on the field medical teams and competing requirements of routine immunization for other diseases.
Keys to success with polio immunization are tied to strengthening public health systems and transferring lessons learned to local teams in a sustainable fashion. Channeling funding through organizations such as the Gavi Alliance 2000 and central governments to establish routine, on-going immunization programs will be critical.
Thank you, Dr. Oelrichs for your insights and passion.
|Dr. Karlberg discusses interpersonal communications||Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 27, 2015||
Dr. Robert Karlberg returned to RCCH's meeting to discuss "How You Can Improve Your Spouse's Picture of You" in the context of conflict resolution. Dr. K specializes in providing professionals, entrepreneurs, and dual-career couples with tangible, fast-acting strategies to end negative interactions, reduce tension, and reestablish closeness. Dr. K conveyed his insights on the Interactional Cycle, which is rooted in relationships' "thoughts - feelings - actions" dynamics, focusing on five tactics that can be learned to manage intimate relationships.
Dr. K's insights are reflected in his 21-Day Relationship Turnaround and focus on developing skill sets related to: 1) Empathic listening, 2) Split-screen listening, 3) pressing the Pause Button, 4) creating Emot.Intel and 5) receiving Feedback. To learn more, contact DrK@21DayRelationshipTurnaround.com. Thank you, Dr. Karlberg, for your insights.
|RCCH Participates in Fall Festival at Barrack's Row||Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 27, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill joined area organizations in celebrating Fall 2015 at DC's Barrack's Row (8th Street SE). Festivities continued all day from 11:00 till 5:00 PM. Special thanks to Dr. Dan for organizing RCCH's presence.
|InStove shares insights on growing a non-profit||Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 20, 2015||
Former Dupont Circle Rotary member and InStove.org board member, Miel Hendrickson, and her colleague, InStove CEO Adam Creighton, shared their story about growing their non-profit. Based in Portland, OR, InStove builds and sells the most efficient institutional rocket stove in the world. The stoves are targeted to the developing world, particularly African nations, where 1 in 3 people cook over open fires. Using the InStove stove, users can get 50% return on the wood or other fuels used. This amounts to saving resources -- up to 16 logging trucks worth of lumber over a 1 year period. It also significantly impacts the lifestyle of women as they no longer spend as much time gathering wood, and cook in environments that are safer and less toxic.
Having created a complementary for-profit entity, InStove now serves 27 countries and has extended its portfolio to include a water pasteurizing and autoclave capability. In addition, their Stove-in-a-Box and training services allows this technology to be taught and built in local communities. Partners such as the World Health Organization are promoting its use in relief and crisis areas. InStove is working with Rotary Clubs to utilize their product in projects affecting water and sanitation and welcomes new opportunities to apply their capability.
|Support Rotary at the Barracks Row Festival -- Sep 26th||Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 20, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will be present at this Fall's Barracks Row Festival on 8th Street SE on Saturday, September 26th. Set up begins at 8:00 am and festival opens at 11:00 AM and continues till 5:00 PM. Join us on Saturday to promote Rotary and engage with the DC community. For more information on how you can assist, please contact Dr. Dan Garfinkle. See you at the festival!
|Service date for the Deb Moss Project -- Oct. 4th||Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 13, 2015||
Mark your calendars for a service date with the Raney Moss Group Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 4th. We will be packaging care packages for students at Howard University in partnership with the Howard University Outreach program. Collect and donate toiletries, personal care items and school supplies for homeless students and bring them to our service packaging location at 139 12th Street NE, Washington, DC. We will accept monetary donations in lieu of supplies.
For details of suggested items, see the following link:
|Rotarian Economist discusses water projects in Uganda||Posted by David Sterling||on Sep 13, 2015||
RCCH member, blogger and author of the Rotarian Economist (www.rotarianeconomist.com), Quentin Wodon discusses ways to improve Rotary's service impact in his latest blog. In a recent blog, Quentin focuses on providing access to clean water and sanitation in Uganda through the Uganda Rotary Water Plus program (URWP). This program coordinates work in water and sanitation of Uganda’s 78 Rotary clubs and promotes effective service delivery in rural and less privileged communities. URWP couples its work with funding from The Rotary Foundation and other resources to ensure that other community needs such as education and disease prevention are addressed. Launched in 2011 by the Ugandan Minister of Water and Environment, URWP aims to raise $7 million to support over 30 projects across the country. For more details see the following link:
|Rotarian Economist blogs on increasing Rotary's impact||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 30, 2015||
RCCH member, blogger and author of the Rotarian Economist (www.rotarianeconomist.com), Quentin Wodon discusses ways to improve Rotary's service impact in his latest blog. Quentin focuses on how successful projects combine good partnerships, thoughtful innovation and effective monitoring can make a significant difference between a good project and a great project. Application of all three elements make a positive impact on the level of funding, the ability to deliver projects and in sustaining project benefits. For more details see the following link:
|RCCH shares topics with visiting Rotarians -- 2015-16 Event Calendar||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 30, 2015||
RCCH members joined visiting Rotarians in sharing topics of interest and planned projects. Areas of discussion included membership development, club projects and making a difference in local and international communities. For further details on upcoming programs and events, please see the attached link of updated event information. This calendar with be updated on an on-going basis.
|End of Summer Happy Hour with DC Rotary Clubs||Posted by Tiffany Zalis||on Aug 23, 2015||
End of Summer Happy Hour K&L Gates 1601 K Street NW, 9th Floor Terrace, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Not everyone leaves Washington in August! Join the District of Columbia Rotary Clubs for a Happy Hour on Thursday, August 27. You’ll meet community leaders, learn what Rotary is all about and have a great view of the city. Bring your own beverage to share, snacks will be provided. Event is indoor/outdoor so it will be held rain or shine.
|Transformation Training for Polio Eradication - Sep 22nd||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 23, 2015||
END POLIO NOW Annual Training Fundraiser
September 22, 2015
Conflict Transformation: A New Approach to Peace
Transforming Conflict in business, community service and personal life
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Charlestown Retirement Center’s
Erickson Conference Center in Catonsville
715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228
Rotary District 7620, Conflict Transformation Associates (CTA) and Erickson Living Charlestown are teaming up to eradicate polio.
Join us September 22 for a full day of transformational training. CTA is donating a full day of training to Rotary District 7620. This transformational training retails at $3,500/day but is offered for only $125. Learn how to transform the conflict in your life while supporting the noble cause: End Polio Now.
The cost of the workshop is $125, and because the venue, lunch, and the trainers, have all donated their services, every penny of your registration fee will go to eradicate polio. If you register before September 1st, you will get double Paul Harris recognition points towards your next Paul Harris Fellow recognition level. We have a capacity of 220 seats, so if we sell out the event we will raise $27,500. But the news gets better. Because every dollar we raise is matched two for one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, our total raise for polio eradication for the day will be $82,500.
About the Training
Success in business and life depends on our ability to effectively communicate. One major barrier to effective communication is our inclination to avoid conflict which often means to avoid having a difficult conversation. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the philosophy and practice the tools of conflict transformation. Participants will discover how to handle the inevitable conflict that arises daily in the work place and learn techniques to turn a potentially heated conversation into a powerful and productive one.
|Dr. Robert KIarlsberg shares relationship building process||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 23, 2015||
|Happy Hour at the Onyx, September 2nd||Posted by Tiffany Zalis||on Aug 21, 2015||
Join Rotarians for a social event and learn about Rotary in your community.
