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Attn: Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.
1135 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202-331-8686
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By: Krystle OBrien


Remember that time in Paris? I do.

Cafes and baguettes;

Effifle tower and views

Especially Champs-Élysées


Do you remember that time in Paris

The Metro and Seine;

The streets of history


I remember that time in my Paris

Most of all I remember Cathedral Notre-Dame

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Rotary Club of Washington, DC Rotarians, Rotaract Club of Washington, DC Rotaractors, and #FriendsofDCRotaryClub joined thousands of community members to clean up our neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the #AnacostiaRiver as part of the annual Anacostia Watershed Society Cleanup Day. What a great group! We registered for Kenilworth Aquatics Gardens location, a hidden gem and one of more than 10 locations buzzing with volunteer cleanup crews around the area. See the schedule on our #DCRotaryClub website to join us for our next volunteer day!

Our DC Rotary President Lisa McCurdy found one of the most surprising items of the day - a beaver carcass. Thanks to #FriendofDCRotary and President Lisa’s husband, Raymond Hankins, for carting it back to the disposal area. The National Park Service took special interest and possession of the remains. It’s important that we know what caused its death.




So many wonderful stories to share about the #CareerFair we hosted on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Columbia Heights Educational Campus for 550 students! It truly was a collaborative effort including the school’s leadership and staff and #DCRotaryClub Rotarians. The community came together serving as presenters to provide a diverse array of perspectives, exposing 11th, 10th, and 9th graders to pathways of opportunity!


A full suite of wonderful pictures of the Career Fair will be included in a future newsletter once we receive clearance from the school to publish them on our website.


#DCRotaryClub #RotaryDistrict7620 #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleofAction #community #students #career


We did it! Joined by proud members and leadership of the DC Rotary Club and Rotary District 7620 leadership, the Interact Club of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts has been chartered. A record number of 40 young leaders launched this new Club. Welcome to our Rotary family! 

#RotaryInternational #DC #Youth #Leaders #InteractDistrict7620 #BeTheInspiration



Every year the DC Rotary Club invites their sponsoring DC Rotaract Club to speak at their weekly luncheon during World Rotaract Week. They share their accomplishments, ideas and success stories with our members. This year we also decided to invite one of our sponsoring Interact clubs, CHEC Interact. They got to hear about Rotaract and also share their wonderful projects to the club. The DC Rotary Club chartered a second Rotaract Club at George Washington University earlier this year and is set to sponsor a second Interact Club at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts later this month. We are so proud of them!


Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.


In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours.


Today there are 10,904 Rotaract Clubs in 184 countries.  Rotaract membership is now 250,792.


#DCRotaract #GWRotaract #CHECInteract #RichardWrightInteract #DCRotary #Interact #Rotaract #Rotary #InteractDistrict7620 #RotaractDistrict7620 #Youth #DC #GW #CHEC #RWPCS #ColumbiaHeights #BeTheInspiration #FutureRotarians #ServiceAboveSelf


On May 4, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled [case 481 U.S. 537 (1987)]  that Rotary clubs in the United States might not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. [See also]


  • June 1987 issue of The Rotarian - The Supreme Court decision is first mentioned on page 7: “U.S. Supreme Court rules: Rotary must accept women members.” [Note that this just covered U.S. clubs.]
  • January 1988 issue of The Rotarian - See the Opinions, pages 51-52, about the pros and cons of women joining Rotary.
  • Rotary Year 1988-1989 – In 1988 the Rotary Club of Washington, DC admitted its first woman member, Ann M. Milne.
  • 1989 - The June 1990 issue of The Rotarian, p. 31, refers to the 1989 Rotary International Council on Legislation’s vote.

 We appreciate the contribution of the History and Archives Committee to this story.

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April 2019
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Dr. Maria Paola Lualdi Martelli
Apr 24, 2019
Author, "Ambassador of Fine Arts: The Life of Angelo Lualdi"
Cherissa Jackson
May 01, 2019
Founder, Project Give Hope
DJ Lavoy
May 08, 2019
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Real Estate Assessment Center, HUD
Romanieo Golphin and Romanieo, Jr.
May 15, 2019
The Robeson Group
Wayne Winston Sharp, Ph.D.
May 22, 2019
Chairman of the Board, National Council for Adoption
Juan Williams
May 29, 2019
Fox Political Analyst and Author
Past Speakers
Edward Luce
Apr 17, 2019
US National Editor, The Financial Times
Amb. Ivan Korcok
Apr 10, 2019
Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States
Robert "Dean" Clayton
Apr 03, 2019
CEO and Founder, The Sports Analytics Club Program, Inc.
Eva Schoefer
Mar 27, 2019
Director, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria
John Kelly
Mar 20, 2019
Columnist, The Washington Post
Steve Liston
Mar 13, 2019
Inside a US Embassy
Mohamed Malouche
Mar 06, 2019
Chairman, Tunisian American Young Professionals
Dr. George Stosur
Feb 27, 2019
Manny Mandel
Feb 20, 2019
Holocaust Survivor
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