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The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


August 18, 2010

 

The meeting was called to order by Jeanne Richter.

 

America the Beautiful was sung and lead by Guy Semmes.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance led by Hirsch Minsky.

 

The invocation was given by Morris Gevinson

 

Sergeant of Arms, Jan Brose, asked if any Rotarian had any "Random act of kindness" to report.  No one had any reports to make.  Jan reminded her fellow Rotarians that if any member reports a " random act of kindness " during the previous week, then the Sergeant of Arms pays the member!

" Did ya know " (Sergeant of Arms, Jan Brose ' s newly coined phrase) that a member of our club was once a water ski instructor in Florida. No one in the club could guess who that member was - Morris Gevinson was that instructor!

 

Happy bucks:

 

Jim Harris gave happy bucks for an enjoyable vacation with family to Bermuda.

Don Harrison contributed happy bucks, having spent a wonderful week in Seattle with son and family. Don celebrated his birthday with his 2 year old grandson singing Happy Birthday to him.

Jeanne Richter donated happy bucks for a very nice visit to Monticello.

Jack Kelly gave happy bucks in recognition of our scariest Sergeant at Arms in 20 years!

Sarah Torrence offered a sad buck because she and Jim still have no TV or Internet since last Thursday ' s storm.

Jim Torrence gave happy bucks because he is taking his laptop and going to McDonalds and downloading all the emails and then taking them home to read!

Morris Gevinson contributed happy bucks because he and Jack Kelly got together as part of a buddy system. Morris and Jack enjoyed a great dinner together enjoyed each other ' s great company.

 

Club President Jeanne Richter introduced fellow club member, Rev. Anne Benefield, as our speaker.  The topic of Anne's presentation is "When someone you love is facing a crisis"

"What do I say " ?  Some people don't know what to say and so they disappear from their friends.

Crises are universal experiences - no one is immune. There are crises that are simply changes in life. Some people or friends are extremely helpful and others are not. 

The single most important thing a person can do for a person going through a crisis is to listen without judgment.  No matter how strongly you feel, never say, "I know how you feel", because you don ' t know how that person is feeling.

Listening is caring, loving, and hard work.

 

Anne offered that her notes and comments come from StephenMinistry, a lay ministry, created to allow lay members of a church to help others in distress.

 

There are three (3) characteristics needed in order to be of help:

(1)  Have a desire to listen;

(2)  Have a desire to be committed to the person and the conversation.  Anne suggested that if you encounter a situation where you are distracted and need to refocus, simply wash your face in order to redirect your attention.

(3) Have patience.  That is the hardest trait.

Remember that the person you are listening to is the expert on the situation. By listening you allow them to get in touch with what they know.

 

What to listen for:

Listen for more than words. Note gestures, voice, face color, tremors, muscle tension, posture. Pay attention to the one you love.

Look at the facial expressions.

Look at their clothing choices. Have they changed?

The eyes:  where are they, focused - deer in the headlight look? 

 

Listen over time.  Be careful not to glibly assume that you know the person. Remember previous stressful situations.  Listen to what is not said.

 

Active listening:

Paying attention

Asking questions

Repeating it back

 

During a crisis, your loved one is particularly vulnerable.

 

Eye contact - don't bore into another's eyes - it can be misused and can be invasive.

Lean forward.

Don't check your watch, or seem impatient.  Avoid interruptions. Remember how to bring the conversation back from an interruption.

Ask questions - open ended questions.

Reflect back what has been said- questions, statements, feelings. Include reflecting deep concerns too.

 

Irrational feelings make sense when we understand what is behind them.

 

Anne closed her presentation by reading a poem about listening. 

 

The 50/50 drawing was won by Guy Semmes

 

The meeting adjourned at 1:30 pm.

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


August 11, 2010 Meeting Notes

 

Meeting called to order by Anne Benefield

 

Song , America the Beautiful, was led by Nancy Nuell

 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Howard Lerch

 

Invocation given by Morris Gevinson

 

Attending:  Anne Benefield, Amy Bielski, Jan Brose, Morris Gevinson, Mark Gollub, Jack Kelly, Howard Lerch, Nancy Nuell, Jean Pag á n-Bullock, Guy Semmes, Jim Torrence, Sara Torrence, Bob Wallace.

 

Guests: Rel Olano, Past President of Rotary Club of Tagum, Philippines.  Rel is visiting his son, a Potomac resident and physician at WashinigtonHospitalCenter.  Drew Gorinson, grandson of Morris Gevinson was also a guest today.  Loren Bullock, Jean Pag á n-Bullock ' s husband was a guest today.

 

Amy Bielski spoke of the fund raiser, Wounded Warrior and to please support this great cause and Fight Gone Good another good cause.

 

Sergeant at Arms, Jan Brose was greeted and arrived at the podium to a warm round of boos to which Jan announced that, "Today is a fine, fine, fine day."  The box, "Change for Charities" has its name because it is lyrical but she really means for members to add "Bills for Charities"  The day's Rotary quiz from the Sergeant were three questions about Rotary:

1.       In what year and where did founder Paul Harris die?

2.       In what year and where was InterAct founded?

3.       In what year was the western hemisphere declared polio free?

Sadly, no member knew the correct answer, so every member was fined one dollar.  The correct answers follow:

1.       1947 Chicago

2.       1962 Melbourne, Florida

3.       1994

Now you know!

 

Sergeant Jan continued to fill the club's coffers with the newly introduced quiz, Did ya know - which club member was a DJ in Rehoboth and did a live radio commercial at the age of 3?  Jan stumped the members again.  The club member with the impressive radio resume is Mark Gollub.  Who knew?

 

Happy Bucks:

Jack Kelly gave 5 bucks because he can see again after cataract surgery.

Anne gave happy bucks because a young person in church had a horrible accident but is responding very well with very little brain damage.

Morris offered happy bucks in honor of his grandson Drew's visit today and for Rel visiting and because it was good to see Jack back.

Howard offered 5 happy bucks because it is his birthday this Friday.  The Sergeant at Arms fines herself for forgetting to note Howard's birthday.

 

Program:

Members brought books they particularly liked and gave brief synopsis of the books and why they liked them:

 

Nancy Nuell:  Anam Cara (Translated meaning - your soul friend, a loving, stern companion) by John O'Donohue.  The book is about Celtic spirituality and a look at true friendship

 

Loren Bullock:  America 1908 by Jim Rasenberger.  This is a book about the events of the year 1908:  The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T and the Making of a Modern Nation and the personalities involved in those achievements - Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Teddy Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet, Admiral Perry, Henry K. Thaw (the trial of the century).  The year 1908 was also the first year the New Year's Eve ball was dropped in Times Square.  The book is a fascinating look at the events of that year.

 

Jean Bullock:  Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  An interesting, detailed accounting and analysis of the political genius of Lincoln and his journey to The White House and handling of the Civil War.

Lincoln and McClellan by John C. Waugh.  The book is a quick, insightful look at the troubled partnership between President Lincoln and his top general, George B. McClellan.

 

Amy Bielski:  The Back of a Napkin By Dan Roam.  This book is about solving problems and selling Ideas with pictures.   For those who are very visual, this is a great book.

The Six Thinking Hats by Edward DeBono   "Six Thinking Hats" is a powerful technique that helps you look at important decisions from a number of different perspectives. It helps you make better decisions by pushing you to move outside your habitual ways of thinking.  Many successful people think from a very rational, positive viewpoint.  They may fail though to look at problems from emotional, intuitive, creative or negative viewpoints. This can mean that they underestimate resistance to change, don't make creative leaps, and fail to make essential contingency plans.

Mind Map by Tony Buzan.  This book is about how to use radiant thinking to maximize your brain's untapped potential.

 

Jan Brose: Molokai by Alan Bennert.  Molokai, one of the Hawaiian Islands, tells the story of the leper's colony and the evolution of the culture and conquering the disease.  The story begins in the 1800s and is a fascinating epic story.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  On the New York Times best seller list, this book is about the early 1960s civil rights movement.  It written and based on interviews of black maids and servants who worked in white homes.

 

Sara Torrence:  Empire and Odyssey by Rock Brynner This is a four-generation saga of the Brynner family, historically complex and a fascinating read.  In it, the Oscar-winner Yul Brynner is indeed part of this fascinating family.

 

Guy Semmes:  Leisure, the Basis of Culture by Joseph Pieper.  Pieper points out that religion can be born only in leisure-a leisure that allows time for the contemplation of the nature of God. Leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture. Our world of total labor has vanquished leisure.  Unless we regain the art of silence and insight, we will destroy our culture-and ourselves. These astonishing essays contradict all our pragmatic and puritanical conceptions about labor and leisure; Joseph Pieper demolishes the twentieth-century cult of "work" as he predicts its destructive consequences.

Checklist Manifesto   by Atul Gawande  A remarkably liberating and persuasive inquiry into what it takes to work successfully and with a personal sense of satisfaction. The first thing you'll realize is that it takes more than just one person to do a job well.

  The Gift of the Jews   by Thomas Cahill.  Another enchanting journey into history, once again recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today.

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.  Monks and scribes laboriously, lovingly, even playfully preserved the West's written treasury.

Hornets' Nest by Jimmy Carter.  Carter turns to fiction with this account of the Revolutionary War as fought in the Deep South

Blessings by Anna Quindlen.  A novel about a foundling left at Blessings, a vast estate owned by an ancient, crabby matriarch named Lydia Blessing. 

Max Lucado, books on Christianity.  Web site:  www.MaxLucado.com

 

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


August 4, 2010 Rotary Meeting

 

The meeting was called to order by Wesley Richter.

The opening song, "This Land is My Land" was led and sung by Payton Leonard and Wesley Richter.

The pledge of Allegiance was led by Vinay Khetarpal, Vijay Khetarpal ' s son.

The invocation was given by Payton Leonard, daughter of Adona Leonard, guest of Jan Brose

 

Introduction of guests by Jeanne Richter:

Wendy Wen, guest of Jan Brose; Sunita Patial with HSBC, guest of Vijay Khetarpal; Visiting Rotarian, Rel Olano, Past President of Rotary Club in Tagum, Philippines and his wife, Berlinda; Adona Leonard and her daughter Payton Leonard, guests of Jan Brose; Vinay Khetarpal, Vijay Khetarpal ' s son; James Cribbin with John Hancock, guest of Vijay Khetarpal; Josh Tober, grandson of Morris Gevinson; Wesley Richter, Jeanne Richter ' s son and Wyatt, Sebastian and Samantha, children of Rotary member Jeff Aronson.

 

President Jeanne introduced Jan Brose, noting that today is the first day of having Jan Brose as Sergeant of Arms to which Jan was greeted by loud round of boos.  Jan ' s opening lines were, "It's a fine, fine, fine day".  Jan announced that the next birthday is that of Jean Pag á n-Bullock next Monday, August 9th. A couple of new themes were announced:  There is going to be passed around a change for charities box.  It is making rounds every week so dump your wallets, purses, etc... Also there will be a Rotary trivia quiz every week.  If you know the answers, raise your hand but if you don't know the answer, then you are fined.  Jan also added a new focus on random acts of kindness:  if you perform or witness a random act of kindness, please report it at the next Rotary meeting.

 

Happy Bucks:

Jeanne gave five happy bucks for filling up the room today.

Morris gave happy bucks because he is glad his grandson is visiting and also for having the best Sergeant of Arms.

Jeff Aronson gave happy bucks in appreciation of having his children here today.

Vijay gave three happy bucks in honor of his three visitors today

Anne gave five happy bucks in celebration of starting a new Rotary year and because Vinay is the first program.

Jan gave five happy bucks for Wendy ' s visit today, for Payton visiting and for Vinay being here also in honor of Vinay being today ' s speaker.

 

For next week ' s program, Anne asked everyone to bring a list of books that they would like to read.

 

Program:

 

Anne Benefield introduced Vinay Khetpera, today's speaker.  Vinay was president of the Wootton High School Interact Club.   Today Vinay will speak about the things that are important to him, technologies that are second nature to him but perhaps unknown to us.

 

Vinay is currently attending the University of Maryland and started his business last year - a computer repair and personal technology consultant business.  Vinay spoke on the changes in technology - that it is so different and ever changing that it is impossible to keep up. Technology changes every day, every hour. People often believe they need to change their technology instead of assessing whether it is better to update their current product rather than replace it.

 

Vinay's goal is to make working with him friendly and satisfactory. He started advertising his business with handouts, with little results.  Now Vinay uses the Internet with good results and responses.  Vinay spoke of the different ways he markets his business:  the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter produce the best resources for him.

 

Vinay ' s presentation was warmly received from an appreciative audience.

 

Anne Benefield commended Vinay for being proactive and for his enthusiasm.

 

Morris brought in the banner for the 50th club anniversary. Anyone who wants to sign the banner is welcome to do so.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm by Jeanne Richter.

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Rotary Meeting July 28, 2010

 

President Jeanne Richter called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM.

 

Ben Hoffheimer led the singing of America the Beautiful.

 

Guy Semmes gave the invocation.

 

 

Business Minutes:

Matt Brock announced that since starting his new business, he and their partner have seen 78% of their contacts and is feeling confident about their start.

 

Guy Semmes reported on the Big Train event last Saturday evening. They raised over $9000 of which Rotary raised over $1,000. The weather was very hot, not warm -- so there was not as large a turn out but several Rotarians attended.

 

August 25th is the Nationals game End Polio event.

 

August 4th is family day so bring your family.

 

Don Harrison, Sergeant at Arms

Don recognized July 24th as Dick Calhoun ' s birthday, also recognizing

Cecilia ' s birthday and Sarah Torrence ' s 23 years club anniversary.  What an accomplishment!

 

Happy Bucks:

Mark Gollub gave happy bucks for his mini vacation. His sister got married. It was a terrific wedding - all generations of the Mark ' s family hit it off with the newest member of the family.

 

Jeanne Richter contributed happy bucks because she and husband Ralph went to Bedford Springs for the day and enjoyed looking at covered bridges.

 

Sarah Torrence offered happy bucks for having Jeanne back.

 

Guy contributed happy bucks in honor of friend, Nicole as today ' s speaker.

 

Jim Harris also contributed happy bucks for the nice mini vacation in Cape May.  It was very enjoyable.

 

Nicole (today ' s speaker) offered happy bucks for not losing power and for a nice weekend with friends in DeepCreekLake

 

Dana gave happy bucks for having the power on last night, for Nicole being here, for her mother ' s successful gall bladder surgery, in appreciation of reading Nicole ' s book, for understanding the complexities of adoption.

 

Presentation:

Dana Semmes introduced Nicole. Dana and Nicole have been long time friends.  Nicole has acted in theatre with a company called Everyday Theatre.  Some of Nicole ' s accomplishments include being a playwright having written 17 plays, Fred and Frieda, Holocaust survivors.  She has received the Golden Eagle award.

Nicole ' s book is titled, Swimming up the Sun - a search to find her birth parents.

 

Nicole gave a riveting presentation, reading the first chapter of her book and discussing her quest to find her birth family.  Nicole is a playwright.  She did not start out to write about her adoption but she had always wanted to meet her original family. She knew one day that she would meet them. In young adulthood Nicole began to take certain steps. Nicole joined Toastmasters; her first speech, called The Ice Breaker, was a 3 minute talk so she decided to speak about her search for her birth parents. The subsequent book about her search took a long time to get written and published. Nicole wrote her book as a memoir as to what it felt like to be a character in search for her parents.

 

Nicole read the first chapter of the book to the group. The first half of the book is the search and the second half is the reunion.  It took two visits to locate and meet her parents. This was before the Internet.  Eventually Nicole met both parents and her six siblings. Her father Phillip helped Nicole find her mother Eve.  Eve was married and had three daughters but had not told her husband about Nicole and did not intend to tell him so Nicole's relationship with Eve began as a distant relationship.

 

For the past two years Nicole has begun speaking to organizations about the search and reunion process and the publishing of the book.  The publishing of the book opened another door about adoption.

 

Nicole has started her own publishing business as a result of having difficulty in finding a publisher for her memoir. .

 

Nicole ' s father's side of the family was all business and Nicole really got some respect after she started her own publishing company.

 

This adoption thing is a life-long process. Part of adoption is surrounded by secrecy but Nicole is completely out of the closet - out in the open so to speak.

 

Nicole ' s presentation was received by a warm round of applause by the members and she fielded questions from the floor.

 

The 50/50 winner was Josh Jeffries and he donated his winnings to the club. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 1:30

 

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Wednesday July 14, 2010

 

Installation of incoming club president Jeanne Richter

 

The meeting called to order by Guy Semmes.

 

America the Beautiful, was sang, led by Jeanne Richter.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Don Harrison.

 

The Invocation led by Morris Gevinson.

 

Attending:  Matt Brock, Jenny Bartholomot, Jim Harris, Ajay Khetarpal, Jan Brose, Hersh Minsky, Walt Money, Howard Lerch, Asok Motayed, Anne Benefield, Claude Morissette, Mark Gollub, Amy Bielski, Morris Gevinson, Don Harrison, Nancy Nuell, Guy Semmes, Jeanne Richter, Jean Pag á n-Bullock

 

Guests:  Josh Glacken, Rotary Club of Lancaster, PA; Barry Thompson, North Bethesda Rotary and Assistant Governor; Jay from India; Adona Leonard, guest of Jan Brose, Ralph Richter, Wes Richter, Jeanne Richter's husband and son respectively.

 

Recognition of guests by Guy.  THEN, before a recap of the year, Guy told a very bad joke - punch line "bee pee".  Ask Guy or Jenny for the details.

 

Sergeant of Arms - Don Harrison, in his final role was greeted by a round of boos.

Happy bucks were given by the following persons:

Mark Gollub

Jan Brose for the new officers and Adona's presence today.

Amy Bielski for reaching her goal weight - Amy has lost 100 pounds!

Walt Money, celebrating 48 years marriage and celebrating the 2nd anniversary of his 39th birthday.

Anne for her vacation bible school hat and Olya's 18th birthday.

Ajay for the anniversary cruise and the club members who put the 50th anniversary cruise together - a classy event.

Jenny Bartholomot for the privilege of sending anniversary and birthday cards to club members.

Nancy Nuell commented that it takes a village to make things happen like the Rotary anniversary cruise; for the Rotor Rooters who sang the Rotary song, for seeing some of the men enjoying cigars after the cruise dinner, for the new officers and lastly, ¡ Viva  Espa ñ a!

Howard Lerch gave thanks to everyone for the wonderful cruise.

Barry Thompson from the North Bethesda Rotary Club, a pleasure to work with the Potomac Rotary club over the years. Congratulations!

Claude Morisette for the club's 50th anniversary.

Jeanne in appreciation of the outgoing officers, for her son and husband's presence and for the cruise team.

Guy for this past year and congratulations to Jeanne, incoming president for the upcoming Rotary year.

Don Harrison echoed Guy sentiments, and for grandson's Henry's 1st birthday

 

Guy recited a recap of the past year:

Gallaudet

Cigar dinner

Togo water project - raised $4,000

Potomac day - in the rain

Potomac Valley Nursing home nature trail

Delivery of turkey baskets

Delivery of dictionaries

Almost Salvation Army Bells - took up a collection - it was the foiled by the winter's first snowfall.

Service and social events

Potomac chamber of commerce events with Rotary

Jan and Morris - whoopee!

Rotary International Convention - 6 club members attended in Montreal

 

Presentations:

Matt Brock- has never said no. Jumped at everything asked of him qualifying him for Rookie of the Year.

Bob Wallace - one of those guys but just does without being asked. Takes his orders from way above us - Rotarian of the Year.

Certificates of Appreciation - Judy and Ben Hofheimer for support and enhancement of MC scholarship; Sarah and Jim Torrence for underwriting the dictionary project; Don Harrison for his exemplary way he takes on any project.

Jeanne Richter presented Guy with his past president pin. Guy presented Jeanne with the president's pen.

Jeanne's Motto for the upcoming year - " It's going to be a sweet year. "

Guy presented Jeanne with a jar of honey harvested from his own hives.

 

Installation of new officers was conducted by Claude Morissette.

Claude Morisette installed Jeanne Richter as president of the Rotary Club of Potomac.

Non office holders of the club pledged to support Jeanne and the Potomac Rotary Club.

Claude Morissette passed the gavel to Jeanne as a symbol of her office and the transfer of leadership and the presidency of the club to her.

Claude imparted Jeanne with this quote, "If it to be it is up to me."

Jeanne presented Guy with a gift for him and Dana.  Jeanne quoted the Dali Lama - "Once you shift your focus from your self to others..."

Visitor Jay had a few comments for club members, mentioning the celebration of 46 years of marriage today and his gratitude for being in Rotary. Jay commented that we should all work very hard for the betterment of the family.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:33 pm by Jeanne.

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Wednesday June 30, 2010

 

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 by Guy Semmes

 

Nancy Nuell led the singing of the " The Star Spangled Banner".

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Don Harrison

 

The Invocation was given by Morris Gevinson

 

Attendance:  Jeff Aronson, Jenny Bartholomot, Anne Benefield, Amy Bielski, Matt Brock, Jan Brose, Morris Gevinson, Mark Gollub, Jim Harris, Don Harrison, Josh Jeffries, Vijay Khetarpal, Howard Lerch, Hersh Minsky, Claude Morissette, Asok Motayed, Nancy Nuell, Jean Pag á n-Bullock, Jeanne Richter, Guy Semmes, Jim Torrence, Sara Torrence

 

 

Visitors:  Cindy Schwartzman, Loren Bullock, Anne Benefield's daughter, Olya.

 

President Guy Semmes announced that Jeanne Richter's installation had been postponed in order for her family to be present for her installation.

 

There is a planning meeting next Tuesday at Jeanne Richter's house at 5:30.  There is no regular Rotary meeting next week.

 

Josh Jeffries, Treasurer announced that Rotary invoices will be sent the same way. He is closing out the Rotary year. Each member will be receiving a detailed statement on their invoice. There will be the capability to pay dues online; however, there is a 3% charge for using the online payment service.  Paying by check is still an option.

 

Jim Harris passed around a carpool sign up sheet for the cruise and MapQuest directions for those who will need them. The car pool will leave from Normandie Farm Restaurant.

 

Nancy Nuell gave a Spirit report.  All systems are go.  Eighty-four (84) people have signed up with several more on a waiting list. It is also the day of the World Cup so Nancy advised all to check their watches - the ship leaves at 6 pm!  Members of the committee were recognized and thanked by a round of applause.

 

Sergeant of Arms - Don Harrison noted the following club anniversaries and birthdays:

Birthday - Walt Money

Hersh Minsky 1985

Jim Torrance 1978

Morris Gevinson 1971

Ben 1969

Jack Kelly 1981

Jenny Bartholomot 2007 

John Sever 1964

Henry Tate 1972

 

Happy Bucks:

Anne Benefield offered Happy Bucks in honor of her daughter, Olya, visiting and in celebration of her18th birthday in July.

Mark Gollub's daughter celebrated her 18th birthday and Mark's son turned 20. A pleasure to have them all grown up!

Nancy Nuell offered happy bucks for all the club officers this year especially to Guy for his leadership and guidance through a challenging year and in commemoration and recognition of the 16th anniversary of her father's death. Nancy's father's message to her was that "You can go through your life and be successful in a variety of endeavors... but without love you have not succeeded at all".

Jim Harris offered happy bucks in honor of his friend Cindy Schwartzman visiting today.

Claude Morissette offered happy bucks:  for the marvelous convention in Montreal; Jeanne Richter acting as Sergeant at Arms at the convention; and a good year with Guy as president and for Jeanne ' s stepping up to the presidency and for completing his 64th make up meeting!

Sara Torrence had happy bucks:  for Guy's leadership; for Jeanne's presidency; a cruise with 9 & 11 year grandsons and for the Group Study Exchange leaders.

Don Harrison also had happy bucks for Guy for his sponsoring Don for Rotary and for his leadership and for his own job as Sergeant at Arms.

 

Program - Reflections from Montreal

Jeanne Richter noted that the convention was attended by over 22,000 people. Jeanne collected club Banners from Nigeria, Kenya, India and other countries.

Jeanne quizzed the members on convention lore:

What is the location of next year's convention?  Answer:  New Orleans, May 21st.

What is the Name of the new RI president? - Correctly answered by Vijay.

What was President Klingship's theme for this year - building community and bridging continents; think out of our comfort zone; use cowboy logic.

The convention speaker was Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea.

Who is the RI president for 2011-2012?  - Claude Morissette answered correctly.

The Newest Rotary club is located where? - Palestine

 

Guy Semmes - the food, the food!!!  Guy noted that there was not a single restaurant that wasn't good. Plenary sessions were good.  Queen Noor was present.  Don noted that his wife Dana went to school with Queen Noor.

Different clubs acted as hosts.

Claude Morissette collected several Rotary banners including ones from Brazil, Nigeria, Algeria, Virginia, France and other countries. Dolly Patron was a featured speaker promoting literacy. Dolly was a great speaker and told several stories on herself

Howard Lerch also attended the convention.

A recent speaker at the club, Sonny from Mali donated a shirt which will be auctioned at a later date as a fund raiser.

 

The Meeting was adjourned at 1:35 pm.

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Rotary meeting Wednesday June 23, 2010

 

Meeting was called to order by Don Harrison, acting president

 

Invocation was given by Morris Gevinson.

 

In Attendance:  Josh Jeffries, Jim Harris, John Sever, Anne Benefield, Jim Torrance, Sarah Torrance, Jean Pag á n-Bullock, Bob Wallace, Jenny Bartholomot, Matt Brock, Don Harrison, Asok Motayed

 

Guests:  Sonny Marsh, BCC Rotary; Nicolette Stearns, Accessibility, Art-Stream; Alyson Brokenshire, Director of Development, Imagination Stage; Diane Nutting, Director of Access and Outreach

 

It was noted that there six (6) members of the club are in Montreal at the Rotary International Convention.

 

Announcements/Reports from the floor:  Next week is the installation of Jeanne Richter, new club president.  The installation will be conducted by Claude Morissette with assistance from Sarah Torrance.

 

Morris Gevinson received a check from the Baltimore Rotary club for the anniversary cruise. The cruise is completely full.

 

Happy bucks:

 

Jim Harris for the US soccer team winning in 90 minutes over Algeria.   it was a real nail bitter with the score of 1-0.

 

Josh for 3 things:  his iPhone for making it possible to watch the last few minutes of the soccer match; the nursery being almost finished and all going well with the pregnancy and for Matt Brock who started his own business.

 

Anne Benefield for July 5th when she will celebrate her 10th anniversary of joining Potomac Rotary

 

Bob Wallace for today's speakers:

 

Three visitors were introduced and two of them spoke at length about their programs. 

Diane Nutting (in charge of accessibility with Imagination Stage) and Allie Brokenshire, Nicolette Stearns with Art-Stream.  These organizations offer programs for helping developmentally challenged people in the arts. They have many programs for children and adults with disabilities. Art-Stream was organized and started 5 years ago. Their first job was at CampCaring in Sunshine, Md, focusing on children with cancer. From that first job, Art-Stream was able to open their checking account with the $800 check for that first program/job.  Art-Stream partners with other non-profits and organizations. Diane told the story of Sophie, a volunteer with turned her volunteer job into a life choice. Art-Stream also works with puppet therapy at WalterReedHospital. Diane commented that drama doesn't discriminate - everyone brings something to the table.

 

A deaf access program has also been developed.

 

Imagination Stage works helping people with developmental issues learn how to develop resumes and things associated with seeking and getting a job.

 

Imagination Stage focuses on three items:   Accessibility, Visual theatre, and Inclusion. Sixty to Eighty percent (60-80) have disabilities.  Imagination works with other organizations such as the Girl Scouts and other organizations.

 

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) observes its 20th anniversary this year. There have been many changes and a shift in the population in how the population perceives people with disabilities - there is more inclusion. There has also been a shift in how organizations work with individuals and students.

 

Their Challenges:  keeping current, working with the community, helping the faculty, resources and funding. Imagination received funding from many sources.

 

The presentation was received with warm applause.

 

Jenny Bartholomot won the 50/50 drawing.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:37 pm.

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Rotary Meeting Wednesday, June 16, 2010

 

Attending:  Jan Brose, Morris Gevinson, Ben Hofheimer, Sherry Polak (from Woodland Hills), Hersh Minsky, Don Harrison, Guy Semmes, Jim Torrance, Sarah Torrance, Bob Wallace, Jeanne Richter, Sherry Polak, Asok Motayed, Jim Harris, Anne Bennefield, Nancy Nuell, Josh Jeffries, Jack Kelly

 

The meeting was called to order by Guy Semmes at 12:15

 

Don Harrison led the song " God Bless America "

 

Sarah Torrence led the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Morris Gevinson gave the invocation.

 

Guests:  Adona Leonard, Sherry Polak from Woodland Hills. Phil Mead, Potomac-Bethesda Rotary

 

Speaker:  Steve Dryden, Vice President of Friends of Peirce Mill

 

Nancy Nuell, spoke on the anniversary cruise on the Spirit of Washington. The event is now sold out!!!  The anniversary committee was very active in promoting the event. The cruise promises to be a lot of fun. Nancy passed around a list of attendees asking those signed up to make sure their name is on the list and to double check if paid or not paid. Please make any corrections and pay if not already paid. Nancy is looking forward to the cruise. It is just a couple of weeks away. Guy added that if you would like to attend, see Morris Gevinson to get on a waiting list

 

Rotary convention - there are 6 members from the club going to Montreal.

 

The board meeting for this Thursday has been cancelled. The April and May minutes will be sent electronically for approval.

 

Guy announced a Potomac Chamber of Commerce networking event at Normandie Farms at 4 pm. Mention that you are a member of Potomac Rotary and pay the reduced fee.

 

District 91 is certified. This means that their  project can move forward.

 

Sarah Torrance offered a Rotary jubilee moment. Sarah is having a lot of fun looking through old photographs. She passed around a picture of the InterAct club in 1981 which pictures Jeanne Holborow (an InterAct member), now Jeanne Richter our incoming president!

 

Don Harrison, Sergeant at Arms was welcomed to the podium with applause and boos.  There are no anniversaries or birthdays this week. Congratulations were offered to Ben for his anniversary last week. Don fined anyone not wearing a Rotary pin, one dollar.

Happy Bucks:  Jim Harris has a happy buck for Guy Semmes who did an outstanding job as president this year.   Sarah Torrence offered a happy buck because when driving to a meeting on Rockville Pike, her car stalled right in front a service station. The mechanic told her to turn the compressor off and the car would run and she was able to get to her meeting. Asok has a happy buck just for being here:  for the last 70 days, he has been gone for 58 days; ten happy for his visit to Jordan where Christ was baptized and for his daughters who got reasonable jobs. One guest had happy bucks in honor of his daughter -Alexa who graduated from Vassar last year; however, she initially could not get a job. Now look for Alexa-Mead.com on Google. Alexa has an art show this Saturday in IrvineContemporaryArtGallery in DC.  Sherry paid happy bucks because of the meal she ordered from Famous Dave's originally was not good but they more than made up for it.  Ben gave happy bucks in celebration of his anniversary and for Judy's birthday. Jan Brose also had happy bucks. Hersh Minsky had happy bucks for his 18th year at GallwayElementary school. Jim Torrance - his happy buck was because of their dinner at Normandie Farms last week and he ate escargot, to which Sherry (guest from California) said you can come to California where the snails are all over the sidewalks. Jeanne Richter celebrated her anniversary last week and is happy her daughter is home from college. Don ' s happy bucks were in celebration of seeing Jack attending.

 

Jeanne Richter introduced the speaker, Steve Dryden, Vice-President of Friends of Pierce Mill.

Steve has worked with the Audubon Society and Friends of Peirce Mill to raise money to get the mill going again. The mill will be running and grinding grain next year.

Steve has researched The Peirce Family and written a book about the family.  Isaac Peirce settled on Rock Creek around 1790-1795. They started a mill in that area. The family originally were Quakers; however, they became "Southerners", slave holders (In fact, they were the 2nd largest slave-holders in the Washington area) and were very successful. They owned almost 2000 acres along Rock Creek.

The mill became a very well run mill. There were approximately 8 mills in the area. That was not their main source of income. After the area became RockCreekPark, the mill became a tea house.  A mill dam was built to provide a scenic waterfall. It was a very popular place. Harold Ickes of the New Deal decided to restore the mill and it was accomplished within two years. It operated as an educational project for 30 years and was a landmark in the area.

Now the mill is being restored again with government help and private donations. The wooden pieces will be a challenge to maintain and keep in good working order. The Friends of Peirce Mill are forming a Rock Creek Conversancy. The part of RockCreekPark that is in Maryland is under MNPPC (MarylandNational Parks and Planning Commission).   The core of maintaining and restoring the mill will fall to the volunteers.

Steve has written a book, Peirce Mill, Two Hundred Years in the Nation ' s Capital , available in local book stores.  He will be at Politics & Prose this Saturday at 1 pm to promote his book and a tour of the mill is at 3 pm for those who want to see the interior before a private firm closes it for further renovation.

The grinding stones are called buhr stones and come from France. They have a metal ring around them to hold them in place. Most of the moving machinery is made of wood. The mill operates on an automated system to move the grain through the mill. The system was devised by an American inventor (the 2nd patent granted), but he could not enforce the patent.  Mr. Dryden concluded his presentation and took questions from the floor.  His very interesting and informative presentation was warmly received. 

 

The 50/50 drawing was won by Jeanne Richter.

 

The meeting adjourned at 1:30.  

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Wednesday, June 9, 2010
 
Meeting was called to order by President Guy Semmes.   
 
The song "This Little Light of Mine" was led by Jeanne Richter.
 
Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
 
The invocation was given by Morris Gevinson.
 
Visitors included:  Pallavi Jammi, Exchange student, sponsored by Potomac Rotary.  The club also presented a gift to Pallavi later during the meeting.  Other visitors included Sherry Pollock, visiting from California, and ViJay's son, a student at the University of Maryland.
 
Guy noted that there will be a short board meeting at the podium after today's meeting. Chris Good has new employment and cannot take up his duties as President.  Jeanne Richter has graciously accepted to take over the position of President, a year ahead of time.
 
A joke told by Guy Semmes which was received by a loud round of groans.
 
Nancy Nuell offered an update for the Jubilee cruise.  The Maximum capacity is 80. So far 75 people have signed up. Time is short so sign up now or you will miss the boat. Nancy commented that the Drinks are expensive but the garlic mashed potatoes are to die for!  A cruise, dinner and dancing  -  the date is July 11th. A variety of music will be played. Dress is black tie optional. No break dancing because the dance floor is small!
 
Jim Torrence announced that Smoky Glen Farm is now open to the public Fridays, June through August.  Jim read the price list and noted the open hours:  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Last seating is at 7:30 pm.
 
Guy Semmes presented A sport jacket to Pallavi Jammi, who will be Potomac Rotary's exchange student. Pallavi is going to Sweden for an entire year. She starts  high school August 19th and will be living with two local host families.   Pallavi thanked the Rotary Club of Potomac for nominating her to be an ambassador for America. Guy reminded Pallavi that "The future of Rotary is in your hands"
 
Don Harrison, Sergeant of Arms noted that today, June 9th, 1999 marked Nancy Nuell's 11th year anniversary of joining the Potomac Rotary Club.
 
Happy Bucks:  ViJay offered happy bucks in honor of his son visiting.  ViJay noted that his son is Studying at the University of Maryland and beginning his junior year at Maryland this fall. Sarah Torrence had a happy buck - she had called John McShefferty. John and Glenna send everyone their best wishes.  Nancy Nuell gave 11 happy bucks to honor her 11 years in Rotary plus another buck for the Nationals' win last night.  Guy Semmes gave happy bucks for his daughter in law and his son, who will be living with them for the summer - she is in emergency medicine.  Jim Torrence offered happy bucks in appreciation of Jeanne Richter coming in as Rotary president next year. Amy offered happy bucks in honor of her daughter's promotion from 5th to 6th grade and Amy ran a 5 K race and set a new personal record. Sherry, visiting from California offered happy bucks because she was happy to be here.  Sherry noted that you don't get to pick your family but you get to choose your Rotary family.  Other Happy Bucks were from Jim Harris who attended a James Taylor and Carole King concert. Jeanne Richter had Happy Bucks for Jan's hosting of two events recently. Don had Happy Bucks for Steven Strausberg's pitching for the Nations last night and for Morris understanding what "Ducks on the pond" meant. Morris had a happy buck for the planning meeting.  Morris also noted that Althea continually delivers the minutes every meeting very promptly. The minutes from the meeting were delivered at 6 am the following morning.
 
Jean Pagan-Bullock gave her classification presentation to a warm reception.
The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

God Bless America - led by Dick Calhoun
Pledge of Allegiance led by
Invocation by Morris Gevinson
 
Guests:
Mark Kelsch, Amy Bielski's father, present for her induction 
Rachel Blair
Sunny Acuoba - speaker - from Mali west africa
Jessica M Miss Potomac -  miss america pagent partner childrens miracle net work
Bio engineering background
Sabrina - Jeanne Richter's daughter, back from college
 
There is a Planning meeting for new board Chris Good at CC Bank 2 pm this Friday - everyone w elcome to attend.
 
Jean Bullock giving classification talk next week.
 
June 17th, 4-6pm Potomac Chamber Networking Event at Normandie Farm- we are welcome as Rotary members.
 
Jan apologies to all charter night 50th meeting - scheduled for yesterday - even though it was re- scheduled, some people did show up. The meeting was rescheduled for next Tuesday.
No other reports from the floor
 
Induction of Amy Bielski into the Rotary Club. Sponsored by Jan Brose. Amy was presented a bouquet of beautiful roses by her sponsor, Jan Brose.
 
Sargent Don Harrison announced -
Birthday - Mark Gollub June 2nd
Anniversaries- Walt Money June 2nd (Mary Lou), Josh Jefries June 3rd (Golda) 
Club anniversary - Jan Brose - 3 years
 
Jeanne Richter introduced the speaker
Rachel  - Rachel commented that she was so Pleased that Potomamc Rotary Club got the Togo water project going. They have 9 projects going. Potomac Rotary is working with Alicia for Rotary Foundation International grant. 50 proposals and 9 applications. Rachel Introduced Sunny, the speaker.
 
Sunny is from Mali - a country that is only 30% livable - most of it is desert. His club is only 10 years old - pretty young. Three languages are spoken in Mali:English, French and Portuguese.
 
Presented his club's banner to the Potomac Rotary club and in so doing, Sunny described the symbols on the banner. President Guy traded banners with Sunny. Program was a hospital.
Sunny presented symbols, holding them up and briefly describing them.  Morris Gevinson "Leave my ship alone."
 
Spoke briefly about Togo, problems encountering. There are approximate 5 Rotary clubs in the capital city.
 
Timbuktu - many ancient libraries and biomes there - question asked by Dick Calhoun. Sunny confirmed that fact. Guy thanked Sunny for his presentation and congratulated him on doubling the membership of his club in one year.
 
Jeanne Richter picked the winning 50/50 ticket. Won by Jim Harris and he donated back to the club.
 

The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Wednesday, May 19, 2010
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:15pm by President Guy Semmes.
 
God Bless America led by Anne  Benefield was sung by the group.
 
The Pledge of Allegiance led by Hersh Minsky was recited.
 
The Invocation was given by Morris Gevinson
 
Guy noted that Henry Tate was not feeling too well and could not attend today's meeting.  Someone asked about Dick Calhoun and how he was doing.  Dick had a stint installed and is reported as doing well.
 
Guy reminded all that there is a board meeting tomorrow Thursday, May 20th. All are welcome to attend.
 
It was noted that the GSE group had difficulties returning to Europe, eventually arriving home Tuesday.
 
Bob  Wallace reminded members to bring canned fruit to next week's meeting.
 
Ben Hoffheimer presented a Jubilee moment - Ben's first memory of the
Potomac Rotary club was seeing all the male members lighting up cigars after the meal was served!  This was just after women were allowed to join Rotary.
 
Sergeant at Arms, Don Harrison noted that since the club magazine was just delivered, he had an easy question for the group -  What year did Rotary launch the polio plus program?  Answer -1985
 
HAPPY BUCKS:
Anne Benefield offered two  happy bucks in observance of her son John's 15th birthday.  He's a Great sax player!  Sarah Torrence paid 2 bucks for her fine.  Peter, today's speaker and guest was happy because today is his birthday. Morris Gevinson had happy bucks because he had a very busy weekend: wedding, events, and drinking. Jan Brose also had happy bucks because the 7 day letter was sent for Amy and accepted. Amy's induction is in 2 weeks, June 2nd. Bob Wallace's happy bucks were because he had a great weekend. Guy Semmes gave 5 happy bucks because his daughter in law is graduating from med school this weekend and his daughter Charlotte is safely back home in San Francisco. Jeanne Richter offered happy bucks, having received a recipe from a friend and getting to know the GSE team last week. Don Harrison commented on the visit of the GSE team at Great Falls Tavern over the weekend.
 
Today's presenter is Peter, a member of Bonds Meadow Rotary Club. Peter gave a presentation on the work of the Bonds Meadow Rotary Club.  Peter is recently retired from the World Bank. He congratulated the Potomac Rotary club for its 50th year anniversary.  Peter is originally from Australia. He worked for the World Bank for 29 years. Now retired, Peter is a consultant on international environmental issues. He joined Rotary 9 years ago. The Bonds Meadows Rotary Club has a positive history of engagement. They have partnered with IMA World Health for over 10 years. They work in Tanzania to prevent river blindness, malaria, and Burkitt's lymphoma. 
 
The Bonds Meadow Club also provides Safe Mother's Kits.  They have shipped over 1400 kits, mostly recently to Haiti. Peter unfortunately did not bring a Safe Mother Kit.  The kit contains a plastic sheet, blanket, washcloth, soap, tape, sterile gloves, a blade and sterile gauze. The rest of the kit is for the baby:  a blanket, knit cap, baby tunic or jacket.  They are working on collecting $1,500 by June this year.  The focus will be on Haiti for the forseeable future. The IMA were at a meeting in Haiti when the earthquake struck. The visitors were trapped for 3 days and the locals were killed so they have a very dramatic and close connection with Haiti.
 
The meeting adjourned at 1:22 pm by Guy Semmes.
The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org

Wednesday May 12, 2010
 
Call to order
 
God Bless America
 
Pledge of Allegiance
 
Invocation by Morris Gevinson
 
Guests:  Suzanne Kim from BCC Rotary + guest Eva Sumichrast, originally from The Czech Republic; Matt Brock+ Matt Smith, a recent graduate of George Mason University, Carla satinsky, president of North Bethesda Rotary, France Pruitt from Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary, and Amy, a Guest For Now,
 
Welcome by Guy Semmes to the GSE team -  welcomed by a round of applause.
Robert, Robert, Alexander, a Rotary Member since1992, Marek, and Katarina.
It was announced that Dick Calhoun had checked himself into the hospital last week.  It turned out that He had pneumonia and sime Heart problems  Dick had a stint inserted.  We wish him a quick and uneventful recovery.
 
Jan Brose presented a Jubilee Moment.   Six years ago Jan had Lunch At Amada Amante. She was curious About Flags being carried into a meeting room . She asked a waiter what was gong on in That Room and asked a waiter if Someone would come Out and speak to her About Rotary. Vijay was that person.  When Jan attended her First Rotary meeting the first person was greet her was Morris Gevinson!
Jan and Josh displayed a Banner celebrating The rotary club Of Potomac's 50th anniversary.
 
Sarah Torrence introduced the GSE team.  The GSE team members made a presentation.  The members of the GSE team each spoke, giving an overview of the  Czech and Slovak Republics
They named several well known personalities from The Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The First Rotary club in Czechsolvakia was formed in 1925
Today there are 69 clubs with 1400 members.
Some of the club Activities include:  polio benefits, Big flood and other activities, handy camp, furniture for orphanage, fundraising: benefit concerts, guide dogs, BabyBox (save newborn babies), charity golf cup, youth service activities
Each member gave a brief introduction of themselves including their profession, Rotary activities and hobbies.
 
