Feb 05, 2015
SERVICE PROJECT: Gifts to Homeless Women
5:45pm Dinner at Far East Restaurant; 7:15pm Sophia House

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President Caesar Kavadoy thanks Nabil Bedewi for all the hard work to implement the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club website featuring new capabilities to assist in Club fundraising.
For about the past 6 years, the Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda has supported Sophia House residents with occasional dinners and a unique program which, additionally, provides Valentine gifts--the most popular of which continues to be shawls known as Pashminas.  The Pashmina's  cost about $8-$10 each, thereby requiring the Club to raise about $300 for this year's gift presentation which is scheduled to occur in a little over a week--on Thursday, 5 February 2015 at 7:15 pm.  Contributions in any amount will be greatly appreciated.  For additional information or to donate please visit pbrotary.org/Page/sophia-house.  If you wish to donate by check or contact us please click here.  Thank you for your support.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is an intense 3-day, 2 night leadership training high school students who have shown a potential for rendering important service to their schools and communities. More than 150 high school students attended RYLA last year. Participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs and for these high school students, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and career skills. We need to raise $300 to send one high school student to this leadership training coming up in February.  For more information or to donate online, please visit pbrotary.org/Page/ryla-interact.  If you wish to donate by check or contact us please click here.  Thank you for your support.

Guest Speaker Billy Painter invited everyone to come to the Washington Auto Show and 19 have responded affirmatively.  The Auto Technician Development Program trains high school students by having them work at a licensed car dealership.  ADEI Tech Development is currently offered at Montgomery College in Rockville and Marshall Academy in Falls Church.
President Caesar Kavadoy congratulates Rotary Scholar Will Todman for his presentation at the meeting on January 8, 2015.  Will is from a very small village in England, and graduated from Oxford last summer where he studied Arabic and Modern Hebrew. He's now doing an MA in Arab Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, with a focus on Middle East politics and humanitarian emergencies. He's currently working part time for an advisor to the UN's Special Envoy to Syria too.  He talked a about where he's from in England, a bit about Oxford, and then about what he has been doing at Georgetown so far. Last month he traveled to north Jordan with one of his professors to help her with her research with Syrian refugees.
Alex Naron leads Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club's Manna Food Center Box Packing nights.  He needs more volunteers on the second Tuesday of each month.  The next Manna Food Center Box Packing Night is February 10 at 7pm. 
Rotarians at the Green Road Project service project on December 13.  Members of the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle and North Bethesda joined our club in clearing debris; removing trash, brush, and vines; and cleaning up a streambed on the campus of what was formerly known as just the site of Bethesda Naval Hospital.  The purpose of this activity is to facilitate the “Green Road Project,” which seeks to upgrade natural environments to optimize nontraditional healing for Wounded Warriors and their families at the new National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
The mission of the Green Road is to create opportunities for behavioral health and rehabilitative healing utilizing a combination of natural and manmade elements, including the development of a wheel chair accessible walking path and a central zone of active and passive activity, gardens, and commemorative spaces. The master plan incorporates a 3/8-mile long streambed and adjacent woodlands.  The Project will provide a convenient connection between lodging facilities for Wounded Warriors and their families and other parts of the campus where more traditional types of care and rehabilitative services are provided.
Minnie Cohen with her grandchildren. 
From Arlene Cohen on December 31, 2014: 
"Neil's mom, Minnie Cohen, passed away this morning. 100 years old. "
Update January 1, 2015:
"Memorial Service For Neil Cohen’s Mother:  Saturday and Sunday 6:30pm  6102 Goldtree Way
Bethesda, MD 20817."


Rotarians Juan Carlos Peirano and Jason Hamel with their wives Heidi and Sarah at the Christmas Party hosted at the home of Nancy Szlasa on December 13, 2014.  Rotarians from three clubs attended. 

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