Dinner Meeting Information


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

They take place 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 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.

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Passport bullet small2022-2023 Speakers

 


Wednesday, December 7
 
We will hear from Minister/Counselor Markus Teglas, who has served since August 2021 in the Political Department of the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC. His responsibilities include transatlantic relations and U.S. domestic policy.
 
Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff for the Minister of State for Europe in the Federal Foreign Office. He joined the German Federal Foreign Service in 2013. From 2008 to 2013 he worked as Chief of Staff in the German Bundestag.
 
Markus Teglas holds a M.A. degree in European Studies (M.E.S.) from the Viadrina-University in Frankfurt/Oder and a M.A. degree in Philosophy from the Free University, Berlin. He has also worked as an editor in various German publishing houses.
 

Wednesday, November 2
 
We heard from international journalist Terence Smith, whom many of us remember from the PBS Newshour.  Terence Smith is an award-winning journalist who has been a political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and television analyst over the course of a four-decade career.
 
He spent 20 years with The New York Times, including eight years abroad in the Middle East and Far east, covering four wars, peace negotiations and the day-to-day lives of people in more than 40 countries.  Smith also served as Assistant Foreign Editor and Deputy Metropolitan Editor in New York.  In the paper’s Washington bureau, he served as diplomatic correspondent before founding and editing the popular Washington Talk page.
 
In 1985, Smith joined CBS News in Washington, covering the Reagan White House and for nine years, reporting the cover stories for CBS Sunday Morning.  He earned two Emmys for work on the broadcast “48 Hours” and shared in the George Foster Peabody Award for general excellence given to the staff of CBS Sunday Morning.
 
In 1998, Smith turned to public television, founding and leading the media unit at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.  In the course of seven years, Smith and his unit won 18 national awards and honors for media criticism and analysis.  He is now a special correspondent for The NewsHour.
 
Smith is a 2013 inductee to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hall of Fame.
 
He currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Previously, he was a member of the advisory board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Board of Visitors of the Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Married with two grown children and three grandchildren, he lives with his wife, Susy, in Annapolis, writes a regular column for The Annapolis Capital and is World Affairs speaker aboard Crystal Cruise ships around the world.  

 

Video of the presentation.


Tuesday, October 11
 
We welcomed Ambassador William Taylor, Vice-President for Russia and Europe at the US Institute of Peace. Since the Ambassador was unavailable for the date of our scheduled meeting at the Double Tree Hotel (5 October), we were obliged to move our meeting to Tuesday 11 October.
 
Ambassador Taylor is an American diplomat, government official and former military officer. He served as the 6th US Ambassador to Ukraine from 2006-2009 and as acting ambassador to Ukraine from June 2019-January 2020. He is currently VP for Russia and Europe at the US Institute for Peace.
 
Ambassador Taylor graduated in the top 1% of his class at West Point in 1969 and received his Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1977.  After West Point he served in the infantry for six years at Fort Bragg and in Vietnam. Following five years as Legislative Assistant for Senator Bill Bradley, he served for five years as Special Deputy Defense Advisor to the US Ambassador to NATO.
 
From 1992 to 2002, Ambassador Taylor served as a US Diplomat, with the rank of ambassador, coordinating assistance to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In 2003 he served as Afghanistan Coordinator at the Department of State and in 2004 he was the Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. Ambassador Taylor served as Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions from 2011 to 2013. He was appointed to the US Institute of Peace in 2015.  

 

Video of the presentation.


Wednesday, September 7
 
We welcomed the Swedish Deputy Chief of Mission Ingrid Ask.  We had originally only anticipated learning about Sweden’s successful governance and social support services.  Now, we are welcoming Sweden as NATO’s newest member.
 
Ms. Ingrid Ask assumed her position as Minister Counselor and deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. in September 2019.
 
Prior to her current position Ms. Ask served as Political Advisor to the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, General Micael Bydén.  She started her diplomatic career in 1999 and has held positions at the Foreign Affairs Office, the Africa Department, and as Head of Consular Affairs at the Department for Consular Affairs and Civil Law.
 
From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Ask served as Political Counselor at the Embassy of Sweden Washington D.C.  Between 2001 and 2005 she was posted to the Political Section of the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria, South Africa.

 

Ms. Ask holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Political Science and Languages from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Video of the presentation.


Previous Speakers

See History for previous years’ speakers.

 

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