One website to visit:  Stanica.sk
 
Happy Bucks:
 
Ann Benefield's son had a sax solo and he did beautifully.
Alexander gave thanks For the  opportunity of being here.
Sarah Torrence gave thanks for all being here
Guy Semmes gave happy bucks for Members of the GSE and For the club anniversary Banner
Claude Morrisette noted his  Installation dinner June 25, 2011. Dist çonf MTV 2012 tomorrow. Nice To See Nancy back. Happy to be here today.
Jenny was happy as she commented that this is the only place where her jokes do not generate groans.  Her riddle for today:  What has a head and a tail but no body?  The answer is: a coin (groan).
Jim Torrence had happy bucks because he now has mobility in  his basement - he has a wheelchair moved To the basement.
Don Harrison Jerry stocks
Members Of GSE Team
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



May 5, 2010
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Mother Nature provided a beautiful day for our first meeting in May.  Ben Hofheimer started things off by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Vijay Khetarpal led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Morris Gevinson offered an invocation with the theme of "Hope" - hope that tomorrow is a better day!
Our only visiting Rotarian was Ashby Chamberlin from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Club where he is a long time member.  Over the years Ashby has visited us a number of times.  Sue Belford from the Potomac Almanac was a guest of the club.  Gill Phillips was visiting as he wanted to learn more about what Rotary does. Amy Bielski (prospective member) and her husband Jim were the guests of Jan Brose.  A special welcome was given to Ben Hofheimer as he has returned to the area after wintering in California.
Announcements
President Guy announced there are flyers about our Golden Jubilee on the Treasurer's table.  Please take one. 
Sara Torrence announced that the visiting GSE team from Czech Republic/Slovakian will be our program next week.  She needs help transporting them to their next location.  There will be a farewell dinner for them on May 15th.  Please see her if you want to attend.  The cost will be $25 per person.
Recollections of the Past
President Guy called upon Past-President Hersh Minsky to give some jubilee moments from our historical past.  Being asked to do this, Hersh realized that he is approaching an anniversary of his own.  Nest month he will have been a member of the club for 25 years!  He and Bill Melinchek (now deceased) were inducted by then President Jim Coles.  He immediately became involved by offering to be Assistant Treasurer to Sam Eammelli, and has been active since.  He urged new members to get involved and to attend the International Assemblies.  Only by getting involved will you get to know what Rotary is all about.
Special Presentation
President Guy called Vijay Khetarpal to the podium.  He commended Vijay for his efforts in sponsoring three new members, and thanked him for his support of the Rotary Foundation.  Today he wanted to present him with a pin indicating that he is now a member of the Paul Harris Society.  To become a member one commits to giving $1,000 every year to the Rotary Foundation.  Vijay's support of the Foundation is truly appreciated.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Sergeant-at-Arms Don Harrison remarked that he had sent out over 80 invitations to our Golden Jubilee.  If anyone has friends they would like to invite, he will be glad to send invitations to them.    There were no birthdays or anniversaries this week.    His question for the week: "What did President John Kenny talk about in his letter in this month's Rotarian?"  No one seemed to know so everyone was assessed a dollar.  The answer was, "Haiti."  Read it!  It's a great article.
Sara Torrence had two happy bucks.  The first was for Henry being back and for bringing her pictures for the scrapbook. .  .  In visiting a friend in the hospital they met a nurse's aide that is from Togo.  She was very excited to learn of our water project there.  Sara plans to take her one of our bottles of water when they visit their friend again.
Anne Benefield was happy, but she forgot what it was for.   
Howard Lerch had a sad buck.  Dick Calhoun was planning on being here today, but last night he checked himself into the hospital as he wasn't feeling good.  At the moment Howard does not know what his situation is.
Ben Hofheimer gave ten bucks which is to include his fine.  He's happy to be back and happy to see that Morris and Jan are married.
Henry Tate was happy to be back.  Two weeks without Rotary is terrible!
Jean Bullock gave five bucks, one of which was for her fine.  The four bucks were for today being the anniversary of Cinco de Mayo (when 4000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico in 1862).
Jeanne Richter was happy for an enjoyable cruise to Bermuda.  It was not quite what she expected but they had a great time!
Sergeant Don was happy that they will be spending Saturday night with his son and daughter-in-law in their new home.
Program
Today was Club Assembly with the theme "Commitment and Responsibility."  These words reminded President Guy of the saying, "If people put as much energy into their businesses as they do into their marriages, they would all be bankrupt.  He would like to paraphrase the saying to "If people put as much energy into their businesses as they do into their Rotary Club, most of us would be bankrupt."  As to why this happens, he would like to suggest the following reasons.
1. We take our Rotary Club, our relationships there, for granted.
2. We assume that Rotary will do just fine no matter what we do or don't do.
3. Rotary is a low priority on our "to do" list.
4. We expect Rotary to do things for us rather than ask ourselves how we can serve Rotary.
5. We don't like to acknowledge the ways we need and depend on each other, and are reluctant to hold each other to those expectations.
6. I'm really busy at work.
Now let us look at the minimal requirements to being a member in good standing, and let's keep thinking how these expectations put into action the two themes we began with - Commitment and Responsibility.
1.       Attendance
2.       Payment of dues and fees
3.       Participation in service to club and to local, national and international through service projects.
4.       Assume leadership roles and fulfill responsibilities of same
5.       Help to attract new members
When we don't fulfill these minimum requirements, we put a burden on others in the club, morale suffers, and the cohesiveness and spirit that makes a place where we all thrive deteriorates.
It seems there are only two options.  We can either institute a policing system, or we can make a firm decision to hold ourselves and each other accountable to our commitment, and to our responsibilities to each other.  Without that we shall not endure and flourish as a Rotary Club, but, in a word, we shall be "bankrupt."  Let's plan to meet the challenge.
In closing his challenging presentation, President Guy reminded us that RI President Kenny's theme for this year is: "The future of Rotary is in your hands."
50/50   Hersh Minsky
The Grapevine
by Jean Pagan-Bullock


Rotary Meeting Minutes - April 21, 2010

 

The meeting was called to order by Guy Semmes.  The group sand God Bless America followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Happy Bucks:  Matt Brock expressed gratitude to all that are working and planning on the club's 50th year celebration.  Ann Benefield also gave happy bucks.  Aliciaa gave happy bucks because Jean is taking over as secretary.  Don Harrison gave happy bucks for several items:  Guy brought his daughter, Morris' work at tavern at Great FallsPark last Saturday, for the pot luck supper, and especially for Jan for every time she hosts a meeting.  Morris also had happy bucks for those in club who donate beyond Rotary , noting in particular Rotarian Bob Stuart.

 

The featured Speaker was Abigail Reinecker, Development Manager with the Alzheimer's Association.  Ms. Reinecker's presentation was titled "Welcome to your Brain Break".  Several points of Ms. Reinecker 's presentation:

 You are who you think you are

The whole world is in your mind

If you don't take care of your brain, where will you live?

There is a heart-brain connection.  It's important to manager our numbers - that is, our cholesterol, weight, blood sugar and blood pressure.  Ms. Reinecker also noted good foods:  salmon, referred to a great brain food; however, she cautioned against eating farm raised fish.  Dark chocolate (75% or higher) is good for us.  Who knew?  Blueberries, cherries, blackberries and veggies are also good for us.

It's important to stay physically active.  Good healthy brain habits include getting enough sleep, avoiding excessive alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs, managing stress through supportive personal relationship, and exercising your brain with mental activities such as crossword puzzles.  Ms. Reinecker challenged the audience with this riddle:  "The day before today after the day before tomorrow is Monday"  What is the answer?

Brain week is June 20 through 25th.  The City of Gaithersburg is participating in the observance with The Alzheimer's Association.  Activities during Brain Week include a Brain Health 2 K and 5 K run, Brain Health challenge, Board Game and Card Day, Brain Health Happy Hour, Paddle Boat Regatta, Restaurant Day, Zumba Dance Day, SpinaThon, Brain Health Walk along with other activities during Brain Week..

Ms. Reinecker urged the audience to visit the Alzheimer's web site:  www. http://www.Alz.Org/nca .  Ms. Reinecker closed her presentation with the fact that 1 in 6 people over the age of 65 develop Alzheimer's disease.

 

The meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM.

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


April 7, 2010
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Our first meeting in April was opened by songbird Dick Calhoun leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Vijay Khetarpal led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Morris Gevinson offered an invocation having the title of "A Smile."  It costs nothing, but gives much to those that receive it.  It is something that has no value until it is given away.  "So my Rotary friends, some people may be too tired to give you a smile, but it is an opportunity to give them one of yours."
Our only visiting Rotarian was Adrian Halperin from the Montgomery Village Club.  She is currently serving as Secretary of the club.  She made a few comments about volunteering to help with Polio eradication in Nigeria, and read a letter from the District Governor (District 9125) inviting her entire team to return for the next round of immunization scheduled for April. She asked for sponsorship as the cost per volunteer is $5000.  Amy Bielski, a friend of Jan Brose, and a prospective member, was visiting again.  The only other visitor was our speaker, Joëlle Brucher, who will be introduced later.
Announcements
President Guy announced there will be a "Pot Luck" Supper at his home on April 17th.  That day is also Canal Appreciation Day.  Don Harrison will talk more about that.  Signup sheets for both are being passed around.    The District Conference is two weeks away.  Although the deadline for the "early bird" discount has passed, one can still go.  It is being held in Gettysburg in conjunction with another District.    Next week will be a combined meeting with the Rockville Club.  It will be held here at Normandie Farm.
Don Harrison spoke about the Canal Appreciation Day on April 17th at the Great Falls Tavern. They will be picking up debris, raking, essentially cleaning things up. There will a kick off ceremony at 8:30 with work from 9:00 until noon.  Refreshments will be available.   There will be no charge for parking.  As indicated earlier, a signup sheet is being passed around.
Recollections of the Past
President Guy called upon Past-President Dick Calhoun to give some jubilee moments from our historical past.  Dick confesses to being one of the ancient members of the Club, but not the oldest.  He became a member after being pursued by Dave Suttonwho knew him as both were members of the St. Andrews Society.  As incoming president he had the good fortune of being sent to the International Convention in Japan.  That was a special joy to him as he was there in the Occupation Army in 1946-48 that had given him some knowledge of the country.  At the Convention he served as a Sergeant-at-Arms, and was given the most ridiculous outfit to wear.  The Convention was a lot of fun and it was a great trip!  He urged members to attend the Convention in Montreal as it's not far, just over 600 miles.  The Calhoun's and the Lerch's are planning to drive up together.  It will enable you to interact with a different culture while learning more about Rotary. It will be a lot of fun. Go! 
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Sergeant-at Arms Don Harrison forgot his Rotary pin, so he is not going to fine those that are not wearing Rotary insignia, but he assessed a dollar fine to those that were wearing their pins.  There were many loud complaints - that such wasn't fair!  The only birthday coming up is that of Jeanne Ricther whose birthday is April 11th!
Anne Benefield was happy that Easter was wonderful, but relieved and happy that it's over..   
Jenny Bartholomot was happy that she was able to make Rotary today as she had to take a neighbor to the hospital this morning.  Then she told a joke.  "If there are ten rabbits in a row walking backwards, what do you have?" The answer was:  "A receding 'hare' line."  (Oooh!)
Hersh Minsky was happy that for the first time since Joe Theisman, the Redskins have an outstanding quarterback.
Jean Bullock gave a hundred bucks that although she's a vice-president of Nancy's 500 Club, she's happy that Morris and Jan got married.
Dick Calhoun had two happy bucks.  The first was for being here.  The second one was really from his wife who is distress about Morris getting married, but happy that Morris and Jan are now married.
Chris Good gave two bucks.  He's happy to be back after a couple of week's absence.  Although the Nationals didn't win, being a baseball fan, it was a great "Opening Day."
Bob Wallace was happy that his granddaughter was on television with Michelle Obama.  He gave a second buck as it was so funny to see the astonishment of his son-in-law when a package arrived in the mail of "birth control" pills.
Jack Kelly gave five bucks for the newly-weds.  He gave another when he asked Morris if he could still get hugs from Jan who immediately replied, "Certainly!"
Morris Gevinson was happy about several things.  He enjoyed spending Easter Sunday attending Anne's church with Jan.  He appreciates Jean Bullock for doing such a professional job of renting his condo.  He appreciates Golda Jeffries' efforts on producing the flyer for our 50th Charter Night.  Also, he's happy as this is his second week of married bliss.
Sara Torrence was happy to see Dick Calhoun and happy for the wonderful Easter services at Anne's church.
Jeanne Richter gave five bucks for a great trip with her family to Myrtle Beach, Tiber Island, and other points.  They built a bon fire on the beach and had a great time.
Jim Harris was happy that Saturday he and his wife took a nice drive to southern Maryland where his wife is from.  It was really nice to get away.
Josh Jeffries gave five happy bucks for several things.  He's happy for our newly-weds.  He's happy that the flyer turned out so well.  He's happy for being able to plant a tree in his back yard last Saturday.
Don Harrison gave a happy buck as everyone at his table gave a happy buck today.
 
Program
Jeanne Richter introduced today's speaker who was suggested by Vijay.  She is a teacher and has studied under two masters.  She holds a Feng Shui diploma from the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design, and is accredited in New York State.  She will talk to us about Feng Shui.  Let's welcome Joëlle Brucher, a Classical Feng Shui Consultant.
Joëille is French and has a number of interests.  In addition to Feng Shui, she is specifically interested in medicine and health care.  Fenr Shui is a Chinese discipline of the placement and design that enhances harmony between people and places and things.  A subtle balance is reached when a space is attuned to its environment and residents.  She is dedicated to realigning one's property with the natural laws of abundance to enhance the potential for growth and happiness.  She supplemented her talk with slides showing the results of some of the places for which she was the consultant.  Clearly the benefits of Feng Shui produce great improvement and a more pleasing environment.  We thank Joëlle for her interesting presentation, and wish her well.
 
50/50   There were no tickets sold.
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


March 24, 2010
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
We really had a beautiful day for our first meeting in Spring.  The meeting was opened by Walt Money leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Jim Harris led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Anne Benefield offered the invocation. 
Our only visiting Rotarian was a former member of our club.  He is Dave Morgan, now a member of the Chico, CA club (District 5160). Dave was a very active member, serving one year as Sergeant-at-Arms.   He had a Kiwi farm in California from which he occasionally supplied us with fruit.  Amy Bielski, a friend of Jan Brose, and a prospective member, was visiting again.  Then there were two budding Rotarians: Josh, the young son of Chris Good; and Lydia Stockton, the daughter of Jean Bullock.  Last, but not least, was the club's "First Lady", Dana Semmes.
Announcements
President Guy announced again the District Assembly will be held this Saturday, March 27th at the Holiday Inn in Laurel starting with breakfast. This is for all incoming officers and directors.  He urged all of them to attend.
Jim Harris plugged the Charter Night cruise aboard the "Spirit of Washington."  Bob Wallace has arranged for twenty parking spaces, with Jim and Sara Torrence providing twenty more for a total of forty spaces.  In addition there will be carpooling from Normandie Farm leaving at 4:30.  Boarding is 5:30.  Get your reservations in, with money ($105 per person). 
Jim Torrence commented there is an article in the current National Geographic magazine about water that is very interesting.  They report a Rotary project that fills plastic bottles with water which are then placed on a tin roof (presumably in the sun).  After 45 minutes the water may not taste good but the germs are killed.
Recollections of the Past
Jim Torrence distributed copies of the Grapevine for June 29, 1984 that reported that year's Charter Night held at the Gaithersburg Marriott.  Excerpts of newly installed president, Jay Fitzgerald's inaugural speech were included.  Jim thought it was the best that he has heard. Jim joined Potomac Rotary in 1978, and was immediately given the task of producing a Club Directory.  It was a small pocket size loose-leaf book with a picture page for each member.  He passed it around so one could see how the older members have changed.  Back in those days a member was fined if he didn't wear a tie.  (Customs have really changed!)  Jim is proud of the fact that he sponsored his wife, Sara, to be a member as soon as women were permitted (1987).  As Sara was then a member the Inner Wheel which was a club of the Potomac spouses, that made Jim eligible for membership.  He joined and was made chair of their Spring Social that was held in the Beard's home!
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Sergeant-at Arms Don Harrison first gave a brief report on the Dictionary project.  A total of 807 dictionaries were given out at 9 schools.  It was a job well done!  Jim and Sara Torrence offered to underwrite the entire cost of approximately $1350.  In the past they have contributed $1000 towards the project. 
Although Protik Sandell was not here he was wished a "Happy Birthday" which occurs on the 25th.   
Those not wearing Rotary pins were fined a dollar each.  He would not excuse Jeanne Richter who had confessed to him earlier that she has two Rotary pins, but could find neither.
Dave Morgan gave a buck as he was happy to be here.  The reason for his being here is that his step daughter is getting married.  He feels sure it will be a happy union. Then he went on to say that when he gave his Classification talk after becoming a member he talked about his Kiwi farm, having brought along a big bag of the fruit to share.  He said it was rumored that the kiwi fruit has an aphrodisiac effect.  Just as soon as he said that, Sara gathered up all the fruit on her table and dumped it in front of Jim who quipped "It worked."  The laughter that followed almost brought the house down!
Nancy Nuell gave a happy buck as she is president of a new "500" club of women whose hearts have been broken because Morris Gevinson is now a married man!
Claude Morissette was happy to have attended Jan and Morris' wedding.  He had a sad buck for Joan Wilkinson, wife of former RI President Wilfrid Wilkinson (2007-2008), passing away after discovering she had cancer.
Bob Wallace gave a buck to remind everyone that next Wednesday is the last Wednesday of the month when we bring unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit for the Soup Kitchen.
Jean Bullock was happy that her daughter was with her today.  She announced that she too is heart-broken, and is a vice-president of Nancy's 500 Club, because Morris is now a married man.
Jan Brose had twenty-one happy bucks for the 21st of March, a day that will live in infamy!  She further commented that she noticed that Morris had given nothing.  She went on to say that they were sorry that everyone could not be invited to their wedding, but on May 15th, a Saturday, there will be a reception to celebrate their marriage to which everyone is invited.  Further details will be provided later.
Asok Motayed gave five happy bucks for having attended the Rotary Institute last Saturday in Virginia.  It was his first such experience.  He found it very informative and stimulating.
Henry Tate gave a sympathy buck for Jenny Bartholomot.  She called him earlier today saying that she couldn't attend Rotary today because her cousin in Costa Rico passed away.  The news was so devastating that she didn't sleep last night as she was very much attached to him.
Sara Torrence had five happy bucks.  The first was for Sossy Winters (widow of Jerry and the mother of Andy) as her granddaughter in Israel gave birth to her first great grandson.  The second was for the fantastic party last Saturday held at Protik Sandell's home.  It was wonderful.  The third buck is for the way Potomac has stepped up to hosting the incoming GSE team.  Guy and Dana are going to host the farewell party as well as one of the team members.  The first event will be at our club on May 12th.  The fourth was for the wonderful service at Anne's church last Sunday that was followed by an excellent cantata. The fifth buck was for Dave Morgan visiting us today.
Anne Benefield gave three happy bucks.  The first was for her son, Johnny, having a wonderful year playing recreational basketball, shooting 15 points in the final game.  The second one was for having one of the founders of her church speak at a dinner last night. She was wonderful!  Maybe we can have her speak to our club. The third buck was for being honored to officiate at Morris and Jan's wedding which was really a family affair.  In her remarks she paraphrased something old by saying it was "A match made in Rotary."
Jim Torrence gave five happy bucks.  Their grandsons, ages 9 &12, wanted some money to go to a signing thing where they would see Terry Bradshaw.  Needing yard work he offered them the same money he would have paid his service people - $70.  You should have seen those boys work!
Claude Morissette gave five happy bucks for having to make only one phone call to resolve a problem.  Arrangements for the GSE visit were un-expectantly dumped in his lap.  He made a phone call to Sara and the matter was taken care of.  He appreciates the way Potomac stepped up to the plate.
Morris Gevinson made a pledge to give some happy bucks.  The amount will be determined after Jan gives him his weekly allowance.  Anyhow, it was a fantastic wedding!  Rev. Anne did a super, super job.  He thanks his family for their support.  It was glorious!
Program
President Guy commented that he allowed "Happy Bucks" to continue longer than usual because gremlins prevented him from showing a DVD of the 2009 RI Convention that he and Dana attended.  Dave Morgan spoke briefly about the good times they have had at RI Conventions. One does not have to be a "high muckity muck" to attend. Just pick the cities that you want to go to, and you'll have a lot of fun.  As the DVD couldn't be shown, President Guy called upon Dana to give her impressions of the convention.
Dana said that before going, she didn't think the convention would be very exciting, but it was.  She wrote down three adjectives that describes her impressions.
Overwhelming - The size of the convention just "knocks you back."  There was always a sea of humanity flowing from one meeting place to another. One is just a little molecule in an ocean of people.
Inspiring - The caliber of the speakers was exceptional.  They were all fascinating!  Each of them told a story about what Rotary is doing.  Rotarians are doing wonderful things.
Impressive - The quality of the entertainment was outstanding.  It's too bad Guy's DVD didn't work.  One felt that they were in New York seeing the best of Broadway shows. It was lavish!  One thing that really impressed her, was that every where you went, a Rotarian would pop up to offer help.  There were really excellent breakout sessions from which she learned a lot.  It's surprising how much one has in common with fellow Rotarians.  There are a number of Fellowship groups that one can join.
In summary, Dana recommends attending RI Conventions.  They are a lot of fun!  In fact, they had so much fun that they are going to Montreal in June.
Claude Morissette also urged members to attend the Convention in Montreal.  He has a room reserved that he isn't going to use that he would be glad to transfer to someone.
 
50/50   Jean Bullock
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


March 10, 2010
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The meeting was opened by Jan Brose leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Walt Money led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Morris Gevinson offered the invocation. 
There were a number of visitors today.  Henry Tate welcomed three visiting Rotarians.  From Rockville were Steve Cromwell and John Mohles.  Steve is a Past-President of his club and has been our guest speaker several times.  Jason Hammel is visiting for the first time.  He is the President-Elect of the Potomac-Bethesda club. Amy Bielski and Maria Rod were visiting for the second time.  Both are prospective members.  Our guest speaker is Gabrielle Soje who is the recipient of our scholarship at Gallaudet, and will be introduced later.
Announcements
President Guy announced the District Assembly will be held on March 27th at the Holiday Inn in Laurel starting with breakfast. He and Chris Good will be there.  All incoming officers and directors should attend.    We need one more new member to meet RI's goal for every club of "Plus One" in membership for the year.  If we achieve this, we will receive an achievement award.  Check your email for the suggestions that were developed at our recent Club Assembly about recruiting new members.  There is likely someone you know that would make a good Rotarian. 
Jason Hammel Invited us to attend their annual International Night to which they invite all the Ambassadorial Scholars in the area.  This year it will be held at the University Club in the District on March 27th.  It is always a very interesting program.  Anyone wanting to attend, please see him or check out their web site at pb-rotary.org.
Nancy Nuell announced that for those that were not here last week to hear about our 50th Anniversary Cruise, she will be glad to give them brochures.  It will be a night to remember!
Jean Richter reminded everyone that we are having an International Pot Luck supper at Protik Sandell's home on March 20th.  It's in Virginia, but it's not difficult to get there.  Hopefully, she'll have maps next week.    Next week we will have some fun as it is St. Paddy's Day.  Those that are not wearing green will be fined.
Recollections of the Past
Walt Money commented that he joined the Club in 1971.  John Sever is the only member that has more seniority.  Soon after he joined, Morris Gevinson and Henry Tate became members.  At that time we averaged about 50 in attendance.  There were always 3 - 4 visiting Rotarians as well as several other guests.  It was a lot of fun.  Early on he was counselor for an Ambassadorial Scholar that went back to the Philippines and became a Jesuit Priest and is now a Monsignor.  They have stayed in touch with each other through the years including several visits to our club.  A character in the club was Sid Appeal who would nearly always say at the end on the invocation, "Awomen."  Roger Eisinger, who probably owned half of Bethesda at one time was a great guy and was a president of the club.  Jay Fitzgerald, a lawyer, was another great president.  One of the great things about Rotary is visiting other clubs, and if you visit often enough you get to know their members.  That's how he got to know Steve Cromwell.  You get to meet some great people that give you good advice.  He maintained perfect attendance for about 30 years until he retired.  Rotary is a great organization of which he has enjoyed being a part!
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Sergeant-at Arms Don Harrison said fines are in order today!  Those that are not wearing Rotary pins are to be fined a dollar each.  He has a 2-part question taken from the current issue of the Rotarian. If you don't know the answer to either, the fine is two dollars.  If you don't know one the fine will be a dollar.  If you know the answer to both, then you are a good Rotarian and owe nothing.  Part 1: Who is the president of Rotary International? (Answer: John Kenny)   Part 2: Who is the incoming president?  (Answer: Ray Klinginsmith)
Alicia Doherty had a birthday so "Happy Birthday" was sung to her.
Jeanne Richter paid a dollar for an advertisement.  The Boy Scout troop at the Potomac Methodist Church is having a spaghetti supper this Saturday for which she is Chair. Tickets are only $10 each. She will be cooking from early morning - making sauce from scratch!  She hopes some from the club will attend.
Sara Torrence gave a happy buck as Jeanne Richter was a most gracious hostess for Wine Tasting Party for the Wine Society they belong to.  Sara was able to name 16 of the 50 different wines. You don't always get them right, but it's fun tasting!
Asok Motayed gave twenty happy bucks for having a great month- long vacation, and another twenty because he designed it so he missed all the snow.  He's also happy that both of his daughters are graduating in May. 
Nancy Nuell gave five happy bucks. #1 for the beautiful weather.  #2 to welcome Gabrielle, our speaker from Gallaudet.  #3 to welcome a new great-nephew who was born a week ago.  #4 to Guy and Dana Semmes as they introduced her to Bob Hanson who was instrumental in chartering this club.  He was an amazing individual with a lot of knowledge about Potomac Rotary.  #5 for the PETS she attended to train presidents and assistant governors, and for the banner they had: "Énter to Learn - Leave to Serve."
Morris Gevinson was happy that Maria sat next to him, and hopes she'll come back next week.  (He actually had a buck!)
Jason Hammel gave a happy buck as he is looking forward to next year, and hopes the two clubs will work tighter.
Steve Cromwell gave a happy buck as a woman in a grocery store asked him if he was Dr. Steve Cromwell.  When he acknowledged he was, she hugged him, and thanked him for delivering her 50 years ago.
President Guy gave a buck for Morris actually having a dollar.
Program
Jeanne Richter introduced our speaker, Gabrielle Soje, from Nigeria.He is the recipient of our recent scholarship award at Gallaudet.  He is working on his PHD for which he will go back to Nigeria to gather some empirical data before returning here to complete his studies.  Let's welcome Gabrielle.
Gabrielle had a power point presentation, but unfortunately gremlins prevented him from displaying it.  Never-the-less, Gabrielle attempted to tell of his experiences at Gallaudet where he arrived in August of 2006.  He had earlier been selected as a Ford Foundation Fellow.  There was more of a cultural shock than he expected, but after a period of time and overcoming some awkwardness, he began to fit in the campus life.  The Gallaudet that he had heard of is very much alive and well academically.  It is a globalized university in outlook and character for which it is respected around the world.  His meal experiences were a big change for him that required a lot of adjusting.  In turn, he has introduced the African menu to many of his classmates.  While here he has taken on leadership responsibilities and is the graduate students' representative on the Council on Graduate Education.  It has been an eye-opener, experiencing how academic and policies are determined at the University.  He feels that Gallaudet is a melting pot for the deaf and hard of hearing while providing an avenue for the hearing to see into the deaf world.  The scholarship that we gave him was a big assist in meeting his financial obligations. He appreciated it very much, and the opportunity to speak to the club.
We applaud Gabrielle for his efforts, and wish him well in his pursuit of a PHD degree.  (Editor's note:  His presentation would have been better had there been an interpreter to assist him.)
After Gabrielle concluded his remarks President Guy requested that Henry Tate give a brief summary of the program.  Back in the early seventies, this club challenged the rest of the District to start a scholarship program at Gallaudet.  They gave $5 per member, $250 total.  Governor Roland Cumberland saw the merits of such a program, and it was made a District Project at his District Conference in 1974.  He asked Henry to be District Chair, a position he held for many years.  The Club should be proud that from the original $250 the endowment has grown to more than $400,000 and the District has awarded over 200 scholarships.
 
50/50   Jean Bullock
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


March 3, 2010
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The first meeting in March was opened by Nancy Nuell leading the singing of "America, the Beautiful."  Matt Brock led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  After requesting a silent prayer for those lost in the earthquake in Chile, Morris Gevinson offered the invocation.  There are times to be brave.  Think positive.  Above all else, keep the faith! 
There were a number of visitors today.  For the first time we had a visiting Rotarian for Paraguay.  He was Felix Kasamatsu from the Rotary Club of Asuncion, District 4835.  He is currently visiting family living in our area. President Guy presented Felix with a Potomac banner.   Jan Brose had as her guest, a long time friend, Amy Brelasky.  Mike Gray was the guest of Morris Gevinson.  Jean Bullock, who is to be inducted into membership today, had two quests - her husband, Loren, who many of us met at the Holiday party, and her daughter, Lydia StocktonMaria Rod from the BB&T Bank is prospective member.  Shawana Palmer, who will talk about our Charter Night cruise on the Potomac, was the guest of Nancy Nuell.
Induction of a New Member
President Guy requested Jean Bullock and her sponsor, Jan Brose, to come to the podium for Jean's induction into membership.  After President Guy instructed Jean on the "Object of Rotary" and her responsibilities, Jan pinned her and presented her with a bouquet of flowers.  Jean then went around the room and was welcomed into the club by all the members present.
Announcements
Claude Morissette announced that the District is trying to increase our goal of giving to the Foundation.  Contribution made after the first of March are eligible to be matched.  As this matching is limited, please get your contribution in soon.  Get your checks in to Morris Gevinson.
Shawana Palmer was introduced by Nancy Nuell who said Shawana was willing to come to today's meeting - even if we had a snow storm.  Shawana said we will leave from Pier 4 and cruise down the river as far as National Harbor.  We will have a private room.  The buffet and bar will be open when we board.  She described the various items that are on the menu which sounded scrumptious.  We are to eat, drink and be merry!  Nancy Nuell reminded that the first ten to sign up and pay will be given two free drinks.  And thanks to the generosity of the Torrence's and thru the negotiations of Bob Wallace, there will be 40 free parking spaces.  The red carpet is really rolled out!  Our 50th Anniversary will truly be a gala event!
Happy Bucks
Sergeant-at Arms Don Harrison said in view of the time there would be no fines nor questions and would go immediately into Happy Bucks
Claude Morissette gave five happy bucks.  He's happy to be back after three meetings last week.  His wife has asked him, "When are you going to be home?"  She didn't think all the meetings would start for another two years, but he will have a lot of them to attend in the meantime.
Jan Brose gave twenty happy bucks. She's happy that Jean is now a member and that her friend Amy is here today!
Jenny Bartholomot was very happy.  One of the cold snowy mornings her son started the car for her.  When she went out it looked like he had cleaned only one window of snow but much to her surprise the window had imploded spreading glass all over.  She's glad she was not in the car when it happened!
Nancy Nuell gave five happy bucks.  One was for Shawana being here to talk about our forthcoming cruise.  She and John were guests at the Canadian Embassy to watch the hockey game of the century.  It's great to have such an affinity with our neighboring country and to share the love for the game of hockey.  The Canadians were very gracious hosts.  She's happy that Jean is now a member, and happy to see Amy again.  The last buck was to welcome March as she feels "love must be in the air."
Anne Benefield gave twenty happy bucks.  This morning her husband asked her if she had a five dollar bill.  She said yes, but she didn't have much other money, so he gave her two twenties, one of which she is giving to Rotary!
Morris Gevinson was happy that Jean is now a member as she has already been helping him, and he thanked her for it!
President Guy gave five happy bucks.  The first was for Jean becoming a member.  The second was for having so many guests today.  The other three were for the Sergeant-at-Arms missing his and Dana's 30th wedding anniversary last week.
Vijay Khetarpal was happy that his son's dance team came in first in Dallas.  They have been invited to return to Dallas to compete in the national competition.
Sergeant Don gave a happy buck for Jean becoming a member.  They have been friends for many years so he extends a special welcome to her!
Program
President Guy announced that Nancy Nuell and Jeanne Richter will in the time remaining report on a recent District meeting on Global Grants Certification.  This is something new for which they were able to get Potomac Rotary certified.
This is a dramatic change in how Rotary International deals with grant funding at the District level.  We are part of a pilot program that's being tried in a select number of districts.  They are trying out a new method of awarding Rotary grants that will bring greater control at the local level.  To access the grant money we need to donate to the Rotary Foundation.  The amount that comes back is directly related to our percentage of giving.  Polio Plus and the Rotary International Studies for Peace and Conflict Resolution will not be affected.   Ambassadorial Scholars and some other programs will be discontinued.  It will liberate funding for local projects.  This first year the grants will be small, about $1000 - $3000 each.  A significant change is that a club can partnership with another service club; it doesn't have to be a Rotary Club.  Remember this is a pilot program that is very complicated with many details to be worked out in the next three years.  If we want to get a grant the project must be submitted by the first of April.
 
50/50   Howard Lerch
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



February 17, 2010
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Snow! Snow! And more snow!  Back to back blizzards really tied things up!  Consequently our meeting for February 10th was cancelled - no confusion this time!  Today was cold and wintry, but that didn't thwart the stalwarts of Potomac from holding their regular meeting.  Jenny Bartholomot opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Henry Tate led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation with the theme "Attitude is everything."  "Be kinder than necessary to anyone you meet as they are fighting some sort of uphill battle."  The only visitor we had today was Jean Bullock, a friend of Jan Brose.
Announcements
President Guy reported on the District's status for Haitian Relief.  The goal is $100,000  Our club has already met our pro rata amount, but personal contributions can be made. Just make out a check to Potomac Rotary Charities and give that to the Treasurer.  The same is true if one wants to contribute to the Mission Ranch (Mark Dreibilbis).   There will be a Board Meeting tomorrow night at 5:30 at the usual place at Montgomery College.
Chris Good announced that he is trying to set up something with InterFaith for Saturday which would include volunteer work from three to five with supper following.  He asked for a show of hands of those interested in participating.  He will email them further details after they have been completed.
Jan Brose announced that the Charter Night Committee will meet at her house next Tuesday at 4:30, weather permitting.
Historical Moments
Morris Gevinson said that he joined Potomac Rotary in 1971 for the wrong reasons.  He wanted to promote his business, make contacts, and thus make more money.  Besides that being the wrong reason, he found he was not having any fun trying to sell anyone. Two members, Jim Metcalf and Ralph Williams, paid special attention to him, and made him feel welcome.  He started arriving on time, attending Board meetings, and participating in the club's activities.  Instead of resigning in six months as he had originally planned, he's still a member and loves being a Rotarian.  He urged everyone to get active and participate as that is where the fun is!
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant-at Arms Don Harrison reported there are no birthdays or anniversaries this week, but there will be some next week.  In keeping with President Guy's instructions two weeks ago to update our roster on the web site he is fining those that did not comply two dollars.  If they do not do it by next week the fine will be $5!  The following week it will be $10, and it keeps going up!  So the best thing is to get your data updated!  Don was the first to pay the $2 fine.  Everyone is expected to abide by their Rotary honor in making payment.  Vijay Khetarpal commented that he thought a software glitch made it impossible get everything in.  President Guy condescended to accept 50%.
After being admonished by Jim Torrence for not posing questions taken from the current Rotarian, he read the issue cover-to-cover and has two questions.  On page 1 in an article about Rotary the author says Rotary is the ___ service club organization.  The answer is "oldest."  The second question is: In the twentieth century how many people died from war and genocide?  The answer: about 150 million!  It's rally appalling!
Happy Bucks
Morris Gevinson said he had the greatest experience of his life this morning.  He got up at 5:15 when it was cold and ugly to visit the Bonds Meadow Club.  There were over a hundred young Rotarians there.  He didn't hear anybody say they couldn't participate.  They get things done.  They were 5 PDG's there to see Andy Baum receive the "Service above Self" award.  He thanked Jan for being his chauffer.  It was a very stimulating experience.  Then he asked Jan to pay his happy dollar!
Jim Harris gave five happy bucks for having a great vacation in Argentina with his Dutch friend.
Vijay Khetarpal had three happy bucks.  The first was for the fabulous Super Bowl performance.  The second was for a great Valentine Day that he and Anila had at home with their grandsons.  The third was for the recent snows.  Although he has never been to the Arctic this was something that will always be remembered so he took a lot of pictures.
Jean Bullock had two happy bucks for practical reasons.  Her driveway is clear and her window no longer leaks.
Sara Torrence was happy to have such wonderful neighbors that not only clear their driveway of snow, they bring soup!
Chris Good was happy that when he investigated noises coming from his young son's bedroom, he merely found his son giggling in his sleep.  He asked him the next morning about it, and his son replied that he had a dream of playing hide and seek!
President Guy had a happy buck as his daughter who was in India for three months is now home.  She was stuck in New York after the first storm, but had a good time.  She was able to get home before the second storm hit!
Jim Torrence was happy that their plans for a cruise to Asia with friends were cancelled because their friends could not make it.  He always dreaded coming back through Chicago.  Had that trip not been cancelled, they would have been stuck on their way back at the Chicago airport for three days!
Sergeant Don gave a happy buck for having received a "Get Well" card from Jenny Bartholomot while he was in the hospital
Program
President Guy announced, as scheduled, that we would have Club Assembly today.  We will breakup into three groups with each having a recorder captain.  He had placed on each table a list of our speakers and events that might help in our discussions.  We are going to focus on Membership and the attributes desired of a prospective member.  Our goal is "plus 2" for the year.  We now have thirty-two members having lost five.  This means we have some work to do, but he feels we can do it.
Most of the discussions seemed focused on the desired attributes of a prospective member, and most, if not all, are listed here.

Youth
Service minded
Diversity
Passionate
Enthusiastic
Leadership skills
Sense of humor
Committed to service
Dedicated
Will attend regularly

Don Harrison agreed to summarize the remarks and to prepare a suggested letter to sent to prospective members.  It was a good work session.
 
50/50   Jenny Bartholomot  (Given back to the Club)
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


February 3, 2010

 
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The aftermath of the snow storm on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, caused considerable confusion.  A long standing club policy, from before the days of email, that if Montgomery County Public Schools were closed, then our meeting for that day would be cancelled.  Consequently, our meeting was cancelled.  After a survey indicated the local area roads might be a little slushy, they were certainly passable.  Normandie Farm was "Open" and expecting us so President Guy decreed our meeting was "on" and got the word out by phone and email.  Our attendance was off a little as most of the "regulars" made an effort to attend.  There were no visiting Rotarians, but there were two guests, both have visited before.  Bob Wallace brought his wife, Althea, to the meeting.  Jean Bullock was the guest again of Jan Brose.
Nancy Nuell led a spirited singing of "God Bless America" to begin the meeting. Jan Brose led the tribute to our flag by leading the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation asking the Almighty to rid our hearts of any hateful thoughts.
Announcements
President Guy reported on the District's status for Haitian Relief.  We have raised the first $50,000 of the target of $100,000 which is about $40 per member.  That includes what some clubs have contributed to Shelter Box.  Our club has already met our pro rata amount, but personal contributions can be made. Just make out a check to Potomac Rotary Charities and give that to the Treasurer next week which will mean that the club can do much more.  It's great that a new member, Helena Stefan, was inducted last week.  Members will soon be receiving the 7-day letter for Jean Bullock as the "home visit" was made last week.  This morning's confusion about today's meeting made him realize a phone tree would have been most helpful so he recommends that we re-establish that old tradition.  We can do that if every member will update their data on our web site.  One's picture of low resolution would be helpful as well as the date of joining Rotary and the name of their sponsor.  He's instructing the Sergeant-at-Arms to fine those that have not updated their data by next meeting. 
Nancy Nuell announced that the weather reports are not favorable for the scheduled District Workshop on Saturday.  Those that have registered should check the District's website on Friday for the latest status.
Jeanne Richter announced that next week's program will be our little Valentine Party, a tradition started by Anne Benefield last year.  Wear something red and bring something to auction off - any useful item, a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, are suggested items.
Morris Gevinson reported about the Paul Harris Sustaining Memberships.  This Rotary year is more than half over and we have a long way to go to reach our goal of being a 100% club..  He would like for us to reach it soon.  Known contributors are: Jan Brose, Dick Calhoun, Alicia Doherty, Morris Gevinson, Mark Gollub, Don Harrison, Claude Morissette, Asok Motayed, Protik Sandell, Guy Semmes, and Henry Tate.  Some of these have contributed more than the necessary $100.  If you have made your contribution and are not included in this list, please let Morris know. 
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant-at Arms Don Harrison reported he is glad to be back, and that his hip is doing well after surgery.  He can walk!  He can dance!  He can talk!  The only birthday to report was Jenny Bartholomot's which was yesterday. She claims to be only 48!  (Try reversing the numbers.)  He had the whole group sing "Happy Birthday" to her!
Happy Bucks
Bob Wallace gave$5 happy bucks as he was honored that his wife accompanied him to Rotary today.
Nancy Nuell wanted change from a "twenty."  She was happy for the beautiful wonderland left by the snowstorm.  Driving to work this morning was the best commute she ever had!  She's happy to see Jack Kelly today!  Yesterday she made her inaugural club visit as an AG (Assistant Governor).  She went to Bonds Meadow, a breakfast club, necessitating that she leave home at 5:30!  It was a great meeting.  They inducted two members, had a classification talk, and talked about their latest International project.  It was really fantastic!
Jim Torrence gave a happy buck for his nice yard service that also comes and cleans the driveway of snow so that Sara doesn't have to shovel it.  Everything was all clean before they got up this morning.
Jenny Bartholomot was happy to have received so many flowers, cards and phone calls for her birthday.  She had a wonderful day.  Being 84 is not bad at all! 
Sara Torrence was happy that Jack Kelly was back and that he is going to help her with the Club History as he has boxes and boxes of old files.  Jim piped up and said there was no room in their house for any more boxes.
Anne Benefield said that it is always sad when someone passes away, but it is also a joy to have known the person.  She expressed that joy for a parishioner that had just passed on who was truly a wonderful man.
President Guy had two bucks - one happy and one sad.  The happy buck is for his daughter coming home on Thursday after being in India for three months.  He doesn't know what her future plans are, but is glad she will be home.  The sad buck was that his father, because of health problems, has been hospitalized at John Hopkins where he is getting pretty good care.
Sergeant Don gave twenty happy bucks.  Some were for his successful surgery.  It was a little comical as he had what is called a regional anesthesia. The anesthesiologist told him that he was giving him something that would make him sleepy, but that he might wake up during the operation.  He did wake up and didn't feel a thing but he could hear what was going on. When he heard a saw he asked the surgeon, a friend of his, "What are you doing down there?  If you're sawing wood I'd like to burn it in the fireplace."  "Naw, we give it to the dogs," was the reply.  There were some happy bucks for the wonderful basket of fruit he received from the Club.  The rest of the bucks were for being here.  It's good to be back!
Program
President Guy announced that the speaker for today was originally to be Matt Brock to give his Classification Talk.  Because of the snow storm he had to remain in the Office and couldn't make it.  He will be rescheduled for a later date.  Instead of a Classification talk we will hear a talk by Jeanne Richter on Revocable Trusts.
Jeanne began by saying that we were to be her guinea pigs as she is teaching a class on the subject next Monday.  A Revocable Trust is a legal document that states your wishes while you are alive, and gives instructions in case you become incapacitated or die.  You name yourself the trustee of the trust and a successor trustee.  You can change it, amend it, rewrite it, and even revoke it at any time.  The ownership of most of the things you own should be changed to that of the Trust.  Possibly the greatest advantage of a revocable trust is that the assets held in the trust are not subject to probate upon your death.  The probate fee in Maryland is one tenth of 1%.  To be active, the Trust must be funded.  This is done by changing the ownership of most of your assets to that of the trust - your house, bank accounts, stocks, etc.  For liability reasons it is recommended that you do not put your car(s) in the trust. In contrast to a revocable trust, a will only talks about the things in your own name when you die, and must go through probate.
We thank Jeanne for giving on such short notice a very interesting and informative presentation on an important subject. 
 
