Upcoming Events

Rotary at the Movies
October 11th 2022 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Dr Sean McAlister, District Governor, District 7620
October 13th 2022 8:00 am
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Refugee Apartment Setup
Topic: Our crew will set up an apartment to welcome new refugees from Afghanistan
October 15th 2022 11:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
October 18th 2022 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
October 20th 2022 7:30 am
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Oktoberfest Celebration
October 20th 2022 6:30 pm
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Interact Event
October 22nd 2022 2:00 pm
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Rotary at the Movies
October 25th 2022 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
October 27th 2022 7:30 am
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Rotary at the Movies
November 1st 2022 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
November 3rd 2022 7:30 am
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Rotary at the Movies
November 8th 2022 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
November 10th 2022 7:30 am
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Rotary at the Movies
November 15th 2022 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
November 17th 2022 7:30 am
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Rotary at the Movies
November 22nd 2022 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
November 24th 2022 7:30 am
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Rotary at the Movies
November 29th 2022 7:30 pm
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What’s Doing at MBR in September & October 2022

🍁🍂📚☕️🌥Welcome back from summer everyone! 

We’re meeting in person at Spanish Diner
We’re happy to be meeting in person at Spanish Diner on Thursdays mornings, 8-9 AM, with social time starting at 7:30 AM. There is a zoom option available for those who prefer it, either due to health reasons or their travel schedule.

Upcoming Speakers
Sept. 8: Alan Gregerman, Author Podcaster speaking on Innovation, Invention and Employee Engagement
Sept. 15: Jishnu Das, Professor, Georgetown University speaking on Quality of Care in Low-Income Countries
Sept. 29: Andrew Imbrie, Associate Professor, Georgetown University speaking on War, Peace, and Democracy in the AGe of Artificial Intelligence
Oct. 6: MBR member Arianna Ross, Story Tapestries speaking on Arts in the Community: The Impact, Challenges, and Needs
Oct. 13: Dr. Sean McAlister, District Governor, District 7620

We are fortunate to have such outstanding speakers!

In-Person Social Events
Mark your calendar: We’re planning to celebrate Oktoberfest on October 20 at the Right Proper Brewing Company, owned by Thor Cheston, son of our very own MBR friend Arlene Cheston. Contact David Searby if interested.

Service Projects
October 15: we are back to in-person apartment setups for refugees! Contact Ellen Singer if you’d like to help out this time.
Also, watch for the opportunity to participate in Nourishing Bethesda’s weekly food distribution at BCC Rescue Squad. We help out about once a month. Reed will announce details.
October 15 is also the deadline for Fall Cycle Grant Applications for the MBR Foundation.
October 24 is Rotary International World Polio Day!

Youth Programs
Kallie has kept our Interact Club busy with lots of projects! On October 22, Interact will meet at Glen Hills Local Park for an afternoon of helping to control non-native invasive plants. On November 20, Interact are partnering with Small Things Matter for the second annual meal preparation and Thanksgiving meal delivery. MBR members are invited to attend!

Fundraisers:
Thursday, September 22: The Purple Tee Golf Classic! We’re so excited for this major club fundraiser for the MBR Foundation and The Salute Military Golf Association. Fingers crossed for good weather!

Rotary Means Business!
Our Rotary Means Business group meets monthly. Interested? Contact Luke Van Sant or Erika Dickstein.

Movie Nights continue!
Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm the group discusses the film they watched on their own time the week before. See the calendar for upcoming films.

Enjoy the crisp fall weather!

What’s Doing @MBR in March & April 2022

🌸   🌼. 🌷 Happy Spring everyone! 

We’re meeting in person at Spanish Diner
We’re happy to be back meeting in person at Spanish Diner on Thursdays mornings, 8-9 AM, with social time starting at 7:30 AM. There is a zoom option available for those who prefer it, either due to health reasons or their travel schedule.

