First Meeting of the 2024-25 Rotary Year Held at Chef Tony's at Amalfi 2024-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Happy New Rotary Year!  2024-25 District Governor Nomie Hamid Installed in College Park

[Article by Assistant Governor Ken Weiss, Photos by Lou Bartolo]
It was toasty warm for the installation of Governor Nomie Hamid, but the crowd was large. The band was good but had to stop at 6:15 for the formal proceedings. An hour or so later, there was a new Rotarian in charge of our sixty club district.
The Master of Ceremonies was Gloria Aparacio Blackwell, Director of the Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland. She did an excellent job. Former DG, Geetha Jayaram, gave Nomie a Major Donor pin and said our district had given more than $1 million to the Rotary Foundation during the past 12 months. The Mayor of College Park said Nomie had been named Influential Marylander 2023. Our incoming DG received a proclamation from the city Mayor and an official Citation from the General Assembly presented by State Senator Jim Rosapepe, and then was expertly introduced by former DG, Barton Goldenburg.
Nomie's talk was filled with recognitions of the many people who have supported him in his endeavors, start a business, start more businesses, become a well-known philanthropist, and more. He recognized his team for Rotary year 2024-2025, thanked outgoing Governor Delores for a job well done, and urged the club leaders present to work together and accomplish more than ever before.
Then, it was time for Nomie's catering business to satisfy the appetites of about 400 Rotarians and guests. There was a line, of course, but there was plenty for all at four food stations. Then, a surprising number of us stayed for quite a while for fun and fellowship. The band played on, and we left College Park with a new Rotary year only one week away. 
Happy New Rotary Year! 2024-25 District Governor Nomie Hamid Installed in College Park 2024-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Red Line Happy Hour on June 20, 2024

The Red Line Happy Hour on Thursday, June 20th, at Puro Gusto in downtown DC was a big success.  The Rotary Club of Washington Global organized this one, and Rotarians from around District 7620 attended including Koo Yuen from Potomac-Bethesda. 
Red Line Happy Hour on June 20, 2024 2024-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on June 6, 2024 2024-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Meeting on June 13, 2024 2024-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
2024-25 Rotary District Governor Installation on June 22, 2024 2024-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
"Peace and Conflict Resolution" was the topic of our guest speaker David J. Smith, President of the Forage Center, at the Rotary Club meeting on May 16, 2024  2024-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

"Peace and Conflict Resolution" is the topic of our guest speaker David J. Smith, President of the Forage Center, at the Rotary Club meeting on May 16, 2024

David J. Smith is an educator, consultant, and career coach focusing on the fields of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and humanitarian action.  He is also the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. Smith was a senior manager and program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and has been on the faculties of Georgetown University, Towson University, Goucher College, and Drexel University. He currently teaches at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Smith was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. Smith has written widely about graduate and undergraduate education and humanitarian issues in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, International Journal on World Peace, and ACResolution Magazine. He is a recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution, awarded by the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has been interviewed on the TODAY show and featured in The Washington Post Magazine. Besides his work with the Forage Center, he is a career coach for professionals seeking careers in international fields. Smith holds degrees from American University (B.A.), George Mason University (M.S.), and the University of Baltimore (J.D.). He is pursuing a graduate certificate in positive psychology.
"Peace and Conflict Resolution" is the topic of our guest speaker David J. Smith, President of the Forage Center, at the Rotary Club meeting on May 16, 2024 2024-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Merikay Smith, Montgomery County Master Gardener, discussed valuable native shrubs, their growth habits and benefits to our environment at the Rotary Club meeting on May 9, 2024 2024-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

Merikay Smith, Montgomery County Master Gardener, will discuss valuable native shrubs, their growth habits and benefits to our environment at the Rotary Club meeting on May 9, 2024

Merikay Smith became a Maryland Master Gardener in 2007 and led the Montgomery County Master Gardeners Speakers' Bureau. Merikay is a Board
member of Latter-day Saint Earth Stewardship, launching their first local chapter here in 2016. Check out the native plant garden this local chapter created at historic Pleasant View: http://www.eartheast.org. She has helped mentor an additional 11 new chapters of LDSES located across the globe. Merikay has also served many years on the Boards of both the Muddy Branch Alliance and Seneca Creek Stewardship Partners, recently as president of Seneca Creek Watershed Partners (SCWP).  Native plants, which have evolved locally, are important cogs in the ecosystem wheel, supporting beneficial insects and animals, and protecting our soils.  Valuable native shrubs, their growth habits and benefits to our environment will be discussed. 
 
Merikay Smith, Montgomery County Master Gardener, will discuss valuable native shrubs, their growth habits and benefits to our environment at the Rotary Club meeting on May 9, 2024 2024-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Susan Albertine, President, League of Women Voters of Montgomery County was the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on May 2, 2024 2024-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Susan Albertine, President, League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on May 2, 2024

Susan Albertine is an independent higher education consultant. She is a retired Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, at the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Her work internationally and in the US centers on liberal education, general education, and public health. She is a co-author of Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (Jossey-Bass, 2016; 2d ed., 2022).

An American literary historian, Albertine is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work in the humanities embraces equity and public health. She was dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of English at the College of New Jersey, 2002-2008. She served as vice provost, undergraduate studies, Temple University, and assistant to the provost, University of Pennsylvania. She has taught English at University of North Florida, St. Olaf College, Susquehanna University, and Chicago State University.

A former public school teacher, Albertine has been nationally active in P-20 alignment, including the American Diploma Project. She served on the board of directors, Camden Academy Charter High School, Camden, New Jersey; the Advisory Board for the Delaware Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity; and the board of Art Sanctuary, an African-American arts organization in Philadelphia. Albertine was elected to the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) board in 2004 and became President-Elect in 2007. She served on the advisory board National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (2011-2017). She was a member of the National Academies Committee on the Integration of Arts, Humanities, Science, and Medicine (2016-2018).

Specialties: Areas of Expertise: Liberal Education and General Education, Student Success, Curriculum and Faculty Development, P-16 Access and Equity, Institutional Change; Public Health Education. Professor of English, specializing in United States Studies.

Susan Albertine, President, League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on May 2, 2024 2024-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
World Immunization Week April 24-30, 2024 2024-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi Attended the Rotary District Conference in Cambridge April 19-21,2024 2024-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Ralph Buglass from Montgomery History Gave a Presentation on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 18, 2024 2024-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Ralph Buglass from Montgomery History Will Give a Presentation on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 18, 2024
 

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. In 2020, with Peerless Rockville, he co-authored Images of America: Rockville, a pictorial history of the city’s 250 years. A retired communications professional, he is a graduate of Winston Churchill High School and has a B.A. in American history from Cornell and an M.A. in journalism from American University.  An ambitious project in our nation’s early days, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was built alongside the unnavigable Potomac River as a commercial waterway to reach the west. But doomed almost from the start by the railroad, then put out of business altogether by the river flooding–not to mention almost being turned into a parkway–it is now a treasured recreational spot by cyclists, hikers, canoeists and others with technological wonders of its time and natural beauty to behold.

Ralph Buglass from Montgomery History Will Give a Presentation on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 18, 2024  2024-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Stephen Aldrich from Montgomery Planning gave a presentation on the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Technical Update at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 11, 2024 2024-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Stephen Aldrich from Montgomery Planning will speak on the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Technical Update at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 11, 2024 2024-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Rotarian Gandy Thomas to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club

Gandy Thomas is the Ambassador, Representant Permanent Adjunct at the Mission Permanent of Haiti at the OAS.  Having obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations of the Diplomatic Academy Andres Bello of Chile and a Bachelor’s in accounting Management at the Institute National of Management, Administration and International Studies, Mr. Thomas joined Haiti’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991.   He has served at the Embassy of Haiti in Chile as a Consular Officer from 1996-1998; at the Haitian Embassy in Cuba (where he had the responsibility of reporting on political developments and bilateral cooperation) from January 1998-December 2000; at the Embassy of Haiti in Colombia as Consul in charge of Political affairs from January 2001 to March 2002; at the Embassy of Haiti in Venezuela as Charge of business from 2002-2005; at the Embassy of Chile as Counselor, Responsible of Bilateral Cooperation from 2005-2008, at the Consulate of Orlando from 2008 to 2010 in the process to establish a consulate in Atlanta.  He became Consul in Atlanta from 2011 to 2016.  Away from work, Gandy is a fan of most sports; he particularly loves tennis, golf and soccer.  Gandy is married to Leslie Gonzalez and, they have two children, Zhara and Legan.
Welcome Rotarian Gandy Thomas to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club 2024-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi gave an update on Believe in Belize at the Rotary Club meeting on March 21, 2024 2024-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Phil Meade for 25 Years of Service with the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club 2024-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
P-B Rotary's Pi Day at Lakewood Country Club 2024-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Golf at the Rotary District Conference in Cambridge 2024-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Leap Day Rotary Social on February 29, 2024, at Bretton Woods Recreation Center 2024-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Valentine’s Day at the Homeless Shelter in Rockville 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi, Nancy Mason and Bob Nelson Meet Rotary International President Gordon McInally at Cosmos Club Reception on February 20, 2024 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
PBRotary Leap Day Social at Bretton Woods on Thursday, February 29, 2024 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Valentine’s Day at the Homeless Shelter in Rockville 2024-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Registration for District Conference is NOW OPEN!

Get ready to set sail for a springtime adventure of service, connection and Chesapeake charm at the District’s Conference! Join us at the stunning Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, where the sun-kissed waters meet endless possibilities for learning, fellowship, and action.
  • Engaging keynotes from inspiring leaders who will ignite your passion for Rotary’s mission
  • Dynamic breakout sessions covering a diverse range of topics
  • Unforgettable networking opportunities to connect with fellow Rotarians from across the district and forge powerful collaborations.
And of course, the change to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Chesapeake Bay! Kayak through pristine coves, take a stroll, or simply unwind and soak up the sunshineon the resort’s private beach.
 
Registration is now open! Visit rotary7620.org/districtconference!
Registration for District Conference is NOW OPEN! 2024-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
January 25, 2024 Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods on a very foggy night 2024-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Theme for 2024-25: "The Magic of Rotary" 2024-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam:  Martha Meade, Mother of Phil Meade

"Marty" passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her three surviving children, Mary Rankin Meade Howell (William), Martha Pendleton Meade Weber (Gary), Philip Pendleton Cooke Meade Jr. (Linda) and her devoted caregiver, Remenila Tirol. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Philip Pendleton Cooke Meade; two of her five children, William Rankin Meade [1997] and Elizabeth Burwell Meade [2020]; and her brother John Woodruff Rankin [2009]. 

"Marty" attended Rollins College during World War II and majored in music. During the War, she also volunteered on a farm while many farm hands were away fighting. She enjoyed figure skating, swimming, and traveling around the world. She was a long-time member of Gamma Phi Beta, Washington Golf and Country Club and St. David's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, where she was a member of Altar Guild and visited home-bound parishioners. Her seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren will miss having their loving "Granny" in their lives. 

In Memoriam: Martha Meade, Mother of Phil Meade 2024-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year! 2024-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Last Social of 2023 on December 28 at Bretton Woods Recreation Center - Happy New Year! 2023-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Last Social of 2023 is on December 28 at Bretton Woods Recreation Center - Happy New Year! 2023-12-26 05:00:00Z 0
No Meeting on December 21 - New Year's Social on December 28 at Bretton Woods 2023-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Gregory Wrightstone, Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition, gave an illustrated presentation about his latest book, "A Very Convenient Warming" at the Rotary Club Meeting on December 14, 2023  2023-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Dictionary Project's Final School in 2023 is Bells Mill Elementary on December 19 at 10:15 2023-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Gregory Wrightstone, Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition, will speak about his latest book, "A Very Convenient Warming" at the Rotary Club Meeting on December 14, 2023

Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist, executive director of the CO2 Coalition, expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and best-selling author of “Inconvenient Facts.”  He has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers, publications and commentaries concerning climate change and energy. He is a popular guest for media outlets on television, radio and podcasts, having done nearly 300 interviews in 2022 alone.  He is a strong proponent of the scientific process and often refers to a basic tenet of English law: Audiatur et altera pars or “Let both sides be fairly heard.”  
Gregory Wrightstone, Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition, will speak about his latest book, "A Very Convenient Warming" at the Rotary Club Meeting on December 14, 2023 2023-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Dedication of a highway sign along I-270 in Montgomery County in honor of Sander Cohen. 2023-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Royce Hanson, former Chair Montgomery County Planning Board and Chair Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission was the Guest Speaker on December 7, 2023 2023-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Made a Donation to the Rotary Club of Arbroath in Scotland 2023-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Royce Hanson, former Chair Montgomery County Planning Board and Chair Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is the Guest Speaker on December 7, 2023

Dr. Royce Hanson is the co-author of Nation’s Metropolis The Economy, Politics, and Development of the Washington Region that describes how the national capital region functions as a metropolitan political economy. Its authors distinguish aspects of the Washington region that reflect its characteristics as a national capital from those common to most other metropolitan regions and to other capitals. To do so, they employ an interdisciplinary approach that draws from economics, political science, sociology, geography, and history.
Royce Hanson and Harold Wolman focus on four major themes: the federal government as the region’s basic industry and its role in economic, physical, and political development; race as a core force in the development of the metropolis; the mismatch of the governance and economy of the national capital region; and the conundrum of achieving fully democratic governance for Washington, DC. Critical regional issues and policy problems are analyzed in the context of these themes, including poverty, inequality, education, housing, transportation, water supply, and governance.  The authors conclude that the institutions and practices that accrued over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are inadequate for dealing effectively with the issues confronting the city and the region in the twenty-first. The accumulation of problems arising from the unique role of the federal government and the persistent problem of racial inequality has been compounded by failure to resolve the conundrum of governance for the District of Columbia. They recommend rethinking the governance of the entire region.
While many books are concerned with the city of Washington, DC, Nation’s Metropolis is the only book focused on the development and political economy of the metropolitan region as a whole. It will engage readers interested in the national capital, metropolitan development more generally, and the growing comparative literature on national capitals.
Dr. Royce Hanson, former Chair Montgomery County Planning Board and Chair Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is the Guest Speaker on December 7, 2023 2023-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project:  Last Three Schools Scheduled for 2023

Posted by Alan Grant
Please take a look at the last 3 schools scheduled for the month of December:
 
12.07.23 - Fields Rd at 9:30
12.14.23 - Potomac at 9:45
12.19.23 - Bells Mills at 10:15
 
If anyone would like to join Mr. Grant please let me know and I will add you to my schedule. 
 
Thank you so much, 
 
Dalmara. (admin@grantlaw.net)
Dictionary Project: Last Three Schools Scheduled for 2023 Alan Grant 2023-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods on November 30, 2023 2023-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Join Potomac Passport Rotary Club as they honor Wounded Warriors on the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) 20th anniversary year on December 15, 2023, 5-8PM. 

 
Winter Gala Invite, December 15, 2023, 5-8PM:
Join Potomac Passport Rotary Club as we honor Wounded Warriors on the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) 20th anniversary year on December 15, 2023, 5-8PM. A large part of the proceeds will go to the WWP and efforts to support transitioning veterans. Register at 
https://lnkd.in/eEbEFenw

We are thrilled to announce that we have a friend of the Potomac Passport Rotary Club from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency confirmed as a chief guest to make this extra special, Mario Vizcarra. Detect Deter Defeat is their mission for which we as a nation are grateful. 

