Rotary Club of Capitol Hill - Washington, DC

Capitol Hill

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The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
4 F Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
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The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill welcomes Brad Hanson who has been a supporter of Rotary in Afghanistan for the past decade. Brad Hanson is a seasoned Foreign Service professional whose overseas experience spans more than thirty years. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran. In addition to Persian, he speaks some Arabic, Pashto, Russian and Uzbek. Over the past two decades he has served in the US State Department in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Chief of Mission at the US embassies in Afghanistan and Yemen and Deputy Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq) in the Bureau of Near East Affairs. He is currently taking part in the Senior Seminar, an interagency leadership and management training program at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC, and is scheduled to join the US embassy in Uzbekistan in 2005 as Deputy Chief of Mission.

 
Rotarians' yearlong celebration of The Rotary Foundation and 100 years of Doing Good in the World culminates at the Atlanta convention June 10-14th. Help us celebrate in the city where it all began:
  • Explore The Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit
  • Attend the “Doing Good in the World” book signing
  • Enjoy a special centennial birthday party
You can still join the celebration by going to http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta/register to register.
 
Irene Mbari-Kirka, Founder of InABLE, a non-profit in Kenya that supports pathways to education, employment and empowerment for the visually impaired, shared her organization's vision and efforts to provide computer skills training to youth. Her 11 year-old NGO has provided over 20,000 computer-training hours to youth and enrolled of over 1,600 blind and visually impaired students with 140 teachers. Working with SafariTel, InABLE is now delivering coding of mobile websites that are utilized around the world. This effort has also led to employment for skilled graduates of her program. InABLE is now working with the government of Kenya to scale these successes nationwide. Irene, thank you for sharing your enthusiasm and vision with Rotarians.
  
 
[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 
 
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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The Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is just two weeks away. It promises to be especially well attended by Rotarians from all over the world. If you are going, I hope that we’ll find a way to meet there. My club (Rotary Club of Capitol Hill) will have a booth in the House of Friendship, so … Continue reading Going to Atlanta? Learn about Promoting Access to College for Disadvantaged Youths
Using our Expertise and Networks to Provide Training for Local Nonprofits
A great way for Rotary clubs to serve their community is to rely on their members’ expertise and networks to provide training for local nonprofits in areas where they need support. As part of my club’s pro bono initiative, we organized in February 2017 two half day training events for local nonprofits on (1) monitoring and … Continue reading Using our Expertise and Networks to Provide Training for Local Nonprofits
Free ebook 6: Tell Your Story in the Local Media – Write about Your Rotary Partners to Celebrate Volunteer Work
The sixth free ebook in the Rotarian Economist Short Books series has been released. The book tells the story of an initiative by a Rotary club to improve its public image by writing articles in the local media about volunteering opportunities for residents to make a difference in their community. The articles feature great local … Continue reading Free ebook 6: Tell Your Story in the Local Media – Write about Your Rotary Partners to Celebrate Volunteer Work
Free ebooks 4 and 5 – Rotary foundations and grants
Did you know that apart from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, there are close to 4,000 local Rotary foundations in the United States alone? Two new free ebooks on Rotary foundations and grants are now available in the Rotarian Economist Short Books series.  The first book provides an introduction to Rotary foundations and grants … Continue reading Free ebooks 4 and 5 – Rotary foundations and grants
Free ebook 3: What Does Service Mean in Rotary? Simple Stories of Inspiring Rotarians
The third free ebook in the Rotarian Economist Short Books series has been released. Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self.” What does this mean in practice? The book answers this question by providing examples of the work that Rotarians do. The book also explains Rotary’s “avenues of service.” The hope is that through simple stories of … Continue reading Free ebook 3: What Does Service Mean in Rotary? Simple Stories of Inspiring Rotarians
 
 
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