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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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.
[Above] Dr. Stephen Hellman gave Dr. Stephen Vaccarezza a Rotary Cookbook for his presentation on his trip to Greece at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting on August 11, 2016. Dr. Stephen Vaccarezza is the Treasurer of the North Bethesda Rotary Club.
On August 9, 2016, we packed 192 boxes of food at Manna Food Center for needy families in Montgomery County.
President Elect Dr. Todd Nitkin talked about Inspire Ethiopia, the Inspiration School Project of Ethiopia. The purpose is to build a complete, fully sustainable school system in the rural village of Wadeye, where presently no adequate school exists.   It starts with the transformation of the primary school, complete with suitable infrastructure including classrooms, desks and chairs, teaching materials, a science center, a library, access to water and sanitation, and a playground.  Instructors will be fully certified, and they will be supplied by the government upon certification of the school.  Two Village Committees have already been formed, one in Wadeye and one in Addis, and a Parent Teacher Association to ensure the teachers receive continuing education and the school system continues to operate at a high level of competency.   Please visit for more information and join Todd in transforming Ethiopia, one new student at a time!
President Bob Fuhrman welcomed guests on July 14, 2016: Buck Williams, retired from the NBA; Steven Grant, newly installed Mayor of Boynton Beach, Florida; Irene Grant; Nancy Mason and Nabil Bedewi.
[Above] Bob Fuhrman is congratulated by Bob Nelson for his continuing service as President for the second year.  Both President Bob Fuhrman and President-Elect Dr. Todd Nitkin described their work planning international service projects in Nepal and Ethiopia respectively.  [Below L-R] President Bob Fuhrman, guest BT Arnett, Dr. Noel Howard and Nancy Mason.
Our own Neil Cohen discussed his recent work as one of the producers of what may become a new television sitcom.  Ed Asner starred in the pilot that was recently filmed here in Maryland. Photo by Dr. Stephen Hellman.
Larry Heilman shared “Lessons Learned in a Career in International Development” at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on June 9, 2016.  In appreciation President Bob Fuhrman presented him with a Rotary cookbook.
[Above] President Bob Fuhrman thanks Dr. Stephen Hellman for his classification talk including an historical perspective on medical breakthroughs at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting on May 26, 2016.  [Below] Congratulations to Chinyere Amaefule who was awarded her first Paul Harris Fellow and Art Blitz received a pin for his third Paul Harris Fellow.
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.
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