And that's not all. We have a professional singer who is an Airforce Veteran, Joe Coleman singing a few of his favorite songs. ❤

Website: 
https://lnkd.in/ezz932Jr
Join Potomac Passport Rotary Club as they honor Wounded Warriors on the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) 20th anniversary year on December 15, 2023, 5-8PM. 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Thanksgiving! No Meeting on November 23, 2023 2023-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Join Our Dictionary Distributions at Participating Elementary Schools

The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
Join Our Dictionary Distributions at Participating Elementary Schools Alan Grant 2023-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Lisa Summers, President and Co-Founder of "Healing Politics" Described Her Organization Dedicated to Encouraging Those in the Nursing Profession to Run for Elected Office at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 5, 2023 2023-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center on September 28, 2023 2023-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Meeting on September 21, 2023, at Lakewood Country Club 2023-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Alan and Irene Grant Picked Up a BMW X5

Posted on Sep 12, 2023
Toy Recycling:  Irene and Alan Grant received a slightly used BMW X5 from Bob Nelson that Nancy Mason's grandchildren had enjoyed but outgrew.  
Alan and Irene Grant Picked Up a BMW X5 2023-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Gerald Krell, President, Auteur Productions, and his son Adam presented plans and video for a documentary about the founder of Wolf Trap, Catherine Filene Shouse, at the Rotary Club meeting on September 7, 2023  2023-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Arbroath, Scotland, thanked P-B Rotary for the donation

Posted by Nabil Bedewi on Sep 04, 2023
Last Thursday (8/31) I arrived in Arbroath just in time for attending the club's meeting.  So I took the opportunity to give them our Club's generous donation of 3,000 GBP.  The attached picture is the handoff of the cash to Danny Gentles, their club's president.  The members in the room were genuinely surprised at the amount and greatly appreciative of the good that will come from it.
Thank you again for your generosity!
Regards,
Nabil
Nabil has just astonished and delighted us with your incredibly generous donation of £3000. The money will be deposited into our charitable trust account tomorrow and we will carefully consider how to use the money to best effect. We already have a number of requests for funding but we prefer to balance our giving between reacting to requests and identifying the local organisations that are best placed to meet the many needs of our community in Arbroath. I will certainly be in touch with you to confirm how that is to be achieved. 
Again, many many thanks. We will ensure that the money makes a difference.
Yours in Rotary
Danny Gentles
President The Rotary Club of Arbroath 
Rotary Club of Arbroath, Scotland, thanked P-B Rotary for the donation Nabil Bedewi 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center on August 31, 2023 Bob Nelson 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor Delores Edwards Harding made her official visit on August 17, 2023 2023-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Delores Edwards Harding will make her official visit on August 17, 2023

A Rotarian since 2006, Delores recently served as an Area Governor for six Area 2 Clubs. Delores is a member of the Board of Directors for her home club and has held several leadership roles including the following: Club President 2017-2018, Invocation Committee Chair, Membership Chair, and Director of the Student Scholarship Fund. In addition to her various leadership roles, Delores is an engaged club member and has served on several club committees: Youth Service, International Service, and Community and Vocational Service.
As a lawyer, Delores formerly served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Legal Services Program within the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR).
Delores earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, with a concentration in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She has also earned a Master’s Degree in Student Development in Higher Education (Educational Leadership), and a Juris Doctor Degree from the American University in Washington, DC.
As an entrepreneur and consultant, Delores has coordinated organizational leadership retreats and is adept at working with Executive-level leadership of non-profit organizations and churches in Virginia and Maryland. As a small business owner in Maryland, Delores provides direct sales to men and RI theme 2023-24 Create Hope in the Worldwomen in the skin care and color cosmetics industry. As a Founding Member of the Greater Baltimore Leadership Association (GBLA) of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, Delores has spent over twenty years mentoring Young Professionals between the ages of 21-40 and has served as a role model for leadership for both the current and past administrations of GBLA. Delores is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. For over twenty years, Delores has been a member of several Baptist Churches, where she served as a Steward (Trustee) and volunteer.
Delores was married to James in September, 2019, in Howard County, Maryland, where they currently reside. In her free time, Delores enjoys animals and long walks in natural surroundings. She also enjoys listening to motivational and spiritual messages, and reading books on leadership and entrepreneurship.   
District Governor Delores Edwards Harding will make her official visit on August 17, 2023 2023-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi gave an update on "Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club meeting on August 10, 2023 2023-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
The 43rd Anniversary of the Chartering of the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club was celebrated on August 3, 2023 2023-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrating the 43rd Anniversary of the Chartering of the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club

At our 43rd anniversary of chartering, you’ll hear about some of the history of the club:
  • The charter night keynote speaker who was later honored to have a state road named for him in Annapolis
  • Thirty years of International Night programs held at Embassies
  • Manna Food Center is celebrating it's 40th anniversary and P-B Rotary began its support in 1986
  • District Awards and Rotary International recognitions
  • Several Rotarians who met their future wives through Potomac-Bethesda Rotary
  • Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians signatures and photo landed on Mars
And much more!
 
Celebrating the 43rd Anniversary of the Chartering of the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club 2023-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Join Us for Our Monthly Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center, Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 6:30pm 2023-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Join Us For Dinner at Lakewood Country Club, 13901 Glen Mill Rd., Rockville 2023-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
August 5 Features Four Different Baseball Game Venues to Support Rotary's Polioplus Program 2023-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
New Rotary Year Club Assembly on July 6, 2023, discussed plans for 2023-2024 2023-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Theme for 2023-2024: "Create Hope in the World" 2023-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Induction of Delores Edwards Harding as District Governor of 7620 2023-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies brought an update on immigration at the Rotary Club meeting on May 18, 2023 2023-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Graciela Mestroni from Buenos Aires, Argentina, gave a talk on "What Happened to Argentina?" at the Rotary Club meeting on May 4, 2023 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club for Participating in the Dictionary Project

Posted by Alan Grant
"Alan, Thank you for giving so much of your time to organize and implement the Dictionary Project again this year.  Your dedication to improve literacy where you live has had a profound impact on the children in your community.  Your kindness and support show what community service looks like.  Please let me know how we can implement your ideas to include more people.  You are always welcome to visit our office when your travels bring you to South Carolina.  Sincerely, Mary French, The Dictionary Project Director"
 
Dictionary Project Facts
To date, more than 35,617,000 children have received a dictionary thanks to the generosity of Dictionary Project sponsors.  Over 3,770 Rotary Clubs, 65 Rotary Districts and 14 Rotaract Clubs have participated in The Dictionary Project.  Rotarians have given over 18,360,000 dictionaries since 2002.  Dictionary Projects provide dictionaries to students in all 50 states and over 40 countries.
Thank You to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club for Participating in the Dictionary Project Alan Grant 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi exchanged club banners at the Rotary Club of Arbroath, Scotland Nabil Bedewi 2023-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
David Holzel, Editor, Montgomery Magazine spoke at the Rotary Club meeting on April 13, 2023 2023-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEKEND:  Rotary Discon 2023 at the Bethesda Hyatt

The 7620 District Conference takes Montgomery County!  Join District Governor Sean McAlister and your fellow Rotarians for a weekend of fun, learning, and collaboration. This year’s program will include the opportunity to complete Rotary Leadership Institute, a Heroes Recognition Brunch, breakout conversations, the Four Way Test Speech Contest, and our beloved Hospitality Suites!  Attire for the Conference: Casual or Business Casual (Rotary gear encouraged!)

THIS WEEKEND: Rotary Discon 2023 at the Bethesda Hyatt 2023-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
David Holzel, Editor, Montgomery Magazine will speak at the Rotary Club meeting on April 13, 2023  2023-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., CEO of the United States Pharmacopeia gave a presentation on impacting the global supply of quality medicines at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 6, 2023  Bob Nelson 2023-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., CEO of the United States Pharmacopeia will give a presentation on impacting the global supply of quality medicines at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 6, 2023
 

Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., has served as Chief Executive Officer of the United States Pharmacopeia since February 2014. Dr. Piervincenzi provides strategic leadership to USP’s global staff of over 1,300 across sites in the US (Rockville, Frederick, D.C.), India, China, Ghana and Switzerland, and global public health field offices including Nigeria, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
 
His transformative vision has launched key USP initiatives in bringing quality across the healthcare spectrum, upholding USP’s reputation as a quality leader since its founding in 1820. Under his leadership, USP has modernized its operations and launched innovative new science, including in the areas of digital medicine, cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and advanced biologics. More recently, USP has begun building a robust “capability building” services suite of offerings including quality manufacturing consulting, donor-funded work, and education. Dr. Piervincenzi served as Chair of the Council of Experts, USP's scientific standards-setting body of 24 Expert Committees and over 750 standards-setting experts until June 2015, when he transferred this responsibility to USP’s new Chief Science Officer.
 
Dr. Piervincenzi brings more than 20 years of industry experience across pharmaceutical sciences, research and business strategy. Before joining USP, Dr. Piervincenzi served as Vice President of Development Sciences with Biogen Idec, Inc., where he designed and launched Biogen’s value-based medicine group focusing on applying tools and technologies of personalized medicine in the treatment and management of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Piervincenzi was a partner and leader in McKinsey & Company's global pharmaceutical and medical products practice for over 12 years. In this capacity, Dr. Piervincenzi launched McKinsey's global drug safety, medical and regulatory service line. With McKinsey, Dr. Piervincenzi also led the global research and information analytics team, managing staff in New Jersey, London, Brussels, and India.

Dr. Piervincenzi earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering, with research focused on protein engineering. He is the proud co-founder and chairman of the board for MENTOR Newark.
 
Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., CEO of the United States Pharmacopeia will give a presentation on impacting the global supply of quality medicines at the Rotary Club Meeting on April 6, 2023  2023-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Social at Bretton Woods on March 30, 2023, featured fine food, fellowship and fabulous views of springtime blossoms. 2023-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam:  Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian Jon Van Winkle, Age 92

Jon passed away over the weekend.  No funeral plans at this time.  Meeting with family on Friday --Alan
 
 
 
 
[Photo on right] On August 8, 2019 Rotary Foundation Chair Jon Van Winkle presented Phil Meade with an additional Paul Harris Fellow pin.
In Memoriam: Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian Jon Van Winkle, Age 92 Alan Grant 2023-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Sarah Witcher from the Department of Natural Resources, gave a presentation on the role of the department and addressed some common wildlife misconceptions at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 23, 2023  2023-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

New District Assistant Governor for Central Montgomery County

Area 8 - Central Montgomery County 
Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Downtown Silver Spring, International Friendship, Metro Bethesda, North Bethesda, and Potomac-Bethesda
Mark Rom stepped down from his Assistant Governor duties for personal reasons.
Former Club President Vijay Khetarpal (Potomac) will assume Mark’s clubs. 
Email – khetarpalvijay@gmail.com  
New District Assistant Governor for Central Montgomery County 2023-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Sarah Witcher from the Department of Natural Resources, will give a presentation on the role of the department and address some common wildlife misconceptions at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 23, 2023
 

Sarah Witcher is an Education Biologist for the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service.  In this role, she serves as the State Coordinator for Project WILD, on the state committee for the Envirothon high school competition program, and as a leader and public speaker for the Wild Acres backyard habitat program.  She also writes for outreach publications in multiple formats and supports the Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species research and management efforts of the Natural Heritage Program.
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Biology and Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.  Her other work experiences include managing the biological stream monitoring for Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, serving as a Park Ranger and Manager for the Maryland Park Service, and education and outreach for the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  Sarah is committed to educating about nature and deeply nerdy about numerous topics therein.  She most enjoys time spent with her family of humans and animals, being a foodie, and exploring new places and quiet outdoor spaces.   
Sarah Witcher from the Department of Natural Resources, will give a presentation on the role of the department and address some common wildlife misconceptions at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 23, 2023  2023-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club President Jake Matysek gave his perspective on the banking failures and market fluctuations at the meeting on March 16, 2023 2023-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Benjamin Friton, Director, REED Center, spoke on the topic “Biomimicry: a new way of thinking about our future” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 9, 2023 2023-03-10 05:00:00Z 0 Meeting
Proposing New Rotary Club Members 2023-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Gives Homeless Women Valentine Scarves on February 9, 2023 2023-03-06 05:00:00Z 0 Homeless,foundation

Benjamin Friton, Director, REED Center, will speak on the topic “Biomimicry: a new way of thinking about our future” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 9, 2023
 

Ben was born and raised in Maryland and spent over 10-years as a speech professional working with government, business, and philanthropic leaders from around the world. Through this work, he had opportunities to travel extensively, opening his eyes to the many systemic failures of the agricultural practices that humans have come to rely on. Over time, he became deeply interested in alternative food system development that would support future generations, reduce food insecurity, and help prevent ecosystem collapse.
In 2010 Ben began designing, and later patented, vertical growing structures to help those living in densely populated food-insecure regions of the world. It became quickly apparent that these vertical food production systems were extremely valuable to many groups, including the elderly, people with differing ability levels, urban dwellers and people living with limited contact to the natural world.  To expand upon this work, he co-founded the non-profit Can YA Love. 
In 2014, Ben joined Forested, a 15-acre research-based food forest located in Bowie, Maryland, growing hundreds of species of edible, medicinal and otherwise useful plants in an intentionally integrated way. This food forest has increased its productivity year over year without the need for synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Within a few short years, the practices employed at Forested began to restore the land that had been badly degraded by 300 years of conventional farming practices. 
For more than a decade, Ben has been consulting, teaching, and speaking to audiences of all ages on four continents about the past, present and future of humanity and agriculture. Beginning in 2018, he was given a unique opportunity to put into practice his vision of how to heal wounded lands while providing for the well-being of human and wildlife communities connected to that land.  The REED Center for Ecosystem Reintegration is now the vehicle for carrying this vision forward.
Ben currently resides with his family on the 150+ acre land called Morning View Food Forest that serves as the headquarters for The REED Center.  The land is actively being transformed from what was once a conventional farming site to a beautifully diverse, increasingly densified and productive forested ecosystem. It is a hub for innovation, research, education, community-building and networking for all who wish to live in harmony with each other and with natural ecosystems, while building a future of abundance.
The REED Center is a Maryland-based nonprofit that seeks to repair the holistic connection of humans and their environment through research, engaging communities in farm programming, developing self-perpetuating ecosystems, and designing natural landscapes on residential and commercial scales.
Benjamin Friton, Director, REED Center, will speak on the topic “Biomimicry: a new way of thinking about our future” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 9, 2023  2023-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Change of Venue for February 9, 2023: 6pm Homeless Women's Center; 6:30pm Dinner at East Pearl Restaurant 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam:  Smiljka and Fedja Soretic

Former Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian Smiljka Soretic and her husband Fedja died in an accident at their home in Venice, Florida.  We send our sympathy to their family and friends.
In Memoriam: Smiljka and Fedja Soretic 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Jerdine Nolen, Novelist and Children's Book Author, Shared the "Joys of Writing Books for Children" at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 2, 2023 2023-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Jerdine Nolen, Novelist and Children's Book Author, Shares the "Joys of Writing Books for Children" at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 2, 2023 

I received a B.A. in special education from Northeastern Illinois University and an M.Ed. in interdisciplinary arts education from Loyola University in Chicago. I have been an educator for a number of years as a classroom teacher, curriculum writer, staff developer, family involvement specialist, and administrator. I also enjoy lecturing on a variety of topics related to books and the writing process. 

