Over 70 area Rotarians and guests gathered last Tuesday at the Banana Cafe in Southeast Washington, DC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (RCCH). From Charter RCCH Members to sponsoring Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Washington, to members of the Rotary Clubs of Dupont Circle, Federal City and several Maryland chapters, all joined to celebrate 10 years of community support. 

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Master of Ceremonies, RCCH President Chuck Charpentier, kicked off the program and Debbie Harrison, RCCH President-Elect, provided a warm welcome. Past President (2006-07), Anne Nickel, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Shaun English, President of the RC of Washington, provided the inspiration. Following a Foundation Moment, visiting Rotarians and guests were introduced by Cate Berenado and Jane Smith. The induction of new members was performed by DG Peter Kyle, AG Andy Cook and Chuck Charpentier. Past DG Bob Parkinson then presented the Paul Harris Fellow award to the youngest recipient, Ava Elise Bishop, age 2 1/2 years old (with help from Grandma, Rotarian Barbara Carter) for supporting polio eradication through Polio Plus. Ava represents the next generation and hope of the Rotarian family focused on preventing this deadly disease.

Greg Roberts, Past Pres. (2012-13), announced RCCH Foundation Awards to Central Union Mission, WANANA, Tyler Elementary School, Gallaudet University, and SAWA International Convention. An award of $3000 was presented to David Treadwell of Central Union Mission as the newest recipient of RCCH Foundation awards. Charter members of RCCH, Barbara Carter, Joan Athens and Beverley Jefferies took us back to the beginning of the club and provided a guide to RCCH's future. After Susie Komomik coordinated the final wine raffles and 50/50 picks, the evening's agenda was complete with Amer Ahmed, Pres. RC of Dupont Circle, leading the Four Way test and Greg Roberts ringing the final bell. A good night for all!

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