5-22-18 Jack Smith, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, spoke about the Montgomery County School district being the largest school system in MD with 162,000 students. The $2.6 billion budget operates 205 schools, 1300 busses, 23K employees, and serves 18 million meals annually. The challenges include safety, bulling and serving a diverse student body- 32% Hispanic/Latin, 28% White, 21% Black/African American, and 14% Asian. For more information go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org
5-8-18 Richard Bendis, President & CEO of BioHealth Innovation, Inc spoke about the BioHealth industry. BioHealth is a hugely powerful intermediary in the Washington area BioHealth industry, which has come to be known as “Bio Health Capital.” The DC/MD/VA area has become a national contender for Biohealth companies comparable to Silicon Valley in California and Route 28 in the Boston area. BioHealth Innovation serves a conduit for public and private investment in the industry and, among its members, includes such bio giants as MedImmune, Roche and the Mitre Corporation. They also serve as an incubator for startups and often make their own investment in emerging technologies. Mr. Bendis’ talk was a great introduction to the powerful and exciting science of the biotechnology. To learn more go http://www.biohealthinnovation.org/
5-15-18 Our very own Alison Santighian led a discussion concerning how our club could build its membership. Her program followed a member comment period of several weeks and discussions with her Membership Committee and the B-CC RC Board of Directors. The first suggestion was that members should be encouraged to bring guests to our luncheon and those guests should become aware that we are looking for new members.
A further suggestion was outlined that we consider allowing different classes of membership, which might have a broader appeal to potential members. Among those optional member ship categories are:
• Classic Membership
• Corporate Membership
• Social and Emerging Leaders Membership
• Service Lane Membership
It was also suggested from the floor that our website should clearly explain how and why to become a member of our Rotary Club.
We continue to look for suggestions and encourage all members to put forth an effort to encourage friends, neighbors and acquaintances to join in our valuable community service organization.
5-1-18 Anand Seth, Tom Hoopengardner, Narayanan Ramachandran and others spoke about B-CC Club’s involvement with RI Global Grants. Club’s focus is health and education. Keys to success are sustainability and setting measurable goals, meeting true community needs, and involvement by local Rotary clubs and the community. B-CC is involved with 5 active Global Grant projects: Vimuki Girls School, Nareshwadi Tribal School, Balochistan Education, SRGVVK Education, and Bangalore Blindness Prevention. There are 2 pending Global Grant projects: Honduras Education and Niger Girls Education.
4/17/18 Alison Santighian lead the meeting in a discussion on membership initiatives. There was a brainstorming session on short-term membership ideas. A longer-term/strategic discussion will take place on May 15.
4/10/18 Dr. Donald L. Trump, a Medical Oncologist at INOVA Medical Group, talked about the progress in cancer care and treatment. There are better outcomes at dedicated cancer centers due to interdisciplinary care and integration of care. Their facility will open in early 2019 in Fairfax, VA. He has seen great advancements in immunotherapy. Other advancements are in the mapping of the genome of cancers. Go to www.ompva.org for more information.
3-27-18 Archie Avedisian also received a Foundation check for his WANADA program, Automobile Dealer Education Institute. The funds are used to purchase tools for the students enrolled in the Auto Technician Training at Montgomery College. John Bowis and Rich Carson Sponsored this grant.
3-27-18 The B-CC Rotary Foundation presented a check to Kara VanderKamp and Ibrahama Harouna representing Remember Niger Coalition. Their Hamsa Girls Education Center provides a safe learning space for adolescent girls and young women in Niger. Johnny Young and Ray Panczyk sponsored the grant.
3/20/18 DGN Barton Goldenberg spoke about his experience while attending Rotary’s National Immunization Day (NID) in India. In 2018 there were just three new cases of Polio; two in Afghanistan and one in Pakistan. 172 million children under the age of 5 were immunized in 1.5 days during the National Immunization Day program in India. Barton participated as one of the 1.2 million volunteers at NID. The vaccine only costs $3 per child. NID is a joint private/public project involving Rotary, WHO, DCD, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information go to www.endpolio.org.
3/13/18 Peter Ibenana is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Glenstone Museum of Art, on Glen Road in Potomac, MD. Glenstone, formerly a 200-acre former foxhunting estate, houses a collection of post-World War II art along in Modernist Architecture as well as monumental outdoor Architectural Landscape Displays on its spacious grounds. Mr. Ibenana talked about a new expansion project, which is due to open on October 4th. The museum is free and open to the public. Outdoor sculpture tours will begin in May at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, weather permitting. For more information go to www.glenstone.org.