Leslye Howerton & Robert Kronenberg Speak on Bethesda Downtown Development

1-9-18    Last week we moved our meeting to the offices of Lerch, Early and Brewer.   Leslye Howerton and Robery Krononberg, of Montgomery County Planning Department, talked about the recent and pending developments in Bethesda.  The new Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, adopted in May 2017, will shape development over the next 20 yrs.  New development of Marriott’s HQ (office, hotel, retail) and re-development of old Police Station site (office, hotel). Go to www.montgomeryplanning.org. 

Brad Bickford Talks About Healthy and Fulfilling Retirement Living.

12-19-17    Our guest speaker was Brad Bickford talking about healthy and fulfilling retirement living.  Mr. Bickford talked about five (5)  areas of focus: Philological/Emotional, Physical, Dietary, Spiritual, and Family.  Retirement is another stage of life, with time to explore and development new talents.  40% of men forced to retire get depressed.  Brain maintains neuroplasticity so that old dogs can learn new tricks! 

Kick Off For Turkey Chase 35th Annual Charity Race on Thanksgiving Morning

11-21-17   The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda held their joint meeting on Tuesday to kick off the 35th Annual Turkey Chase Race on Thanksgiving morning.  Guest speaker Richard Leotta talked about how the tragic death of his 24 year old son Noah, a Montgomery County Police Officer, lead to Maryland's passing of Noah's Law.  In 2015 Noah volunteered for the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, and was struck and killed by a multiple time offender reckless and irresponsible drunk driver while making a roadside stop of another suspected impaired diver.  Officer Noah Leotta was killed by the exact crime he was trying to protect us from.  On October 1, 2016 Noah's Law was passed,  requiring ignition interlock devises be installed in cars of convicted drunk drivers.  



The Turkey Chase is the largest fundraiser for the B-CC Rotary Club and YMCA BCC, two of Montgomery County's most notable organizations.  Over $4.9 million has been raised since the race's inception to improve the lives of thousands of at-risk children and families in our community.   This year, Whole Foods is the Title Sponsor.  The event's popularity, history and program benefits make it a perfect fit for those seeking opportunities to give back to the local community.   

Carla Larrick, Director of YMCA BCC talks about 35th Turkey Chase Race and YMCA

10-31-17    Carla Larrick, of YMCA BCC talked about 35 years of Turkey Chase, raising over $4.9 million, and gave us a sneak preview of this year’s shirt.  PDG Bob Hanson, a Rotarian for over 64 yrs, has been involved with YMCA BCC since 1963.  Five B-CC Rotary club charter members secured the land and built the YMCA building.  A new YMCA building will be built at the same location and ready in the spring of 2018.  For more information on Turkey Chase 35th Annual Charity Race go to wwwlturkeychase.com .  

Paul Taylor Speaks on US Demographics at Play

11-7-14 Guest speaker Paul Taylor talked about the next America. Demographic focuses at play in US with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, & will continue until 2030!  By 2050 US will be white minority, immigration is driving our demographic makeover. Social Security implications-in 1945 US had 42 workers for every beneficiary, in 2010 there were only 3 workers.  Author of  the book  “The Next America”.