Special Guest Speaker on September 22:  Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA, on the James Webb Space Telescope 

Dr. Michelle Thaller is the Assistant Director for Science at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.  Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. After a post-doctoral research fellowship at Caltech, Michelle became particularly interested in public outreach and science communication and served as the public outreach lead for the Spitzer Space Telescope at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory before moving to Goddard Space Flight Center, where she is the Assistant Director of Science. Michelle was one of the regular hosts of Discovery Science Channel’s “How the Universe Works,” and also hosted the podcast “Orbital Path” on public radio. She has received several high-profile awards for online science journalism and science leadership. NASA’s science themes include Earth science and climate change, the sun and space weather, solar system exploration, cosmology and the deep universe.

August 25 Rotary Club Meeting was a Social at Bretton Woods
August 11, 2022 Rotary Club meeting featured vacation highlights
Chinyere's Birthday Fundraiser for the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Foundation
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Supports mEducation Alliance to Reach Out to Afghan Refugee Families

I sincerely wanted to thank you again for the generous support from your club to help us advance Wondrous Learning Center activities at the Eastpines Community Building!  Your financial contributions helped us undertake several of the activities referenced below, including purchasing hands-on games and other training materials and supplies for the refugees attending the IRC Summer Academy and our July 30th Neighborhood Day event. For example, we purchased several pop-up tents for the July 30th event to provide shade for attendees and exhibitors which were enormously appreciated. As you can see in the following, we're continuing to advance a variety of activities, including a chess game day this weekend and a professional development and career day in September. We'd welcome any further inquiries and engagement from your club.  -- Anthony Bloome

On Saturday, July 30th, in collaboration with the Metamorphosis Community Project and Eastpines Community Association, mEducation Alliance hosted the Wondrous Learning Center Neighborhood Festival in Riverdale, MD. This event underscored the Alliance's commitment to supporting refugees, including those in the U.S.  At this event, the organizers featured representatives and tables from 10 community-serving organizations sharing resources with the 100+ attendees who participated from the surrounding community.  In addition to all the information booths, participants of all ages had a variety of activities to choose from: a bounce house, balloon animals, a raffle, book and educational game giveaways, and even juggling lessons!  To welcome so many of our Afghan refugee friends who joined us, we served traditional Afghan food cooked by Afghan women living in the nearby apartment complex.  The mEducation Alliance plans to host even more events and training activities at the Wondrous Learning Center, particularly those replicable in other formal and informal settings globally.
Dr. Stephanie Urchick, has been selected by the Nominating Committee to serve as the RI President in 2024-25
Rotarian Dr. Stephanie Urchick, has been selected by the Nominating Committee to serve as the RI President in 2024-25. A Rotarian since 1991, Dr. Stephanie Urchick has served on the RI Board of Directors and also as the Chair of its Executive Committee in 2020-2021. She is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA and has served Rotary as a TRF Trustee, Chair of the Rotary Strategic Planning and TRF Centennial Celebration Committees, member of the Atlanta RI Convention Committee, International Training Leader, RRFC, President’s Representative, District Governor, and District Delegate to two COLs.
Stephanie’s professional background is in the higher education, consulting, and entertainment industries. She received her doctorate degree in Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been recognized and awarded by TRF and numerous community and international organizations.
Nabil Bedewi Received His Paul Harris Society Pin at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 14, 2022
Nabil was presented with his Paul Harris society pin on July 14, 2022, and we discussed fundraising and community engagement ideas.
On July 21, 2022, we discussed progress on mentorship idea as a club project. Continued discussion of fundraising and community projects.
Vacationing Rotarians Cruise to the North Cape of Norway
Club Assembly Discussed Service Projects and Fundraising Ideas at the First Meeting of the New Rotary Year (July 7, 2022) at Our New Location (Lakewood Country Club)
New Location:  Lakewood Country Club
It's a new Rotary Year and Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club has a new location!  Join us on Thursday, July 7, at 6:30pm for our first meeting at Lakewood Country Club.
Dr. Robert Freedman Spoke on "The Impact of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on the Middle East" at the Rotary Club Meeting on June 16, 2022 [via Zoom]
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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