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!