The August 6, 2015, Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting featured Tausi Suedi, Co-founder and Country Team Leader of Childbirth Survival International (CSI). CSI’s work focuses on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in hard-to-reach areas. Tausi holds an MPH from George Washington University (2005), speaks four languages, and is passionate about the health and well-being of women, newborns, children under five years old, adolescents/youth, and the elderly especially in marginalized communities. Special guests included District Governor Nominee Greg Wims, Potomac Rotary Club Past Presidents Janis Brose and Rev. Anne Benefield. [Below] Rotary Club President Bob Fuhrman presented Tausi with a Rotary Cookbook.
Bruce Fowler is a Rotarian from the North Bethesda Rotary Club who presented an innovative approach to providing transportation for disabled individuals to get to jobs and job interviews where public transit is not readily available. His Rotary Club has partnered with Barwood Taxi and Cornerstone Montgomery and is already reporting very successful results. President Bob Fuhrman thanked Bruce for his presentation with a Rotary Cookbook.
Our guest speaker on June 18, 2015, was Erica Siebrasse, PhD, Education and Professional Development Manager, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Erica talked to us about “Virus Hunting 101: Searching For New Viruses.”
President Caesar Kavadoy congratulates Dr. Noel Howard on 10 years of membership in the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club and on the 46th wedding anniversary for Gladys and Noel. Noel gave his "re-classification" talk including his time as the highest-ranking psychiatrist in the U.S. Navy.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett thanks Bob Nelson for serving as Chair of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board for the past year. The certificate reads: “In recognition and appreciation of your outstanding service as Chair of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board helping to ensure that the community continues to thrive as a vibrant place to live, work, play and raise a family. You have my thanks and gratitude for helping to make our community a better place to live and work.” The Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board represents approximately 300,000 residents.
Doris Ligon is the founder of the African Art Museum of Maryland as the first Museum in the planned community of Columbia Maryland. It is one of only three museums of its kind in the USA devoted exclusively to the art of Africa. Since its inception in 1980, AAMM has presented for viewing pleasure, in its location and at outreach events, astounding works of the highest quality including contemporary, intercontinentally known, stellar artists, held in the highest esteem. Photos by Monica Farmer.
President Elect Bob Fuhrman exchanges Rotary banners with Misa Azuma, a Rotary International Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. She focused on subjects on international human rights during her L.L.M. studies and has participated in extra-curricula activities related to human rights, specifically refugee/ immigration law such as assisting refugee applications and working with immigrants seeking status. She is planning to work in an international organization on human rights.
Jarrod Borkat is a 15‐year veteran in the biopharmaceutical industry. He currently serves as MedImmune's Senior Director, External Partnerships & Collaborations. In this role he is responsible for establishing and overseeing broad scale collaborations with universities, non‐profit organizations and government entities, across all the therapeutic areas relevant to MedImmune. MedImmune was founded in 1988 in Gaithersburg and now has a global presence with 2,500 people in the US and UK.
Guest speaker Richard Kreutzberg is writing a book aimed at solving the root cause of the problems of disadvantaged kids - illustrated dramatically by the events in Baltimore this month. The solution is to offer these kids a needs driven curriculum in school rather than the present one-size-fits-all pre-college curriculum that has little to do with furnishing the tools they need to succeed in life and the world of work.
Rotary International Scholars [L-R] Misa Azuma (Japan), Will Todman (England), Jun Sugihara (Japan) and Alessia Thiebaud (Italy) spoke at the 35th Annual Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club's International Night hosted by the Bretton Woods Recreation Center. Governor Bill Fine, President Caesar Kavadoy, President Elect Bob Fuhrman, International Night Chair Melanie Weerakoon, MCs Art Blitz and Judd Gould and Silent Auction Announcers Chinyere Amaeule and Monica Farmer highlighted the evening.
[Above] President Caesar Kavadoy congratulates Monica Farmer on her classification talk. Monica manages grants for the Division of Community-based Programs’ Western Branch at the Health Resources and Services Administration. She was with the Division originally from 2000-2003, overseeing the same Ryan White (then Title III and IV) programs. In Atlanta, she worked for CDC in HIV prevention and public health emergency preparedness, and was temporarily assigned to the Research Extramural Office as Science Program Administrator. In Florida’s Miami–Dade County, Monica did HIV/AIDS work with a community-based organization and a research firm. She spent 13 years with the State of Florida in public assistance, child welfare, and elder and disabled-adult protection. Once coordinator of the University of Florida (Gainesville) Neurodevelopmental Center, she’s also a U of F graduate in health education. While on active duty as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, she completed her master’s in community counseling at Mississippi State University’s Meridian campus. The Germantown resident has published a children’s book, Lil Fannie’s Farm, about growing up in rural Florida – used by educators with parents who have limited English proficiency, and simply “to encourage parents to read to their children as early as possible.” [Below] We welcomed visiting Rotarian Steve Naron and guest Qubenic Yancy.
Bob Nelson, who's career has been spent at NASA, congratulates Dr. Michelle Thaller for bringing all the latest discoveries by NASA spacecraft and astronomers. As seen in the photo below, Rotarians and guests were captivated by the photographic presentation.