Former White House Usher Christopher Emery Talks About Serving the First Family.

2/6/18   Christopher Emery spoke about his experiences as a White House Usher.  From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris was part of the most unique positions in government by serving the personal needs of the first families. He was there during parts of the Reagan, Bush 41, and the Clinton Administrations.  In his talk, Mr. Emery shared fantastic anecdotes of Life in the White House and promoted his book “White House Usher: Stories from the Inside”.

Ian Band talks about Immigration Law- Legal and Illegal.

1-30-18   Ian Band spoke about US Immigration Law. In today’s world immigration law is very complex and ever changing. Legal immigration have been static during the past few yrs, and illegal immigration is on the decline. Despite popular belief, the legal immigration into US does not undercut or displace US workers and their wages.  Compliance with immigration laws is very expensive with filling fees and legal fees.  

Commander Paul Liquori, Bethesda Police Deptartment, Talked About Policing in Bethesda

1-23-18   Guest speaker Commander  Paul Liquori, of 2nd District of the Montgomery County Police department talked about policing in Bethesda.  In 2017 there were 21 homicides in Montgomery County, but zero in the 2nd District.  Most prevalent crime is theft from autos. Traffic safety is a big concern; 32 fatal collisions in 2017 and 2,789 arrests for DUI.  The new police station opened on Jan 22; a four-story building, 38,000 sq/ft, located at 4823 Rugby Avenue.

 

 

there were 21 homicides in MoCo, but zero in the 2nd District.  Most prevalent crime is theft from autos. Traffic safety is a big concern; 32 fatal collisions in 2017 and 2,789 arrests for DUI.  The new police station opened on Jan 22; a four-story building, 38,000 sq/ft, located at 4823 Rugby Avenue.

EU Deputy Ambassador Caroline Vicini Speaks on European Union and US Relations

1/16/18       Our guest speaker European Deputy Ambassador Caroline Vicini talked about relations between the EU and US.  The EU consists of 28 member states primarily located in Europe. Can trace origin back to Treaty of Rome (1957) as well as the Marshall Plan, so the US is “midwife” of the EU.  Crisis facing EU includes Brittan’s exit, refugee influx from Middle East & Africa, and the fallout from financial meltdown in 2008.      

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!