I love living in Maryland. It was actually not part of my plan to live here for so long, but I fell in love with this beautiful state that is also rich in the history of our country. There is always something new to discover.  

https://www.jerdinenolen.com/

https://www.baltimoresun.com/bs-exho-ellicott-city-author-jerdine-nolen-taps-into-childrens-sense-of-wonder-20120202-story.html

Guest Speaker Jerdine Nolen, Novelist and Children's Book Author, Shares the "Joys of Writing Books for Children" at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 2, 2023 2023-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center on January 26, 2023 2023-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center on January 26, 2023 2023-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting on January 12, 2023, Featured an Entertaining "Survey" by Phil Meade 2023-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year! First Meeting of 2023 at Lakewood Country Club 2023-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

The Dictionary Project is back!   Come join us as we give dictionaries to third graders at nearby schools.

Posted by Alan Grant
 
Please see scheduled dates for dictionaries distribution:
 
December 8 (Thursday) 9:45 am Wayside Elementary School 
December 13 (Tuesday) 2:30 pm Beverly Farms Elementary School 
December 15 (Thursday) 11:00 am St. Elizabeth School 
December 20 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm Bells Mill Elementary School 
January 17 (Tuesday) 3:00 pm Travilah Elementary School
January 26 (Thursday) 9:35 am Potomac Elementary School
The Dictionary Project is back! Come join us as we give dictionaries to third graders at nearby schools. Alan Grant 2022-12-11 05:00:00Z 0 dictionary,foundation

Michael Sam, Founder and CEO of “Bread of Life" is our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on December 15, 2022.

Posted by Jake Matysek

Michael Sam is the Founder and CEO of Bread of Life International. He has an unstoppable passion to see that every African child – especially the poor, the needy, the vulnerable, and the deprived has access to sufficient food and never have to go hungry.  Born and raised in Ghana, Michael obtained scholarship to study at a university in United States. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Decision Information Sciences and MBA from University of Maryland, at College Park.  Michael has used his experience as a Consultant and Agile & Scrum Coach to help organizations both Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Federal Government Agencies to become more agile and achieve better results by successfully transforming the way they work.

In his visits and traveling around the country – communities, towns, and villages – he first-hand experiences the level of poverty and its impact on the poor infants, children, families, and vulnerable people that are struggling to buy food and feed themselves. Ghana is not an exception to this. There are millions of many infants, orphans, children, and vulnerable people across Africa that still go to bed on an empty stomach each night.  Michael shares the belief that we must first provide safe, nutritious, and sufficient food to poor infants, children, orphans, families, and vulnerable people that are hungry and hurting, while addressing the long-term socio-economic conditions such as improving food security, creating employment, investing in agriculture sector, addressing climate changes and induced shocks, and civil insecurity that also critical for reducing hunger.  Michael’s background, his roots, and strong faith have instilled deep empathy, compassionate, and care to reach out and to feed the poor and needy infants, children, families, and vulnerable people across Africa that are hungry and hurting.

Why Bread of Life?  whether we know firsthand what it feels like to be chronically hungry or go to bed on an empty stomach each night and or in need of good, nutritional food to make you feel full and nourished?  I think the possibility of that feeling for any person, young or old, strikes a deep chord within each of us.  Bread is a basic food, a staple part of essential daily diet in many cultures and countries around the world. It has been one of the most accessible foods for people of all wealth and social status. Having bread means to avoid hunger and to spiritually nourish our body, soul, and spirit. Further, having enough to eat allow us to be more productive, be focus, be able to take care of ourselves, and contribute to our families and community.  Bread of Life International was founded to give hope to poor and needy infants, children, families, widows, seniors, and vulnerable people across Africa that are experiencing hunger and in pain and despair.

Michael Sam, Founder and CEO of “Bread of Life" is our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on December 15, 2022. Jake Matysek 2022-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Ukpeme Akpan Okon, District Peace Fellows Chair, was the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on December 8, 2022 2022-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

Ukpeme Akpan Okon, District Peace Fellows Chair, will be the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on December 8, 2022 (Note: Presentation begins at 6:45pm)

Ukpeme Akpan Okon is the Author of the award-winning The Values String: A book on Transitional Life, Compelling Fulfillment, and Profound Peace. A Lawyer, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator, Speaker, Trainer, Mentor, Trailblazer, and Ambassador for Peace, she believes that the complexities of the world, and challenges encountered by individuals can be surmounted.  Her areas of core competence are in Peacebuilding, Adjudication, Mediation, Arbitration, Corporate Legal Practice, Intellectual Property, Women and Children's Rights Advocacy, Public Speaking /Motivational Speeches, Global Partnership for Development, and Capacity Building.
She founded Guild of Adjudicators in Nigeria (GAIN), and is the Pioneer Coordinator of Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles Parish, Abuja. She has held other leadership positions.  Ukpeme is the Convener of The Peace Agenda. The Peace Agenda is a platform for strategizing sustainable agenda, and action for peace. The Peace Agenda Summit, which she organizes, comprises 17 speakers: Presenting Strategies for Achieving Both Personal and World Peace.  Ukpeme is a member of Women, Peace and Security Network. She is a former Assistant General Secretary of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Abuja Branch, and the National Director - Administration of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), USA. She has served on the Zero Draft sub-committee of Non-Governmental Organization / United Nations Convention on the Status of Women. Ukpeme is a past Secretary of the Abuja Chapter — Nigeria Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and was one of the 5 signatories to an application to establish the Abuja Chapter. She is a certified mental health coach, and a member of other organizations.  Ukpeme was awarded the title "Ambassador for Peace" by the Universal Peace Federation. She is a recipient of a Powerhouse Global Award — Justice for the People Advocate, and other Awards.  A resource person, with papers and presentations to her credit, she has served as Rapporteur on various assignments, and was a panelist at a High Level event of the United Nations General Assembly.  Ukpeme has received other Awards, and is desirous of leaving a legacy of peace, time consciousness, organizational excellence, team work and meritorious leadership. 
Ukpeme Akpan Okon, District Peace Fellows Chair, will be the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on December 8, 2022 (Note: Presentation begins at 6:45pm) 2022-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. D. Bonni van Blarcom, a member of the Rockville Rotary Club gave a presentation on her South Sudan trip at the Rotary Club meeting on December 1, 2022 2022-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. D. Bonni van Blarcom, a member of the Rockville Rotary Club, will discuss her South Sudan trip at the Rotary Club meeting on December 1, 2022  2022-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Thanksgiving! - No Meeting on November 24, 2022 2022-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Nancy Mason and Bob Nelson presented their Photo Safari in Kenya at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 10, 2022 (Bob's Birthday) 2022-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Nancy Mason and Bob Nelson will present their Photo Safari in Kenya at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 10, 2022 Bob Nelson 2022-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Luncheon on November 6, 2022, Featured Ukrainian Ambassador and Awarded $1,000,000 Check 2022-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi Will Present "The First Five Years of Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 3, 2022, at Lakewood Country Club Nabil Bedewi 2022-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Robert Plumb from Montgomery History gave a presentation on Richard Montgomery whose name today identifies our county at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 6, 2022  Bob Nelson 2022-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Robert Plumb will address the question, "Richard Montgomery—who was this man whose name today identifies our county?" at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 6, 2022 (In-Person)

Richard Montgomery—who was this man whose name today identifies our county and 15 others in the United States?  Join Robert Plumb as he presents the life of General Richard Montgomery, the first general officer killed in the Revolutionary War and what, if any, connections he has with Montgomery County, Maryland.  Plumb will discuss Montgomery’s arrival in the American Colonies, his role in the American Revolution and the ill-fated American Northern Expedition into Canada.  The speaker will also cover Montgomery’s relationship to slavery as practiced in 18th century New York.

Robert Plumb is a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland and a long-time member of the Historical Society and its Speakers Bureau.  After a career with GE and Fannie Mae, he wrote Your Brother in Arms: A Union Soldier’s Odyssey.  Published by the University of Missouri Press in 2011 it was released again in 2013 in softcover format.  His current work, The Better Angels, was published by Potomac Books, an imprint of The University of Nebraska Press, on March 1, 2020. Plumb’s writing has appeared in The Montgomery County StoryHallowed Ground, the magazine of the American Battlefield Trust, and the Washington Post, and Washington Post Magazine.  He holds a BA in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MA from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. From 2014 to 2017 and in 2019 and in 2022 he attended the Yale University Summer Writers’ Workshop in residence.  He is a member of the Montgomery County Civil War Round Table, the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia, and the Society of Civil War Historians.

Guest Speaker Robert Plumb will address the question, "Richard Montgomery—who was this man whose name today identifies our county?" at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 6, 2022 (In-Person) 2022-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Special Guest Speaker on September 22 was Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA, on the James Webb Space Telescope Bob Nelson 2022-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

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

Posted by Bob Nelson on Sep 21, 2022
Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astrophysicist with over two decades of science communication experience.  Her research involves the lifecycles of stars, and she has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Headquarters and Goddard Space Flight Center, where she is currently the liaison between the Office of Communication and the Science Directorate.  Outside her work at NASA, she has appeared in many television science programs, including How the Universe Works and Space’s Deepest Secrets.  Michelle has done two TEDx talks about astronomy and has hosted the podcast Orbital Path on public radio.  Recently she hosted the live coverage of the launch, deployment, and first images from the Webb Space Telescope, and she was the first astronomer to give a lecture in virtual reality on Meta.
 
Invite your family and friends!
 
 
Special Guest Speaker on September 22: Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA, on the James Webb Space Telescope Bob Nelson 2022-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

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

Posted by Bob Nelson

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.

Special Guest Speaker on September 22: Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA, on the James Webb Space Telescope Bob Nelson 2022-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

New Rotaract Club Formed:  MoCo - Montgomery County

Congratulations to the Potomac Rotary Club, Dr. Pallavi Gowda, President, for sponsoring the newly chartered Rotaract Club of MoCo (aka Montgomery County or MoCo Rotaract) formed on September 7, 2022.  "Congratulations to Ashmina Shilpakar and Abhishek Shilpakar for creating history. Much gratitude to the Potomac Rotary Club, Area Governor Ken and District Governor Sean for the vision, sponsorship and support to make this a reality!"
 
New Rotaract Club Formed: MoCo - Montgomery County 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
August 25 Rotary Club Meeting was a Social at Bretton Woods 2022-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Chinyere's Birthday Fundraiser for the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Foundation 2022-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Supports mEducation Alliance to Reach Out to Afghan Refugee Families

Posted on Aug 11, 2022

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.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Supports mEducation Alliance to Reach Out to Afghan Refugee Families 2022-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

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.
 
 
Dr. Stephanie Urchick, has been selected by the Nominating Committee to serve as the RI President in 2024-25 2022-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

Educational Supplies Needed for Belize

Posted by Nabil Bedewi

If you have educational supplies to donate to the next Belize shipment please bring it to this week’s meeting at Bretton Woods.

Believe in Belize logo

At Believe in Belize, as an all-volunteer nonprofit, we focus on little actions that create large impacts for Belizeans and their communities.

BelieveinBelize.org

Educational Supplies Needed for Belize Nabil Bedewi 2022-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi Received His Paul Harris Society Pin at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 14, 2022 Jake Matysek 2022-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
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) Bob Nelson 2022-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

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.
New Location: Lakewood Country Club 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
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] Bob Nelson 2022-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
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] Bob Nelson 2022-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

Tony Bloome Spoke on his project to improve learning for Afghan Refugee children on June 2, 2022

Posted by Nabil Bedewi

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

 

Tony Bloome Spoke on his project to improve learning for Afghan Refugee children on June 2, 2022 Nabil Bedewi 2022-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Chinyere and Nabil Attended the Rotary International Convention in Houston Chinyere Amaefule 2022-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Nick DiMare, Community Engagement Manager, Rise Against Hunger, will be the Rotary Club Guest Speaker via Zoom on May 19, 2022

Posted by Jake Matysek
Rise Against Hunger is on a mission to end world hunger.  Rise Against Hunger is working toward this by nourishing lives, responding to emergencies, and empowering communities.  Rise Against Hunger works with organizations and their volunteers to support our partners facing food insecurity around the globe. Our work often starts with a meal packaged by our volunteers and grows into sustainable solutions for creating and sustaining food in local communities.”
Nick DiMare, Community Engagement Manager, Rise Against Hunger, will be the Rotary Club Guest Speaker via Zoom on May 19, 2022 Jake Matysek 2022-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

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.

 

John McCarthy, Montgomery County State's Attorney, discussed Crime and Punishment in Montgomery County In-Person at Normandie Farm on June 9, 2022 2022-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Donate $5000 to Rotacare 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Frederick Kagan from the American Enterprise Institute will give an "Update on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine" In-Person at Normandie Farm on May 5, 2022

Posted by Phil Meade on May 03, 2022
Frederick W. Kagan is a senior fellow and the director of the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). In 2009, he served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of General Stanley McChrystal's strategic assessment team, and he returned to Afghanistan in 2010, 2011, and 2012 to conduct research for Generals David Petraeus and John Allen. In July 2011, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen awarded him the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor the Chairman can present to civilians who do not work for the Department of Defense, for his volunteer service in Afghanistan. He is coauthor of the report Defining Success in Afghanistan and author of the series of reports Choosing Victory (AEI), which recommended and monitored the US military surge in Iraq. His most recent book is Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields. Previously an associate professor of military history at West Point, Dr. Kagan was a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard and has written for Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other periodicals.
Frederick Kagan from the American Enterprise Institute will give an "Update on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine" In-Person at Normandie Farm on May 5, 2022 Phil Meade 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
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 Phil Meade 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Stephen Burant, PhD, State Department (retired) will speak 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

Posted by Phil Meade on Apr 15, 2022
Stephen Burant has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked for 26 years in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State; he retired in late 2019.  Before State, he worked for four years at the US Information Agency and for five years at the Library of Congress as a Soviet/East European analyst.  In the 1990s and early 2000s, he published numerous articles on international relations in Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine.  Some of these articles were translated into Ukrainian and Polish and published in Ukraine and Poland, respectively.  Stephen has traveled to Kyiv twice and L'viv once.  
Stephen Burant, PhD, State Department (retired) will speak 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 Phil Meade 2022-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
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  Caesar Kavadoy 2022-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
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  2022-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Pallavi Gowda gave a presentation on RotaCare Maryland, a new initiative in our Rotary District, at the meeting on March 24, 2022 Bob Nelson 2022-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Emily Schmitt, Pork Industry Leader, will give a presentation titled “The Skinny on Pork” at the Rotary Club meeting on April 7, 2022 [via Zoom]  Jake Matysek 2022-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Pallavi Gowda will make a presentation on RotaCare Maryland, a new initiative in our Rotary District, at the meeting on March 24, 2022

