Upcoming Events

Rotary at the Movies
July 26th 2021 7:30 pm
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Executive Committee Meeting
Topic: Monthly Executive Committee Meeting
July 27th 2021 6:00 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Internal Meeting
July 29th 2021 8:00 am
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Board Meeting
Jul 29th - Jun 17th 2022 6:00 pm
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Rotary at the Movies
August 2nd 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: JoAnn Hill, Author
Topic: Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure
August 5th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
August 9th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Wendy Kaufman, President Bethesda Historical Society
Topic: Happy 150th Birthday! History of Bethesda
August 12th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
August 16th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
August 19th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
August 23rd 2021 7:30 pm
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Executive Committee Meeting
August 24th 2021 6:00 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
August 26th 2021 8:00 am
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Board Meeting
Speaker: Peter Trippi, Editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur
Aug 26th - Jul 15th 2022 6:00 pm
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Rotary at the Movies
August 30th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
September 2nd 2021 8:00 am
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Purple Tee Auction Begins
Sep 2nd - Sep 20th 2021 9:00 am
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
September 9th 2021 8:00 am
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What’s Doing @MBR in July & August

July is the month we say Happy Rotary New Year! Thank you to outgoing president Clara Montanez, who successfully guided us through a year of Zoom meetings, social events, and service projects. Mark Rom is our new president and Erika Dickstein is our new President-Elect. Congrats to all as they take on their new responsibilities.

And here’s more good Rotary news: we’re resuming in-person meetings! Starting July 1, the Club will meet at the BCC Rescue Squad for the next few meetings. Their spacious meeting room accommodates us all with social distancing and allows for our tech set-up so we can still offer a zoom option for those who would prefer to attend remotely. Breakfast is provided by Bethesda Bagels. $15/person at the door. All those attending should be fully vaccinated.

As usual, our Program Committee has arranged some great speakers, including Eve Chauchard, President of the Comité Tricolore, member Akhil Maheshwari from the Global Newborn Society, author JoAnn Hill, and Wendy Kaufman of the Bethesda Historical Society.

Planning for the 15th annual Purple Tee Golf Classic is in full swing! (See what I did there?) Be sure to sign up to golf, sponsor, or volunteer on September 23. Donate an auction item too. Much more about this in the months to come.

On July 12, MBR is holding a social event at the Big Train Baseball Game. Join for dinner and a great time.

We will be collecting for all of July to benefit Manna Food Center. Bring your cans of TUNA, SALMON or CHICHEN to the weekly meeting.

Movie Nights continue! Every Monday 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 cool!

What’s Doing @MBR in May & June 2021

Here’s what’s on tap for MBR in May & June:

We’ve got some interesting speakers scheduled, including Diana Yousef of change: WATER Labs (May 6), Robin Givhan from the Washington Post (May 13), and Melissa Chiu, director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (May 20).

A team of MBR volunteers will volunteer for the Nourishing Bethesda food distribution project at the BCC Rescue Squad on Friday, May 14. See Ellen Singer for more details.

Join us on May 22 (rain date May 23) for a socially distanced social event at the home of Bob and Elizabeth Margolis in St. Michaels, MD. Check your Weekly Wheel for signup information.

On June 5, MBR will do a service event with Rock Creek Nature Conservancy, 10:00-12:00 noon. To sign up click on Invasive Removal – Trail 9 Please consider making a $25 donation if possible to the Conservancy.

Rotarians for the Equality of Black People – this Social Justice committee works with the Rotary Club of Washington, DC to help eradicate systemic racism. Meetings are every other Tuesday at 6 pm (May 18, June 1, June 15).

We’re viewing and discussing classic films every Monday at Rotary at the Movies: May 10: Pather Panchali; May 17: Ninotchka; May 24: All About My Mother; May 31: Burnt by the Sun. View the film at your convenience the week before, then join us at 7:30 pm for discussion.

Congratulations to Russell Lacey and his bride Xan!! Russell is also the incoming Chair of the Board for the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to Ellie Gill who just received a Graduate Certificate in International Studies from Howard University Graduate School!!

Happy Cicada-spotting!

What’s Doing @MBR in March & April

Spring is springing! Here’s what’s on tap for MBR in March & April:

We’ve got several interesting speakers scheduled: Geeta Manek for International Women’s Day (March 4), Fiona Hill on foreign policy challenges (March 11), staff members from Adventure Theatre MCT (March 18), Eileen Filler-Corn, the VA Speaker of the House (March 25), Thomas Tang, CEO, Co-founder Valera Health (April 8), Danielle Amato-Milligan, Director AKA Strategies on philanthropy fundraising (April 15), and Dr. Horacio Grigera Naon on international commercial arbitration (April 29).

Thu., April 1 is New Member Day! We’ll learn more about our new members and hear from several long-time members.

A team of MBR volunteers will volunteer for the Nourishing Bethesda food distribution project on Friday, April 1. See Ellen Singer for more details.

