Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Daniel Fischer
    August 13
  • Eric Ross
    August 14
  • Matthew Warke
    August 22
  • Nelson Garcia
    August 23
  • Tito Reconco
    August 23
  • Pam Holland
    August 24
  • Brittany Krop
    August 25
  • Erika Dickstein
    Todd Rosenberg
    August 31
Join Date:
  • Jeremy Lichtenstein
    August 16, 2012
    4 years
  • Stephen Noyes
    August 29, 2013
    3 years
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...


our next speaker - ken hartman

director, bethesda-chevy chase montgomery county service center 

Thursday, August 25, 7:30 - 9:00 am

Redwood Restaurant

Ken is Director of Montgomery County Government's Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center. It's the local government office for the Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, North Bethesda, Potomac and Rockville communities. The Center functions as a town hall and civic gathering space, with meeting rooms available for public use.
Several non-profit organizations provide programs at the Center that benefit the local community - including lectures, senior exercise classes, mediation training, family and youth counseling, and computer classes. The Center also includes a children's day care facility.
The Center's director is appointed by the County Executive and is responsible for strengthening communication between the community and County agencies; coordinating interagency action; and recommending policies and programs to benefit the local community. The director oversees services in the Bethesda Urban District provided under contract by the Bethesda Urban Partnership.
The Center is home to the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, a 19-member, appointed County board which advises the County Executive and County Council on local service needs and policies. Advisory Board members represent business and residential interests in the B-CC Services Area.

Our Purple Tee golf tournament was a great success!
It was a beautiful, sunny day on the course at Whiskey Creek, as we raised money for Salute Military Golf Association, the Yellow Ribbon Fund and our own metroBethesda Rotary Foundation.
Thank you to our sponsors, participants, members and volunteers for making this year's event. We'll have more news about the final tally at our meeting this Thursday morning. In the meantime, you should check out the amazing photos from volunteer photographer(and our hero!) Mel Sessa: 
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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
Aug 25, 2016
Kenneth B. J. Hartman
Update on Bethesda Regional Service Center activities
Sep 01, 2016
Dan Cox
Republican candidate for Maryland's 8th Congressional District
Sep 08, 2016
Jamie Raskin
Democratic candidate for Maryland's 8th Congressional District
August 2016