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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Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians with Jewish Foundation Group Home (JFGH) Executive Director Vivian Bass and Leyana Crumpton. 
Leyana Crumpton said: "Much gratitude to the Rotarians for your hard work on behalf of JFGH’s Wagner Home. All your work helped transform our home into another beautiful space inside and out. Juan Carlos painters’ were terrific as always!"
Art Blitz thanked his fellow Rotarians:  "Just a short note to say thank you to those who participated in the Jewish Foundations for Group Homes “Fix Up” project last Saturday. And a special “Thank You” to Juan Carlos who supplied a crew of professional painters who painted the interior of the premises and to Tom Leuchtenburg who brought a ton of tools, gloves, mulch, seed, fertilizer and other supplies for the outside work.  We had a nice turnout!    Again, thanks to our hard-working Rotarians who labored long and hard to spruce up the landscape areas." 
Vivian Bass is retiring after 30 years and a celebration is set for Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 2pm-5pm at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Road, Potomac. 
[Above] Tom Lewis and Noel Howard welcome guests Nathan Aguirre and Deepak Soni. 
Rotary District Governor Nominee Greg Wims spoke about the Victims Rights Foundation at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting on April 28, 2016. The Victims Rights Foundation performs volunteer support services on behalf of victims of violent crimes and attacks. President Bob Fuhrman gave DGN Greg a copy of the Rotary Cookbook.

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.

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