Speaker Date Topic
Clyde Prestowitz,President,Economic Strategy Inst. Oct 19, 2017
International Trade Policy, Economic Competitiveness, and the Effects of Globalization
 International Trade Policy, Economic Competitiveness, and the Effects of Globalization

Clyde Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. His leadership has propelled ESI into an important role in the public policy process, influencing and often defining the terms of the debate in the areas of international trade policy, economic competitiveness, and the effects of globalization. Mr. Prestowitz has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea.

The Economic Strategy Institute (ESI) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization dedicated to assuring that globalization works with market forces to achieve maximum benefits rather than distorting markets, and imposing costs. This should be achieved on the basis of principles, policies, and institutions consistent with democratic values. Because security and national welfare will increasingly depend on performance in the global marketplace, the Economic Strategy Institute is particularly concerned with developing national and corporate strategies to assure that globalization takes place on a level playing field and the reality is mutually beneficial.

The Institute is a firm believer in markets, but it knows that all markets operate within boundaries of different rules and institutions. ESI studies and understands the importance of macroeconomic factors such as interest rates, exchange rates, and savings rates. But, unlike many economic policy organizations, ESI places particular emphasis on institutional and structural factors and on the circumstances of the particular industries that make up the overall economy. It is, after all, impossible to have a smoothly running machine if the key components are faulty. Accordingly, ESI analyzes major industries and technologies as well as domestic and international economic industrial policies.

The growing importance of globalization and ESI's practical, business-like approach to the issues have made the institute a major player in government circles since its founding in 1989. ESI's staff shape opinion and strategy by publishing books, articles and editorials as well as by providing testimony to Congress and private consultation to government and business leaders. The institute also conducts a number of influential conferences and lectures throughout the year.

Over the past decade, ESI has had a major influence on the conclusion of the NAFTA and Uruguay Round negotiations, U.S. economic and trade policy towards Japan, China and Europe, and telecommunications, international aviation, and other important economic and trade issues. ESI has also helped shape strategy for a number of multinational corporations.

As we move into the next century, the world’s marketplace will become even more complex to corporations, governments, and consumers. The Economic Strategy Institute is well suited to tackle these complexities and provide expert analyses and leadership on the important elements of the globalized economy.

[Speaker scheduled by Bob Nelson]

Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Oct 26, 2017
Guests Invited
Dr. Michael Schoenbaum, NIH Epidemiologist Nov 02, 2017
Identification and Treatment of Suicide Risk in the Military
Identification and Treatment of Suicide Risk in the Military

Michael Schoenbaum is an economist and epidemiologist at the National Institute of Mental Health. Broadly, he works on ways to improve quality of care and outcomes for people with mental health problems; more specifically, he has been focusing particularly on improving identification and treatment of suicide risk - including by working closely with the Army, DoD and VA.


[Speaker scheduled by Dr. Noel Howard]

Jordan Cooper Nov 09, 2017
Candidate for State Delegate in District 16
Candidate for State Delegate in District 16

From the Community, For the Community

I was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and I now live in downtown Bethesda. As a graduate of the local MCPS educational system—Luxmanor Elementary, Tilden Middle, and Walter Johnson High School—I know what works and what doesn’t for local students and families. I pursued my Bachelor’s degree at Vassar College and my Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Active Citizenship

Throughout my life, I have taken an active approach to citizenship and have devoted myself to public service. I currently serve on the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, the District 16 Democratic Club Board, the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, the Selective Service Board, and as an Area Coordinator for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. I have previously served as the  as the Chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Customer Advisory Board and also as the President of the Luxmanor Citizens Association.

Hitting the Ground Running

Professionally, I bring a wealth of experience at the intersection of health care policy and Maryland state government. After college I served as a Legislative Aide for a Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly. In that role, I learned that providing outstanding constituent service is as important to the work of a successful delegate as ushering bills through the legislative process. While with the General Assembly, I worked on health and budget issues, and closely monitored the development of what would eventually become the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Congress. I am proud of my achievements, which include research supporting the passage of a utility regulation bill preventing “termination of service” to indigent customers on days of extreme temperature, as well as the issuance of a $5 million bridge grant to Bon Secours Hospital enabling it to ensure continued service for uninsured patients.

