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Launch of the Rotarian Pro Bono Initiative in Capitol Hill
Rotarians could have a larger postive impact on their community if they used their professional skills to the benefit of local nonprofits.  I have mentioned the idea of the Pro Bono Rotarian on this blog in recent months. My club is launching a new pro bono pilot initiative on July 12 at the Hill Center […]
Education innovations for disadvantaged students in Washington DC
Can internship and mentorship programs help students graduate from high school and prepare them for colleges and careers? What type of support is needed for the most disadvantaged youth, including those who suffer from homelessness? Do tutoring programs help students learn? How can we improve the research, writing, and presentation skills of middle and high […]
Improving Immunization and Fighting Polio in Pakistan
Polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Apart from polio campaigns, broader support for immunization is essential to eradicate polio. Two weeks ago (on April 21, 2016), the World Bank approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $50 million to increase the availability of vaccines for infectious diseases, including polio, for children under […]
Evaluation is essential to assess what works and share stronger stories
Readers of this blog know that I have emphasized for some time the need to strengthen a culture of evaluation in Rotary. Evaluations should be undertaken not only for our service projects, but also to assess how our clubs meet, work, and grow – or wither away. This post is about a recent evaluation of an education project supported by […]
Pro Bono Rotarian Initiative
Rotary is about fellowship and service work. How do we increase the impact of our service work in order to achieve higher impact in our communities while also fostering fellowship among Rotarians and others committed to making a difference in the life of the less fortunate? One potential response is the concept of the pro […]
 

Rotary Club of Capitol Hill - Washington, DC

Capitol Hill

Service Above Self

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the Month
The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
4 F Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
United States
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Beginning July 1, 2016, The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will be meeting 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
 

 
 
 
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.
 

 
 
  
 
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.
 

 
 
  
 
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!
 

 
 
 
Volunteer your skills with local nonprofits to achieve higher impact with your service work/hours. As a lawyer, marketer, social media expert, evaluation specialist, or professional in another field, help local nonprofits improve and expand their services in your community. Join an initiative from the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill to provide pro bono consulting advice to local nonprofits in Capitol Hill and beyond.This initiative is for Rotarians and others to engage in service work. Non-Rotarians can participate too and are welcome to join the teams that will be formed to advise each participating nonprofit.

For further details, please contact Quentin Wodon / rotarianeconomist@gmail.com

 

 
 
 
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!
 

 
 
 
Would you or someone you know like to be a speaker at a Rotary Club of Capitol Hill meeting? We are always interested in hearing from members of the DC community and beyond on topics ranging from business to academic to humanitarian. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:15AM at The Dubliner, in the Phoenix Park Hotel. Our speakers generally speak for about 15 minutes and have time for audience questions afterward. If you would like to suggest a speaker, please contact:

Jeremy Pearce
Vice President
Rotary Club of Capitol Hill
JeremyAPearce@yahoo.com
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...