Dr. Pallavi Gowda is a medical doctor with a passion for community health and wellness. She is the Founder/ CEO of a concierge medical practice (Premier Health LLC) and more recently, RotaCare Maryland Inc. RotaCare Maryland Inc. is non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, she and her board members can combine passion for medicine, humanitarian aid, collaborate with local community and hospital leaders and foster their Rotary connections. Dr. Gowda’s wealth of professional experience come from her Executive MHA degree and working in multiple healthcare systems to include the military, large healthcare system (MedStar Health), private practice and now with a nonprofit organization. She serves the Rotary Club of Potomac as its Afghan Refugee Assistance Coordinator and is Club’s President-Elect for 2022- 2023 as well as District Chair for International Rotary Fellowship of Healthcare Professionals. She has a long track record of volunteer service for which she recently earned her a 2022 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from AmeriCorps and President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. RotaCare Maryland Inc is a subsidiary of RotaCare Free Clinics which was formed in 1989 when a Bay Area Rotarian, Dr. Mark Campbell and his Rotary Club of Campbell reviewed the Bay Area Community Health Needs Assessment and set out to help those who had limited access to much needed healthcare services. Dr. Gowda aims to bring Dr. Campbell’s philosophy of care to our nation’s capital region and thus founded RotaCare Maryland Inc with the immediate need to serve the over 9000 Afghan refugees that have relocated to the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV). However, lack of education on their benefits, the gaps in coverage, access to medical clinics and language are barriers for them to access medical services. Aside from being fueled by the individuals she helps, she is states there are exciting times ahead as she is implementing her new electronic healthcare platform which combines telehealth and incorporates digital health, called Oxygen Healthcare. She serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the last two years. The digital health platform is state of the art technology at the crossroads of usability by combining healthcare data interoperability, a user-friendly combination of electronic health record and telehealth all with the convenience of a phone application option for patients. In her free time, she values human connections with friends and family. She enjoys long distance running, playing tennis and teaching Zumba. PROFESSIONAL ROLES: Medical Doctor, Internal Medicine, Primary care Degree in Master of Health Administration Founder and CEO of Premier Health LLC, Concierge Practice Founder/ Chair of the Board for RotaCare Maryland Inc. Rotary Club of Potomac, President-Elect International Rotary Fellowship of Healthcare Professionals- District 7620 Chair Medical Advisory Board, called Oxygen Healthcare Asian American Health Initiative, Montgomery County DHHS- Steering Committee Maryland Reserve Corps, Active Member AWARDS • Recognition from AmeriCorps & the Office of the President of the United States - President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for their lifelong commitment to building a strong nation through volunteer service. Signed by President Joseph R Biden Jr. • Governor Larry Hogan Service Award 2021 • Certification of Recognition, Comptroller of Maryland 2020 • Washingtonian Top Doctor 2018- 2021 • Bethesda Top Doctor 2021 • “Potomac Lifestyle” Readers’ Choice Winner 2021 • National Defense Service Medal • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal • Army Superior Unit Award • Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals 2015 OTHER • Warrior Women Project- National Best Seller • 2nd Runner Up for Ms. India- DC • Certified Zumba instructor
 
ROTACARE MARYLAND INC. 12210 Plum Orchard Drive, Suite 214, Silver Spring, MD 20904 Pallavi Gowda Email: potomacrotaryprez22@gmail.com
Dr. Pallavi Gowda will make a presentation on RotaCare Maryland, a new initiative in our Rotary District, at the meeting on March 24, 2022 Bob Nelson 2022-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
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  2022-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Governor Invites You to the District Conference April 29 - May 1 2022-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Gave Pashmina Scarves as Valentines Gifts to Homeless Women on February 10, 2022 Bob Nelson 2022-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Pledge $4000 for Humanitarian Projects in Belize After Presentation by Nabil Bedewi on February 3, 2022

Posted by Phil Meade
On February 3 Rotarian Nabil gave an impassioned update on his work with Believe in Belize.  We are truly thankful that Nabil has continued to serve Rotary and the humanitarian needs of Belize.  As a Club, we have committed to assist Nabil in his latest request to ship donated supplies and goods to Belize.  Nabil has committed $2,000 of his own money to help finance the cost of shipping a 40 ft container to Belize.  Our Club needs to raise another $2,000 for this worthy endeavor.  If you would like to participate to help fund this worthy Believe in Belize shipping container expense, please make a check payable to the Potomac Bethesda Rotary Foundation.  I will be accepting donations at the club meeting or you could hand deliver or mail me your contribution at a later date.   If our Club receives in excess of $2,000 from our members (other than Nabil), the rest will be deposited into our Foundation account to be used at a later date.
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Pledge $4000 for Humanitarian Projects in Belize After Presentation by Nabil Bedewi on February 3, 2022 Phil Meade 2022-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Change of Venue on February 10: 5:30pm East Pearl Restaurant Followed by Scarves Distribution at Interfaith Homeless Womens Center Bob Nelson 2022-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

January 27, 2022 Social Being Held at Normandie Farm Restaurant

Normandy Farm Restaurant at 10710 Falls Rd. announced that the current owners will be retiring and the restaurant will be temporarily closing on June 30. New ownership will be taking over and are expected to reopen the restaurant in late summer.  Normandie Farm was founded in 1931 by Marjory Hendricks in the midst of the Depression. It is one of a handful of restaurants that are still in existence from that era.  Cary Prokos started at the restaurant in 1983 as a chef. He became the sole proprietor in 2007. 

January 27, 2022 Social Being Held at Normandie Farm Restaurant 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Meeting Cancelled for January 20, 2022 Phil Meade 2022-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

Ambassador and Former Deputy United States Trade Representative Michael N. Nemelka Will Speak About Global Trade Policy at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 10, 2022 (in-person)

Posted by Phil Meade on Jan 18, 2022

Ambassador Michael N. Nemelka returned to Kellogg Hansen in 2020 after serving as the Deputy United States Trade Representative for Africa, China, the Western Hemisphere, and Investment, Services, Labor, and Environment.  In addition, he was responsible for global trade policy in the areas of intellectual property, market access, and industrial competitiveness.  Ambassador Nemelka was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote without opposition.  As Deputy United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Nemelka formulated and implemented U.S. trade policy for the regions and issues under his purview, led important trade negotiations, and developed and executed strategies to address trade barriers and unfair trade practices in countries around the world.  Ambassador Nemelka played a key role in the successful implementation and launch of the new United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement, which replaced NAFTA, and in the monitoring and enforcement of the groundbreaking China Phase I deal.  He also served as the lead negotiator for the proposed free trade agreement with the Republic of Kenya, which would be the first such agreement between the United States and a country in sub-Saharan Africa, and negotiated important trade agreements with Ecuador and Brazil.  Prior to being confirmed as Deputy United States Trade Representative, he served as special advisor to Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative.

Ambassador Nemelka helps clients navigate challenges and barriers in international trade and investment, and in dispute resolution before international trade tribunals and arbitrations.  He also specializes in complex commercial litigation, and has experience across a broad range of civil and criminal matters.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitration panels.  He has represented corporate and individual clients in cases involving antitrust liability, trust administration, breach of contract, intellectual property, and government securities and FCPA investigations.

Ambassador and Former Deputy United States Trade Representative Michael N. Nemelka Will Speak About Global Trade Policy at the Rotary Club Meeting on March 10, 2022 (in-person) Phil Meade 2022-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Amanda Best gave a presentation on Offshore Wind in the U.S. and Maryland at the Rotary Club meeting on January 13, 2022 (via Zoom) Stuart Silverman 2022-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Amanda Best will give a presentation on Offshore Wind in the U.S. and Maryland at the Rotary Club meeting on January 13, 2022 (via Zoom)

Posted by Stuart Silverman
Offshore wind has the potential to become a major source of clean energy for Maryland and the United States. This discussion will review the current state of offshore wind in the US and the regulatory framework for offshore wind in the US as well as the policies related to and procurement of offshore wind in Maryland.
Amanda Best is a Senior Commission Advisor to the Maryland Public Service Commission. Her portfolio as an advisor includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear issues, EVs, and low-income assistance. Amanda is the contract manager for the Commission’s Round 2 offshore wind application process. She is the work group leader for the Electric Vehicle Work Group under Public Conference 44, which is Maryland’s grid modernization initiative. Amanda is the Chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal.  Amanda was previously a member of the PSC’s Technical Staff as both a Regulatory Economist and as an Assistant Director of the Energy Analysis and Planning Division. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Amanda worked on storm water management.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
 
Zoom information:  
Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821
 
Amanda Best will give a presentation on Offshore Wind in the U.S. and Maryland at the Rotary Club meeting on January 13, 2022 (via Zoom) Stuart Silverman 2022-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Receives Awards from The Rotary Foundation 2021-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club 2021-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Thanksgiving! - No Meeting on November 25, 2021 2021-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Day gave a presentation on "Ice at the North Pole" at the Rotary Club meeting on November 18, 2021 (via Zoom)

Posted by Jake Matysek on Nov 17, 2021
Tom Day gave a presentation on the "general state of affairs in the Arctic Ocean" and other icy places. Tom is an experienced public speaker with a broad range of interests.  The presentation "Ice At The North Pole" gives the basics of melting ice at the North Pole, covers the seasonal changes of the Arctic ice cap, and annual changes in recent years. The talk is illustrated with several Satellite images and graphs and shows effects on Greenland and Antarctica. Presented via Zoom by Tom Day, Stevenson Ranch, CA.
 
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Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821
Tom Day gave a presentation on "Ice at the North Pole" at the Rotary Club meeting on November 18, 2021 (via Zoom) Jake Matysek 2021-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
PDG Rich Carson spoke about his Rotary work with Central American refugees at the Rotary Club meeting on November 11, 2021 Nabil Bedewi 2021-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Bring new, unwrapped toys for "Toys for Tots" to the Rotary Club meeting Alan Grant 2021-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

PDG Rich Carson will speak about his Rotary work with Central American refugees at the Rotary Club meeting on November 11, 2021

Posted by Nabil Bedewi
Past District Governor Rich Carson has accepted my invitation to speak at our club about his Rotary work with Central America refugees.  He has been the Rotary International Representative to the Organization of American States, one of the founders of the Chesapeake PETS and is a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club.  He is the Founder and CEO of both a Cyber Security Consultancy Firm and a Cyber Security Product Development Company.
PDG Rich Carson will speak about his Rotary work with Central American refugees at the Rotary Club meeting on November 11, 2021 Nabil Bedewi 2021-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Governor Dr. Geetha Jayaram was our special guest speaker at Normandie Farm Restaurant on Thursday, November 4, 2021 bob 2021-11-06 04:00:00Z 0

Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Donates $4500 for Humanitarian Projects in Belize

Posted by Nabil Bedewi on Nov 01, 2021
Believe in Belize (https://believeinbelize.org) provided major funding for the shipment of a 40’ container from the United States to Dangriga, Stann Creek through a collaboration with their partner Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) Foundation, Inc. (https://rotarydistrict6600.org/MESA).
 
The container provided hundreds of items worth thousands of dollars donated by different organizations and individuals in the US.
 
The donations were distributed by members of the Rotary Club of Dangriga https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-club-of-Dangriga-104791388416840.
 
 
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Donates $4500 for Humanitarian Projects in Belize Nabil Bedewi 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0 Belize,foundation

Rotary District Governor Dr. Geetha Jayaram is speaking at Normandie Farm Restaurant on Thursday, November 4, 2021

Posted by Bob Nelson

Dr. Geetha Jayaram is the District Governor for District 7620 for 21-22. A past Rotaractor and recipient of a 2005-06 Rotary Grant for University Teachers, she is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. In 1997, from the the Rotary Clubs of Columbia, & Howard West, Dr. Jayaram founded the Maanasi Clinic in Mugalur, Karnataka, India. She has volunteered for National Immunization Days for eradicating polio in India several times.

She started 2 Rotaract clubs & her current Rotary club of Howard West; increased membership in Rotary; taught as facilitator for the Rotary Leadership institute; lectured at many Rotary District Conferences and Zone institutes throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

She has procured over 20 grants for domestic and international Rotary work amounting to several million dollars.

Rotary Honors:

  • Charter member Rotaract Club of Bangalore, 1968
  • President of The Columbia Rotary Club & Best President for District with 7 awards
  • District Conference Emcee 2010
  • Service Above Self Award 2012
  • Honored by the WHO in 2013 for a low cost model for psychiatric care in low and middle income countries
  • Global Alumnus Service to Humanity Award for Zone 33 in 2012, 2013, and winner for Rotary International 2014 given to one person in the world
  • Honored by the World Bank in 2018 at the International Women’s Day celebration

Professional honors: Numerous national and international awards for professional work, teaching, humanitarian service, and leadership. Listed as Best Doctor by peers in Baltimore and Washington DC for 14 years. Past President of the Association of Women Psychiatrists, Past President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, Scientific Program Chair x2 for the American Psychiatric Association of 37000 members (chaired meetings for 21000 and 27000 attendees) ; Elected Chair of the Global Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association (to name a few)

Rotary impact: Her major sustained humanitarian project for 22 years: MAANASI can be viewed at www.ProjectMaanasi.org

She initiated the clinic’s development, supplying it with medications, training health care staff and village caseworkers, teaching medical students, residents, nurses, junior faculty and raising funds for 22 years. The work is highly successful and sustained with local leadership and efforts.

The model has been replicated in all of Lithuania and now in Kenya (3 countries impacting millions of households: 212 villages in India, all of Lithuania, 300000 persons in Bungoma County, Kenya). She started the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health initiatives with others: www.ragonmentalhealth.org which now includes members from more than 30 countries.

She has hosted GSE students from 12 countries. She is a member of CADRE of Rotary.

She is a Major Donor level 3 and Paul Harris Fellow x8.

She has the following select honors as well:

  • Invited keynote speaker to the Rotary International Convention meeting in Brazil in 2015
  • Invited keynote speaker at 5 district conferences
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone conference in Lithuania in 2015
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone 33 & 34 Institute in 2016
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone 32 meeting in Winnipeg, Canada 2016
  • Invited to give the State of the State address to the Rotarians and the Health Department in Denver 2016
  • Winner of the Kun Po Soo Award for her contributions to Asian American Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association 2017
  • Elected to the American College of Psychiatrists 2017
  • Winner of the American Psychiatric Association’s Administrative Psychiatry Award 2018
  • Elected to the Distinguished Teachers Society of the Johns Hopkins University (only 5 of all physicians in the University selected) 2019
  • Honored with the Maryland Psychiatric Society Lifetime Achievement Award 2021
Rotary District Governor Dr. Geetha Jayaram is speaking at Normandie Farm Restaurant on Thursday, November 4, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Tommy Nyawir from Nairobi, Kenya, joined us live via Zoom at the Rotary Club meeting on October 21, 2021

"At 14, Tommy had finished his primary school in Kibera and as is usual with many students who live in the slums, this was the furthest one could go.  As a child, Tommy grew up with a lot of questions often wondering whether he could ever break free from the poverty he was raised in. His family could not afford life basics such as food, clothes and a proper shelter and that is why after his lower education, Tommy had almost submitted to the fact that he may never acquire any further education. Time went by and fate had it otherwise for Tommy. At the verge of giving up on his dreams Tommy met a complete stranger who would completely change not just his life, but also the approach and perspective from which he looked at things henceforth. The stranger, an old Irish man Tommy had never thought of meeting agreed to pay for all his high school education, turning around Tommy’s life and giving him another chance to dream.  To Tommy this wasn’t just an opportunity. It was HOPE. An opportunity to redeem himself from abject poverty and give himself a better life different from the one his parents could afford.  Tommy finished his high school and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Human Development in university and became an active member of the community and later, with his wife Judy formed The Mirror of Hope."

