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Birthdays & Rotary
Member Birthdays:
  • Maribel Torres
    June 1
  • Nina Seyyedin
    June 5
  • Francine Schwartz
    June 14
Join Date:
  • Mike Ramos
    June 5, 2015
    2 years
  • Allan Roberts
    June 26, 2014
    3 years
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Speaker Chair
Governance Chair
Foundation Chair
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
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...


WILLIAM OFFUTT- Scandals and Mysteries of Chevy Chase 

Part of the Montgomery County Historical Society speaker series

Everything from where did the money come from to where did the castle go – a look at some events, both serious and otherwise.
A native of Montgomery County, William Offutt is a retired public school and Montgomery College teacher. He is the author of Bethesda: A Social History and A History of Montgomery County as well as numerous articles for local newspapers and the Montgomery County Historical Society. Check out Bill's video history of Bethesda via this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_68TC_5G2E

Recent speaker- Pam Holland- Twitter for the non-Tweeter

Twitter is certainly in the news as of late. Terms like ‘Hashtag', ‘Meme', ‘Trending' and ‘Viral' are now part of our daily jargon. Not just a tool for millennials, Twitter is being used in politics, business, the arts and journalists as an effective communications tool - all in 140 characters or less. Learn how, even if you don’t envision becoming a prolific Tweeter, how a Twitter account can be a useful tool for research, getting good customer service, breaking news and more.
Pam Holland
After more than 20 years practicing law, Pam founded TechMoxie out of a love of technology and the passion for simplifying the complex. Pam oversees curriculum development and manages a team of tech coaches who help tech-challenged adults understand and use their technology. TechMoxie offers coaching, support and classes in personal and business technology. www.tech-moxie.com
Pam is a proud member of metroBethesda Rotary.

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.

Recent speaker-

Sports broadcaster Johnny Holliday

mBr wins three golds for rotary excellence

We are one of only two clubs in District 7620 (62 clubs) to win three golds for excellence.


Friends of the Library receives grant from mBr Foundation

Shown are Karl Miller (mBR Foundation); Susan Chen (FOL); Julian Mansfield (mBR Foundation Chair)
To see other recent Foundation grants click on FOUNDATION on home page.

Big Weekend of Volunteerism for mbr

Sixteen members participate!

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
And of course- the famous golf balls from Columbia Country Club!

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

Emerging from the rainforest

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
900 people participated






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

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.
Upcoming Speakers
Deborah Norris
Jul 20, 2017
Mindfulness Center
Greg Wims
Aug 03, 2017
DIstrict Governor
David Petr
Aug 10, 2017
President and CEO Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Aug 17, 2017
Update on Alzheimer's Association
Ambassador Ahmed
Sep 28, 2017
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University
June 2017