11-6-18 Bob Levey regaled us with anecdotes from his long career at the Washington Post, and promoted his new novel, “Larry Felder, Candidate”.
10-30-18 Joe Corona of Montgomery County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security made a presentation about emergency preparedness. He emphasized the importance of a written plan and emergency kits for work, home, and car.
10-23-18 Jim Calderwood, an attorney with Zuckert, Scoutt and Rasenberger, spoke about peculiarities in US elections, most notably the primary system and the electoral college.
10-16-18 John Sipher, who retired from the CIA's Clandestine Service after a 20 year career, spoke about Russian active intelligence activities, a.k.a meddling. Mr. Sipher traced the roots of Russia's meddling from the 19th century and focused on the Putin era.
10-9-18 Our guest speaker was Neal Augenstein, journalist from WTOP FM. Mr. Augenstein recounted the impact of technology, especially smart phone, and social media on audio broadcast journalism
10-2-18 Last week’s speaker was Katie Dishman, the Marriott Corporation’s archivist. Ms. Dishman traced the evolution of the corporation almost year-by-year from its founding in 1927 as an A&W Root Beer stand in Washington, D.C. to its present position as the largest hotel chain in the world, with more than 6,500 properties in 127 countries around the world.
9-25-18 Joanne Irving of the Bethesda Metro Rotary Club spoke about harnessing the unconscious mind for success. Whilst we are all hard wired to react (unconscious mind), and while it protects us for the most part, it also can get in the way of succeeding. One can use it better to succeed by learning not to react right away, and by practicing meditation, deep breathing, delaying action, creating space, and practicing mindfulness. She used a couple of stories of successful people to illustrate this and who overcame obstacles to further success by learning to harness the unconscious mind.
9-18-18 Past District Governor Bob Parkinson spoke about the economics of oyster farming in the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay seems vast, but competing interests vie for use: fishermen, crabbers, oystermen, recreational users, and conservationists. Much of the Bay is licensed for specific uses, and licensees must comply with myriad rules and regulations.
9-11-18 The guest speaker was Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann (Ret.), former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahrain and Algeria. Ambassador Neumann is now president of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Ambassador Neumann spoke about the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. Success in Afghanistan is possible if success is defined as preventing the country from becoming a launching pad for terrorist attacks on the U.S. and its allies. There must be military, political and economic elements, and great patience is required. The greatest mistake the Obama administration made was to set timelines for disengagement, which caused friends to doubt U.S. commitment and enemies to persist. Ambassador Neumann is the author of “The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan” and “Three Embassies, Four Wars: a Personal Memoir”. To contact Ambassador Neumann, please do so at the Academy at:
9-4-18 President Katey Boerner recognized members with perfect attendance pins. Our club has amazing members with long-standing perfect attendance records. Be sure to congratulate them.
Ashby Chamberlin 53 years
Don Balderson 49 years
That’s right, Ashby for 53 yrs, and Don for 49 yrs, have either attended, or made up weekly meetings. Wow that’s amazing! There are nine other members trying to catch them.
Don Heath has 33 yrs, France Pruitt 29 yrs, Tom Kwako 29 yrs, Shuko Yoshikami 23 yrs, Rich Carson 17 yrs, Johnny Young 13 yrs, Lawrence Kotchek 13 yrs, Greg Wims 12 yrs, and Barbara Ott with 5 yrs.
PP Alex presented a few awards to members that went beyond the Rotary norm last year.
Mark Scott received a Service Above Self Award, Alison Santighian received a Rotary scarf for her work on the Board, and Will Pumphrey receive a Rotary Bow Tie to add to his collection for being a Sergeant-at-Arms.