"Mirror of Hope was found in response to the plight of needy children and women of Kibera. The organization was formed to bring back hope to the residence of this huge slum of Africa using the transformative power of education and the ripple effect of women empowerment. In 2010 Thomas and his wife Judy formed a small group initially aimed at providing care and support to orphans and vulnerable children of Kibera and to enable capacity building and empowerment to women in order to create change and transformation in one of the world’s biggest slums. These women and children were initially receiving support from an organization that later dissolved abruptly, leaving them in a vulnerable state with their lives and dreams at stake. Among the many challenges that come with living in Kibera, poverty is the biggest of them all. And among the many solutions one could think of, fighting poverty through education and empowering women, who are sole providers in most families comes first…or at least we believe so.  It is through this way that Mirror of Hope exists today first, to provide education sponsorship to children coming from needy and extremely poor families in Kibera. We target education as the major transformational tool to bring change. Through sponsoring these children, it is our belief, having evident proof, that these children will acquire knowledge to help themselves and their families out of the chains of poverty that for generations has enslaved them.  Secondly, we aim to empower all economically vulnerable women through entrepreneurship via the Women Empowerment program and lastly, Our computer training facility and Music Centre are subsidiary programs aimed at using the collaborative power of music and technology to develop careers and create jobs for the youth coming from underprivileged areas."

Zoom information:  
Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821
Rotarian Tommy Nyawir from Nairobi, Kenya, joined us live via Zoom at the Rotary Club meeting on October 21, 2021 2021-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Michele Higgs, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Housing Initiative Partnership, Claudia Jutila and Lesia Bullock were our Guest Speakers on October 14, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Michele Higgs, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Housing Initiative Partnership is our Guest Speaker via Zoom on October 14, 2021

Michele Higgs is Housing Initiative Partnership’s Community Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she engages residents, businesses, and elected officials to raise awareness of housing opportunities, tenant resources, and HIP’s counseling programs across Montgomery County.  In this capacity, Michele is also the primary contact and spokesperson for HIP’s Montgomery County Home Sharing Program. If you have questions regarding Home Sharing, please call 301-85-SHARE.  Michele has more than 25 years of experience providing technical assistance training and coaching to nonprofit organizations serving seniors, disabled residents, and low-income populations. She is located in HIP’s Montgomery County office in Germantown, and can be reached at mhiggs@HIPhomes.org.

Zoom information:  
Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821

Michele Higgs, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Housing Initiative Partnership is our Guest Speaker via Zoom on October 14, 2021 2021-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

"Montgomery County's Climate Action Plan" was the Topic for the Rotary Club Meeting on October 7, 2021

Posted by Stuart Silverman on Oct 05, 2021

In June 2021 Montgomery County unveiled the Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan is the County’s strategic plan to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035. The Climate Action Plan details the effects of a changing climate and includes strategies to reduce GHG emissions and climate-related risks to the County’s residents, businesses, and the built and natural environment.  In this presentation, members of the County’s climate team will provide an overview of the Climate Action Plan and the climate actions currently underway.

Adriana Hochberg: Adriana Hochberg serves as the Climate Change Officer for Montgomery County, Maryland.  She leads Montgomery County’s efforts to combat climate change while building a healthy, equitable, and resilient county. Ms. Hochberg coordinated the development of the Climate Action Plan, a strategic roadmap for the County to cut community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and reach zero emissions by 2035.  Ms. Hochberg previously served as an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Montgomery County.  

Mara Parker: Mara Parker works as a grants coordinator in Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, tracking and reporting on FEMA grant funding utilized to prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters, a growing problem as climate change continues to reshape our region. She is a member of the County’s Climate Leadership Team, where she worked with the Climate Adaptation and Carbon Sequestration workgroups. She has served on the County’s COVID-19 Crisis Communications Team and worked for over ten years as a senior legislative aide at the Montgomery County Council, providing analysis of the County’s public safety departments. 

Stan Edwards: Stan Edwards is the Chief of the Energy, Climate, & Compliance Division in the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. He manages a range of programs related to energy and climate issues, as well as enforcement of the County’s environmental laws. He helped write the County’s 2009 Climate Protection Plan and serves on the County’s core climate planning team working to implement the County’s 2021 Climate Action Plan.    Mr. Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in Energy Systems from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University.

Sandra Brecher is Chief of the Commuter Services Section in the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Transportation.  In that role she leads efforts to plan and promote use of alternatives to single occupant vehicle travel, to reduce traffic congestion, improve the environment, promote sustainable urban development and help address climate change.  The office works with County employers, developers, property managers and the broader community to incorporate Transportation Demand Management strategies into policies and projects; operates five Transportation Management Districts located in urban activity centers of the County; and operates two commuter stores, one bricks & mortar, one mobile.  Ms. Brecher received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and graduate education in urban planning at Cornell University.  Prior to joining Montgomery County, Ms. Brecher worked as an urban planning consultant, completing a variety of local and national assignments in transportation and land use policy, development planning, and community facilitation for public and private sector clients.  

Zoom information:  
Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821
"Montgomery County's Climate Action Plan" was the Topic for the Rotary Club Meeting on October 7, 2021 Stuart Silverman 2021-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Big Announcement at the Rotary Social on September 30, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

Claire Iseli, Special Assistant to County Executive Marc Elrich, discussed Land Use Planning and Thrive Montgomery 2050 at the Rotary Club Meeting on September 23, 2021

Posted by Bob Nelson on Sep 22, 2021
Claire Iseli serves as a special assistant to County Executive Marc Elrich. She has held this position since December 2019. Prior to that, Ms. Iseli worked in Marc's at-large County Council office for 10 years, and previously worked for the late district councilmembers Marilyn and Don Praisner. During her 30 years with county government, Claire has concentrated on land use policy planning, analysis, and zoning, environmental issues, and constituent services. More recently, she has also been involved in affordable housing issues. Claire is a 45-year resident of Montgomery County and lives in the Cloverly area of the East County.
 
 
Claire Iseli, Special Assistant to County Executive Marc Elrich, discussed Land Use Planning and Thrive Montgomery 2050 at the Rotary Club Meeting on September 23, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Guests Jim McCrea and Sherry Robinson gave a presentation on "Community Solar" via Zoom at the Rotary Club meeting on September 2, 2021 Stuart Silverman 2021-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Guests Jim McCrea and Sherry Robinson will give a presentation on "Community Solar" via Zoom at the Rotary Club meeting on September 2, 2021

SOLAR GARDENS AND REDUCING CARBON EMISSION
On September 2, 2021, Jim McCrea will be making a presentation on a program that District 7620’s Environment Committee is developing called the “Rotary Community Solar Program”.  
Community Solar is a way that most Maryland utility customers can purchase solar power through their existing utility with no equipment or setup costs and with no alteration of their home.  The solar power is generated in “solar gardens” (solar farms) in their utility’s area of operation.  The solar power is supplied directly from the solar garden to the utility.  The customers are given credits on their utility bill for solar power they use.  Then the solar power company bills the consumer for the solar power at a rate 10% less than the utility rate.  In short, any utility customer can get solar power with no upfront costs at a rate 10% lower than their utility rate.  At no time is the customer disconnected from utility power.  
Jim McCrea has been a Parole (Annapolis) Rotarian for 20 years.  He is the Environmental Director of the Club and serves on the Service and Membership Committees.  Jim is a member of the District Environmental Committee, ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group), The Eastern North America ESRAG Chapter and the RETF (Renewable Energy Task Force) of ESRAG.
Sherry Robinson will also participate in the presentation after Jim's presentation.  Sherry is Director of Sales for Neighborhood Sun, a for-profit enterprise. 
Guests Jim McCrea and Sherry Robinson will give a presentation on "Community Solar" via Zoom at the Rotary Club meeting on September 2, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

News from Rotary Club Members

Wishing Noel and Gladys Howard a speedy recovery after a recent illness.
Chinyere Amaefule's Birthday Luncheon at Clyde's Tower Oaks
News from Rotary Club Members Bob Nelson 2021-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Phil Meade's Famous Quiz at the Rotary Club Meeting on August 12, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Jeff Turner and Dr. Cliff Strawitch (from Citizens Climate Lobby) will give a presentation on Climate Change and Carbon Pricing at the Rotary Club meeting on August 5, 2021 

Posted by Stuart Silverman on Aug 03, 2021
Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with over 200,000 members. Their mission is to find ways to overcome climate change. Jeff Turner (from Columbia Town Center Rotary and Citizens Climate Lobby) and Dr. Cliff Strawitch (from Citizens Climate Lobby) will do a Zoom presentation about Climate Change, how Climate Change affects people in our region, and how CCL’s efforts to build bridges in a non-partisan way to solve climate-related issues align with Rotary’s mission.  
The main emphasis of the presentation is to build a case for putting a price on carbon. Economists agree that the best way to combat climate change is to put a fee on carbon, and to allow market forces to reduce CO2 emissions. Putting a fee on carbon will make alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and nuclear (as well as hybrid and electric vehicles) more attractive economically. 
 
Zoom meeting information:
Jeff Turner and Dr. Cliff Strawitch (from Citizens Climate Lobby) will give a presentation on Climate Change and Carbon Pricing at the Rotary Club meeting on August 5, 2021 Stuart Silverman 2021-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Benjamin Newton gave a presentation on "Regenerative Medicine and Interventional Orthopedics using Stem Cells" at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 15, 2021  Bob Nelson 2021-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Benjamin Newton will give a presentation on "Regenerative Medicine and Interventional Orthopedics using Stem Cells" at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 15, 2021
 

Dr. Benjamin Newton joined StemCell Arts, an affiliate of National Spine & Pain Centers, in 2016. As a board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine physician, his professional passion includes regenerative medicine and interventional orthopedics. He has extensive experience evaluating and treating non-operative orthopedic, sport injury, and musculoskeletal complaints of the spine and extremities. Dr. Newton utilizes regenerative therapies to help patients of all ages get back to an active lifestyle.  Double board-certified in sports and family medicine, Dr. Newton also holds additional training certificates in musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy. This training is essential to the precision required for Stem Cell, Platelet, and Prolotherapy procedures.  During residency in Vermont, Dr. Newton treated high school athletes and volunteered at injury clinics at nearby ski resorts. As a sports medicine fellow in Cincinnati, he had valuable experiences with Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Here, he was able to evaluate and treat professional and elite level athletes. During this same fellowship, Dr. Newton spent time at spring training in Arizona with the Cincinnati Reds, as well as home games in Cincinnati. He completed a second fellowship in interventional orthopedics and regenerative medicine with Regenexx at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Colorado and remained on staff, following its conclusion.  Dr. Newton enjoys being able to assist both physicians and patients with regenerative and interventional orthopedic medicine. He is often given the opportunity to share his expertise and knowledge by teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound courses at annual conferences, such as the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine. He also participates in a number of volunteer experiences both nationally, as a physician at Ironman triathlons, and internationally, in rural Mexico, treating patients with a myriad of orthopedic complaints.  Outside of the office, Dr. Newton loves being with his wife and four young children. When they’re asleep, he trains for and competes in endurance events, such as Ironman triathlons. Dr. Newton is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Benjamin Newton will give a presentation on "Regenerative Medicine and Interventional Orthopedics using Stem Cells" at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 15, 2021  Bob Nelson 2021-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Mary Anne Rishebarger is our guest speaker on Monarch Butterfly Gardens at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 8, 2021 

I was born 2nd oldest of 9 children in Toronto, Canada to an American Mom and German Dad.  We moved to Suitland, MD when I was in Elementary School.  After working and living in England and Switzerland in the mid 80's, I moved to Baltimore where my husband, Mark and I raised 2 children.  I received an MBA from Loyola University in 2013 after my children graduated from High School.  As an Entrepreneur, I have run several successful companies including BTX a Business-to-Business Barter Exchange and a Food Truck called Farm to Charm.  Most of my working career has been in Sales, Marketing, and Fundraising.  
I joined the Baltimore Rotary Club in 2001 and served as the 2nd female President in over 100 years.  I served as Area Governor from 2011 – 2017.  I’m a charter member and past President of the new Rotary Club of Baltimore Sunset.  My greatest Rotary achievement: I received a global grant to build a gravity-powered water treatment plant in Atima, Honduras.  After raising $30K in local funds, I was awarded matching grants from our District 7620 and Rotary International.  The final project was completed in one year at $90K working with local NGO’s, Cornell University Engineers, Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, Honduras and created 2 full time jobs for local resident.
I am a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of ESRAG: Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group, and a member of the International Rotary Yacht Squadron of Chesapeake Bay. I've been raising a yellow lab for Guiding Eyes for the Blind over the last 15 months. I've planted 10 pollinator gardens in Baltimore City Schools and I'm the New Program Director for Monarch Sister Schools Program USA.  My goal is to plant 100 pollinator gardens in Spring 2021 across the U.S.
  
Rotarian Mary Anne Rishebarger is our guest speaker on Monarch Butterfly Gardens at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 8, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Pallavi Gowda was our Guest Speaker for the first meeting of the Rotary new year and the changeover of officers Bob Nelson 2021-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Pallavi Gowda is our Special Guest Speaker for the first meeting of the Rotary new year and the changeover of officers

"The Warrior Women Project: A Sisterhood of Immigrant Women"  Dr. Pallavi Gowda is an osteopathic internal medicine physician who holds strongly to the oath that she took in medical school to preserve the health and wellness of her patients. Her greatest priority is to maintain an optimal state of both physical and emotional well-being for her patients. She received her medical degree from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Health Administration degree from George Washington University. Her interests are in cardiovascular disease, osteopathic manipulation for musculoskeletal disorders/ sports medicine, obesity management, cancer screening and geriatrics.  Dr. Gowda’s residency training was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Bluefield Regional Medical Center. She has served as Assistant Medical Director to the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee at WRAMC. She was stationed in Fort Meade, MD at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center where she served as a Chief Medical Officer in Force Health Protection. While in the military, she received numerous awards such as the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Superior Unit Award.  Most recently, she worked for MedStar Health as a primary care physician where she was awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PPC-PCMH). Dr Gowda was awarded a Leading Physicians of the World by The International Association of HealthCare Professionals in 2015. She has published articles in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology- Cardiovascular Imaging and Transplantation. She is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and Association of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Pallavi Gowda is our Special Guest Speaker for the first meeting of the Rotary new year and the changeover of officers Bob Nelson 2021-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Kashonna Holland, Chair, Rotary District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, was our guest speaker on June 17, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Kashonna Holland, Chair, Rotary District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, will be our guest speaker on June 17, 2021

Kashonna Holland is an engaging keynote speaker, an inspiring coach, a motivational author, and an insightful corporate trainer. Kashonna is the President & CEO of Simply Kashonna, a business built to promote BOLD, FEARLESS and COURAGEOUS living. She goes beyond surface issues to address the pink elephants that inhibit personal, professional and spiritual potential. Kashonna has helped many people walk through the ambiguity of their lives and on to defining their life’s purpose by discovering their authentic self. Both, in the corporate arena and in the non-profit world, strategic growth and development of people have always been the focal point of her service. Corporately, she has held positions in both Human Resources, as well as the Staffing industry. Additionally, Kashonna spent years in an executive pastoral role where crisis intervention and spiritual guidance were her primary responsibilities. Understanding that leadership training and development is essential to any corporation or organization’s growth, Kashonna launched SK Leading Forward, which is dedicated to enhancing employee engagement, performance, productivity and morale. Through corporate relationships and interactive group/focus sessions, she has facilitated workshops in Customer Service, How to Handle Difficult People, Navigating Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, Developing Yourself and Others, Behavioral Based Interviewing, Diversity and Inclusion, to name a few. In addition, she has facilitated and provided training for various personality assessments. Kashonna’s area of expertise is transformational leadership development and personal empowerment. Kashonna is also the author of 7 Days to Simply Shift: A Daily Guide to Transforming Your Mindset Personally, Professionally and Spiritually. Kashonna is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and Association for Talent Development. She also serves her community on the Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency and the Commission for Women. No matter the venue, Kashonna will impact you with her professional agility, contagious energy, vibrant smile, and engaging delivery.

