Rotary Club of Capitol Hill
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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 […]
Providing Education for Girls and Employment Opportunities for Women: Deepa Willingham at the World Bank
If you want to provide more opportunities to girls, you shouldn’t only provide them with an education – you also need to change perceptions of gender roles so that, when they grow up, girls can (among other things) fully contribute to the household’s livelihood. To achieve this, combining education with interventions for entrepreneurship and employment […]
Rotary’s Family Health Days Featured at the World Bank
Today, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Marion Bunch, the founder of Family Health Days, participated in a well-attended event at the World Bank about inspiring women who made a difference in the world through innovative programs in the areas of education and health. The event was streamed online through World Bank Live, and a […]
 

Rotary Club of Capitol Hill - Washington, DC

Capitol Hill

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
4 F Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
United States
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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 
 

 
 
 
 

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.

Funds raised through this event:

  • provide annual grants in excess of  $140,000 to more than 30 local  non-profits
  • hosts career fairs for D.C. high school students​​
  • provides dictionaries to local 3rd graders​
  • feeds the homeless every month in the nation’s capita​l
  • ​​s​upports international projects through matching grants
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.
 

 
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.
 

 
 
 
Rotary's Dictionary Project for DC Area schools is kicking off its activities 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 will be distributing the books throughout the coming month to DC schools. For more information and how you can participate, please contact Kip Knudson (kknudson64@gmail.com).
 

 
 
 
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.
 

 
 
 
 
We're so happy to support One World Education with a Rotary District 7620 Foundation grant!
 
 

 
 
 
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
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Speakers
May 17, 2016
Kareem Burney
Confidence through science: What I learned being a minority in STEM
May 24, 2016
Rani Chatrath - Amnesty International
Collaboration Brainstorming Session with Amnesty International's DC Chapter
May 31, 2016
Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D.
College Promise Campaign
 
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After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan,...
Get live updates from the Council on Legislation
Get live updates and vote totals from the Council on Legislation on Rotary.org beginning on 11 April. Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide will gather in Chicago 10-15 April to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs.  Many of this year’s proposed changes are designed to increase membership by giving clubs greater flexibility in the timing and the nature of their meetings. Other proposals would amend membership requirements.
UNESCO-IHE scholarship applications now available
The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The aim is to increase the number of trained professionals who can devise, plan, and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships also are designed to promote long-term relationships between Rotary members and skilled water and sanitation professionals. Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. The...
Ensure recognition for your Interact clubs
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