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David M. Feehan is a world recognized expert in downtown revitalization. For more than forty years, he has provided leadership and management to successful downtown and business district organizations, founded and directed a technical assistance center for community development organizations and a public policy organization, authored numerous books and articles, and taught at two universities. He is often quoted by news media throughout North America, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings, and has provided consulting services to many government agencies, organizations and associations. He has served on numerous boards of directors, and has chaired the boards of the International Downtown Association, the Responsible Hospitality Institute, and other organizations. As the chief executive of three downtown organizations and one community development corporation, Feehan managed major real estate and infrastructure projects, successful business attraction and retention programs, and an award-winning parking system. As the chief executive of two technical assistance centers, he provided organizational development, marketing, fundraising and other management support to more than 500 nonprofit organizations. As a consultant, Feehan has helped downtown and business district organizations as well as units of government develop visions and missions, strategic plans, innovative programs, and transformational processes.As an author and professor, he co-edited and wrote the most recognized textbook on downtown management, Making Business Districts Work, and is a frequent writer for journals and trade publications. 

Ralph Buglass, a Montgomery County native and avid history buff, has taught at lifelong learning institutes associated with Johns Hopkins and American universities and Montgomery College. He speaks frequently to community groups, businesses, and other organizations as well as at national conferences. He is also a docent at Montgomery Parks’ restored Kingsley schoolhouse in Clarksburg’s Little Bennett Park. A graduate of Winston Churchill High School, he has a B.A. in American history from Cornell and an M.A. in journalism from American University.
Brian J. Feldman represents the 15th Legislative District in the Maryland State Senate. He is the Vice Chair of the prestigious Senate Finance Committee and chairs its Energy and Public Utilities Subcommittee. Additionally, he is the Senate Chair of the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission and serves as a member of the Executive Nominations Committee and the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. He is also a member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission and, on a national level, a member of two task forces for the National Conference of State Legislatures – The Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation and The Energy Supply Task Force.
Senator Feldman's tenure in the General Assembly has been distinguished by his successful sponsorship of legislation to promote Maryland's biotechnology sector, create green jobs while reaching renewable energy goals, advocate for individuals with developmental differences and update and modernize Maryland's corporate, business and insurance laws. At present, given his role as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, Mr. Feldman is at the center of the debate on health care coverage for Marylanders and prescription drug pricing.
Prior to being elected to the Maryland State Senate, Brian was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, serving on the House Economic Matters Committee and chairing its Banking, Economic Development, Science and Technology Subcommittee. Additionally, Brian was appointed to the leadership position of House Parliamentarian and also served as the House Chair of the Joint Information Technology and Biotechnology Committee and Chair of the Montgomery County House Delegation.
As the only Attorney/CPA in the Maryland General Assembly, Senator Feldman practices law, specializing in tax litigation and tax controversies. He was previously employed by PriceWaterhouse and the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, where he was a three-time recipient of the Justice Department's prestigious "Outstanding Attorney Award."
Brian received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Penn State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Master’s Degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University. At present, Brian is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins, teaching graduate courses on state policy making and federalism, and at the University of Maryland, teaching a graduate course on Health Care Policy. Numerous honors and awards have been conferred on Brian for his work in the Legislature.
Most recently he received the Maryland League of Conservation Voters 2019 Climate Champion Award. The complete list can be found 
Currently, Brian sits on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Montgomery Hospice.
Brian and his wife, Janice, an attorney, have two children, Matthew and Rebecca, who both graduated from Montgomery County Public Schools.
[November 6, 2019] The beautiful bench from the Potomac Bethesda Rotary Club was delivered to our shelter today!  The bench was placed  in our non-smoking area for our ladies.  Thank you so much for the lovely, thoughtful and useful donation to our center! Please send our deepest gratitude to the members of the Potomac Rotary Club for this generous donation! We will also post the donation on our Center's Facebook. Regards, Josiane Makon, LCSW-C, Program Director, Interfaith Works Women's Center, 2 Taft Court Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850. www.iworksmc.org