Happy Hour with the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill
When: Wednesday, September 2, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Onyx on First Lobby, 1100 1st ST SE, Washington, DC 20003
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, please check out http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=6995, or visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofCapitolHill. For more information on Rotary International, please visit https://www.rotary.org/.
|Mennonites Work to Bring Relief and Peace to Conflict Zones||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 16, 2015||
Chris Zehr, Legislative Assistant for International Affairs of the Mennonite Central Committee, shared insights on efforts to bring disaster relief, development and reconciliation to conflict areas. The MCC is a relief, service, and peace agency representing fifteen Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish bodies in North America. Their advocacy offices in Washington, DC and Ottawa lobby legislators on issues related to systemic causes of poverty and conflict raised by the 520 partners and 729 projects across 60 countries.
MCC and partner international relief efforts include distribution of food and hygiene kits as well as educating communities on disaster prevention. Development activities are focused on improving access to food and healthcare, while peace initiatives target justice advocacy, healing and conflict resolution. MCC also offers youth one year service projects in specific countries working with local partners. MCC domestic policy focuses on criminal/restorative justice, reducing gun violence.
Country-specific policies stem from addressing issues that local partners face. For example, in Haiti the MCC advocates for better housing policy, elimination of housing eviction, and addressing permanent and adequate housing for affected peoples. Water and sanitation improvement efforts are also a focus encouraging the Haitian and US governments to tackle major efforts to prevent cholera and other water-borne diseases. As a result, MCC has also pushed Congress for greater transparency of US aid agencies.
|Rotary Partner Kicks Off 501c3 Fioundation||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 16, 2015||
Deb Moss, Founder and CEO of the Raney Moss Foundation, formally launched her foundation this past week. RCCH partners with the Raney Moss Foundation to deliver care packages and support to homeless and in need students at Howard University. The Raney Moss Foundation also mentors young adults and supports students in career development.
|Rabi Karmacharya shares story of improving education in Nepal||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 09, 2015||
|Learning Pilots and Scaling Up -- Aug 4th discussion at The World Bank||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 02, 2015||
Join fellow Rotarians and members of The World Bank discussing how to scale education programs in developing countries. The session is open to the public.
|Rotarian Clarence Tsimpo shares his Rotary story||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 02, 2015||
Clarence Tsimpo, RCCH member from Cameroon, shared his background and interest in Rotary with the club. He studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon before joining the Ministry of Finance. While at the ministry, Clarence became a core member of a national survey team. As an adjunct to the survey, he and his colleagues began a training program across Cameroon helping government workers learn Microsoft products. Based on these successes, Clarence attended the University of Montreal and continued to support the survey which was now sponsored by The World Bank. After receiving his PhD, he joined The World Bank in 2010 and has been training teachers and educators across Africa. While working in the field with teachers, Clarence found an interest in water and sanitation issues that matched Rotary goals and decided to become a Rotarian.
|Newest member Roxanne Suratgar reunites with RCCH||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 02, 2015||
|DG Ken Solow addresses RCCH member on his vision for 2015-16||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 26, 2015||
|Nepali Rotarian presents earthquake relief update||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 26, 2015||
|DG Ken Solow addresses RCCH July 21st||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 19, 2015||
DG Ken Solow will address the RCCH members on Tuesday, July 21st. Club members are encouraged to attend early, as the meeting will commence promptly at 7:15 AM.
We will also be listening to a presentation by Kul Gautam, past President of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Nepal and a former senior official with UNICEF. This will be an engaging meeting and we look forward to your attendance.
|Martha's Table Exec talks food, education and social capital development||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 19, 2015||
|BessWELL Founders' call to action for ride to support PTSD aid||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 12, 2015||
|RCCH makes quarterly DASH contribution||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 12, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill continued its support of the District Alliance for Safe House with its 3Q2015 contributions. Here DASH volunteer, Mari Vangen-Adams accepts check and donations on behalf of their members. Thank you, Rotarians!
|Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Celebrates Active Year||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 05, 2015||
|RI President and District Governor kick off new Rotary year||Posted by David Sterling||on Jul 05, 2015||
|Celebrate the end of Rotary 2014-15 at the USNG Memorial||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 28, 2015||
Rotarians and Friends:
Come celebrate the end of our Rotary Year and the beginning of 2015-16 at the US National Guard museum on Tuesday, June 30th at 6:00 PM.
How many pictures do you recognize?
|Expert Discusses Nepal Earthquake Response||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 28, 2015||
Corrie Kramer, water, sanitation and hygiene expert for Plan International, shared her insights on the recent Nepal earthquake emergency response. There have been over 100 small and large earthquakes across Nepal over the past month affecting millions of people. Immediate distribution of water and sanitation support was needed and remains an ongoing need. Point-of-use water treatment was a focus as much of the sanitation infrastructure was destroyed. In addition, road access was a problem with the hill area of Nepal barring the brunt of the earthquakes. Assistance varies widely as access to homes and roads are tenuous and lack of electricity is hampering progress. Military helicopters along with local assistance has been most effective in delivering assistance.
The next steps for WASH efforts include getting markets access and commerce up and running; determining what structures are habitable; and quickly addressing shelter before the beginning of rainy season (monsoons) begin. This includes taking steps to counter the high potential outbreaks of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
|June 27th is Ken Solow's installation at Howard Community College||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 22, 2015||
June 27th is Ken Solow's installation at Howard Community College. Please do not procrastinate and follow the "is it fair to all concerned" portion of the 4 way test and encourage your members to register on the District Website now so Ken's committee can plan accurately for the number of folks attending. District awards will be given out as well.
|2015 World Police and Firefighters Games at RFK stadium||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 22, 2015||
June 26th District 7620 is invited to the opening ceremony of the 2015 World Police and Firefighters Games at RFK stadium. This is an Olympics style competition. For tickets please go to: http://fairfax2015.com/openingtickets
|Former Capitol Hill Staffer Discusses Bringing Legislation to Life||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 14, 2015||
Former Capitol Hill staffer and Chief-of-Staff, John Ariale, delivered an overview of bringing the 529-ABLE legislation to life over the course of several years. The purpose of the 529-ABLE Act is to provide a tax‐deferred savings vehicle for persons with disabilities. It would help those with disabilities and their parents and caregivers, allowing them to put money into tax-deferred savings plans like the 529 plans that parents use to save for college. 529-ABLE accounts would be especially helpful for parents who have a child with disabilities that require intensive, expensive forms of care and wonder what will happen after they die.
Mr. Ariale now leads Ariale Strategies, a consulting firm that supports non-profits and small businesses. Thank you, John, for your insights.
|Correction to June 7th Bulletin||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 14, 2015||
Correction to last week's bulletin:
Hunger Project expert is John Conrad, not John Ariale. See 529ABLE discussion for details on John Ariale's background.
|Hunger Project expert shares NGO's insights on empowerment||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 06, 2015||
John Ariale with RCCH member Kip Knudson
John Ariale, owner of Ariale Stretgies and core member of the NGO, Hunger Project, shared insights on how local empowerment of communities can lead to significant reductions in poverty. The Hunger Project is an NGO delivering programs globally that focus on eradicating hunger in Africa and Asia. With just $20M in funding, this NGO has impacted over 20M people through its process of empowerment and volunteerism within communities and clustering of networked villages. Its efforts have demonstrated significant gains in poverty alleviation provided evidence for altering misconceptions about world hunger and poverty.
