Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda

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

 Normandie Farm Restaurant 10710 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854  (301) 983-8838

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Member Birthdays:
  • Steve Hellman
    April 23
Join Date:
  • Arthur Blitz
    April 1, 1982
    35 years
  • Juan Carlos Peirano
    April 12, 2012
    5 years
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Back from his trip to Maui, President Bob Fuhrman thanked Neil Cohen for sharing ways to optimize benefits of air travel bonus miles during his presentation "Frequent Flyer University” on April 13, 2017.
Rotarians Tom Lewis, Bob Nelson and Steve Naron with sons Alex and Will and other volunteers pack 200 food boxes at Manna on April 11, 2017.
President Bob Fuhrman congratulates Guest Speaker Vicki Perper on her presentation “The Importance of Fighting Back Against Plaque” at the Rotary Club meeting on April 6, 2017.  Photo by Tom Lewis.
Springtime Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods on March 30, 2017.  [Photo by Tom Lewis.]
Treasurer Tom Lewis congratulates President-Elect Todd Nitkin on his presentation "The Inspiration School Project of Ethiopia,” the largest international project ever for the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club at the meeting on March 23, 2017.  More information is available at
There's room at the table at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting on March 16, 2017. Join us!
Linda Meade gave an excellent presentation on her Antarctica Adventure at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 9, 2017.
Guest Speaker Dr. Karina Korostelina Addressed the Conflict in the Ukraine at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on March 2, 2017.
President Bob Fuhrman presents the Rotary Cookbook to guest speaker Kathleen Koch.
President Bob Fuhrman and his wife Nan welcomes District Governor Nominee Designate Barton Goldenberg and his wife Marina.
Former Area Governor Dr. Barry Thompson and his wife Jo Ann.
NASA's Dr. Michelle Thaller gave a wonderful photo presentation on recent space discoveries including Jupiter, Mars and Saturn at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting on January 19, 2017.
President Bob Fuhrman presents a Rotary Cookbook to our first guest speaker of 2017, Jordan Cooper.  Jordan addressed local government services and infrastructure issues (especially WSSC) on January 12, 2017
[L-R] Bob Nelson, Tom Lewis and Alex Naron at the Manna Food Center on January 10, 2017.  The Rotarians and volunteers packed 96 boxes of food for needy families in Montgomery County.
Art Blitz gave a review of Historian Joseph J. Ellis' Book "The Quartet" at the Rotary Club meeting on December 15, 2016. Tom Lewis convened the meeting for the President.
Above is just a sampling of the many thank you notes that were received by the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club from third-grade students who had received a dictionary.
President Bob Fuhrman presented a Rotary Cookbook to Dr. Joseph Goldberg to thank him for his talk, “India - Potential for Terrorism and Armed Conflict” at the Rotary Club Meeting on December 1, 2016.
The Rotary Foundation Announces Top District Clubs for 2015-2016
Top Three Highest Clubs in Annual Per Capita Giving-- Catonsville, Ellicott City, and College Park
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) recently announced club recognitions based on annual foundation giving for the 2015-2016 Rotary year ending June 30.  The Rotary Club of Catonsville with contributions to the Annual Fund of $341.67 per capita was ranked first in District 7620.  The Rotary Club of Ellicott City ranked second with per capita giving of $322.61 and the Rotary Club of College Park ranked third with per capita giving of $316.30.  These clubs were three of only 1564 clubs worldwide to achieve Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving honors.  Only clubs with a minimum of US$50 per capita were eligible.
100 Percent Giving Clubs
Eleven district clubs were recognized as a 100% Foundation Giving Club.  They were:  Aberdeen, Baltimore, Bonds Meadow, Catonsville, College Park, Columbia Town Center, Crofton, Elkridge, Metro Bethesda, Potomac, and Potomac-Bethesda.  Only 4,609 clubs worldwide attained this status.  To be eligible, 100% of all active members must personally contribute to TRF and the average contribution must be at least US$100.
Every Rotarian, Every Year/Sustaining Member Clubs
