11/14/17 Ambassador Reuben Brigety, II, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU, talked about the school’s work. Undergraduate and Master programs focus on practicing diplomacy, not just academics. The school is growing leaders for the future. For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 .
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”.
10-24-17 Mary Robinson of Capacity Partners talked about Organizational Vitality. The 4 Pillars are Vision, Leadership, Goals and Engagement. It aligns positive energy within the entire system of an organization. The heart of making a non-profit organization resilient, successful and be loved. “Culture eats strategy for lunch”, Peter Drucker. For more information go to capasitypartners.com.
10-17-17 Ms. Shirley Higuchi, a lawyer and Chairman of the Board of the Heart Mountain Foundation, discussed the history Heart Mountain and the Foundation. Heart Mountain, located just east of Cody, Wyoming, served as the location of a WW II Japanese Internment Camp established via Executive Order by President Truman. Ms. Higuchi’s grandparents were interned at Heart Mountain. Ms. Higuchi described life at the camp including an incident in which 63 individuals were drafted, refused to serve, served time at Leavenworth prison but were pardoned by President Truman and released after the war. Today, the Foundation operates a museum located at the site of the Camp, which is open to the public telling the history of Heart Mountain and the U.S. program of interning Japanese Americans during the duration of WW II.
10-3-17 Barbara and Tom Allen spoke passionately about “Substance Use Disorder”. Our own DG Greg Wims focused on this public health crisis with his Opioid Addition Awareness Forums. Biggest issue is “stigma” associated with disease of addiction. It is a complex & systemic problem in every segment of society that knows no social or racial boundaries. There were two take aways: 1) Learn the signs and symptoms of Opioid misuse. 2) Obtain and learn how to administer Naloxone (drug that blocks effects of Opium). For more information go to: www.shatterthestigma.com
10-10-17 Last week Susan Soderberg spoke about Abraham Lincoln’s Montgomery County Connection. Abraham Lincoln attended a Bar-B-Que near Darnestown in 1848 as a Congressman. He also visited Mr. Blair at his home in Silver Spring many times during his Presidency. Mr. Blair was the founder of the Republican Political Party.
9-25-17 Ray Locker, a Washington Enterprise Editor for USA Today spoke about the similarities and differences between Nixon and Trump.
Similarities: both had campaign problems, both fired people investigating them, both were tremendously loathed by political opponents.
Differences: Nixon kept military at bay while Trump close to military, Nixon secrecy in government while Trump’s over-sharing “text”, Nixon was paranoid and Trump is narcissist.
9-19-17 B-CC’s own Greg Wims, District Governor of Rotary District 7620 makes his official visit. In his official capacity as DG, Greg has visited more than 40 clubs and driven over 3000 miles over the past several months. He educated our group about District projects such as environmental tree planting, satellite clubs, disaster aid, opioid addiction and pocket change donations to help fund Alzheimer’s research. It’s obvious that Greg is intent on making a difference during his tenure as the leader of Rotary 7620.
Check out Greg’s September newsletter Action News at http://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/Accounts/7620/Newsletter/0/Rotary%20Action%20News%20September%202017.pdf