Often, we have misconceptions of global hunger and poverty. The reality is that acute malnutrition has dropped significantly around the global. Today, global hunger is more likely to be seen as young women with young families attempting to grow food on marginal land with poor channels to market and support systems. Extreme poverty (based on Millennium goals) has been cut in half. However, new goals set by international members of the Millennium Challenge are harder and require greater coordination between governments, development banks and NGOs.
The projects follow a community engagement model that includes the following: 1) start with women within the community and seek ways to transform gender relationships; 2) break the mindset of dependency by mobilizing women to actively change their surroundings; and 3) address local government factors and barriers that impact women's lives within a walking radius (often within 10 miles). Actions and activities that free up time for women to focus on health and education are critical. This includes the community building epicenter structures that can house food banks, crop fields, meeting halls, rural banks, clean water wells, public latrines, health centers, food processing units and/or classrooms. Community leaders and volunteers become a key growth factor in this transformation.
The Epicenter Strategy has shown to be a good model to address many of the on-going causes of systemic poverty and other NGOs have adopted similar methods. The challenge going forward will be providing an integrated approach across NGO projects that can leverage knowledge and approaches while extending support reach to rural communities.
|RCCH welcomes visiting Rotarian Victor Mercedes||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 06, 2015||
Victor Mercedes, Rotarian from District 4060 and the Rotary Club of Santo Domingo Herrera, joined RCCH members in fellowship. Here, Chuck Charpentier exchanges club flags with Victor.
|RCCH Welcomes Newest Member, Clarence Tsimpo||Posted by David Sterling||on Jun 06, 2015||
Clarence Tsimpo, Economist with The World Bank, joined the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill as its newest member. Past-President Chuck Charpentier and Secretary Dan Garkinkle presided over Clarence's membership ceremony. Welcome, Clarence!
|Help Support RCCH in Meeting Foundation Goals||Posted by David Sterling||on May 31, 2015||
As the 2014-15 Rotary year comes to a close, Club President Debbie Harrison and Club Foundation President Chuck Charpentier encourage each RCCH member to consider additional funding support of Rotary Foundation's programs. All member donations to the RI Foundation will be matched 1-for-1 by Club Foundation points. Consider furthering your impact with these donations before the close of the month.
|RCCH members salutes Brazilian Rotarian||Posted by David Sterling||on May 31, 2015||
Flavio Zarate Chabluk, Rotarian from Levio Rio, Brazil, joins fellow President-Elect Tom Reed in exchange of momentos. Flavio's club provides funding and support to educational projects in Brazil's interior.
|World Bank health officer speaks to RCCH members||Posted||on May 24, 2015||
Meaghen Quinlan-Davidson, Health Officer and Consultant to The World Bank, spoke to members of the RCCH regarding studies of the impact of child marriages on country economies. Ms. Quinlan-Davidson outlined the studies' purpose, approach and tools used to quantify the effects of early (pre-adult) marriages practiced in select African and South Asian countries. The economic model and approach allows The World Bank to engage governments in policy discussions on alternative programs that can create incentives for communities to change their cultural practices.
The World Bank has used this model to pilot a number of programs in countries such as Nigeria to demonstrate the economic tradeoffs of child marriages. These include lost income due to lower education and increased population effects. The Bank is encouraged by the programs' progress in highlighting behavior changes and looks to expand its model usage across Africa.
Thank you to Meaghen and Quentin Wodon for sharing their insights and perspectives on this research and their linkages to Rotary's initiatives involving community development, education and healthcare.
|Rotarians Celebrate Polio Eradication Efforts with Govt Officials||Posted by David Sterling||on May 24, 2015||
Rotarians Dr. Dan Garfinkle and Carl Henn pose with CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden as part of an annual Eradicate Polio focus with U.S. officials held at the U.S. Senate buildings on May 13th. You can continue to support Rotary's efforts through the "End Polio Now!" fund.
|District 7620 Celebrates in Frederick, MD!||Posted by David Sterling||on May 10, 2015||
Rotary District 7620 convened in Frederick, MD for its annual District Conference last Friday and Saturday, May 8th & 9th. The two day event included Rotary service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and environmental clean-up. Historical city tours, golf outing and hospitality celebrations played out on Friday, while 4-Way contests, club displays and an awards dinner followed on Saturday.
Congratulations to DG Bill Fine and team for pulling off this conference and to all the district clubs who participated!
|District 7620 Events||Posted by David Sterling||on May 03, 2015||
Activities in the district continue to shine. See the latest news on www.rotary7620.org. Highlights include the following:
|Calvary Women's Services addresses homelessness, mental illness||Posted by David Sterling||on May 03, 2015||
Lisa Buchs and Elaine Johnson, coordinators for Calvary Women's Services -- a DC non-profit with facilities in Anacostia, addressed the RCCH about their mission and volunteer engagements. The non-profit serves women ages 31 to 50 facing homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and domestic violence with a mission of offering "a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow." The CWS programs include a transitional housing program, chronic illness programs with special focus on addiction recovery services, and permanent housing. CWS works with the DC government, other charities and private organizations to provide health, employment and education services to their target women segment. This includes courses in financial literacy and money management.
CWS currently serves 120 women per year and has one of the lowest case management ratios in the metro area. As a result, 70% of their clients are able to move into their own homes after the CWS program administration. While CWS is looking to expand their facilities services, opportunities to volunteer are varied and available. For more information, see www.calvaryservices.org for more details.
|DC Rotarians and Partners Celebrate Rotary Day DC||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 25, 2015||
Rotary service displays at Farragut Square. DG Fine and DC Club Presidents with the "POTUS Club".
Manning the RCCH booth.
Mr. Hoots supports Rotary Day along with RCCH partner reps from DASH and One World Education.
|Attend area sports events in support of END POLIO NOW campaign!||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 19, 2015||
|Rotarians Train for Upcoming Year 2015-16||Posted by David Sterling||on Apr 19, 2015||
RCCH Rotarians attended the District Club Leadership Training session in preparation for the coming Rotary year. Sessions were held at the Cross Creek Conference Center in Cantonsville, MD and included topics on the Rotary Foundation, club officer roles and new tools from District 7620 and Rotary International. Over 150 attendees across the district joined in sharing information and class sessions.
|Rotarians and Interact members pitch in to help Howard University students||Posted by David Sterling||on Mar 29, 2015||
Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and Interact club of Washington International School teamed up with the Raney Moss Foundation and Howard University's Service Learning and Outreach Programs to prepare and deliver 20 care packages to students in need during the Spring exam period. Care packages included personal care items, school materials and food supplies. Members collected donations from organizations and individuals across DC, MD and VA, which will support on-going needs of students with limited means, supporting their efforts to succeed at Howard University.
The Raney Moss Foundation seeks to help homeless and needy students at historically black colleges and minority-serving institutions. The Howard University Service Learning and Outreach organization provides programs for over 350 college students.
Congratulations to all those who contributed to this service project! Thank you for your efforts.
|Appeal to Support Disaster Aid's Response to Cyclone PAM in Vanuatu||Posted by David Sterling||on Mar 22, 2015||
Disaster Aid USA and its partners are making contact with local government officials and Rotary Clubs to assess what can be done to quickly bring relief to the people of Vanuatu following cyclone PAM. Disaster Aid and Rotary will team to work quickly for the long term benefit of impacted people. If you wish to hear the latest news and developments, and/or to contribute, you can find more information at: www.disasteraidusa.com/online-donations
|2015 District Conference Final Registration - May 8 & 9 in Frederick, MD||Posted by David Sterling||on Mar 22, 2015||
Now is the time to make your final registration plans for the Star Spangled District Conference, May 8 & 9, 2015. $15 is all it takes to reserve your spot at the conference in Frederick, Maryland (and $10 for spouse/guests).
