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David Trone is the guest speaker at the meeting on February 15, 2018, who will speak on "Zero to 3 billion: the story of how he built his now multi-billion dollar business”
 
David Trone will speak at the dinner meeting of the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club on Thursday, Feb. 15, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and meets at Normandie Farm Restaurant (10710 Falls Road, Potomac, MD).
Mr. Trone is co-owner of Total Wine and More. He will speak about how he and his brother grew their business from zero to $2.7 billion in revenue.  He is also a candidate for the Democratic nomination to represent Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.
Born in Cheverly, Maryland, Mr. Trone was raised on a working farm near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.  With no indoor plumbing for a year and a father with no experience in farming, David and his brothers carried much of the load, selling eggs, cleaning hog pens and chicken houses, and all the other work farming requires.
David learned his first business lessons the hard way:  watching his father struggle with the finances of the family farm.  His family lost the farm, but he gained valuable lessons about failure, success, and the value of persistence and hard work. These lessons were the foundation of the successful business career he began soon thereafter.
David earned a BA from Furman University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
David opened his first store while he was a graduate student.
From one store in 1991, David has built Total Wine & More into the largest private wine retailer in the country, with almost $2.7 billion in annual revenue from 181 stores in 22 states. Of almost 6,000 employees nationwide, over 500 are based at the headquarters in Bethesda.
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Rotarians Distributed Valentine's Day Gift Scarves to 70 Homeless Women on February 8, 2018
Valentine's Gifts to Homeless Women were beautiful pashmina scarves from Gladys Howard.  Rotarians dined at the Far East Restaurant in Rockville.
 
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Guest Speaker on February 1, 2018, was Richard Gilmore, President/CEO of the GIC Group who’s topic was "Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations"
 
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Alan Grant and Bob Nelson distributed dictionaries to third graders at St. Elizabeth's Elementary School on January 25, 2018.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club to Receive Two Rotary Foundation Recognition Banners  
 
Eleven Clubs Receive Foundation Banner Recognition
 
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kaelyn Banerjee and John Germ Rotary International President are pleased to recognize the following clubs for their support of The Rotary Foundation 2016-2017:
 
The top three per capita giving clubs to The Rotary Foundation during the 2016-2017 Rotary year were Charlotte Hall, Capitol Hill, and Columbia-Patuxent.  This designation requires a minimum $50 per capita level of giving.
 
Eight clubs were recognized as 100% Foundation Giving Clubs.  These are clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes a minimum of $25.00 to any Rotary Foundation gift designation and the club per capita giving average contribution is a least $100.  Clubs recognized were Aberdeen, Gaithersburg, Glen Burnie, Greenbelt, Metro Bethesda, Potomac-Bethesda, Prince Frederick, and Prince George’s County.
 
Five clubs were recognized as Every Rotarian, Every-Year Clubs.  They were Glen Burnie, Gaithersburg, Metro Bethesda, Potomac-Bethesda, Prince Frederick.  To be recognized, every dues-paying member must contribute a minimum of $25 to the Annual Fund with a per capita giving of at least $100.
 
 
John Townsend, Manager of Public and Government Relations for AAA Mid-Atlantic, Addressed the Topic “Lucky Us - Why Having the Worst Traffic Hotspots in the Nation Impacts Us All” at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 18, 2018.
 
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Tom and Barbara Allen gave a mini-forum on "Opioid Awareness" at the Rotary Club meeting on January 11, 2018.  Their nonprofit James’ Place Inc. provides education, advocacy and scholarships for recovery housing. 
 
Tom and Barbara Allen gave a mini-forum on "Opioid Awareness" at the Rotary Club meeting on January 11, 2018.  Their nonprofit James’ Place Inc. provides education, advocacy and scholarships for recovery housing.
[L-R] Tom and Barbara Allen with Rotary District Governor Greg Wims
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