Speaker Date Topic
Tony Bloome, Founder, mEducation Alliance Jun 02, 2022
Mini-Libraries for Local Afghan Kids
Mini-Libraries for Local Afghan Kids

Anthony Bloome is the Founder and Executive Director of the Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance. He has specialized in the field of international development and technology for over 25 years.

From 2009 to 2020, he was USAID’s Senior Education Technology Specialist where he provided technical advice to HQ, Missions and counterpart agencies regarding the appropriate uses of technology to support quality educational outcomes in developing countries. While working at USAID, Tony founded the mEducation Alliance to strengthen global collaboration and catalyze knowledge exchange and evidence-informed investments for edtech use in developing countries. He also founded the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development as an open innovation competition and partnership with World Vision and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to catalyze tech-based innovations to advance early grade reading. He subsequently managed both programs for 11 years before leaving USAID in 2020 and establishing the mEducation Alliance as an independent non-profit.

From 2006-2009, Tony was Peace Corps’ technology for development specialist where he supported staff and volunteer activities across all development sectors. From 1995-2006, he served as a distance education specialist for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and Zimbabwe where he focused on various applications of technology for education, health, and youth and workforce development. While at the World Bank, he also served as the Zimbabwe Country Director and Anglophone Africa Regional Coordinator for the World Links for Development (WorLD) initiative which supported national EdTech policies, teacher training, and national schoolnet development. Tony serves on multiple advisory boards including the Library of Congress’ Literacy Awards,  UAE’s Alliance for the Future of Digital Learning, and Benetech. He has a M.A. in Telecommunications from George Mason University and a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA.

John McCarthy, Montgomery County State's Attorney Jun 09, 2022 6:30 PM
Crime and Punishment in Montgomery County [In-Person at Normandie Farm]
Crime and Punishment in Montgomery County [In-Person at Normandie Farm]

The State's Attorney's Office is a constitutionally created independent agency. Our 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 theaters. 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 five.



Dr. Robert Freedman Jun 16, 2022 6:30 PM
The impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the Middle East [via Zoom]

Professor Freedman received his B.A. in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from Columbia University. He was an Assistant Professor of Russian History at the United States Military Academy and Associate Professor of Political Science and Russian at Marquette University, before his extended career in Baltimore as Professor of Political Science and later the President of the Baltimore Hebrew University, and now Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or co-author of five books on Soviet foreign policy and fifteen on Israel and the Middle East. He has consulted with U.S. and Israeli government agencies, served on significant government delegations, and been a commentator innumerable times on major news outlets. 

Khalid Afzal, Montgomery Planning Dept. [via Zoom] Jun 23, 2022 6:30 PM
Thrive Montgomery 2050, a blueprint for growth in Montgomery County [via Zoom]
Thrive Montgomery 2050, a blueprint for growth in Montgomery County [via Zoom]

Thrive Montgomery 2050 is the first complete overhaul of Montgomery County’s general plan since 1969. It is a long-range policy framework to help guide, over multiple decades, how Montgomery County should respond to future opportunities and challenges while maintaining its important assets. It defines the basic land use setting and context for all public and private actions in the county and directly addresses the land-use and planning framework for the next 30 years. As a general plan it sets a common vision about how we should grow but does not specify detailed actions and strategies for implementation. Those are done by subsequent plans and other initiative by a variety of state and local entities.

This presentation will start with a brief update on the events that took place since the transmission of the Planning Board Draft to the County Council on April 8, 2021—Council public hearing, Council listening sessions, Council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee worksessions, the Office of Legislative Oversight report on Thrive, and the Council’s decision to conduct more outreach. It will then cover the status of the Council review of Thrive and potential timeline for upcoming milestones and next steps before the Council is expected to approve, with some modifications, Thrive before October 31st, 2022.




Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Jun 30, 2022 6:30 PM
First Meeting of the 2022-23 Rotary Year Jul 07, 2022 6:30 PM
"Imagine Rotary" NOTE: New Meeting Location at Lakewood Country Club
Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Jul 14, 2022 6:30 PM
Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Jul 21, 2022 6:30 PM
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Jul 28, 2022 6:30 PM
Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Aug 04, 2022 6:30 PM
Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Aug 11, 2022 6:30 PM
Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Aug 18, 2022 6:30 PM
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Aug 25, 2022 6:30 PM
Mr. Nan Su [via Zoom] Sep 01, 2022 6:30 PM
The Wisdom and Humanity from Ancient Chinese Culture

Mr. Nan Su has been giving talks on China-related topics to more than 100 rotary clubs in Northern California over the past 7 years. Audience members often find his talks "inspiring", "heart-touching", "thought-provoking", "informational", "fresh", and "entertaining”. This will be a virtual presentation.

Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA (tentative) Sep 22, 2022 6:30 PM
James Webb Space Telescope (In-Person)
James Webb Space Telescope (In-Person)