Upcoming Events

Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Lisa LaFontaine and Joan Rogers
Topic: Pets During Covid
February 25th 2021 8:00 am
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Interact Club of Metro Bethesda February Workshop & Meeting
Speaker: Arianna Ross, Founder of Story Tapestries, Writer, Performer, Educator, Rotarian
Topic: SPARK YOUR CREATIVITY & TURN OFF YOUR ZOOM FATIQUE!
February 28th 2021 3:30 pm
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Rotary at the Movies
Topic: Rafiki
March 1st 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
Topic: International Women's Day
March 4th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
March 8th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
March 11th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
March 15th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
March 18th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
March 22nd 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
March 25th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
March 29th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
April 1st 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
April 5th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
April 8th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
April 12th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
April 15th 2021 8:00 am
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Rotary at the Movies
April 19th 2021 7:30 pm
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Metro Bethesda Weekly Club Meeting
April 22nd 2021 8:00 am
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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!

What’s Doing @MBR in January

Happy New Year! Here’s what’s coming up in January for MBR:

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

January 15-19: Members will have the chance to vote on our president-elect (president term starting June 2022). Watch your email for the invitation to vote. Don’t forget — the deadline for this cycle of grant applications for the MBR Foundation is Feb. 1.

We’ve got several interesting speakers scheduled for this month: M. Charito Kruvant, Chairperson of the Board and co-founder of Creative Associates International (Jan. 7); Senan Ebrahim, Founder & Chair, Hikma Health (Jan. 21); Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Jan. 28).

Our January 14 meeting will feature updates from all of our committees. All members are encouraged to join any committees that interest them. Also, look for an Interest & Skills Inventory from the Service Committee.

Many of us are craving in-person social interaction with Club members! Plans are underway for a socially-distanced social event around an outdoor firepit. Keep an eye on your email for more details.

We’re viewing and discussing four classic films for Rotary at the Movies: Magnificent Seven (Jan. 4); Le Notti di Cabiria (Jan. 11); Wild Strawberries (Jan. 18); and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Jan. 25).

Travel Tales will gather (virtually) on Jan. 7 for the Holiday edition.

Happy January!

What’s Doing @MBR in December

Even though it’s a short month due to the holidays, we already have a lot of service and social activities planned:

This month, we are launching a major initiative with Head Start. We’re coordinating a fundraising drive for books. We’ve already provided 120 MBR facemasks for teachers and we’re about to order student facemasks for 650 preschoolers.

In our continuing effort to help with local food insecurity, ten Rotarians will volunteer to load cars and direct traffic at the “Nourishing Bethesda” food drive at BCC Rescue Squad on Fri., Dec. 18. MBR has already contributed $3000 in support from the Foundation and remaining global grant funds  to Nourishing Bethesda, which is being spearheaded by St. John’s Church.

Through Dec. 11, we are collecting canned cranberry sauce and boxed stuffing mix for Bethesda Help (different from Bethesda Cares). They are providing December holiday baskets to families in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, and Silver Spring. We are hoping for 50 cans and 50 boxes. Not a problem for Rotarians!! Drop your items off at the Greifs’ house.

On Dec. 9 at 7 pm, we’re celebrating the Club’s 14th anniversary (outdoors!) at Surfside/Tenleytown. More information and signup is available at this link. If more than 18 people are interested, the restaurant can set up additional dining.

We’ve got two great speakers scheduled for this month: Teri Cochrane, Integrative Practitioner, CCP will speak about weight management (Dec. 3) and Major Mark Woodcock of the Salvation Army will speak about their current challenges (Dec. 10).

And don’t miss our Ugly Sweater Contest at our Dec. 17 meeting!

We’re viewing and discussing four classic films for Rotary at the Movies: The General (Dec. 7); Best Years of our Lives (Dec. 14); Seven Samurai (Dec. 21); Magnificent Seven (Dec. 28).

Travel Tales will gather (virtually) on Dec. 10.

Last but not least, please welcome new members Heller An Shapiro, Clarissa Harris, and Akhil Maheshwari!

Happy December!

What’s Doing @MBR in November

Upcoming Service Project – Feed Bethesda

Sat., Nov. 21 9 am-noon. This month MBR will help support the “Feed Bethesda” project in partnership with the BCC Club to provide Thanksgiving meals to Bethesda families in need. We help provide funds to purchase the grocery items needed. (In the past we have helped assemble the bags for delivery; however, this year due to COVID, the BCC family in charge will do all the packing. ) We will again help with delivering the bags. See the Club bulletin for location and more details.

 

Rotary International: The Global Polio Eradication Initiative

This month is a good opportunity to learn more about one of Rotary International’s most important projects – eradicating polio. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with five partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. Learn more >

Social Events

Movie Night: Join us at 7:30 each Monday evening for Rotary at the Movies, when we’ll discuss an interesting independent film you can view over the weekend before.

Socially distanced gatherings: We’re planning another COVID-safe event for November. More info shortly!