 

Kashonna Holland, Chair, Rotary District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, will be our guest speaker on June 17, 2021 bob 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Julie Meade is Our In-person Guest Speaker on June 3, 2021 at Normandie Farm Restaurant 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Enjoyed a Great Dinner and Fellowship at Bretton Woods on May 27, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Alexa Meade, Innovative Artist, and Daughter of Phil and Linda Meade was our Special Guest Speaker on May 6, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Meetings In-Person at Normandie Farm Restaurant and via Zoom bob 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Shane Rock, CEO, Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington gave a Rotary Classification Talk at the Rotary Club meeting on April 15, 2021

JCA® — the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington — strives to make D.C., suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia great places to grow up and grow old. Their experts on aging provide access, answers and opportunities to older adults and family caregivers of all faiths and from all walks of life. Since 1973, they have been helping older men and women maintain independence, dignity, vitality and self-respect.
 
Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821
Shane Rock, CEO, Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington gave a Rotary Classification Talk at the Rotary Club meeting on April 15, 2021 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Sanah Jivani, Community Engagement Manager, Generation Hope spoke on her background with Rotary and her role with "Generation Hope" mentoring teen parents and their children at the Rotary Club meeting on April 8, 2021  Bob Nelson 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Sanah Jivani, Community Engagement Manager, Generation Hope will speak on her background with Rotary, her own non-profit organization "Love Your Natural Self" and her role with "Generation Hope" mentoring teen parents and their children

My name is Sanah Jivani. I am particularly excited to be reaching out to my new local Rotary clubs (will be moving to the area from Texas!) because Rotary has been instrumental in my life and leadership development. When I was 12 years old, I was diagnosed with a condition called Alopecia and lost my hair overnight. As you can imagine, this is a traumatic experience for a young person. I struggled with my mental health and self-confidence. I began to first develop my voice when I found Interact and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. They provided me with grassroots funding and mentors and believed in me when I did not have supportive adults or mentors to lean on. I have a deep connection to Rotary, and with the help and mentorship of my local club, I started my own non-profit organization (www.loveyournaturalself.org) that now impacts over 50,000 students a year in 28 countries (my story was recently featured on Good Morning America!). I have loved speaking to over 40 Rotary clubs around the nation about the impact that Rotarians can have on young people. Rotary taught me that in your local community, there are always ways to give back. As I continued to think about the impact Rotary has had on my life and journey, I decided to accept a position with Generation Hope. Generation Hope surrounds motivated teen parents and their children with the mentors, emotional support, and financial resources that they need to thrive in college and kindergarten, thereby driving a two-generation solution to poverty. I relate to many of our scholars, because I grew up in a household filled with domestic violence and was often told that I would not succeed. Good mentors and leadership from my local Rotary club shifted that for me, and as the new Community Engagement Manager at Generation Hope, inquire re: speaking or partnering with your club.  

Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821
 
Sanah Jivani, Community Engagement Manager, Generation Hope will speak on her background with Rotary, her own non-profit organization "Love Your Natural Self" and her role with "Generation Hope" mentoring teen parents and their children Bob Nelson 2021-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Share Mementos at the "Show and Tell" Evening on March 18, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Brad Stewart, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Montgomery Economic Development Corporation, was our Guest Speaker on March 4, 2021, In-Person at the Normandie Farm Restaurant  Bob Nelson 2021-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Programs at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Bob Nelson 2021-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Brad Stewart, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Montgomery Economic Development Corporation, is our Guest Speaker on March 4, 2021, In-Person at the Normandie Farm Restaurant

Posted by Bob Nelson on Mar 03, 2021

Brad Stewart is  a serial biotech entrepreneur now  working to grow Montgomery County’s economy, which approaches $100 billion per year and is the leading economic driver of Maryland.  

Brad leads an expert team of economic development specialists focused on growing a diverse cross-section of businesses here—including the life sciences, technology, cybersecurity, defense and hospitality. We help accelerate business growth for companies, foster entrepreneurship, and leverage our incredible resources, including 18 federal agencies (e.g., NIH, NCI, NIST, NOAA) and 38 federal labs which are headquartered in Montgomery County.  

Brad also chairs Maryland Life Sciences (MD Bio) and is Vice-Chair of the Maryland Tech Council. A fearless leader who’s invested his career in building and turning around life sciences companies to maximize shareholder value, Brad  thrives on complex strategic opportunities. He has successfully executed against challenges repeatedly while commercializing companies on a global scale. An experienced senior executive, he has a record of success in many specialty-areas of the life sciences industry including: immunology, oncology, transplant, orphan drugs, diagnostics, development and management of joint ventures, and extensive management consulting and corporate strategy assignments.    

Previously Brad served as Chief Executive Officer of Immunology Partners and  Chief Executive Officer of Cylex, Inc., where he executed a turnaround for an early stage, venture capital backed company (Roche, Siemens, Canaan Partners).   

 

Meeting ID: 873 1376 3731
Passcode: 122821
Brad Stewart, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Montgomery Economic Development Corporation, is our Guest Speaker on March 4, 2021, In-Person at the Normandie Farm Restaurant Bob Nelson 2021-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Donated $1400 to the Manna Food Center Bob Nelson 2021-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Meetings 2021-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club forming as a student organization serving the three campuses of Montgomery College

Rotary, Rotaract and Interact (from the Gaithersburg Rotary Club Newsletter)

We talk proudly of the 35,000 Rotary clubs in the world but rarely mention the nearly 11,000 Rotaract Clubs and the more than 20,000 Interact clubs. In theory, there is a staircase from Interact (high school) to Rotaract (college to about age 30) to Rotary. The vital second step is missing in Montgomery County.

But, that is about to change. Our district's Rotaract Advisor, Monique Toussant, is helping the Gaithersburg, Rockville and Silver Spring clubs work together to form a Rotaract. The idea is to establish it as a student organization serving the three campuses of Montgomery College. A faculty advisor is in place, and each of the three Rotary clubs will name a liaison Silver Spring and Rockville have named theirs). A virtual recruitment open house will take place on February 22nd.

 
Rotaract clubs bring young people together to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action. The Rotary Club of Gaithersburg looks forward to working with the soon-to-be-established Rotaract club.
Rotaract Club forming as a student organization serving the three campuses of Montgomery College 2021-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
For Valentine's Day 73 Homeless Women Received Pashmina Scarves from the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Bob Nelson 2021-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Ralph Buglass, Montgomery History, will present "Separate and Unequal: History of School Segregation in Montgomery County" via Zoom at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 18, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Courtney Hall, CEO, Interfaith Works was our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 21, 2021

Posted by Bob Nelson on Feb 05, 2021
Courtney Hall joined Interfaith Works as Chief Executive Officer in November 2020 following 17 years of service in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently he has been the Vice President at Housing Up in Washington DC, where he led the provision of affordable housing and supportive services to more than 700 homeless individuals and at-risk households.  Prior to his Housing Up experience, Courtney served as a Child Welfare leader in DC and Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Social Work from Oakwood University in Alabama, a Master of Social Work from The University of Alabama, and holds a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University.
Courtney Hall, CEO, Interfaith Works was our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 21, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Courtney Hall, CEO, Interfaith Works will be our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 21, 2021

Posted by Bob Nelson on Jan 20, 2021
Courtney Hall joined Interfaith Works as Chief Executive Officer in November 2020 following 17 years of service in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently he has been the Vice President at Housing Up in Washington DC, where he led the provision of affordable housing and supportive services to more than 700 homeless individuals and at-risk households.  Prior to his Housing Up experience, Courtney served as a Child Welfare leader in DC and Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Social Work from Oakwood University in Alabama, a Master of Social Work from The University of Alabama, and holds a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University.
Courtney Hall, CEO, Interfaith Works will be our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 21, 2021 Bob Nelson 2021-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Donations from the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club

Posted by Phil Meade
Fellow PB Rotarians:  Once again our Club has been very generous and has donated $200 to Rotary International for each active member.  You should be receiving a recognition of your gifts, $100 to the RI General Fund and $100 to the RI Polio Plus Fund.  This year our Club has donated to some very worthy causes: Manna Food Center for $3,400, Nourish Now $500, Believe in Belize (Thank you Nabil!) $1,840, Rotary International General Fund $1,500, Rotary International Polio Plus $1,500, and four beautiful teak benches to various police and fire stations $5,205.  Thank you all! Best, Phil  
Photo:  Our Latest Bench Donation to the MSP Rockville Barracks on Montrose Rd
2020 Donations from the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Phil Meade 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Special Guest Speaker on January 14, 2021:  State Senator Brian Feldman with a Legislative Session Outlook

Posted by Bob Nelson on Jan 12, 2021
Member of the Senate since September 17, 2013. Vice-Chair, Finance Committee, 2019- (member, 2013-; property & casualty subcommittee, 2015-17; chair, transportation subcommittee, 2015-16; chair, health subcommittee, 2017-18; chair, energy & public utilities subcommittee, 2019-; member, health & long-term care subcommittee, 2019-). Member, Workers Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee, 2015-; Executive Nominations Committee, 2019-; Legislative Policy Committee, 2019-; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2019-; Marijuana Legalization Work Group, 2019-. Senate Chair, Joint Electric Universal Service Program Work Group, 2020-. Member, Joint Information Technology and Biotechnology Committee, 2014; Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Biotechnology, 2014-18. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2015-18 (member, 2014-18). Associate member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2018-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2016- (vice-chair, communications, financial services & interstate commerce standing committee, 2016-18, member, 2019-; member, executive committee task force on state & local taxation, 2018-; energy supply task force, 2019-). Member, Eastern Regional Conference Council of State Governments, 2019- (energy & environment committee, 2019-; health committee, 2019-).

Member, Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Advisory Committee, 2013-14; Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2013-17. Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2014- (human services & public safety policy committee, 2017-). Member, Transit Task Force, Montgomery County, 2015; Task Force on the Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program, 2015-16; Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health, 2015-16; Maryland Economic Development Commission, 2015-. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance, 2016-18. Senate Chair, Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, 2017-. Member, Southern States Energy Board, 2019-.

Member of House of Delegates, representing District 15, Montgomery County, January 8, 2003 to September 17, 2013. Parliamentarian, 2011-13. Member, Economic Matters Committee, 2003-13 (business regulation subcommittee, 2003-10; corporations work group, 2003-06; property & casualty insurance subcommittee, 2003-13; consumer protection & commercial law subcommittee, 2007-10; chair, banking, economic development, science & technology subcommittee, 2007-13); Medical Malpractice Insurance Work Group, 2004; Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2005-11. House Chair, Joint Technology Oversight Committee, 2007-09. Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2007-13. House Chair, Joint Information Technology and Biotechnology Committee, 2009-13. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2011-13; Regional Revitalization Work Group, 2013-. House Chair, Montgomery County Delegation, 2007-12 (transportation committee, 2003-07; county affairs committee, 2011-13). Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (financial services committee, 2005-07; vice-chair, communications, financial services & interstate commerce committee, 2016-, member, 2007-).

Member, Task Force on Assistance to Disabled Veterans Establishing Small Businesses, 2005.

Trial attorney, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1988-2001

Special Guest Speaker on January 14, 2021: State Senator Brian Feldman with a Legislative Session Outlook Bob Nelson 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Happy 2021! Upcoming Speakers at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Bob Nelson 2021-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
No Club Meetings on December 24 or 31 - Best wishes for 2021! 2020-12-24 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Christopher F. Puttock, Rotary District Environment Committee & ESRAG Chair is Guest Speaker on December 17, 2020
 

Dr. Christopher Puttock is an environmental scientist and botanist with more than 35 years’ experience in environmental conservation. In addition to his role as Executive Director of Chesapeake Natives, he is a research associate in the Botany Department at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Puttock has led many outreach programs for greater community awareness of the consequences of human interruption to the natural environment.
As a conservation scientist, he is convinced that without the effective implementation of outreach strategies to coordinate sustainable use of natural resources and to preserve the world’s ecosystems, the welfare of humanity and all the Earth’s biodiversity will continue to suffer irreparable degradation. Through his work with Chesapeake Natives, he preserves, propagates and promotes plants native to the Chesapeake watershed. Native seeds are gathered and grown by volunteers on the grounds and in the historic greenhouses of Mt. Airy Mansion in Rosaryville State Park, MD.
Dr. Puttock has been President of the Botanical Society of Washington, and a board member of the Maryland Native Plant Society and the Hawaii Conservation Alliance Foundation. Prior to that, he lived in Australia for 34 years as a botanist and writer for Flora of Australia. He was born in England. Dr. Puttock holds a doctorate in plant systematics and a diploma in science education, with many years of fieldwork and research experience in biodiversity, staff supervision and educational outreach.
Dr. Christopher F. Puttock, Rotary District Environment Committee & ESRAG Chair is Guest Speaker on December 17, 2020  Bob Nelson 2020-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Eric Bernard, President of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department and Executive Director of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Association was our Guest Speaker on December 10, 2020 (via Zoom) Bob Nelson 2020-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Eric Bernard, President of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department and Executive Director of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Association will be our guest speaker on December 10, 2020 (via Zoom)

Posted by Bob Nelson on Dec 09, 2020
Eric Bernard is the President and Chairman of the Board of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.  He is also the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association serving as the chief advocate on policy, directives, governmental relations, negotiations and public safety for Montgomery County's 19 local volunteer fire and rescue departments with over 1600 active professional volunteer members.  Eric is an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science at The George Washington University teaching graduate courses in forensic pathology/death investigations, forensic investigations, the biological aspects of forensic science, field medicine, weapons of mass destruction and emergency response.  He is also on the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine.
Eric Bernard, President of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department and Executive Director of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Association will be our guest speaker on December 10, 2020 (via Zoom) Bob Nelson 2020-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
President Todd Nitkin will hold a Club Assembly and Report on the Completion of Our Club's Largest International Project, a School in Rural Ethiopia on December 3, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Robert Freedman was our Guest Speaker on November 19, 2020 and gave an excellent presentation on the Israel-UAE Peace Agreement and the Outlook for the Middle East Bob Nelson 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
No Meeting Today - Happy Thanksgiving! Bob Nelson 2020-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Trina Sensenig, Award-Winning Beekeeper, was our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 12, 2020  Bob Nelson 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Robert Freedman is our Guest Speaker on November 19, 2020

Posted by Bob Nelson
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. 
Dr. Robert Freedman is our Guest Speaker on November 19, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Trina Sensenig, Award-Winning Beekeeper, is our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 12, 2020

Trina Sensenig is a 3rd year beekeeper in Potomac, with 7 hives in her back yard. She is the current the Montgomery County Beekeepers’ Association secretary.  Her first-harvest honey in 2019 won a best-tasting award from Mont. County and an all-around award from MSBA.  She will bring some remaining awarded honey, but most of it is the 2020 harvest this summer.  Former life:  She grew up in the Philippines and came to the US for doctorate studies in social psychology at Cornell University.  She is retired from Bishop O’Connell HS in Arlington VA, directing the school-wide Christian Service Program.  Before that, she worked with rural women in Tanzania and Zaire (now Dem. Republic of the Congo) for 4 years in the ‘80s, and upon her return to the US, managed development projects funded by USAID, and Pew and Hewlett Foundations.  It has been an unforeseen route from development work to hobby beekeeping, though not surprising because of her interest in the environment and gardening.  It is a challenging hobby working with tens of thousands of unpredictable females!
Trina Sensenig, Award-Winning Beekeeper, is our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 12, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Vincent Upole, Commander of the Rockville Barrack of the Maryland State Police was our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 5, 2020  Bob Nelson 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Enjoyed Fine Food and Fellowship at Bretton Woods on October 29, 2020 Phil Meade 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Donated $1000 to Manna Food Center Bob Nelson 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Vincent Upole, Commander of the Rockville Barrack of the Maryland State Police will be our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 5, 2020

Posted by Bob Nelson
Lt. Vince Upole is a 19 year veteran of the Maryland State Police. He began his career in 2001 as a Cadet in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and is currently the Commander of the Rockville Barrack. Lt. Upole has worked various assignments throughout the State of Maryland but primarily in the Washington Metro Troop and Western Maryland. In 2014, he earned a Master's Degree in Management, and graduated with honors, from Johns Hopkins University. Lt. Upole is a current member of the National Tactical Officers Association and is a graduate of the NTOA Tactical Command College. He is a member of the Maryland State Police, Crisis Negotiation Team and assists with resolving high risk incidents across the State.  He is also a member of the Maryland State Police Mobile Field Force to help restore peace during civil disorder that has reached violent levels.  In addition to responding to incidents of civil disorder, the team also conducts search management functions, security for special events, protective details, counter-terrorism operations, and any other mission deemed critical to protect the citizens of Maryland.
Vincent Upole, Commander of the Rockville Barrack of the Maryland State Police will be our Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 5, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Alan Grant Received the Rotarian of the Year Award Bob Nelson 2020-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Membership Chair Jennie Coppit was our guest speaker in-person at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 15, 2020  Bob Nelson 2020-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

Nabil Bedewi gave a PowerPoint Presentation on IT Maturity Levels for Hybrid Meetings at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 8, 2020

 
As I mentioned at the Rotary Club meeting, I am working on another project to supply computers to schools in Belize through my nonprofit Believe in Belize and my partnership with MESA in District 6600.  This is the link to the first project I did a couple of years ago https://believeinbelize.org/stories/project-205-computers-for-schools-in-belize.
 
