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"Clara Barton: No Ordinary Courage" is the topic for the meeting on April 12, 2018, the 106th anniversary of her death
"Clara Barton: No Ordinary Courage" is the topic for the Rotary Club meeting on April 12, 2018, at 6:30pm, the 106th anniversary of her death. Public Service hallmarked Clara Barton’s life from her initial career as a school teacher to her medical support and nursing during the Civil War, establishment of the American Red Cross and First Aid Association in 1905. A favorite civilian volunteer of Generals Ambrose Burnside, Benjamin Butler and Ulysses S. Grant, she received a rare compliment from President Abraham Lincoln via his published request to the public supporting her missing soldier’s identification work. This presentation explores the talents and events that guided Barton throughout her life and her legacy to the American people through the American Red Cross. This will be a brief first person portrayal by Susan Rosenvold from Montgomery History, as Clara Barton tells her own story. 
Rose Krasnow was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on April 5, 2018.
President Todd Nitkin thanked former Rockville Mayor and current County Executive Candidate Rose Krasnow for her presentation.
President Todd Nitkin and Neil Cohen welcomed Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci and Captains Jimmy Seavy and Eric Bernard from the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.  [Photos by Tom Lewis]
 President Todd Nitkin exchanged club banners with visiting Florida Rotarian.
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$19,000 in medical equipment delivered in Nepal for screening of 5000 children for hearing problems and 100 ear surgeries to prevent or reduce hearing loss.
 

Rotarians from the RC of Kathmandu Mid-Town and Dr. Milan Maharjan, Chairperson of Ear Care Nepal (ECN), appear in the picture below.  The big piece of equipment is an operating microscope that will be used in the performance of ear surgeries.  To the right is a portable, battery operated audiometer, which is used to facilitate ear screening without access to electricity.  This piece of equipment is needed to overcome problems posed by frequent power outages in Nepal; and an impedance meter, a very important diagnostic tool that ECN can now use to perform better diagnoses of ear problems prior to surgery.  Global Grant 1637950 provided this equipment at a cost of approximately $19,000.  The Grant is also paying for the screening of 5000 Nepalese children for hearing problems and ear surgery for 100 good candidates for ear surgery to prevent or reduce hearing loss.

The Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda is the international sponsor of this Global Grant.  The Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town is the host Club.  Additionally, financial contributions were provided by the Rotary Clubs of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Metro Bethesda, and Pleasant Valley, New York, as well as various individual donors.

Name Rockville's newest park in honor of Sander Cohen

The City of Rockville is creating a new 6.5 acre park in the Chestnut Lodge neighborhood and reached out to residents for suggestions on the name of the new park. Among the suggestions were several to name the park in honor of recently deceased Deputy State Fire Chief and Captain of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Sander Cohen. The suggestions were reviewed by Rockville Recreation and Parks Advisory Board and a recommendation was made by the Board to name the park, "Chestnut Lodge Park." The Board indicated that "a person must be deceased for at least one year prior to naming something in their honor." However in speaking to the Department of Parks and Recreation, it has been determined that the policy is a guideline only and that the Mayor and Council has final decision-making authority on the future park's name.

Please consider signing this petition to ask the Mayor and Council to override the Advisory Board's recommendation. Consider submitting written testimony to cityclerk@rockvillemd.gov or City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. Attend the public hearing on the name at 7 PM, Monday, April 30, at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.  The Mayor and Council are scheduled to take action on the recommendation at their May 7 meeting. Thank you. Arlene and Neil Cohen

 

Sander Benjamin Cohen, born August 26, 1984 in Washington , DC., died at the age of 33 on December 8, 2017 in Rockville, MD. He heroically passed serving in the Line of Duty for the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Sander Cohen was a nine year veteran of the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, where he held the rank of Deputy Chief. He served as the Regional Commander of the Northeast Regional Office.  Throughout his career, Sander received numerous awards including a Unit Citation from Prince George's County Fire & EMS Department for his involvement in a multi-agency investigation. In addition to his public service as a State Fire Marshal, Sander was a 14 year veteran of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, where he held the rank of Lieutenant, and was posthumously promoted to Captain. Sander was a dedicated and active member holding many positions including Shift Officer and Director. He was awarded a Citation of Bravery for his life saving actions at an apartment fire on December 22, 2003.  Sander Cohen, a longtime Rockville resident, exemplifies what it means to be a member of this community and we can think of no better way to honor his sacrifice than to name the newest City park in his memory.
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Paul McDermott, Professor Emeritus, Montgomery College, had great photographs and maps to go along with his talk, "Strolling on the C&O Canal" at the meeting on March 29, 2018.
President Todd Nitkin thanked Paul McDermott, Professor Emeritus, Montgomery College, who had great photographs and maps to go along with his talk, "Strolling on the C&O Canal" at the meeting on March 29, 2018.
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“Experiencing the Loss of a Loved One” was the Topic for Guest Speakers Catherine Stahl (Director of Communications and Education at Hospice Caring) and Jade Davis at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on March 15, 2018.
 
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Alex Naron, Rotarians Tom Lewis and Bob Nelson and Other Volunteers Packed 144 Boxes at the Manna Food Center on March 13, 2018
Tom Clifford gave a presentation on the "Universities at Shady Grove" at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 8, 2018.
 
Tom Clifford gave a presentation on the "Universities at Shady Grove" at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 8, 2018.  [Photo by Tom Lewis]
Congratulations to Immediate Past President Bob Fuhrman who received a pin from Tom Lewis in recognition of his outstanding service to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club.
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February 22, 2018, Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center
[Photo by Tom Lewis]
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David Trone was the guest speaker at the meeting on February 15, 2018, who spoke on "Zero to 3 billion: the story of how he built his now multi-billion dollar business”
 
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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.
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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