Join DG Fine and 300 of your closest Rotary friends and acquaintances for a great weekend event in Frederick. Please pre-register now and encourage your club members to do so also! Here is the pre-registration link for the conference (also on the District Calendar)
Now it the time to reserve your spot and Light Up Frederick and Rotary!
|Energy Experts Share Insights on Sector Info, Policy and Trends||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 26, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill hosted the 2015 Energy Panel Summit at the National Guard Museum on Monday, January 26th. Thank you to our panel of experts on energy policy, information and new trends for sharing their insights on oil production, consuming sectors and renewables -- and for answering our questions on why gas prices remain less than a cup of Starbuck's coffee today...and other baffling dynamics!
Natalie Joubert, Vice President, Policy of the Consumer Energy Alliance discussed the four main consuming energy sectors in the US -- Industrial, Transportation, Residential and Commercial. In particular, how the US has become more efficient in the amount of energy consumed versus previous decades while energy costs have risen. These trends play a major role in how policies are developed by the Consumer Energy Alliance and policy makers as they consider the impacts of rising costs on lower income Americans. For further input download these slides by copying/pasting the following in your browser window:
|Get Ready for the Energy Panel Summit !!!||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 20, 2015||
Ever wonder why a gallon of gas now costs less than a latte? Come find out the answer along with other things you've always wanted to know about energy. Join the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill for an evening of discussion and fellowship at:
2015 Energy Panel Summit
When: Monday, January 26th
Where: The National Guard Memorial Museum, 1 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Bring a guest!
Experts will share their insights on energy markets, policy and sector dynamics, and answer your questions on the industry. Panelists include:
Doors open at 6PM for social hour. No cover charge. Please bring friends and interested colleagues for an evening of discussion and insights.
|Rotary Peace Center Announces 2016 Scholarship Applications||Posted by David Sterling||on Jan 11, 2015||
|Happy New Year -- 2015!!!||Posted by David Sterling||on Dec 30, 2014||
Happy New Year !!!
|Rotary Club of Capitol Rings in the Holiday Season for Salvation Army!||Posted by David Sterling||on Dec 13, 2014||
|District 7620 Focused on Continuing Polio Eradication||Posted by David Sterling||on Aug 02, 2014||
In the August edition of Rotary District 7620 Foundation's Engage! newsletter, Rotary's emphasis is on continuing the final push to eradicate polio. With polio reemerging in three difficult to address countries -- Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan -- and a resurgence in Somalia and the Middle East, the push to eliminate polio for good is critical. Year-to-date in 2014 there have been 128 reported cases of Wild Poliovirus, with Pakistan recording the greatest number (99).
District 7620 efforts are focused on fundraising and giving through the Rotary Foundation. DG Bill Fine is encouraging Rotarians to invite area business owners and sales professionals to participate in a Sandler Training program on October 15th at the Charlestown Retirement Center in Cantonsville, MD. The program is designed to help Rotarians and invited guests to raise money for polio eradication with all proceeds going to the Rotary and Gates Foundations' efforts to End Polio Now! Program participants will benefit from a full-day sales training course designed to address three areas necessary for sales success -- attitude, behavior and technique.
Other efforts within the Rotary District include encouraging 10% foundation giving, which can be done online. For details see Engage! magazine, August 2014 or contact Ken Solow, Annual Programs Fund Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Rotary Club of Capitol Hill New Meeting Location: The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on Mar 22, 2014||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill holds its weekly breakfast meetings at The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub (4 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC). Fellowship will begin at 7:15 AM, and the breakfast meetings will run from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. Please mark your calendars and join us!
Please use the Phoenix Park Hotel entrance on 520 N Capitol St NW to access The Dubliner.
|Rotary Club of Federal City Charter Becomes 4th Rotary Club in DC||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 23, 2014||
The Rotary Club of Federal City was officially Chartered last Friday night at the Embassy of Pakistan. Club President Navin Valliappan welcomed guests and hosts Ben Woodman and Ellen Rolfes guided the audience through the program. DG Peter Kyle spoke of Rotary's growth in DC and the charter members' commitment to the Rotary cause. His Excellency, Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States spoke to the assembled Rotarians about Rotary's long history with Pakistan and the new government's commitment to democracy. The Honorable Muriel Bowser, DC Ward 4 Council member and mayoral candidate, spoke of Rotary's place in helping to transform DC and her commitment to the Federal City club. Past-DG Ray Streib, spoke enthusiastically of the new club's potential and led the awarding of charter to club members.
The members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill salute the 42 charter members of the Rotary Club of Federal City. Welcome to the District 7620's DC Rotary clubs. We look forward to working with you to "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".
|RI President Ron Burton visits Washington, DC||Posted by David Sterling||on Feb 02, 2014||
Barbara and Vernell Carter, members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (District 7620), congratulate Rotary International President Ron Burton after his keynote speech in the Hall of the Americas at the Organization of America States’ (OAS) in Washington, DC.
RI President Burton’s lecture was entitled “Forging Peace in the Next Generation: Strategies for Youth Engagement" and was part of the OAS Lecture Series of the Americas.
|Rotary Responds to Polio Emergency in Syria||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Dec 28, 2013||
On December 10th, 2013, Rotary International announced it would will provide a $500,000 (USD) emergency response grant to support efforts to quell a recent outbreak of the crippling disease polio in strife-torn Syria. The funds are the first to the World Health Organization in direct support of a Global Polio Eradication Initiative plan aimed at outbreak response throughout the Middle East, as the region gears up for a multi-country response to the threat of polio.
|Rotarians at Work - Delivering Books to DC Area Schools Chiildren||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 30, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's Annual Dictionary distribution is underway providing brand new dictionaries to area third grade elementary schools children.
Rotarian Dan Garfinkel takes a time out to celebrate with Brent Elementary School students with their newly distributed dictionaries. Looks like some happy kids!
|Area Rotarians Celebrate the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's 10th Anniversary!!||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 23, 2013||
Over 70 area Rotarians and guests gathered last Tuesday at the Banana Cafe in Southeast Washington, DC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (RCCH). From Charter RCCH Members to sponsoring Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Washington, to members of the Rotary Clubs of Dupont Circle, Federal City and several Maryland chapters, all joined to celebrate 10 years of community support.
|Rotary Club Supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities||Posted by David Sterling||on Nov 16, 2013||
From 2008 to 2013, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (RCCH) has been a strong supporter of the Ronald MacDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC. In 2013, through a Rotary District 7620 grant, RCCH was able to provide needed support in the building of a new Ronald MacDonald House Playground in Washington, DC.
Above, RCCH President Chuck Charpentier (far right) and Ronald MacDonald attend the playground ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, November 9th. at the Ronald MacDonald House in NE Washington, DC.
|Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's 10th Anniversary Celebration||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Oct 09, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill celebrates its 10th Anniversary on Capitol Hill with a special Latin American fiesta at the Banana Cafe (500 8th Street SE) on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Rotarians, guests, and neighbors are invited to join the club in its 10a Cena de Aniversario
|Josh’s Choice: Why Join Rotary?||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Sep 30, 2013||
What should Josh do? Volunteer, see the world, or be a leader?
|Hang out with RI President Burton on October 1st||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Sep 15, 2013||
On October 1st, join Rotary International President Burton live, via satellite, and talk about youth and the future of Rotary International.
