Program: May 26 - 12:00-1:30 PM at WGCC
Pablo Villeda, VP, Regional Operations, Latin America International Justice Mission
Everyday Violence – A Plague with a Hope of a Cure”
Rape, sex trafficking, slavery, police abuse of power, land theft, and other forms of violence are like a plague affecting the lives of the global poor and hindering efforts to bring them development. There is hope and there are solutions. It all starts with strengthening the rule of law and transforming the institutions of the local public justice systems so that they work for the poor.

Mr. Villeda served for three years as IJM’s field office director in his native Guatemala before joining the U.S. team in 2009. He has translated his frontlines work defending children overcoming sexual abuse to support IJM’s offices in Bolivia, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic and IJM’s field partners in Ecuador and Peru. Pablo and his wife, Saira, have three children and live in the Washington, DC, area.

Upcoming Events
  • May 30 – Service Opp – sort and bag food for AFAC.
  • Jun 2 - Lunch meeting at WGCC: Harry Henderson- Immediate Past President Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club- “The new Rules of Growing Rotary Membership”
  • Jun 2 -- Happy Hour 6-8pm, at The Front Page in Ballston. Parking is $1 in the Ballston Mall.
  • Jun 9 - Lunch meeting at WGCC: Alessandra Colia, Executive Director, Urban Alliance
  • Jun 16 - - Lunch meeting at WGCC: Marjorie Varner, Executive Director, Encore Learning- “Back to “College” for Pure Knowledge”
  • June 16 - Happy Hour 6-8pm, at the Front Page in Ballston. Parking is $1 in the Ballston Mall.
  • June 30 – ARC Installation Dinner, approx. 6 PM. Mark your calendar! This is in lieu of the regular meeting that day.
  • July 5 – TBD
  • July 21 – Lunch meeting at WGCC: Tom Moncure “George Mason”
  • July 28 – Gary Powers, Jr., “Steven Spielberg’s Movie The Bridge of Spies – Fact or Fiction?”
  • Aug 4 – Lunch meeting at WGCC: Robert J. Lieber, Prof. of Government/International Affairs at Georgetown, discusses his latest book, “Retreat and its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order”

Annual China Garden Banquet - A wonderful evening!

Our annual China Garden Banquet to benefit the AREF scholarship program was held Thursday, April 21.  About 60 Rotarians and guests gathered to enjoy a fun evening featuring great food, fellowship, and most important, fulfillment of our educational mission through fundraising.  The event raised almost $9000 for our scholarship programs. In addition the banquet offered an opportunity to present this year’s scholarship winners:   Callie Randall of Washington-Lee High is the 2016 recipient of the AREF traditional scholarship for a four-year university, while Alejandra Fernández of Arlington Mill High was selected for this year’s Arlington Rotary American Challenge Stipend in memory of Audra Rafter.   


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President Jeff Sutton Shannon Owens
President-Elect Shannon Owens David Sutfin
Secretary John Becker John Becker
Treasurer Joe Lott Joe Lott
Sergeant-at-Arms Hugh Barton Hugh Barton

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