50/50   Jean Bullock

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


January 27, 2010


Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
President-Elect Chris Good presided over the meeting in President Guy's absence.  Don Harrison started things off by leading the "Pledge of Allegiance" to our Flag.  Bob Wallace followed by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation with the theme of "Always Remember."  "Enjoy the little things in life."  "Keep smiling."
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but there were a number of visitors that came to hear the speaker.  Chris Good asked their host to introduce them.  Jeanne Richter introduced her husband Ralph.  Morris Gevinson had three guests: his son-in-law Floyd Brenner and his granddaughter Sheri Tovar, both have visited before, and Steve Altman.  Lauren and Steve Bullock and Wayne Marsden (a former member) were guests of Jan Brose.  Vijay Khetarpal introduced Helena Stefan who will no longer be a visitor as she will be inducted into membership today.  Anne Benfield introduced Bob Stowe who has visited before. .  Eric Tebow was the guest again of Jim Harris.  Bob Snyder was the guest of Nancy Nuell.  Also a guest of Nancy was Kathy Stevens from Montgomery College who has been here several times.  Protik Sandell introduced Susan from the Potomac Almanac. 
Announcements
President-Elect Chris reported that RI is considering what is the most effective way Rotary can help in Haitian relief.  He understands that MarkDreibilbis has returned from Haiti, but does not have report from him.    He urged members to give $100 to the Foundation for being sustaining Paul Harris members.  Claude Morissette added his plea for support of the Foundation.
Nancy Nuell encouraged members to sign up and pay for our 50th anniversary jubilee.
Jim Torrence reported that he drove his car that is modified for hand control.  He will be glad to show it to anyone that is interested after the meeting.
Golden Jubilee Moment
Sara Torrence wasasked to give a "moment" from out 50 year history. In 1987 she became the first woman member of the Potomac Rotary Club.  She probably would have been the first woman in the District, but the president delayed her induction because he didn't think women should be in Rotary.  She has been active since and was the club's first woman president in 1983-94.
Induction of a New Member
Vijay Khetarpal was asked to bring Helena Stefan to the podium.  After instructing Helena on the "Object of Rotary" and her responsibilities of being a member, President-Elect Chris inducted her into membership.  He gave her plaques of "The Object of Rotary" and "The 4-Way Test."  After Vijay "pinned" her, Helena gave a few remarks of appreciation for being invited to join, and then went around the room to be welcomed into membership by the members present.
Sergeant-at-Arms
The usual Sergeant-at Arms part of the program was omitted today in deference to a long agenda.
Program
Jan Brose introduced Tom Tamm as being a "Bethesda Boy" that graduated from Landon and Georgetown University.  He went on to be a prosecutor in Montgomery County starting out with drunk driving cases and worked up to race and murder.  After nineteen years he went to the Justice Department to work on death penalty cases.  After "nine eleven" he was asked to serve on a task force to gather intelligence on agents of foreign powers, spies and terrorists.  After eleven months he figured out that we were not obeying the Constitution that became a real turning point in his life.  He came forward with his concern becoming the subject of a story published in the New York Times.  The story later won a Pulitzer Prize.  Let's welcome Tom Tamm.
Tom began by saying he remembers attending Rotary meetings with his dad who was a long time Rotarian.  His dad was an FBI agent being an assistant director as was his uncle.  So he comes from a long line of law enforcement professionals.  His brother was an FBI agent at the same time he was at the Department of Justice who took a different view of their practices.  He was "Kind of" pushed out of the government doing what he had done for the majority of his life.  He is now in general law practice right across the street from the County Courthouse.
Just recently a woman came to him without an appointment saying that she thought she was being wire tapped.  When asked why she came to him she replied that she had seen his picture on Newsweek.  To get that picture they flew in a high priced fashion photographer that must have taken 300 pictures.  The picture that was used showed an undecipherable face coming out of shadows.  The good news for him was that he didn't think the FBI would ever recognize who he was.
He feels like what he did was patriotic.  He feels we are a stronger, a safer country and a better country if we follow our ideals and follow the law.  It's been well over a year since he went public against high paid legal advice.
About a year and a half ago eighteen FBI agents, some with their guns drawn and some wearing body armor, rushed through the front door of his house.  They seized all the computers, their Christmas card list, calendars, and wanted to know if there were any secret compartments in the house.  When he came home there were twelve cars on the street.  His regret is what that did emotionally to his family.  Had he known they wanted to search the house, he would have invited them in.  He thought he would be charged, but he thought that would before a grand jury.     
Back in 1978 the Foreign Policy Information Act was passed that it was a felony to wiretap without going through the courts.  FBI agents would bring to him affidavits as to why someone should be wiretapped.  He would then obtain warrants to do the wiretappings.  After a period of time he realized there was a lot being done without court approval.  He believed there were only two people in the Justice Department that knew what was going on - the Attorney General and his immediate boss.  He didn't think he should confront them with his suspicions and went to the Senate insteadIn retrospect he feels that he should have gone to the Inspector General of the Justice Dept.  Not hearing from the Senator, he decided to go to the New York Times believing that the Washington Post would not have the guts to report his story.  He was the only lawyer in the unit that decided what was going on wasn't kosher.  The Times waited a year before they published the story during which time they meet regularly with White House, and were told "there would be blood on their hands if they published the story."  Vice President Chaney said of the program that it was the "Crown jewel" of their intelligence.  After the Times published the story President Bush said it was a despicable act.  President Bush went on to confirm the existence of this program and revealed much more information than Tom had given.  Tom believes this is the reason that he was never charged with anything.
A brief question and answer period followed.  We commend Tom for having the fortitude for revealing this illegal wiretapping, and wish him well in his private practice.
50/50 Walt Money   

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


January 20, 2010


Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Mark Gollub opened the meetingbyleading the singing of "God Bless America." Henry Tate led the "Pledge of Allegiance" to our Flag.  Morris Gevinson asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti last week after remarking that the new club of Clarksburg has contributed $1000 for Haitian relief.  He then gave an invocation requesting God's help in realizing that our lives are always changing.  "May we always have someone to love.  May our hopes and dreams keep us warm.  May we always have an angel on our shoulder."  Amen.
There were no visiting Rotarians or guests today, but we welcomed back a couple of members that have missed several meetings.  Jack Kelly has missed a few because of his wife's unsuccessful battle with cancer.  Vijay Khetarpal has just returned from an extended trip to India.
Announcements
President Guy thankedthose that personally contributed for Mark Dreibilbis' mission in Haiti.  Josh Jeffries got the money to him on Sunday.  All the children survived, but unfortunately their parents did not.  The building for the ranch and hospital was saved.    There will be a Board meeting tomorrow night in Room 318 at Montgomery College at 5:30.  They will consider how we can most effectively help the relief effort in Haiti.  Everyone is welcome!    Last week he received a note from Asok Motayed who is traveling, but is making up "all over the world."  Anyway, he left a check for $1000 without designating what it was to be used for.    With added comments from Morris Gevinson he urged members to contribute $100 to the Foundation so that we can again be a "100 per center" club for Paul Harris Sustaining members. Please, if you can, get your contribution in soon.  President Guy believes we are second in the District for giving to the Foundation.
Jan Brose announced again that next week our speaker will be Tom Tamm who was the whistle blower on the tapping of phone calls.  Bring guests - friends, spouses, prospective members!  It will be a very interesting program.
Golden Jubilee Moment
Bob Wallace wasasked to give a "moment" from out 50 year history. In 1962 there was a dance, the "Ann's Dinner Dance" that the wives, as they were not members, organized.   In 1966, each week the Club invited two Viet Nan veterans at the Bethesda Navy Hospital to be guests at our meeting.  The Wootton Interact was started during 1978-79 when John Clark was our president.  In 1979-80 Henry Tate was president and was recognized as being the "hardest working president the Club had known."
Sergeant-at-Arms
Anne Benefield substituted as Sergeant again in Don Harrison absence.  She first reminded everyone about the celebration for our 50th anniversary aboard the Spirit of Washington.  There is a signup sheet going around for that big event.  The first ten to sign up and pay will receive a free cocktail that evening.    Last week our illustrious leader slipped through our clutches by not acknowledging he was going to have a birthday.  As Sunday is her birthday, she is giving a check for the number of years plus one to grow on, and challenges him to do likewise, although she knows he is younger than she is.  President Guy said he would match her contribution.  "Happy Birthday " was then sung by the entire group to Guy and Anne.    She asked if anyone would volunteer to recite the "4-Way Test" without looking at the banner.  Jim Torrence offered and recited it correctly.  She reported that at their table in talking about the Test, Mark Gollub said it was because of the 4-Way Test that he joined Rotary
Happy Bucks
Morris Gevinson gave a buck for Jack Kelly being here as Jack was such a comfort to him when his wife passed away.  It's a good feeling to know that Jack feels Rotary is important.
Vijay Khetarpal gave three happy bucks saying it was all he had left. The first was to wish everybody a Happy New Year and a Happy New Decade.  The second was for having a long, but fabulous, trip to India with Anila.  Although the trip was wonderful, he was glad to be back for which he gave his third buck!
Cecilia Chike washappy to have had a good trip last week to Los Angeles.  While there she made-up at the Beverly Hills Club.  It was absolutely awesome.  She's glad to be home.
Bob Wallace gave a buck to announce that next week is the last Wednesday of this month and time to bring canned fruit and/or unsweetened cereal for the Soup Kitchen.
Josh Jeffries gave ten happy bucks.  Last week was the first residency week of his MBA program.  It was exciting, but he had to read 400 pages of material! Secondly, he was happy that so many, especially Alicia, contributed to Mark's mission in Haiti for which Mark was very appreciative. (Anne added that the Geneva Presbyterian Session on Monday night voted to give $750 for relief for Mark's mission.)
Jim Torrence gave $5 happy bucks because his car had been modified for hand control so he can now drive.
Sara Torrence also gave $5 happy bucks for Jim's car having hand controls.  Now she won't have to put up with his back seat driving!
Program
President Guy announced that Henry Tate will give a "mini-classification" talk.  He's been a member so long that he may have forgotten that his classification is/was "Real Estate Residential."  Following that he will talk about the "4-Way Test."
Henry stated that he was "PK" and wondered if anyone knew what that was.  Several indicated they did.  Its meaning is "Preacher's Kid - a term heard more frequently in small towns than in metropolitan areas.  When the kid did anything, good or bad, it was, "What did you expect? He's the preacher's kid!"  At the time he did not realize he was living in a "fish bowl - that his actions were more closely observed than those of other kids.
Henry's first badge indicated his classification was "Real Estate Retail."  As that didn't accurately describe his profession, it was changed more appropriately to "Real Estate Residential." He joined the Club in 1971 and immediately became active in club activities  Early in 1973 the Board decided to challenge the rest of the District to provide scholarships for students at Gallaudet by giving $5 per member ($250 in our case).  The president appointed Henry, who didn't say "No" to chair this effort.  All the other clubs were contacted but only about $350 was contributed.  The Rotary year was soon over with Henry thinking his job had been done.  That summer the new District Governor called Henry and asked him to chair a District effort which officially became a District Project at Cumberland's Conference of 1974.  Again, Henry didn't say "No."  Since then, the endowment has grown to over $400,000 with over 200 scholarships being given, ranging from $500 to $2,000.  The Club should be proud of the fact that our seed money and challenge started this very worthwhile project.
Henry then began his talk on ethics and the 4-Way Test by reading a number of one liners that he has collected relating to truth and ethics. A couple of them are repeated here.  "If the world fought sin as much as they do fat, the world would be a moral a paradise."  The golfer says' "I don't really cheat.  I play golf for my health, and a low score makes me feel better."
Henry said he wanted to leave some thought about two concepts that are prevalent in our lines.  They are "Little things" and "Everybody does it."
Preparatory to a football game the TV announcer was obviously trying to fill every single moment with verbiage and was resorting to a lot of trivia.  He remarked about the numerous "little things" that happen in a game that are so important in the play and outcome of the game.  One is the whistle used to end plays.  How fast or how slow it is blown can make a difference on many plays.  Another little thing is the coin used to decide who receives the opening kickoff.  The coin toss is more significant when it starts a sudden death playoff.  Yes, taken independently, they are little things, but very significant and important in the outcome of the game.  He thought how true such is about many "little things" may be insignificant to start with, but by repetition create a pattern of behavior that produces long-lasting and undesirable effects that are rationalized with the excuse "everybody does it."
Possibly some may remember that the Senate slapped Senator Cranston's hand about his part in the "Keating Five" scandal.   His defense was "everybody does it."  Congress has a double standard.  They reject the idea there is any similarity between what they call "constituent service" and "influence peddling."  Constituent service is supporting the programs sponsored by contributors from their home state while "influence pedaling" is lobbying by others on behalf of paid clients.  They feel very strongly about ethics.  By their "revise and consent" in the Congressional Record so many of them added their opinion about ethics, as though they were given on the floor, it would have taken two weeks of Congress' time.  Representative Boggs was quoted on ethics in one issue, but he was actually on a trip to Alaska from which he never returned.  Some in Congress are beginning to realize the danger of special interest money and entrenched incumbents, and are urging reform.   Although they give lip service to reform, it is doubtful it will come about as too many of them have gotten there under the present system.
The response that "everybody does it" has become justification and rationalization for many deeds.  Just because "everybody does it," does not make it right.  Several years ago there was a Gallup poll on ethics that was reported in the Wall Street Journal.  They concluded our ethical behavior is declining.  Lying and stealing seem to be prevalent throughout our society.  This is a very sad commentary.
What has happened?  There's no easy answer as there are so many facets.  Who knows what is right or wrong?  We all do most of the time.  We know what very wrong - and what's very right!  That's black and white!  The transition between black and white are shades of gray.  I recently heard a gray scale has been developed with 256 shades of gray.  Can there be that many shadings between right and wrong?
The pressures of achieving, promotion, the acquisitions of material possessions, keeping up with the Jones, create an environment that is very complex. We need something to help us face the challenges and temptations - a simple tool to guide us along the right path.  For this I suggest the use of the 4-Way Test.
Back in 1932 a Rotarian, Herbert Taylor, was assigned the job of saving the Club Aluminum Product Company of America from bankruptcy.  They decided they should have something their competitors didn't.  They decided this should be the character. dependability, and service mindfulness of their personnel.  The industry, as was true of others, had a code of ethics, but the codes were long, almost impossible to memorize and therefore were impractical.  Taylor felt a simple measuring stick of ethics was needed that everyone could quickly memorize.  He believed this should be in the form of a test rather than a formal statement.  They researched all available literature for a short measuring stick on ethics.  Being a religious man, Herb Taylor decided to pray about the matter.  He asked God to give him a simple guide to help think, speak and do what is right.  Soon afterwards he wrote the 4-Way Test.  (Repeat the 4-Way Test)  Without discussing it with anyone else, he tried it on everything that crossed his desk.  He says he almost threw it out after the first day.  But he persevered, and after 60 days of faithful and constant effort to apply the Test, he was completely sold on its merit.  He then presented it to his four department heads.  One was an Orthodox Jew, one a Christen Scientist, one a Catholic, and the fourth a Presbyterian.  All four agreed that truth, justice, friendliness and helpfulness not only coincided with their religious ideals, but if constantly applied in business they should result in greater success and progress.  All four men agreed to use the 4-Way Test in checking proposed plans, policies, statements and advertising.  All employees were asked to memorize the Test and to use it in their relations with others.  Gradually the public placed more confidence in the product, bought more, and the company was turned around.  Herb Taylor attributed this success to the implementation of the 4-Way Test.  Later, during his year as president of Rotary International, he distributed over 400,000 copies of the Test.
Ethics is not a policing function. It's about creating the kind of environment in which people are encouraged to make the right decision in the first place.  Society's ethics are the amalgamation of everyone's ethics.  There is no cure for temptation - it will always be there.  We must always be on guard against it.  Values are like a light house is to a ship.  We get into trouble when we lose sight of our values.
"Your task is to build a better world," God said.  I answered, "How?  The world is such a large and vast space, so complicated, and I am so small and useless, there's nothing I can do."  And God in all his wisdom said, "Just build a better you."
In that vein he read Edgar A. Guest's poem, "Sermons We See."
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day,
I'd rather one walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear;
Fine counsel is confusing, but example is always clear,
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.
I can soon learn how to do it if you'll let me see it done.
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true;
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
Adhere to the 4-Way Test whose preamble says "The 4-Way Test of the things we think, say or do."  The Test is a little thing - only 24 words.  By using the 4-Wqy Test continuously we can set a high moral standard for the world of truth, justice, friendliness and helpfulness that in turn would make service more readily attainable.  Hopefully, seeing our example, everybody will do it.  Wouldn't it be great if we could say of the 4-Way Test, "Everybody does it?" Accept the Test as a challenge.  Use it as a guide.  Not only will you be a better person, but you will be a better Rotarian, a better spouse, a better friend, a better employer, and a better citizen; and the world will be better for it. 
 
50/50  Cecilia Chike 

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


January 13, 2010

 
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Bob Wallace opened the meetingbyleading the singing of "God Bless America." Alicia Doherty led the "Pledge of Allegiance" to our Flag.  Morris Gevinson asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday.  He then gave an invocation imploring God to give us the power to overcome the evil in the world.
Henry Tate welcomed a distinguish Rotarian from the Bladensburg Club.  He is Bob Grill who was president of the Club in 1997-98 and went on to become District Governor in 2002-03.  He served as president of his club again in 2007-08.  He modestly says the club thought he would do a better job the second time. Gov. Bob will also be our speaker.  Henry also welcomed Helena Stefan who has visited before.  She is a friend of Vijay Khetarpal, and is a prospective member.
Announcements
President Guy stated that one of his goals for this year is to keep members appraised of the the things that we are involved in.  He recently received an email from Chris Connelly about the Youth Exchange program, wanting to share where this year's students are going.  The selection process started in October with country selection in December.  The youth we sponsored will be going to Sweden.  Others will be going to Argentina, Denmark, and Taiwan.  They now start a 3 month training evolution of what they might expect during the year.  They will be leaving in August.  We will invite our student to attend one of our lunches before she goes.    An email has been received from Mark Dreibilbis indicating he is quite concerned about his mission in Haiti.  (It is near Port-Au-Prince.)  He has not been able to make contact with anyone there, but asked that we keep the mission in our prayers.  He will be leaving on Monday to go there.
Golden Jubilee Moment
Anne Benefield remarked that the first name of our Club was "The Rotary Club of Halpine." The name was taken for the whistle-stop on the B&O railroad between Rockville and Washington, near what is now the Congressional Shopping area.  The first service project undertaken by the Club was the collecting of toys, clothes, mittens to be distributed by the welfare system.  We began with our commitment to service which we have continued.
President Guy then called upon Nancy Nuell to charge our spirits for the 50th anniversary celebration.  Nancy says there is a song out by the Black Eyed Peas.  It says," (I got a feeling (Yeah) that tonight is gonna be a good night!"  Nancy continued saying that she has "the feeling that July 11th is gonna be a good night.  It's gonna be great night!  It's gonna be a fantastic night, if you all there."  She promised that the weather will be good!  Cocktails are not free, but as an incentive to sign-up early, the first ten to sign-up, and paying, will be given a free cocktail with the compliments of unnamed donors.  She thanked new member Matt Brock for directing her to a web site that has the music titles for the different decades that she will give to our disc jockey.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Anne Benefield substituted as Sergeant today as Don Harrison is recovering from surgery.  She said Henry Tate had a birthday on the 11th and asked how he would like "Happy Birthday" sung.  After the entire club sang, Henry said, "I am blessed to have lived as long as I have, and to have so many wonderful friends."
Happy Bucks
Claude Morissette gave twenty bucks as he was happy to be here today.  Yesterday he attended the first committee meeting for the 2011-12 District Conference.  He will need a lot of help during his year.  Nancy Nuell has agreed to be one of his Assistant Governors (AG) for which he gave another buck.  (Nancy has also agreed to fill the vacated spot of an AG for the remainder of this year.)
Jim Torrence gave $5 for Sara's birthday that will come on the 17th
Jeff Aronson gave a Happy Buck for his upcoming birthday on the 19th.
Sara Torrence gave a happy buck for Anne's sermon last Sunday.  It was really wonderful, giving a history of baptism.  Unfortunately there were no hard copies available.  Anne commented that the copy machine had broken down which she hopes will be repaired soon.
Hersh Minsky gave a Happy Buck for having the honor of sitting by the new AG, Nancy Nuell.
Chris Good had a really big Happy Buck.  It is a big moment for them.  His son, Josh, is now potty trained!  Big news in the Good household is that they don't need diapers anymore!  In honor of that he went out and bought a "big boy" bed for Josh.
Program
Morris GevinsonIntroduced today's speaker, PDG Bob Grill, from the Bladensburg Club.  Gov. Bob has a construction business but has found the time to be a Rotarian.  He epitomizes what Past President Robert Barth of Switzerland said of Rotarians."You can rely on me.  I am dependable.  I am reliable.  I give more than I take.  I am available." 
On April 1st, Gov. Bob upon receiving an invitation from RI President Lee to represent him at a District Conference in Italy, questioned the request.  Although his parents are Italian, he doesn't speak the language.  He was assured that President Lee wanted him to be his representative.  There would be interpreters and everything would be on a big screen.  He was told to be prepared to give three speeches.  The Conference was to be held in L'Aquila.  On April 6th L'Aquila suffered an earthquake destroying most the city so he thought the Conference would be cancelled.  He received an email from the District Governor saying that the Conference had been rescheduled as a two-day affair on June 28-29.  He would be met in Rome on Friday and taken to a hotel in L'Aquila.  He was also asked to speak to a club on Friday night that was celebrating their 50th anniversary.  So everything was set. The DG met them at the Rome airport and told him things had been changed a little bit.  You are to stay in a hotel in Rome, and will be picked up Sunday morning.  They were assigned two aides but unfortunately they didn't speak English, but it is surprising how much you can communicate with your hands..The Conference was held in a nearby city to L'Aquila.  The District has 64 clubs and about 3,000 members making it about the same size as our district.  At the Conference they were assigned two new aides that did speak English.  There were about 450 attendees to the Conference, many of them surprisingly understood English.  His speeches were translated and displayed on a large screen.  Most of the conference focused on the recent earthquake and the need for humanitarian service.
Gov. Bob supplemented his remarks with a slide presentation of pictures of the conference, the devastation of the earthquake, and its aftermath.  A number of them illustrated the use of "Shelter Boxes" which are provided by a disaster relief charity to provide shelter to those that have been affected by a disaster anywhere in the world.  A "Shelter Box" weighing 125 pounds will provide food and shelter for a family of ten for six months.  The person that started the program was a Rotarian in England.  Being impressed by the "Shelter Boxes," Gov. Bob asked what he could do to help.  He was told to go back to his district and promote the idea.
We thank Gov. Bob for relating his experience of being the President's Representative at a District Conference, and applaud him for his dedication of service.
50/50  Jim Harris 

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


January 6, 2010

 
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Our first meeting of the New Year began with Anne Benefield leading the singing of "God Bless America." Howard Lerch led the 'Pledge of Allegiance" to our Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing that we have received gifts no money can buy!  He prayed to the Almighty to grant us courage in these trying times, and charged each of us to "Keep smiling!"
Henry Tate welcomed visiting Rotarian, Steve Frantzich, from the Parole Club where he has been a member for sixteen years.  Earlier he was a Rotary Scholar studying in the Philippines.  Today he is our guest speaker and will be formerly introduced later.  Alex Chike was the guest of his mother, Cecilla.  He came to see what his "Mom" does on Wednesday's at lunch.
Announcements
President Guy announced again that this year's District Conference will be a "Multi-District" to be held in Gettysburg April 22-26.  He really recommends going. There will be training sessions for every position on the Board.  Make a weekend of it as it will be a lot of fun.   He asked if anyone remembers WANADA (Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association).  Anyway, they will be having a meeting Jan. 15th at Montgomery College about giving scholarships.  He believes we have supported the program in the past, but nothing recently.  He believes it is a good program that we should consider supporting again.
Jan Brose read from an article written by Foundation Chair Glen Estees in the January issue of the Rotarian.  He quoted Past President Robert Barth of Switzerland. "We believe that the Rotary pin on our lapel sends a message.  It says, "You can rely on me.  I am dependable.  I am reliable.  I give more than I take.  I am available."  PP Glen Estees further said, "Working alone, there is only so much that can be done.  But when we work together, when we pool our resources with those of 1.2 million other Rotarians around the world - and with the resources of our Rotary Foundation - we can make a difference that will be remembered for generations.  It is up to all of us."    On January 27th we will have a very dynamic speaker.  She urged members to bring guests, especially those that are prospective members. The speaker will be Tom Tamm who serves with Jan on the Board of Mercy Health Clinic.  He is the "Fed" that blew the whistle on wireless wire tapping.  Newsweek had a huge article about him and what he did from which Jan read a few excerpts.  He is now in private practice in Rockville after leaving the Justice Department.  Jan is hoping we have a full house to hear him.
Nancy Nuell announced that we will have a disc jockey at our 50th Charter Night.  She would like to get titles of members favorite music for the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and yes, the 00's (each decade), so that they can be played during the evening
Sergeant-at-Arms
There were no "Happy Bucks" or birthday celebrations as our Sergeant-at-Arms, Don Harrison, is in the hospital recovering from hip surgery.  We pray for a speedy recovery.
Golden Jubilee Moments
This being our 50th year for which we are planning an extravagant Charter Night celebration, members will relate interesting events that have happened in our history.  JohnSever, who has the distinction of having the longest seniority, was asked to cite some early significant events.
John thought it was an excellent idea to reflect on some of our past activities.  One of our early attempts at fund raising was a Polo Night requiring the efforts of nearly everyone in the Club.  It involved advance publicity, getting ads for the program, putting up signs, and working with a caterer for the dinner before the polo match.  It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun and camaraderie.  Years later we did something similar with the Potomac Hunt Races.  For several years we had a tent there for our members and their friends.  This was another fund raiser with a more social activity to it. 
Morris Gevinson spoke about the chartering of our Club.  Our Charter was dated March 29, 1960 with 20 members, very influential people.  The name of the Club was "The Rotary Club of Halpine" (taken from the name of a whistle stop on the B&O railroad near the new Congressional shopping center).  They first met in the Bank of Silver Spring in Rockville.  Mike Myers, a dentist, was one of the charter members.  (He resigned from the club in the 80's when he moved his practice to another area.)  Morris hopes that he will attend our gala celebration.
 
Program
Jeanne RichterIntroduced today's speaker, Steve Frantzich.  Besides being a member of the Parole Club, he is the Professor of Political Science at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  He liked the Philippines so well that he returned there to get his doctorate.  Today, he's going to tell us about BIG - Books for International Goodwill.
Steve began by saying that his favorite four letter word is "Book."  His interest in books has even affected his family.  One morning he noticed that his son was sitting on the john reading a book so he went outside to do a few chores.  When he came back, finding his son still on the toilet, asked, "Matthew, aren't you done yet?"  "No" he replied, "I still have one more paragraph left."  He said his wife is in fear that some morning she is going to wake up and find him buried in books as he has stack beside his bed about fourteen books high!
He got hooked into this project sixteen years ago that has become a passion.  This morning he was in their unheated warehouse at 6:30 working with a mechanic to get the forklift going so that they could make a shipment to Cambodia.  They look at Rotary as being a sort of leveraging operation.  In many parts of the world they don't have the resources of books that we have.  About sixteen years ago they had a Rotary scholar from South Africa.  After returning home she wrote that she had good news and bad news.  The Good News was that she had been made principle of a school, but the Bad News was that they didn't have any books.  In about two weeks they collected about 30,000 books.  Putting 20,000 in a container they had about 10,000 left over.  Soon they filled a second container, and then a third.  This morning they loaded their 180th container.  In March they will ship their four millionth book.
They do minimum sorting with shipments going in bulk costing about 15¢ each.  They tell the recipients they will get a pile of books of which they can probably use only 70%, asking that they in turn try to find someone else to use the balance.  In many countries the hunger for books staggers the imagination.  Their biggest need is children books and textbooks. Reference books and non-fiction are also need.  Money will always be accepted.
Although BIG is actively supported by the Parole Club, it has been incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  We thank Steve for briefing us about BIG and wish him well in their efforts as they continue such a worthwhile project.
 
50/50  Henry Tate 

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



December 9, 2009


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Dick Calhoun started the opening ceremonies by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  BobWallace led the 'Pledge of Allegiance" to our Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation saying that at this holiday season we should be thankful for the many blessings we take for granted while others are less fortunate.  At this time of year we should be more mindful of our motto "Service Above Self."
Henry Tate welcomed visiting Rotarian, Michael Zhuang, from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase club.  Michael has visited us before, making this the second week in a row we have had a visitor from B-CC.  Matt Brock, who has been a visitor several times, will leave as a Rotarian as he will be inducted into membership later in the meeting.  Jean Bullock who is a friend of Jan Brose and several other members, was visiting again.  Helena Stefan was the guest of Vijay Khetarpal.  Helena is a doctor of Natural Medicine practicing in Acupuncture.  Our speaker is Becky Wagner, Director of InterFaith Works, has spoken here several times and will be introduced later.
Induction of New Member
President Guy announced we will carry out one of the most important events in Rotary - the induction of a new member.  He requested Matt Brock, Josh Jeffries, his sponsor, and Chris Good, Membership Chair, to come to the podium.  Chris informed Matt of the responsibilities of being a Rotarian before inducting him as a member.  After Josh "pinned" him, Matt gave a few remarks of appreciation for being invited to join and then went around the room to be welcomed into membership by the members present.
 
Announcements
President Guy announced funeral services will be conducted for Sandy Kelly (Jack's wife) tomorrow at the Darnstown Presbyterian Church at 11:00. He requested that we observe a moment of silent prayer for Jack in her memory.  There will a Board meeting Thursday of next week at Montgomery College at 5:30pm.  Alicia has called him saying she expects to be here next week as she has recovered from her sickness.  On each table there are reports from the nominating committee of their selection for officers and directors for 2010-11 The positions of directors for Club Service and Vocational Service have not been filled, but there is hope that volunteers will come forward.  Voting will take place next week at our annual meeting.  After today's meeting we will be going to Montgomery College to interview applicants for our scholarships there. He is glad that some mew members have agreed to participate.  Saturday, we will "ring the bells" for the Salvation Army at the Safeway in Potomac.  Additional "ringers" will be helpful.  See Jim Harris about scheduling.  Consideration is being given to see if enough members would like to go as a group to see the lights at Brookside Gardens.
Claude Morissette reported that he has missed a number of meetings because he has been busy with his training to be District Governor.  Last week he was at the Homestead for a Zone Institute meeting from Tuesday through Sunday.  There are 24 districts in our zone.  Many Rotary topics were discussed with emphasis placed on the Foundation and membership.  There was an interesting PowerPoint presentation given on membership that depicted the last Rotary club in America turning in their charter in 2084 because of declining membership.  Claude said it was a "downer" but it made the point that we are not keeping members.  In the past five years the zones present have inducted 22,000 new members but our total membership dropped by more than 500 members (35,500).  The problem is one of retention.  Something must be done to instill in one the desire to be a "lifetime" Rotarian.  One of his classmate suggested starting Sunday clubs to attract new members.  Claude says that idea will definitely be considered in his year.  He said a lot of new ideas were suggested that will be followed up.  Attending the Zone Institute was a very rewarding experience.  He will be very busy, but will attend as many of our meetings as he can.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Don Harrison announced that Nancy Nuell had a birthday on December 6th.  She requested the whole club sing "Happy Birthday" to her.  The group responded by singing very loudly!
Happy Bucks
Claude Morissette gavefive happy bucks for being at this meeting.
Chris Good was happy to have attended the Holiday Party in spite of the bad weather.  He enjoyed seeing everyone that was there.  It was a great location! 
Nancy Nuell was happy about several things but had only one buck to contribute!  She was happy that Matt has been inducted.  Although he wasn't a member he participated in the distribution of dictionaries and the packing of Thanksgiving boxes.  He's going to be a great asset to the Club.  While watching the Redskins game on Sunday, Saint fans bought her a birthday drink!  Cecilia, a new member, was very helpful also in the distribution of dictionaries.
Cecilia Chike was happy to have helped in distributing the dictionaries.  It was very exciting!  She also enjoyed the Holiday Party.
Jeanne Richter was sorry to have missed the Holiday Party, but she gave a couple of happy bucks for connecting with a sorority sister on Nags Heads.  They shopped and ate a lot!  She's happy that Matt has been inducted.
Anne Benefield gave a happy buck for the Holiday Party.  It was wonderful!  She commended Sara for making the arrangements.
Dick Calhoun, who is originally from Chicago, was very happy for this month's Rotarian.  It depicted the life of Paul Harris in cartoon style bringing back many memories of old Chicago including MME. GALLI, a family style Italian restaurant.
Sara Torrence was happy to welcome Matt into the club especially as it helps to reduce the average age of the members. She gave two happy/sad bucks for two women that are a part of this club's history - Sandy Kelly and Betty Johnson.  Sandy was the wife of Past-President Jack Kelly and passed away earlier this month.  Betty passed away just recently.  She was the wife of Past-President Ron Johnson who became a District Governor after transferring to the Germantown club.  Both were very active in the Inner Wheel before it disbanded.  Then she gave forty happy dollars as Sunday will be their 40th wedding anniversary.  They will not be here next week as they will be on a cruise.
Jim Torrence gave a sad buck for the life of a golden tabby cat whose life deteriorated rapidly from several ailments. She was fifteen years old.
President Guy gave twenty happy buck for the Holiday Party.  The weather created some stress, but everybody got home safely.  He thanked Sara for organizing it.
Helena Stefan gavefive happy bucks as she feels very warm and welcome whenever she comes, and wished "Happy Holidays and Good Health" to everyone.
Jim Harris gave two happy bucks.  One was for Matt being inducted.  The other one was for the great Holiday Party that Sara organized
Josh Jeffries was especially happy that Matt was inducted as he was Matt's sponsor.  He gave another buck as he wasn't fined for being late!
Program
Anne Benefield
introduced the speaker saying she has known Beck Wagner for some time and knows that she is very inspiring.  She told Jenny who had been passing out stuffed animal to give Becky any that were left over as Becky works with many homeless children.  Becky is the Director of InterFaith Works (formerly known as Community Ministry of Montgomery County).  Let's welcome Becky Wagner!
Becky said she wanted to talk about how the recession is impacting their work.  There is literally a new face of poverty at our door.  It is humbling work.  A woman with a lovely four-month old baby girl recently came to them for help.  When asked what she needed she replied "a diaper" and immediately changed her. Staff workers asked what she was doing for food and how was she feeding the baby.  She said she was nursing the baby, and she ate wherever she could find food.  They gave her a card to get food from the grocery store and some extra diapers.  This woman's boy friend and partner will be deported.  The truth of the matter is that the child is an American citizen and is a child that needs to be loved and cared for.
She gave some startling statistics.  Fourteen thousand people lost their jobs in Montgomery County last year.  Unemployment in the county is 7.2% which is the highest it has ever been in recorded history.  Food Stamps use has increased 34%.  There are almost 16,000 households on Food Stamps.  Medicaid has increased about 17% with almost 36,000 accessing it. Their partner, Manor, gave groceries to 35,000 families this year which is 43% over last year.  Shopping trips to their clothing centers has increased by 48%.  The former requests for emergency utility assistance have tripled to as much as $1,500-1,800. A special grant of $25,000 can't fill the gap.  If one didn't have a job last January, when the April first permission date to cutoff services comes, there is no way for one to catch up.
Their goal has always been to "stop the bleeding," and not to merely put a "band aide" on it.  Their hope is to make the family whole again so that they can enjoy a happy life.  From the time one becomes homeless, the national average for "coming back" is three years.  Some of the homeless have turned their children over to someone else so that they will have a better life.
There are some bright spots.  The community has really stepped up.  They are completely booked with volunteers for their shelters for next year.  Anyone wanting to serve will have to wait until 2011.  Their corporate partners have also been very exciting.  A landscaping company made the yard of one of their homes really spectacular.  An architect redesigned one of the centers for more efficient usage.
Becky thanked us for hearing their story and for visiting one of their centers, and suggested that we visit again.  There was time for a short Questions and Answers" session before adjournment.
50/50  Dick Calhoun  

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


December 2, 2009


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On a dreary wet day Hersh Minsky started the opening ceremonies by leading the singing of "God Bless America. "  Mark Gollub led the 'Pledge of Allegiance" to our Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation reminding us to provide help to the hopeless.
It was unusual but we were glad to have more than one or two visitors.  We had two visiting Rotarians: Sonny Marsh from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Club and Bob Watson from the Washington Club.  Sonny is finishing up 59 years of perfect attendance, and will begin his quest for 60 years next month. (Quite an achievement!)  He was president of his club and later was District Secretary.  Over the years he has visited us a number of times.  Bob was a long time member of this club that transferred to the Washington Club after he retired from Montgomery College. We miss him as he was very active. Among other things he was Group Leader for a GSE team that went to Japan, and was Program Chair and Bulletin Editor    several times.  There were two members from the Annapolis Rotaract Club: Tara Dulaney, the President, and Peter Keller.  They have been working with us on the Togo Water Project.  Mark Gollub had as his guest, Sammi, his teenage daughter.  Matt Brock was the guest again of Josh Jeffries.
Announcements
President Guy announced there will be a short Board meeting at the podium following this meeting as there are a couple of items that must be addressed immediately.  Next Wednesday at 2:30pm applicants for our scholarships to Montgomery College will be interviewed at the college.  He will pass around a signup sheet for those that would like to participate. He urged new members to take part as it is a very rewarding experience to hear the goals and needs of these young people.   He has received a letter of resignation from Mark Dreibilbis stating that his work in Haiti is demanding more of his time and that he cannot continue in Rotary.  Mark wished the Club success in its various activities.    Wednesday, Dec. 16th, will be our annual meeting at which time we will vote on the slate of officers and directors for 2010-11.    He reminded members of RI's goal of every member contributing $100 to the Foundation during the year.  We have done this for the past three years, and hopes we will continue to support the Foundation this way.
Josh Jeffries reported on last week's auction.  Although the group was small, the bidding was very lively, particularly from Morris.  Unofficially, the receipts from the auction were $551.50 which he thinks is fantastic!
Nancy Nuell reported that 1300 Thanksgiving boxes were packed for Leadership Cares to be given to needy families in Montgomery County.  Howard Lerch and Dick Calhoun did a yeoman's job of loading boxes and boxes of turkeys.  She thanked the various members that helped in the two-day operation.   She also plugged the cruise on the Potomac celebrating our 50th year!  It will really be a gala event!
Sergeant-at-Arms
Don Harrison
commented that he has been negligent by not fining members for being late so he is going to start that practice today by fining himself, Jeff Aronson, Jim Harris and Nancy Nuell.  Jack Kelly had a birthday on Nov.29th, but he is not here to celebrate.
Happy Bucks
Chris Good
did two Thanksgivings last week -- one here and one in the Poconos in Pennsylvania where there were ten people in their little vacation property.  A tree fell on their house, but he's happy that no one was hurt.  It did raise a lot of questions from the kids.
Mark Gollub had five happy bucks. Part is for his daughter requesting to come to this lunch and meet his fellow Rotarians.  The other part was to share a joke that appeared in the Washingtonian magazine.  "What do you call 47 millionaires sitting around a TV set watching the Super Bowl?"  Answer: "The Washington Redskins!"
Morris Gevinson felt that this was an "extra special" Thanksgiving for him.  He celebrated with his new family and they welcomed him very warmly.  Jan prepared a "spectacular, unbelievable dinner" for his family.    He was also happy to have received a number of letters of appreciation from the kids that he, Bob Wallace and Jeff Aronson delivered dictionaries to.  Each read a very interesting letter.  One youngster remarked that "maybe when he got older, he would join Rotary."
Josh Jeffries gave ten happy bucks for having a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Golda prepared Thanksgiving dinner for the first time for his family and her dad.  It was a great three days doing things together.
Sergeant Don concluded Happy Bucks by giving twenty for his daughter's wedding on November 14th.  As promised by his surgeon, he was able to walk down the aisle and to dance with the bride.
Special Presentation
Peter Keller and Tara Dulaney
from the Rotaract Club of Annapolis presented a check for $4,400 for the Andy Winters Togo Water project.  They appreciated being able to participate in the effort to improve the conditions in Togo.
Program
President Guy introduced the speaker who is one of our newest members, Asok Motayed, to give his Classification Talk so that we will know more about him..
Asok was born in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, (the name was officially changed in 2001) one of India's major cities that is densely populated.  It was the first capital of British India. As such, with several other cities it absorbed western culture, good and bad.  One of the benefits of this influence is that the Rotary Club of Calcutta is the longest continuously operating Rotary club is Asia. (It was chartered in 1920.)  He had the privilege of attending their 75th celebration.   He guesses it was his laziness in not becoming involved with Rotary earlier, but is glad that he has now become a Rotarian.
Asok graduated with a civil engineering degree.  After working a few years he came over to the shores of USA.  He arrived in New York City, like many of his predecessors, with only $84 in his pockets.  He actually started out with a little more, but on the way he had a layover in Paris!  In 1971 it was difficult to get a professional job so he took a job as a clerk at Merrill Lynch.  The salary was huge - $435 a month!  After working there for a year or two, he went to Rutgers University where he obtained a Masters Degree in Water Resources.  Then he worked for an international consulting company before moving to Washington.  After several years, with a few friends they started a consulting company in Mt. Rainier.  One of his partners knew the landlord of a slum infested area.  Later they moved to a location on Shady Grove Road where they are now.  He feels they have had reasonable success which he attributes to "being at the right place at the right time."  They now have about 300 engineers and rank in the top ten of engineering consulting firms in the Washington-Baltimore area.  He personally led a team on a water supply contract for a refugee city.  After that he convinced his partners that they should include international development as a major element of their services.  They have now worked in 30 - 35 countries.  An example, they had a $2 million contract to provide hand pumps in the Philippines. He has sold his interest in the company but continues to be associated with them.  He is now involved with several companies and is a consultant for the Department of Energy.
Asok has two daughters.  One of them graduated from Columbia.  After working a few years she is now pursuing an MBA degree at Harvard.  The other one will be graduating from Vanderbilt.  He feels that his engineering courses   were not much different from his daughters, but his tuition cost him only 50¢ a month!  His passion now is travel which he does quite extensively.  He is grateful for having been invited to join this Rotary Club.
We thank Asok for giving such an interesting Classification Talk.
 
