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Nabil Bedewi will give an update on "Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club meeting on September 3, 2020
Nabil is a co-Founder of Believe in Belize.  After visiting Belize with his wife for the first time in 2013, they fell in love with the country and decided to make it their home away from home.  Believe in Belize is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Belizeans through education, health, and community development by partnering with other organizations to deliver high impact projects and services.  Nabil’s initiative has delivered 205 PCs to Schools, bicycle reflectors, medical equipment and is planning on donating a fire truck.  He also has initiatives in educational scholarships, emergency health, medical measurements, COVID-19 relief and more.  Nabil retired as a Georgetown University professor in 2011. He spent 29 years of his professional career in Information Technology and Project Management, spanning the government, commercial and education sectors. He has academic degrees in Aerospace Engineering (Bachelor of Science), Systems Engineering (Masters of Science) and Engineering Management with specialty in Artificial Intelligence and Human Factors (Doctor of Science).  He is married and has one daughter.   Nabil's family origin is from Lebanon, but he was born in Egypt, raised in Kuwait and has lived in the US since 1979.  Nabil is a Rotarian (since 2007), member of the Paul Harris Society and a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda.  In his free time he enjoys watching sports and learning about history.  
Area Governor Heidi Webb was our guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on August 20, 2020
 
 
A special treat of the evening was Gladys Howard singing "Autumn Leaves" in French with the live band.  Bravo!
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Lucy Bedewi gave a presentation on "Personal Fashion Styling" at the Rotary Club meeting on August 6, 2020.
 
Rotarians met with social distancing and viewed Lucy Bedewi online at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club hybrid meeting on August 6, 2020.
New Member Deniz Subasi Gave His Classification Talk on July 23, 2020
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Rotarians Enjoyed Dinner Outdoors and an Excellent Presentation from Dr. Mark Kortepeter on July 9, 2020
Rotarians Celebrated the New Rotary Year with Miniature Golf and Dinner at Bretton Woods Recreation Center on July 2, 2020
[Above] Festive Rotary fellowship at Bretton Woods overlooking the Potomac River and 200 acres of golfing.
[Below]. Rotarians were challenged with massive boulders in the middle of the miniature golf course.
Rotarians Celebrated the End of 2019-20 Rotary Year with Dinner Inside Normandie Farm Restaurant on June 25, 2020
President Todd Nitkin honored for service to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club
I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone in the club for the wonderful Past President Pin for my 3-year term as President, and for the beautiful plaque that is now hanging proudly in my home-office. They mean a lot to me, as does this club and all of your friendship and comradery in Rotary. I truly feel blessed to belong to a club that supports me and allows me to ‘spread my wings’ and undertake projects that are meaningful to me.  I am proud of our club’s commitment to Rotary, the Rotary Fund, and those in need both locally and internationally.  Attached, please find a picture of the plaque in my home-office, and a Citation from the District Governor (not a speeding citation :) ) that I received in the mail this morning. Our club has a proud tradition of making a big impact. Thank you again; I will cherish both of these gifts.  With the warmest regards and thanks.  - Dr. Todd Nitkin
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Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Dine Outdoors at Normandie Farm Restaurant on June 18, 2020
 
Hybrid Rotary Club Meeting on June 11, 2020, featured half of the Rotarians on Zoom and half dining outside at the Normandie Farm Restaurant
Thanks very much to Past President Nabil Bedewi and Michael Henstra for all the wonderful support to keep the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club meeting via Zoom.
Guest Speaker Dave Feehan, President, Civitas Consulting LLC spoke about his book, “Design Downtown for Women - Men Will Follow” at the Rotary Club Zoom Meeting on May 21, 2020.
 

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. 

Montgomery History's Ralph Buglass gave a presentation on "Potomac's First Family" at the Rotary Club Zoom Meeting on May 14, 2020, at 7pm via Zoom
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.
Dr. Harry Haverkos spoke about the coronavirus and his book, “On the Front Lines of the AIDS Pandemic,” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 5, 2020.  
Dr. Harry Haverkos spoke about the coronavirus and his book, “On the Front Lines of the AIDS Pandemic,” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 5, 2020.  Pictured with Harry is his wife Dr. Lynn and President Dr. Todd Nitkin.
Rotarians Distributed Valentine's Presents to 75 Homeless Women at the Interfaith Works Women's Center on February 13, 2020.
 
Gladys and Noel Howard led the effort to wrap and distribute pashmina scarves as Valentine's Day gifts to 75 homeless women in Rockville on February 13, 2020.
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Rotarians distributed dictionaries to third graders at St. Elizabeth Elementary School on January 9, 2020.
 
Alan Grant, Koo Yuen and Bob Nelson distributed dictionaries to third graders at St. Elizabeth Elementary School on January 9, 2020.
 
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On January 2, 2020, Maryland Senator Brian Feldman was the Guest Speaker for our first Rotary Club Meeting in 2020, our Club's 40th Anniversary Year.  
On January 2, 2020, Maryland Senator Brian Feldman was the Guest Speaker for our first Rotary Club Meeting in 2020, our Club's 40th Anniversary Year.  He covered a number of topics and presented an overview of the legislative session that begins on January 8, 2020.
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Family and Friends Enjoyed the Rotary Club Holiday Party on December 12, 2019
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Dictionaries Have Been Distributed to Area Elementary Schools Under the Leadership of Alan Grant
Alan Grant and Bob Nelson distributed dictionaries to third graders at Seven Locks Elementary School on November 25, 2019.
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Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Donates Bench to Interfaith Works Women's Center
 
[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

 
 
Matching Paul Harris Credits for Rotary Foundation Donations
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!
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