Upcoming Events
Major Upcoming Event

Mark your calendar for October 22!!

Metro Bethesda Rotary is excited to sponsor and run the Second Annual Back to Bethesda Fair.
The Fair is full of activities for kids from 4 yrs to 12 yrs with food and drink for all ages! Have a great time while learning about the service projects and non-profits metro Bethesda Rotary supports.
Pics from last year's Festival
backtobethesda.com for more details!
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past Pres
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Speaker Co-Chair
Speaker Co-Chair
Birthdays & Rotary
Member Birthdays:
  • Vince Bartozzi
    August 3
  • Daniel Fischer
    August 13
  • Eric Ross
    August 14
  • Luz Verost
    August 19
  • Rachael Heisler
    August 19
  • Nelson Garcia
    August 23
  • Tito Reconco
    August 23
  • Pam Holland
    August 24
  • Cristina Frey
    August 27
Join Date:
  • Nelson Garcia
    August 12, 2016
    1 year
  • Jeremy Lichtenstein
    August 16, 2012
    5 years
  • Michelle Profit
    August 16, 2016
    1 year
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When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...


TOM MANGER- Montgomery County Chief of Police

Redwood Restaurant: 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda

Chief J. Thomas Manger was sworn in as Montgomery County Police Chief on January 30, 2004. The Montgomery County Department of Police (MCP) is one of the largest police departments in the State of Maryland, with more than 1300 sworn and 550 civilian members serving 1 million residents in the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.


Chris Broullire from the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter recently spoke to the club. The Alzheimer's Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Founder and President of The Mindfulness Center speaks to mBr

Deborah Norris, PhD, Founder and President of The Mindfulness Center and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University, spoke about how mindfulness is changing the way we deal with our health. She reported on the latest scientific research on the topic - which proves the positive correlation of mindfulness with healing from just any condition, and on the recent decision by most medical organizations to include mindfulness in their protocols. That includes meditation, yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, acupuncture and many more ancient mind-body healing disciplines.

MBR wins three golds for Rotary excellence!

mBR is one of only two clubs in District 7620 (62 clubs) to win three golds for excellence for the 2016/17 Year.
Recent speaker- Fred Hiatt- Washington Post

Fred Hiatt is the editorial page editor of The Post. He writes editorials for the newspaper and a biweekly column that appears on Mondays. He also contributes to the PostPartisan blog. Hiatt has been with The Post since 1981. Earlier, he worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal and the Washington Star. At The Post, he covered government, politics, development and other issues in Fairfax County and statewide in Virginia, and later military and national security affairs on the newspaper’s national staff. From 1987 to 1990, he and his wife were co-bureau chiefs of The Post’s Tokyo bureau, and from 1991 to 1995 they served as correspondents and co-bureau chiefs in Moscow. He joined the editorial board in 1996 and became editorial page editor in 2000. He is the author of “The Secret Sun: A Novel of Japan,” which was published in 1992, as well as two books for children, “If I Were Queen of the World” (1997) and “Baby Talk ” (1999). He also wrote “Nine Days” (2013), a novel for young adults.

Big April Weekend of Volunteerism for mbr

Stream Clean and A Wider Circle 5k/1M

On a rainy, soaking day, Russell directed our first Stream Clean on Earth Day. A partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy,
we tackled an important tributary of Rock Creek flowing through Chevy Chase Lake under Connecticut Ave. We collected 25 huge bags of trash and recyclables. This helps keep the water entering the Creek, Potomac and Chesapeake stay a little bit cleaner.
The beautiful Coqeulin Run waterfall only a few hundred yards from Connecticut Ave
Russell giving the team last minute instructions
The mbr Stream Team (and friends)


Some of the Trash
Everyone worked hard and had a ton of fun!!
Great Hair Day                                Don't ask what Larry's doing

A Wider Circle 5k/1M run

On Sunday, a beautiful day, we ran or walked to end poverty- A Wider Circle fundraiser. mBr is a partial sponsor!
Here's the mBr team

Special recognition for the 5K runners






metroBethesda Rotary

A Forward-Thinking Rotary Club

metroBethesda Rotary is the place you'll keep coming back for more. Rotary's tagline is "service above self" and we live that daily. Reaching out to organizations in our neighborhood and internationally, metroBethesda Rotary is looking for new members to keep us moving forward.

We're not the biggest or the oldest, but metroBethesda Rotary is on fire as one of the fastest growing clubs in the DC area. From hosting golf tournaments and fundraisers to networking happy hours and BBQ's, we're making our mark.

Check us out at Redwood Restaurant in Bethesda every Thursday 7:30-9am for breakfast, a speaker, and great conversation. Follow us on Twitter - @BethesdaRotary - or Like us on Facebook - and keep up on what's going on in the metroBethesda Rotary Club!

Upcoming Speakers
Ambassador Ahmed
Sep 28, 2017
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University
Anne Derse- former U.S. Ambassador
Oct 05, 2017
Afghan Refugee Program

Eleventh annual PURPLE TEE TOURNAMENT a Great Success! 

Check out media coverage from Comcast Sports:
This is mBr's primary fundraiser for it's Foundation. Proceeds also benefit service organizations focused on wounded warriors.
Sponsor's include Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
August 2017