Sponsor Caesar Kavadoy introduced new member Jake Matysek who gave his classification talk.
Rotary Foundation Chair Jon Van Winkle presented Phil Meade with an additional Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Program Chair Alan Grant received ideas for future programs and projects.
Caesar Kavadoy introduced his guest and neighbor, Saud Zafar.
There are Paul Harris (PH) credits available for members to make up the $1000 donation required.  It works this way: If you pay half of the amount you need for a PH fellowship, then the club will use available credits to make up the balance.  So for instance say you already have PH credits amounting to $ 600.  If you donate another $200, then the club will match your amount with some of those credits bringing the total to $ 1000 and bringing you a PH fellowship!  And Rotary benefits, too!
After many years as a trial and appellate lawyer, David O. Stewart became a bestselling writer of history and historical fiction.  His histories have explored the writing of the Constitution, the gifts of James Madison, the outrageous western expediti
on and treason trial of the mysterious Aaron Burr, and the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.  His histories have won the Washington Writing Award for best book of the year, the History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati, and the William H. Prescott Award of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.  His first novel, The Lincoln Deception, about the John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy, was called the best historical novel of 2013 by Bloomberg View.   Sequels include The Wilson Deception, set at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and The Babe Ruth Deception, which follows the Babe’s first two years with the Yankees.
October 23 10am  Bells Mill Elementary School
November 1 1:30pm  Potomac Elementary School (temporarily located in Bethesda)
November 8 1pm  Beverly Farms Elementary School
November 13 10am  St. Elizabeth Catholic School
November 15 11am  drop off at Waters Landing Elementary School
November 20 10:30am  Seven Locks Elementary School
November 29 1pm  Poolesville Elementary School
December 5 10am  Wayside Elementary School
Please let Alan Grant know if you will be coming to help distribute dictionaries to third graders.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club is now in its 33rd year of serving the community by supporting Manna Food Center.  Come join our dedicated team on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm at Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg.  It's a great opportunity to introduce prospective members to a hands-on project and students receive community service credits.
Katey Boerner, Executive Director, Glen Echo Park, spoke about one of the finest cultural resources in the Washington, DC area at the Rotary Club meeting on June 21, 2018.  President Todd Nitkin presented the Rotary cup to Katey who is also President elect of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club.
Rotary International President Ian Riseley and Rotary District 7620 Governor Greg Wims congratulated Annapolis Rotary Club President Sue Weber for planting 60,000 trees in Uganda.  RI President Ian spoke at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club meeting on June 6, 2018.

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.

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


 "The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine Maryland public universities on one convenient campus in Montgomery County. USG helps prepare students for rewarding careers in the region’s most high-demand fields. Students who successfully complete their coursework on the USG campus graduate with a degree from one of its nine partner universities. Through on-campus services such as academic coaching, career advising, internship preparation, personal counseling, and leadership training, students leave the USG campus with the academic skills and real-world experiences needed for successful careers."
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.
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
Sander Benjamin Cohen, born August 26, 1984 in Washington , DC., died at the age of 33 on December 8, 2017. He heroically passed serving in the Line of Duty for the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. Sander is survived by his loving parents Dr. Neil and Arlene Soodak Cohen, his beloved dog Mia, and grandmother Rose Soodak; he is preceded by his late grandparents Robert Soodak and Minnie and Samuel Cohen. He also leaves behind six aunts and uncles (Teresa and Joel Soodak; Howard and Carol Cohen; Sondra and David Cohen), as well as four cousins (Jessica and Ethan Soodak; Rebecca and Samuel Cohen).
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. 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.
A memorial service will be held on December 14, 2017 at B’nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Rd Rockville, MD 20852 at 11 Am. A private internment will follow.
Shiva will be observed and open to the public on Thursday, December 14th from 6pm to 10pm at Woodmont Country Club located at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. Close friends and immediate family will continue Shiva on Saturday, December 16th at the Cohen residence.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing on October 4, 2017, of our beloved Rotarian of 35 years and Past President Arthur H. Blitz.  Art was a leader in the club organizing annual fix-up projects at the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes.  He always brought a funny story and occasionally entertained fellow Rotarians with his magic tricks.  He will be sadly missed.  We express our condolences to his family, wife Mimi, and children Leslie, Robin and Mickey.  His funeral is scheduled for Monday, October 9, 2017, at 10:30am at Congregation Beth El, 8125 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, with interment to follow at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. 

Family will be receiving friends through Friday evening, October 13th and holding Shiva Minyan at 7pm on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th. Memorial contributions may be made to CHI, Inc., 10501 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903 or to the Montgomery County Humane Society, 601 S. Stone Street Ave, Rockville, MD 20850.