(Above) Rotary International President Ron Burton chats with Interactors during a pancake breakfast service project at Norman High School, in Norman, Oklahoma, USA.
|2013 Rotarian of the Year Award Recipients||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Jul 08, 2013||
|2013-14 Rotary Club President Sworn In during Annual Changeover Dinner||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Jul 08, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill held its annual Changeover Dinner on Tuesday, July 9th at historic Union Station, Washington, DC. The event marked a special milestone for the Rotary Club as it entered into its 10th year serving the Capitol Hill community, and promoting peace through service throughout the world. The dinner concluded the annual Passing of the Executive Gavel. Rotary District 7620 Governor, Peter Kyle, swore in
|New Rotary Governor Urges Rotarians to “Reach Out”||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Jul 05, 2013||
On July 6, 2013 at the New Zealand Embassy to the United States, 175 Rotarians and guests celebrated the installation of Peter Kyle as the 2013-14 Governor for Rotary District 7620. Peter Kyle is a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill. This is the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's first Rotary District Governor.
Governor Peter Kyle (far right) celebrates with members from the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill at the New Zealand Embassy.
|Welcome from the Club President||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on Jun 30, 2013||
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Our club was founded in 2003 and this year we are celebrating our first decade of Service Above Self.
Together with our club’s Foundation, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Foundation, our club is involved in local and international service projects that give back to our local and global communities. We have provided backpacks and school supplies to students in need, provided grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 to local nonprofits, handed out dictionaries to 3rd graders in the public and charter schools on Capitol Hill, built water wells in Bolivia, provided bed nets and malaria medication in Mali, and volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank.
As one of three Rotary clubs in Washington D.C. (and the only breakfast meeting) we welcome visitors from around the world every week at our meetings. Since most of our members, guests and speakers are working in or visiting our Nation's Capital, we find that having a morning meeting located at Union Station is extremely convenient for those who would like to begin a busy day of work or sightseeing with fellowship and service.
But we are not all just early birds who rush off to work at the sound of the closing bell, we regularly attend fellowship and social events including happy hours and End Polio Nights at National's Park and the Verizon Center.
Our club meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at Uno Chicago Grill, Union Station (2nd Floor), 50 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20001. We look forward to welcoming you to our meetings, service events, and happy hours soon.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Club President, 2013-2014
|Capital Area Food Bank Service Project||Posted by Polly Binns||on Jun 30, 2013||
Thanks to Chuck, RCCH participated in a service project for the Capital Area Food Bank this past weekend. Attending the event were: L to R (top photo): Julie Silvers, Sarah . Aldrich, Sean McAlister (SEAN! quit foolin' aROUNNNNDDD!), Jane Smith, David Sterling, Jay Taparia. Terrific!
|Serving Area Children – One Fruit at a Time||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Jun 28, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (RCCH) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teamed up and volunteered for the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Produce for Kids Program. RCCH and FEMA worked together ensure that fresh fruits and vegetables got to children in the Washington metro area who were at risk of hunger, because children with unmet nutrition needs are more vulnerable to sickness and infections, as well as developmental and educational problems.
|New Members Induction: Kip Knudsen and David Sterling||Posted by Polly Binns||on Jun 22, 2013||
Terrific Tuesday: RCCH inducted to its membership two new members: Kip Knudsen came to us from Anchorage (Alaska) Downtown Club, and David Sterling. Welcome them heartily!
Interested in Speaking at a Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Meeting?
|Posted by Debbie Harrison||on Jun 09, 2013||
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:
Rotary Club of Capitol Hill
|RCCH and SAWA International Convention Walk Against Malaria||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on May 25, 2013||
This Rotary year the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill was the primary sponsor of the Walk Against Malaria organized by the SAWA International Convention.
On Saturday, May 25, 2013, members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill club joined other in the District of Columbia to walk 2.2 miles from Galvez Park, near the U.S. State Department to Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to help raise awareness of the impact of Malaria on the global population in general and the African population specifically.
According to the World Health Organization's 2012 World Malaria Report, Malaria is a preventable and treatable mosquito-borne disease, whose main victims are children under five years of age in Africa. The World Health Organization estimates that there were about 219 million cases of Malaria in 2010 and an estimated 660,000 deaths from Malaria. Africa is the most affected continent: about 90% of all malaria deaths occur in Africa.
In 2012, the SAWA International Convention served 363,900 individuals with Malaria and of those served approximately 250,000 were children under the age of five. According to the SAWA International Convention 1 in 5 childhood deaths are cause by Malaria in Africa and 10,000 pregnant women and 200,000 infants die from Malaria in Africa each year. The SAWA International Convention estimates that Malaria costs African governments more than $12 Billion lost GDP every year.
For more information on the Africa Free of Malaria initiative, contact the Rotarian Yvonne Carr and/or the organizers of the SAWA International Convention @ http://www.sawaicon.org/.
|Visitor’s Day: May 28||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on May 21, 2013||
|Rotary Club of Dupont Circle Trivia Night Update||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on May 21, 2013||
On May 19, 2013, the Rotary club of Dupont Circle organized a fundraiser in the format of a trivia competition. The beneficiaries were PolioPlus and a local charity, FairGirls. Members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill were in attendance and competed valiantly against seasoned DC trivia teams. Alas, the RCCH team was not able to come away victorious, but fun was had by all in attendance and the funds raised went to two great causes. Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle on a successful first fundraising event ever.
|The Rotary Wheel – A Rolling History||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on May 21, 2013||
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary International since earliest days. The first design was made in 1905 by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement."
Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association." A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
|Capital Area Food Bank Service Project||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on May 20, 2013||
We have a service project scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 9 am to 12 pm. Please let Chuck Charpentier know if you plan to join the club and your fellow Rotarians on Saturday, June 29th.
|Pancake Breakfast Fun!||Posted by Polly Binns||on May 18, 2013||
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and the Tyler Elementary School co-sponsored a fundraising pancake breakfast held from 8 AM to 11 AM. The event was held at the Tyler Elementary School at 1001 G Street, SE (10th and G Street, SE), just a short walk from the Eastern Market and Potomac Ave. metro stations on the blue and orange lines. All proceeds benefited the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Foundation and the Tyler Elementary School.
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and the Tyler Elementary School appreciated all of your support!
|2013 District Conference Highlights||Posted by Gregory Roberts||on May 04, 2013||
The 2013 Three District Conference was a great opportunity to learn more about what our region is doing and to exchange ideas and meet new friends. The sessions were informative and timely. RCCH Delegation was visible and well connected. Our incoming District Governor Peter Kyle was all over the place, so get ready for 2014 District Conference.
|Why participate in Every Rotary Every Year (EREY)?||Posted by Polly Binns||on Apr 14, 2013||
The donations you provide as a participant in Every Rotarian Every Year, also known as the Annual Fund, makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives worldwide. The Annual Fund is the primary source of funding for Foundation activities. The Annual Fund’s unique three-year investment cycle gives clubs time to plan high-impact, sustainable activities and the Foundation time to invest the contributions. These investment earnings help cover the Foundation’s administrative and fundraising expenses. Our contributions are joined with donations from other district clubs and are held at Rotary International for three years. Then, the funds are returned to the District to support matching District Designated grants. Your generous support funds local and international projects that advance The Rotary Foundation’s mission. All contributions to the fund are spent on quality Rotary projects. Help support these projects. Make a contribution today.
