Upcoming Club Events
Birthdays & Rotary
Member Birthdays:
  • Ana Morales
    February 12
  • Joanne Irving
    February 12
Join Date:
  • Rob Mercer
    February 7, 2014
    3 years
  • Dushanti Peiris
    February 12, 2015
    2 years
  • Steve Allen
    February 22, 2016
    1 year
  • Francine Schwartz
    February 29, 2016
    1 year
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Speaker Chair
Governance Chair
Foundation Chair
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...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...

Metro Bethesda Rotary Guest Day

Thursday, February 23, 2017

7:30am-9:00am Redwood Restaurant

Bethesda Row, 7121 Bethesda Ln, Bethesda, MD

RSVP: Rob Mercer: rmercer@gofirsthome.com

Featured speaker: Casey Anderson- Montgomery County Planning Board

Silver Spring resident Casey Anderson, an attorney and community activist, was appointed to the Board in June 2011 and became Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board in August 2014. The Montgomery County Planning Board plans for livable communities by developing large and small scale plans, providing guidelines for the pattern and pace of future development and preserving historic resources throughout the 323,000-acre county. The Planning Board implements plans through its review of development applications and its subdivision decisions.
Previously, Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Committee for Montgomery. He also is a former vice president of the Woodside Civic Association and executive vice chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.
MOST RECENT speaker-

norvell "van" coots-  retired Commanding General, Regional Health Command Europe, and Command Surgeon for the US Army Europe and 7th Army. CURRENTLY ceo and pres holy cross hospital.

dr coots' SPOKE ON HIS extensive experiences with nato.

(Picture thanks to Luz Verost)
Dr. Norvell (Van) Coots is currently the President and CEO of Holy Cross Health, and the President and CEO of the Maryland Region of Trinity Health. Recently retired from the Army as a Brigadier General, his final assignment was as Commanding General, Regional Health Command Europe, and as the Command Surgeon for the US Army Europe and 7th Army.  Previous assignments have included Deputy Commanding General (Support), US Army Medical Command, and as the Assistant Surgeon General (Force Projection) of the Army, 2013-2014.  From 2012-2013 he was deployed to combat as the Surgeon General, US Forces Afghanistan and Medical Advisor to the Commander of the International Security and Assistance Force Joint Command (NATO). From 2008- 2011, he served as the final Commander of Walter Reed. medical center.  Among his numerous awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal. He has been awarded the Legion of Honor from France, and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. 

recent speaker:

mark ewert- Charitable Giving is a Challenge; Be Skillful!

We are surrounded by causes and organizations requesting our help. How do you choose which causes are the most important, find the organizations using the most effective methods, and decide on the most strategic ways to contribute?
Mark Ewert is a Giving Coach, a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, published author, and International Coaching Federation certified leadership coach. He specializes in helping to grow skillful financial generosity within families, organizations, and communities. Learn more at  www.generositypath.com (Thanks to Catherine for pics!)

new mbr members pinned!!

Shown from left to right: Rob Mercer- mBr membership chair and sponsor, Andrew Shao, Kelleen Lonergan,
Heather Hanson, Bob Scholtz- sponsor, Barton Goldenberg- Area Governor.


Dwelling place accepts mbr foundation donation 

Shown from left to right, Julian Mansfield- Foundation Chair; Miriam Gandell- Exec Dir Dwelling Place;
Don McGlynn- Pres mBr; Larry Langston- Treasurer mBr and long time Dwelling supporter.

mBr serves community by delivering food for

kids in need distributors (KIND)


mBr again assisted KIND in delivering food for Montgomery County public students who are part of the Free and Reduced Meals program. FARM does not feed children on the weekends. KIND fills in the gap for 22 schools for a total of over 100,000 meals per year.

Representing mBr today and filling their vehicles were Don McGlynn, Karl Miller, Wendy Albertini, Julian Mansfield, Rob Mercer, Daniel Fischer, Larry Langston, Steve Noyes, Brad Wilcox and Chris Corcoran.

Of course, Jeremy Lichtenstein, KIND Founder, is also an mBr member.

KIND Receives a donation from metro Bethesda Rotary Foundation

Shown are Jeremy Lichtenstein (center)- founder of KIND, Julian Mansfield (left)- Chair of mBr Foundation and Don McGlynn (right)- President mBr.

Bethesda cares receives donation from mbr Foundation

Shown are Julian, Amy Freeman and Don

Muriel Hasbun accepting a donation on behalf of laberinto projects

Shown are Russell Lacey-past mBr President, Muriel Hasbun, Don McGlynn- current mBr President and Karl Miller of the mBr Foundation.

To learn more: www.laberintoprojects.com

On November 6, metro Bethesda Rotary club hosted this year’s Fall Back to Bethesda Festival.  Fall Back is family-oriented event designed to raise money for NIH Charities, Bethesda Fire Department and our Foundation arm. Primary sponsors at the “Apple Cider” level were Spring Insights, Rock Creek Mansion, Activity Rocket and Suburban Hospital. 
Here are some words from Russell Lacey, whose committee ran the event.
Simply spectacular!
We had close to 1/2 of our members participate in either the planning, giving financial support, or day of event activities. And more than a handful of members find themselves listed in all three categories.
From the vendors perspective, we received compliments and thanks for getting the event up and running from our vendors.
After making contributions to NIH Charities and the Bethesda Fire Dept we made money (!) for the club’s foundation, allowing us to do many other great projects. And most importantly- the 200 attendees (mostly kids) had a great time! Just look at the pictures!!
Thank you to sponsors including: “Candy Apple” level- Artery Capital, ISM and Solar City. And at the “Apple Fritter” level- Alan Schulman, Jeremy Lichtenstein, Electric Advisors, Elizabeth Chomas Photography, Sandy Spring Bank, Vintage Financial Partners, Allied Party Rental, Michael Ramos Esq., Alan Roberts CPA. 

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!

First Edition


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.
Stay tuned for more details.
February 2017