Celebration Dinner for General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired)
Marking a historic milestone in the life of Eisenhower Fellowships, hundreds of members of the EF global family converged on Philadelphia on May 16 and 17 to pay tribute to our outgoing Chairman, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired) and welcome his successor, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Annual Meeting Day
Secretary Gates officially became the 9th Chairman of EF the next morning at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees, then met with Fellows from the 2018 Global Program and the 2017 USA and Zhi-Xing Programs in a wide-ranging seminar at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel attended by more than 200 guests, including young leaders from the Philadelphia Military Academy.
That evening, Secretary Gates presided over the 2018 Annual Awards Dinner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, hosted by President Gail Harrity, an Eisenhower Fellow. Gail and Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney greeted guests at a pre-dinner cocktail reception punctuated by a musical performance from a group of Mummers, Philadelphia’s distinctive street performers whose annual New Year’s Day celebration is a local ritual.