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[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, nszlasa@aol.com
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.

President Bob Fuhrman invited local author Sara Taber Thomas to speak about her book "Born Under an Assumed Name", which is a memoir of her early years.  Her dad was a covert CIA agent who tried to run spies into Red China 50 years ago.  She periodically lived in Taiwan, Japan, Holland, Bali, and elsewhere "undercover," as it were.  Photos by Tom Lewis.

Todd Nitkin celebrated his birthday at the Rotary Social and Dinner at Bluestone Sanctuary.
LOUIS E. FETTIG, 98, Obstetrician-Gynecologist and USAF Captain, affectionately known as "Opa", of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Potomac, MD, died Sunday, August 30, 2015 after a brief illness. Born June 21, 1917 in Phila., PA, he was a son of the late Mr. Louis and Bertha Weiser Fettig. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a major in Chemistry in 1943. Afterwards he graduated in medicine from Hahnemann Medical College in 1947 and University of Pennsylvania Post Graduate School of Medicine in 1952. He was the OB coordinator for the National Institute of Health Cerebral Palsy project at Pennsylvania Hospital from 1959-1964 and director of the OB/GYN outpatient department. In addition, he served on the staffs at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center, Holy Cross Hospital, Doctor's Hospital, Shady Grove Hospital and Washington Adventist in Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 25 years. At George Washington University, Dr. Fettig served as an Associate Clinical Professor in OBGYN in addition to working in private practice. He was drafted as a lieutenant in World War II and served in the Army Medical Corps and later obligated to service as a Captain in the USAF during the Korean War. At that time he was Chief of the OBGYN Department for the Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Ramey Air force Base, Puerto Rico. Dr. Fettig was a 32 degree Mason of the Frankford Lodge No. 292 Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, a member of the Scottish Rite of Allentown, PA, the National Sojourners, the AMA, the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club, the Penn State Alumni Association and Alpha Chi Sigma- Nu Chapter.
Each month Alex Naron faithfully leads a group of volunteers packing boxes for families needing food in Montgomery County.  Join him on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at Manna Food Center, 9311 Gaither Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  It really is good exercise!

President Bob Fuhrman presents a Rotary International Cookbook to District Governor Ken Solow at his official club visit on September 3, 2015.
On August 27, 2015, President Bob and Nan Fuhrman graciously hosted a social and dinner at their home. 
Dr. Allen Barwick spoke about Cosmology and the origins of the universe at the Rotary Club meeting on August 20, 2015.
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.

At the Rotary Club meeting on July 16, 2015 the topic was "Surplus Food Distribution to Needy Families in Montgomery County" with guests Brett Meyers (Founder, Nourish Now) and Jack Bell. 
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.

President Bob Fuhrman thanks State Senator Brian Feldman for his report on the recent legislative session in Maryland.
[Above]  Bob Fuhrman thanks President Caesar Kavadoy for his leadership of the club during the 2014-15 Rotary year. 
[Below]  Caesar pins Bob as 2015-16 President.
[Above] Melanie Weerakoon receives the Rotarian of the Year Award. 
[Below]  Bob Fuhrman, Bob Nelson, Juan Carlos Peirano and Nihad Kaibni receiving service awards.
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.”
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