President Todd Nitkin thanked motivational speaker Roderick Mitchell for giving an inspiring presentation on the “Application of Firefighting Concepts to Everyday Life” at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on September 14, 2017.  [Photo by Tom Lewis.]
Greg Wims is a 6th generation Marylander with 49 years of volunteer service to the community.  He has served on many nonprofit boards, University of Maryland Dental School, Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, YMCA, Kennedy Center and Boys and Girls Club just to name a few.  He presently serves on the Congressional Bank Board in the Metro Washington DC area.  He founded the Victims’ Rights Foundation 21 years ago to help victims of violent crime.  They just opened a preschool in Kenya 6 months ago.  Greg is a Paul Harris fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. He is a member of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club.  He is married to Michelle and has three children and two grandkids.  Please welcome Greg Wims, District Governor.
[From Governor Greg Wims who will be our guest speaker on September 7, 2017]

As you know, Hurricane Harvey has hit Texas and Louisiana very hard.  The Rotary District in coordination with the Disaster Aid USA is starting a fund drive.  Please see the Press Release.  Individually and as a club, I urge you to donate generously.  Rotary's theme this year is Make A Difference.  Its time to make a difference.

Your donations will provide the funds for the volunteers to handle disaster related relief from Hurricane Harvey and direct assistance to the victims of the flood.

Donations are needed urgently, and checks (payable to DAUSA) can be mailed to: Disaster Aid USA, 9817 Lanham Severn Road, Lanham, MD 20706. Online donations can be made by visiting the website - www.disasteraidusa.org and clicking-on the PayPal button. DAUSA is a tax-exempt 501-c-3 type organization, and all donations are tax-free. Questions may be directed to:

Paul Mahata (Pmahata@verizon.net) or Bob Grill (Bob.Grill@DisasterAidUSA.org)

Greg Wims
District Governor
Rotary District 7620 of RI


On August 24, 2017, Guest Speakers Pete Tomao and Amy Ginsburg addressed “Walkable, Bikeable, Sustainable and Transit-friendly Communities.”  Pete Tomao is the Montgomery County Advocacy Manager for Coalition for Smarter Growth and Amy Ginsburg is the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint.  [Photo by Tom Lewis]
Author Judy Welles gave a presentation on Lilly Stone, a daring woman who changed the landscape of business and culture in Montgomery County, at the Rotary Club meeting on August 10, 2017.  Lilly Stone was the grandmother of the late Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian John Stone.

Croix Sather is an American author, inspirational speaker, and ultra-athlete. His self-help and personal development books cover the topics of personal transformation, self-help, psychology of success, and high achievement.

"From the moment Croix steps on the stage he will captivate your audience. He starts strong and keeps your audience on the edge of their seats with his stories of his Run Across America and his World Record "Badwater Solo" Run through Death Valley when he crushed the previous record by almost 5 hours."

"What Croix has done is certainly impressive, but more impressive is how he has master the art of story telling to connect with your audience and inspire them in a way that creates lasting change. There is story telling and there is story telling that creates change because it reprograms your mind for success."

"You can have a great keynote speaker presentation, or you can have a great keynote speaker presentation that will inspire your team and one that will increase their performance, productivity endurance, and discipline. Croix weaves in mindset and performance strategies that improve your teams performance organically into the stories and presentation."

"At the end, the line is out the door because everyone wants to get a book signed by Croix after hearing his inspirational keynote presentation." ​

Books: Dream Big Act Big (Run Across America Edition): Breakthrough and Unleash the Superstar Within You