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill has one of the highest contribution per member ratio in the District. It is a proud tradition we hope everyone will support. The Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative encourages all Rotary club members to help us reach our goal to support The Rotary Foundation financially each year. Rotary's: Worldwide 20102-2013 EREY fundraising goal (Annual Fund goal) is US$120 million.
|Blood Drive Success||Posted by Polly Binns||on Mar 31, 2013||
Congrats, Cappers, for a successful blood drive on March 19, 2013. We booked 23 appointments and collected 15 pints of blood. Club participants in the project had many ideas on how to make it even more successful next year. Thanks to all.
|More Great News from One World Education||Posted by Polly Binns||on Jan 26, 2013||
One World Education just became adopted by DC Public School (DCPS) as their only high school writing program to be used district wide during the 2013-2014 school year.
This partnership expands our work from a program to enhance the curriculum to a staple part of it. Through this partnership, our programs will serve 5000 students - every 9th and 10th grade student - and approximately 150 teachers.
The support of the Rotary Club will now reach every public school student in DC schools.
|Rotary District 7620 Scholarship - 2013 District Scholarship Competition||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on Jan 07, 2013||
Rotary District 7620 Scholarship
Call for Applications
Rotary District 7620, which includes most of Central Maryland and Washington, DC, is pleased to call for applications to Rotary Clubs in the District through
Rotary District 7620, which includes most of Central Maryland and Washington, DC, is pleased to call for applications to Rotary Clubs in the District through
Rotary Club Contacts
for either Post-Secondary or Global Grant scholarships.
District 7620 Post-Secondary Scholarships
Information for Individual Rotary Clubs
District 7620 offers four Post Secondary Scholarships of $5,000 to scholars residing in District 7620 and enrolling in an accredited US college, university or technical school for 2013-2014. Funds will be sent to the academic institution of winning scholars to cover tuition, room, board and books.
Timeline for Scholarships and Selection
Late November, 2012 through mid-February, 2013: Individual Rotary Clubs should begin to promote the District Post-Secondary scholarships to local high schools and/or colleges.
February 15, 2013 – March 15, 2013: Rotary Clubs review applications and interview candidates.
March 15, 2013: Deadline for all individual Rotary Clubs to submit an completed application packet to Tracey Heibel, District Scholarship Committee Chair,
email@example.com. Incomplete scholarship packets will not be considered for further review.
March 15, 2013 – late April, 2013: Scholarship nominees will be contacted by the District Scholarship Committee and invited for an interview, if selected as a finalist.
May 1, 2013: Scholarship recipients notified of their scholarship by the District Scholarship Committee.
October, 2013: Scholarship funds will be sent to the academic institutions where recipients are enrolled.
Completed District Scholarship applications must include the following:
A completed Application for Rotary District 7620 Scholarship - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM
Essay explaining educational objectives and subsequent occupational goals (300-500 words)
A summary/resume of extracurricular and community activities, work experience, awards and honors received
An official copy of student’s high school or college transcript
A copy of any test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL) used to qualify for admission at a Post Secondary institution
Copies of any college acceptance letters received by the time of application
Members of the District 7620 Scholarship Committee:
Ms. Tracey Heibel, Chair, Rotary Club of Lexington Park firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jenifer Blair, Rotary Club of Towsontowne email@example.com
Mr. Cornelius Fay, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek-Frederick firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Anna-Mae Kobbe, Rotary Club of College Park email@example.com
Ms. Glynis Long, Rotary Club of Washington, DC firstname.lastname@example.org
|Speaker Books Donated to Library||Posted by Polly Binns||on Jan 05, 2013||
Thank you, Paxton, for delivering signed speaker books to Tyler Elementary School. Pictured L to R are: Principal Jennifer Frentress and Reading Specialist Kyla Dunn. Frentress expressed her appreciation:"We are very grateful for these books from the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill. We plan to use them as a kind of 'roving library' by putting them on a cart and taking them from room to room. We appreciate the community's support for this school."
|An Effort to Improve Literacy on Capitol Hill - One Child At A Time||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Jan 01, 2013||
Between October and November 2012, the members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill donated and distributed nearly 500 Student Dictionaries to more than 25 area elementary schools as part of their annual Rotary Day Dictionary Project.
|Welcome New Members!||Posted by Polly Binns||on Dec 19, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill inducted two new members on Tuesday, October 18. A hearty welcome to:
Patty O’Connell, Director of Contracts in Finance and Human Resource for the National Guard Association of the United States. She is a long-time Rotarian and has served in a number of leadership roles. During her time with RC Richmond, WI (1994-2002), she served as treasurer of the club and hosted many international students. She served as president of RC Little Falls, MN, during its 100th year anniversary, where she was a Rotarian from 2003-2007. Patty has degrees from University of River Falls, WI, and Strayer University, VA.
Yvonne Carr, currently a government liaison for Nigeria with the Escravos Gas To Liquids Project (EGTL) – Nigeria, Chevron Corporation. She has over eight years experience in international development, private and public partnership, and stakeholders relations management. Yvonne has considerable experience in the volunteer arena in building partnerships and delivering services in West African schools, hospitals and community organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Downtown.
L to R: Sean McAlister, Yvonne Carr pinned by Anne Nickel, Susie Komornik pins Patty O'Connell.
|The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Embraces Its Sixth Social Media Site||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Dec 13, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill embraces more social media. Meetup is the Club's sixth and newest online social networking portal. It facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world and here in Washington, DC. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, careers or Rotary Clubs.
|Dictionary Project Success!||Posted by Polly Binns||on Oct 27, 2012||
Catch the excitement: Cappers visited 13 schools and delivered 702 dictionaries to delighted third graders. Pictures below show club members and guests labeling dictionaries at Club Assembly on October 16. Also pictured are snaps of members with 3rd graders.
|End-Polio-Now Fundraiser a big success at Barrack Row's 2012 Fall Festival||Posted by Susan Komornik||on Sep 30, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill raises money to help eradicate the deadly mosquito-borne Polio virus, during Barracks Row’s Fall Festival in September 2012
|The Next Chapter of Rotary - Next Generations||Posted by Barbara Carter||on Sep 17, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
The Club is currently empowering and mentoring youth leaders at Cesar Chavez Charter High School and Eastern Senior High School in Washington, DC. In 2012 the Rotary Club provided several $5,000 post-secondary scholarships to Capitol Hill high school seniors, and will do so again in 2013. And in 2011, the Rotary Club of Capital worked with the Washington DC’s Ronald McDonald’s House to support funding of playground equipment for their new housing site in Northeast Washington, DC.
|AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR||Posted by Barbara Carter||on Sep 16, 2012||
Come meet us at the Barrack's Row Fall Festival.
When: Saturday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Where: Barrack's Row on Capitol Hill (8th Street, SE), Eastern Market Metro
The Festival will feature nearly 150 vendors, exhibitors and activities. This year, the DC State Fair will be part of the festival. There will be engaging and fun activities for all ages.
For the second year, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will host a display booth. There will be information on Rotary International and our club. Polio Eradication (End Polio Now) and Rotary-sponsored Clean Water Projects will be focal points of this year's display. Also featured will be information on some of our local community service projects, as well as our international service projects.
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill offers great opportunities for fellowship, networking and community service.
LOOK FOR OUR TENT!!!
There will be some friendly Rotarians to greet you. COME HAVE A DRINK WITH US!!!
|This Week's Member Highlight||Posted by Polly Binns||on Sep 02, 2012||
Mark T. Evans (born in Washington D.C.) passions himself around the Information Technology arena. Evans professional career might best be described as monumental followed by extremely gratifying. Mr. Evans brings with him a vast variety of technology expertise from industry leading companies such as, Microsoft, Northern Telecom and IBM.