In order to be more effective as an advocate for all families facing difficulties within the health care system, I pursued my MSPH in Health Policy with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While in Baltimore, I supplemented my academic training with concrete experience working on mental health care delivery systems, patient safety, and quality of care at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Campus. As a health care policy advisor at the National Partnership for Women and Families, I wrote comments pertaining to the implementation of the ACA on the use of quality measurement to improve value in health care. Some of those were incorporated into final regulations in the Federal Register. I worked on Health IT at Kaiser Permanente and at the District of Columbia's Department of Health Care Finance in the Health Care Reform and Innovation Administration on health information exchange and health information technology policy.

I am the Host of Public Interest Podcast which has 60,000 listeners, largely in Maryland, and features interviews with cabinet secretaries, major network news anchors, Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize laureates and candidates, ambassadors to the United Nations, governors, foreign parliamentarians, congressmen, senators, delegates, mayors, councilmen, executive directors of non-profit organizations, and others who seek to improve the state of the world. Episodes are released on a daily basis within a weekly theme, which is accompanied by a weekly newsletter to 10,000 subscribers, many of whom are based in Maryland.

Now, as a candidate for Delegate, I am committed to advocating on behalf of all the residents of Maryland’s 16th Legislative District. I am your advocate for issues concerning you at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Send your issue to me at Contact [at] Cooper4MD [dot] com and allow me to advocate for YOU.

[Speaker Arranged by Phil Meade]

Diana Negroponte, PhD, Brookings Senior Fellow Nov 16, 2017
Trade and Development in Central America and Mexico
 Trade and Development in Central America and Mexico
[From Wikipedia]

Diana Mary Villiers Negroponte (born 1947) is an English-born American trade lawyer and adjunct professor of law at Fordham University whose professional name is Diana Villiers Negroponte. She is the wife of John Negroponte, the former United States Deputy Secretary of State and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence.

While visiting her uncle, British Ambassador Sir Peter Wilkinson, in Vietnam in 1968, Diana Villiers met John Negroponte at a dinner given in her honor and he "explained the constitutional assembly throughout the whole meal!" she said. "I was terrified -- and bored. Terrified that he might ask me something I didn't know the answer to, and bored because I was just a 21-year-old."[2] She recalled, "The next day he's on the same Pan Am flight I am, going to Paris. When I got out 19 hours later in Paris, I was heads over heels in love with this guy."

They were married eight years later, on December 14, 1976. The Negropontes have five adopted children, Marina, Alexandra, John, George and Sophia, all of whom were adopted from Honduras.

Diana Villiers Negroponte has a doctorate in government from Georgetown University and a JD from American University's Washington College of Law. She also studied at the London School of Economics. She served a term as an associate at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and a teaching position at Fordham University in The Bronx. She is a member of the board of Freedom House, the Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity's New York City chapter, the board of the Women's Foreign Policy Group, the advisory board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar's Mexico Institute, and the board of directors of Opportunity International.



[Speaker scheduled by Bob Nelson]

No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving Nov 23, 2017
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Nov 30, 2017
Guests Invited
Susan Glover, Sr.V.President, Adventist HealthCare Dec 07, 2017
Patient Safety and the Role of the Patient Advocate
Patient Safety and the Role of the Patient Advocate

Susan Glover currently serves as VP & Chief Quality Officer for Adventist HealthCare. In this role she provides overall direction for quality and performance improvement in Adventist HealthCare as well as facilitate the design and implementation of tolls and processes to enhance the quality of health care delivery. Susan is also responsible for the development of services in the Education Institute and in the Prevention and Wellness departments of Adventist HealthCare.  Adventist HealthCare is a non-profit, network on health care services that includes hospitals, home health agencies, nursing centers and other health care services. Based in Rockville, MD, Adventist employs more than 7,000 people and cares for over 200,000 patients each year among its various entities and services.

[Speaker scheduled by Bob Nelson]

John McCarthy, States Attorney, Montgomery County Dec 14, 2017
Opioid Addiction
Opioid Addiction

The State's Attorney's Office is a constitutionally created independent agency. Their mission is to serve the public interest through fair and honest administration of justice by exercising responsibilities to: prosecute criminal violations in Montgomery county; educate the public to criminal justice issues; provide training to lawyers for future service; address inequality and promote fairness in the criminal justice system; insure access to the criminal justice system; promote professional relations with judges and attorneys; and further the efficient use of criminal justice resources.

