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Tom and Barbara Allen gave a mini-forum on "Opioid Awareness" at the Rotary Club meeting on January 11, 2018.  Their nonprofit James’ Place Inc. provides education, advocacy and scholarships for recovery housing.
[L-R] Tom and Barbara Allen with Rotary District Governor Greg Wims
Sander Benjamin Cohen, born August 26, 1984 in Washington , DC., died at the age of 33 on December 8, 2017. He heroically passed serving in the Line of Duty for the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. Sander is survived by his loving parents Dr. Neil and Arlene Soodak Cohen, his beloved dog Mia, and grandmother Rose Soodak; he is preceded by his late grandparents Robert Soodak and Minnie and Samuel Cohen. He also leaves behind six aunts and uncles (Teresa and Joel Soodak; Howard and Carol Cohen; Sondra and David Cohen), as well as four cousins (Jessica and Ethan Soodak; Rebecca and Samuel Cohen).
Sander Cohen was a nine year veteran of the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, where he held the rank of Deputy Chief. He served as the Regional Commander of the Northeast Regional Office. Throughout his career, Sander received numerous awards including a Unit Citation from Prince George’s County Fire & EMS Department for his involvement in a multi-agency investigation. In addition to his public service as a State Fire Marshal, Sander was a 14 year veteran of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, where he held the rank of Lieutenant. Sander was a dedicated and active member holding many positions including Shift Officer and Director. He was awarded a Citation of Bravery for his life saving actions at an apartment fire on December 22, 2003.
A memorial service will be held on December 14, 2017 at B’nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Rd Rockville, MD 20852 at 11 Am. A private internment will follow.
Shiva will be observed and open to the public on Thursday, December 14th from 6pm to 10pm at Woodmont Country Club located at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. Close friends and immediate family will continue Shiva on Saturday, December 16th at the Cohen residence.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing on October 4, 2017, of our beloved Rotarian of 35 years and Past President Arthur H. Blitz.  Art was a leader in the club organizing annual fix-up projects at the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes.  He always brought a funny story and occasionally entertained fellow Rotarians with his magic tricks.  He will be sadly missed.  We express our condolences to his family, wife Mimi, and children Leslie, Robin and Mickey.  His funeral is scheduled for Monday, October 9, 2017, at 10:30am at Congregation Beth El, 8125 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, with interment to follow at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. 

Family will be receiving friends through Friday evening, October 13th and holding Shiva Minyan at 7pm on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th. Memorial contributions may be made to CHI, Inc., 10501 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903 or to the Montgomery County Humane Society, 601 S. Stone Street Ave, Rockville, MD 20850.

President Todd Nitkin thanked motivational speaker Roderick Mitchell for giving an inspiring presentation on the “Application of Firefighting Concepts to Everyday Life” at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on September 14, 2017.  [Photo by Tom Lewis.]
Greg Wims is a 6th generation Marylander with 49 years of volunteer service to the community.  He has served on many nonprofit boards, University of Maryland Dental School, Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, YMCA, Kennedy Center and Boys and Girls Club just to name a few.  He presently serves on the Congressional Bank Board in the Metro Washington DC area.  He founded the Victims’ Rights Foundation 21 years ago to help victims of violent crime.  They just opened a preschool in Kenya 6 months ago.  Greg is a Paul Harris fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. He is a member of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club.  He is married to Michelle and has three children and two grandkids.  Please welcome Greg Wims, District Governor.
[From Governor Greg Wims who will be our guest speaker on September 7, 2017]

As you know, Hurricane Harvey has hit Texas and Louisiana very hard.  The Rotary District in coordination with the Disaster Aid USA is starting a fund drive.  Please see the Press Release.  Individually and as a club, I urge you to donate generously.  Rotary's theme this year is Make A Difference.  Its time to make a difference.

Your donations will provide the funds for the volunteers to handle disaster related relief from Hurricane Harvey and direct assistance to the victims of the flood.

Donations are needed urgently, and checks (payable to DAUSA) can be mailed to: Disaster Aid USA, 9817 Lanham Severn Road, Lanham, MD 20706. Online donations can be made by visiting the website - www.disasteraidusa.org and clicking-on the PayPal button. DAUSA is a tax-exempt 501-c-3 type organization, and all donations are tax-free. Questions may be directed to:

Paul Mahata (Pmahata@verizon.net) or Bob Grill (Bob.Grill@DisasterAidUSA.org)

Greg Wims
District Governor
Rotary District 7620 of RI


On August 24, 2017, Guest Speakers Pete Tomao and Amy Ginsburg addressed “Walkable, Bikeable, Sustainable and Transit-friendly Communities.”  Pete Tomao is the Montgomery County Advocacy Manager for Coalition for Smarter Growth and Amy Ginsburg is the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint.  [Photo by Tom Lewis]
Author Judy Welles gave a presentation on Lilly Stone, a daring woman who changed the landscape of business and culture in Montgomery County, at the Rotary Club meeting on August 10, 2017.  Lilly Stone was the grandmother of the late Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian John Stone.

Croix Sather is an American author, inspirational speaker, and ultra-athlete. His self-help and personal development books cover the topics of personal transformation, self-help, psychology of success, and high achievement.

"From the moment Croix steps on the stage he will captivate your audience. He starts strong and keeps your audience on the edge of their seats with his stories of his Run Across America and his World Record "Badwater Solo" Run through Death Valley when he crushed the previous record by almost 5 hours."

"What Croix has done is certainly impressive, but more impressive is how he has master the art of story telling to connect with your audience and inspire them in a way that creates lasting change. There is story telling and there is story telling that creates change because it reprograms your mind for success."

"You can have a great keynote speaker presentation, or you can have a great keynote speaker presentation that will inspire your team and one that will increase their performance, productivity endurance, and discipline. Croix weaves in mindset and performance strategies that improve your teams performance organically into the stories and presentation."

"At the end, the line is out the door because everyone wants to get a book signed by Croix after hearing his inspirational keynote presentation." ​

Books: Dream Big Act Big (Run Across America Edition): Breakthrough and Unleash the Superstar Within You


The flooding of March 27, 2017, in northern Peru destroyed the homes, fields and livestock of many families living in the shantytown of Nuevo Catacaos, which is located not far from the city of Piura, Peru. The Rotary Club of Piura reached out to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club for possible assistance to benefit a small fraction of the perhaps 10,000+ people affected by the flooding in Nuevo Catacaos. The assistance consisted of purchasing and distributing to dislocated families 120 mattresses, 120 blankets and 60 personal hygiene kits. The distribution took place on June 11, 2017.
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