Evans has been continually placed in leadership positions throughout his entire Technology Career: A Director of Business Development, entrepreneur and technologist, Evans works to help businesses understand and use technology. In addition to working with both computer software and hardware for more than 25 years, Mark has personally taken his own businesses and built them into million dollar enterprises.
In addition to his technology experience, Evan’s currently holds a board position with the National Business League and is dedicated to Youth Outreach and serving on the Community Service Outreach programs and Federal Government Legislative Small Business Initiatives.
Evans attended Wesleyan College and has just recently attended and completed the Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth. Although focused in the information technology industry, Evans has developed technical education programs, consulted with national political parties regarding their data processing efforts, worked in sales and marketing and speaks professionally on a variety of technology topics. Evans has engineered his life in the Information Technology environment and currently holds Certifications in:
1. Cisco Router Technology
2. Microsoft Cloud Computing
3. Sonic Wall
4. Dell Hardware Certification
Evans is an alumnus of Microsoft. Evans created the roadmap to TS2 Program and trained Microsoft partners around the country on new technologies. Upon his department from Microsoft, Evans went on to start and partner in new business start-ups which included a VoIP company, Custom Design Build Company and a Network Infrastructure company. Evans is currently focusing on Managed Services and Technology Security. Evans entrepreneur expertise allows him to have a vision that becomes a reality. Evans is actively involved in the Government arena and many professional business ventures.
Evans innovative spirit continues to align his professional guidance for others.
|AUGUST IS MEMBERSHIP AND EXTENSION MONTH||Posted by Barbara Carter||on Jul 29, 2012||
On July 1st, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle shared an outstanding evening. We began our 2012-13 Rotary year with the installation of our new officers and board members. We were hosted by Jimi Thompson III, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, at the historic National Capitol Bank. An aura of excitement and expectation filled the room.
President Greg Roberts set as his main goal to grow the club to 35 members. This would be a net gain of 10 members. The Membership Committee joins Greg and the Board of Directors in challenging our members to take the Rotary Membership Challenge. This year, our members are invited to take part in two activities designed to help us remember why we joined Rotary, what keeps us coming back, and why others should join.
First, we are invited to take the Rotary Membership Challenge. With this, each of us will commit to sponsor a new member, tell a friend or colleague about our club projects or volunteer to serve as a mentor to prospective or new members.
Second, participate in the first-ever Rotary Moment Tweet Day on August 14th. Let’s tweet about our favorite Rotary memory or event, talk about our club activities, or share one of our community service projects (i.e., the upcoming Book Bag or Dictionary Project). For those of us who are not on Twitter, for Rotary’s sake, create a Twitter account and post your first tweet.
Your Membership Committee members are David Falke, Susie Komornik, Mark Evans, and Phil Viles.
2012-13 Membership Committee Chair
|Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Club Members Volunteer at the 2012 Taste of Eighth||Posted by Casandra Levine||on May 01, 2012||
RCCH Members Polly Binns, Julie Silver, Debbie & Adam Harrison, Paxton Helms, Gregory Roberts, Bryan Schaaf and Cass Levine each volunteered and lent assistance to restaurant owners in the form of set-up, ticket collection and serving at this year's Taste of Eighth.
|2012 Polio Eradication Champions Congressional Reception at the United States Capitol Building||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on Apr 25, 2012||
|District 7620 Scholarships - Application Deadline April 24, 2012||Posted by Judy Gibson||on Apr 16, 2012||
Rotary District 7620 offers four (4) Post Secondary Scholarships of $5,000 to scholars residing in District 7620. District 7620 included the geographic area of Washington, DC and Central and South Western Maryland.
Applicants must be enrolling in an accredited U.S. college, university or technical school for 2012-2013. Funds will be sent to the academic institution of winning scholars to cover tuition, room, board and books.
Instructions for Applicants
April 24, 2012: Interested students should complete the form on page 2 and submit it, along with the required documents, to their local Rotary Club for review. Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by the club no later than April 24, 2012.
April 24-30: Individual Rotary Clubs will evaluate applicants and choose one finalist to forward to the District Rotary Scholarship Committee.
May 12, 2012: Scholarship finalists will be interviewed by the District Scholarship Committee.
May 15, 2012: Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified.
Completed applications must include the following:
1. A completed Application for Rotary District 7620 Scholarship (page 2 of this document)
2. Essay explaining your educational objectives and subsequent occupational goals (300-500 words)
3. A summary of your extracurricular and community activities, work experience, awards and honors received
4. An official copy of your high school or college transcript
5. A copy of any test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL) used to qualify for admission at a Post Secondary institution
Completed application packets should be emailed the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill’s Foundation Chair, Judy Gibson, at email@example.com
|Contact the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill if you are interested in applying for the Rotary Peace Fellowship!||Posted by Debbie Harrison||on Apr 16, 2012||
Check out the following link for more information: http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/EducationalPrograms/RotaryCentersForInternationalStudies/Pages/ridefault.aspx
|One World Education - 4th Annual Youth, Culture & Learning Celebration||Posted by Gregory Roberts||on Apr 15, 2012||
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ticket Prices: $80 in advance; $90 at the door
Tickets are tax-deductible
The evening will include a full spread of food and drinks, plus an open bar. Click the following link to purchase your tickets: http://oneworldeducation.org/yclc
|Rotary Curling Fellowship World Championships||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Apr 01, 2012||
The Fellowship of Rotarian curlers had the honor of hosting the 2012 World Championships in our Rotary District 7620 at Laurel, Maryland. The International Curling Fellowship of Rotarians has been holding this gathering every two years since gaining its Rotary International status in 1972. The countries that participate in this curling competition include Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Scotland, Sweden, England, and the United States.
This was the first time ever that the mid-Atlantic area of the United States has hosted this international competition, and the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill was part of this effort. Club members volunteered their time to prepare meals and host these visiting athletes. It was a fun event for both the international curlers and the members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill.
|Club Wins the 2011-2012 Governor's Gold Award||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Mar 29, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill was one of just six clubs (out of 68 Rotary Clubs) to win the 2011-2012 Governor's Gold Award during the 2012 District Conference in Cambridge, MD. This is the highest award a Rotary Club can win in its District.
From July 2011 to March 2012, the club membership had an awesome year. The membership hosted three very successful fundraisers for local DC service projects and Rotary’s fight against Polio. In fact, we raised three times more money this year than we did in the past 8 years!
For the second time in two years, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill participated in Rotary International’s Future Vision Program for Humanity Service. The membership partnered with Rotary District 1990 (Southern Germany) and raised $90,000 (USD) to send German graduate students to Washington, D.C. to study peace and conflict resolution for two years.
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill was also recognized as the number one Rotary Club in North America for selecting and sponsoring Rotary Peace Fellows. Since 2006, the club has sponsored 12 Peace Fellows, and during this Rotary year we sponsored two additional Fellows.
