Rotary Club of Capitol Hill - Washington, DC

Capitol Hill

Service Above Self

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The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
4 F Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
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Local partners are counting on your donations of sundries and clothes this Fall. Contribute where and when you can. Club members will be collecting sundries in the coming month to distribute to those in need. Stay tuned for timing and specific requests.
Volunteers Needed to Place Holiday Wreaths at Arlington National
Saturday, December 16 at 8 AM - 11 AM
Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA 22211
Sign up on Facebook #Arlington national cemetery. Tickets available on Participating Club members will meet at the Arlington Metro stop at 8:00am.
Somaye Sarvarzade, President of the Rotary Club of Herat, and Education Officer at UNICEF, gave an inspiring insight into current challenges and potential of education in Afghanistan. Ms. Sarvarzade spoke of an education project that her Rotary Club is actively pursuing to improve the security and high dropout rates of young girls in Herat. The project not only restores school buildings and security walls, but also trains teachers and expands curriculum for students.
Influenced by supportive parents and her own experiences as a refugee, Ms. Sarvarzade demonstrates "Service Above Self" in the educational development initiatives she pursues -- from speaking to parents and children in remote villages, to supporting policy and planning efforts through UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, to providing after school reading clubs for students. Ms. Sarvarzade's passion for education was influenced by a USAID mentor to put her energies to creative use. She believes that Afghan people themselves must drive the change needed to sustain progress in educating the country's next generation. We look forward to lending a hand in those efforts.
Cliff Lewis, Executive Director of USVETS (the nation's largest veterans support organization), shared the history of his organization and growth within DC. He and Jasmine Owens, outreach coordinator, spoke of the progress they have made in establishing a 85-veteran capacity transition facility in Southeast DC. (150 Wayne Street SE). This facility enables US Vets to provide a means to get Veterans off the streets of DC and moving towards a more stable living situation. The organization also provides wrap-around support services and programs to keep Vets on the road to independent living. Their greatest success has been finding and securing permanent housing via subsidies with local and federal funds.
US VETS is looking to raise funds to expand their Case Management support services and is open to partnering with Rotary. If you are interested in seeing the USVETS facility or discussing how you can help, please contact Cliff Lewis at
Patrick Kibbe and Jessica Westerman of the DC chapter of the American Constitution Society spoke to club members about educating youth on Constitutional principles and their practical application to every day life in the U.S. They shared efforts to educate 3rd, 4th and 5th graders on how the Constitution affects citizenry and its importance in not only American history, but its present and future.
Rotarians engaged in discussions on how our Rotary initiatives can and do overlay in areas that involve the 1st, 6th and 14th Amendments (right to free speech, right to a speedy and public trial, and right to due process). There are areas to collaborate to ensure Peace, Education and Improved Living initiatives are maximized. Thank you Patrick and Jessica for a lively discussion! Look forward to future discussions.
Would you or someone you know like to be a speaker at a Rotary Club of Capitol Hill meeting? We are always interested in hearing from members of the DC community and beyond on topics ranging from business to academic to humanitarian. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:15AM at The Dubliner, in the Phoenix Park Hotel. Our speakers generally speak for about 15 minutes and have time for audience questions afterward. If you would like to suggest a speaker, please contact:

Jeremy Pearce
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December 2017
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