Dinner Meeting Information

Member dinners are held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, at:

Annapolis Doubletree Hotel
210 Holiday Court (where Forest Drive ends at Riva Road)
Annapolis MD

Meeting schedule:

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 per person, 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.

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October 3, 2018

His Excellency Pjer Šimonović, Ambassador of Croatia to the United States

Mr. Šimonović, born in Split, earned a BA in Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Italian Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb.  He began his career as a journalist covering the unraveling of the Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe; in 1993 left Croatia to work at BBC World Service radio, during which time he also earned a Master’s Degree in War Studies at King’s College London.  Šimonović joined the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zagreb in 1998 as Deputy Head of the Analytical Department and served in his first foreign posting as First Secretary and Counselor for Political Affairs as well as Deputy Head of Mission in Paris.  After a brief return to Journalism, he rejoined the Foreign Service to serve as national coordinator for NATO, as well as Assistant Minister for International Organizations and Security.  He then moved to the Ministry of Defense serving as Director of Defense Policy and later as State Secretary for Defense Policy.  Returning to the Foreign Ministry, Šimonović served as Ambassador to Israel from 2012 to 2016 and now holds the position of Ambassador to the United States.

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November 7, 2018

His Excellency Carlos Dos Santos, Ambassador of Mozambique

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December 5, 2018

Her Excellency Madame Dina Kawar, Ambassador of Jordan

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January 9, 2019

Her Excellency Madame Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland

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February 6, 2019
His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpur, Ambassador of Singapore

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March 6, 2019

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April 3, 2019

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May 1, 2019
His Excellency Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium

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June 5, 2019

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Previous Speakers for this Year’s Program

See History for previous years’ speakers.

September 5, 2018
His Excellency, Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States

Mr. Haarde holds BA and MA degrees in Economics from Brandeis and University of Minnesota and a MA with distinction in International Relations from John Hopkins.  He began his career as Economist in the International Department of the Central Bank of Iceland and then became the Political Adviser to the Minister of Finance.  He was a member of the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, from 1987 to 2009, during which time he held many roles, including Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the Independence Party, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and finally Prime Minister of Iceland.  From 2009 to 2014 he served as an independent consultant and speaker.

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