3-26-19 Michael Bobbitt and Leon Seemann spoke about Adventure Theatre MTC, a children’s theater and academy that educates and inspires new generations of theater artists and audiences with exceptional theatrical experiences. ATMTC is the premiere children’s theatrical organization in North America. It helps students develop the skills necessary to be successful performers: self-discipline, teamwork, problem solving and self-confidence.
3-19-19 Rotary Peace Fellow Kimberly Weichel spoke about “How to Build and Measure Peace”. Most of her talk covered the work of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The IEP estimates that global violence cost the world economy 12% of GDP in 2017, or $1,988 per person. The Global Peace Index, developed by the IEP, attempts to quantify degrees of peace in 163 countries. It is based on six measures of domestic and internal conflict, ten measures of societal safety and security, and seven measures of militarization. In 2018, the US ranked 121st out of 163 countries because of large weapons exports, a high incarceration rate, and external military conflicts.
3-12-19 Dr. Wong graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition to his traditional medical training, he has special expertise in integrative and functional medicine with a focus on optimal health and wellness. Dr. Wong spoke about factors conducive to many years of good health that were identified in the Harvard Longevity Study, which has been in progress for 80 years. The study shows that the single most important factor in good health is the quality of relationships people have with family and friends.
3/5/19 Donald Graham joined his family’s newspaper, the Washington Post, eventually becoming Chairman of the Board. Mr. Graham became concerned that DACA “Dreamers” have no access to the usual sources of financial aid and loans for post-secondary education, without which they are at a scholastic and professional dead end when they finish high school. He joined other philanthropists to create The Dream.US, a scholarship fund that in its first three years committed over $100 million in postsecondary scholarships to nearly 3,000 Dreamer Scholars.
2-26-19 Retired US Army Major General Dave Ralston recounted anecdotes from his experiences leading US troops in Bosnia and Kosovo that affirmed his confidence in American military power as a force for good in the world. He drew parallels between the balkanization of Southeast Europe and the current political climate in the US.
2-19-16 Our speaker was Mike Canning, whose love affair with movies started when he was four years old. Mike reviewed for us his book, Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC. Canning’s book examines how Washington has been depicted in over 50 movies. Canning offered intriguing insights into Washington history and lore. Before starting his second career with the movies, Canning was a Foreign Service Officer for 28 years, serving in 8 countries on 4 continents.
2-12-19 C. LuLu Fulda RD, LDN, CNSC, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Suburban Hospital talked about the history of US dietary guidelines and how they have changed over the years, providing the latest guidance emphasizing an overall diet, not specific measurements. Recommendations for the “Fab Four” over the last 60 years have changed: Eggs went from good to OK, Margarine went from good to bad, and back to good again on “reformulated margarines”, Nuts went from good to bad and back to good, & Wine went from good to OK to bad, then back to Ok “in moderation”.
The current recommendations are: Eat a healthy and balanced diet: • Whole grains • Fruits/vegetables • Lean Protein • Unsaturated Fats (oils, nuts, seeds) • Plant based protein (beans, soy) • Limit processed foods (high in sodium) • Limit saturated fats <7% of calories, avoid trans fats, limit cholesterol to 200 mg/day • Limit refined carbohydrates (sweets, sugary beverages) • Alcohol in moderation • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight • Participate in physical activity.
2-5-19 Frank Van Riper, a journalist at the New York Daily News for 20 years, followed by 19 years as photography columnist at the Washington Post. Mr. Van Riper spoke about his latest book of photographs, Recovered Memory: New York & Paris 1960-1980, and showed images from the book. Mr. Van Riper's book is “a meditation on time and place: before the internet and 24/7 news; when one could visit the Eiffel Tower without seeing police and automatic weapons, when a ride on the New York subway cost 15 cents, when the smell of fresh-baked baguettes wafted over nearly every Parisian neighborhood, and when the Coney Island parachute ride still thrilled thousands.”
1-29-19 Joyce Johnson (RADM Ret.) spoke about global health and travel. She is both a physician and Admiral, having been the Surgeon General of the US Coast Guard. Joyce has extensive experience on all seven continents, and talked about health and safety issues whether traveling to the South Pole or Downtown DC. Surprises are everywhere (yes, rabid animals have recently been confirmed in Chevy Chase). While on active duty, she also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the first AIDS researchers. Other government assignments included the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health. She has been active with the Veteran's Administration having served on the Commission on Care and other advisory committees. Joyce is a professor (clinical and adjunct) at Georgetown University. As a physician, she is board certified in Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, and Clinical Pharmacology, and is a Certified Addiction Specialist.
1-22-19 Trevor Patzer spoke about the Little Sisters Fund (LSF) that was established in 1998. LSF began with a single scholarship for one girl. Since then it has grown to support the education of over 2,800 girls in 21 districts of Nepal through eleven complementary and interlocking programs of support that tackle multiple dimensions of injustice. LSF fights the injustices of gender discrimination, child trafficking, child marriage, and child labor by taking a holistic approach rooted in education. We improve the lives of girls in Nepal by providing long-term scholarships to economically disadvantaged and at-risk girls (up to 12th grade) who would otherwise not attend or continue school.
⦁ Year-on-year continuation rate of over 98%.
⦁ 99% average pass rate on the School Education Exam (SEE), with three times the national average of top performers.
⦁ Double the national class 12 exam pass rate.
⦁ 97% average or above average class rank.
⦁ Over 90% of graduates continue on to tertiary education after high school.
Since 1998, LSF has supported more than 2,800 girls in Nepal. Currently, we are committed to supporting the full education, through the 12th grade, of over 2,000 girls.