Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda

 We meet weekly on Thursday Night from 6:30-8:00 PM  Closest Traffic Camera   RI/District 7620

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  • Arthur Blitz
    April 1, 1982
    34 years
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    April 12, 2012
    4 years

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Rockville Rotarian John Kolm gave a presentation on the Haiti school project on April 21, 2016, that was supported by the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club. President Bob Fuhrman presented John with the Rotary Cookbook.
Rotary Scholar Kristina Wienhöfer receives a cookbook from Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club President Bob Fuhrman on April 14, 2016. 
[Photo by Tom Lewis]

[Above] From the Rotary Club meeting on April 7, 2016: President Bob Fuhrman presenting a Rotary Cookbook to Todd Nitkin, who had just agreed to replace Bob Fuhrman.  [Below] President Bob also presented a Rotary Cookbook to District Executive Secretary Sherry Whitworth at the District Conference, and Sherry Whitworth presenting a Rotary Cookbook to Nan Fuhrman.

Alex Naron, Tom Lewis and Bob Nelson packed 144 boxes of food for needy families in Montgomery County on April 12, 2016.

[L-R] Rotary International President's Representative to the District 7620 Conference John Stairs, Bob Nelson and Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club President Bob Fuhrman at the Montgomery County Clubs' Hospitality Suite on April 9, 2016.
Nancy Mason, Nan and Bob Fuhrman.
[Above] President Bob Fuhrman thanks Mike Nardolilli, the new Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation, for his presentation including the “Top 10 List of Why Parks Matter" on March 31, 2016. [Below] Past Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club President Dr. Juvenal Goicochea and his brother Carlos, also a Past Rotary Club President from Peru.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians joined the March 24, 2016, meeting of the metroBethesda Rotary Club.  metroBethesda President Russell Lacey presented a giant check in the amount of $1000 to Potomac-Bethesda President Bob Fuhrman for the Ear Care Nepal project.  [L-R] Karl Miller, Tom Leuchtenburg, Potomac-Bethesda President Bob Fuhrman, metroBethesda President Russell Lacey and Bob Nelson.

Michael Zhuang was the guest speaker on March 17, 2016, with the presentation "Investment Insight of Nobel Prize Winners." The 2013 Nobel Prize Winners in Economics were Eugene Fama, Robert Shiller and Lars Peter Hansen. President Bob Fuhrman presented Michael Zhuang with a Rotary Cookbook.

Ellen Haggerty, Chair of the Rotarians for Hearing Action Group and a member of the Pleasant Valley New York Rotary Club exchanges club banners and presents President Bob Fuhrman with a check for $500 for the Ear Care Nepal Project.
[Above] Tom Lewis and Bob Nelson at the Manna Food Center Packing Night on March 8, 2016.  [Below] Alex Naron leads the Manna Food Center Packing crew.
Debby Fisher, Interim Chief Operating Officer of CHI Centers, Inc., was the guest speaker at the March 3, 2016, Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting. CHI Centers, Inc. provides residential services in alternative living units, rent subsidized housing, vocational training, and working with adults with disabilities. In February, the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Foundation donated $4,000 to CHI Centers, Inc.
Matt Wald (pictured left), President Bob Fuhrman (pictured right)


Rotary Club of Potomac Bethesda Annual Valentine's Day Initiative

In honor of Valentine's Day, Potomac-Bethesda Rotary presented pashmina shawls to residents at Sophia's House in Rockville, Maryland. Sophia's House provides emergency shelter for women with  mental illness, substance abuse, trauma or long term disabilities. This annual presentation of gifts is led by Rotarian Dr. Noel Howard and his wife, Gladys Howard.  Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Foundation supports various projects in the local community related to housing and education.
[L-R] Will Naron, Manna Coordinator Alex Naron, Bob Nelson and volunteers pack boxes of food for needy families on January 12, 2016.

Congratulations to the new officers elected for 2016-17: President Elect Bob Fuhrman, Secretary Elect Noel Howard, Treasurer Elect Tom Lewis and Membership Chair Caesar Kavadoy.
Congratulations to Arthur Blitz who received the Outstanding Service Above Self Award for 2014-2015 on December 17, 2015, from Immediate Past President Caesar Kavadoy.