50/50  Bob Watson
 

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


November 25, 2009


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Following the "Pledge of Allegiance" to our Flag, Dick Calhoun led the singing of "God bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an appropriate invocation for Thanksgiving thanking the Almighty for our many blessings.
Attendance was smaller than usual, but a very festive spirit prevailed among those present.  There were no visiting Rotarians today.  'First Lady" Dana Semmes was the guest of President Guy.  Matt Brock was the only other visitor being the guest of Josh Jeffries.
Announcements
President Guy announced that Morris Gevinson is Chair of our 50th anniversary celebration.  He called upon Jan Brose to provide plans developed at a recent committee meeting.  Jan called for everybody to get into the spirit as on July 11, 2010 we are going to celebrate our 50th year!  It will be an "extravaganza of a lifetime!"  It will not be our usual dinner celebration!  We are going to do something entirely different.  We are going to cruise the Potomac on "The Spirit of Washington."  The plans so far include parking and boarding at 5:30 with departure at 6:00pm.  It includes hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner, a "DJ," a celebrity speaker yet to be identified, and some special awards.  Cocktails will be available at a cash bar.  Cost is estimated to be $105 per person.  Installation of officers and the usual yearend awards will be performed at a regular meeting earlier so that we can spend the whole evening just celebrating!  The applause and show of hands indicated unanimous approval!
Jeff Aronson reported that he and Bob Wallace delivered dictionaries to Lakewood Elementary School.  He read and displayed some notes of appreciation from the kids.  He expects more formal letters will be forthcoming.
Sara Torrence reminded everyone of the Holiday Party on Dec.5th.
President Guy announced that as the Sergeant-at Arms was absence there would be no Happy Bucks or fines.  Instead he asked Anne Benefield to give a few remarks about Thanksgiving.  The mike will then be open for others to share a Thanksgiving story.
Anne remarked that it is so easy to forget our many blessings. She told a story about how the early Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock faced starvation.  They had to ration their supply of corn to five kernels of corn per meal to each person.  It was known as the "starving time."  It's almost inconceivable to us the difficulties our ancestors faced.  Having "five kernels of corn" symbolizes remembrance of those hardships.   She then told of a wonderful story that she recently read.  The author said that whenever she feels down she counts her blessings by counting on her fingers.  After she has counted on the tenth finger she says, "I can move them.  I can talk.  I can hear.  I can walk."  These are things we take for granted that are blessings we should remember and be thankful!
Vijay Khetarpal on behalf of his son is thankful that some members of the Club have supported him in his new business, and gave the Club $70.  Vijay added his thanks.
Morris Gevinson remarked that in packing boxes and delivering turkeys for the less he is always "shocked and over whelmed that here we are, living in such a rich society that there are people going hungry."  Those hungry people would not have had a feast if there were not others that were willing to help.  He's proud that our Club does as much as does in helping the less fortunate.  He enjoyed working with Bob Wallace on these projects although Bob was insistent on finding St. John's Church on the map rather than asking for directions.
Anne Benefield told a personal story about Thanksgiving.  In her first year in Seminary a lot of things went wrong. She lost her house on foreclosure.  Her daughter was in the hospital.  She didn't have any savings and took a job as a newspaper carrier getting up at 3am.  Thanksgiving came and she didn't have any money.  Her daughter was given leave to go home for Thanksgiving.  On Wednesday she didn't know what she was going to do when there was knock on the door.  Opening the door there was no one there but a box for Thanksgiving.  She always tells the kids (at Interact) that they have no idea who they are helping, nor the situation they might be in.  She's very thankful that now they can afford a turkey!
Bob Wallace thanked those that helped deliver our Thanksgiving boxes.  With one exception he believes the deliveries went smoothly.  He told a story of a Vietnamese minor who came over here by himself and became a part of the Wallace family, and subsequently married.  When they had a son, he introduced Bob as his father to a Vietnamese nurse.  The nurse could not believe it until he related how it came about.  As Bob was leaving the hospital the nurse gave him a hug, a kiss and said "Thank you."
Henry Tate's most memorable Thanksgiving was sixty-one years ago. Kay, with whom he was getting romantically involved, invited him to a big family Thanksgiving dinner at an aunt's attended by about 30 relatives.  The dinner was excellent.  The song singing was OK.  But the aunt insisted on playing childish games.  To top it off, another aunt read an ode detailing the pangs of the birth of her first child.  Not only was it very long, it was gruesome, and he began to wonder what kind of family he was getting involved with.  However, on the way home, Kay's father and brother expressed displeasure with the evening activities.  The romance continued and they were married the next year.  He is very thankful for all the wonderful events that followed in the next fifty-six years!
The Auction
President Guy announced that today's program is an auction of items that members have contributed.  The proceeds will go to the Family Justice Center.  The starting price should start at the approximate market value.  Jan Brose will be the auctioneer.  Josh Jeffries will be the recorder and will receive payment for the items which can be in cash or by checks.   The first item was a lovely box of truffles that went to Jim Harris for $20.  An apple pie baked by Dana Semmes went to Morris for $28.50.  A Chardonnay wine, vintage of 2007, went to Sara for $30.  Vijay got a kit to open bottles for $20.  Two jars of honey from the Semmes' apiary went to Asok for $25  .A bottle of wine in a pretty bottle went to Jan for $22.  A Walnut Pound Cake donated by the Corner Bakery went to Guy for $14.  A pumpkin pie baked by Linda Lerch went to Morris for $35.  A tray of assorted pastries donated by the Sunflower Bakery where "Caring is Our Main Ingredient" went to Anne for $20.  A container of homemade cocktail crackers made by Jan went to Matt for $15.  A box of Truffles went to Vijay for $15.  A desk-top gift set consisting of an address book, a journal, and two matching pencils in an attractive holder went to Howard for $10.  Another bottle of wine went to Jeanne for $25.  A pound of Starbuck's Christmas blend of coffee with a CD went to Morris for $15.  Bob got a bakery's Lemon Pound cake for $15.  A 3½ pound fruit cake donated by Jan Brose went to Jim Torrence for $40 that he will take to his class' 40th Reunion.  A bottle of Riesling wine, goes well with turkey, went to Jan for $25.  Another bottle of wine went to Chris for $21.  A bottle of Desert wine that was featured at our Wine Tasting party went to Chris for $25.  A bottle of red wine from a Maryland winery went to Sara for $23.  The last item, a beautiful flower center piece, went to Jan for $40.
The auction was a lot of fun.  At times the bidding got very lively and spirited, but there were no fights.  Many thanks to everyone!  By this editor's unaudited accounting, our proceeds amounted to $511.50 that will go to the Family Justice Center.
 
50/50  Jan Brose  

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


November 18, 2009

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The dreariness of the day didn't dampen the spirits of the Rotarians gathered this day.  Nancy Nuell led the "Pledge of Allegiance"to our Flag.  Don Harrison led the singing of "God bless America."  Morris Gevinson followed with an appropriate invocation.
There were no visiting Rotarians today.  Matt Brock was the only visitor being the guest of Josh Jeffries.
Announcements
President Guy announced the transfer of Terrill Meyer to the Frederick ClubAs she no longer works in the area, it's a long drive, particularly in bad weather, from her home in Dickerson in Frederick County to attend our meetings.  She will be greatly missed.  (Terrill was President of our Club in 2000-01, and was the principle of Wootton High School before retiring.)    Next week our program will be an auction for our Charities.  A sign-up sheet was passed around to indicate what members were bringing to be auctioned.  Maybe that unused Christmas gift received last year could be put to better use.
Bob Wallace announced that our Thanksgiving turkeys will be picked up at the Potomac Valley Nursing Home at 2:00pm next Tuesday and then pick up the Interact kids about 2:30 when school is dismissed.  He needs additional help and would appreciate a couple of volunteers.   Next week, being the fourth Wednesday of the month, please remember to bring unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit for the Soup Kitchen.  It's thanksgiving time so be as generous as you can. 
Nancy Nuell announced she will call to remind those that signed up to pack boxes at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville of their assignment.  Ask at the front desk where in the hotel the packing is being done.
Sara Torrence reminded everyone that the Holiday Party will be Dec. 5th at the Gaithersburg Holiday Inn.  She suggested "clicking on" the unique website of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  "www.DOandGO" is the go-to website for accurate and detailed information about upcoming arts, heritage and family events in Montgomery County.  Don't sit in front of the boob-tube another night without checking what interesting events might be available elsewhere.
Cecilla Chike reported that last Friday she and Protik Sandell distributed about 50 dictionaries to a third grade class.  One of the kids asked if he could really keep his.  The kids were really excited and happy!
Sergeant-at-Arms
Don Harrison remarked that he didn't have his list of anniversaries and birthdays with him last week so he will catch up today.  Chris and Jennifer Good had anniversary on Nov. 14th.  Protik Sandell is not here, but he and his wife are celebrating their anniversary tomorrow, Nov. 19th.
There were no fines or Happy Bucks today in deference to time for the rest of the meeting.
Program
President Guy broke the meeting attendees into four groups for the Club Assembly. He had designated chairs for each group: Jan Brose for Membership, Morris Gevinson for Rotary Foundation, Josh Jeffries for Public Relations, and Bob Wallace for Service.  After discussion they will report on how their group responded to the videos that will be shown.  The first video was taken by Josh Jeffries when he and Golda attended Rotary Day at the United Nations showing some of their activities while in New York. There was a short segment of the RI President speaking. Another segment showed two performers dancing on a large keyboard.  Two clips were taken from a DVD entitled "This is Rotary."  One of them showed Rotarians in Egypt helping women.  Another depicted poverty in rural America specifically in southern Missouri.
Jan Brose reported that her committee thought the videos were inspiring and very motivating.  The committee thought we should follow up on Chris Good's visit to Interfaith and support their program.
Josh Jeffries reported his committee considered the videos to be very striking.  We should do more about publicizing the things our activities.  We should get videos onto Face Book.
Morris Gevinson reported that his committee agreed that the Foundation was the engine that fueled our programs.  However, we should do more "hands on projects" and not merely "check writers."
Bob Wallace reported his committee was in agreement with what the others had reported, and wanted to emphasize that we should be more actively involved in our projects.
President Guy thanked everyone for their efforts and concluded the meeting with the 50/50 drawing.
 
50/50  Chris Good  
Future Programs & Events


09/11/25   Auction for Charities (Bring something to be auctioned)
09/12/02   Joelle Brucher - Classical Feng Shui for Today's Spaces
09/12/05   Holiday Party at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg.
09/12/16   Paul Enis - Avodeh (Jewish Service Organization) 
   
- Henry Tate
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
Remember to say a prayer for all the men and women serving our country in faraway places.
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


 
November 11, 2009

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On this Armistice Day President-elect Chris Good conducted the meeting in the absence of President Guy Semmes.  Howard Lerch led the "Pledge of Allegiance"to our Flag.  Bob Wallace led the singing of "God bless America."  Morris Gevinson followed with an invocation admonishing us "to take power over our thoughts - take the power to control your life."
We had two visiting Rotarians from the Washington Club which is very unusual as they meet at the same time we do.  One of them was Tim Hanson who was president in 2001-02.  He also happens to be a son of PDG Bob Hanson of the Rockville Club.  He quoted Winston Churchill, "There is nothing more exhilarating in life than being shot at without results."  The other Rotarian from Washington was Stewart Shalloway.  We also had the privilege of having an Ambassadorial Scholar that has been assigned to the Washington Club. He is Donatella from Bologna Italy.  He spoke briefly about himself and his appreciation for receiving the scholarship.  He is enrolled at John Hopkins University in International studies, and hopes to teach Conflict Management.  His mother is English from South Africa and his father is Italian.  He was born in the UK but grew up in Bologna.  He likes to say that he is a child of International exchange!  Jean Bullock enjoyed her visit so much last week that she came again as the guest of Jan Brose.  Helena Stefan was the guest again of Vijay Khetarpal
Announcements
Sara Torrence started a signup sheet for the Holiday Party that will be held on Dec. 5th at the Gaithersburg's Holiday Inn.  It will be a tropical setting starting at 6:00pm.  Cost will be $40 per person plus a cash bar.
Bob Wallace announced that our delivery of Thanksgiving turkeys will have to be different this year as the school will close at 11:00 on Wednesday.  We will have to get the kids to wait until 2:30 or we can go on Tuesday when we can pick up the kids after school.  He will pass around the signup sheet and asked that the drivers indicate their preference.
Protik Sandell announced that he will be delivering dictionaries of Friday and would welcome anyone that would like to go along.
Foundation Report
Don Harrison remarked that Morris had volunteered him to report on the Rotary Foundation.  Knowing very little about it, he decided to see what he could find on the internet.  He found a list of programs that have been going on for a number years that he will briefly talk about.  Everyone is familiar with Polio Plus, but there is also a Polio Plus Partners program and one that permits a person to contribute to a specific mobilization program in effected countries. Since 1978 the HHH (Health, Hunger & Humanities) program has funded 324 projects in 77 countries at the cost of $84 million dollars.  Another program is Matching Grants that since 1965 more than 29,000 projects in 199 countries at a cost of more than $335 million.  District Simplified Grants support the short term service activity of humanitarian endeavors of Districts and communities locally and internationally.  This program began in 2003 and over 1900 grants have been awarded in 478 districts in 65 countries totaling more than $28 million.  Volunteer Service Grants support the international travel of Rotarians and their spouses to provide services to a needed community.  This program began in 2006 with 429 grants being awarded for travel in 65 countries at a cost of more than $2 million.  Rotary World Peace Fellowships sponsors each year up to 60 scholars to study in one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies for Peace and Conflict Resolution for a Master's degree.  Since its inception in 2002, 339 fellows from 75 countries have participated at a cost of $23 million.  More than 39,000 from 115 countries have been awarded Ambassadorial Scholarships since 1937 at a cost of more than $504 million.  More than 386 teachers have been awarded grants to teach in developing countries for 3 -10 months at a cost of $4.8 million.  The Group Study Exchange provides for teams of non-Rotarians to visit and study businesses and the culture of countries other than their own for 4 - 6 weeks.  Since the first exchange in 1965 more than 13,000 teams comprised of more than 65,000 individuals from 106 countries have participated at a cost of more than $100 million.  Contributions to the Foundation in 2008 (the latest update) amounted to $245.7 million.  The cumulative of contributions since its origination have amounted to $2.34 billion.  Don recommends reading "Frank Talk About the Rotary Foundation" by Frank Devlin which is very interesting. He urged everyone to support the Foundation by contributing $100 this Rotary Year.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Don Harrison dispensed with fines today to talk a little bit about Veterans' Day.   There are 24.9 million veterans (men and women) in the United States today. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service."  It was made a legal holiday in 1938.  In 1954 the word "Armistice" was changed to "Veterans" to honor veterans of all wars.  The Uniform Holiday Bill was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day with Veterans Day being observed the fourth weekend of October.  Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of Veterans Day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a bill returning the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11th, beginning in 1978.  Some other countries also celebrate November 11th.  Don remembers that when he was in school that they always had an assembly and at 11:00 observed two minutes of silence.  Then asked that all veterans to please stand.  There was no count taken, but many in the room stood.
Happy Bucks
Jean Bullock gave a buck in honor of all the veterans that have served our country.
Mark Gollub felt blessed that we had no "green beans" today.
Hershel Minsky was happy to report that he made his distribution of dictionaries yesterday. He believes that the children understand that Rotary promotes peace and attempts to help people around the world.  He was quite thrilled with their show of appreciation.
Walt Money was happy that since the last time he was here, he and Mary Lou have been to Wyoming where they had the coldest snap in years.  It never got above freezing, but they got a lot of birds and had a great time. He also wanted to call attention to the fact that his Cowboys are atop the NFC East!
Jim Torrence was happy he was not shot at while in the service and thankful for the GI Bill that allowed him to get a degree in engineering that otherwise he could not have afforded.   Also, a buck for the Marine Corp as yesterday was their anniversary.
Sara Torrence had four happy bucks.  She's wearing the outfit she wore yesterday  distributing dictionaries.  It includes a scarf that depicts all the countries where Rotary is involved that impresses the kids.  The second was for Tim Hanson being here today as he has been the host for the past several years of the final Group Study Exchange dinner. The third buck is for an ambassadorial scholar being here today.  The Scholarship and the GSE are her two favorite programs funded by the Foundation.  The fourth buck was for all veterans including her own personal veteran.
Chris Good had a lot of happy bucksSaturdaywas their 35th wedding anniversary. He had the "second anniversary of his thirty-night birthday."  He was very excited about his wife giving him "flight" time for his birthday as he hasn't flown in some time.  He scared the heck out of some pilot.  He had a lot of fun delivering dictionaries to Dufief Elementary School.  Also, he was happy about seeing so many guests today.
Vijay Khetarpal had a happy buck as his father, who is a Rotarian, is a veteran of two wars with Pakistan.
Cecilla Chike had three happy bucks.  The first is that she is happy to back here.  The second is for all the veterans.  The third is that her son is OK after being involved in a hit and run accident.
Morris Gevinson was happy that Tim Hanson was visiting today as his father was District Governor the year he was president of this Club during which time they worked together extensively.
Don Harrison was happy that today is Veterans Day.  Also, he's happy that their daughter is getting married on Saturday and his doctor has assured him that he will be able to walk down the aisle and to dance with the bride.
Josh Jeffries had four happy bucks.  One is for the Rotary UN Day which was a lot of fun.  He has a 4½ minute movie showing some of the things they did that he will be glad to show.  Secondly, he glad that Nicole could join us today as it has been some time since she has visited.  The third is for Protik bringing the projector today.  The fourth is for all the veterans.  Nearly everyone is his family is a veteran except him.
Program
Jeanne Richter asked that the veterans stand and give their branch of service and briefly tell something of their experience. 
Bob Wallace served two years in the Corp of Engineers in the US Army and traveled around quite a bit finishing up on a special project for four months.  Great tour!  Great time!  He recited his service number, proving that he remembers it.
Hersh Minsky was a hospital corpsman in the US Navy.  His duty outside the US was Guantanamo Bay and San Juan Puerto Rico.  It was a great experience and he's proud of being a veteran.
Don Harrison was in the Army from 1962-65.  He did not see warfare, but it was an exciting time as it included the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of Vietnam which made for an interesting time.
The Army trained Henry Tate to be a radar technician in 1942.  He never saw combat although he was assigned to several outfits that were preparing to go overseas but the Army would transfer him elsewhere.  His training enabled him to get a job with the Philco Corp. in Philadelphia where he met his wife.  In spite of being transferred around so much he had a great time while in the service and is grateful that he was not shot at.  .
Walt Money was in the Marine Corp in the late 50's.  Back in those days if you didn't join something, you were drafted.  His brother being in the Marine Corp he joined that service.  John McCain's father was captain of a ship that he was on.  Walt also talked about two veterans that are no longer with us. One of them was Clacky Walker, a president of this club, was a young Marine that was on Iwo Jima in 1945.  The other was Rut Beard, Walt's hero, was in three wars, WWII when he was an enlisted man, a Lieutenant in the Korean War, and a bird Colonel in the Vietnam conflict.  Fortunately he was transferred out of a battalion that was later decimated by the Chinese because they wanted to avoid any mix-up as there happened to be two men with the same name.
Jim Torrence was in the Aviation Cadet program of the Air Force.  Most of the time he was in training to be a navigator but washed out.  The fact that he went in before 1954 qualified him as a Korean veteran and entitled him to the GI Bill.  That served him well as he was able to get his education and subsequently meet Sara.  
Three former members that were veterans should be remembered are: Bob Bourbon, Sam Eammelli, and Jerry Winters.  Bob joined the Marines at the end of WWII.  Both Sam and Jerry were corpsmen in the Navy seeing a lot of action in the Pacific during WWII  Bob and Sam were president of the Club in the 80's, and very active in the early days of Polio Plus.  These three are greatly missed as they have gone to their final resting place.
Right after getting out of college, Howard Lerch joined the Air Force Reserve in 1958 which was preferred to being drafted the following month.  He was assigned to the Crash Rescue unit in the Fire Department of the 113th Fighter Squadron.  It was quite an exciting time.  His Unit was called up for the Berlin crisis.  They were supposed to go to Germany but stayed at Andrews.  They had temporary duties all over the place - they were on duty 24 hours and off 24 hours.  While at Andrews one of his experiences was being on duty when Air Force One came in.  As a result he got to see President Kennedy a number of times which were historical events for him.  A comical TDY (Temporary Duty) was scaring off cattle and deer from runways in Panama and in Michigan by running the fire truck down the runway the first thing every morning.  They never had any fires but some planes came in with problems that had to be approached from the rear to avoid the danger of the plane's ordnance going off.  One night a jet went thru the barrier, crashing into their fire truck, killing one person and injuring several.  He was never shot at, but his duty was somewhat hazardous.  He's proud of his service, and glad of the experiences he had, but he doesn't want to do it again.
Although Chris Good had experiences as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the Korean conflict, he wanted to talk about the sacrifices that some people make. He is someone that has remained close to the people with whom he was in service.  His friends are now majors in the "O5" list.  Everyone of his friends he was with at West Point have been in Iraq or Afghanistan in the last few years.  Absolutely everyone!  They have had two, three and four tours of duty there.  This is a prolonged conflict for them.  The sacrifices they are makinge are ones that he didn't have to make.  He has a friend that was stationed in Germany about three years ago and took his family with him.  He was immediately transferred to Iraq.  After one year he was listed as "critical" and asked to stay another year. After his second tour in Iraq he went back to Germany.  One week later he was deplored to Afghanistan.  After three years the Army thanked him for his service and sent him to a base in New Mexico.  In essence he spent three years away from his wife and kids which was very tough on his marriage.  The things that Chris, and other people, went through are mild in comparison with those in this extended conflict.  Chris is upset with himself for not recognizing the problems his friend was having.  If you have family members or friends in the military, don't wait to hear that there are problems at home.  Reach out to these people!
 
50/50  Cecilia Chike   
 

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


November 4, 2009

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The first meeting in November was opened with the melodious voice of Dick Calhoun leading the singing of "God Bless America." Jeanne Richter led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Morris Gevinson followed with an invocation having the theme of "Be Positive Every Day."
The only visiting Rotarian today was Don Heath from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Club.  Don has visited us numerous times as he tries to maintain "perfect attendance" - working on his 25th year.  In fact, one year we presented him with an award as being our "Most Frequent Visitor" for the preceding Rotary Year.  There were four other visitors, each of whom has visited before.  Matt Brock was the guest of Josh Jefferies for the third time having been here the past two weeks.  Two of the Club's former "First Ladies" were the quests of their spouses - Linda Lerch and Miriam Calhoun.  Jean Bullot was the guest of Morris Gevinson.  She is also a friend of Jan Brose.  Our speaker is Patty McKeon from the American Heart Association.  She has spoken to us before and will be introduced later by Morris Gevinson.  
Announcements
Sara Torrence announced that the Holiday Party will be held on Dec. 5th at the Gaithersburg's Holiday Inn.  It will be a tropical setting!  Cost will be $40 each plus a cash bar. A signup sheet was started.  Please indicate your entrée selection and the number of your guests.
Nancy Nuell also had a signup sheet for the packing of Thanksgiving boxes for 1500 families in Montgomery County.  The dates are Monday, Nov. 23rd, and Tuesday, Nov. 24th at the Hilton Hotel on Rockville Pike.  Monday the activity will be inside, but on Tuesday you might be outside.
Jeanne Richter is still collecting books for the next two weeks for International Good Will.  She will be glad to receive them in the parking lot to minimize handling. Also, next week our program will be honoring veterans.  Members can talk about their service experiences.  Then the Wednesday before Thanksgiving our program will be a discussion about the things we are thankful for.  In addition, there will be an auction of wines or anything that one wants to bring in that can be used as hostess gifts with the proceeds going to our "Charities."
Special Report
President Guy remarked that November is Rotary Foundation month.  Every member is encouraged to give $100 during the year to the Foundation.  For the past three years our members have been 100% in doing this with Claude Morissette matching the amount.  President Guy is starting this Rotary Year by making his contribution with the hope that other members will follow.  He asked PDG John Sever to talk briefly about the Foundation.
John began by asking, "When was the Foundation started?"  It was started in 1917 by RI President Arch Klumpf.  The response was polite and favorable but slow to materialize.  A year later the first contribution was received from the Kansas City MO Club of $26.50.  That was the surplus from their hosting the International Convention.  It was then called the "Rotary Endowment Fund" that became the "Rotary Foundation" at the 1928 Convention in Minneapolis.  Its purpose was to help with special programs, particularly scholarships.  Contributions continued to be slow until the death of Paul Harris in 1947 when clubs began sending in money in his memory.  Rotary International had no program or plan to put that money somewhere and decided to put it in the Foundation.  The theme they decided upon was Paul Harris' "For World Peace."  So the basic thought behind the Foundation is to support programs of "World Understanding and World Peace."  The Foundation has since grown and today receives about $65 million dollars annually with the same amount being distributed three years later.  The main dispersal is still the scholarship program with over a thousand scholarships being awarded each year.  The Group Study Exchange (GSE) is another program that is funded.  Polio Plus is under the Foundation but those funds are kept separate.  During this month more information will be given.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Don Harrison reported there are several birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate.  Chris Good turned 40 on Oct. 25th.  His wife gave him a gift of flying an airplane that thrilled him.  Terrill Myer had a birthday on Nov. 1st, but she is not here.  Hershel Minsky had a birthday on Nov. 2nd and Jim Harris had a birthday on Nov. 3rd.  Dick and Miriam Calhoun celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Nov. 2nd.  Congratulations to each of these members.
He then had a question taken from the Rotarian.  "How many people in the world do not have safe drinking water?"  If you do not know that the answer is "one billion" then cough up a buck.
Happy Bucks
Hershel Minsky was happy that his family gave him a surprise birthday party at which everyone had a great time!
Sara Torrence was happy that she and Jim came to Normandie Farm last night for dinner.  Jim had escargot that he reported last week was so good!  She had liver and onions that was equally fabulous.  She recommends having the sauce served on the side."
Don Heath had two happy bucks.  The first was for the improvement in the real estate market.  Last month the absorption rate was down to 2.57 months whereas a year ago it was over 8 months.  Prices seem to have stabilized.  The other buck relates to Normandie Farm's "green beans" that he hasn't had in a long time.  He recently came across a book titled "Maryland's Historic Restaurants" that not only included Normandie Farm; it had their recipe for their green beans that he was glad to share with us. 
Morris Gevinson was happy that Patty McKeon and Jean Ballot were guests today.
Nancy Nuell enjoyed the work party at Potomac Valley Nursing Home last Saturday.  It was a great team effort that raked a lot of leaves and planted bulbs.    She and John went "Trick or Treating" last Saturday night.  Instead of bags they took wine goblets and only went to homes of Rotarians where they were welcomed very hospitably.
Bob Wallace was happy to report that he saw Leah Bowden, Director of Potomac Valley about the Thanksgiving turkeys, and she told him that she thought she would like to rejoin the Club.
Program
Morris Gevinson said in introducing our speaker, Patty McKeon, that he has worked with her for the past seven years.  She is the Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the American Heart Association who has raised over $7,000,000.  This money has gone for education, research, and programs.  The major event annually is the "Heart Walk" that will take place this year on Saturday, November 14th.  Patty is a graduate of George Mason University.  Prior to working for a non-profit organization, she spent eighteen years working in the cable television business.  Let's welcome Patty McKeon.
Patty thanked Morris for his introduction, and said she was glad to be here again to talk about the American Heart Association.  She will talk about a few things that we can do to be more heart healthier.  They want to emphasize the importance of eating well and walking more to live longer.   About 60% of the adult population in the United States does no form of physical activity.  We want to get America walking more.  It is a great form of physical exercise as it has the lowest dropout rate of any exercise.  One can do it anywhere they are.  They want to get children involved.  The Washington DC area has the highest of childhood obesity in the U. S.  They encourage families to walk together.  The American Heart Association is one of the largest volunteer health organizations in the country.  Their mission is to build bodies free of cardio-vascular diseases.  They work very closely with local hospitals.  Outside of the federal government they are the largest organization doing research in this area.  Right now they are funding over 2500 researchers across the country, many in this area.  Ten of their researchers have received the Nobel Prize.
Another area they focus on is community education.  They want to make sure that women are aware that heart disease is their greatest health risk.  More than 50,000 more women than men die of heart disease annually.
She commented on the forthcoming Heart Walk on the 14th that is on the National Mall.  It is a public event that anyone can come to it.  Morris is one of the walkers.  It is very family friendly.  There will be thirty heath tents to provide information.  It is their largest fund raising event in the Washington area with a $2 million goal for this year - they are approaching $1.4 million now.  Ninety-three cents of every dollar goes to their programs.
Sixty per cent of the adult population and a huge percentage of the under 18 population are getting no activity and are not eating healthy.  They are trying to get the message out that for every hour of activity one increases their life expectancy by two hours.  They encourage getting out there and walking.
After a brief "Question and Answer" period President Guy thanked Patty for her presentation and presented her with a check for $1,000 for the Heart Association.
 
50/50  Vijay Khetarpal  

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



October 28, 2009

Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The meeting was opened with Anne Benefield leading the singing of "God Bless America." Vijay Khetarpal led the "Pledge of Allegiance."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation with a theme of "Don't forget to laugh and smile."
The only today's visiting Rotarian today who was guest speaker, Rachel Blair. Rachel is now a member of the Annapolis Club after being in the Severna Park Club for a couple of years.     Matt Brock was the guest of Josh Jefferies for the second time having been here two weeks ago. 
Announcements
President Guy reminded members of the work session on the Nature Trail at Potomac valley Nursing Home this coming Saturday.  We hope Mother Nature is kind to us as our earlier scheduled date was rained out.  Jim Harris has posted a signup sheet on our web site.  Let him know if you can make it!    He congratulated those that came out for Potomac Day last Saturday.  He and Anne were in the parade which was completed before the rains came.  There are pictures of their participation.  Nancy joined Guy and his parents for lunch at Hunters Inn.  Others found haven from the elements at Normandie Farm.    This Rotary year our District Conference will be held jointly with another District in Gettysburg on April 22-25 2010.  Governor Paul commented on this last week.  Mark it on your calendar.
Bob Wallace announced that we will deliver turkeys to twelve families this Thanksgiving.  Most of them live in the Takoma Park area
Nancy Nuell had a follow-on to Bob Wallace's announcement.  Leadership Cares will be packing boxes on Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  She will have a signup sheet and directions.  Last year they packed over a thousand boxes
Sara Torrence announced that the Holiday Party will be held on Dec. 5th at the Gaithersburg Holiday Inn.  It will be a tropical setting!  Cost will be $40 each plus a cash bar. She'll have a signup sheet next week.
Special Acknowledgement
President Guy called Asok Motayed to the podium.  He accepted a check from Asok for $1000 made out to Potomac Charities to become a Paul Harris Fellow.  Asok is also joining the Paul Harris Society.  He is a new member that was inducted at our last Charter Night.  Congratulations to Asok!
Mini-Classification Talk
President Guy joined Rotary in January of 2002 after promising his wife that he wouldn't "raise his hand to volunteer for anything" - at least for a year.  Looking back, he did work on some projects that first year.  His Rotary experience has greatly exceeded his expectations - and it gets better every year.  In other parts of his life, he's very involved with St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Potomac.  He's also the coordinator of two retreats a year about the Lord's Prayer.  They have two daughters. One of them, Charlotte, just had her 28th birthday, is in India which she finds very interesting and beautiful.  He read part of a letter they received from her which made his day.  His son is back in graduate school studying business and public policy.  Most know that he (Guy) is a building contractor.  This year "green" is the word.  Their Handyman Division is very busy!
Sergeant-at-Arms
Before getting into his duties, Don Harrison announced that he had five boxes of dictionaries with labels in his car.  One is for Jim Harris.  He was expecting to give some to Chris Good, but Chris was not present.  In response to someone's question, there are 48 dictionaries in a box. No, they are not "Webster."
Sergeant Don reminded everyone of the 4-Way Test and if they were not wearing something symbolic of Rotary the fine was a dollar.  Then he asked, "What Club sponsored ours fifty years ago?"  Vijay Khetarpal immediately answered, "Washington."  Henry Tate had the correct answer, "Rockville."  Those that didn't know were expected to cough up a buck.
Happy Bucks
Nancy Nuell had two happy bucksThe first was for her thirtieth class reunion at the Univ. of Michigan which was a "rocking good time."  The other was for a most amazing beautiful autumn Sunday.  She hiked with the love of her life, John, and her dogs.  They picked apples and ended up at the "Naked Mountain Vineyard" drinking a glass of Merlot.
As Ben Hofheimer being both happy and sad, gave ten bucks.  He's happy to be going to California where he winters, but sad that this takes him away from Potomac.  Then he told a story about Morris' doctor having seen him with a beautiful sexy woman said "You must be doing pretty well."  Morris replied, "I'm doing what you told me to do. Get a hot mama and be cheerful."  The doctor said, "That's not what I prescribed.  I told you that you had a heart murmur, and to be careful."  (Much laughter!)
Anne Benefield gave some happy bucks as the children from her church's day school planted a tree in her honor and presented her with a plaque as a part of the celebration for her tenth anniversary as pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church.
Jenny Bartholomot told a story about a priest chiding his rabbi friend for not eating some good Virginia ham.  The rabbi finally said he would try it - at the priest's wedding!
Vijay Khetarpal had two happy bucks.  The first was for their wonderful trip to the Cayman Islands celebrating birthdays and their anniversary.  The other was for seeing friends in Los Angles after thirty years and acting like seventeen year olds.  It was fun, but it's good to be back!
Jim Torrence was happy that after being rained out at Potomac Day they went to Normandie Farm for a late lunch, and found out they serve escargot prepared the way he likes it.
Jim Harris was happy that his daughter has just been accepted to work as a volunteer at the Family Justice Center
Sergeant Don concluded happy bucks by giving ten as his wife loaded five boxes of dictionaries into his car which he could not have done because of a hip problem.  Also, she had to move things in and out to have a new floor installed while he watched.  He's very grateful to her!
Program
Morris Gevinson said in introducing the speaker that it seems he has known her for a long, long time.  He really got to know her when they went on the recent District Conference cruise. She's been in Rotary only a short time but is very involved.  She first joined the Severna Park Club and recently transferred to the Annapolis and has become involved with the District Grants Committee.  She's an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Founder, Chairman and Executive Director of "Kindness in Action," a non-profit organization that provides education and health care to women and children in developing countries.  She is a very accomplished young lady!  Let's welcome Rachel Blair.
Rachel thanked Morris for his introduction saying that he is an inspiration to her for his honesty and integrity.  It's very much appreciative as she works in a field where people have a hidden agenda, and it is difficult to know what they really want.
While at Severna Park they got a matching grant for rain harvesting in Kenya.  Getting the grant was not particularly easy so she joined the Grants Committee to try to make the process better.  She asked questions about the project we started some time back, wanting to know if we were proud of it.  Things are going to change.  They are waiting for PDG Rob Brown to get his training so he can enlighten us on how we can work together as there is less money.  There is no grant money available from RI, but the District has some grant money - up to $5,000 per grant.  So far this year they have had only one application for a "simplified grant." 
She showed a slide show on how to market the grant request. This was followed with a video of an actual project.  She goes to an elementary school and teaches the children about Rotary.  They plant the seeds of kindness by showing them our humanitarian's efforts.  It is amazing what the children say, and how much they need us.  They are getting mixed messages from the media, and from the schools.
Her presentation illustrated the power and leverage that Rotary has.  She closed with several questions to us.  "How are staying significant in your community?"  How are reaching out to the children?  Are you making a difference in their lives?  Are you helping them to understand that the world is far bigger than what they see in their homes and schools?  How are you creating the next generation of humanitarians?"  They are thought provoking questions that should be taken seriously.
 
50/50  Morris Gevinson 

 
-Henry Tate
 
 
The Grapevine
by Janis Brose


October 21, 2009

Following our patriotic song, pledge of allegiance, and invocation, President Guy Semmes opened the meeting with introduction of guests, including: Paul Frey, DG; Theresa Michael, Carroll Creek Rotary, Rich Carson and his wife, Sheri, PDG; Natalie Davis, BCC Rotary; Sonny Marsh, BCC Rotary; Laura and Brian Campbell and Connie Strain, guests of Anne Benefield; Jeanne Bullock, guest of Jan Brose; and Dana Semmes, wife of President Guy Semmes.

 Guy also made several announcements, including:

·          Dictionaries and labels are at Don Harrison's house. Team leaders to coordinate with him re. Pick-up.

·          Today-Interfaith tour and volunteer opportunities; right after meeting;

·          October 17 - Potomac Valley rehab Center - clean-up day. Sign-up sheet distributed;

·          October 18-book exchange at Jeanne Richter's home;

·          October 24 - Potomac Day volunteers to monitor parade route and staff booth;

·          October 28-bring cereal and canned fruit for food pantry;

·          Bob Bourbin passed away yesterday. Details on Web Site and in Washington Post.

Sergeant at Arms:

·          Fines for anyone not wearing Rotary pin;

·          Q: who's on cover of this month's Rotary Magazine? A: Itzhak Perlman;

Happy Bucks:

·          Jeanne Bullock-family birthdays

·          Jeanne Richter-her daughter misses her;

·          Morris Gevinson-attended beautiful celebration for the 10th anniversary of Anne Benefield as pastor at Geneva Presbyterian Church;

·          Sara Torrence-happy to have known Bob Bourbin and this is the second opportunity she's had to hear Paul Frey's presentation;

·          Theresa-pleasure to bring Paul to our Club;

·          Hersh-did not renew his Redskin tickets;

·          Asok-kept his Redskin tickets;

·          Jim Harris-for Paul Frey;

·          Anne Benefield-for her family and guests who attended her anniversary celebration;

·          Guy Semmes-for Paul Frey;

·          Jenny-sad buck because Paul Frey was taken away from her table;

·          Paul Frey-for Theresa driving him to our Club;

·          Don Harrison-for meeting Paul Frey.

Introduction of District Governor Paul Frey:

                Morris presented Paul with a basketball, signed by all members of Potomac Rotary.

                Guy presented Paul with a check for Polio Plus.

Potomac Rotary membership serenaded Paul with the song, "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck".

Paul graciously thanked us for the welcome and the song, and specifically recognized many of our members who have been involved with many District programs, including: John Sever; Morris Gevinson (father of Andy Baum); Vijay Khetarpal; Henry Tate; Sara Torrence;  and Nancy Nuell.  He also welcomed and thanked Rich and Sheri Carson, Theresa Michael, Guy Semmes, and Claude for their contributions.  Barry Thompson, Assistant Governor was not present, however, Paul cited him for his dedication to Rotary's work.

Paul began by saying he represents President of RI, John Kenny, and asked that we all continue our dedication to the causes of Rotary.

Paul's theme was "Heroes" and as a kid and one of 10 children living with his siblings and his parents, Paul felt that his dad was definitely a hero. He said other heroes in his life were coaches and teachers. His definition of "hero" is someone who gives his or her life to something bigger than one self.  He feels that this year's Rotary motto, "the Future of Rotary is in your Hands" is a perfect example of Rotary Heroes.

Paul talked about struggling with a Rotary strategic planning document that was 60 pages and finally reducing it to just one page. His planning committee came up with a NEW THREE-WAY TEST:

                Will anyone Care?

                Will anyone get hurt?

                Will anyone find out?

During the course of his presentation, Paul stripped from his suit/tie to a basketball jersey and matching shorts. The slogan on his shirt read: "Hoops for Hope" which is a theme that he plans to use all year with various basketball activities.

He said, Rotary Heroes take risks; respect others (admire and see value in others); support the Foundation and support Polio Plus. To date, Rotary has raised $800 million for polio. There are only four pockets in the world where polio still exists: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan, with fewer than 400 cases, collectively.

Paul encouraged everyone to attend the District Conference April 22-5, 2010, in Gettysburg, MD. He said there will be something for everyone plus free time to enjoy the historic sites and tours of Gettysburg.

The 50/50 Raffle was won by Bob Wallace.

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



October 14, 2009

Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The meeting was opened with Bob Wallace leading the singing of "God Bless America." Jim Harris led the "Pledge of Allegiance." Anne Benefield gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our blessings in these troublesome times.
There was only one visiting Rotarian today who was the very likable Andy Baum from the Carroll Creek club.  Andy is a Past District Governor who served in 2001-02.  Also visiting us was Alice Alunni, an Ambassadorial Scholar from Italy (Jeanne Richter is her counselor).  Alice gave a few remarks about herself and thanked Rotary for her scholarship.  She then presented Pres. Guy with a beautiful banner from her sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Perugia in District 2090.  Jenny Bartholomot had as her guest her son Claude who has visited us several times.  Josh Jefferies had his friend Matt Brock as his guest.  Two visitors, Collin Wilke and Stephanie Condra, will be formally introduced later as they will present today's program.
President Guy gave a special welcome to Jenny Bartholomot as she is back after several weeks' absence because of having surgery and being in rehab.   Jenny thanked everyone for their cards and especially their prayers.  They helped immensely!  Then she told a story about a young woman returning home after a long absence.  She confessed to her father that she had become a prostitute.  The father told her this was very humiliating as they had raised her to be a nice Catholic girl, and for her to leave and never come back.  She started to cry and said she was hoping to make amends by giving them some expensive gifts including a Mercedes and a cruise.  The father asked her what she had said she had become.  She replied, "A prostitute."  The father said, "Thank goodness, I thought you said you became a protestant! "
Mini-Classification Talks
President Guy announced that as this is "Vocational Month" we will have a couple of short Classification Talks.  He called Howard Lerch to the podium to be followed by Ben Hofheimer.
Howard began by saying that he has been a member of the Club about ten years which has been one of the greatest experiences in his life.   He became involved in many of the Club's projects, and served as president in 2003-04.  Having been born in Washington DC, he is a fifth generation Washingtonian, which is a rare thing.  His early life was spent growing up on a farm in Davidsonville, MD giving him what he considers an idealistic life.  Graduating from college on a Thursday, he went to work in the family business the following Monday.  There was no time for vacation!  The business was founded by his grandfather in 1927.  They sold food to restaurants, military bases, and anything that had mass feeding operations.  There he did everything.  The business was sold after seventy years, and he is continuing to enjoy the benefits from it.  On a personal basis, he and his wife, Linda, have three wonderful daughters, two fine son-in-laws, and four wonderful grandchildren.
Ben Hofheimer says he has enjoyed Rotary for about forty years, having been a member of three different clubs and an Honorary Member of the club where he winters in California.  He began his Rotary experience in Woodbridge VA and was president of that club in 1972-73. His classification was "Automobile Retail."  After thirty years of perfect attendance he decided that was enough for him, and he would leave perfect attendance to other Rotarians.  He was born in Norfolk VA.  His dad was from Norfolk and his mother was from Washington.  In the late forties they moved to the Washington area.  He joined his grandfather's car business in Alexandria.  In 1967 at the early age of twenty-seven he left the family business and bought a Dodge dealership outside of Quantico VA.  After growing the business to five dealerships and with the kids not wanting to be in the automobile retail business, he decided it was time to sell.  After retiring he went into counseling for about eleven years which was very rewarding.  About twenty years ago he went through a "little bit of divorce" before meeting his second wife, Judy.  He has two children by his first marriage that live in Maine.  His wife has a son that lives in Annapolis with two daughters.  All told he has five granddaughters and one grandson. They spend much of their time in Annapolis visiting the granddaughters.
Happy Bucks
Anne Benefield gave ten happy bucks as she will be celebrating her tenth anniversary as pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church.
Josh Jeffries had three happy bucks for having Matt Brock as his guest today, for his wife getting a new car, and the treasury is in good shape after working with Mark Gollub all morning.
Asok Motayed gave five happy bucks as he had an excellent trip overseas.
Claude Bartholomot gave five happy bucks that his mother's surgery was successful, and for all the care and concern shown by the members of this Club.
Jeanne Richter was happy that Alice Alunni was able to visit us today, and for Jenny being back after being in the hospital.
President Guy was happy that his daughter was in town for a week.
Jan Brose gave a happy buck that Jenny is back.
Alice Alunni was happy to be visiting the Club today
Morris Gevinson gave a couple of happy bucks as PDG Andy Baum is with us today.  Next Wednesday is another big day for us that he will let our president announce.
Jeff Aronson was happy to be back and hopes things will soon return to normal.
Sara Torrence was happy that Jim is walking without the aid of anything. 
Ben Hofheimer gave a happy buck for Jenny being back and remarked that she had addressed a birthday card to him before going into the hospital and gave it to Claude to mail at the appropriate time which he greatly appreciated.
Don Harrison concluded happy bucks by giving two: happy that Jenny is back, and happy that she sent his wife a card for her birthday!
(Editor's note: There were other happy bucks given, but they could not be deciphered because of low voices and extraneous noise.)
Announcements
As Morris alluded in Happy Bucks, President Guy announced that next Wednesday will be a "big" day for us as the District Governor will make his official visit to our Club.  He is Paul Frey who is a member of the Carroll Creek Club.  With Morris' help special plans are being made to give him a warm welcome.  Governor Paul would like to meet with the Board immediately following our regular meeting.  An email has been sent to all Board members urging them to attend.
Chris Good had three signup sheets.  The first one was for volunteers for traffic monitors and members to man our booth on Potomac Day on Oct. 24th.    The second one was for workers to clean up the Nature Trail this Saturday, Oct. 17th.  (Because of rain this was rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31st.)    The third signup sheet was for members that might want to tour the National Center for Children and Families to see what they are doing and how we might cooperate with them.
Program
Jeanne Richter introduced the presenters of today's program about "Splash of Hope."  They are Stephanie Condra and Collin Wilke. Through the power of art, "Splash of Hope" changes the stark white walls of hospitals into something more interesting and friendly.  Stephanie will tell us more about "Splash of Hope" while Collin assists with a slide presentation.
Stephanie said that she was substituting for her boss who originally was to be the speaker, but could not be here.  "Splash of Hope" is a 503c foundation based in Huntington NY.  It was founded in 1996 by artist Heather Buggée.  They are dedicated to creating soothing and uplifting environments within hospitals and other medical facilities through the creation of custom-designed, hand-painted murals that lift the spirits of patients, their families, and the professionals that care for them.  Their artists work with the hospital's staff to create designs to specifically meet the unique needs related to their medical facility and its patients. The colorful scenery of their murals blends medical instruments into elements of the landscape, distracting attention from them.  Colors are selected to accentuate the color scheme of the facility and to warm the environment.  The use of friendly characters makes a child's apprehension turn to encouraging smiles.  Their murals are painted directly on the walls of the facility or on panels in their studio.  Non-toxic, non-inflammable, latex paints are used for all murals.  A protective coat of varnish is applied to make the murals washable and durable.  Their murals can cover entrances, sections or complete walls, borders, and even ceilings.  Stephanie illustrated with slides some of the art work "Splashes of Hope" has produced.  One of the slides showed a project on Long Island in 2004 that was sponsored by a local Rotary Club with the aid of a matching grant from Rotary International.  Handouts were available that illustrated their art work, listed a number of their projects, and listed some of their benefactors which included Rotary International.
We thank Stephanie and Collin for their interesting and informative presentation.  We wish "Splashes of Hope" continued success as their art work benefits many.
 
