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.
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!
12-12-17 Bob Silverman is the Director of Muslim-Jewish relations at the American Jewish Committee. His job focuses on public policy in US, specifically religious based hate crimes. Of the US population, Jews make up 2%, and Muslims are 1%. To find out more go to https://www.ajc.org/
12-5-17 Katie McSheffrey spoke about the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Program. A Program that emphasizes working with adolescent women, is in 61 countries to encourage STEM education, and to attend school and pursue careers. They operate an overnight camp to empower young girls to stay in school.
11-28-17 Last week Narayanan Ramachandran gave his classification talk. His classification is Computers – Software Co. Executive (Retired), and is sponsored by Anand Seth and Sam Dhir. Narayanan has over 35 yrs experience in leading software companies focused on high technology content. He is the owner of RAMA Systems, LLC, located in Bethesda.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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”.