Join us for a socially distanced walk around the beautiful Kenwood cherry blossoms on Sunday, April 4 starting at 4pm. Meet at the Westbard Shopping Center Parking lost and we’ll walk over from there.

MBR is pleased to be a sponsor of A Wider Circle‘s 2021 Virtual Race to End Poverty this year. On Saturday morning, April 17, we’re sponsoring our own mini race/walk to support the effort. Meet at Norwood Park (4700 Norwood Dr., Chevy Chase) at 11am for a socially distanced walk with members and friends of MBR. Registering with our team and making a $25 donation will help support A Wider Circle’s important work – we’ve missed working with them to help set up refugee apartments during the pandemic but hope to continue those efforts soon. Note that parking is tight at the park entrance. More details in your Weekly Wheel or on our website.

Rotarians for the Equality of Black People – this Social Justice committee works with the Rotary Club of Washington, DC to help eradicate systemic racism. Meetings are every other Tuesday at 6 pm, and immediately after every other MBR meeting.

Interested in connecting with #Rotary members around the world who share your interests and passions? Rotary Fellowship Groups are a great way to connect, especially during COVID times. Whether you’re passionate about golf, wine, cultural heritage, jazz, surfing, Esperanto, or much much more, you can find other like-minded Rotarians. Check out the list of Fellowship Groups and join one or a few. Even better – our Club earns credit towards a Rotary International Citation for each member who joins. One of our members has offered to donate $5 to our MBR Foundation for every MB Rotarian who joins a Fellowship, so let’s get him to write a check for $250!

We’re viewing and discussing classic films every Monday at Rotary at the Movies: Rafiki (Mar. 1); Seven Beauties (Mar. 8); And God Created Women (Mar. 15); 2001 A Space Odyssey (Mar. 22), The Elephant Man (Mar 29), Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (April 5), Il Gattopardo (April 12), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (April 19), and The Grand Illusion and Casablanca (April 26). View the film at your convenience the week before, then join us for discussion.

Travel Tales (and ‘Tails) will gather (virtually) on March 4 and April 1.

Happy Spring!

What’s Doing @MBR in February

We ❤️ MBR! Here’s what’s coming up in February for MBR:

We’re continuing our fundraising for Head Start. We’re coordinating a fundraising drive for books, and we’re well on our way to the $5,000 match goal. You can help by making a contribution here.

We’ve got several interesting speakers scheduled for this month: District Governor Designate Delores Edwards Harding (Feb. 4); travel media entrepreneur Darley Newman (Feb. 11); MoCo Council VP Gabe Albornoz (Feb. 18); and Lisa LaFontaine and Joan Rogers on pets during COVID (Feb. 25).

Thu., Feb. 11 is Guest Day! Please invite anyone you think might enjoy the meeting, or who might be interested in joining the Club. Also, look for an Interest & Skills Inventory from the Service Committee.

Thu., Feb. 25 is Family Pet Day! Bring your pet to your breakout room. Funny pet photos are welcome. Our speakers will talk about pet adoption and training.

Many of us are craving in-person social interaction with Club members. Join us for our first Fireside Chat on Sun., Feb. 21 from 2-5 pm. Enjoy some socially-distanced time with your fellow members at David Searby’s home. A different nonprofit will be available to talk at each fire pit.

Rotarians for the Equality of Black People – this Social Justice committee works with the Rotary Club of Washington, DC to help eradicate systemic racism. Meetings are every other week (Feb. 12 & 26) at 6 pm.

Interested in connecting with #Rotary members around the world who share your interests and passions? Rotary Fellowship Groups are a great way to connect, especially during COVID times. Whether you’re passionate about golf, wine, cultural heritage, jazz, surfing, Esperanto, or much much more, you can find other like-minded Rotarians. Check out the list of Fellowship Groups and join one or a few. Even better – our Club earns credit towards a Rotary International Citation for each member who joins. One of our members has offered to donate $5 to our MBR Foundation for every MB Rotarian who joins a Fellowship, so let’s get him to write a check for $250!
 
 
MBR is sponsoring a Four Way Test speech contest for high school students grades 9-12 with cash awards to the top submissions! One winner will be selected by our Club and will advance to the District Level. Registration deadline is Feb. 28. Find a Four Way Test Speech Contest Description and Registration Form here.
 
 
We’re viewing and discussing four classic films for Rotary at the Movies: Farewell My Concubine (Feb. 1); The Godfather (Feb. 8); Some Like It Hot (Feb. 15); and The Manchurian Candidate (Feb. 22).
 

Travel Tales (and ‘Tails) will gather (virtually) on Feb. 4 and Feb. 18.

Last but definitely not least, congratulations to Erika Dickstein on her unanimous election to serve as president-elect in 2021-22 and become our president in July 2022. We are very grateful for her willingness to serve.

Happy February!