50/50  Howard Lerch
 
Future Programs & Events


09/10/21    District Governor's official visit with Board meeting following
09/10/24    Potomac Day
09/10/31    Nature Trail cleanup

-Henry Tate

From the Forties:
PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW
BURMA SHAVE
 

The Grapevine
by Janis Brose


October 7, 2009

Following our patriotic song, pledge of allegiance, and invocation, President Guy Semmes opened the meeting with introduction of guests, including: Pallavi Jammi, a candidate for the youth exchange program, who would like Potomac Rotary to sponsor her, and her parents; Chuck Amos, a financial planner;  John Bohler (?), making up from the Rockville Club; Jean Bullock, a realtor and guest of Jan Brose; Sarah Harris, daughter and guest of Jim Harris; Michael Gorinson, grandson and guest of Morris Gevinson; Col. Darren Popkin and Hannah Sassoon, our speakers, and Cecilia Chike, who will be inducted into our Club today.

Guy also made several announcements, including:

·          October 17 - Potomac Valley rehab Center - clean-up day. Sign-up sheet distributed;

·          October 21 - Interfaith tour and volunteer opportunities. Becky Wagner is coordinator;

·          October 24 - Potomac Day. Need volunteers to monitor parade route and staff booth;

·           Dictionary Project - 816 English language and 3 Spanish language dictionaries have been ordered. 

·          Upcoming social events list is being distributed.

·          "Friends of Rotary" list being passed around at each meeting for visitors to provide contact information if interested in membership.

Today Cecilia Chike was inducted into the Potomac Rotary Club.

Board Report/Highlights-Alicia Doherty:

·          Emailing minutes this week

·          Discussed attendance-reviewed requirements

·          Discussed potential of merging with another Rotary Club .discussion to be continued  at next Board meeting.

Sergeant at Arms:

                Happy Birthday wishes to Ben and Vijay.

Happy Bucks:

·          Terrill - for Cecilia's induction, for guests, and for her recent Garden Club tour in Delaware.

·          Chris - Army won; for Cecilia's induction.

·          Jeanne - husband coming home from travel today; Wesley scored a touchdown.

·          Walt - for good time with grandchildren.

·          Alicia - welcome to speakers.

·          Sarah - for Redskins win.

·          Morris - for grandson, Michael attending meeting.

·          Cecilia - for becoming member of Club.

Speakers:

Col. Darren Popkin, Chief Deputy Sheriff, was introduced by Alicia. Col. Popkin commended Alicia for having a wonderful brother, John Doherty, who works with him in the sheriff's office.

Col. Popkin spoke to us about the new Family Justice Center that opened April 1, 2009, at 600 Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD.  The Center serves victims of domestic violence, and they have seen 600 victims in the first five months of operation. 

The Center serves as a "one-stop-shop" for domestic violence victims and there are 40 Family Justice Centers in the U.S.  Montgomery County modeled theirs after the Center in San Diego, CA.

The Center houses representatives from the States Attorney's office; Social Services agencies; Short- and long-term therapy specialists, Sheriff's office staff, and a children's room, staffed by volunteers. The concept for the Center is to serve victims (interview, process, direct, obtain court orders, etc.), all in one place rather than referring victims to myriad Government offices and facilities. There are no fees involved.

Hannah Sassoon, Director of the Center, spoke of bringing in community partners, including faith-based; internships; volunteers; and non-profit organizations .  Women Who Care Ministries donate $150/week for food to provide victims and their families/children with snack-type meals.

The Center is anxious to involve more men in the program; many men have had daughters, sisters, mothers, or other relatives who have been victims of domestic violence. Seeing men volunteering at the Center sends an important and positive message to those seeking services. Domestic violence abuse is no longer a stigma and abuse is a learned behavior.

When a community provides services such as the Family Justice Center does, there is less of a chance that domestic violence will continue.

In one city, a recent statistic shows that in 2002 there were 30 domestic violence homicides; in 2008 there were 2 domestic violence homicides and those 2 did not use the services of a Family Justice Center.

The Family Justice Center in Montgomery County recently received $60,000 from Verizon that will fund 4 video-conference setups so that victims can video hearings with judges and will not have to appear in person in the court room. This saves children, particularly, from re-living the trauma of what they had already experienced a day or two before.

Tours of the Center are encouraged and Hannah will be glad to coordinate with us.

 

The 50/50 Raffle was won by Jeanne Richter.

The Grapevine
by Alicia Doherty


September 23, 2009

 

 

Following our patriotic song, pledge of allegiance, and invocation, President Guy Semmes opened the meeting with introduction of guests, including the speaker, Dr. Judy Feldman from the National Coalition to Save Our Mall.

 

Announcements

 

·        October 10, 2009:  Leadership Institute , Frederick, MD.

 

·        October 10, 2009: Travilah Oak Day Celebration , Potomac Oak Center (corner of Glen and Travilah roads), honoring 300 year old oak tree, pumpkin carving, hay rides, etc.

 

·        October 24, 2009:  Potomac Day . Chris Good asked for a volunteer to help him coordinate the activities. We will engage the Potomac/Bethesda Club and Interact. Please let Chris know if you can help out in the booth or with traffic control.

 

·        October 25, 2009:  Book Exchange . Jeanne Richter is hosting a book exchange at her home at 3 pm. Leftover books will be donated to Books for International Goodwill (BIG).

 

·        Rotary International :  Our club will again set the goal of a $100 donation per member during this Rotary year.

 

·        Dictionary Project:  Don is ordering the dictionaries now and will let us know when they arrive. Three schools will receive Spanish/English dictionaries (idea proposed by Jan Brose). Principals and teachers will receive dictionaries too.

 

·        Member Statements:  Per Chris, Josh and Mark are meeting today in a marathon session to reconcile the books and prepare member statements.

 

·        St. Martin's Food Pantry:  Bob will collect dry, low-sugar cereal and canned fruit for the food pantry on Wed., October 7, as there is no lunch meeting next week.

 

·        Mini Classification Talks:  Vijay, Guy, and Jeanne are organizing mini (five minutes each) classifications talk to begin October 7.

 

Don Harrison - Sergeant at Arms

 

·        October 24 is Polio Plus Day.

 

·        Sara Torrence suggested that we highlight Polio Plus at our Potomac Day booth because it is the same day.

 

·        Birthdays:  Josh Jeffries and Jim Torrance. Nancy Nuell sang Happy Birthday in Spanish.

 

·        Wedding Anniversaries:  Bob and Althea Wallace, and Claude and Suzanne Morissette.

 

·        Happy Bucks:  Sara gave for winning the 50/50 last week, Jim Harris for his visit to his son at Villanova last weekend, Vijay for his guest, Anne for celebrating 10 years with Grace Presbyterian, Alicia for Henry being back, Asok for a 12-day trip he has coming up, Bob for his wedding anniversary, Ben for his trip to Maine to visit his grandkids and eat lobster, Chris to welcome the guests and in that hope that his bank will donate to charity $75 for each new account and $25 for each referred potential client, Don for Jenny going home and the Redskins ugly win and the Cigar Dinner. Don Harrison won $350 from past 50/50 raffles and donated it to the C&O Canal Trust.

 

Guest Speaker - Dr. Judy Feldman, National Coalition to Save Our Mall

 

Jeanne introduced the speaker Dr. Judy Feldman, who is from the National Coalition to Save Our Mall. This is a citizens' organization founded in 2000 that works to protect and enhance the integrity of the National Mall. The National Mall is one of the country's most symbolic landscapes, a major destination for visitors from the U.S. and around the world, and a major urban park for DC residents. Oversight of the Mall is divided among 6 government agencies and 8 Congressional committees.

 

The National Coalition to Save Our Mall is an organized voice for the public that wrestles with divided jurisdiction over the Mall and is a public voice in Mall matters.  The Coalition advances its goals through public advocacy and holds public forums and presentations to educate audiences and identify the Mall's needs; provides testimony on Mall topics; maintains a website with relevant historical resources and current-issue information; and distributes regular email updates on timely issues. Recent proposals for improving the Mall's value to the nation and the city include Mall expansion-an idea that has found support in Congress, the media, and the public-to accommodate new museums and public uses so the Mall can continue to evolve as a great national gathering place and vital urban park. The last time our nation prepared a comprehensive vision for the entire Mall was in 1902. The Coalition has called for a congressionally chartered commission of prominent Americans to prepare a vision and framework plan for the Mall as a whole, updating the 1902 McMillan plan. Dr. Feldman distributed Mall maps, a flyer on her organization, and the book "Rethinking the National Mall!".

The Grapevine
by Janis Brose


Rotary Club of Potomac

September 13, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org 

Following our patriotic song, pledge of allegiance, and invocation, President Guy Semmes opened the meeting with introduction of guests, including Richard Becker, visiting Rotarian recently relocated from Connecticut, as the new Administrator of the German School; Speaker, Marcy Drosdowski, from Oasis; and Kathy Stevens, Montgomery College.  Everyone greeted Henry Tate and we are so grateful that he is back with us. Guy also made several announcements, including:

·          Cigar Dinner  fundraiser for Andy Winters Togo Water Project , September 17, 2009-Annapolis;

·          Gallaudet Day, September 30, 2009-replaces our September 30th luncheon meeting.

·          District Membership Seminar, September 26, 2009,--Gaithersburg Hilton;

·          Leadership Institute, October 10, 2009-Frederick, MD;

·          Travilah Oak Day, October 10, 2009-honoring 300 year old oak tree-pumpkin carving, hay rides

·          Potomac Day, October 24, 2009-Chris Good will chair. Need traffic marshals. Will have sign-up sheet next week. We will probably share booth with other Rotary Clubs. Participate in parade.

·          Dictionary Project-DonHarrison will send emails to all team leaders asking for number of 3rd grade students and if one Spanish/English dictionary per school should be ordered.

·          Special recognition of Ben and Judy Hofheimer for their continuing contribution to the Montgomery College Scholarships. Nancy Nuell and Kathy Stevens also thanked Ben and the Club for support.

Happy Bucks:

·          Claude Morrissette-for Henry's return and for his 37th wedding anniversary.

·          Sara Torrence-for Henry's return.

·          Chris Good-son's third birthday and he's happy we don't have to ever sing second verses of patriotic songs.

·          Nancy Nuell-for Henry's return, for Kathy being here, and for Ben and Judy Hofheimer's support to MC.

·          Guy Semmes-for Henry's return and for his daughter, an unemployed artist,who is going to India to research art and textiles.

·          Jeanne Richter-for Marcy and for taking her daughter to college.

·          Ben Hoffheimer-for Henry's return and for his brother who researched Rotary clubs to find one that DOESN'T sing.

·          Anne Benefield-for Henry's return.

·          Jim Harris-for Henry's return and for recent vacation with his brother.

·          Jim Torrence-asked Nancy to sing Happy Birthday to him (b'day is next week)

·          Don Harrison-for Henry's return and for recent vacation to Washington to meet new grandson.

·          Henry Tate-happy to be back and grateful to everyone for their continuing support.

Jeanne introduced speaker, Marcy Drosdowski, who is from Oasis.

Marcy explained that "Oasis is the best kept secret in Montgomery County". Oasis is an organization for people 50 years and older, to open up the world to whatever is around and give this age-group an opportunity to expand their horizons through educational classes, exercise and health, humanities, computers, and travel.

The organization was started in 1982 as a public and private partnership and there are now 16,000 members and 13,000 active participants in programs at 19 centers in the U.S. Suburban Hospital is the health administrative sponsor.

Jeanne Richter has been a speaker for 10 years. There is a very high standard for all classes and they are regularly evaluated.

A Hispanic Initiative was started 4 years ago and it is a growing program, particularly in the computer area. They have computer labs in a senior living facility in Silver Spring. One popular class is How to Use your Cell Phone; a collaborative class with AT&T.

There is also a tutoring program with 185 volunteers for a whole school year for one-on-one tutoring.

 Membership is free and the only criterion is to be 50 years old or older.

A catalog was distributed to everyone which details all programs offered.

 

50-50 Raffle was won by Sara Torrence.

The Grapevine
by Janis Brose



Rotary Club of Potomac

September 9, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org 

Following our patriotic song, pledge of allegiance, and invocation, President Guy Semmes opened the meeting with introduction of guests, including three members of Suburban Hospital staff, Dr. Helena Stefan, and Cecilia Chike (proposed new member whose home visit took place last week).

Guy also made several announcements, including: â?¢ On September 12, Great Falls Tavern is previewing a series on National Parks that will later be broadcast on PBS. All are welcome; â?¢

Cigar Dinner fundraiser for Andy Winters Togo Water Project will be held September 17, 2009; â?¢

Gallaudet day is September 24, 2009 and replaces our September 30th luncheon meeting. Guests are welcome. The District will be awarding a total of 12 scholarships, including 2 from Potomac Rotary; â?¢

District Membership Seminar to be held September 26 at Gaithersburg Hilton; â?¢

Leadership Institute to be held October 10, 2009 in Frederick, MD; â?¢

Dictionary Project school assignments were distributed to team leaders. Schools are to be contacted and asked whether there is a significant Hispanic enrollment, and if so, Don Harrison will order one Spanish/English dictionary per school. Many thanks to Sara and Jim Torrence for again, underwriting the cost of this project; â?¢

October is Vocational month. Vijay reported that beginning at our first meeting in October and continuing for as many weeks as necessary, each member will give a five-minute abbreviated classification talk touching on personal and vocational highlights.

Guy asked the question: What is the theme of RI this year? Answer: The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands.

Happy Bucks: â?¢ Nancy Nuell is grateful for 20 years at Montgomery College and she is thrilled that the College's recently retired Vice President was willing to come back to serve the students of MC and replace Brian Johnson, who was removed from his position of President last week; â?¢

Morris welcomed his three guests from Suburban Hospital, including today's speaker,Ellen Slotkin. Speaker: Ellen Slotkin, MS, RD, LDNâ?"Nutritionist, Suburban Hospitalâ?"Eating for Anti-Aging Ellen graciously thanked Morris and the Club for inviting her to speak. She told us, as way of background, that Suburban Hospital has grown from a small community hospital to now having merged with Johns Hopkins Hospital, a world-class teaching hospital. Ellen told us that aging is theorized to be due in part to oxidationâ?"oxidation is a chemical reactionâ?"when it occurs on iron, it's called rusting. In humans, it is called aging. She provided hard-copy of her PowerPoint presentation and we followed along as she discussed the scientific aspects of aging. There are three "rules" to help combat the process of aging: â?¢ use sun block; â?¢ don't smoke, and â?¢ eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. The lively Q&A session included: â?¢ Frying in olive oil is better than other oils, but it's the temperature of any frying substance that's problematic; â?¢ Just eating healthy is not enough to age well. There are always genetic and environmental components to consider. â?¢ Cheerios cereal does lower cholesterolâ?"it is a whole grain, however, it does not have as great an effect on cholesterol as is marketed; â?¢ Wild salmon is more beneficial that farm -raised salmon; â?¢ Foods that contain vitamin D include: salmon, tuna, fortified breakfast cereals. In addition, supplements are very beneficial; â?¢ Organic cereals and foods in general (organic meaning natural, without chemicals) cost more, however, organic produce is more beneficial than organic cereals; â?¢ Women are the targeted audience for marketing antioxidant face creams and other topical ointments, etc., there is no major benefit from these sources; a diet high in antioxidants is far more beneficial. Ellen asked that we all remember the Heart Walk which will take place on the National Mall November 14, 2009, rain or shine.

The 50-50 raffle was won by _______________.

Sep 30 2009 No Lunch at Normandie Farms today "Galludet Scholarship Lunch at Galludet"

The Grapevine
by Janis Brose


Potomac Rotary Grapevine September 2, 2009 Prepared by: Jan Brose Following our patriotic song, pledge of allegiance, and invocation, President Guy Semmes opened the meeting with introduction of guests: Pete Keller, Annapolis Rotary Club (here to remind us of the Cigar Dinner which will be held in Annapolis, MD on September 17, with proceeds going to the Any Winters Togo Water Project; Miriam Calhoun, wife of Club member Dick Calhoun; Claes Ryn, North Bethesda Rotary Club; and Cecilia Chike (proposed new member). Guy also made several announcements, including: Resignation of Ed Jurgrau, effective immediately; September 24 is new date for September Board meeting; District Membership Meeting to be held September 26 at Gaithersburg Hilton; and Gallaudet Day will replace our September 30 luncheon meeting. Happy Bucks: Ben Hofheimer: kudos to Vinay Khetarpal for repairing his computers, through his company, The Geek. Anne Benefield: Olya is back at school and even though her scheduled got mixed up on the first day, she calmly hung in there until everything was straightened out. Johnny is entering his first year of high school. Anne also kidded with us by telling the story that she had a few bucks left over from vacation and when her husband, John, asked her where it was, she told him that she gave it away and he couldn't tell her how to spend her own money! Josh Jeffries: has been accepted into the University of Maryland MBA program. Chris Good: his daughter started kindergarten. Speaker: Ken Spain, author Ken Spain has several career highlights his credit, including having helped found the Germantown Rotary Club, owning the County Express newspaper in Montgomery County (which later became the Journal), and, sponsoring a bill to start the Maryland Prepaid College Tuition Program—a program where parents pay in advance for their children to attend any Maryland state college upon graduation from high school. Over 35,000 families participate in this program. He told us that to get a bill passed in the Maryland Legislature there are only TWO words anyone needs to know to work through the political system—MIKE MILLER—President of the Senate. No bill sponsored by Mike Miller in the last 20 years has failed to pass. Ken Spain wrote a book, titled The Revelation. The focus of the book is based on a revelation that Mr. Spain had many years ago where he saw, in his mind, a series of images and formulas that led him to write about how the creation and evolution of mankind influences how our brain processes information and is programmed to react to situations from infancy through maturity, and also how our evolution/sophistication has impacted global economics and physics. The book sells for $99. (Rotarians pay half-price), it took 7,000 hours to write, and is organized in three parts: 1) the brain; 2) economics; 3) physics. He said it's "not an easy read" ; it will take a couple of weeks to get through it, and he recommends that the reader then put it away for a month, be very aware of the environment, and then go back to re-read. The 50-50 raffle was won by Terrill Meyer. She donated the winnings to Charities. Speaker next week: Ellen Slotkin—Nutritionist at Suburban Hospital. Her presentation is titled: Healthy Eating Habits to Aid our Aging Process.
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
May 6, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
For our first meeting in the merry month of May, Guy Semmes led off with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Bob Wallace followed by leading the singing of "America, the Beautiful." Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing the need to love our children. - "give them lots of love and kisses."
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but we did have three visitors.  Henry Tate welcomed Amy Bielski, the guest of Jan Brose.  Jan had worked for many years with Amy and now in her retirement she is working for Amy.   Guy Semmes had as his guest, Mike Denker, who has been his business partner for over forty years.    Our speaker today is Grady O'Rear who will be formally introduced later.
Announcements & Happy Bucks
President Anne announced that our Sergeant-at-Arms sent her an email that he misses us, but cannot make today's meeting.  Therefore in his absence, she will now receive any  announcements and Happy Bucks
Jeanne Richter is trying to get a table of 10 together to support the fund raising efforts of the group from Winston-Churchill that were here last week.  (They are raising funds to send a "RENT" troupe to a festival in Europe.  The dinner is May 16th.)
Jim Harris reported that he made up at B-CC yesterday, and they have a fund raiser for the Bethesda Rescue Squad on May 16th.   It is a Dog Parade that sounds like a lot of fun.  He left a flyer on the Treasurer's table with more details.  They are also promoting a networking session with the Bethesda Chamber of Commerce that is tomorrow night at the Bethesda Theatre on Wisconsin Ave.  This is an annual Wine Tasting party from 5:30 - 7:00.  Tickets for Chamber and Rotary members are $25 each.   Those attending are offered a discount on the theatre's current offering:Menopause; The Musical.
Guy Semmes announced that on May 23rd we will do some "hands on" work for Habitat for Humanity.  We will be picked up at 8:15 and taken to the construction site.  We will be returned by 3:00.  He will have a signup sheet and more details next week.
President Anne gave five happy bucks as she has been asked to speak to the Geneva Presbyterian Women about Rotary and what it does.
Nancy Nuell had three happy bucks.  The first was for her daughter having her Senior Prom that was "safe and fun."  "The kids clean-up well!"  The second was to report that former member Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto has announced her retirement effective June 30th.  The third buck was also for Mary Kay being honored next week as one of the top 100 women in Maryland.
Jim Harris was happy that he visited his daughter last week at her school in Utah where she is doing very well.
Jan Brose gave five happy bucks to welcome "Miss Amy Bielski" to our meeting.  She is a former colleague as well as a wonderful friend.  She now has her own consulting company, and Jan is doing consulting work for her.
Morris Gevinson was happy for Carol and Sonny Taylor having their second child.  Nicholas Paul was born May 3rd  (after 2.5 hours labor) weighing in at 6 pounds 7 ounces.
Nancy Nuell gave an additional two bucks for performance of the Washington Caps in the Hockey playoffs.
Program
Guy Semmes, President-Elect and Program Chair,Introduced our guest speaker, Grady O'Rear.  Grady is the developer of EcoVillage in Loudoun County Virginia.  EcoVillge is an environmentally socially responsible community.  He is also president of Green Advantage, a non-profit organization that through education and research advance sustainability development practices.  Grady is going to talk to us about the positive economic effects of thinking and acting developing sustainability, and how to triple your bottom line by going green.  Let's welcome Grady O'Rear.
Grady pointed out that things change.  Women did not get the right to vote until 1920 which at the time was very argumentative. Today, women are involved at all levels.  He sees that we are facing such a major change in sustainability.  There are two perspectives of sustainability.  On one hand we have fears and problems.  On the other side we have the opportunity to build a better world.  A large corporation has established a sustainability measurement for every division of activity.  Focusing on sustainability is a must.
Green Advantage is a not-for-profit organization that provides the country's longest standing Environmental Certification for Building practitioners.  The organization's aim is to bring consumers, commercial developers, and municipalities together with Green Advantage Certified building practitioners who have proven knowledge about green building techniques and approaches.
We thank Grady for presenting the weighty aspects of focusing on sustainability in planning for the future.
 
50/50  Don Harrison
 
Future Programs & Events

09/05/24    Planning Seminar for the next Rotary year.
 
 Henry Tate
 
From the Forties:
PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW
BURMA SHAVE
 

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
April 29, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
On a delightful spring day, Bob Wallace began opening ceremonies by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Nancy Nuell followed with leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Morris Gevinson delivered an invocation entreating the Almighty to "grant us wisdom and truth" so that we can lead a better life and be of service to others.
Henry Tate introduced only one visiting Rotarian, Gregory Wims, President of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Club.  Gregory is also our guest speaker and will be formally introduced later. A special welcome was given to Ben Hofheimer, as he has returned to his summer home after wintering in California..  Also a special welcome was given Mark Gollub as the tax season is over so we can expect to see him more often.  Fife Northrop was the guest again of Guy Semmes.  She is a Realtor in the Potomac area.  Nancy Nuell had as her guest, David Stein, an associate at Montgomery College. Although Ariel King could not be here, she invited Chris Rigaux and Judy Murphy, parents of Winston Churchill students, to come and talk briefly abouta program supporting youth in the Performing Arts.  Chris described fundraisers that will be undertaken to support their efforts in producing the award winning Broadway play RENT that is about tolerance and understanding.    They have been selected to perform RENT at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of this year.  Judy passed out handouts that gave more information on the play and invitations to the fundraisers.  The troupe produced it at Winston Churchill last October and November. 
Announcements & Reports
President Anne announced that Jim Torrence was in rehab at Potomac Valley.  Cards would be greatly appreciated.  His home address is: 17736 Garret Drive; Gaithersburg 20878. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Mark Dreibilbis reported on his recent trip to Haiti.  The Navy sent in the USS Comfort, a hospital ship.  It was the first time that Rotary was involved in such an operation with the Navy.  Mark was directly involved in transporting patients to and from the ship.  About a thousand patients were seen and treated.  Although it may not be the USS Comfort, Mark believes the Navy will provide additional support in the future.
Sergeant-at Arms & Happy Bucks
Nancy Nuell was happy that Mark's trip to Haiti had such excellent rewards.  She is proud of Mark's efforts and hopes the conditions in Haiti will continue to improve.
Ben Hofheimer gave twenty happy bucks as he was happy to be back in the area after wintering in California.  In his absence his golf club made him Chair of an event.  That turned out to be OK as he and his wife, Judy, won the event.
Mark Gollub was happy to be back after a very "taxing" tax season.
Dick Calhoun gave a happy buck for Miriam's (his wife) 80th birthday of which she is very proud.  He will be returning to North Carolina to sing with some choir ensemble.
Bob Wallace was happy to report a successful day last Saturday working with Interact and "Bikes for the World."  Although not many helpers showed up they were able to receive and prepare for shipment just over 100 bikes.  The assistance from a couple of Rotary spouses made the job a lot easier.
Howard Lerch was happy that he and Linda had a wonderful trip to Florida to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.  He's also happy that after treatment, Linda's eye is improving.
Jeanne Richter was happy that she and Ralph had a wonderful trip to Austria.  Also, she's happy that both of them had birthdays to celebrate.
Program
Guy Semmes, Program Chair,introduced today's speaker, Gregory Wims, who also happens to be the President of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club.  Gregory is a local businessman and community activist.  In 1996 he founded the Victims Rights Foundation (VRF) in response to the senseless killings of three area women.  He was instrumental in forming and supporting the Sniper' Victims' Fund in response to the sniper attacks in our area in 2002.  In the last 35 years, he has raised more than a million dollars, logged more than 500,000 miles and volunteered more than 28,000 hours on community service projects.  As President and Founder, he's going to tell us more about the Victims Rights Foundation.  Let's hear from Gregory.
The Victims Rights Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Montgomery County that performs volunteer support services on behalf of victims of violent crimes and attacks.  From the very beginning of this foundation's existence, its primary focus has been to inspire volunteers to assist victims and their families of violent crime.  All funds (100%) raised for victims goes to the victims and their families - nothing is taken for overhead and administrative expenses.
The Victims Rights Foundation performs key services on behalf of the victims which include the following:
1.       Holding prayer vigils to comfort family members of slain or injured victims following violent attacks.
2.       Raising reward funds to assist law enforcement apprehend culprits of violent crimes.
3.       Providing comfort to families throughout long drawn-out legal proceedings that often take months or years after the culprit is apprehended.
4.       Providing burial assistance for victims and their families.
5.       Providing funds for professional medical care for victims and their families.
Gregory gave some examples of the Victims Rights Foundation programs..   They raised over $500,000 for the families of the sniper's victims.  VRF has partnered with Montgomery County Police in their Crime Stoppers program.  They sent 22 volunteers to Kenya participating in a Food Drive in 2007.  They donated $1,000 to the Memphis Police for their Katrina efforts.
We thank Gregory for this overview of the Victims Rights Foundation, and applaud their efforts as their mission is very commendable, and very much in need..
 
50/50  Jan Brose 
 
Future Programs & Events

09/05/06    Grady O'Rear  -  "How can the Green Movement affect your bottom line."
 
 
- Henry Tate

 
 
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
April 22, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Chris Good led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Nancy Nuell led the singing of "God Bless America" which Morris later proclaimed was the best rendition of the song he had hear in a long time. Morris Gevinson delivered an invocation entreating the Almighty to "grant us just enough" of life's trials and tribulations so that we can lead a full life and make each day better.
Henry Tate commented that today is "Earth Day."  He heard on the radio while dressing that we should observe it by wearing a "green tie."  From his rack of ties he got the greenish tie he could find; only to discover that nobody, nobody else was wearing any green adornment.  Henry also thought it was very ironic that one of the tunes played on the radio while driving through the rain to get to the meeting was Gene Kelly's recording of "Singing in the Rain."  There were no visiting Rotarians for Henry to welcome, but we did have four visitors that were warmly welcomed.  Guy Semmes had as his guest, Fife Northrop who is a Realtor in the Potomac area.  Nancy Nuell had as her guest, Mathias Newman, an associate, who stood head and shoulders above the crowd.  Asok Motayed, a guest and friend of Vijay Khetarpal, who will be inducted as a member in the near futureProtik Sandell had as his guest an associate, Kelly Hebron, who wanted to see what he was doing on Wednesdays at lunch. 
Announcements & Reports
Bob Wallace announced that we will be working with the Interact on Saturday helping them disassemble bicycles for shipment.  It's called "Bikes for the World."  A number of members who had originally signed up have cancel for various reasons so he is desperately in need of help.
President Anne announced that the Wine Tasting Party was a fabulous success with about thirty attending.  She commended Morris, Jeanne and those that helped, for doing such a great job.  We even had a wine importer from Uruguay who contributed some of the wine and talked briefly about his varieties.
President Anne called attention to the article in the Rotarian about our scholarships at Gallaudet.  It was how our scholarship helped one of last year's recipients.  It did acknowledge Potomac's early role.  (Editor's Note:  The article was submitted in the Spring of 2008, and was rewritten, but it was finally published for which we are extremely grateful.)
President Anne read a letter from William D. Jennison showing his appreciation for the scholarship he received in memory of Rutland Beard.  William was one of the recipients of scholarships at Rotary Day on March 25th.  It was one of fifteen presented that day.
Sergeant-at Arms & Happy Bucks
Nancy Nuell was happy that today was Earth Day, and that her friend, Mathias Newton, was visiting.
Jim Torrence was happy that tomorrow he will have surgery for a knee replacement.  Then, both knees will have been replaced.  He anticipates that this surgery will be as successful as the first.
Sara Torrence gave five happy bucks for several reasons.  She thought the wine tasting party was an outstanding affair. She was glad the wine importer from Uruguay was a guest, and provided information about his wines that he graciously contributed.  Finally, she was happy that we were observing Earth Day.
Claude Morissette was happy that we are progressing in the Club becoming 100 per cent Paul Harris Sustaining Members.  The Foundation provides the fuel for our many Rotary programs.
Guy Semmes was happy that we had such a successful wine tasting party, and happy to have attended the District Assembly.  It was a great Rotary Day!
Jenny Bartholomot tolda joke about a kindergarten teacher attempting to put boots on one of her students.  After apparently succeeding, she was told that each boot was on the wrong foot.  Finally, after struggling to correct her mistake, she got the boots on right.  Then she asked, "Where are your mittens?"  The kid replied, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots!"  (Much laughter!  But can you imagine how exasperated that teacher must have been?)
Chris Good gave a happy buck because Morris Gevinson arranged for such a delightful setting for the Wine party.
Asok Motayed was happy to be here, and happy that his friend Vijay has sponsored him for membership into Rotary.
Josh Jeffries gave three happy bucks for participating in the District Assembly in the morning, and for the wine tasting party in the evening.
Program
Guy Semmes, President-Elect and Program Chair,said that we were in for a treat today as we will hear from two of our own members.  They are Nancy Nuell and Protik Sandell.  They will talk about the new "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."  Let's hear first from Nancy Nuell.
Nancy remarkedthat her office has received considerable material from the government about the "Stimulus."    She passed out a 31-page summary from our Congressman Chris Van Hollen on how the new act will affect those of us in Maryland.  It will help one indentify resources that have been made available.  A number of web sites were given where additional information is available.  Nancy is quite impressed that the government is moving rapidly in trying to implement the provisions of the bill.
Protik Sandell talked briefly about how this new act affects Health Care.  He also passed around an analysis of it impact on Maryland.  This was a 7-page report, also prepared by Congressman Van Hollen's staff.  $10 billion has been designated for grants and research.  $17.2 billion has been designated for storing and exchanging medical data.  The Act will help those losing their jobs to maintain medical coverage.  This provision alone would help an estimated 7 million people.
We appreciate hearing these reports on this new stimulus Act that affects everyone.  It was very informative and hopefully helps us better understand the enormity of the Act.  One of the speakers was told something very unique, "Spend your money as though your mother is watching.
 
50/50  Kelly Hebron  (President Anne asked Kelly, a guest, to draw the winning number.  As no one responded to the first number drawn, Kelly drew a second time, drawing her own number.)
Future Programs & Events

09/04/29    Grim Wims  -  "Victim Rights Foundation"
09/05/06    Grady O'Rear  -  "How can the Green Movement effect your bottom line."
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
April 1, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Hersh Minsky led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Josh Jeffries led the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing happiness and love. We should resolve to live better lives.
Our only visiting Rotarian was Garry Thorud from the Potomac-Bethesda club who is our speaker today.  Alice Levin had three guests that came to see her inducted into Rotary.  They were Danny Levine, her husband; Patti Weinberg, her daughter; and Karen Dougherty, a friend of Patti.  Although Vijay Khetarpal was not present, he invited two guests that attended today's meeting.  They were Asok Motayed, his second visit, and Pat White.  Leslie-Anne Branstein and Amy Scott were guests of President Anne.  Golda Jeffries was the guest of her husband, Jeff. 
Announcements & Reports
A number of our members attended Rotary Day at Gallaudet last Wednesday as it was our official meeting for the week.  Gov. Bette Lewis presented both Henry Tate and PDG Roland Cumberland a "Proclamation of Honor" for their efforts over the past thirty-five years establishing this scholarship program for Gallaudet students.  More than two hundred scholarships have been awarded and the endowment has grown to over $400,000. The District proclaims: " . that from this day forward one District 7620 annual scholarship shall be named "The Henry L. Tate Scholarship" and one District 7620 annual scholarship shall be named "The J. Roland Cumberland Scholarship.""  Clubs contributing $2000 or more in a year can name a scholarship in honor or in memory of someone of their choosing.  President Anne, on behalf of our Club, presented a scholarship in memory of Rut Beard.
Mark Dreibilbis reported briefly about conditions in Haiti.   In spite of four devastating hurricanes, he is really excited about how well things are progressing at his orphanage.  He's hopeful that Rotary and the US Navy can provide additional support. 
Guy Semmes announced that we should make the 18th a "Rotary Day."  In addition to our Wine Tasting event that evening, there is a District Assembly in Laurel earlier in the day.  He urged the officers and directors for next year to attend.  See him about specific details and about possibly car-pooling.
Jeanne Richter announced that a signup sheet for the Wine Tasting Party on April 18th is going around.  It will be held in the party room where Morris Gevinson lives  (Kentlands).
Induction of New Member
President Anne called Alice Levy and Morris Gevinson to the podium for her induction into Rotary.  After a brief ceremony, President Anne gave Alice some Rotary material, and Morris, her sponsor, pinned her.  (Alice had requested a brief ceremony.)  Then Alice went around the room to be welcomed into our Club by everyone.
Sergeant-at Arms & Happy Bucks
Sergeant Josh announced that Norma Jurgrau had a birthday on March 30th, and Sam Thomas and his wife will celebrate their wedding anniversary on Saturday.  (President Anne commented that Sam's brother in India had passed away, and asked that we keep Sam and his family in our prayers.)
Ariel King was happy to be home after being in Germany for several weeks.  Although she may not be here, she thinks of us.  She's grateful for the Grapevine as it enables her to stay "in touch."
Sara Torrence was happy that she went with President Anne to the Foundation Dinner last Monday night.  Not only did she get to spend quality time with Anne, it was a wonderful evening.  RI President D. K. Lee was the principle speaker.  Jan Brose, Alicia Doherty, Morris Gevinson and Claude Morissette were also there.
Jim Torrence gave a buck to tell about a joke about how memory fades as one gets older. Trying to remember the name of a restaurant, a man asked his friend to name a flower.  His friend responded "Rose."  Then he yells to his wife "Rose, what was the name of the restaurant where we ate last night?"  (Much Laughter!)
Jack Kelly gave five happy bucks for Henry Tate being honored last Wednesday for his thirty-five years of service to the scholarshipprogram for Gallaudet students.
Jim Harris gave a happy buck as the Nature Trail at Potomac Valley Nursing Home looks great.  This can be attributed to Jan Brose, Alicia Doherty and her nephew, and Morris Gevinson helping him last fall in planting more daffodils.
Jeanne Richter gave two happy bucks.  The first was for Henry being honored at Gallaudet.  The second one was for the beauty of our surroundings at this time of the year!
Golda Jeffries gave a happy buck for her Mom deciding to go back to school to be a Medical Assistant.  She's really proud and excited for her mother.
Guy Semmes gave three happy bucks.  The first two were for Mark and Ariel being back and to hear their good reports.  The third one was for Alice being inducted today.
President Anne gave some happy bucks that were doubled by her table.  She's happy that Alice is now a member, and happy that her friends, Leslie-Anne and Amy, were her guests today.  Furthermore she's proud to be a part of this Rotary group.
Sergeant Josh concluded Happy Bucks by giving two.  The first was for having Golda as his guest today.  The second was for having a wonderful ski trip out west with friends.  It was the first time he and Golda had gone on separate vacations - she went to Florida and he went to "snow."  Because they were snowed-in, he got to extend his vacation an extra day!  Another buck was given for having a cousin, Peter, from California visiting them.
Program
Guy Semmes introduced Gary Thorud, our speaker today, to talk about Hospice Caring.  Gary is the new president of Hospice Caring, Inc. in Montgomery County.  He has over 30 years experience working with national and international nonprofits.  Much of his service has been devoted to helping, rescuing or starting organizations.  As an example, he was brought in to United Way International right after the scandal that left United Way with only one staff person and no money.  He was able to calm the global affiliates and actually started new organizations in 10 new countries. Gary and his wife came to Hospice Caring as a team.  She works in the school program as well as helping to raise funds.  Let's hear more about Hospice Caring from Gary.
Hospice Caring is the only hospice of its kind in America.  They are a non-medical hospice.  They do everything, just short of medical, the individual and/or family needs.  They have over 400 trained volunteers doing such things as taking them shopping or going to the doctor.  Eight people with a contribution of $25,000 started Hospice Caring in 1988.  Their mission and service are made possible through the generous financial support of many donors.  They turned down support from the federal government because it required reporting data on those they served.  Eighty-eight percent (88%) of their expenses go for their program services with only 6% going for Administrative expense.  The remaining 7% goes to the cost of fundraising. 
Following are some interesting statistics.
·    During 2007 they served 149 patients, not to mention the countless family and close friends whose lives were touched in the process.
·    Since the beginning, volunteers have served over 370,000 hours and driven over one and a half million miles.
·    255 grieving adults were served in 2007 by the Adult Bereavement Program.
·    23 children (ages 8 to 12) were served at Camp Caring in 2007.
·    Also in 2007, they served over 725 tenth graders in a grief education program.
Their mission is to provide caring, compassionate, practical and high quality non-medical support services, without charge, to every Montgomery County adult or child who is facing a life-threatening illness or is grieving the death of a family member or loved one.
Hearing such dedication reinforces our desire to serve others.  After a brief Q & A period, President Anne presented Gary a check to support their efforts.
 
50/50   Jan Brose
 
Future Programs & Events

09/04/08       TBA
09/04/15       Maya Ajmera -"Global Fund for Children"
09/04/18       AM  -  District Assembly
                     PM  -  Wine Tasting Party
-     Henry Tate

 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
March 18, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Special Announcement

"The Final Inch"
This will be shown on HBO2 television on Wednesday April 1, 2009 at 8-8:45 PM.
It will also be shown on HBO2 on Sat. April 4 at 7:45AM;
Tues. April 7 at 7:15PM and Sat. April 18 at 5:20AM.
This is a documentary about Polio immunization in the difficult areas of Northern India.  It shows the local government, UNICEF, WHO (World Health Organization), Rotary and others working to immunize all children in this densely populated, poor area

Josh Jeffries led the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of God Bless America., There were no visiting Rotarians, but Henry Tate gave a special welcome to Bill Olson as he has returned from extensive traveling.  Vijay Khetarpal had as his guest Neil Gurvitch, an attorney who lives in Potomac with an office in Bethesda.  Jim Harris brought his daughter, Sara, who was home on Spring Break.  Sam Thomas had as his guests his wife, Elsy, and his daughter, Elaine.   Alice Levy was the guest again of Morris Gevinson.  Guests of the Club were four members of our Interact Club at Wootton High School.  They were Donna Liu, Paxton Misra, Amy Seo, and Michelle Cho.  Their presentations on the 4-Way Test are the program for today.
Announcements
Guy Semmes announcedhe had signed up for the Presidential Membership Conferencethat will be held at the Greenbelt Marriott on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.  He urged other members to attend.
Henry Tate announced again that Rotary Day at Gallaudet is next week, and asked if there was anyone that didn't sign-up last week two weeks would like to go.  Three members (Jack Kelly, Bob Wallace and Sam Thomas) indicated they would go.  There will be no meeting at Normandie Farm as this is our official meeting for that week.  The Club will be presenting a scholarship in memory of Rut Beard.
Jim Harris announced he had received an email from Lowell Nelson of the Wheaton-Kensington Club indicating the club will split into two clubs.  Those continuing to meet at noon on Tuesday will meet at the Manor Country Club.  The others will meet as breakfast club on Tuesday mornings at the Kensington Town Hall.  More details will follow.
Happy Bucks
Don Harrison was happy that he and his wife celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on March 16th.
President Anne gave ten happy bucks for the members of the Interact Club and Bob Wallace making today's program possible.
Jim Harris gave two happy bucks.  The first was for the Interact members being here.  The second was for the privilege of having his daughter, Sarah, as his guest today.
Morris Gevinson was happy that President Anne and Bob Wallace made today's program, the 4-Way Test Competition, possible.
Jan Brose gave five happy bucks for her dearest friend Alicia's "twenty-first" birthday!  After quipping that she is now old enough to have wine, President Anne led the singing of "Happy Birthday."
Dick Calhoun gave a Happy Buck for Miriam.  She got a shot in her foot yesterday, and is so pleased with the results that she wanted Dick to give a buck for her!
Vijay Khetarpal was happy to have Neil as his guest today and the opportunity to introduce him to Rotary.
Guy Semmes was happy that the Interact members were our guests toay.
Sam Thomas was happy to have his wife, Elsy, and his daughter, Elaine, as his guests.
Neil Gurvitch was happy to have been invited by Vijay to today meeting.  He commented that in addition to knowing Vijay, he also knows Claude Morissette.
Josh Jeffries concluded happy bucks by giving ten bucks as his recent travels to a number of location were safe, and he glad to be back.
Program
President Anne introduced the four speakers from the Interact Club at Wootton.  Their officers are required to write a 4-Wqy Test speech with the four best being presented to the Potomac Rotary.  President Anne discussed the evaluation sheet to be used in evaluating their speeches.  The one considered best will compete in the District competition. 
Editor's note: The speeches are presented here in their entirety, without any editing, and in the order given.
Donna Liu

         Ideals of "truth, justice, friendliness, and helpfulness" will guide one through hardships and build a better character in oneself. In 1932, a man name Herbert J. Taylor was assigned a task to bring an almost bankrupt organization called Club Aluminum Products Company out of its detrimental conditions. While trying to resolve this problem, Taylor conceived the 4-way test. He later became the first president of Rotary International.
This test consist of the following four questions:
             1) Is it the Truth?
             2) Is it fair to all concerned?
             3) Will it build good will and better friendships?
             4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
By reaching these ideals, Club Aluminum was able to come out of bankruptcy. By following this 4-Way Test, one can develop respect and see from the right and wrong. This test is also a guide to becoming a better man or woman.
        As a high school student, I have encountered lots of situations where I cannot see which path to pick. Now as a junior coming close to starting college applications, and fulfilling all graduation requirements, I have thought back on my high school life... I have realized that my high school life has been all about numbers. What I mean by this is that I have been living my high school life to only show my test scores. I know that colleges recruit students from these test scores but I feel that these test scores do not show them who I really am: not digits, but a person.