Speakers
Our Program Committee continues to schedule terrific speakers, including Robyn Neitert, president of Women’s Microfinance Initiative on March 3; Sarah Cooney, Round House Theatre’s Associate Artist of Casting and Producing on March 17; Dr. Kristen Lycett, Executive director of Phillips Wharf on oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay on March 24; Anthony “Wordsmith” Parker, musician, performer and philanthropist on March 31; Susan Soderberg, public historian on Josiah Henson on April 14; and Alex Roberson on the Smithsonian. National Air and Space Museum Transformation Project on April 28. We are fortunate to have such outstanding speakers!

In-Person Social Events
Mark your calendar: We’re planning April 23 for our annual Holiday Party! This is a +1 event. Keep your eye on the Weekly Wheel for more details.

Service Projects
On March 26, we are back to in-person apartment setups for refugees! Contact Ellen Singer for details. Also, watch for the opportunity to participate in Nourishing Bethesda’s weekly food distribution at BCC Rescue Squad. We help out about once a month. Reed will announce details.

Youth Programs
Kallie has kept our Interactors busy with lots of projects! At the end of February, members helped sort clothing and household goods at the Interfaith Clothing Center. Interactors will socialize with seniors at the Landow building on March 20.

Upcoming Fundraisers – Two Big Ones

  • Sunday, May 22: The Nesfield Performance 5K at BCC High School. Member Tiffany Nesfield is organizing this event in partnership with the Spirit Club Foundation. The purpose is to advance our shared goals of promoting fitness, inclusivity, and community. Part of the proceeds will go to the MBR Foundation. Sign up to volunteer, participate or sponsor!
  • Thursday, September 22: The Purple Tee Golf Classic! Planning is already underway for this major club fundraiser for the MBR Foundation and two great vets organizations, The Salute Military Golf Association and Reuniting After War. We need everyone’s help to make the Purple Tee happen and you don’t need to be a golfer to participate! So be sure to volunteer, golf, or sponsor this great day of golf and fellowship. You’ll hear much more about this event in the upcoming months.

Rotary Means Business!
Our new Rotary Means Business group is well underway. Interested? Contact Erika.

Movie Nights continue!
Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm the group discusses the film they watched on their own time the week before. See the calendar for upcoming films.

Enjoy the warming weather and spectacular blossoms!

What’s Doing @MBR in Jan & Feb 2022

Happy New Year! 

To keep everyone safe and healthy, we’re moving back to Zoom meetings for the short term
Due to the spread of the omicron variant of COVID, we’re making a temporary return to virtual meetings for the month of January. We will assess the situation in February. The Zoom link for the meeting link will be sent out to all members a day or two before the meeting. We still meet every Thursday morning from 8-9 AM, with social time starting at 7:30 AM.

Mt. Zion Cemetery Project
An update on an important project for our Club: MBR member Ellie Gill has taken a leadership role to coordinate our Club’s effort with Rotary Club of Washington, DC to help restore and preserve historical Mt Zion Cemetery in Georgetown. Mt. Zion Methodist Church is the oldest Black church in Washington, and its cemetery is one of the most historic Black cemeteries in DC. In the 19th century, there were over 6000 burials there, but the cemetery long ago fell into disrepair and now only about 310 markers have been recovered and identified. To add to its history, it’s highly likely that the cemetery was a key stop on the Underground Railroad. Over the past year, members of our Rotary Clubs have been doing regular cleanup projects at the cemetery. Now the Clubs have joined forces to fund a new storage shed that will provide secure storage for tools and supplies used by volunteer groups to restore and preserve the Cemetery grounds and stone artifacts. The availability of a shed enables tools and supplies to be removed from the cemetery vault – the vault is an important element of cemetery and underground railroad history and is featured in education programs. Rotarians and other volunteers will assemble the shed in early 2022. MBR will continue to support Mt. Zion’s restoration and cleanup work in 2022. Our next planned cleanup is January 16.

