6-18-19 Club President Katey Boerner presented the Rising Star award to Tom Hoopengardner in appreciation for his dedicated and loyal service to Rotary.
6-6-19 Great fun at the Installation Dinner at Positano’s in Bethesda. Past District Governor Greg Wims installed the incoming Boards for 2019-2010: Club President Mark Pape with his Club Officers and Directors, and also the Foundation President Katey Boerner with her Foundation Officers and Directors. Past District Governor Rich Carson did the honors of presenting Paul Harris Fellow awards to Jack Clark, Jimmy Didden, and Meg O’Rourke. Below is a list of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors for the Club and Foundation.
Club Board of Directors 2019-2020
Mark Pape President
Cari Cho President-Elect
Alison Santighian Vice President
Varda Fink Secretary
Arnie Lerman Treasurer
Directors: Marvin Address, Jim Audas, Jimmy Didden, Lawrence Kotchek & Anabel Quintero.
Foundation Board of Directors 2019-20
Katey Boerner President
Mike Wehr Secretary
Arnie Lerman Treasurer
Directors: Alex Assaley, Barbara Ott, Monique Sanfuentes, & Johnny Young.
6-11-19 Susan Shreve spoke about living with Polio. Ms. Shreve has authored fifteen novels, thirty books for children, and edited or co-edited five anthologies. She is a long-time professor of creative writing at George Mason University. Ms. Shreve spoke about her memoir, "Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood", which recounts her childhood experience with polio and her stay at the rehab institute founded and made famous by FDR. Ms. Shreve was formerly married to B-CC Rotarian Porter Shreve, whom she met at Sidwell Friends, and is mother to their four adult children.
5-28-19 Ralph Winnie, Jr. is an attorney who has specialized in bringing together Chinese and foreign businesses for their mutual benefit. Mr. Winnie spoke about China’s efforts to decrease dependence on coal. Since 2011, China has accounted for half the coal use in the entire world. China is aggressively pursuing solar, hydro and wind, and is or will soon be the world’s leading producer and consumer of these types of renewable energy. Business in China is relationship-based, and foreign companies that have tried to promote business in China based purely on economic costs and benefits have discovered this the hard way.
5-21-19 Last week there was a presentation on Rotary’s End Polio Now program. The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one, with Rotary leading the fight since 1985. Going from nearly 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 10 so far this year has required time, money, dedication, and innovation from thousands of people who are working to end the disease.
Here are five things you may not know about the fight to end polio:
1. Ice cream factories in Syria are helping by freezing the ice packs that health workers use to keep the polio vaccine cold during immunization campaigns.
2. Celebrities have become ambassadors in our fight to end the disease. They include WWE wrestling superstar John Cena, actress Kristen Bell, action-movie star Jackie Chan, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, and world-renowned violinist and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman. 3. Health workers and Rotary volunteers have climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and sailed to remote islands, risking their lives to vaccinate children against this disease. Rotary has funded more than 1,500 motorbikes and 6,700 other vehicles, as well as 17 boats, to make those journeys. Vaccinators have even traveled on the backs of elephants, donkeys, and camels to immunize children in remote areas.
4. In Pakistan, the polio program emphasizes hiring local female vaccinators and monitors. More than 21,000 vaccinators, 83 percent of whom are women, are achieving the highest immunization coverage rates in the country’s history.
5. Thanks to the efforts of Rotary and its partners, more than 16 million people who otherwise might have been paralyzed are walking today. In all, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated since 1988.
To learn more about Rotary’s Polio program go to this link. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=rotary+dare+to+dream+video&qpvt=rotary+dare+to+dream+video&view=detail&mid=37FC647F3F35A59F1EBD37FC647F3F35A59F1EBD&&FORM=VRDGAR
5-14-19 Merle Steiner spoke about Dining for Women, a nonprofit organization with 88 chapters. Each chapter meets once a month at a member’s home for a potluck dinner. At each dinner meeting, a presentation features a nonprofit organization that supports increased opportunities for women and children in developing countries. After the presentation, participants contribute the amount they would otherwise have spent on a dinner out. In 2018, Dining for Women raised over $1 million for these nonprofits. It’s Dining FOR Women, not Dining WITH Women – men are welcome to participate. Several BCC Rotary members will participate in a chapter meeting on 5/16.
5-7-19 Terry Sherman Ralston gave her classification talk. Born and raised in the DC area, Terry recently retired from the storage and construction trailer business. As one of the few women in that industry, Terry grew her business from one trailer into a much larger operation. Terry gives back to the community by mentoring other women and partnering with many community charities. Welcome to the Club, Terry!
5-7-19 Carla Larrick provided an update on the new YMCA facility – a $8.7M renovation of the original building constructed 55 years ago. Rotary sponsored the new elevator! Carla talked about the YMCA’s mission of serving the community and its members and its partnership with Rotary over the years, particularly on Turkey Chase. Carla enthusiastically presented videos reflecting how the new facility will look and how the YMCA discovered a time capsule from the original building. Sonny Marsh and Bob Hanson attended the opening of the original time capsule, and a new capsule will be deposited into the new building. A ribbon cut at the YMCA is scheduled for June 12th.
4-30-19 Stephen Buck spoke about the Sunni/Shi’a divide and the war in Yemen. The US invasion of Iraq removed what the Saudis perceived to be a counterbalance to Iran’s regional ambitions, fanning Saudi fears of being encircled by Shiite countries. Saudi Arabia has reacted in part by attacking Shiite civilian targets in Yemen, particularly food supplies, with US support and weapons. Mr. Buck believes that US bombs are not only causing a humanitarian disaster, but also creating Yemeni terrorists. (On March 13, 2019, President Trump vetoed a Senate resolution to end US support for the war.) Mr. Buck argued that US efforts to unseat Iran’s leadership by means of economic strangulation are both counterproductive and likely to fail.
4-23-19 David Stuckey regaled a rapt audience with a recounting of his bicycle ride across America in 2016. Accompanied by his daughter, Stuckey braved rain and endured climbing mountains. He extolled the benefits of seeing the country at bicycle speed, and credited the many friendly and generous people he met along the way with making it a fabulous journey.