Dr. Robert Freedman Will Speak on "The Impact of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on the Middle East" at the Rotary Club Meeting on June 16, 2022 [via Zoom]
Robert Freedman is an American political scientist who holds appointments at Baltimore Hebrew University and at the Johns Hopkins University.  Robert Freedman received his BA in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from Columbia University.
John McCarthy, Montgomery County State's Attorney, discussed Crime and Punishment in Montgomery County In-Person at Normandie Farm on June 9, 2022

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.


Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Chinyere and Nabil Attended the Rotary International Convention in Houston
Tony Bloome Spoke on his project to improve learning for Afghan Refugee children on June 2, 2022

When I met him at the district conference in April, Anthony (Tony) Bloome gave a very nice presentation on his nonprofit’s work supporting the learning of Afghan refugee kids in our area.  He is also the incoming president of the Washington Global club in DC (new club – 3 years).  For those of you not at the meeting yesterday, attached are a picture of Tony presenting and one of his posters.  -- Nabil Bedewi


Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Thanked Normandie Farm for Their Years of  Service at the Meeting on May 12, 2022 
Potomac-Bethesda Treasurer Phil Meade gave Normandie Farm staff members a special $600 donation.
Nancy Mason and Bob Nelson gave an overview of the Rotary District Conference.  The next Rotary District Conference will be held at the Bethesda Hyatt Hotel April 20-23, 2023
Frederick Kagan from the American Enterprise Institute gave an "Update on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine" In-Person at Normandie Farm on May 5, 2022
Phil Meade thanked Fred Kagan with a Rotary gift.
Welcome visiting Rockville Rotarians Alicia Hannon and State Delegate Jim Gilchrist.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Donate $5000 to Rotacare
Dr. Pallavi Gowda, founder of Rotacare of Maryland, receives a check from the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club.
Stephen Burant, PhD, State Department (retired) spoke on why the Ukrainians are resisting the Russian invasion so fiercely at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 21, 2022 in-person at Normandie Farm Restaurant
Hiram Perez, Senior Partner Development Manager, Amazon Web Services, gave an in-person presentation on “New Cloud Technologies” on April 14, 2022, at The Normandie Farm Restaurant
Emily Schmitt, Pork Industry Leader in Michigan, gave a Zoom presentation titled “The Skinny on Pork” at the Rotary Club meeting on April 7, 2022
Dr. Pallavi Gowda gave a presentation on RotaCare Maryland, a new initiative in our Rotary District, at the meeting on March 24, 2022
Deniz Subasi with a new Rotary hat courtesy of Phil Meade and Nabil Bedewi.
Rotary District Governor Invites You to the District Conference April 29 - May 1 
Ambassador and Former Deputy United States Trade Representative Michael N. Nemelka Spoke About Global Trade Policy at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 10, 2022
JoAnn Hill, Author, gave a presentation on “Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure” at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 17, 2022.
JoAnn Hill, Author, gave a presentation on “Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure” at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 17, 2022.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Gave Pashmina Scarves as Valentines Gifts to Homeless Women on February 10, 2022
Interfaith Works Staff Received Scarves from the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club on February 10, 2022
Gladys Howard shows off the fine pashmina scarves that were Valentines presents for 35 homeless women.
Rotarians dined at the East Pearl Restaurant in Rockville near the homeless women center.
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