For this new project if you have any computers (monitors, printers, etc. are OK too) you would like to donate please email me to work out the logistics.
 
Also, I have an opportunity to purchase 65 used computers for $20 each at a total cost of $1300.  If anyone is interested in helping fund this purchase you may do so through the PayPal link or by sending a check to Believe in Belize, 9402 Bentridge Ave., Potomac MD 20854.  Donations are deductible per US code.  Anyone not planning to itemize when filing their 2020 tax return should find this link to be of interest https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cares-act-expands-tax-deductions-220753231.html.
 
PayPal donation link:
 
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JW46KDJ3Z3BNU&source=url.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Nabil.
Nabil Bedewi gave a PowerPoint Presentation on IT Maturity Levels for Hybrid Meetings at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 8, 2020 2020-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Membership Chair Jennie Coppit will be our guest speaker in-person at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 15, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Newest Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian Stuart I. Silverman gave his Classification Talk at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 1, 2020 bob 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Newest Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian Stuart I. Silverman will give his Classification Talk at the Hybrid In-Person+Zoom Rotary Club Meeting on October 1, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Diana Varela Gave a PowerPoint Presentation on Social Security at the Rotary Club Meeting on September 24, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Coming Up on Thursday, September 24:  "Social Security…Securing Today and Tomorrow" is the topic by guest speaker Diana Varela

Diana Varela has been working for the Social Security Administration here in Montgomery County for over 20 years. As the Public Affairs Specialist she enjoys providing valuable information to residents regarding Social Security and everything it entails. Through her presentation attendees will begin to understand what Social Security means to their family’s financial future, and will obtain information about steps they can take today to ensure a retirement without financial worries. 
Coming Up on Thursday, September 24: "Social Security…Securing Today and Tomorrow" is the topic by guest speaker Diana Varela 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Enjoyed Fellowship In-Person at Normandie Farm Restaurant and via Zoom on September 10, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Nabil Bedewi gave 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.  
Nabil Bedewi gave an update on "Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club meeting on September 3, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Area Governor Heidi Webb was our guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on August 20, 2020   Bob Nelson 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Area Governor Heidi Webb is our guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on August 20, 2020

Heidi Webb has been fundraising for worthy causes for more than 21 years. She began her career securing 8(a) minority status for government contract-seeking technology firms and helped land these companies multi-million dollar contracts with the Department of Education and the Department of Defense. Today, she is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Founder/CEO of GreenKite Fundraising. In addition to her work, she volunteers extensively with Rotary, the Unfunded List and her local animal shelter.
Area Governor Heidi Webb is our guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on August 20, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Lucy Bedewi gave a presentation on "Personal Fashion Styling" at the Rotary Club meeting on August 6, 2020.  bob 2020-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Lucy Bedewi will be giving a presentation on "Personal Fashion Styling" at the Rotary Club meeting on August 6, 2020. Bob Nelson 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
New Member Deniz Subasi Gave His Classification Talk on July 23, 2020 bob 2020-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Enjoyed Dinner Outdoors and an Excellent Presentation from Dr. Mark Kortepeter on July 9, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Meeting on July 9, 2020, at Normandie Farm Restaurant Bob Nelson 2020-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Celebrated the New Rotary Year with Miniature Golf and Dinner at Bretton Woods Recreation Center on July 2, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Celebrated the End of 2019-20 Rotary Year with Dinner Inside Normandie Farm Restaurant on June 25, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
This Week: Special Rotary New Year Celebration at Bretton Woods on July 2, 2020...4pm Miniature Golf, 6pm Dinner Celebration Bob Nelson 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
President Todd Nitkin honored for service to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Bob Nelson 2020-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Hybrid Rotary Club Meeting on June 11, 2020, featured half of the Rotarians on Zoom and half dining outside at the Normandie Farm Restaurant Bob Nelson 2020-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Upcoming Events Bob Nelson 2020-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians Dine Outdoors at Normandie Farm Restaurant on June 18, 2020 Bob Nelson 2020-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Harry Haverkos gave an update on the COVID-19 pandemic at the Rotary Club Meeting on June 4, 2020, via Zoom. Bob Nelson 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Recordings of All the Great Speakers in May 2020 are Available! Bob Nelson 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

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.
 

Posted by Bob Nelson

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. 

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.  Bob Nelson 2020-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

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.
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 bob 2020-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Programs in May via Zoom Virtual Meetings Bob Nelson 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Virtual Meetings via Zoom! Contact us for details. 2020-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Meetings are Cancelled This Month 2020-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Jake Matysek and his guest will speak on “Stock Market Volatility Update” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 12, 2020.  Bob Nelson 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
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. Bob Nelson 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Harry Haverkos, Author, will speak about his book, “On the Front Lines of the AIDS Pandemic,” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 5, 2020.
 

Posted by Jake Matysek
On June 5, 1981, five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) were reported in previously healthy homosexual men from Los Angeles, California. Within weeks, additional cases of PCP, life-threatening opportunistic infections and disseminated cases of a rare cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma were reported. In many ways, was ideally suited to confront this new challenge. He had excellent training in infectious diseases and internal medicine and he was one of only a handful of physicians in the world at the time that had cared for a patient with this condition. Additionally, he brought energy, motivation, and an endlessly inquisitive mind to the Task Force. His impatience to solve the problem was laudable and inspiring. That is how Harry Haverkos got to the “front lines” during the early years of the AIDS epidemic and he tells the story compellingly and provocatively within these pages. – James W. Curran, MD, MPH, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health and Co-Director, Center for AIDS Research, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Harry Haverkos, Author, will speak about his book, “On the Front Lines of the AIDS Pandemic,” at the Rotary Club meeting on March 5, 2020.  Jake Matysek 2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods on February 27, 2020 2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Tony Cancelosi, President & CEO, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, was our guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on February 20, 2020  Juan Carlos Peirano 2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Distributed Valentine's Presents to 75 Homeless Women at the Interfaith Works Women's Center on February 13, 2020.  Bob Nelson 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Tony Cancelosi, President & CEO, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, is our guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on February 20, 2020
 

Anthony (Tony) Cancelosi, K.M. was appointed president and CEO of CLB in September 2005. Under his leadership, CLB is refocusing its priorities to better serve the needs of the residents living in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia who are blind or visually impaired. To accomplish this goal, Tony is expanding CLB’s strategic partnerships within the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and forging alliances with other blindness and disability organizations, both regionally and nationally. Tony represents CLB on the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council, the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board and Montgomery County’s Commission on People with Disabilities. As CLB increases the depth and outreach of its local programs, Tony is working to identify and cultivate new sources of private and government funding, reduce administrative expenses, and bring an increased level of fiscal accountability to the organization.
Tony comes to CLB with extensive executive experience. Prior to joining the nonprofit organization, he was President of ICL, an international software company, and the CEO of several for-profit technology companies including iBrite, Inc., eStara, and Source Digital. He also served as COO for Kee Systems (now Sylvan Learning). His nonprofit experience includes involvement with the International Center for the Disabled, National Kidney Foundation, and the Special Olympics. In addition to serving on CLB’s Board of Directors, Tony serves on the Board of Directors of the DC Police Foundation, serves as secretary of the Providence Health Foundation, is president emeritus of the Association for Corporate Growth, serves of the Executive Committee of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and he is co-chair of the Capitol Network Veterans Engagement Board. He serves a member of the Wharton Club, Leadership of Greater Washington Class of 2007, and the Rotary Club. Tony was elected “Man of the Year” by the 2013 Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC. In 2015, DC Councilmember Anita Bonds awarded him with the Community Cornerstone Award. In 2010, Tony wrote a book called Santa’s Secret, and all book sales benefit Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Tony completed the Executive Finance Program at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s University, also in Philadelphia.
Tony Cancelosi, President & CEO, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, is our guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on February 20, 2020  Alan Grant 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Valentine's Presents for Homeless Women: February 13 at 6pm Baronessa Italian, 1302 E. Gude Dr; 7:15pm Interfaith Works Women's Ctr., 2 Taft Ct., Rockville  Alan Grant 2020-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Our newest member Koo Yuen shared his life story at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 6, 2020.  2020-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Koo Yuen will share his life story at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 6, 2020, at the Normandie Farm Restaurant. 

Koo is a businessman, who has owned and operated gas stations since 1973. This business has provided the funding for his philanthropic passions, such as his financial support for the Public Broadcast System (PBS), his involvement with the Church, and in giving to worthy causes to improve society. Koo has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1964, when he and his family emigrated from Hong Kong. His junior and high school years were greatly impacted by his music teacher, the famous Roberta Flack, and his tennis coach, Robert Johnson, Jr., whose father was Arthur Ashe’s coach. Koo was converted to the Church in 1998, when he was living in the Bethesda Ward in Maryland. He was born in Hong Kong, and his ancestral village is Taishan, Guangdong, China.
Patricia has assisted Koo as bookkeeper since they opened their first gas station in 1973. She obtained her RN in Hong Kong, and later returned to nursing school and received her U.S. nursing certification in Maryland. Patricia and Koo met in Washington, D.C. in 1971 when she emigrated from Hong Kong to the U.S. with her family. Patricia graduated from a Catholic girls’ school in Hong Kong. She and Koo have two children, Mark and Stephanie, and six grandchildren.
Koo Yuen will share his life story at the Rotary Club Meeting on February 6, 2020, at the Normandie Farm Restaurant. 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
First Rotary Club Social of 2020 was held on Thursday, January 30, at Bretton Woods Recreation Center. Bob Nelson 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Duane Carey, President of the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation, was the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 23, 2020.  Phil Meade 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
First Social of 2020 is Thursday, January 30, at Bretton Woods Recreation Center. 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Duane Carey, President of the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation, is the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 23, 2020.

Duane Carey is the President of The Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation (“Maryland Free”) and owner of IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations. Maryland Free is a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization supported by corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, small businesses, and individuals. They were founded in 1983 as Maryland Business for Responsive Government and changed the name in 2019 to better reflect their mission.  Duane Carey is a frequent author and presenter of marketing seminars and workshops throughout Maryland.  MBA, Johns Hopkins University; Winner: Business Person of the Year Award, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, 2014; Gubernatorial Appointee: Governor Hogan’s One Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission; Trustee, Howard Hospital Foundation, Howard County General Hospital; Past Chair, Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
Duane Carey, President of the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation, is the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club Meeting on January 23, 2020. Bob Nelson 2020-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
The January 9, 2020, Rotary Club Meeting featured Rotarian Alan H. Grant sharing his life's story 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
THIS WEEK: NO MEETING ON JANUARY 16, 2020 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians distributed dictionaries to third graders at St. Elizabeth Elementary School on January 9, 2020.  2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
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. Bob Nelson 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

On January 2, 2020, Maryland Senator Brian Feldman is the Guest Speaker for our first Rotary Club Meeting in 2020, our Club's 40th Anniversary Year 

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 
here.
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.
On January 2, 2020, Maryland Senator Brian Feldman is the Guest Speaker for our first Rotary Club Meeting in 2020, our Club's 40th Anniversary Year Bob Nelson 2019-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year! 12/19 Social @Bretton Woods; 12/26 No Meeting 2019-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Have a Very Happy New Year! 12/19 Social at Bretton Woods; 12/26 No Meeting; 2019-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Family and Friends Enjoyed the Rotary Club Holiday Party on December 12, 2019 Bob Nelson 2019-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Come to the Holiday Party this Thursday at Normandie Farm Restaurant Alan Grant 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Dictionaries Have Been Distributed to Area Elementary Schools Under the Leadership of Alan Grant 2019-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Nancy Mason and Bob Nelson returned from their trip to South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe and shared a PowerPoint Presentation at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 21, 2019  2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
No Meeting on November 28 - Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 2019-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Nancy Mason and Bob Nelson are back from their trip to South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe and will be sharing highlights at the Rotary Club Meeting on November 21, 2019 Bob Nelson 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Adrian Mikeliunas from the IMF gave a presentation on cybersecurity at the Rotary Club meeting on November 14, 2019 Caesar Kavadoy 2019-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

TONIGHT: Guest Adrian Mikeliunas is an internationally acclaimed speaker, computer consultant, and an expert trainer.