Peace Fellows are scholars sponsored by Rotary International. They are leaders in promoting national and international cooperation and conflict resolution through service activities. Participants in this program earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution in at one of seven Rotary International Peace Centers in Argentina, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
But the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill’s biggest accomplishment this year was sponsoring the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle (Washington, DC), which chartered on March 27, 2012 with 37 new Rotarians.
|We Chartered a New Rotary Club!||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Mar 26, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill chartered a new Rotary Club in the Washington, DC area. On March 27, 2012, the new Rotary Club of Dupont Circle was founded with 37 new Rotarians. Our new sister club will meet in northwest Washington, DC near the Dupont Circle Metro Station.
|March is Literacy Month||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Feb 29, 2012||
As one of the six areas of International focus for Rotary International, education is a very important part of making our world better and achieving world peace. Did you know that 15% of the world’s population lacks basic literacy skills? 13 million children in developing countries alone are not in school and not learning to read. 500 million women are illiterate worldwide, which makes up two-thirds of the adult population that cannot read.
|RCCH Foundation presents WANADA with a contribution to support its Automotive Career Initiative||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on Feb 16, 2012||
|Every Rotarian Every Year||Posted by Judy Gibson||on Feb 14, 2012||
On February 23, 2012 we celebrate the 107th anniversary of Rotary International ("RI") and in 5 years in 2017 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation ("TRF"). TRF is a not for profit corporation that supports the efforts of RI to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.
TRF is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of TRF who share its vision of a better world.
TRF was created in 1917 by RI's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for RI "to do good in the world." It has grown from an small contribution of US $26.50 to soon approaching one billion dollars.
Let us try to have 100% participation by the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in Every Rotarian Every Year to support TRF. Any amount will be gladly accepted. You can give a check to Judy Gibson or donate directly through the RI website.
And do not forget there will be an exciting Raffle for all who donate before June 30th.....more details to come!
|Congratulations to Sunny Akuopha Winner of the RCCH 2011 Charity iPad Drawing||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Feb 12, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill congratulates Sunny Akuopha, of Bamako Mali, for being the winner of the RCCH 2011 Charity iPad Drawing. This year's winning ticket was sold by Sean McAllister, a long time member of our club and our club President. Thanks to all of you that participated in this year's Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Charity iPad Drawing.
|"Fair To All Concerned??"||Posted by Barbara Carter||on Feb 07, 2012||
On Tuesday, February 6, our presenter was Chris Matthews, a peace and justice advocate from Foundry United Methodist Church. Matthews gave us some background information on what it means for a product to be labeled/certified Fair Trade. She emphasized that with fair trade, the farmers receive a living wage for their products i.e. cocoa, coffee and tea. In many countries where these raw products are grown, there is often little concern for the use of pesticides or for the impact on the environment.
|February - World Peace and Understanding Month||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Jan 31, 2012||
World Peace and Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service - Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
|The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and Rotary International District 7620 do not offer Ambassadorial Scholarships.||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Jan 28, 2012||
Under The Rotary Foundation's Future Vision Program, District 7620 will offer one Global Grant Scholarship per year to study overseas. The Global Grant Scholar for 2012-13 has been selected. New applications for the 2013-14 will be due to our club by 1 October 2012.
Please refer to the following website for more information: http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/RunningADistrict/FutureVisionPilotProgram/Pages/fv_global_grants.aspx.
|RCCH and Capitol Hill Village Pancake Breakfast||Posted by Paxton Helms||on Dec 02, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and the Capitol Hill Village are co-sponsoring a fundraising pancake breakfast to be held from 7 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. The event will be held at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church at 201 4th Street, SE (Fourth and Independence Ave., SE), just a short walk from the Capitol South and the Eastern Market metro stations on the blue and orange lines. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Foundation and Capitol Hill Village.
|RCCH Second Annual iPad Charity Drawing||Posted by Len Salas||on Dec 02, 2011||
Would you like to participate in the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's 2011 Charity iPad Drawing? This year the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill is raffling off an iPad, which would make a great holiday gift (and our club will ship it anywhere you would like so it might be your easiest gift purchase of the year). The iPad is the 16GB with 3G model (detailed specifications below). The tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The drawing will be held at our meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.
|"This Close" End Polio Now||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on Oct 23, 2011|
|Claude Morissette Rotary District Governor on "Montgomery Matters"||Posted by Charles Charpentier||on Oct 03, 2011|
|Donate to Help Rotary Achieve Polio-Free World||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Sep 12, 2011||
After 20 years of hard work, Rotary International and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.
Please watch this five minute Rotary vidhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMNPHTV6Z30eo to learn what you can do to end polio in the life of a child.
|Helping to End Hunger for all People||Posted by Sean McAlister||on Aug 10, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill is actively involved with a local food shelter in the Washington, D.C. area called Thrive DC. One of the services that Thrive DC provides is the "Two Meals per Day" program. The members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill help with this program by "gleaning" at the White House Farmer's Market every Thursday afternoon from May to October. The club members distribute gleaning bins to various vendors at the market. The vendors then donate fresh food to Thrive DC that they deem edible, but unlike to last until the next market. The club picks up the bins after the market close and delivers them to the Thrive DC kitchens. The Thrive DC chefs use the fresh vegetables and fruits in that week's client menu.
Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. The area organization also acts as the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability while also providing the first step towards independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness.
|Rotary Club of Capitol Hill is Recoginzed by DC Mayor for Service for Thrive DC||Posted by Len Salas||on May 03, 2011||
On April 26, 2011, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill members Beverly Jeffreys, Barbara and Vernell Carter, and Len Salas attended a Volunteer Appreciation Reception. There, the three were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray. The Club members were recognized for the Club's efforts for collecting fresh fruits and vegetables from the White House Farmers’ Market.
In 2010, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill collected over 5,000 pounds valued at over $30,000. The Club continues to collect fresh fruits and vegetables from the White House Famers’ Market, every Thursday at 6:30 pm.
|RCCH at Ronald McDonald House||Posted by Len Salas||on Aug 28, 2010||
On Sunday, August 29th, our club prepared and served dinner to the families and childern staying at the House that evening. We completed another successful service project and the team had fund working together and getting to know more thatn about the Ronald McDonald House in DC. The team had an exciting time at the Ronald McDonald House preparing dinner for the guests at the RMH The team served a dinner of lasagna, bread, salad, and cookies. We are greatful to Safeway for the donation of the foold items for our dinner preperation. RCCH also provided travel kits and pantry items for the House. We toured the home and the residential manager Celia provide background information on the RMH. The group photo shows our teams of, from left to right Robby Reynolds, Vernell Carter, Barbara Carter, Matt Vines, Judy Gibson, Kathy Beckman, Chloe Heung, and Ansely Harman.
|Volunteer Day at Orr Elementary School||Posted by Len Salas||on Aug 20, 2010||
Many thanks to all our volunteers - Club President Polly Binns, Barbara Carter and husband Vernell, Matt Vines, Bryan Schaaf, Jimmy Thompson. and Kathy Beckman.
The Orr Elementary staff was easy to work with and appreciated our efforts this morning. We would like to find out what other needs they may have during their school year where we might partner.
Thanks to Janeen Haase for the initial idea and getting everyone registered for DC Pubic Schools Beautification 2010. We missed you, Janeen - come home from Zambia soon.
|Posted by Charles Charpentier|
|Listen to "Come Join Us," a new song about Rotarians' work||Posted by Charles Charpentier||
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|Project Bite Malaria Back!||Posted by Maria Nelly Pavisich||
|Year in Review||Posted by Len Salas||
|Blair and Buz at Tuesday, June 16 meeting||Posted by Stoddart Pierce||
Buz Green from Learn Grow with Blair at this week's meeting. Buz is an Aussie who was in Washington educating and raising money for his non-profit organization Learn Grow (http://www.learngrow.org/). The organization educates people in impoverished regions of the world about nutrition that grows naturally around them.