About Metro Bethesda Rotary

Metro Bethesda Rotary Club received its charter from Rotary International in December 2006 with founding members Guido Adelfio (first president), Barton Goldenberg, Roy Gordon, Joanne Irving, Ed Kim, Joe LeMense, Carmen Larsen, Scott Orbach, and Sam Weaver. Since then, the Club has grown to over 70 members, and we continue to welcome new members every month.

Metro Bethesda Rotary Club is an energetic, diverse group of community members dedicated to supporting efforts to provide humanitarian assistance locally and internationally. The Club is part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers. Rotarians see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Service Above Self, the Rotary motto, guides our community work, along with the Rotary Four-Way Test promoting truth, fairness, friendship, and equity. Humanitarian service is seen as an opportunity to learn about others, not a burden to be completed. Although social connections and business opportunities are also benefits of membership, the central goal is to make our community a better place. All members are encouraged to become involved in service projects, social events, fundraising activities, and leadership opportunities while displaying high ethical standards.

Metro Bethesda Rotary Club meets weekly in downtown Bethesda, MD (via Zoom during COVID restrictions). Our meetings typically feature a speaker who shares insights about topics as wide ranging as community service, business, local government, and international development. 

Social Justice Statement from our former District Governor, MBR Member Barton Goldenberg


Today we are amid a reckoning again — a reckoning around racial injustice and the long history of violence against people of color in our state and in our country. We have faced this moment before. This is a serious moment at a time of pandemic unprecedented in a hundred years. It has consequences for who we are as people, and for our institutions.

We face many challenges to our shared humanity now – the pandemic and its personal and economic consequences – and the continuation of racial injustice. For 400 years, this country has had a complicated history of serious, endemic socio-economic unfairness that some institutions, including some in law enforcement, have not humanely addressed

Because Rotary represents our common aspirations for human dignity, peace, and equality, there is an opportunity for us to increase our peace and reconciliation and education and economic development projects. Rotary already sponsors many organizations that are dedicated to alleviating poverty, a key factor of inequality. With the support of our Club members we can redouble our efforts at addressing inequitable justice. Calling out completely unacceptable violence against African Americans, including the killing of George Floyd, is only part of what we can do.

Please reach out with your concerns and suggestions. The District Leadership Team and I are listening.

Barton Goldenberg, District Governor 2019-20
D-7620 Central Maryland and DC
Email: barton7620dg2019@gmail.com
Mobile: (240) 447-2262