Upcoming Events

Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Russell Lacey, President, Electric Advisors, Inc
Topic: Energy
August 11th 2022 8:00 am
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Connie Stromberg, Art Curator
August 18th 2022 8:00 am
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Meyersburg is a Lecturer at Harvard University
Topic: Why do reasonable people believe unreasonable things? Understanding Past Life Memory Phenomena
August 25th 2022 8:00 am
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Howard County Community (all you can eat) Crab Feast
Speaker: Community Fundraiser- All Welcome
Topic: All you can eat crabs, oysters, pit beef, beer, wine, and more!
September 17th 2022 3:00 pm
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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.

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!

What’s Doing @MBR in September & October

We’re resuming in-person meetings at Spanish Diner!
Exciting news as we move into the fall season! Starting Thursday, September 2, we’re resuming in-person meetings at the Spanish Diner, the restaurant that replaced our old home, Jaleo, in downtown Bethesda. Meetings run from 8-9 am, with social time from 7:30 to 8 am. The Spanish Diner requires all customers to provide proof of vaccination and wear masks. All members will receive an invoice for $60 for the month of September. Please RSVP for the meetings so there is enough food prepared for everyone.

Helping Afghan Refugees
We’ve all watched the terrible events in Afghanistan with great concern, and MBR wants to help. For starters, a $3K grant for Lutheran Social Services has been approved by the MBR Foundation Board to help with local Afghan family apartment setup. If you’d like to supplement the grant, you can donate at this link by September 2. More opportunities to support refugee families will be forthcoming.

Collections in September:
We will be collecting used computers and (working) sewing machines to donate to families in need via local nonprofit KindWorks. More details in your Weekly Wheel.

Upcoming Speakers
Our Program Committee has arranged some great speakers, including Rotary District Governor Elect Geetha Jayaram (Sept 2) and Drs. Bryan Traynor and Rosario Vasta on ALS (Sept 9). Check our Calendar of Events for the latest schedule.

Nourishing Bethesda Food Distribution
On Friday, September 10 from 12-2 pm, join other Club members at the BCC Rescue Squad for Nourishing Bethesda’s food distribution event to put food into bags and distribute at a “drive-through.” All work is outside. Bring a mask. Direction is provided by Nourish Now; other community volunteers will be there.

Take Me Out To the Ball Game!
We’re planning a trip to the baseball game at Nats Park on Sept. 13. Contact David Searby for tickets.

Purple Tee Golf Classic on Sept 23!
The Purple Tee Golf Classic is coming up soon! September 23 is the big day in case you haven’t heard 🙂 Be sure to sign up to play, sponsor a golfer, or volunteer. Sign up to golf or sponsor at birdease.com/MetroBethesdaPurpleTee2021. Contact Alan Schulman or Lyn Culver for more details.

Silent Auction is Open for Bidding
And more on the Purple Tee: don’t miss our online Silent Auction! There are some really great items such as vacation homes in Greece and Utah, professional services, restaurant gift cards, lottery tickets, and more. Visit the auction site at charityauction.bid/purpletee and bid early and often!

Movie Nights continue, but now on Tuesdays!
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.

Happy fall!