The flooding of March 27, 2017, in northern Peru destroyed the homes, fields and livestock of many families living in the shantytown of Nuevo Catacaos, which is located not far from the city of Piura, Peru. The Rotary Club of Piura reached out to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club for possible assistance to benefit a small fraction of the perhaps 10,000+ people affected by the flooding in Nuevo Catacaos. The assistance consisted of purchasing and distributing to dislocated families 120 mattresses, 120 blankets and 60 personal hygiene kits. The distribution took place on June 11, 2017.
Ellicott City, Montgomery Village and Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians share a table at the Rotary District Conference banquet on May 6, 2017.  [L-R] Dr. Fred Lewis, EC President Bruno Reich, EC President-elect Pam Kreis, Nancy Mason, Bob Nelson, PB President Bob Fuhrman, Cecilia and Edco Bailey.
Treasurer Tom Lewis congratulates President-Elect Todd Nitkin on his presentation "The Inspiration School Project of Ethiopia,” the largest international project ever for the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club at the meeting on March 23, 2017.  More information is available at www.inspireethiopia.org.
President Bob Fuhrman presents the Rotary Cookbook to guest speaker Kathleen Koch.
President Bob Fuhrman and his wife Nan welcomes District Governor Nominee Designate Barton Goldenberg and his wife Marina.
Former Area Governor Dr. Barry Thompson and his wife Jo Ann.
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
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.
[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.
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 InspireEthiopia.org for more information and join Todd in transforming Ethiopia, one new student at a time!
[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. 
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.
[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.
[Above] President Bob Fuhrman thanks Mike Nardolilli, the new Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation, for his presentation including the “Top 10 List of Why Parks Matter" on March 31, 2016. [Below] Past Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club President Dr. Juvenal Goicochea and his brother Carlos, also a Past Rotary Club President from Peru.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians joined the March 24, 2016, meeting of the metroBethesda Rotary Club.  metroBethesda President Russell Lacey presented a giant check in the amount of $1000 to Potomac-Bethesda President Bob Fuhrman for the Ear Care Nepal project.  [L-R] Karl Miller, Tom Leuchtenburg, Potomac-Bethesda President Bob Fuhrman, metroBethesda President Russell Lacey and Bob Nelson.
Ellen Haggerty, Chair of the Rotarians for Hearing Action Group and a member of the Pleasant Valley New York Rotary Club exchanges club banners and presents President Bob Fuhrman with a check for $500 for the Ear Care Nepal Project.
Debby Fisher, Interim Chief Operating Officer of CHI Centers, Inc., was the guest speaker at the March 3, 2016, Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting. CHI Centers, Inc. provides residential services in alternative living units, rent subsidized housing, vocational training, and working with adults with disabilities. In February, the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Foundation donated $4,000 to CHI Centers, Inc.

Rotary Club of Potomac Bethesda Annual Valentine's Day Initiative

In honor of Valentine's Day, Potomac-Bethesda Rotary presented pashmina shawls to residents at Sophia's House in Rockville, Maryland. Sophia's House provides emergency shelter for women with  mental illness, substance abuse, trauma or long term disabilities. This annual presentation of gifts is led by Rotarian Dr. Noel Howard and his wife, Gladys Howard.  Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Foundation supports various projects in the local community related to housing and education.
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.
"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 !!!"
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett thanks Bob Nelson for serving as Chair of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board for the past year.  The certificate reads:  “In recognition and appreciation of your outstanding service as Chair of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board helping to ensure that the community continues to thrive as a vibrant place to live, work, play and raise a family.  You have my thanks and gratitude for helping to make our community a better place to live and work.”  The Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board represents approximately 300,000 residents.
Doris Ligon is the founder of the African Art Museum of Maryland as the first Museum in the planned community of Columbia Maryland. It is one of only three museums of its kind in the USA devoted exclusively to the art of Africa.  Since its inception in 1980, AAMM has presented for viewing pleasure, in its location and at outreach events, astounding works of the highest quality including contemporary, intercontinentally known, stellar artists, held in the highest esteem.  Photos by Monica Farmer.
President Elect Bob Fuhrman exchanges Rotary banners with Misa Azuma, a Rotary International Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center.  She focused on subjects on international human rights during her L.L.M. studies and has participated in extra-curricula activities related to human rights, specifically refugee/ immigration law such as assisting refugee applications and working with immigrants seeking status.  She is planning to work in an international organization on human rights. 
Here is a very easy way to help us with fundraising.  If you are an Amazon shopper please bookmark this link http://pbrotary.org/Page/amazon in your browser and ask your friends and family to do the same.  Whenever you start your Amazon shopping from this page the club gets a percentage.  See the link above for details.  You can also get to it from our website banner at http://pbrotary.org.
We now have a page which serves as a launching point to our club’s Foundation.  Check it out at http://pbrotary.org/Page/our-foundation.  You can get to it in three ways from our home page (www.pbrotary.org) : Look for “Foundation” located on the banner or under the menu choices “About Us” or “Services/Projects”. Besides evolving content and links to internal and external resources, on that page we can now accept online donations for everything we do. 
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