Paxton Misra
      In the wake of a national economic crisis, Herbert J Taylor invented the Four Way Test. This magnificent invention saved a failed business after Taylor took full advantage of his new invention. I have personally used Taylor's invention when I had to make a decision concerning if I should get a job with the current recession and state of the United States economy. In order to make this decision I had to ask myself all of the elements of the four way test: is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 
     Amy Younhee Seo
      It seems hard to believe but I have been living in the USA in July 22, 2007, less than a year and a half. I immigrated to America from Korea. I have thought that this one and half year was a lot longer than my whole life. I learned so many things just in short period, one and half year in my life. I do not want to have that kind of time anymore but I strongly can say that because of that time I became much stronger and much more maturity. I would want to talk about my life in America which most of you cannot understand how hard it is. 
      Michelle Cho
      As a second-generation Korean American, I have always had a very unique background. Born in America to Korean immigrants, I possess two diverse but equally important cultures. In one way, I am an American and always have been. I have grown up in a wholesome, affluent county and have friends now who I have known since Kindergarten. Yet, I also connect with my Korean culture very strongly; I speak the language fluently, have a home in Korea which I visit every summer, and am extremely proud of my parents' heritage. These two divergent cultures always have been and always will be part of what makes me who I am. Now that I am a junior in high school, I come to face many difficult choices that force me to consider many aspects of my nearing future. Many of these decisions are common to every other high school junior; where to go to college, what to study, what occupation to take up. But I face a dilemma unique to myself. Therefore, I would like to qualify a decision using the four way test. I want to decide to move to South Korea for my college education and possibly my career. 
      By applying the four way test to my predicament, I have been able to justify my decision to move to Korea.
 
After the meeting was over, the evaluation sheets were reviewed giving the following placements.  The placement and accompanying award are as follows:
Michelle Cho - $75
Donna Liu - $50
Paxton Misra - $25
Amy Younhee Seo - $25
We enjoyed these girls' presentations, and commend them for their efforts.
 
50/50   Jan Brose
 
Future Programs & Events
09/03/27-28  Membership Conference

09/04/01       Gary Thorud - "Hospice Care"
09/04/08       TBA
09/04/18       District Assembly
 
-     Henry Tate
 

 
 
 
 
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
March 11, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
After the customary opening ceremonies, details of which were not recorded, Henry Tate welcomed three visiting Rotarians.  Jay Davis was visiting from the North Bethesda Club.  He has the distinction of having been president of two different clubs.  He was president of North Bethesda the year Morris was District Governor.  Before moving to our area he was president of the Eagle River Club in Alaska.  Andy Loftstrand was visiting from the Frederick Club.  John Mohler was visiting from the Rockville Club.  We hope they will continue to select our Club for their "make ups."  Jim Harris had as his guest, his father-in-law, Ray Johnson.  Ray has been a visitor several times, and hopefully will come again soon.  Asock was a first time visitor and was the guest of Vijay Khetarpal. Also welcomed was Darrel Zientek from the Canadian Army who is our speaker today.
Announcements
President Anne announced again that the March Board meeting will convene at the Geneva Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 19th starting at 5:30pm.  All members are invited.   She also announced about the Presidential Membership Conference that will be held at the Greenbelt Marriott on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.  It is a Zone meeting that will be attended by RI President D. K. Lee.  Flyers have been placed on each table.  She feels that it will be a great experience and hopes a number of our members will attend.
Henry Tate announced that a signup sheet was being passed around for Rotary Day at Gallaudet two weeks from today.  The Board decided to make that our official meeting for that week.  Those not attending that meeting will have to makeup.  The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.  Those that are on the regular billing schedule will be billed $8 and those that "pay-as-they-come" will be billed $25.  The Club will be presenting a scholarship in memory of Rut Beard.
Bob Wallace announced that as there is no meeting at Normandie Farm on the 25th, the fourth Wednesday of the month, we should bring our contributions of unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit for the Soup Kitchen next Wednesday.  Jan Brose added that the Kitchen is serving about 300 every week which is about double what it was a year ago.
Jeanne Richter announced there will a wine tasting party on April 18th.  Specific details will be out later, but she wanted everyone to mark the date on their calendar.
Don Carpenter announced there will a presentation at the Potomac Library tonight at 8:00pm that will appeal to those interested our nearby treasure, the C & O Canal.  Matt Logan who spoke to us in September is one of the presenters.  He thinks it will be exciting to those concerned about the Canal.
Happy Bucks
Jan Brose gave five happy bucks for her dearest friend Alicia's "twenty-first" birthday!  After quipping that she is now old enough to have wine, President Anne led the singing of "Happy Birthday."
Dick Calhoun gave a Happy Buck for Miriam.  She got a shot in her foot yesterday, and is so pleased with the results that she wanted Dick to give a buck for her!
Vijay Khetarpal was happy to have Asock as his guest today.  He is involved with philanthropic efforts around the world.  Vijay hopes he can convince him to become a Rotarian.
Jim Harris gave a buck for having his father-in-law, Ray Johnson, as his guest again.
Nancy Nuell had two happy bucks.  The first was for surprise celebration she and her four other siblings gave their mother for her 85th birthday.  They went to an eloquent restaurant in Detroit that overlooked the hospital where each of the siblings was born.  The second buck was for Protik Sandell operating the projector and the computer.
Terrill Meyer gave a happy buck for Milton Hershey who she thinks should have been a Rotarian.  After attending the Flower Show in Philadelphia they went to Hersey and toured the orphanage  This is the first year that all 1800 students have gone on to college.  Each student receives $77,000 because Milton Hersey set u a Foundation.  President Anne commented that the father-in-law of one of her sisters went to the Hersey School and later became Treasurer of the town.
Jeanne Richter gave two happy bucks to encourage someone to tell a joke as we haven't had any recently.
Morris Gevinson gave a happy buck for Alicia's birthday, and to profess his love to her!
Claude Morissette gave a happy buck as our speaker today is a compatriot of his.
Chris Good gave a happy buck for Henry explaining the billing procedure for Rotary Day at Gallaudet.  There should be no misunderstanding.
Program
Guy Semmes introduced the speaker, Darrel Zientek, who joined the Canadian Forces Reserves in 1978.  After graduating from the University of Manitoba with an honors degree in Business Management he joined the Regular Force in 1985. In 1998 he was assigned to be the Canadian Forces Exchange Officer with the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg where he spent three years.  During this tour he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.  He's here today to talk about the unique relationship
Darrel began by saying that lacrosse was Canada's national winter sport.  He said he has a T-shirt that says lacrosse is like hockey only with a ball!  He showed pictures of a Canadian police chase in a snow storm that brought the house down in laughter.  It showed a police car following (chasing) another car.  Both cars' wheels were spinning with people pushing them.  Some chase.  Obviously the police car was not making much headway in overtaking the other car!
Our countries have collaborated in defense.  This has resulted in combined training and combined operations to provide understanding of each other's methodology. . Canada and the United States enjoy an open relationship.  We have our ups and downs, but on the whole we have a good relationship.  John F. Kennedy said in 1961, "Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners."  We share common values and common cultures.  We share a border that extends three thousand miles that is crossed by a transport truck every one and a half seconds.  Canada and the United States are each other's most important trading partners.    More than a million dollars in trade and commerce cross the border every minute of the day.  More than seven million jobs in the US are depended on trade with Canada.  In addition, Canada is the largest supplier of all sources of energy.
Darrel supplemented his presentation with slides.  One of the most interesting was one depicting the locations in the United State the locations where Canada has stationed their contacts.  He concluded his presentation by taking a number of questions that pertained mostly to the border.  We thank Darrel for his very interesting and information presentation, and wish him well in his continuing role as an emissary of his government.
 
50/50   Jeanne Richter
 
Future Programs & Events
09/03/18   4-Way Test - Wootton Interact Club
09/03/25   Rotary Day at Gallaudet (No meeting at Normandie Farm)
09/03/27-28  Membership Conference
- Henry Tate
 
 
 
Lighter Moments
A divinity student named Twiddle,
Refused to accept his degree.
He didn't object to the "Twiddle,"
But hated the "Twiddle, D.D."
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
March 4, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The first meeting of March began with Hersh Minsky leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Songbird Dick Calhoun having flown in from the South led the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation indicating that problems can be overcome if one has Faith.
Henry Tate welcomed a visiting Rotarian from the Montgomery Village club, Kevin Bradley.  It was Kevin's first visit.  Alice Levy was the guest again of Morris Gevinson who is proposing her for membership.  Vijay Khetarpal had a guest that he has known for many years, Ravi Gupta.  They have known each other since they were about ten years old.  Debra Liverpool was the guest of the Club as she is our guest speaker and will be introduced later.
Announcements
President Anne announced there will be a short Board meeting around the podium immediately following today's meeting.  The regular monthly Board meeting will convene at the Geneva Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 19th starting at 5:30pm.  All members are invited.  
Guy Semmes announced that the Potomac Chamber has invited us to meet with them for a "networking" session at Hunters' Inn this evening from 4:00 until 6:30.
Happy Bucks
Morris Gevinson is happy to have Alice Levy as his guest again, and happy that she has submitted an application for membership into the Club.
Vijay Khetarpal was happy to introduce his friend Ravi to Rotary.  As indicated earlier, they have known each other since they were about ten years old.  He's in the area on a "youth mission."   Maybe there is some way Rotary can partner with him in helping the youth.
Ravi Gupta was happy that his friend, Vijay, invited him to this meeting.
Jeanne Richter gave two happy bucks to encourage someone to tell a joke as we haven't had any recently.
Dick Calhoun was happy to be here today, and expects to be here next week before going back to North Carolina.  He wanted to tell the visitors that our meals are usually better than what was served today.
Guy Semmes gave twenty happy bucks as they celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on March 1st.  They had to contend with snow on their wedding day as well as their anniversary.
Sara Torrence told a joke that she heard at a conference last week. Two men of the cloth, Father O'Malley and Rabbi Rabenowitz, were involved in a fender bender.  After looking at the damages to their cars they went back to see that what they were carrying was not damaged.  Father O'Malley had a large silver challis and Rabbi Rabenowitz had a very large bottle of Manischewitz.   The rabbi suggested that Father O'Malley have some of the wine in his silver Challis.  After enjoying several drinks Father O'Malley suggested that the Rabbi also have some wine.  To which the Rabbi replied that he would wait until after the cops left.
Jenny Bartholomot gave a happy buck for Dick Calhoun being here.
President Anne told a joke that she intended to use last Sunday in her sermon.   A bride being intimidated by the wedding service and being afraid that she couldn't go through the ceremony was instructed by the pastor to focus first on the aisle, then on the altar, and finally on the groom.  So the bride went down the aisle saying, "Aisle altar him!"
Vijay Khetarpal told about a man in India buying monkeys from the villagers.  When the supply of monkeys decreased he upped the price.  Then his assistant sold the monkeys back to the villagers so they could sell them at the higher price.  After a month or so the villagers realized the man was not coming back to buy the monkeys at the higher price.  "Stock market - Indian style!"
Program
Guy Semmes introduced the speaker, Debra Liverpool, who was born and raised in D. C.  She graduated from George Washington University, and is now an Associate Director of Development at the University of Maryland.  She is the president of the Board of Directors of Leadership Montgomery whose mission is to engage a diverse group of leaders through programs and membership activities to improve Montgomery County.  They have over 7200 graduates and members.  Let's hear more about Leadership Montgomery from Debbie.
Debbie said the program is not about training leaders, but rather teaching one to be a part of Montgomery County and to give back to the community.  She thought she knew a lot about the County until she got involved with Leadership Montgomery. They have four programs.  "Inside Montgomery" is a one day program that will take place in April. The "Core" class which is meeting today is a nine month course, eight hours during the day.  They have a "Senior" program which is a "two for one" that will start in May.  A couple can enroll for the price of one.  It is similar to the "Core" program, but shorter in time frame.  The fourth is their "Youth" program for students entering grades 9 -12.  Her son thought it was the best program his mother had encouraged him to take.
Debbie showed a video of last year's graduation and gave some examples of the activities involved in the different classes.  Tuition varies from $300 to $3,750 for the "Core" program.  Attendance is a strict requirement.
We applaud the objective and mission of Leadership Montgomery, and appreciate Debbie's overview of this outstanding program.
 
50/50   Morris Gevinson
 
Future Programs & Events
09/03/11   Lt. Col. Douglas Martin - Relationship between the Canadian andUS Military
09/03/18   4-Way Test - Wootton Interact Club
09/03/25   Rotary Day at Gallaudet (No meeting at Normandie Farm)
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
February 25, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The meeting of February 25th began with Claude Morissette leading the tribute to the flag.  Bob Wallace led the singing of the patriotic song, "God Bless America. Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing what a wonderful gift the love of a child is.
There were no visiting Rotarians today.  We did have two visitors.  Alice Levy was the guest again of Morris Gevinson.  The other guest was our speaker, Jeffery Fried, who will be introduced later.
Announcements
Morris Gevinson thanked those that participated in the trip to Arlington Cemetery for Rut Beard's services. He apologized that we were unable to attend the reception, and hopes that no one will hold that against him. Then he called on Bob Wallace to give a financial report on the cost of the bus.
Bob Wallace reported there were more taking the bus than originally planned resulting in about $70 over expenses.  Unless there is any objection, that money will be donated to the Soup Kitchen.  There were no objections.
President Anne remarked that she considered it a wonderful experience for that many from the Club to attend the services.    She announced that she had put on each table flyers about the Membership Conference on March 27th and 28th.  As the location has been changed she will bring corrected information next week. She has a conflict and can't attend, but Guy Semmes is planning to go.  Hopefully there will be others that will go with him.  The RI President will be one of the speakers so she's sure it will be a wonderful conference
Happy Bucks
Jim Torrence was happy to have had successful cataract surgery on one eye.  The other one will be done on March 25th.
Sara Torrence after she and Jim saw the movie "Slumdogs" is happy that our children do not have to live in the conditions depicted in the movie.
Vijay Khetarpal had three happy bucks.  The first was for the excellent article in the Gazette about John Sever and Polio Plus.  We should save it and use it in membership recruitment.  The second one was for "Slumdogs" being a great movie but one should not get the impression that all of India is like that.  India is a beautiful country.  The third one was for Jan Brose having a birthday.  President Anne immediately had the group sing "Happy Birthday" to Jan.
Jan Brose gave buck for Morris and Bob doing such a great job in getting transportation for Rut's services - coffee and doughnuts were even provided!
Alice Levy was happy to be Morris' guest again.
Terrill Meyer had five happy bucks. The first was also for the job Morris and Bob did about the transportation. Several were for the Beard's being such beautiful people.  She was quite impressed by the words expressed in the presentation of the flag to Rut's oldest son.  The fifth buck was for the wonderful trip she and Clem had to Key West.
Claude Morissette gave two happy bucks.  The first was also for the job Morris and Bob did.  The second was for the fact that the Club has had a number of members to receive "full honors" for their service.  The most impressive to him was the "fly over" by the Air Force for Jim Buchannan.
Jenny Bartholomot gave a happy buck for Jan's birthday.
Nancy Nuell was happy that her mother who is 85 is recovering from an infection resulting from ruptured appendix.  It is truly an answer to prayer.
Howard Lerch was also happy that Morris and Bob arranged for the bus to Rut's services.  A second buck was for the fact he came from the same area as Rut's family - Davidsonville.  Lucille's mother came from nearby Annapolis.
 
Program
Guy Semmes introduced the speaker, Jeffrey Fried who was born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, but now resides in Potomac.  A graduate of the City University of New York-Brooklyn College and the American University College of Law.  He is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bar Associations.  Prior to practicing law Jeff served as a CPA specializing in tax and international corporate planning.  He has been involved in the commercial and legal aspects of corporate finance and sports and entertainment transactions for twenty-four years.  In 1994 he established Fried & Company; a D.C. based firm specializing in representation of corporate interests, athletes and entertainers, and the promotion of worldwide sports and entertainment events negotiating over $1 billion in transactions.  Let's hear from Jeff Fried.
Jeff commented that although living in the area for twenty-four years, this is the first time that he has been to Normandie Farm.  Another first for him is this is his first Rotary meeting.  The values outlined in the 4-Way Test are consistent with the way he leads his life. 
He was working in the aviation finance field setting up transactions all over the world.  At an early age he was exposed to private planes, prime minister and presidents.  Then in 1988 he created a limited partnership to manage a professional boxer.  Most of the clients that invested in it did so because they trusted him.  Three years later this boxer, Riddick Bowe, became heavyweight champion of the world.  People are looking at him as if he is the greatest thing in the world because they are making so much money.  He understands it's a combination of two things.  First, you have to keep your eyes open for opportunities.  Secondly, luck doesn't hurt.  That was the foundation for the many of the things he does now.
Jeff shared several other stories about how he has benefited from respecting people and treating them fairly.  He appreciates what God has given him.   He feels that Rotary's values apply anywhere regardless of what one does. 
50/50   Jenny Bartholomot (given to Charities)
Future Programs & Events
09/03/04   Debbie Liverpool - "Leadership Montgomery"
09/03/11   Lt. Col. Douglas Martin - Relationship between the Canadian andUS Military
09/03/18   Gary Thorud - Hospice Caring
09/03/25   Rotary Day at Gallaudet (No meeting at Normandie Farm)
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
February 18, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The meeting of February 18th began with Hersh Minsky leading the tribute to the flag.  Walt Money lead the signing of "America the Beautiful."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation beseeching everyone to "Believe in Yourself."
We had one visiting Rotarian, Don Smith, Past-President of the Potomac-Bethesda Club.  He has visited our club numerous times during the past several years.  Gerald Zapol was invited by Chris Good who told him that he might be a little late as he had an important meeting that was supposed to end at noon. (Chris never made our meeting.)  Ralph Richter was the guest of his wife, Jeanne.  The only other visitor was Doug Egan, our guest speaker, who will be introduced later.
Announcements
Morris Gevinson announced that the bus to take us to Rut Beard's services on February 24th will leave from Normandie Farm at 7:00am.  The cost will be $20 per person.
Bob Wallace requested that members bring can fruit and/or unsweetened cereal for the Soup Kitchen next week.  Be as generous as you can as the kitchen is in dire need of food.
President Anne announced that the February Board of Directors meeting will convene tomorrow night at 5:30 at the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  All members are invited to attend.
Then she called for a standing round of applause for Claude Morissette as we are so proud of him.  He was selected to be District Governor 2011-2012.  John Sever congratulated Claude and explained the red jacket he was wearing.  When he was Governor all the members of the Club got similar red jackets to wear.  It was instigated by PDG Jim Buchannan.  The cost was only $25.  It was suggested that one not get caught in the rain.  With the addition of straw hats they were  easily seen as additional Sergeants-at Arms at the District Conference, and were a big help.  John suggested that we do something like that in Claude's year.  Claude thanked the Club for nominating him again and for the members support.  He has not made any plans yet, but will be stressing the Foundation and Membership - not just "members" but "Rotarians.".    
Henry Tate announced there will be a memorial service with full honors for Bill Holden on February 27th at 1:00pm.  This will also be at the Ft. Myer chapel.  Following the services there will be a reception at the Fort Myer Officers' Club.  A death notice will be placed in the Washington Post on February 22nd.  Bill was an Honorary Member of our Club. He was a dedicated Rotarian and was slated to become president of the Club before paralysis forced him to resign.
Vijay Khetarpal announced that his firm has tickets, first come first serve, for a performance of a highly acclaimed Indian dance troupe on March 19th.  Anyone that is interested in attending please let him know by Monday.
Happy Bucks
Jeanne Richter was happy that her husband, Ralph, was having lunch with us.  She had a second buck as her daughter has received two college acceptances.
Jenny Bartholomot told a joke about a nun in a mute convent.  After five years the bishop allowed her to say two words.  "Hard bed."  "OK. We'll take care of that.  Five years later she was allowed to say another two words.  "Cold food."  "OK, we'll fix that."  On her 15th anniversary she was allowed two more words.  "I quit."   To which the Bishop said, "I'm glad, all you ever do is bitch anyway."
Hersh Minsky gave a buck for Claude being selected as District Governor.  He knows the District will have a good year under Claude's leadership.
Don Harrison had two happy bucks for Jan suggesting someone to fix his computer.  It was picked up on Thursday and returned on Monday.  He highly recommends Chris Goldberg for computer repairs.
Vijay Khetarpal was also happy about Claude being selected as a future Governor.  He had a second buck as he and Anila had a fabulous Valentine's Day culminating with an excellent seafood dinner at a restaurant in Tyson Corners.
Morris Gevinson also gave a buck for Claude being selected as it brings back happy memories of when he was DG and Claude was so much help.
Jan Brose gave a buck as she is so proud and thrilled that Claude has been selected as District Governor.
Claude Morissette had two happy bucks for being nominated and then selected to be District Governor in 2011-12.
Jim Harris gave two happy bucks.  One was for Claude's selection and one for his daughter who is in school in Utah being selected to be a teacher's aide.
Program
Guy Semmes introduced the speaker, Doug Egan who is a graduate of Dartmouth University and Cornell Law School.  He has twenty-five years of experience in the power production industry.  He is co-founder and CEO of Competitive Powers Ventures which is headquartered in Silver Spring, focusing on the North American power generation market.  Today he is going to talk to us about power generation and some of the problems we face.  Let's welcome Doug Egan.
Doug said the best analogy of what his company does is real estate development. They first must identify the market.  Then they analyze whether their types of plants can be competitive.  Their types of plants are either natural gas fired or wind powered.  In the northeast part of the country they focus on natural gas.  The wind powered plants are in the area between the Rockies and the Mississippi.  Identifying sites for natural gas is easy but in the case of wind powered plants they have to rely on computer models.  It becomes a trick to find a good site near a transmission grid.  They get opposition when the three hundred foot towers obstruct the view.
After determining the site they have to get permits.  Forty to fifty permits are required to satisfy the requirements of all the jurisdictions.   To get capital they have to sell their future output.  They do this by getting a contract with a local utility or by going to the energy traders in the futures market.  Raising capital is not easy.  Plants in the range of 400 -1200 megawatts will require 500 million to one and a half billion dollars.  (A 400 megawatt plant will serve approximately 2 million people.)  As no one wants to commit to long term contracts in the present economy, it is very difficult to raise capital.
It takes 2 - 3 years for the development of a plant, and then about three years for construction.  If they started on a plant today you would be looking at completion in 2015.  They are always thinking far out in the future.
When asked about nuclear plants, Doug said they will be needed to replace coal fired plants.  His company is not large enough to take on the risk in developing and constructing one.  They take up to ten years for development alone and require lots of money.  He feels that is the role for the utilities.
We thank Doug for his very informative presentation on the development of power plants and hope that the economy turns around so that they can complete projects they have in limbo.
 
50/50   Jeanne Richter
 
Future Programs & Events
09/02/25   Jeffery Fried - How to work in/with DC successfully
09/02/27   Burial Services for Bill Holden at 1:00pm
09/03/04   Debbie Liverpool - "Leadership Montgomery"
09/03/11   Lt. Col. Douglas Martin - Relationship between the Canadian and US Military
09/03/18   Gary Thorud - Hospice Caring
09/03/25   Rotary Day at Gallaudet (No meeting at Normandie Farm)
 
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
February 11, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The details of the opening ceremonies were not recorded as the editor was late in arriving.  On this beautiful and mild day in February there were five visitors with none of them being Rotarians.  Henry Tate welcomed again Alice Levin who was the guest of Morris Gevinson.  Alice has visited us several times.  Matt Stuart, who was a visitor about a year ago, was the guest of Chris Good.  Another guest of Chris Good was Bruce Cord.  David Stein, having been invited by Nancy Nuell, was visiting although Nancy hasn't arrived.  David is a colleague of Nancy's at Montgomery College.  Anne Venzon, our speaker for today is a resident of Potomac and will be introduced later.
Announcements
Claude Morissette announced there have been two more members to sign up for the Paul Harris Society.  To become a member, one must pledge $1,000 every year to the Foundation.  Claude did not disclose their names.  They will be recognized when the District Governor can make a visit.  Due to the downturn in the economy, the Foundation is in dire need of funds so contributions will be very helpful!
Jeanne Ricther announced there will be a wine tasting party on April 18th.  It will be at the Colonnade in the Kentlands where Morris Gevinson will be our host.  To get a count on attendees a signup sheet will be passed around soon.
Don Harrison said he was not announcing anything, but wanted to make a plea for help.  As his computer crashed, he would like references of someone who can fix things for him.
Morris Gevinson announced that thirteen people had signed up for the bus to take us to Rut Beard's services on February 24th.  We will leave from Normandie Farm at 7:00am.  The cost will be $20 per person.  The service will last exactly 23 minutes.  There will be a reception at the Officers' Club following the service.
Henry Tate announced there will be a memorial service with full honors for Bill Holden on February 27th at 1:00pm.  This will also be at the Ft. Myer chapel.  Following the services there will be a reception at the Fort Myer Officers' Club.  A death notice will be placed in the Washington Post on February 22nd.  Bill was an Honorary Member of our Club. He was a dedicated Rotarian and was slated to become president of the Club before paralysis forced him to resign.
President Anne wanted it known that Saturday is Valentine Day - just a reminder!
Happy Bucks
Sam Thomas was happy that his daughter had a birthday.  He called her and expressed his joy that his "little" girl is nineteen!
Morris Gevinson first wanted to borrow a dollar from someone so he could give a Happy Buck as Alice Levin was his guest again.
Nancy Nuell was sorry that she was late but happy that Dave Stein came today.  He is a colleague that it's a pleasure to work with.  "He makes bad days brighter.  He makes good days better!" 
Chris Good was happy that Bruce Cord was his guest today. Also, he's happy that another client of his will be our speaker next week.  He's the CEO and President of a company that builds power production equipment.
Bruce Cord was happy that Chris had invited him to our meeting today!
Don Harrison gave twenty happy bucks!  He was happy to have met Dave Stein today, but more importantly, his daughter announced her engagement to be married later in the year.
Jim Harris was happy that it was such a nice day - a good one for arborists to be out looking at trees!
Dave Stein was happy to be the guest of a colleague today. Hearing Nancy's laudatory remarks, he wishes that she controlled his salary.  Also, he's happy to have met at his table, a fellow alumnus from Clarke University, Don Harrison.  It's a small world!
Claude Morissette gave five happy bucks for the two new members of the Paul Harris Society.  Then he read ten amusing reasons for joining Rotary.
Sergeant Josh was happy to have been invited to an event of the Military Order of the Carabao.  There were about 1600 people there.  All four branches of the Service were represented.  He was quite impressed at the number of Admirals and Generals.   There was a lot of camaraderie.  It was a great fun!
Program
 
Guy Semmes introduced the speaker, Ann Venzon.  She is a local resident of Potomac, and is an author and a scholar.  She has recently written a book about the Marines titled "Leaders of Men."  She is going to tell us more about her book and the Marine Corps.  Let's welcome Ann Venzon.
Ann started out by saying she wanted to make a disclaimer.  She told someone earlier that she was going to make a propaganda speech.  Although all four services may be represented here, she feels she has the right to talk about the Marines as she is the daughter and mother-in-law of Marines.  The working title of her book was "Ten Lunatics" as they did "crazy things."  She passed around a copy of her book and a copy of the "Small Wars Manual."
In 1861 Robert Huntington decided that the Union cause was more important than school and joined the Marine Corps.  In1898 Kevin Butler was so convinced that someone was going to blow up the USS Maine that he defied his father and joined the Marines.  His commanding officer was Huntington.  During those intervening years there was little change in the Marine Corps but the country underwent quite a radical transition and so did the fiber of the Marine Corps.  The country was becoming a world power, but the same could not be said of the military.  At the end of the Civil War the United State had a world class army and navy.  In the peaceful decades that followed the services fell on very hard times. The navy fell far behind their foreign counterparts.  Officers and enlisted men lived in substandard conditions.  Many of their vessels were rotting away in port and not seaworthy.  It was difficult for powers like Great Britain to take the American military establishment seriously.  In 1871 no one would have thought of an American marine as a "devil dog."  Between 1865 and 1917 something happened.  She feels that change was due the leadership of the ten men that she writes about.  She related how Huntington, Butler and the other men led their men under severe circumstances.  Of the greatest importance was the devotion these officers had for the Corps and the men they led. Their traits were contagious.  They laid the foundation for today's Marine Corps.
Propaganda or not, it was a very interesting presentation.  We thank Ann for giving us this background about the creation of the character and fortitude of the Marines.
 
50/50   Sam Thomas
 
Future Programs & Events
09/02/18   Doug Egan - The Changing Power Industry
09/02/24   Burial Services for Rutland Beard (Bus leaves from Normandie Farm at 7:00am)
09/02/25   Jeffery Fried - How to work in/with DC successfully
09/02/27   Burial Services for Bill Holden at 1:00pm
09/03/04   Debbie Liverpool - "Leadership Montgomery"
09/03/11   Lt. Col. Douglas Martin - Relationship between the Canadian and US Military
09/03/18   Gary Thorud - Hospice Caring
09/03/25   Rotary Day at Gallaudet (No meeting at Normandie Farm)
 
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
January 21, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
After Don Harrison led the Pledge of Allegiance Bob Wallace lead in the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation praying for togetherness as we begin the term of a new administration.
Henry Tate welcomed visiting Rotarian, Chris Heald, from the Rockville.  Chris is the guest of Vijay Khetarpal.  Victoria Kaplan was visiting today.  We successfully sponsored Victoria for an Ambassadorial Scholarship.  Alice Levin was the guest again of Morris Gevinson.  She is a fellow alumnus of Morris' Alma Mater, and was a visitor last week.  Len Werber was also a guest of Morris Gevinson.  Ariel King introduced three guests from Madagascar.  They were: Rondren Rasamimanta, Zororo Raveloson, and Lova Randriamawantso.  Each spoke briefly about themselves.
Announcements
Ariel King, on behalf of the Ambassador from Madagascar,invited all members to attend a reception for her friends, tomorrow night, January 22nd at 6:00pm. 
Victoria Kaplan reported that she had attended the orientation meeting for Ambassadorial Scholars.  There she met about fifty scholars, both inbound and outbound, and many Rotarians.  She was quite impressed by the international scope of the program.  Due to health problems she was unable to begin her program as scheduled.  A request for a deferral was denied, but she is trying to work things out.  She appreciates all the support and help the Club has given her.
John Sever reported that there would be a special announcement made at 3:00 today at the Incoming District Governors' Training Conference.  (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have awarded Rotary an additional $255 million for the eradication of polio.  A separate email was sent earlier giving the website for the full text of this announcement.)
Chris Good apologizedfor being late today as he will be the bookkeeper while Mark Gollub is tied up doing tax work.  See him after the meeting about any financial transactions.
Vijay Khetarpal announced there will be a Super Bowl Party at his house starting at 5:00pm on Feb. 1st provided at least 20 or more members sign up.  Unlike last year, members will be invoiced instead of paying him.  Invite friends, family and prospective members.  We'll have a good time.
Henry Tate announced the Grid for the Super Bowl Pool is being passed around.  There are 100 squares @$1 each.  Half the proceeds will go to Charities.  There will be four winners determined by the last digit of the teams' scores:  1st and 3rd quarters $7.50, Half time $10, End of Game $25.  Numbers for the grid will be drawn after it is completed.  Any square not sold will be assigned to the Club.
Morris Gevinson, after getting a show of hands indicating interest in getting transportation to Rut Beard's services, said he will have a signup sheet next week so specific plans can be made.
Bob Wallace announced that next week is when unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit should be brought in for the Soup Kitchen.  It's embarrassing to take only three boxes representing Potomac Rotary. If we don't have much, he will take it to a church to be combined with their contribution rather taking it to the Kitchen.
Happy Bucks
President Anne gave a check for Happy Bucks as she will have a birthday on Saturday.
Mark Dreibilbis was happy about last week.  As he reported last week, he had an assignment to photograph a wedding in Jamaica.   The weather was wonderful.  The bride was beautiful.  His pictures came out great!  Unfortunately, upon returning home he found water in his studio.
Jeanne Richter was happy that today was her father's 70th birthday.  She was also happy about Inauguration Day.
Sara Torrence gave a Happy Buck for the Grapevine.  It's so complete that when she misses a meeting, it almost makes her feel as though she had been there.
Program
President Anne introduced Ariel King who recently transferred from the Washington Club to give her Classification Talk.
Ariel used a slide program to supplement her talk.  She said she decided to call her presentation "The Life of Ariel King Thus Far, My Heart and Soul."  She has a consulting company called Ariel Consulting International, working in the social aspects of HIV-Aids in South Africa.  There is only one other American doing similar work, and he is with the Gates Foundation in Global Health.  She also works with Embassies and Ambassadors in helping them get whatever they need.
Her "Heart" is the Ariel Foundation International that she started in 2002.  She was asked "Why do you make money and give it away?"  Her reply was that what she thought she was supposed to do.  A lawyer told her she should start a Foundation and that is what she did. Their mission is to build bridges in international relations - partnerships.  They want to let people know they are connected to someone even if they don't go anywhere.  They have an event on Global Youth Services Day.  It's taking young people and asking them to do something for somebody besides themselves.  Another thing they do is honoring African Ambassadors.  Twenty-two accepted the invitation to a recent affair.
Her "Soul" is in the Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation that she has just started in honor of her daughter.  She was surprised to learn that children in this country so not have "civil rights."   One hundred and ninety-eight countries have signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.  The two that have not signed are the United States and Somalia. The Foundation is dedicated to the adoption and adherence of children's human rights based on the United Nations convention.
It is obvious that Ariel is a very busy and dedicated woman.  We are very glad to have her join our Club, and wish her well in her endeavors.
 
 
50/50   Bob Wallace
 
Future Programs & Events
09/01/28   Debbie Liverpool - "Leadership Montgomery"
09/02/01   5:30pm - Super Bowl Party at Vijay's
09/02/04   Club Assembly
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
January 14, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
After saluting our national flag with the Pledge of Allegiance, Josh Jeffries led the singing of God Bless America.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation with many one liners emphasizing "Service" to others.
Again there were no visiting Rotarians, but we had four visitors.  Henry Tate welcomed Alice Levin, a guest of Morris Gevinson who is a fellow alumnus of Morris' Alma Mater.  Anila Khetarpal was the guest of her husband, Vijay, although he was not in attendance. Golda Jeffries was the guest of husband Josh, our Sergeant-at Arms.  Golda was responsible for producing the tickets for the fund raiser for the Andy Winters Water Project.  Joyce Nohowel, the Chief Operating Officer of FreyerMartin was our guest speaker and will be introduced later.
Announcements
President Anne announced the Board of Directors will convene for their regular January meeting tomorrow night at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, starting at 5:30.  She will have to leave early, but Guy Semmes will conduct the remainder of the meeting.
Ariel King invited all members to attend a reception for her friends from Madagascar Thursday night of next week, January 22nd at 6:00pm.  She requested that those expecting to attend to email her so they can receive a formal invitation - a matter of protocol!
Jan Brose announced that Vijay had asked her to announce there will be a Super Bowl Party at his house on Sunday Feb. 1st. Please signup, email, or telephone if you are coming so they will know how many to plan for.
Happy Bucks
Sergeant Josh started happy bucks by giving several as today is his mother's birthday, and Golda is his guest today.
Guy Semmes gave two happy bucks.  The first was for having received an email from his daughter in San Francisco.  To get to work, she has to go thru an undesirable section where homeless congregate.  Someone sold her a poem for two dollars that turned out to be beautiful, and gave her a better perspective.    Guy couldn't remember what the second thing was, blaming it on a "senior moment."   Sergeant Josh said there were no refunds.
Don Harrison gave two happy bucks as his grandson was one-year old this past Monday.
Alice Levin was happy just to be here, and gave a dollar.
Morris Gevinson was happy to have an elementary school schoolmate as his guest today. He hopes that none of the members will say anything that would disillusion her about him!
Joyce Nohowel gave a happy buck as her niece is having her 21st birthday today - a big one, but unfortunately she can't be there.
President Anne gave two bucks for her son, Johnny.  He's looking forward to playing saxophone in a concert tomorrow.  The second one was for his shooting and rebounding in a basketball game that his team won in overtime, 33 to 28!
Golda Jeffries was glad for Josh "being there" for her.
Anila Khetarpal gave two happy bucks.  She's very proud of a friend that produces a calendar every year with a theme that promotes World Understanding.  Now she has produced an Obama calendar for the Inauguration.  She has several of them - one for the 50/50. The price is $15.  She passed one around for all to see.
Claude Morissette gave two Happy Bucks for being invited to the Canadian Embassy to see the Inauguration Parade, if he can get through security.  He was at the hockey game last night and met some Canadian soldiers, one of whom was decorated for having been wounded in Afghanistan, that led up to the invitation.
Chris Good had two bucks.  The first was for seeing Alice Levin here as she is one of his clients.  The second one was that some people noticed he had shaved his head, but he was very disappointed that no one said anything about it!
Ariel King also had two bucks.  She's glad to be doing something for Children's Rights.  She gave a talk in Albany about Children's Rights and 190 countries signed it with the exception of the United States and Somalia.
Nancy Nuell had Happy Dollar coins.  The first was for her nephew returning home from Afghanistan. He will not be deplored again for three years.  She was happy that her daughter, Meg, was accepted to two of three colleges in Virginia.  She's glad she had participated in the Virginia Prepaid Education Program.  She's happy to be working as a volunteer on Tuesday to help people at the Inauguration. This means getting up very early as she has to be there at five AM.  Look for her in her red cap.
Sam Thomas gave a Happy Buck for being at a table with all Past Presidents and the "wonderful Jenny."
Mark Dreibilbis, who is also a professional photographer, gave a Happy Buck as he has a shooting assignment in Jamaica to photograph a wedding.  He expects to come back all tan and bronze.  
Program
Guy Semmes introduced Joyce Nohowel, our guest speaker. She is a neighbor living in Potomac with her husband who is a Certified Financial Planner.  Joyce has over 35 years of leadership experience ranging from Fortune 50 intrapreneurial initiatives to entrepreneurial small start-ups of today. From a key player in dot-com start-ups to owning her own telecommunications company, she is a profit and team oriented leader with hands-on knowledge.  She is the Chief Operating Officer of FreyerMartin, a company leading the dynamic explosion of the Daily Money Management industry.  This industry emerged about ten years ago as a result of the aging baby boomers looking to outsource the management of paying grandma's daily bills. FreyerMartin has advanced this to a whole new level.  Now there is a premium service for executives, athletes, and ordinary but very busy people who value their time over paying their bills.  She's going to talk to us about "Protect what you have and daily money management."  Let's welcome Joyce Nohowel.
Back in 1978 when she bought her first home there were not many moving parts to one's credit.  You may have had a mortgage, a car loan, and one or two credit cards.  Fast forwarding to 2009 there are a lot more things involved in the establishment of one's credit worthiness.
There are three credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.  A free copy of your credit report from each can be obtained once a year.  They recommend getting a report from one of the companies every four months.  "Credit Scores" are different from "Credit Reports."  They are a major factor in most credit decisions.  Thirty-five percent (35%) of your score is based on your payment history.  It depends on how often you were late, if ever, and how recently.  She gave an example of a client with considerable net worth, trying to refinance their home, getting dinged 90 points for not paying two accounts on time, each less than thirty dollars, as he thought it was no big deal.  When you get your bills, pay attention to what is going on.  Credit Card companies can increase your rate if they discover you are late with another company although you've never been late with them.  The next area is the amounts owed for 30% of your score.  It's not only the dollar amount, it's also the number of accounts with open lines of credit and the percentage of credit that has been used.  The length of your credit history makes up 15%.  Older lines of credit are more valuable than your newer lines of credit. The longer you have a line of credit helps your credit worthiness.  Shopping for a new car loan or new mortgage should be in a concentrated period as the credit bureaus will ding you after thirty days.  This represents 10% of your score.  The remaining 10% is the types of credit in play.  That is when you  get into good credit and bad credit.  Credit cards are "Bad Credit" whereas mortgages, car loans and personal loans are considered "Good Credit."
Finances are a reflection of your life style.  She had handouts about resources they recommend.  In addition, bisrate.com is a fabulous web site where one can do a lot of "what if scenarios"  Another good website is: annualreport.com. The bottom line is that one needs to watch closely their "Credit" as changes, regardless of how small, can have a large impact on your "Credit Worthiness."
We thank Joyce for informing us of the nuances of credit reporting and alerting us to the problems that can arise by not maintaining a watchful eye over ones finances.  One should know their own credit information.
 
