Member dinners are held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June.
During Covid, these dinner meeting events with special guest speakers are held via Zoom.
Normally, they take place at:
Annapolis Doubletree Hotel
210 Holiday Court (where Forest Drive ends at Riva Road)
6:00 pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm Guest Speaker, usually including a question-and-answer period
9:00 pm Closing Remarks
Each meeting has a single invited guest speaker who represents a specific foreign country or is a representative of a major U.S. government organization, U.S. Congress or international-multilateral organization. Most often the speakers are Ambassadors who present major issues of interest and concern to them and the United States. In its almost 50 years of existence, the Club has enjoyed presentations by Ambassadors from more than 115 countries and regions throughout the world.
The guest presentation starts at approximately 8:00 pm and allows 15 to 20 minutes for questions and answers, usually ending at 9:00 pm. The audience submits questions on cards at the end of the presentation and most speakers answer all questions, without “boundaries”, as time allows.
The emphasis is always on informality, and each meeting is oriented toward casual and interesting dinner conversation. To further that objective, the Club also welcomes the guest speaker’s spouse, companion or associate at each dinner meeting.
- Cost of dinner is $35 for members and $40 for non-members, not including a cash bar open before each dinner.
- If you would like to come as a guest for a “trial membership”, contact the Membership or Reservation Chair.
Zoom meetings until further notice
In view of these uncertainties, we will postpone our usual request for membership dues of $15, and will keep you posted concerning future meetings.
January 13, 2021 (changed from Jan 6) Join Zoom Meeting
On Wednesday 13 January 2020 at 7:00pm (this is one hour earlier than our standard presentation time) we will hear from Rosemary Banks, Ambassador of New Zealand – an island country in the South Pacific with a unique form of democracy and some famous citizens.
Rosemary Banks has had a forty-year career with the Ministry of Foreign Affaires and Trade, including six previous overseas assignments. She was Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2005-2009) and Ambassador to France and Portugal and New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the OECD (2010 – 2014). Ambassador Banks served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Canberra.
As Deputy Secretary in New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Ambassador Banks was responsible for multilateral, legal and consular affairs. Earlier Wellington-based positions included Director of Development Assistance, Director of North Asia Division, Director Public Affairs and foreign policy adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to her appointment as Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Banks served as a Crown negotiator for the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process. She was also a member of the council of the University of Canterbury and a Senior Adjunct Fellow in the Department of Political Science.
Ambassador Banks has provided diplomatic craft training for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Treasury, the New Zealand Defense Force and the Papua New Guinea Department of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Banks has a Master of Arts degree in Russian with First Class Honors from Canterbury University and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics
Next event To Be Announced
Previous Speakers for this Year’s Program
See History for previous years’ speakers.
Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Daniel Mulhall became the Republic of Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States in August 2017.
Ambassador Mulhall was brought up on Waterford, Ireland, and pursued his graduate and post-graduate studies in modern Irish history and literature at University College, Cork
He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and served in diplomatic posts in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (EU) and Edinburgh. His ambassadorial posts have included Malaysia (2001-05), Germany (2009-13) and United Kingdom (2013-17).
In the Department of Foreign affairs and Trade, he served as DG (Director General) for European Affairs (2005-09). From 1995-98 he was the Department’s Press Counselor and, in that capacity, was part of the Irish Government’s delegation at the time of the Good Friday Agreement ending the “Troubles” in 1998.
Ambassador Mulhall, a distinguished author, advocates public diplomacy through social media. He has his own twitter account (@DanMulhall).
September 9, 2020 (Labor Day September 7)
Veruzhan Nersesyan, Ambassador of Armenia to the United States
Ambassador Veruzhan Nersesyan was appointed Ambassador Extradordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to the United States in November 2018.
He obtained an MA in International Relations in 1996, an MA in Public Administration in 1998 and a Global MA (Fletcher School of Law in Diplomacy) in 2009. He holds graduate certificates in Conventional Arms Control and Preventative Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution.
Within the Armenian Government he has served in positions of increasing responsibility as OSCE Desk Officer, Head of Conventional Arms Control Division, Head of External Relations for the National Assembly, Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Prime Minister.
His overseas responsibilities have included DCM OSCE Vienna (2000-2003), and DCM Armenian Embassy Washington DC (2008-2012).
Ambassador Nersesyan is fluent in English and Russian and speaks some German. He is married with three children.