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.
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.
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 CHICKEN 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.
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!!
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.