50/50   Jan Brose
 
Future Programs & Events
09/01/21   Ariel King - Classification Talk
09/01/28   Debbie Liverpool - "Leadership Montgomery"
09/02/01   Super Bowl Party at Vijay's
09/02/04   Club assembly
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
January 7, 2009
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The day of our first meeting in 2009 was a rainy one, but fortunately the temperature was above freezing.  Jim Harris led off by leading the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Dick Calhoun leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation reflecting on "Happiness" and emphasizing there are many things for which we should be thankful.
Although we almost had a full house, there were no visiting Rotarians.  Morris Gevinson had two guests: Mike Gray and Garren WhitePartho Sandell from Equifax was the guest of his brother, Protik.  Judy Sherman, who has visited us before, was the guest of Vijay Khetarpal.  President Anne had a guest, Barbara Kelly, with whom she has a special connection.  Barbara introduced Anne to her husband, and the rest is history. Paul Peck is our speaker and will update us later on the "Star Scholarship" program.
Polio Plus Report
John Sever, as a member of the International Committee for Polio Plus, reported that Rotary recently participated in a meeting in Geneva with the World Health Organization (headquartered in Geneva) and the Centers for Disease Control.  They developed plans for the final eradication of Polio in Northern Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.   The Centers for Disease Control are contributing some very sophisticated work as well as lab studies to identify where the viruses are and which ones are where.  He was not at liberty to give any details, but RI is expected to make an official announcement about the status of the program in the near future.
Happy Bucks
President Anne started Happy Bucks with five as she is glad to have Barbara, who she has known for about twenty years, as her guest.  Barbara introduced her to John on a blind date.  She knew John because he was a very good friend of the man who married her cousin.
Walt Money gave twenty happy bucks in remembrance of Rut Beard.  He counted Rut as one of his "great friends in and out of Rotary."  He said Rut felt lucky that he was transferred out of a battalion in the Korean War because there was another Lt. Beard in the outfit.  That battalion was almost completely decimated in a later engagement with the Chinese.
Nancy Nuell gave five bucks in memory of Rut Beard.  He was truly an "Officer and a Gentleman."  She's sorry that he never came to Rotary after Lucile's death.  She gave another buck for Paul Peck being our speaker today.  She feels he exemplifies the ideals of Rotary.  As she was leaving the office to come to this meeting, Cathy Stevens, who has visited us several times, gave her a buck for our scholarship program at Montgomery College.
Morris Gevinson gavea happy buck as his friends, Mike Gray and Garren White, were his guests today.
Vijay Khetarpal was happy that Judy Sherman was his guest today.  Her husband, Andy, was one of our speakers last year.  He announced that beginning next week he will have a signup sheet for the Super Bowl Party that will be at his house on Feb. 1st.
Jim Harris gave a buck for Ben Hofheimer having seen him and Judy in a restaurant last night.  They were returning to California from a vacation in Egypt, and asked that Jim give the Club greetings from them.
Ariel King gave five happy bucks for having three doctors from Madagascar in her home.  She hopes to get them to come to Rotary.
Jim Torrence announced that he and Sara were going to the trial of David Winters for the murder of Andy Winters this afternoon.  President Anne offered a prayer for Gigi, all her family, and for everyone involved in this tragic event.
President Anne announced that Jan Brose, our faithful secretary, was absent because she was suffering from a very bad cold.  Please keep her in your prayers.
Program
Nancy Nuell introduced Paul Peck, our guest speaker.  He will talk about "Star Scholarships" - a program he initiated and which our Club has supported for several years.  This is a very effective program evidenced by the fact that all the scholarship recipients have gone on to college.  Let's welcome Paul Peck.
Paul started by saying he feels extremely blessed as he has been able to talk to our Club for several years, and we have provided much needed support.  In his estimation, Rotary is what this country should be about.  At one time this country was about working together, and we would prosper together.  Rotary is still that way, but unfortunately there are too many with the attitude that "as long as I get mine, I don't care what happens to the rest."  He doesn't feel that is good for the country or the individual. 
Back in 1992 he was watching Los Angeles burn and came to the conclusion that if one cares and has hope; they don't burn down their community.  It doesn't work to give people stuff.  What Americans care about is "winning."  If one has skills, they have the opportunity to win.  So he started the STAR Scholarship Foundation. (STAR stands for Stand Tall and Reach.)  The idea was to get children at a young age.  He decided that in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades he would give $1000 scholarships.  They would be based on merit.  The money for the scholarship is paid directly to the college or trade school rather than the recipient.  This worked so well that the Foundation decided to give $250 scholarships.  You are showing these children that somebody cares, and there is hope.  The student has to write an essay and have three letters of recommendation.  They are interviewed by a team of four - an African American man and woman and a Caucasian man and woman,
Since the program began in 1992 and through July of 2008, they have awarded $1,186,625 in scholarships and merit awards.  Every member of the Foundation is a volunteer.  All money raised in the local community goes to scholarship winners from that community unless the donor specifies otherwise.  Nearly all the funds received, 98+%, go to scholarships.
Handouts providing more detailed information were available.  It provided the names of the recipients in Montgomery County for the year 2008.
We applaud Paul for his efforts as we consider it an excellent program, and will continue to support it.
50/50   Barbara Kelly
 
Future Programs & Events
09/01/14   Joyce Nohowel - Protecting you financial credit records
09/01/21   Ariel King - Classification Talk
09/01/28   Debbie Liverpool - "Leadership Montgomery"
09/02/04   Club assembly
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
December 31, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The last meeting of 2008 began with Jenny Bartholomot leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dick Calhoun followed by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing that in "good times and bad" we should thank the Almighty for our many blessings.  He quoted the beautiful hymn composed by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller that concludes with the words, "Let there be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me."
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but we were glad to welcome four returning guests.  Dick Calhoun had as his guests, his wife, Miriam and his grandson, Andy, who was at Charter Night when Dick was installed as our President.  Linda Lerch was the guest again of Howard.  Claude Bartholomot was the guest again of his mother, Jenny.
Happy Bucks
Hersh Minsky was happy that the Redskins finished the season "8 and 8" as in September he didn't think they would do that well and predicted they would finish "6 and 10!"  He's glad he was wrong!
Bob Wallace gave two happy bucks as today is his wife's birthday.  She was born at 11:30, only thirty minutes before the New Year, but her father didn't take her for the tax deduction!
Jim Harris had a sad and a happy buck.  The sad buck was for not having his daughter home for Christmas as she is in boarding school in Utah.   The happy buck was for the school sending pictures of his daughter and friends having a good time opening their Christmas presents.
Chris Good has a 4½ year old daughter and a 2½ year old son.  Their grandparents were here for Christmas.  There's nothing more magical than the reaction of children at that age and at this season!
Terrill Meyer was happy that Jenny sent her husband, Clem, a card as yesterday was his birthday.  It was a special day for him.
President Anne was happy that her mother visited her for the first time since she moved to Hershey.  They had a wonderful time!
Claude Bartholomot gave a happy buck for being the guest of his mother.
Program
President Anne began today's program of relating the best and/or the worst advice one has received by referencing the biblical situation of Paul writing to the Corinthians, giving the best advice on living.  Paul is concerned about the churches he had started because they were misbehaving.  He tells them that they should be kind and responsive to others.  "Strive for greater gifts and I will show you a more excellent way."  The passage is called "The Gift of Love."   Then she read the chapter of I Corinthians 13:1-13 which includes:  ". If I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. .  Love is patient.  Love is kind.  Love is not envious, arrogant or rude. . Love never ends. . Now, Faith, Hope and Love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is Love."  Regardless of one's religious background, it is really good advice.
Mark Gollub received advice that he continues to use at least weekly.  An older friend of the family, a lawyer, visited their home nearly every Sunday.  When Mark was only 15 years old, he told Mark, "You can't be too proud to say you don't know, and will have to look it up."  Too many people shoot from the hip to make it look like they know.  It's better to have the integrity and knowledge to know what you don't know, and admit it.
Chris Good and his wife were considering buying a house in 1999.  He asked her why they should cash in their Tech stocks which were increasing 20-25% annually. Her reply was "because your wife likes the house."  Forty-five days later the Tech market crashed.  They loved living in the house for seven years before moving while it doubled in value.  His advice, it's better to make decisions for "life" reasons rather than "financial."
Henry Tate got advice that affected the rest of his life.  In the early days of World War II, hitchhiking from college into town, he was given a ride by the Head of the Engineering Department.  The professor asked about his draft status and then commented that if he was a young man he would enlist for the Army's Radar school as they needed qualified technicians and electronics would probably be a rapidly expanding technology after the war.  After mulling it over for several weeks, he took the professor's advice and enlisted.  Although the Army didn't utilize his technical capability, his training gave him the experience for an engineering job in television with the Philco Corporation in Philadelphia.  There he met Kay, and the rest is history.
Dick Calhoun said he didn't follow the advice given of never volunteering in the Army.  His outfit was asked for volunteers to do paper work.  Having learned to type in school he volunteered.  It turned out that the paper work assignment was policing the grounds.
President Anne's father gave her advice from his work experience.  Her father took a job of managing a hotel in Pennsylvania.  He decided to put a grille in the store front window where he cooked for the coffee shop.  That brought in business.  All went well until one very cold day the heat differential caused the window to shatter.  His employer allowed the window to be repaired and to expand the coffee shop.  His advice about taking a job was to have an employer that would allow you to "break a window" (make a mistake).
Mark Dreibilbus grew up on a farm that had 15,000 chickens.  That many chickens produce a lot of poop which they spread on the fields in liquid form via a sprayer.  One day his father returned from spraying covered with chicken poop.  He said, "Son, don't ever pull a chicken out of the pressure pipe because I saw one stuck there and this is what happened!"
Terrill Meyer said the worst advice she ever received was at the University of Maryland where she was taking education classes.  She was told that if you wanted good discipline you never smile before November.  She tried to be stern in September and October until she was told to quit trying to look mad!
When Bob Wallace was in High School he had an aunt who was a very strict English teacher.  She lived with them.  When Bob had a date with Althea she came to him and said, "If you like this girl, don't ever mention my name."
President Anne had a story about what happened at the late service at her Church on Christmas Eve.  She called on two brothers, ages about 7 and 9, to help her in the service.  She asked them several questions about their Christmas activities at home.  Were they enjoying it and having a good time, etc.?  Their responses were excellent! It couldn't have been better had it been scripted.  Then she said, she was sure that they didn't argue.  The older brother agreed they didn't argue, whereupon the younger one whacked him on the arm and said, "Don't lie to a priest!"
With that, President Anne said it had been a very interesting and enjoyable program, and thanked those that related the advice they had received for their participation.
 
50/50   President Anne drew her own number!
 
Future Programs & Events
09/01/07   Paul Peck - Star Scholarships
09/01/14   Ariel King - Classification Talk
09/01/21   Anne Venson - History of the Marines
09/01/28   Debbie Liverpool - "Leadership Montgomery"
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
 
 
 
 

 
In Memoriam
Rutland D. Beard, Jr.
December 21, 2007
 

 
Service will be held at Ft. Myer Chapel on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 8:45am. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
December 24, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The meeting started with Henry Tate leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dick Calhoun followed by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  President Anne reminded us that a year ago at the meeting before Christmas we learned of the tragic death of Andy Winters and asked for a moment of silence in his memory.  Today we are again saddened by the loss of a fellow member, Rutland Beard.  He, too, represented all that is "good and true in Rotary," and was an inspiration to all.  Let us honor him with a moment of silence as we promise to continue his legacy. President Anne then gave an invocation of "Thanksgiving" to the Almighty who is known by various names.  "Lead us to the life of 'Service Above Self' that we saw in Rutland, Andy, and in so many others that have gone on before us."
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but we did have a special guest.  She is a cheerleader for Habitat for Humanity, and come next July she will be our "first lady" as she is the wife of President-Elect Guy.  Welcome, Dana Semmes!
Christmas Stories
President Anne suggested that those relating Christmas stories give some happy bucks as the stories will be in lieu of a guest speaker and "Happy Bucks."  She began by telling of an incident that happened about 25 years ago.  Her mother, who was home alone on Christmas Eve as her father was working, decided to put lights on an outside tree.  Unfortunately she fell, breaking both wrists, and could not get up.  Three hours later her father found her and immediately took her to the hospital.  There she had a "near death - out of body experience."  She said she was looking down at herself, and was moving toward the light.  The most incredible thing was she heard the music of heaven.  Since then she has never been afraid of death.  Experiences in every faith tradition speak about "moving toward the light."
Dana Semmes said that her happiest Christmas was hearing their pet poodle was going to be OK.  It seems that just before Christmas the dog was getting sicker and sicker.  Guy had told her that in his family if their dog got sick, it either got better or it died.  Coming home from a late Christmas Eve service they found the dog unable to stand up.  Immediately they took their pet to an emergency vet where an x-ray revealed a blockage between the stomach and the intestine.  The vet said they would operate the next morning, but couldn't assure them success.  She received a call Christmas morning about 9:30 saying the operation had been successful and that the dog would be OK in a few days.  The blockage was a ball of cheesecloth that had been used in cooking the Thanksgiving turkey.
Jenny Bartholomot, whenshe was a young girl, was allowed to look through the Sears catalog and pick out what she wanted for Christmas.  One year she decided to snoop around and found in the cedar chest a sweater, a scarf and a pair of mittens, and she thought she was pretty neat.  Those were the only things for her under the tree.  It taught her a lesson - not to snoop and to be honest.  She thanks God every day for coming out of that era.
Dick Calhoun, now that he's in the ninth decade of his life, has a lot of memories that he could talk about.  His most interesting experience at Christmas was right after World War II.  He was on a troop transport that landed in Japan on Dec. 22nd.   At a Church service a group of young Japanese girls sang Christmas carols to them.  A short time later the Japanese were celebrating their new constitution.  A well known Japanese evangelist, who spoke English, was the main speaker and shook hands with each serviceman.  A statue of that evangelist now resides in the National Cathedral in Washington.
Ariel King with about twenty other people went to Lesotho in Southern Africa, and were doing a holiday party for orphans called "Hope for the World."  She is happy that her three-year old daughter could dance around as though she was one of them.  She's happy that she could be a conduit in making things a little bit better for some orphans at Christmas/Hanukkah in 2006!
Chris Good's most interesting Christmas occurred while he was stationed in Ft. Campbell KY.  He didn't have money to go home so he agreed to take a fellow officer's guard duty as Captain of the airfield.  (Serious money could be made taking someone's guard duty.)  He decided to see that a Chinook helicopter was "secure."  Not being familiar with the aircraft, he pulled a lever that "popped" the windows.  Wanting to get the windows back in place he called a Captain friend in New York, telling him he would pay him all that he was getting for the guard duty if he could get someone to fix things. A crew chief was found that fixed things for him.  He also spent a Christmas in Korea. Regardless of where service people are, they are doing their job in good spirits.  By email he will be in touch with many friends that are in the service.
Sara Torrence thought that we owe a debt of gratitude to Rut and Lucile Beard as the Club had numerous Christmas parties in their beautiful home. 
Guy Semmes thought it was so much like Rut, willing to be of service, that he accepted being assigned the lector at church this past Sunday, expecting everything to be OK.    Guy also had a couple of happy bucks as his son was recently accepted to the Tepper Business School in Pittsburg.
Henry Tate thought that an incident that happened when he and Kay were still newlyweds was amusing and would always be remembered.  They were giving a Christmas party to about 20 guests.  The party was in full sway when the phone rang.  The caller was an older woman that was very trim and proper calling to find out when Kay's mother would be there.  The person nearest the phone, a jokester, responded that we were having a party, and that he was Kay's personal psychiatrist and that she was under the table, but he would give her the message when she sobered up!
Bob Wallace had an unusual business experience fifty-one Christmases ago.  He and a friend decided to sell Christmas trees.  Bob was responsible for getting the trees while the friend was to obtain a lot.  Getting the trees was no problem as Bob's father had a farm across Tuckerman from Winston Churchill High School.  The friend got a lot, but it turned out to be on a one-way street, and in a Jewish neighborhood.  Needless to say, they didn't sell very many trees!  (Bob didn't do any more business with that friend.)
Jim Torrence related their experiences in Europe one year at Christmas. They went to the chapel in the town where Silent Night was written.  While in the chapel a dog came in, raised his leg and urinated on the altar.  On Christmas Eve they went to Innsbrook where they had trouble finding a restaurant that was open for dinner, settling on the one at the train station.  Returning to their hotel they found it locked and had trouble getting in.  The next day they decided to drive on to Neuschwanstein where they had to take a room in the hunting lodge.  The view of the castle in the snow was fabulous.  At dinner he had Christmas Goose - the only time ever.
Don Harrison gave five happy bucks as his grandson, who is currently visiting them, was baptized.
President Anne remarked that when we give gifts, we worry about whether it's the right thing.  The most important thing when giving gifts is the expression of love you share with them.  Surround them with prayer.
Next week's meeting, as it is New Year's Eve, will be a format similar to what was done today.  The theme will be:"What was the best advice you were given?" and "What was the worst advice you were given?"
 
50/50   There were no tickets sold.
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
December 17, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
The meeting started with Chris Good leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guy Semmes followed by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson asked for a moment of silent prayer for Rut Beard who is in intensive care after undergoing open heart surgery.   Morris gave an invocation about being humble in our successes, and regardless of obstacles and setbacks, to "keep smiling!"
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but we did have two visitors.  Henry Tate welcomed Mary Mofolo from the Kingdom of Lesotho in Southern Africa.  Mary was the guest of Ariel King.   The other visitor was Jenny Chen, today's guest speaker, who will be introduced later. 
Announcements
President Anne announced that the Board would convene tomorrow night at the Geneva Presbyterian Church for the December meeting.  All members are invited to attend.    As next Wednesday is Christmas Eve; we will not have a guest speaker.  Instead, members will share recollections of past Christmases.
Mark Dreibilbis announced again there will be a fundraiser for his orphanage in Haiti at the Gaithersburg Hilton on Friday, Jan. 30th from 7 'til 11.  He called attention to the posters he had on display and the flyers that he had placed on each table.  Two DJs will provide music with a silent auction included in the program. 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
As Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, was in absentia, President Anne called for any Happy Bucks.
Hersh Minsky was first up, giving $20 as today he and Joan have been married 53 years.  The family will be getting together to celebrate on Saturday.
Ben Hofheimer gave five happy bucks as it is much nicer to ring the Bells for the Salvation Army in La Quinta CA (his winter home).  They do it in 75° weather!
Jim Harris gave five bucks for the excellent response to his call for "ringers" for the Salvation Army.  In spite of the cold weather, twelve members turned out to ring the bells, which he believes is a record!
Bill Olson gave five bucks for having celebrated their wedding anniversary in New York.  All the family was there!  They had a great time including going to Radio City.
Claude Morissette also gave five happy bucks.  Part of it was for Ben being here in the warm Northeast.  He will be going north where it is much cooler to see the New Year in.  He was also glad that someone else has joined the Paul Harris Society.  The District Governor will come for the official induction.
Morris Gevinson gave a buck thanking Bob Wallace for driving him to the Elkridge Rotary Club where Morris had arranged a program about the Gallaudet Scholarships.
Guy Semmes gave three happy bucks.  He and Bob Wallace had a little competition during their shift at Bell Ringing as to which one's church would have the greater number of contributors.  Bob's church was the winner.  It seems that the parishioners from St. Francis merely walked by!  Although his church didn't win, Guy was happy to report that $840 was collected during our day's effort!  He's also happy that five members are going to Montgomery College this afternoon to interview the applicants for our scholarships.
President Anne gave a happy buck as she and her husband, John, had a good time ringing the bells with Morris.  John told Morris that he trusted him with his wife, but after seeing Morris in action kissing and hugging a stranger, he retracted his statement.  She reported it to Rut Beard, long time Chair of the activity, who got a "big kick" out of the incident!
Program
Guy Semmes introduced today's speaker, Jenny Chen.   She was a member of the Interact Club at Wootton before graduating and then going to Colby College in Maine.  She is a co-founder, along with her brother, of a non-profit organization called "JJ Express" that produces a children's magazine designed to inspire youth to participate in social change through art.  Let's hear Jenny tell us about her work.
Jenny loves to write while her brother loves to draw.  Last year they received a $1,000 grant from Youth Ventures.  They believe children that are "changers" will grow up to be adult "changers."  They want to build a generation of "changers," and decided to focus on social change.
Nearly everyone likes to reads the comics.  The usage of graphic novels has skyrocketed in the last couple of years.  In 2005 the graphic novel market was $30 million.  A comic that runs regularly in their publication is "Pandemonium."  The first issue was taken from "Tales of the Brothers Grimm."  The next issue was taken from American folklore.  Then on the next page they explain something about the culture.  Their purpose is to expose the reader to different cultures.  They have artists and writers from all over the world.  Theirs is not a comic book or a textbook.  They want to get the message about social change across in a readable, but enjoyable manner.
They want to have three community workshops to show how to use arts and comics as a voice to show social change.   They also hope to have internships for high school students to show them the publication process.
It's very obvious that Jenny is an aspiring "changer."  We thank her for her presentation, and wish her and the JJ Express organization well.  They will "make a difference!"
 
50/50   Jan Brose
 
Future Programs & Events
08/12/24   Individual Christmas stories
08/12/31   To be announced
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
December 10, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Bob Wallace started the meeting by leading the singing of "America."  Barbara Roginski led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing that we should "Seek good, not evil."
Henry Tate welcomed two visiting Rotarians from Vancouver Washington: Yung Keun and Ahja Chung.  A special welcome was given to George Taylor, better known as "Sonny" as we haven't seen him in some time.  Jan Brose's guests were two budding Rotarians, her grandsons, Jackson and Lane.  Also with Jan was Jackson and Lane's other grandmother, Carol Frederick.  Ariel King had as her guest, Linda Barlock, the Director of the Potomac Community Center.  Barbara Roginski, a retired Montgomery County school teacher, was visiting us again.  
Announcements
Jim Harris announced that we will be 'Ringing the Bells" for the Salvation Army this Saturday from 8:00am until 4:00pm.  A signup sheet for volunteers was passed around with 2-hour shifts.  It will be at the entrance to the Safeway.
Guy Semmes called for volunteers to meet next Wednesday afternoon to interview applicants for our scholarships at Montgomery College.  The college has requested that this be done before the Christmas break.
Hersh Minsky reported that Rut Beard is in the hospital having a series of tests.  Hersh can provide his phone number for anyone that would like to call him.
President Anne thankedJan Brose for hosting our Holiday Party last Saturday night.  It was a fabulous evening with lots of food and drink.  Everyone had a great time - even her kids!  
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, reported that Honorary Member Joan Eammelli had a birthday yesterday. Also, Jim and Sara Torrence will celebrate their anniversary this coming Saturday.
Sonny Taylor gave sixty happy bucks for being here.  Everything is fine on the home front.  Carol is "with child" and sends her regards.  With the downturn in the economy maybe he can make more meetings.
Morris Gevinson gave a buck for Sonny being here because he's one of those people that are "special."
President Anne gave a happy buck as she feels the prayers she asked for last week for the 14-year old boy's funeral helped in the family's healing process. 
Guy Seems gave three happy bucks.  One was for the completion of the dictionary project and all the people that helped, especially Jim Vagonis.  The second was for Sonny being with us today.  The third was for completing a course he was taking in Pittsburg.  Now he won't have to drive up there anymore!
Jan Brose gave two happy bucks for having her grandsons with her.  She's also happy that their parents will pick them up today!
Ariel King gave a buck for Jackson and Lane as it's a blessing to have children here.  She gave another for having Linda Barlock as her guest today.
Jim Harris gave a buck for the party that Jan hosted.  He gave another for having heard from his daughter, and she is doing well at her school in Utah.
Hersh Minsky gave a happy buck for Sonny being here, and hopes he can make more meetings in the future.
Jenny Bartholomot said that although she loves women, she's happy to be the only woman at a table that is otherwise filled with men, and gave a happy buck!
Ahja Chung is happy to be visiting today, and hopes that her friend, Jung, will come more often.
Jim Torrence gave twenty happy bucks for celebrating their anniversary.  Yesterday he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and hopes that he won't have to have his knee replaced.
Sara Torrence gave nineteen happy bucks as that with the twenty Jim gave makes thirty-nine, the number of years they have been married.  She gave additional bucks for the party at Jan's, for Sonny being here, and for Jim's successful surgery.
Claude Morissette gave five happy bucks, and showed slides of his granddaughter's first birthday party.
Sergeant Josh fined himself four bucks for being late and gave a happy buck as he too thought the party at Jan's was great!
Program
Guy Semmes introduced today's speaker as being one of our own members, our Chair for the Rotary Foundation.  He is a strong supporter and promoter of the Foundation.  As everyone should know, he is Claude Morissette.  Let's welcome Claude to the podium so he can tell us about the Foundation.
Claude began by saying this year's theme, "Make Dreams Real," is very appropriate.  Rotary began with Paul Harris' dream in 1905.  The Foundation was the dream of President Arch Klumph in 1917.  The first contribution of $26.50 was received the following year from the Rotary Club of Kansas City Missouri.  It was the balance of their Convention account following the 1918 convention.  Since then the Foundation has grown to over one billion dollars.
A mission statement was adopted in 2006 "to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the  support of education, and the alleviation of poverty." The programs are basically educational, humanitarian, and Polio Plus.  In the educational area there are the Ambassadorial Scholars program, Group Study Exchange, Center for Peace, Grants for university teachers, and others. In the Humanitarian area there are Matching Grants, District Grants, the 3-H (Health, Hunger and Humanity) program, Volunteer Service Grants (The Andy Winters Water Project is a matching grant program).  Matching grants under $25,000 are easy to get, but those above that have to meet a strict criteria.  Claude outlined some of the steps required in obtaining matching grants.
Contributions to the Permanent Fund are never spent, only the income from the corpus.  Funds come from becoming a Paul Harris Fellow ($1,000), from the Paul Harris Society ($1,000 a year), Paul Harris Sustaining Members ($100 a year), Major Donors, Benefactors, and bequests.  Our Club has had 100% Paul Harris Sustaining members for three years.  Claude has again promised to match our contribution if we make 100% this year.  The Gates Foundation has challenged Rotary to match their gift of $100 million in three years to complete the Polio Plus campaign.
We thank Claude for his tireless efforts and appreciate his informative presentation that he supplemented with a Power Point program.
 
50/50   No one claimed the winning ticket so the money went to Charities.
 
Future Programs & Events
08/12/17   Jenny Chen, Editor-in-Chief JJ Express Magazine - Helping                                      disadvantaged children
08/12/24   To be announced
08/12/31   To be announced
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
December 3, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
After Josh Jeffries led the Pledge of Allegiance, Walt Money led the singing of "Jingle Bells."  Morris Gevinson requested a moment of silence for the many people massacred by terrorists in India.  In his invocation he suggested that we should strive to be better persons.
Henry Tate welcomed two visiting Rotarians: Ariel King from the Washington Club who has announced she intends to transfer to our Club, and Wayne Childs from the Springfield VA Club who is our speaker today.  Guy Semmes had two guests: his wife Dana and an Interact member, Ahrusi, as they came to hear our speaker talk about the Shelter Box program.  (They first learned of the program at their day at the United Nations.).  
Announcements
Nancy Nuell reported that the Leadership Cares program that she and Morris Gevinson supported packed 650 Thanksgiving boxes for families in Rockville, Aspen Hill, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Takoma Park and Hyattsville.  Leadership Cares is a youth organization that teaches and provides support to teenagers and young adults who don't have family role models.  A copy of a press release about the program was being passed around.
Don Harrison announced there is an event at the Great Falls Tavern this Saturday from one until four featuring a musical group whose instruments are a dulcimer, a banjo, a mandolin, a guitar and a fiddle.  They will be playing holiday music. The tavern will be decorated for the holidays, and refreshments will be served.  The only charge is the $5 entrance fee to the Park.  Come for an afternoon of musical enjoyment.  Don will be there for the entire performance.
Mark Dreibilbis announced there will be a fundraiser for his orphanage in Haiti at the Gaithersburg Hilton on Friday, Jan. 30th from 7 'til 11.  Two DJs will provide music with a silent auction included in the program. 
Jan Brose reminded everyone that the Holiday Party will be at her house this Saturday starting at 6:30pm.  A signup sheet is being circulated for the last time.  She knows it's a busy time, but hopes everyone will be there!
President Anne called for, and received, a vote by acclamation to nominate Claude Morissette for District Governor.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, started with birthdays and anniversaries.  Jack Kelly had a birthday last Saturday.  This coming Saturday Bill and Rita Olson will celebrate their wedding anniversary.
President Anne gave a "prayer" buck as she will be conducting the funeral this afternoon of a 14-year old boy who was the only son of his parents.  He developed an infection and died seven days later.  She asked for prayers for the family as it is truly very sad and devastating.
Mark Gollub gave two happy bucks for having learned that his and Josh's first offices were adjacent suites in Bethesda.
Terrill Meyer gave five happy bucks.  The first was for the speedy recovery of Josh's broken arm.  The other four were that the apprehension by pirates of the cruise ship, the Nautica, did not occur while they and the Torrence's were cruising in October.
Jack Kelly gave five happy bucks because he "made it to another birthday!"
Jim Harris gave two happy bucks.  The first was for having distributed dictionaries at Cold Spring School as it was a great experience.  It was also a great experience to deliver turkey boxes to two families in the District.
Bob Wallace was happy to have shared Thanksgiving with his whole family.  He took half of them to see the new Newseum.  He thought it was fantastic, and encourages everyone to see it - allowing as much as five hours for the visit.
Chris Good will not go so far as to ask for prayer requests, but asks that no one call him with the results of the Army-Navy game.  As he can't watch it for the first time in years, he plans to record it and view it on Sunday as though it was live.
Ariel King gave five happy bucks as she had a wonderful weekend celebrating with five international families their first Thanksgiving.  Also for the Winston Churchill students that took the time to perform the play "Rent" for World's AID Day.  It was dedicated to the young man for whom President Anne was conducting funeral services. Part of the play says "There's no day, but today.  How do you measure life?  You measure it in love." She's giving happy bucks for the incredible young talented people that think of others rather than themselves.  
Don Harrison gave two happy bucks as his son and his wife told them on Thanksgiving Day that they are expecting their second child in July.
Mark Dreibilbis gave two happy bucks.  The first was for a speedy recovery of Josh's broken arm.  The second was for his 102-year old grandmother who cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  Her body may be failing, but her mind is razor sharp!
Walt Money gavea buck for having received from Mike Richardson a great web site - "theradio.com."  You can get the music of any artist you desire.
Sergeant Josh Jeffries concluded Happy Bucks by giving twenty.  Morris Gevinson had given him tickets to the Redskins game.  A friend let them view the game, out of the rain, from the suite he worked so they had a great time!  He and Golda delivered three Thanksgiving boxes on Thursday morning.  Experiencing the reaction of a 5-year old was very heart warming.
Program
Guy Semmes introduced today's speaker, Wayne Childs.  He is a fellow Rotarian being a member of the Springfield VA Club.  He will tell us more about the Shelter Box program as he is this area's representative.  Let's welcome Wayne Childs!
Wayne said that he was not a salesman, but the Shelter Box program is to him the best program he has seen in his 24 years in Rotary.  It was founded by Tom Henderson in the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall England. In 1999 Tom realized that no one was really dealing with the challenge of shelter following a disaster, and came up with the Shelter Box idea. It was launched in April 2000, and is registered as a UK charity.  The directors of the Shelter Box Trust are members of the Helston-Lizard Club.  The first boxes were sent to India in January 2001.  Since then, Shelter Box has become one of the most effective aid agencies in the world.
Wayne had set up for display a representative set of the contents of a Shelter Box.  It included a ten-person tent, sleeping bags, pots and pans, cups and saucers, knives and forks, a multi-fuel stove, collapsible water bottle, water purification tablets, and a set of basic tools. Each box weighs about 125 pounds and costs about $1,000. There's no technology in the "Box" as everything is simple and straight forward.  Tom Henderson is still the General Manager of the Project.  Shelter Box USA is the United States affiliate which is what Wayne represents.  The Rotary Club of Lakewood FL is in charge of administering the US affiliate.
Wayne described the operation of Shelter Box program.  Through its connection with Rotary, local people of the disaster area can be contacted very quickly.  They help getting the boxes through customs and the setting up of response teams, and making sure that the boxes get to their intended destination.  More than 40,000 boxes have been distributed for relief in over 30 countries.  Each donor/sponsor is informed of the Box's ID number that enables them to track the Box's delivery status via the internet at: www.shelterbox.org.
The Shelter Box Program is not only remarkable, but very beneficial by its quick response to disaster.  We appreciate Wayne's presentation on this worthy cause.
 
50/50   Terrill Meyer (Given to our Charities)
 
Future Programs & Events
08/12/10   Claude Morissette - Rotary Foundation
08/12/17   Jenny Chen, Editor-in-Chief JJ Express Magazine - Helping                                      disadvantaged children
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
November 26, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
After saluting the flag and the singing of "God Bless America", Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing that we should be grateful for our many blessings.
Henry Tate welcomed our only guest, visiting Rotarian Ariel King from the Washington Club. She announced that she intends to transfer to our Club.  Although she thinks the Washington Club is a great club, where she has been a member for five years, she feels that as she lives in Potomac she would like to be in the Potomac Club as that will make her ".more of a part of the community."
Announcements
Ariel King announced that Monday, December 1st is World AID's Day. The day before, Sunday, November 30, 2008 there will be a program from1:00 - 2:30 at the Gala Theater on 14th Street in the District.  The program will be put on by students from Winston Churchill High School. It will be an international event with a number of Ambassadors being in attendance.  There is no charge for this event.
Jan Brose announced that she would be delivering the cereal and canned fruit to the soup kitchen this afternoon.  Those that want to give cash can write a check payable to Saint Martin's and write in the memo line "pantry."  The need is great and giving is less.  They normally have feed around 150 but are expecting about 300 this year.    The Holiday Party will be at her house Saturday, December 6th starting at 6:30.  A signup sheet was passed around.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, started with birthdays and anniversaries.  Nancy Caruthers had a birthday last Saturday.  On Sunday, Ed and Norma Jurgrau celebrated an anniversary.  Terrill and Clem Meyer celebrated their anniversary on Monday.  This coming Saturday, November 29th, Jack Kelly will have a birthday.
President Anne gave a buck as she is now happy about her next sermon as she was not happy with it before reworking it.
Nancy Nuell gave five bucks for her wonderful Rotarian friends, those that are here and those that are not, as they make every year something to be thankful for.  A special thanks to Morris Gevinson as he teamed with her to pack tooth brushes in the 650 boxes that Leadership Cares provided for needy families in Montgomery County.
Jim Harris was happy that his daughter, Sara, was accepted to High Point University.
Bob Wallace was happy that a Vietnamesenurse, after hearing the story of how Bob had become a surrogate father to a Vietnamese boy twenty years ago, gave him a hug and said "Thank you."
Jim Torrence was happy to have gained only two pounds on their 15-day cruise across the Atlantic.  The executive chef was world famous Jacques Pepin who not only put on demonstrations, but provided copious quantities of delectable food.  From his clothes he thought he had gained ten pounds, but he was happy his scales said only two!  Therefore he gave two happy bucks.
Sara Torrence gave three happy bucks.  The first was for their cruise.  She took a Water Color class in which Jacques Pepin was a fellow classmate.  She found him be "very down to earth."  The second buck was for hearing that the Lobster Dinner was a big success.  The third one was for having known Bill Holden.  It was a pleasure working with him as he was Treasurer the year she was President.
Josh concluded Happy Bucks by giving three.  The first was for being invited by his brother to an event at De Mather High School.  The second one was for Golda's mother coming for Thanksgiving.  The third one was because his broken arm will have healed by ski season.
Program
Jan Brose introduced today's speaker, Alicia Doherty.  She met Alicia at work over twenty years ago.  Since then they have worked together at three or four companies. At the last company they were partners from which both have recently retired.  Alicia is an amazing woman who has more accomplishment than Jan could list.  As Jan sponsored Alicia into Rotary, she was pleased to introduce her to give her classification talk.
Alicia said that she is third generation Irish-American, and was born in New York.  Her father was a printer as was his father.  When her mother was pregnant with her he was laid off and worked at whatever he could.  Then he came to Washington to work for the Government Printing Office and they moved to what is now New Carrolton.  She really grew up in Cheverly where nearly everyone was Catholic, and lived in a Cape Cod.  When she was in high school they moved to Chevy Chase. She has lived in Montgomery County since.  After high school she went to Maryland where she got a degree in English.  It took seven years as she would go for a semester and then work during the next semester.  When she was 18 one of the contractors that her father knew gave her a job.  This put her around books again.  Over the years she became a proof reader, an editor, a writer, and then project manager.  One of the reasons she has enjoyed her career is that she worked up through the ranks.  Most of her work has been in contracts with the federal government.  All of the companies she worked for were a conduit between the government and public health. Along the way she always did volunteer work which allowed her to be what she wanted to be.  In the 80's she was a literacy tutor that took her into a lot of homes in the Rockville area.  Then for many years she and her sister supported Sheppard's Table in Silver Spring.  Although she couldn't cook she was assigned to the kitchen where she learned a lot from a former Navy cook.  Then for about nine years she was a Hospice volunteer which affected her more than any other of her volunteer efforts.  Both her parents are dead now, but the five kids are very close.  She and her brother were toasting their dead parents a couple of years ago in Delaware bar and agreed that it would be nice to have a family home to go to.  The next day they went looking and bought one.  They have the dining room table that they grew up around .and that's where they will have Thanksgiving dinner.  With the exception of that table with all its marks and scratches, they bought new furniture.  She and her sister decided the brother could decorate the garage because they didn't like his suggestions for the house.  He has made it a replica of an Irish Pub with pictures of all the dead relatives. When she went to Ireland in '95 her brother asked her to bring back a rock from the old homestead.  After finding it she was in a small pub and bought drinks for the house as they were so nice- there were only about eight stools.  Several years later her brother went there, seeing her picture on the wall he offered to buy drinks for the house.  Deciding to take a picture he went to his car to get his camera.  When he returned the place was packed.  He heard someone say, "Some American bloke is buying drinks for his dead mother!"   
We appreciate learning more about Alicia's interesting background, and are very glad that she decided to become a member of our Club.
 
50/50   Howard Lerch
 
Future Programs & Events
08/12/03   Wayne Chiles - Shelter Box Program
08/12/06   Holiday Party at Jan Brose's starting at 6:30.
08/12/10   To be announced
08/12/17   Jenny Chen, Editor-in-Chief JJ Express Magazine - Helping                                      disadvantaged children
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
November 19, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
After saluting the flag and the singing of "God Bless America", Morris Gevinson gave an invocation entitled "What Have You Done Today."  This was a prayer given to him by Bob Bourbon, a Past-President of the Club.
Henry Tate welcomed visiting Rotarian Ariel King from the Washington Club. Also welcomed were Peter Keller and Victoria Royer from the Rotaract Club of Annapolis.  This was Peter's second visit as he was here several weeks ago promoting their fundraiser for the Andy Winters Togo project that was attended by several of our members.  It was the first visit for Victoria, who is the president of the club.  Charles Maddox was the guest of Guy Semmes.  Kathy Stevens, an associate of Nancy Nuell at Montgomery College, was Nancy's guest again.  Bill Hanrahan, a retired Army Colonel, was visiting to check us out.  Barbara Roginsky, a retired school teacher, was visiting for the second time.  Henry commented that he had received a call from Jenny Bartholomot saying she regretted that she couldn't make today's meeting because of illness. 
Special Presentation
Peter Keller and Victoria Royer reported on their "Cigar" fundraiser for the Andy Winters Togo Water Project.  It was well attended including several members from Potomac.  Peter said that he got interested in Togo about a year ago and was glad the Potomac Rotary Club has undertaken such a project that their Rotaract Club could support.  He expressed appreciation to those that attended the event.  Their efforts resulted in $4,400.  They presented a check in this amount to President Anne.
Announcements
Bob Wallace announced that he would like to see those that had volunteered to drive and deliver turkeys immediately following this meeting for instructions.  We don't have to wait until 2:30 to get started as there is no school that day.   He reminded that next Wednesday is the day to bring unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit for the Soup Kitchen.  They will accept money.  Checks should be made payable to "Saint Martins" and write "Pantry" on the "Memo" line.
President Anne announced services for Bill Holden will be held in Arlington National Cemetery when they can be scheduled, probably in February.  On each table there are copies of a eulogy written by his daughter.  (Bill was President-Elect of the Club when he was stricken by a serious illness that left him a paraplegic, forcing him to resign.  He was then made an Honorary Member.  Staying in touch with the members he knew, he was able to attend a few Charter Nights.  He will be greatly missed.)    There will be no Board meeting tomorrow night as so many of the officers and directors cannot make it.  A special meeting of the Board will convene immediately following today's meeting as there are several matters that require Board action.
Nancy Nuell called for volunteers to assist "Leadership Cares" in packing 300 Thanksgiving boxes for families in Montgomery County.  It is a production line effort at the Hilton Hotel at 1700 Rockville Pike next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - any time.  Just go there and ask for directions to "Leadership Cares."  We have participated in this activity for a couple of years.
Jeanne Richter reported that 51 people attended last Wednesday's fundraiser for the Andy Winters Togo Project.  She specifically thanked numerous individuals for their help in making it a success.  She estimated that the event will net about $4,000.
Guy Semmes reported they had a wonderful trip to the United Nations.  He and Dana drove in a van with five Interact members.  He was pooped after trying to see New York in eight hours, but the students persevered longer!  It was Rotary Recognition Day as Rotary is one of the two NGOs that have a seat at the UN.   (The Red Cross is the other NGO.)  There were approximately 1600 kids in attendance.  RI President Dong Kun Lee, from Korea, was one of the speakers.  Our Interacters came away enthused about participating in the ShelterBox program.
Ariel King made an appeal for support of World's AID Day on Sunday, Nov. 30th from 12 noon to 3 o'clock at the Gala Theater.  Students from Potomac will be putting on a play to which the Diplomatic Corp has been invited.  She is seeking time and energy support rather than financial aid.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, said there was only one anniversary to celebrate this week, and that was Jennifer and Chris Good's 16th on November 14th.
President Anne gave a happy buck for Vanessa being here today as she was on the committee that selected Vanessa.  She urged members to participate in the in the scholarship selection as it is a dynamic experience.
Morris Gevinson was happy to have had the experience of delivering dictionaries with Bob Wallace and Jeff Aronson to the Lakewood Elementary School.  The kids were very enthusiastic
Terrill Meyer gave two happy bucks.  The first was for having the pleasure of delivering dictionaries to Travilah School.  It is quite different from the first time when school authorities gave us a hard time - now we are well received!  The second buck was for seeing Barbara Roginsky here as they were associates before retirement.
Hersh Minsky was happy to have participated in the distribution of dictionaries at Galway School.  It was his 17th year of volunteering there - only the last few about dictionaries. It was a very heartwarming experience as one youngster remembered him.
Bob Wallace had two happy bucks as his son that came from Viet Nam about 17 years ago will be having his first child soon and his mother will be arriving for the first time on Saturday.  It will be a happy time!
Chris Good rounded 16 up and gave 20 happy bucks for their anniversary, and for the fun of delivering dictionaries to the Dufief School.
Don Harrison gave five happy bucks for having Vijay's help in selling 50/50 tickets at last week's fundraiser.  Vijay was a real hustler while he merely collected the money. 
Peter Keller gave a happy buck to have another chance at thanking people for their support of the "Cigar" fundraiser.
Victoria Royer was happy that we are conducting the Andy Winters Togo Project, and that her Rotaract Club was able to support it!
Vijay Khetarpal had a sad buck and a happy buck.  The sad buck was that yesterday he had to make the difficult decision to exit the restaurant business.  The happy buck was for the launch of a new technology that will update data that he will attend tonight.  It has great potential!
Alicia Doherty gave several happy bucks for Peter and Victoria being here, and for the "Cigar" fundraiser that she greatly enjoyed, and for Jeanne Richter conceptualizing and chairing the Andy Winter Togo Project fundraiser.
Nancy Nuell gave three happy bucks.  The first was being proud of Vanessa's accomplishments as she feels Vanessa represents the students at Montgomery College.  The second one was for the wonderful lobster dinner/fundraiser last week as it was great way to honor Andy.  The third is for a meeting she attended about a partnership between Rotary and the Organization of American States.  She will talk more about that later, but it looks to be the beginning of a very fruitful and productive long term partnership.
Mark Dreibilbis had an appreciation buck for President Anne as he feels Anne carries a lot of responsibility on her shoulders being president of our Club while being a full time pastor.  He had a "question" buck to ask how many people might attend a fundraiser for his orphanage on a Thursday night and how many on a Saturday night.  A show of hands was about even indicating no strong preference.
Jim Harris gave a happy buck for all the help he received last Saturday in cleaning up the Nature Trail at the Potomac Valley Nursing Home.  He and Jeff Aronson had earlier surveyed the situation and decided upon the things that could be planted for next spring's enjoyment.
Program
Guy Semmes introduced today's speaker, Vanessa Videla.  We are lucky that she finally made it as she first went to the old Amada Amante location before calling on her cell phone for directions.  She is a Dance Major at Montgomery College, and received one of our scholarships last Rotary year.  She is here to tell us what that scholarship meant to her.  Let's welcome Vanessa.
Vanessa apologized for being late, but was glad that she finally made it.  She remembers that about a year ago she was sitting at the desk of her counselor crying as she was explaining that she was having to take a year off to build up her resources before she could continue college.  It really hurt as that meant she could no longer continue in the dance company.  She was told that there must be something that could be done as she was a good student.  About two weeks later she was again in counselor's office where a group from Potomac interviewed her.  They wanted to know: "What I wanted to do with my life and where I wanted to go."  They were willing to listen to my story.  A week later she received the best letter she had ever received.  It was not a bill, but a letter saying she had been selected to receive a scholarship from the Potomac Rotary Club.  She was overjoyed.  She was happy to say this made it possible for her to continue her studies full time.  She is taking nineteen credits and is on the Dean's List, maintaining a high GPA.  When she finishes at Montgomery College she will transfer to Towson to receive a Bachelors degree in Dance Teaching.  After that she will go to Parsons in New York to major in Fashion Design.  "After that, the sky is the limit."  She truly appreciates Potomac Rotary believing in her, and making it possible for her to continue her studies.  She would like to invite everyone to attend a performance at Montgomery College in which she will have a part.  The show will be next Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 8:00.  She closed by saying she really appreciated the scholarship.
It was very heartwarming to hear Vanessa's story.  We admire her dedication and wish her well as she pursues her goals.
 
50/50   Vijay Khetarpal
 
Future Programs & Events
08/11/26   Alicia Doherty - Classification Talk
08/11/27   Thanksgiving Day
 
 
 
LOST:  A black Mont Blanc pen given to Morris Gevinson on his recent birthday.
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
 
 
 
 

 
In Memoriam
 
William H. Holden
 
Nov. 13, 2008
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
November 12, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Our regular noon time meeting was rescheduled as a "Fundraiser," chaired by Jeanne Richter, for the Andy Winters Water Project in Togo at Normandie Farm starting with a "Cash Bar" at 6:30.  Dinner did not start until 7:30 allowing members and guests time to view and bid on the silent auction items.  The entre was a succulent pound and a half lobster with sides of green beans, baked potato and salad followed by a delightful chocolate mousse.  Everything was served very quickly by an efficient and competent wait staff.  Following the group singing of "God Bless America" and pledging allegiance to the flag, President Anne gave an invocation praying for those that do not have potable water and for the success of this project.  The only visiting Rotarian was Bette Lewis, our District Governor from the College Park Club.  Gigi Winters (Andy's widow), Michael Winters (Andy's brother), and Lloyd Unsell (Executive Director of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architecture) were among the visitors. In all, there were around 50 members and guests attending the function.
The Silent Auction items and their donors were:
·         A Long Weekend in the Poconos (Value $600) by Chris Good
·         Handyman Services and a Tool Box (Value $170) by Guy Semmes
·         "Couch" Handbag (Value $170) by Alicia Doherty
·         Margarita Party (Value $150)by Jeanne Richter
·         Wine and Appetizer Basket (Value $110)
·         Silver, Crystal & Semi-precious Stone Earrings (Value $$75) by Jeanne Richter
·         Cheese Factory Gift Certificate (Value $50) by Jan Brose
·         P.F.Chang's China Bistro Gift Certificate (Value $50) by Jan Brose
Don Harrison was in charge of selling 50/50 tickets, and did an excellent job of creating a large pot that was later won by Wesley Richter.  Tickets for the affair were created by Golda Jeffries.  Pictures were taken throughout the evening by Mark Dreibilbis.
A short slide presentation was shown about the water problems in Togo and depicted how our project will be beneficial to the people there.  Lloyd Unsell gave a few remarks about the scholarship that his chapter of the American Institute of Architecture is giving in Andy's memory.  It will be known as the "Andrew R. Winters Memorial Scholarship" that will provide $1,200 per year for the selected student to study architecture at the school of their choice.  He also related how outstanding Andy had been and of his exemplary service to the Institute and to the profession.
Soon after the Silent Auction closed at 9:30 the winners were announced.  The evening concluded with awarding some door prizes and the drawing of the 50/50.  It was a great evening enjoyed by everyone while raising over $4,000 for the project that Andy initiated.
 