In-Person Social Events Postponed
Our January 8 Whiskey Fundraiser and January 22 Post-Holiday Party have been postponed until we can gather safely indoors. Keep an eye out for an announcement for an outdoor firepit get-together.

Upcoming Speakers
Our Program Committee has arranged some great speakers, including Isidre Sala, liaison between Catalonia and the US (Jan 13); scientist, artist, and author Bulent Atalay (Jan 20); and author Nicole Bell (Jan 27). Check our Calendar of Events for the latest schedule.

Club President 2023-24
We are looking for nominees to be president-elect in 2022-23 and advance to club president in 2023-24. To apply, you must have been a member of MBR for at least one year and have served on the board or done similar service. Deadline to express interest: January 20th

Purple Teaser #1: Long Weekend at Bethany Beach!
The Purple Tee Golf Tournament is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and to raise even more, we’re trying something new – offering raffle items, Purple Teasers, throughout the year. The first Purple Teaser 2022 raffle item is a long weekend in a lovely ocean block Bethany Beach, Delaware home (February, March, or April only). $25 tickets can be purchased by MBR members ONLY until January 20, with the drawing held during the January 20 meeting. View and bid at charityauction.bid/PurpleTeaser

Movie Nights continue!
Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm the group discusses the film they watched on their own time the week before. See the calendar for upcoming films.

Stay safe, everyone!

What’s Doing @MBR in Nov & Dec 2021

Happy Holiday Season! 

We’re meeting in person on Thursday mornings at Spanish Diner in Bethesda
Meetings are 8-9 AM, with social time starting at 7:30 AM. A Zoom option is available for those who cannot attend in person. There is no official meeting scheduled for Thanksgiving, but interested members can gather for coffee at Philz down the street from Spanish Diner.

Service Projects
Nov. 5: Nourishing Bethesda food distribution at BCC Rescue Squad
Nov. 7: Mt. Zion Cemetery Cleanup
Nov. 13: Refugee apartment setup
Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Meal distribution for those in need. An annual tradition in partnership with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. Almost 200 families to be served!
Dec. 3: Nourishing Bethesda food distribution at BCC Rescue Squad
Dec. 12: Volunteer with A Wider Circle

Social Events
Dec. 11: Day Trip to Richmond for a special group tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Dec. 16: Annual Ugly Sweater Contest! Wear your favorite holiday-themed ugly sweater!

Upcoming Speakers
Our Program Committee has arranged some great speakers, including Peter Trippi, editor in chief of Art Connoisseur Magazine (Nov 4); journalist Sanford Unger (Nov. 11);  Lina Sergie Attar of the Karam Foundation; author and musician Adrian Loving (Dec. 9); and Bethesda Magazine owner Scott Copeland (Dec. 16). Check our Calendar of Events for the latest schedule.

Collections – we’ve got several going this month!
For the Girls: We have worked occasionally with For the Girls, an organization that collects gently-used bras and unopened packages of feminine hygiene products. These items are distributed to women who do not have access to such products. Feel free to bring your items to a Thursday meeting and they will be collected by Erika.

Help Provide Gifts and Winter Gear: We are partnering with the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce (where Allie is the director and Russell is president of the board) to raise money for purchasing gifts and needed winter gear. These items will be distributed for the next 5 Fridays to those who drive through to pick up food at the BCC Rescue Squad.

The Interact Club of Metro Bethesda requests your generous donation of new TOYS for their December service project with Angels for Children. A drop-off box will be available at our MBR meetings. Interactors will be wrapping the toys received so they can be delivered to less fortunate children residing at Montgomery Housing Partnership’s apartments in Wheaton. This is the 23rd year of operation of the Angels for Children toy drive and the 2nd year of our Interactors’ participation with this program.

Movie Nights continue!
Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm the group discusses the film they watched on their own time the week before. See the calendar for upcoming films.

Have a great holiday season, everyone!