Delegate Jim Gilchrist receives a Rotary Cookbook from President Bob Fuhrman to thank him for his presentation about the state legislative process and issues that will be coming up in the next legislative session on December 3, 2015. Jim is also the current President of the Rockville Rotary Club and accompanying him were Rotarians Heather Sunderman and Theresa Garcia-Parks.
Alan Grant, Tom Lewis and Bob Nelson distribute Dictionaries to Third Graders at Bells Mill Elementary School on November 24, 2015.

"Thank you Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda, Maryland, USA for their generous contributions. Also Ear Care Nepal is very grateful to 'The Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-town' for their kind support. Thank you all !!!"

Alan Grant and Bob Nelson introduce excited third graders to their new Dictionaries/Almanacs and share about Rotary.
President Bob Fuhrman presents the Rotary Cookbook to Rotary District Membership Chair Rich Glover for leading the club discussion on membership growth.
President Bob Fuhrman thanks guest speaker Dr. Dean Pruitt for his talk on International Negotiations.  Accompanying Dean was his wife France (Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotarian) and son Paul.  Guests included Benjamin Viray, Ed Feroli and Francine Schwartz.
The above children have all undergone middle ear surgery for restoration of hearing in the past two weeks through Ear Care Nepal at Nidan Hospital, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal.  Funding for 30 children was provided by the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club in the amount of $3700.  This project is being done in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Katmandu-Midtown.

The Dictionary and Gazetteer is a comprehensive reference book including not only 32,000 words, but also treaties about the environment, facts about land and water conditions in worldwide countries, information about animals that live in nine habitats on seven continents and information about the Earth and its atmosphere.  Let us, as committed Rotarians, make a difference in the quality of life of third grade students and help them, “To Learn to Read and Read to learn.” It is through this literacy program that students can improve their communication skills as well as their quality of life and that of the community-at-large.
District Contact: Nancy C. Mason, District 7620 Coordinator, The Dictionary Project,
Join Alan Grant at these locations:
October 8, 2:30pm, Potomac Elementary School
October 14, 11:15am, Seven Locks Elementary School
October 22, 2:45pm, Wayside Elementary School
October 27, 2:45pm, Waters Landing Elementary School
November 4, 1pm, Poolesville Elementary School
November 12, 1pm, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
November 18, 1:45pm, Beverly Farms Elementary School
November 24, 10:45am, Bells Mill Elementary School
Please let Alan know that you plan to come.

Rev. Anne Benefield from the Potomac Rotary Club described her experiences at a National Immunization Day in India.  Past President Tom Leuchtenburg presented a Rotary Cookbook to Anne for her excellent presentation.

President Bob Fuhrman invited local author Sara Taber Thomas to speak about her book "Born Under an Assumed Name", which is a memoir of her early years.  Her dad was a covert CIA agent who tried to run spies into Red China 50 years ago.  She periodically lived in Taiwan, Japan, Holland, Bali, and elsewhere "undercover," as it were.  Photos by Tom Lewis.

Todd Nitkin celebrated his birthday at the Rotary Social and Dinner at Bluestone Sanctuary.
LOUIS E. FETTIG, 98, Obstetrician-Gynecologist and USAF Captain, affectionately known as "Opa", of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Potomac, MD, died Sunday, August 30, 2015 after a brief illness. Born June 21, 1917 in Phila., PA, he was a son of the late Mr. Louis and Bertha Weiser Fettig. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a major in Chemistry in 1943. Afterwards he graduated in medicine from Hahnemann Medical College in 1947 and University of Pennsylvania Post Graduate School of Medicine in 1952. He was the OB coordinator for the National Institute of Health Cerebral Palsy project at Pennsylvania Hospital from 1959-1964 and director of the OB/GYN outpatient department. In addition, he served on the staffs at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center, Holy Cross Hospital, Doctor's Hospital, Shady Grove Hospital and Washington Adventist in Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 25 years. At George Washington University, Dr. Fettig served as an Associate Clinical Professor in OBGYN in addition to working in private practice. He was drafted as a lieutenant in World War II and served in the Army Medical Corps and later obligated to service as a Captain in the USAF during the Korean War. At that time he was Chief of the OBGYN Department for the Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Ramey Air force Base, Puerto Rico. Dr. Fettig was a 32 degree Mason of the Frankford Lodge No. 292 Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, a member of the Scottish Rite of Allentown, PA, the National Sojourners, the AMA, the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club, the Penn State Alumni Association and Alpha Chi Sigma- Nu Chapter.
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