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.
3-6-18 Last week B-CC Honorary Member Steuart Martens talked about making changes in his life and how he decided to become a Health and Wellness Coach. Steuart helps people live healthier, longer lives, which covers the entire circle of life. The number one killer in our diets is Sugar. There are 56 different names for sugar in our food supply. In the 1880’s people consumed about 18 lbs of sugar annually and now it is between 150-170 lbs a year.
2/27/18 John Bowis, of Chevy Chase Cars, talked about autonomous (hand free) vehicles and the future of mobility. Cars have represented a freedom of movement and joy for over 125 years, but not so much anymore. There are 253 million cars and trucks in US today with 6m crashes a year, 2m injuries, and 37k deaths. Autonomous vehicles are the solution to regaining mobility and joy. They reduce accidents by over 90%, are lighter weight, much more efficient (electric), and cheaper. John predicts that in 10-15 yrs from now we will all be driving autonomous vehicles. They might even be mandated by the government for safety reasons.
2/13/18 Dr. Thomas Matthew, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins spoke about your Heart - The Happiness Factor. Heart disease causes 25% of deaths in US and over ½ are men. A new procedure called TAVR can replace a diseased aortic valve with a man-made valve using a minimal invasive catheter. With resources of Johns Hopkins, Suburban has almost doubled the volume of heart cases over the past several years. Suburban Hospital’s enhancement project will open in fall of 2019- timed to coincide with Suburban Hospital’s 75th anniversary.
Feb 20, 2018 Marcus Hull and Will Gundlach spoke about the Three Rangers Foundation, helping Veterans achieve lifelong success. 22 Million Veterans in US that need to stay connected to “Veteran Communities”. The new 3RF initiative, Veteran Development Program, is pro-active to achieve better long-term results before had things happen.
Will Gundlach is a participant of the program. He is a former Ranger in Afghanistan and suffering from PTSD. Will was homeless, and how has a full time job and is on a path to success in the civilian world. For more information go to:
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”.
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.