Posted by Caesar Kavadoy on Nov 14, 2019
Adrian Mikeliunas is an internationally acclaimed speaker, computer consultant, and an expert trainer. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Linux Professional and Instructor (CLP). For the past 30+ years, Adrian's broad computer systems experience includes serving as a project leader, security engineer, systems analyst, mobile developer, programmer, and technical instructor. He has extensive experience with personal computers, mobile devices, and mainframes. He shares his knowledge through conferences, white papers and the classes he teaches: Android, Linux, WordPress and Information Security.
TONIGHT: Guest Adrian Mikeliunas is an internationally acclaimed speaker, computer consultant, and an expert trainer. Caesar Kavadoy 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Donates Bench to Interfaith Works Women's Center

Posted by Phil Meade on Nov 12, 2019
 
[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

 
 
Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Donates Bench to Interfaith Works Women's Center Phil Meade 2019-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
After a special meeting to label dictionaries for this school year Dictionary Project on November 7, 2019, Rotarians dined at the Rio Silver Diner. Caesar Kavadoy 2019-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Marilyn Balcombe, Ph.D., President and CEO, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce was our Rotary Club Guest Speaker on October 3, 2019  Bob Nelson 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Betty Kasasa will give her New Member Classification Talk at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 10, 2019
 

By Frederique Irwin:  Betty is a woman who radiates kindness and love. She is also a tenacious business owner who has demonstrated incredible courage and perseverance to build a wonderful place for aging persons to reside. Betty is the founder of LAYTONSVILLE ESTATES, an assisted living home for independent-minded residents who want to enjoy elegant comfort as well as genuine and devoted care. After 15 years of working in local area nursing homes, she felt dissatisfied with the care and treatment that the residents were receiving. She wanted to make a difference, but she did not know where to begin. After three of her four children left for college, Betty convinced her husband to convert their house into an assisted living home; she spent months going through the regulatory requirements (including having to move out and live somewhere else) to become an official business. She has endured countless setbacks and expenses that she did not anticipate, but she continued (and still continues!) to move forward to build her vision of a home where people could come and feel respected, loved, and welcome. Betty’s compassion for those around her and her respect for all people make her not only a woman we admire in business, but a woman we admire as an individual. She is truly a special person who is making a very big difference in the lives of people who deserve it the most.
Betty Kasasa will give her New Member Classification Talk at the Rotary Club Meeting on October 10, 2019  2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Billy Louis spoke on "Living With Polio" at the Rotary Club Meeting on September 26, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Marilyn Balcombe, Ph.D., President and CEO – Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce is our Rotary Club Guest Speaker on October 3, 2019

Posted by Alan Grant on Oct 01, 2019

Marilyn Balcombe is the President /CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce.  Marilyn is actively involved in land use planning, transportation and economic development. Her primary focus is bringing jobs to the Upcounty.  Marilyn Balcombe is currently on FutureLink and a Past Chair of the Committee for Montgomery. Marilyn is also on the Leadership Group of Montgomery Moving Forward. Prior to being at the Chamber, Marilyn was with BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown as the Executive Director during the construction and the first year of operations.  She was also on staff at the Upcounty Regional Services Center as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Germantown community.  Prior to her work in the community, Dr. Balcombe was an Organizational Psychologist with the U.S. Department of Energy.  She holds a Ph.D. is Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida, and a Bachelors degree in Accounting also from the University of Florida.

Marilyn Balcombe, Ph.D., President and CEO – Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce is our Rotary Club Guest Speaker on October 3, 2019 Alan Grant 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Billy Louis, Manager of the Project Management Branch at the Architect of the Capitol, will speak on "Living With Polio" at the Rotary Club Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant on September 26, 2019.
 

Posted by Bob Nelson on Sep 23, 2019
Billy D. Louis is an Information Technology Specialist working on Capitol Hill for the Architect of the Capitol, where he serves as the Manager of the Project Management Branch within the IT Division.  Mr. Louis has over 30 years of experience in computer networking and project management, and has worked for several organizations including the American Red Cross, Chevy Chase Bank, including 21 years of Federal Service. In his professional career, Mr. Louis has deployed and managed computer networks and Internet infrastructure.  Mr. Louis has provided a variety of IT services to NOAA including leading the effort to consolidate the disparate email system into one corporate enterprise email system. At the American Red Cross, Mr. Louis organized the automation of nearly 100 Red Cross bureaus, including Blood Regions, Key Resource Chapters, Field Service Offices, and Military-base service to the Armed Forces.  Mr. Louis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, and numerous technical and project management certificates.  Billy Louis is married to his lovely wife Marilyn V. Louis. They have four children, three daughters and one son, and has been a resident of Bowie, MD for the past 20 years.  Mr. Louis officially joined Rotary International in 2014.  He is a polio survivor and will speak on "Living With Polio."
Billy Louis, Manager of the Project Management Branch at the Architect of the Capitol, will speak on "Living With Polio" at the Rotary Club Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant on September 26, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-09-23 04:00:00Z 0
$1.6M Fire Engine Dedicated in Memory of Sander Cohen at Rockville Volunteer Fire Department on September 21, 2019, with parents Neil and Arlene Cohen attending 2019-09-23 04:00:00Z 0
Why Join Rotary? 2019-09-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Celebrate the Last Rotary Club Meeting of Summer on the Deck at Bretton Woods on September 19, 2019 2019-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
This Thursday: Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center on September 19, 2019 2019-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi presented an update on "Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club meeting on September 12, 2019  2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Nabil Bedewi presented part 1 of an update on "Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club meeting on September 5, 2019; he'll present part 2 on September 12, 2019 Nabil Bedewi 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Dinner with the Lyric Brass at Maggiano's in Columbia Mall on September 12 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Nabil Bedewi will present an update on "Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club meeting on September 5, 2019

Posted by Nabil Bedewi on Sep 04, 2019
Believe in Belize (believeinbelize.org) is an all volunteer non-profit with the main focus of implementing projects and providing services
in the country of Belize. The goal of the organization is to provide a place for individuals and organizations who share a common interest in helping with the development of the country of Belize. On April 17, 2018 we incorporated in the State of Maryland, USA as a non-profit business named Believe in Belize, Inc.  On March 26, 2019 we officially became an organization Exempt under IRC
501(c) (3) and classified as a public charity under IRC 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi). 
Nabil Bedewi will present an update on "Believe in Belize" at the Rotary Club meeting on September 5, 2019 Nabil Bedewi 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Social at Bretton Woods Featured Special Supper, Fabulous Fellowship and Sensational Sunset on August 29, 2019 Bob Nelson 2019-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
This Thursday: Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly on August 22, 2019, Discussed the Latest Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Project: A Bench to Honor Sander Cohen 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Bring Your Project Ideas to the Club Assembly on August 22, 2019, at Normandie Farm Restaurant 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam:  Past Rotary District Governor Robert M. Hanson

Bob Hanson
2013 Potomac Citizen of the Year
 
At age 21, Bob Hanson was named the first national president of the Rural Youth of the United States of America, a federation of youths involving Boy and Girl Scout troops, Future Farmers of America, 4-H Clubs, “and groups instrumental in learning from others,” he said.  In the mid-1950s he was chairman of the Bethesda branch of the YMCA and was instrumental in raising money for their building on Old Georgetown Road. He was equally successful in getting property donated in the 1960s for the Boy Scout headquarters on Rockville Pike.  For 33 years he was an allied member of the New York Stock Exchange.  
 
Married to the late JoAnne Dinwell in 1950, the Hansons had three sons, John, Timothy and Charles. John, Tim and their families live nearby in North Potomac. A third son, Charles, (Chuck) and his family live in Colorado. 
 
For over 60 years he has been a member of the Rockville Rotary Club. In 1958, he founded the Potomac Rotary Club. He has been a board member of the American Automobile Association; Montgomery County Fair (he was an original member); 4-H Club (he was a national president); and Future Farmers of America. However, his involvement with the YMCA probably the most satisfying of his civic involvements.  [Excerpted from connectionnewspapers.com.]
 
Memories:
 "He lived a good life and sure lived as a true Rotarian. I loved going out to his ‘farm’ and seeing his old car." - Jason Hamel
In Memoriam: Past Rotary District Governor Robert M. Hanson 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Customs/Trade Facilitation Expert D. (Bonni) van Blarcom, Ph.D., gave a PowerPoint presentation on the topic, “Is the United States Playing Fair in Trade?” on August 15, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

D. (Bonni) van Blarcom, Ph.D., is a Customs/Trade Facilitation Expert and will be speaking on August 15, 2019, on the topic, “Is the United States Playing Fair in Trade?”
 

Dr. Van Blarcom worked at the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Library of Congress.  Her experience includes interpreting national and international legislation, building capacity of governments, training, research and designing/assessing customs and trade projects on various assignments including those for the European Union, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.  She has traveled to 48 countries including work in custom administrations in Ethiopia (2018-2019), Ghana, Bangladesh, Zambia, as well as teaching at a Customs Academy and various Foreign Service Institutes (e.g., Ghana, United States, Philippines).  Last month she started her own company, Customs and Border Management Services LLC.  Dr. Van Blarcom attended the Knowledge Academy at the World Customs Organization in Brussels (2019), studied international trade law at Sydney Law School, has a doctorate from England (international trade), and master degrees from Columbia University (International Affairs) and the University of Minnesota (Economics).
 
D. (Bonni) van Blarcom, Ph.D., is a Customs/Trade Facilitation Expert and will be speaking on August 15, 2019, on the topic, “Is the United States Playing Fair in Trade?”  Bob Nelson 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Jake Matysek, Vice President - Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab, gave his New Member Classification Talk on August 8, 2019.
 

Posted by Bob Nelson on Aug 09, 2019
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.
Jake Matysek, Vice President - Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab, gave his New Member Classification Talk on August 8, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Jake Matysek, Vice President - Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab, will give his New Member Classification Talk on August 8, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Jan Bresch, Executive Director, Special Love, Discussed Helping Children with Cancer at the Rotary Club Meeting on August 1, 2019  Bob Nelson 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Jan Bresch, Executive Director, Special Love, Will Discuss Helping Children with Cancer at the Rotary Club Meeting on August 1, 2019
 

Posted by Alan Grant on Jul 31, 2019

Jan Bresch is the Executive Director of Special Love, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to provide a community of support for children with cancer and their families.  Special Love provides a nurturing environment of free camps and programs, while helping with emergency financial assistance and educational scholarships for young survivors.  She is responsible for leading all aspects of Special Love’s mission to support children with cancer and their families.  Jan joined Special Love in 2018 after serving as a member of its Board of Directors.  Prior to Special Love, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and served as the Director of Development and Public Relations for the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, Public Broadcasting professional, advisor for other organizations such as Stupid Cancer and AOL.

 

 
Jan Bresch, Executive Director, Special Love, Will Discuss Helping Children with Cancer at the Rotary Club Meeting on August 1, 2019  Alan Grant 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Thursday July 25 is a Rotary Club Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center 2019-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Crystal Townsend, President & CEO, Healthcare Initiative Foundation, spoke about supporting organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare on July 18, 2019.   Bob Nelson 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

July 18 Speaker:  Crystal Townsend, President & CEO, Healthcare Initiative Foundation, supporting organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for residents of Montgomery County.
 

Townsend is the President & CEO of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation which supports organizations that offer solutions to improve the capacity, availability and the delivery of quality health and wellness services for Montgomery County residents. The Foundation has distributed over $83 million since inception particularly focused on the most vulnerable in our community. Townsend currently serves on the Leadership Montgomery Board, Committee for Montgomery Board, Regional Primary Coalition, Suburban Hospital Community Benefit Advisory Board, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Board, County Executive Transition Team, and the BlackRock Center for the Arts Gala Committee. Prior board service includes, Nonprofit Montgomery FIRM Advisory Committee, United Way of NCA, Friends of Wells Robertson House, Inc., and Montgomery County Social Services Board.  Preceding her work with the Foundation, Townsend was the City of Gaithersburg's Community Services Director overseeing and coordinating health and human services for City residents. Prior to her service with the city, she served as the Family Support Services Administrator for Family Services, Inc. managing early intervention and home visiting programs. Earlier in her career, she was the Healthy Families Frederick Program Manager, Legislative Director for the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania, and the Domestic Violence Shelter Manager for Heartly House. Townsend attained her Bachelor of Arts from Hood College in Law and Society and holds a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University from the International Public Service and Development Program. 
July 18 Speaker:  Crystal Townsend, President & CEO, Healthcare Initiative Foundation, supporting organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for residents of Montgomery County.  Bob Nelson 2019-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Franziska Grieder, Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), NIH, spoke about “Switzerland Insights” at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 11, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Happy New Rotary Year 2019-2020! 2019-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Franziska Grieder, Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), NIH, will speak about “Switzerland Insights” at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 11, 2019.
 

Posted by Jon VanWinkle on Jul 06, 2019
Dr. Franziska Grieder is the Director of the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), a program within the Office of the Director, the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was appointed as ORIP Director in January 2013 after serving as the Division Director of Comparative Medicine programs since 2004. ORIP supports NIH extramural research infrastructure and related research programs, including supervision and management of the seven national primate research centers, primate breeding and resource-related projects, development of mammalian (including rodent) and non-mammalian animal model resources, pre-and post-doctoral training for veterinarians, other research projects, and the shared and high-end instrumentation program.  Dr. Grieder attended Veterinary School at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and subsequently earned both an MS and PhD degree in viral pathogenesis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a faculty member in the School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland, where – after her transition to NIH – she continues to serve as an Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pathology.  At USU, Dr. Grieder’s research focused on viral pathogenesis using mouse models to investigate neuroimmune mechanisms.
Dr. Franziska Grieder, Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), NIH, will speak about “Switzerland Insights” at the Rotary Club Meeting on July 11, 2019.  Jon VanWinkle 2019-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Shank, Chief Engineer, BWI Airport, spoke about "Taking to the Sky: BWI Marshall’s Plans to Lift the Region Higher" at the Rotary Club meeting on June 27, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Happy 4th of July - No Meeting This Week 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Shank, Chief Engineer, BWI Airport, will speak about "Taking to the Sky: BWI Marshall’s Plans to Lift the Region Higher" at the Rotary Club meeting on June 27, 2019

Posted by Bob Nelson on Jun 24, 2019
Mr. Shank is the Chief Engineer at the Maryland Aviation Administration overseeing the planning, design and construction of the airport’s multihundred million-dollar capital improvement and systems preservation programs at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport. He oversees MAA’s Offices of Planning and Environmental Services; and Office of Engineering and Construction and; Office of Noise, Real Estate and Land Use Compatibility.  Mr. Shank has over 40 years of experience in airport development and associated transportation, commercial and institutional development. His accomplishments are measured in billions of dollars of projects completed throughout the United States and overseas.  He is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and recipient of the 2015 AASHTO President’s Transportation Award for Aviation. Mr. Shank is a commercial pilot, flight instructor and aircraft owner. Aviation is his passion.
Paul Shank, Chief Engineer, BWI Airport, will speak about "Taking to the Sky: BWI Marshall’s Plans to Lift the Region Higher" at the Rotary Club meeting on June 27, 2019 Bob Nelson 2019-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Matching Paul Harris Credits for Rotary Foundation Donations

Posted by Jon VanWinkle on Jun 19, 2019
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!
Matching Paul Harris Credits for Rotary Foundation Donations Jon VanWinkle 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
This Week's Rotary Events Bob Nelson 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
2019-20 Club Leadership Selected at Club Assembly on June 13, 2019 2019-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Packed Food Boxes at Manna Food Center on June 11, 2019 Bob Nelson 2019-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
This Week at the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Bob Nelson 2019-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Shane Rock, CEO, Interfaith Works, talked about Interfaith Works and Homelessness in Montgomery County at the Rotary Club Meeting on June 6, 2019. Bob Nelson 2019-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Register for the Rotary District Conference, June 21-22 in Frederick Bob Nelson 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Jerome Fletcher, Montgomery County Executive's Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, spoke about "Growing the Economy and Small Business Development" at the Rotary Club Meeting on May 30, 2019.  Bob Nelson 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Jerome Fletcher, Montgomery County Executive's Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, will speak about "Growing the Economy and Small Business Development" at the Rotary Club Meeting on May 30, 2019

Posted by Bob Nelson on May 29, 2019
Alfred Jerome Fletcher II has spent a career in government, working as the senior deputy director for the District of Columbia’s Department of Small and Local Business development and as an administrator in the District’s general services agency for several years. His area of focus as Assistant Chief Adminstrative Officer for Montgomery County is working with county departments and staff to grow the economy and make government more sustainable — two key pledges County Executive Marc Elrich made during last year’s campaign.
Jerome Fletcher, Montgomery County Executive's Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, will speak about "Growing the Economy and Small Business Development" at the Rotary Club Meeting on May 30, 2019 Bob Nelson 2019-05-29 04:00:00Z 0