Six district clubs were among the 2,253 clubs worldwide to attain 100% Foundation Sustaining Member Club status.  They were:  Aberdeen, Baltimore, Bonds Meadow, Columbia Town Center, Metro Bethesda, and Potomac-Bethesda.
The above clubs received banners noting their accomplishments.
Twenty Clubs were honored for supporting the End Polio Now Campaign with an annual donation of $1,500 or more to the PolioPlus fund.  The clubs, recognized with a certificate of appreciation, included Aberdeen, Annapolis, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Bonds Meadow, Carroll Creek, Charles County (La Plata), College Park, Columbia, Columbia-Patuxent, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Glen Burnie, Lake Shore-Severna Park, Lexington Park, Montgomery Village, Parole, Potomac, Potomac-Bethesda, Silver Spring-Kensington, and South Anne Arundel County.
Congratulations to each of the clubs recognized.  These contributions to TRF help to fulfill the dream of sixth RI President Arch Klumph when he envisioned an endowment for the purpose of “doing good in the world” one hundred years ago.
Rotary District Governor Anna-Mae Kobbe
Alan Grant and Bob Nelson distributed dictionaries to third graders at Waters Landing Elementary School on November 15, 2016.  [Below]  Students at the Melvin Berman Hebrew Academy display new words they found in their dictionaries.
Back from photo safaris in Botswana and South Africa, Nancy Mason and Bob Nelson showed 167 photos from their exciting journey. Nancy received the Rotary Cookbook from President Bob Fuhrman for her presentation.  Bob Nelson celebrated his birthday at the Rotary Club meeting. 
Pictured: Susan Mathiascheck and Bob Fuhrman, Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda Club President
Summary Contributor, Robert Furhman.
On October 27, 2016, Susan Mathiascheck spoke on environmental policy related to nuclear power plants including storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Susan also addressed the role nuclear power could potentially play in reducing U.S. dependency on combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas and resistance to expanding US nuclear capacity by environmental advocacy groups.
Pictured: (L to R) Toni Blanchette, Professor Rudolph Hock and Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club President, Bob Fuhrman
Professor Hock discussed the "republican" aspects of both the U.S. and Roman systems  of government in addition to his preference for the study of Rome versus ancient Greek civilization and history. 
On October 13, 2016, guest speaker Samantha Horwitz was thanked by President Bob Fuhrman after her talk about her new book, "The Silent Fall: A Secret Service Agent's Story of Tragedy and Triumph After 9/11​."
Dr. Noel Howard presents the Rotary Cookbook to Brian McGrath with thanks for his presentation on the U.S. Navy.  [Photo by Tom Lewis]
[Above] President Bob Fuhrman provided an overview of the chapter on the Presidency of John F. Kennedy presented in William Leuchtenberg's history titled "The American President."  Attendees shared perceptions and reflections on the pivotal years between the relative tranquility of the Eisenhower years and the emotional and political upheavals that followed the assassination of President Kennedy. [Below] Tom displays a copy of his father's book and Steve Naron visited from Hollywood Florida.
North Bethesda Rotarian Jacques Paraskevas compared the U.S. and French political systems at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on September 22, 2016
Dr. Susan Rich spoke about "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder" at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting on September 15, 2016. Pictured [L-R] are State Senator Brian Feldman, Dr. Susan Rich, President Bob Fuhrman and State Delegate Aruna Miller.
Alex Naron, Bob Nelson and new recruit Rosa Diaz packed 144 boxes at the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg on September 13, 2016.
Dr. Neil Cohen presented the TV sitcom pilot “Bennie’s Gym” starring Ed Asner that he produced locally at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting on September 1, 2016.
President Bob Fuhrman thanked Rotary District Governor Dr. Anna-Mae Kobbe for her presentation during the official visit at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club on August 25, 2016.
Rotary SummerFest at Bluestone Sanctuary on August 20, 2016, was enjoyed by 40+ Rotarians and guests from Potomac-Bethesda Rotary, Ellicott City Rotary, EC Sunrise Rotary and Howard West Rotary Clubs.
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