John McCarthy was born on March 3, 1952 in Jersey City, New Jersey. John is the oldest of six children. John's father, John 'Jack' McCarthy, now deceased, was a World War II Navy Veteran who served his country in both the European and Asian theatres. Following World War II, John's father attended Georgetown University on the GI Bill. John's mother, Jane, also deceased, was the oldest of nine children. John's commitment to public service was inspired by the example of his parents.

John attended both grammar and high school in the New Jersey suburbs outside of Philadelphia. John graduated from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1970, where he served as student government president his senior year. John attended Catholic University of America on a baseball scholarship between 1970 and 1974. Following his graduation from Catholic University, John taught at Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Maryland and, while teaching, John attended law school in the evenings at the University of Baltimore. John graduated in 1979. John was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1979 and began his legal career in private practice. John joined the State's Attorney's Office for Prince George's County in 1980 and eighteen months later became a Public Defender in Montgomery County. John joined the State's Attorney's Office for Montgomery County in 1982.

Before ascending to the position of State's Attorney in 2006, John served as Deputy State's Attorney in Montgomery County for ten years. Prior to that, John had headed every major trial division in the office.

John is the father of four children, and grandfather to four.

[Speaker scheduled by Phil Meade]


Holiday Party Dec 21, 2017
Normandie Farm Restaurant
No Meeting - Happy Holidays! Dec 28, 2017
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Jan 04, 2018
Tom and Barbara Allen Jan 11, 2018
Opioid Awareness Forum

Local Rotary clubs begin programs to battle drug addiction

by Suzanne Pollak, The Sentinel, August 3, 2017

The Rotary Clubs in Central Maryland and Washington, D.C., last week kicked off an educational program designed to help prevent future drug overdoses and deaths.

The 61 rotary clubs, representing more than 2,000 members, are making the opioid crisis a high priority in the coming year by using their members’ connections in the community to fight drug abuse, they announced July 26 during a news conference at Snowdens Funeral Home in Rockville.

The rotary clubs will focus on middle and high school students and already have reached out to County officials and school board members, said Greg Wims, the newly elected governor of this area’s clubs.

“Family members leave their unfinished medications in their medicine cabinet for two or three years,” Wims said.

“We want to teach fifth-graders to tell their family to discard” the unused medicines before the youngsters take them to get high or try and sell them, he said.

Also, he said, club members will spread the word that anyone can get addicted to drugs and alcohol. Wealthy professionals and people who take pain medication, not just the poor and unemployed, he said.

The Rotary Clubs has declared a state of emergency in response to the heroin, opioid and fentanyl crisis, Wims said. There were 2,089 overdose deaths in Maryland last year, according to the Rotary Clubs’ news release.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared a state of emergency as well. Earlier this year, he pledged $50 million during the next five years for support of enforcement and prevention services.

Tom Allen of the Columbia-Patuxent Rotary Club, who is chair of the new program, knows all too well what drugs and alcohol can do to a person. He lost his stepson, who died of an overdose after struggling with addition for 22 years.

Together with his wife, Barbara Allen, the couple run James Place Inc., a nonprofit that supports those battling addiction that was named for Barbara Allen’s son.

“I’ve lost three people,” she said. Her brother and a niece, along with her son, all lost their lives due to an addiction, she said, adding that one died of an overdose, her brother was murdered and her niece committed suicide.

“They all suffered from the disease of addiction,” she said.

“This is a disease. It is not a decision,” added her husband.

Educational forums and round tables will be held throughout the year, with the first one scheduled for Aug. 3 at the University of Mount St. Mary’s Frederick Campus.

“Rotary members are professionals with connections throughout the community. We will be able to reach a lot of people,” Allen said.

Opioid-related overdoses are increasing rapidly in Montgomery County. Last year, there were 154 nonfatal opioid-related overdoses, a whopping 175 percent increase from 2015. During that same period, there were 56 fatal overdoses, a 9 percent increase between 2015 and 2016, according to Capt. Paul Liquorie, director of the County Police Department’s Special Investigations Division.

Throughout the United States, there were an estimated 59,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to a news release from the Rotary Clubs in Central Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Source:  http://www.thesentinel.com/mont/news/local/item/5602-local-rotary-clubs-begin-programs-to-battle-drug-addiction

Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Jan 18, 2018
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Jan 25, 2018