50/50   Wesley Richter
Future Programs & Events
08/11/19   Banessa Videla - Montgomery College Scholarship Recipient
08/11/26   Alicia Doherty - Classification Talk
08/11/27   Thanksgiving
08/12/06   Holiday Party at Jan Brose's
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
November 5, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
President Elect Guy Semmes conducted today's meeting as President Anne was with a very sick parishioner.  VijayKhetarpal opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Don Harrison followed by leading the singing of "God Bless America." Morris Gevinson gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our many blessings.
Henry Tate welcomed Governor Bette Lewis making her official visit that had been scheduled earlier, but had to be postponed because of eye surgery.  She is a member of the College Park club.    AEG Barry Thompson from the North Bethesda club was in attendance.  Also welcomed was Jim Suggs from the Bangkok Thailand club (Dist. 3550).  With him was a friend that lives in the area, Rama SkeltonDamon Cordon was the guest again of Morris Gevinson.  Henry brought greetings from PDG Ludwig Feinendegen in Germany who is one of our honorary members.  He sent an email saying he hopes to see us in the spring. 
Announcements
John Sever reportedthat he attended a Polio Plus meeting last week in Evanston.  He was pleased to report that we have received $36 million from the Gates Foundation as we focus on the last four countries to eradicate Polio.  He feels sure the remaining portion of the $100 million grant commitment will be made as the time period specified is three years.
Jim Harris announcedagain there will be a work session to plant bulbs and cleanup the Nature Trail at the Potomac Valley Nursing starting at 10:00am on Saturday, November 8th.  Wear gloves and bring your favorite garden tools.   He has extra inserts for the dictionaries if any are needed.  
President Anne, having just arrived, announced there would be a second annual summit meeting on Hunger on Nov. 15th
Guy Semmes announced that Bob Wallace and President Anne have done a great job getting seven members from the Interact Club to go to United Nations Day.  Guy and his wife, Dana, will be taking them.
Jeanne Richter reminded everyone that next week, the Lobster Dinner will be in lieu of our regular luncheon meeting.  Tickets are still available.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, said there were two birthdays to celebrate this week.  Hirsh Minsky had a birthday, but is not here - probably because the Redskins lost on Monday night.  The other birthday was Jim Harris.  Happy Birthday. Jim!
Morris Gevinson was happy that 10,000 people participated in the Heart Walk last Saturday that raised OVER $1,200,000!    He was happy to have worked as an election judge yesterday as it was an exciting and historic event with over 70% of the precinct voting!    He's glad that our District Governor, Bette Lewis, and his friend, Damon, are visitors today!
Jeanne Richter was happy to have had a great trip to Savanna with her daughter.  The downside was that she didn't make it back in time to vote.
Mark Dreibilbus was ecstatic that after 2 days with only sugar and water, his orphanage in Haiti received bags of rice and beans from the Catholic Relief Fund!  Sometimes help comes from unexpected sources!
Jim Torrence said the best part of Election Day was that it was the end of all those campaign ads!
Bob Wallace was happy to be able to drive around and enjoy the beautiful foliage.
Sara Torrence had three happy bucks.  She was happy that Governor Bette was here as they have known each other for a long time.    The second buck was for the kids being so cute in their appreciation of receiving the dictionaries they distributed on Oct. 30th.    The third happy buck was that next Monday she and Jim will be leaving for a cruise from Barcelona to Miami.  It will be the anniversary of traveling with friends they met on a cruise ten years ago!
Claude Morissette also had three happy bucks.  He's happy that Governor Bette is here.    He also was an election judge for the second time yesterday. His precinct had 73% of those registered to vote.   He hurt his wrist so he has put away the golf clubs and gotten his guns out!
Vijay Khetarpal gave a happy buck for last week being the Indian Festival of Diwali (their Festival of Lights).  It signifies the beginning of their new year with a lot of partying, feasting and lights!  On behalf of his Indian heritage, he wished everyone a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.    A second happy buck was for taking his son, Vinay, to vote. Out of curiosity he asked him how he was going to vote on the education question. His son replied that was a very personal decision that he would make behind the curtain!
Barry Thompson was happy to be visiting Potomac again.  He commented that he sees Claude frequently making up at North Bethesda.    His second buck was for having survived his first week of a new position working five days a week.
Guy Semmes was happy that we have the honor of our District Governor visiting us today.    A second buck was for attending the PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) which was very inspiring.
Josh Jeffries concluded "happy bucks" by giving a buck for the large 50/50 raffle that was sold today!
Program
Guy Semmes called on Morris Gevinson to introduce today's speaker, District Governor Bette Lewis.  Morris said that any time a District Governor visits a club, it's special.  Introducing her was special to him as he has known and worked with Governor Bette for years.  Bette has a great background in the educational system serving as a public school administrator for over thirty years.  She has a B.A. and an M.A. degree in English Literature, and has completed a total of 60 post-graduate hours.  It's good to have one so smart as our district governor.  In addition to being smart, she's a very nice lady.  She likes Jaguar cars, belongs to the National Capital Jaguar Owners Club, and displays her car at events and competition. Bette is one of those very very dedicated Rotarians who really puts "Service Above Self."  She is always working hard to make this District stronger and better.  Let's welcome Governor Bette!  At that moment, President Anne presented Governor Bette a large vase with a beautiful floral arrangement.
Governor Bette said that she appreciated the introduction. Although she didn't profess to being smart, she has attended a lot of classes.  Being diminutive, she showed that she appears taller at the podium by standing on her attaché case.  She said that today, she wanted to talk about "The Power of Rotary."
We belong to one of the most powerful organizations in the world. We have strength in numbers with over 1.2 million members and growing.  We operate in over 200 countries and principalities.  We are currently organized around 532 districts with almost 33,000 clubs.  We have a network of volunteer man and woman power that enables us to accomplish more than any other volunteer organization.  We've made a difference in the lives of countless individuals, particularly children as we have almost eradicated that dreaded Polio disease.  Over the past ten years alone Rotary has affected the lives of over 20 million people.   Along with the Red Cross, we are the only NGOs that have a seat at the United Nations. There, we are on every humanitarian committee.
Every Rotary project began as the dream of some Rotarian.  Rotary was conceived by Paul Harris.  The 4-Way Test was the dream of Herbert Taylor.  "Service Above Self" was coined by Charles Keller.  So it is appropriate that this year's Rotary theme is "Make Dreams Real."  Rotary's finest hour began with a dream of a Rotarian in District 7620, John Sever, Polio Plus - the eradication of Polio in the world!.  In order to make dreams real, an individual Rotarian must have a dream supported by a passion for achieving that dream, and a club and a district to support the dream.  She gave examples of projects of several clubs in the District.
The district has approximately 2700 members.  It is her dream that our membership will be increased this year by 10% or 270 additional members.  She has budgeted $10,000 to help make this happen.
Who needs Rotary?  Where there is hunger, Rotary is needed.  Where there is illiteracy, Rotary is needed.  Where there is conflict and turmoil, Rotary is needed.  Maryland needs Rotary.  A child is born in poverty every hour.  A child dies before their first birthday every fourteen hours.  A child is abused or neglected every 31 minutes.  A child is killed by gunfire every four days.  There are millions of people that need Rotary.
Rotary is powerful because we can do so much with the networks we have already established.  Our strength lies in these connections by forming partnerships.  We can harness our collective power to make dreams real.  The District would be nothing without the individual clubs and the work the clubs do.  The clubs would be nothing without the individual commitment, the talent, the energy and resources of each of its members.  The individual Rotarian is the "Power of Rotary"
In closing her inspirational presentation, Governor Bette thanked the club for all the good it has done in the past, for all the good the club it is currently doing, and for all the good it will do in the future, because "you are Rotarians that place 'Service Above Self.'"
 
50/50   Bob Wallace
 
Future Programs & Events
08/11/12   Andy Winters Togo Water Project Fundraiser Dinner
                 Please note this is in lieu of the regular noon meeting
08/11/19   Banessa Videla - Montgomery College Scholarship Recipient
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
October 29, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Josh Jeffries opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Jan Brose followed by leading the singing of ?God Bless America.? Morris Gevinson gave an invocation with a theme about planning, and that one should ?never give up hope.?
Henry Tate welcomed Rotarian Ariel King from the Washington club.  She has the Classification of International Consultant for Health Management.  She says she has been trying to get here for the last year.  We hope she will visit more often as she lives only a few minutes from Normandie Farm.    There were no other visitors.  A special welcome was given to Terrill Meyer as she has returned from a cruise in Europe.
Announcements
Jeanne Richter announced again the Fund Raiser for the Andy Winters Togo Water Project on November 12th here at Normandie Farm at 6:30.  It will be a Lobster Dinner in lieu of our regular meeting for that week.  Please buy your tickets as she is getting concerned about the achieving the minimum number required. Tickets are $100 each with $60 going to the project.
Jim Harris announcedthere will be a work session to plant bulbs and cleanup the Nature Trail at the Potomac Valley Nursing starting at 10:00am on Saturday, November 8th.  Wear gloves and bring your favorite garden tools.  A signup sheet is being passed around. 
Jan Brose announced that making up last week at the Ocean City Club and hearing about their dictionary project, she got the idea that we should include order forms for water in the dictionaries we will pass out.  Alicia has promised to provide a thousand such forms.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, said there was a birthday to celebrate on Saturday, November 1st and that Terrill Meyer?s.  Instead of having ?Happy Birthday? sung, she requested a moment of silence.  Hersh Minsky has a birthday on Sunday, Nov. 2nd.  He said he called the Redskins office to find out why they were not playing on Sunday and they responded it was because of him.  When asked if he was following the 4-Way Test, he admitted he hadn?t made such a call, but he would celebrate his birthday next week, after the Redskins have beaten the Pittsburg Steelers.   Dick and Miriam Calhoun will celebrate a wedding anniversary this coming Saturday. 
Sergeant Josh had a trivia question derived from the current Rotarian, ?What are the six areas that Rotary is focused in??  He will accept one answer from each table.  If the table is correct, then no one pays.  If they don?t give all the correct areas, then it?s a dollar from each member.  Answer: Economic Community Development, Basic Education & Literacy, Peace, Child Health Care, Disease & Treatment, Water & Sanitation.  Claude?s table had the most correct areas, five of the six, so they were excused from paying.  The other tables had to pay a dollar for each member.
Jenny Bartholomot had a happy buck for receiving in the mail yesterday a picture of Vijay?s two boys.  It indicates that one is never too old to be loved.
Terrill Meyer gave a happy buck for having a wonderful cruise ? it was truly fabulous!
Claude Morissette gave a happy buck to tell a joke.  After robbing a bank, the robber asked a patron, ?Did you see me rob the bank??  When he answered affirmatively, the robber shot him dead.  The robber asked the same question to another patron with the same results.  The robber then asked the same question to another patron who replied, ?No, but my wife did!?  Much laughter!
Ben Hofheimer gave five happy bucks as he will be leaving for sunny California and won?t return until spring.  He wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.  He?ll be making up regularly at the La Quinta Club.
Guy Seems gave a happy buck for all this advanced computer technology.  He was scrolling down a program that was bringing up names he hadn?t thought about in years when there appeared one from President Anne telling him not to forget to bring the laptop.
Jim Torrence washappy to learn that a classmate at NC State was very much alive.  In trying to track him down, the alumni office reported that their records indicated he had passed away in 2003.  After many attempts to get more information about his death, Jim called an old number he had and his friend answered the phone.  His erroneous death was attributed to his telling some collection agency that was wrongly trying to collect a student load that he had died. 
Jeanne Richter was happy that her daughter will have her 17th birthday on Nov. 3rd, and they will be looking at colleges, which will include NC Sate.  The best news is that they finally have a ratified contract on the house they have been trying to purchase.
Chris Good said all of us should have worries like his two year old son.  Last night he was dreaming about monsters.  When asked what the monsters were doing, he replied that they took his sneakers, and did not bring them back.
Program
President Anne said that our Club Assembly will be about ?What is a Rotarian.?  Being a Rotarian is being caring, being active.  Being a Rotarian means listening actively to what is going on in our community, in our world, to find ways to be of help.  A Rotarian is a person who encourages and fosters the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.  The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. As Rotarians we work very hard to be efficient with resources, and come up with practical ways to handle problems.
?A Rotarian is a person like:
?Jeff Aronson who bring his expertise in running a small business to help with our billing!
?Jenny Bartholomot is an amazing person who we will always love for herself and all she did for Leon.  She was in charge of ?Babe the Pig? that collected our loose change every week.  Now she is sending out birthday and anniversary cards.  She?s very important to us.
?Rutland Beard who inspires us with the dignity of his patriotism shown in his actions which match his belief?He is committed to Potomac Day and the Salvation Army, ringing those bells come rain or shine.
?Janis Brose who makes it fun to be a Rotarian with her talents in entertaining and who contributes her abilities and insights serving as our Secretary.
?Alicia Doherty who uses her talents and connections for impressive presentations and brochures.  Alicia has brought the Andy Winters Togo Project to life!
?Mark Dreibilbis who leads with his heart and soul, supporting the needy, keeping them in front of us least we forget.  It isn?t easy being a prophet.
?Morris Gevinson who shows us that sharing is caring.  He arrives with a smile and gives those hugs out for free!
?Mark Gollub whose skills as an accountant keep us out of trouble.
?Christ Good who volunteers with energy and charm for Interfaith Works, the Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary.  He?s a busy man but finds time to have us over for some gourmet cooking.
?Jim Harris who quietly goes around doing good.  On his own, he goes over to the Potomac Valley Nursing Home and has a crew from his business cut down and get rid of dead trees.  It would be very difficult to put a price on all he does without anyone knowing the good he does.
?Don Harrison who ready smile and good insights inspire us.  We?re thankful for his work with the C and O Canal, where we hope to join him on a work day.
?Ben Hofheimer who sees a need and response.  He?s another one who does good quietly.  Vijay had to almost break his arm to get Ben to let him tell the club that Ben and Judy were giving extra money for Montgomery College scholarships.
?Josh Jeffries has stepped right in, serving as Sergeant at Arms, getting Golda?s designing help and then getting things like tickets printed.
?Jack Kelly whose kindness and sense of humor make everything more fun.  It?s easier to get things done if you are having a good time.
?Vijay Khetarpal who keeps pushing until we all get the job done.  He epitomizes persistence.
?Howard Lerch is another person who quietly helps all around.  He doesn?t need any attention, he just wants things to go well and he succeeds.
?Terrill Meyer?s enthusiasm is contagious.  She is a joy.  The only good thing about the crazy economy is that it?s kept Terrill and Clem here!
?Hershel Minsky who told his potential employer that he would only take the job if he could go to Rotary every week for lunch.
?Walter Money whose faith and sense of humor are irresistible.  His table is often the loudest.  They are always having a good time.
?Claude Morissette whose commitment, wit, and generosity inspire us.  In the coming weeks, Claude will be speaking about his second love: the Rotary Foundation.  Sue is his first love, of course!
?Nancy Nuell is that rare person who combines intelligence, charm, and a ready smile.  She gets so much done with a laugh and, of course, hard work.
?Bill Olson has been a great addition to our club.  He, too, has a ready smile and lots of brains.  When he was the sergeant at arms he instituted the last comic standing.  Many of us had no business standing up with a joke, but he was kind and paid out more than he should have.
?Jeanne Richter is an absolute bundle of energy and ideas.  Sometimes she moves so fast that the rest of us have to get out of the way.  Sometimes we?re not fast enough.
?Protik Sandell came to our club having been in another club.  We are so lucky he came to us.  He?s doing a great job on pr and the event we?re planning for Children?s Hospital.  Protik is a delight to work with.
?Guy Semmes is just plain fun, but he?s more than that.  Guy is a good guy.  He not only knows everyone in Potomac, everyone in Potomac respects him.  He is a great advertisement for the club because he is known as a man who puts service above self.
?John Sever continues to inspire us.  He has changed the world with his vision for the eradication of polio.  Imagine that?he changed the world.  Because of him, untold numbers of people have been saved.  Words cannot convey what he has done.  The only words available are ?thank you.?
?Henry Tate?s contributions are also too great to name.  He lives service above self.  He lives the four-way test.  He lives Potomac Rotary.  If I had to pick out one thing, I would choose the Rotary District 7620 Endowment that he established for Gallaudet.
?Sam Thomas is another new member that brings so much to our club.  He is active with several different organizations including his church.  He brings wisdom, hard work, and energy to being a Rotarian.
?Jim Torrence is everything a Rotarian should be: he?s generous, he?s discerning, he?s fun.  He asks good questions.   And according to Sara and me, he is a cutey!
?Sara Torrence was the first female president of our Club.  She brings a great combination of class and knowledge.  You can ask her anything about Rotary, and she knows.  She?s always helpful and wise.
?Jim Vagonis another newcomer who is destined to be a leader in Rotary.  He?s willing to step up and help wherever needed.  He always has a smile and a kind word.
?Bob Wallace has lived a life marked by service.  It?s amazing that Rotary didn?t find him sooner.  I don?t know how we could have existed so long without him.  He keeps his eye on local charity needs, letting us know the needs which he gathers first hand.?
It is noted that in citing how every member ?serves,? she omitted one, Anne Benefield.  Anne is a dynamic lady whose vocation and avocation are ?serving others.?  In addition to serving the many needs of her congregation at Geneva Presbyterian Church, she finds time to be a very busy president of our Club.  As if this wasn?t enough, she?s one of the counselors to our Interact Club at Wooten High School.  Anne is truly one who practices ?Service Above Self.?
We appreciate President Anne giving us this perspective, individual by individual, of the membership of our Club.
50/50   Ben Hofheimer
 
Future Programs & Events
08/11/05   Bette Lewis ? District Governor?s Official Visit
08/11/12   Andy Winters Togo Water Project Fundraiser
08/11/19   Banessa Videla ? Montgomery College Scholarship Recipient
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
October 15, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Bob Wallace opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America" Henry Tate led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.   President Anne gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our many blessings and recognizing the opportunities we have for being of service to those that are less fortunate.
The only visiting Rotarian for Henry Tate to welcome was Bob Watson from the Washington club.  Bob was a long time member of our club before transferring to Washington after he retired from Montgomery College.  He was very active being involved with GSE (Group Study Exchange) and was the Team Leader for an exchange with a district in Japan.  He also served several times as Program Chair, and was always very helpful with our scholarships at Montgomery College.  Also welcomed was Barbara Roginsky, a retired teacher, who found us on the internet and decided to check us out. Christy Sharp and Diana Beckman were also welcomed.  They are our program today and will be introduced later.
Announcements
Jeanne Richter announced there will be a Fund Raiser for the Andy Winters Togo Water Project on November 12th here at Normandie Farm.  It will be a Lobster Dinner in lieu of our regular meeting for that week.  She hopes to sell 100 tickets with each member taking two. Tickets will be $100 each.  There are flyers on each table.  Those that might be making up in the next two weeks were requested to take them along and promote the event.  She plans to visit Rockville tomorrow and promote it there.
President Anne announced that next Wednesday, being the last Wednesday of the month, is the day to bring unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit for the soup kitchen.  Let's not forget!
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Josh Jeffries, our Sergeant-at-Arms, said there was only one birthday to celebrate and that was Chris Good's on this Saturday.  Chris begged off promising a big party next year.
President Anne gave two happy bucks for something that doesn't usually happen.  School pictures have always been terrible, but this year both her children came home with excellent images!
Chris Good was happy that his flight school roommate and good friend is returning from Afghanistan and will be here next week. He's hoping he will come to our club and say a few words.  His friend is a Major in the 101st Airborne Division and is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot that Chris hasn't seen in some time.
Nancy Nuell gave two happy bucks.  The first was for her friend, Bob Watson, being a visitor today.  The second was for the event the Capital Hill club put on last weekend.  She was the only representative from Potomac, but had a great time!
Hirsh Minsky said he's embarrassed as he predicted the Redskins would go 6 & 10 for the year and they have already won five and lost only two!  He's happy to be embarrassed and gave five bucks.  He'll give ten bucks when they win ten games!
Don Harrison gave eleven happy bucks for 11 glorious days in Ireland.  It was beautiful and the weather was great.  So was the Genesis!  (How much did you enjoy?)
Jeanne Richter was happy about Potomac Day.  She entered a raffle sponsored by the Habitat for Humanity and won an outdoor sound system.  It will go into storage until such time she gets a new home when she'll enjoy using it!
Claude Morissette gave ten happy bucks.  He hasn't made many of our meetings lately because of his work, but he has made up.  Last night was a special night at the French Embassy attended by the French Ambassador.  The District Governor from Paris was there.  There was a student from Minnesota, speaking perfect French that received an award from the Paris Club.  There were other Rotary awards and recognitions.  It was a great evening that was sponsored by the DC and Paris clubs.
Sara Torrence was happy about Potomac Day and complimented Chris Good for having things so well organized.  She learned how to put temporary tattoos on kid's hands!
Jim Harris was happy to have had his son, Scott, who is in college, home for a week.  It was good to see him.
Sergeant Josh concluded happy bucks by giving ten for several reasons.  One reason was for Christy and Dianne being our guest speakers today.  One was for his wife, whom he volunteered, doing the tickets for the Lobster Dinner.  The other reason was for the International Gold Cup steeplechase that was held last week end.  It was a great event that he hopes will become an annual one.
Program
Josh Jeffries introduced today's speakers, both are very good friends of his.  The first to speak will be Diana Beckman who is the Corporate Development Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Alexandria.  She will be followed by Christy Sharp who has a long history of working for children's rights.  She is the National Accounts Business Development Manager of "Safe Assured ID."  Let's hear from Diana Beckman.
Diana began by saying that her father is a member of the Winter Park FL Rotary Club.  She gave five happy bucks as he has been in the hospital for five months recovering from severe brain injury resulting from falling off a roof.  She'll give another five bucks when he's been out of the hospital five months.
Diana showed a short video about the Center. They have been reuniting families for twenty-four years.  Their mission is to prevent child abduction, find missing children and assist victims of abduction and sexual molestation.  They work closely with law enforcement, attempting to make neighborhoods safe for children.  They started off with 5 people and are now up to 350.  As the problem continues to grow they are there to fight it.  Everyday 2,000 children are reported missing. Every year 200,000 children are taken by family members and 58,000 are the victims of non-family abduction.  Thankfully, the vast majority are recovered quickly although every year more than 100 children are the victims of the most serious abductions.  Since 1984 they have assisted in the recovery of more than 125,000 children.  When children have been missing for a long time, the Center's forensic unit uses the latest technology to create an age progression reconstruction to generate new leads.  More than 800 children have been recovered by this technology with one after 22 years.
They also work to protect children from sexual predators who are using the internet to exploit them. One out of five girls, and one out of ten boys, will be sexually victimized before they are 18 years old.  One in seven children is solicited online for sex.  Child pornography on the internet has become a multibillion dollar business.  There are over 600,000 registered sex offenders with 100,000 of them being non-compliant and no one knows where they are.  The Center is doing what it can to combat this.
Christy Sharp talked about "SafeAssured ID."  They are a corporate partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  They provide the most comprehensive and effective youth identification solution available.  They provide information to law enforcement people to help them find missing persons.  This is done for seniors as well as children.  When somebody is missing, time is essential.  According to the Department of Justice the first three hours is the most critical for finding them and bringing them home safely.  Of those children that are abducted and subsequently murdered, 76% of them die in the first three hours, 99% in the first twenty-four hours.  That's why time is so essential.  Other things to be taken into consideration are environmental such as the weather and temperature.  It's important to maintain a high quality digital image of one's family members.  You should have video and audio, fingerprints, physical data, and medical history in digital format. This is not put in a large data base, but rather securely encrypted on a mini-CD.  This can be given to law enforcement and they can distribute the information immediately.  Christy showed a short video that emphasized the importance of having the data in digital format.  If a loved one goes missing, act immediately.
We thank Diana and Christy for their presentations as they enlightened us about missing persons and exploited children. "Hand-outs" had been placed on each table.
 
50/50   Ben Hofheimer
 
Future Programs & Events
08/10/29   Club Assembly
08/11/05   Bette Lewis - District Governor's Official Visit
08/11/12   Andy Winters Togo Water Project Fundraiser
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
October 15, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
Bob Wallace opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America" Henry Tate led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.   Morris Gevinson gave an invocation about peace and tranquility.
There were four visiting Rotarians to be welcomed by Henry Tate.  Sonny Marsh from Bethesda-Chevy Chase with 57 years of perfect attendance, and working on 58!  He is a Past-president and also was the District Secretary for one year.  Morey Towson is a member of the Sarasota FL club, and an Honorary Member of the Martha Vineyard club.  Although he doesn't have perfect attendance, he is proud of the fact that he has been a Rotarian for 52 years.  Don Smith, who frequently visited us at Amada Amante, is the immediate Past-president of the Potomac-Bethesda club.  Visiting us for the first time was President-Elect Ronnie Chantker from the Tyson Corners club.  Accompanying Morey Towson was his friend Joan Benz.  She happens to be the principle of Winston Churchill High School, and knows Terrill Meyer very well.  Scott Harris, is home from school and was the guest of his father, Jim Harris.  Today's speaker is Donald Dell who was accompanied by his wife Carol.
Announcements
President Anne announced the Board will convene the regular monthly meeting tomorrow night at the Geneva Presbyterian Church starting at 5:30pm.  All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Mark Dreibilbis reported briefly about his recent trip to Haiti.  They arrived soon after the hurricane.  He saw pain and suffering like he had never seen before.  People become barbaric when they are hungry.  They fed hundreds.  Although soldiers tried to control the situation they were overrun, but fortunately no one was hurt.  He was pleased with the operation of the orphanage. He's glad to be home for a while.
Jim Pagonis reported that he had the dictionaries in his truck for distribution.  They can be unloaded after this meeting.
Protik Sandell attended the Mini-Summit meeting on Health last Saturday at BWI.  It was very interesting hearing about the work that Rotary is doing.  The most interesting and inspiring project to him was the work a doctor is doing in Nigeria correcting the deformed legs of teenagers.
Chris Good announced that seven volunteers are needed to fulfill our commitment of traffic monitors for the Potomac Day Parade.  They will meet at 9:30 in front of the Semmes building for post assignments.  The parade is scheduled to start at 10:30.  Our booth is located near Habitat for Humanities booth, and is well manned.
Jim Harris reported again that he has posted District events on our web site, and hopes to get the club's social events on soon.  Reprints of the page are on each table.  If you click on any event, it will tell you who to contact and how to register.  The website is "rotaryclubofpotomac.org."  Visit it often.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
President Anne had to leave early to conduct a funeral, and in Josh Jeffries absence, Guy Semmes acted as Sergeant-at Arms.  He knew of no birthdays or anniversaries to celebrate so opened the microphone for Happy Bucks.
Ben Hofheimer gave ten bucks as he wasn't here last week as his wife, Judy, was undergoing foot surgery.  It was successful so she's planning on kicking the Redskins this week end.  Then he proceeded to tell a joke about the economy.  Someone said, "The economy is so bad that it's worse than a divorce - he's lost half his assets, but still has his wife!"
Vijay Khetarpal also had ten happy bucks from himself and Anila.  They appreciate all the well wishes and congratulations.  They had a hectic but splendid month.  There was a lot of company from overseas for their big day on Oct. 4th.  That was followed by honeymooning on St. Thomas! 
Chris Good gave a happy buck reporting that his young son, who is learning new words, when seeing a large residence, said "look at the capitol."
Guy Semmes gave a happy buck for a successful Travilah Oak Day.  It was their seventh annual event that had about 500 visitors.  It was a community event put on by the community.  He feels the Club missed an opportunity of making our presence known by not having a table, and feels we should consider such next year.
Program
Guy Semmes, our program chair, introduced today's speaker, Donald L. Dell, who grew up in the Edgemore section of Bethesda.  He and his wife, Carol now live in Potomac.  He attended Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School.  In 1968 and 1969 he captained the United States Davis Cup teams winning the World Championship both years.  About that time tennis was turning into a professional sport.  Two outstanding players, Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith turned to him, asking that he further their opportunities in the sport's marketplace.  Over the years since this beginning he has negotiated nearly a billion dollars in sponsorships and endorsements.  Let's hear more from Donald Dell.
When Guy asked him to speak he had only one question, "Would Normandie Farm serve their famous popovers?'  When the answer was in the affirmative he readily accepted.  Donald said clubs like Rotary represent the backbone and strength of America.  For people to care enough about others to come together once a week, pledge their allegiance to our flag, and share stories is a rare tribute.  That among other things is the greatness of America.
In 1968 he was the youngest person to be selected captain of the Davis Cup team that over the next two years won 14 matches without a loss.  He retired in 1970 expecting to return to the law firm where he had been before becoming captain when Arthur Ashe asked Donald to manage his affairs in pro tennis as he wanted to turn pro.  Tennis had been an amateur sport until 1968 when Wimbledon decided to have "open" tennis by accepting amateur and professional players.  In his role as captain of the Davis Cup team he had control of the top ten players in America.  The managing partner was very excited about the prospects of sports management, but Donald decided to open his own one-man firm with Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith as his first clients.  Over the years he has had a lot of fun and success in representing a lot of tennis players, basketball players, and a few football players.
It's interesting in what has happened in the game of tennis.  It has exploded globally.  The South Americans, the Eastern Europeans and the Russians are dominating.  This is particularly true in women's tennis.  His firm represents four young women players that are in the top 15 in the world, and they are the future of the sport.  For better or worse, tennis has become a global sport based on ranking, on results, and computers.  You get your rankings every two weeks based on: how you are playing, and how the points line up.  In men's tennis there are 560 ranked players and about a thousand pros.  As a result it has become an enormous world-wide sport.
He named a number of the well-know athletes that he has represented.  Among them were Tom McMillan, and Boomer Esiason.  As an adjunct to his player representation, he has gotten involved with "naming rights."  Some of the owners have as big an ego as that of players.
Donald closed his presentation with the following quotation.
          "If I had only .
forgotten future greatness
          and looked at the green things and the buildings
          and smelled the air
          and ignored the form and the self-styled obligations
          and heard the rain on the roof
          and put my arms around my wife
          and listened to my children
          . and it's not too late
          always remember
          Whatever you can do,
          Or dream you can do,
          Begin now!"
 
50/50   Chris Good
 
Future Programs & Events
08/10/22   Christy Sharp - Missing and Exploited Children
08/10/29   Club Assembly
08/11/05   Bette Lewis - District Governor's Official Visit
 
- Henry Tate

 
In Memoriam
Sean McShefferty
October 12, 2008
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
October 8, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Bob Wallace opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America" Jeanne Richter led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.   Morris Gevinson gave an invocation with a theme about 'wisdom" urging one to lead a useful life, reflecting on the Jewish Holy Days as being special days for "Service."
Henry Tate welcomed Jim Adams, a past President of the Rockville Club, who has visited our club several times. He has just returned from an international fencing tournament in France where he scored well in his age group.  Also welcomed was Sandra Burgess representing CHI Centers Inc. that provides employment for people with disabilities.  They are located in Gaithersburg and perform tasks such as large mailings for businesses. Their specialty is mailings for golf tournaments that included the Tiger Woods Tournament last June.
Announcements
Jeanne Richter announced that we will have a fund raiser for the Andrew Winters Togo Water Project on Wednesday November 12th starting with a Happy Hour at 6:30.  It will be a lobster dinner here at Normandie Farm, and will be in lieu of our regular noon meeting.  There will be door prizes and a 50/50.  The cost will be $100 per person.  Flyers about the event were distributed.
Chris Good announced there are a number of "blank" time slots on the signup sheet that is being passed around again for Potomac Day. on Oct. 18th.  We need members to man a booth and to be traffic monitors at 15 stations during the parade.  If we don't have enough members to volunteer, he will seek assistance from the Potomac-Bethesda Club.
Jim Harris reported that he had posted District events on the web site, and that he hopes to get the club's social events on soon.  Following that he will get with Bob Wallace and get the "service" events posted.  Please visit the Club's website.
Guy Semmes encouraged members to attend the Travilah Oak Day on Saturday, Oct. 11th, from 12 - 4.  It will be the 7th annual celebration of Potomac's oldest resident - the "Travilah Oak" that is estimated to be over 300 years old.  There are many activities and displays that will interest people of all ages.  All proceeds will benefit Second Chance Wildlife Center.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
President Anne acted as Sergeant-at Arms as she had forgotten that Sergeant Josh had informed her he would not be in attendance today and thereforefined herself. There were no other fines and no birthdays to celebrate so we proceeded to Happy Bucks.
Chris Good washappy to see a good friend from high school who was in town for the Army's "Ten Miler" Race on Sunday.  His friend has participated in this event about six times, and was surprised that there were over 500 entrants that were amputees.
Bill Olson gave ten happy bucks as he and his wife spent the past weekend watching three grandsons.
Sara Torrence had three happy bucks.  The first was for attending the Andy Winter Togo Fund Raiser in Annapolis where she learned that cigar fanciers are much like wine enthusiasts.  Both talk about aroma, flavor, body and blends!  The second buck was for the Annapolis Rotaract Club putting on the event.  It was attended by a number of Potomac members.  The third buck was for those Redskins winning another game!
Nancy Nuell was happy that her nephew, a captain in the Army, is not in the war zone but is in Hawaii on three weeks R&R with his wife celebrating his 27th birthday.
Sandra Burgess gave a happy buck as one of their constituents that can't see very well is getting a seeing-eye dog this weekend.
Jim Adams was happy to have had a wonderful time at the Fencing Tournament in France although he didn't do as well as last year.  He collects T-shirts from other teams, and was quite surprised when he was presented one from an Italian opponent that he thought hated him!
Jan Brose gave five happy bucks for having attended the wedding of Vijay and Anila last Saturday.  It was a very beautiful Hindu ceremony that was very touching and memorable!
Bob Wallace gave two bucks as he is happy that Toastmasters are giving the Interact Club a free eight weeks course about speaking.
Jeanne Richter was happy to have attended the Cigar Dinner, and now has a better appreciation of cigars.  Some of them actually smell pretty good!  Then she gave twelve more bucks as her son celebrated his 12th birthday.
Jim Harris gave a happy buck for having visited his daughter at her new school in Utah last week.  It's a beautiful place in the mountains - close to all the ski resorts.  The weather was fabulous.  The Aspen trees were turning yellow.  It was just wonderful!
Program
Guy Semmes, our program chair, said that our scheduled speaker, Mr. Eric Bernard, the Rockville Fire Marshall, has not appeared nor has he sent any message that he couldn't make it.  Guy thanked Protik Sandell for setting up the projector in readiness for a slide presentation.  Guy suggested that members express their opinions and perceptions about the current financial crisis, and how they survived earlier recessions.  In the tie remaining time, several members spoke to the matter.  The consensus seemed to be that the best policy is to "ride it out."  Although one's portfolio has dropped in value, nothing has been lost until a sale has been made. 
It was very interesting to get these various viewpoints. There isn't a simple solution. Hopefully the crisis will soon be over and the economy can and will rebound.
 
50/50   No one held the winning ticket so all the money went to Charities.
Future Programs & Events
08/10/15   Donald Dell - Sports as seen from the Agent's viewpoint
08/10/16   Board Meeting 5:30 at the Geneva Presbyterian Church
08/10/22   Christy Sharp - Missing and Exploited Children
08/10/29   Club Assembly
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
October 1, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Dick Calhoun opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America" Josh Jeffries led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.   President Anne gave an invocation reflecting on the Jewish Holy Days as being special days for "Service."
There were no visiting Rotarians today.  Henry Tate welcomed two former "First Ladies" of the Club:  Linda Lerch and Miriam Calhoun.  Also welcomed was the Reverend Ann Laprade who is today's guest speaker.
Announcements
Chris Good announced that a signup sheet is being passed around for Potomac Day.  We will need members to man a booth and to be traffic monitors at 15 stations during the parade.  If we don't have enough monitors he will seek assistance from the Potomac-Bethesda Club.  Bob Wallace commented that members from Interact will be glad to help.
Sergeant-at-Arms & Happy Bucks
Sergeant Josh fined himself for not wearing his pin.  Today is Ben Hofheimer's birthday, but he declined having "Happy Birthday" sung.  Sergeant Josh reportedthat Vijay Khetarpal will have a birthday on Saturday, but as he is not here, we will defer any action until he returns.
President Anne gave nine happy bucks as nine years ago today she began her pastorate at Geneva.
Terrill Meyer gave a happy buck as she will be cruising from Venice to Athens, visiting many wonderful places, and will not be here for a while.  They paid for the trip last year otherwise they might not be going.
Henry Tate gave five bucks as last Thursday upon arrival in the St. Louis area he was immediately given a Bloody Mary, and from then on it was party, party!  The occasion was his sister's granddaughter's wedding.  The bride and groom did not leave on their honeymoon to Hawaii until Tuesday, so it was continuous partying!  Great fun!
Ben Hofheimer gave fifty bucks as he was happy it's his birthday, although he admits to being older than fifty!
Sara Torrence was happy to have been interviewed for an article about business etiquette to appear in the February issue of the Rotarian.
Guy Semmes gave two "information" bucks to report that he had a walk with John Ferguson yesterday The sciatic nerve in his back continues to give him problems.  He appreciates the expressions of concern he has received from Rotary.
Josh Jeffries gave two bucks as he had a good trip to California.  He made-up at a breakfast club and was glad to be seated with two Rotarians from his home town of Canton, Ohio.  (It's a small world!)
Sergeant Josh concluded by asking "What was Rotary's first Community Service project?  Ans. A "comfort station" in City Hall in 1907.
Program
John Sever introduced today's speaker, Ann Laprade, who is the pastor of the Potomac United Methodist Church.  She is a native Marylander having been born and raised in Linthicum Heights in Anne Arundel County.  Her educational background include: B.A., University of Maryland; M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola; D.Min., World Religions/Christianity from Wesley Theological Seminary; M.T.S., Harvard University in Sanskrit and World Religions.  Today she's going to tell us about some of the historical facts about the Potomac church where she has been pastor since 2006.
The ground upon which the Potomac United Methodist Church is built was considered holy ground before the settlers came.  The area was first inhabited by the Canaya tribe.  It has been claimed by a number of different religious groups.  A Reverend Hugh Conn is the first recorded preacher in the Potomac area.  In 1716 he helped construct the Cabin John Meeting House built of logs near this location.  In those days a house of worship not affiliated with an established church was known as a "meeting house," and was also the center of social activity.  The meeting house took its name from the nearby Cabin John Creek.  Since the area was heavily Scots-Irish, Presbyterianism was their religious preference.  The Church grew in the second half of the 1700s. Reverend James Hunt was the next minister to serve the church.  He and his wife were very influential and started the first free school in the area in his residence.  Both are buried in the church cemetery in the earliest marked graves.  .As tobacco farming wore out the land people moved away and the meeting house was abandoned in the early 1800s.
About 1850 economic conditions were improving and a Methodist congregation was formed.  Oratio Clagett donated the same grounds to a group of Methodist farmers and they built the Potomac Chapel.  The Methodist congregations grew and in 1969 a new sanctuary was constructed.  Continued growth called for the building of the new Parish Center that was dedicated in 2004.
Tradition and change have continued through history to coexist at this place known as Potomac.  Even as the buildings continued to be built and razed to meet the need of current populations, the depth of history can be seen and felt in the beautifully detailed and conserved cemetery whose headstones date back to the 1790s.  The earliest ones belong to Rev. and Mrs. Hunt dated 1793.  The cemetery was designated as a registered historic site by the Montgomery County Historic Committee in 1976.  The stories of people's faithful response continue through the church community known as the Potomac United Methodist Church.
We appreciate Ann enlightening us with this review of the history of the church that is just "down the road a piece."
 
50/50   Protik Sandell  
 
Future Programs & Events
08/10/08   Eric Bernard - Rockville Fire Marshall
08/10/15   Donald Dell - Sports as seen from the Agent's viewpoint
08/10/22   Christy Sharp - Missing and Exploited Children
08/10/29   Club Assembly
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
September 17, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Following the singing of "God Bless America" Vijay Khetarpal led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.   Morris Gevinson gave an invocation about being "grateful and thankful" - always be thankful for what you have.
Henry Tate welcomed Don Heath from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Club.   Over the years Don has visited us many times.  In fact, one year he visited us more times than any other visiting Rotarian so we awarded him a "Potomac Coffee Mug" for having been our most frequent visitor.  Roy Green was visiting from the Gaithersburg Club.  Vijay Khetarpal had as his guest, Ahja Chung who lives in the area. Liz Harrison wasDon's guest as she came to hear him give his Classification Talk. 
Announcements
President Anne asked for a volunteer(s) to chaperone the Interact Club to Rotary Day at the UN in November.  It is a great experience as well as a lot of fun.  A husband and wife team would be an excellent solution.    Next week is the last Wednesday of the month when we have committed to contributing to the Food Kitchen.  Please be as generous as you can as the Kitchen is in dire need of food.  Bring unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit.    The Board of Directors will convene their regular monthly meeting tomorrow night, Sept. 18th at the Geneva Presbyterian Church starting at 5:30pm.  All members are welcomed!
Alicia Doherty announced that she is working with the Annapolis Rotaract Club on the Togo (Andy Winters) Water Project.  They are sponsoring a Cigar and Cocktail Dinner on Oct 1st from 6:00 - 9:30.  Tickets are $100 each with at least $75 going towards the project.  She expects Pete Keller to be here next week to talk more about it.
Jeanne Richter announced that she has forms for ordering cases of the water for the Togo Water Project.  She and/or Alicia will be glad to make delivery.
Jim Harris announced again the "pool party" hosted by Jan Brose on Sept. 20th, weather permitting.  He requested a show of hands of those that expect to attend.  Suggestions for future activities can still be submitted to the Fellowship Committee.
Jim Pagonis passed around a signup sheet for members to select the school(s) they would like to help in distributing dictionaries to third graders.
Nancy Nuell sadly reported that Rueben Gist, who was our guest speaker on Sept. 3rd, died suddenly from a massive heart attack. He was a strong advocate working on Hunger and will be greatly missed.  The Capital Area Food Bank has started a memorial fund, suggesting that one forego lunch one day and contributes that amount in his memory.  
Happy Bucks
John Sever gave a happy buck as his ten year old granddaughter is quite excited about being selected to be in the Christmas Carol pageant at the Ford Theater this year.
Chris Good commented that for many years 9/11 was a bad day for him as he was in New York when it happened, but now his memories are more about how "people came together" than about the tragic events.  Good things do happen on that date.  He gave a happy buck as his son was born on Sept. 11th two years ago!
Jeanne Richter announced that anyone planning to sell their house in the next few months she might be able to save them the real estate commission as she is in the market for a new home.
Special Presentation
President Anne called Jim Pagonis to the podium.  Saying that he has been a wonderful addition to the Club, she presented him with his "Blue Badge."  She complimented him for getting involved in the Club's activities.
Program
President Anne introduced today's speaker, Don Harrison, a member of only a few months, to talk about the C&O Canal, and to give his Classification Talk.
Don commented that he was glad of this opportunity to give his Classification Talk.  He is a local boy that grew up in Chevy Chase.  They were neighbors of Jack Kelly who was a very good friend of his brother.  There was some applause when he said he graduated from B-CC High School in 1955.  Since joining Rotary he learned that he was a year behind Althea Wallace.  After High School he went to Clark University where he was on the "many year" plan.  Those were the days of the draft so he went into the Army for three years.  While in the Army, he married Liz whom he had met at Clark.  Getting out of the Army in 1965 he went to work for the Defense Intelligence Agency and then the Air Force.  He found working with computers to be very interesting and took a course to be a programmer. In 1969 he went to work for Control Data Corporation in what was called "Time Sharing."  After about seven years in that business he was lured away by a good friend to work building computer systems for the government.  He became a Software Project Manager.  By the end of his career he got into Project Quality Assurance making sure the software worked.
His work took him for six weeks to Saudi Arabia where he had some interesting experiences. He attended a wedding, "if you want to call it that."  It was in a very nice hotel with the men in one room and the women in another.  The groom was in with the women.  It was really a men's social hour.  Being left-handed he had to be careful as taking something from a Saudi with your left hand is an insult.  He was invited to a Saudi's home for dinner, but he never saw the wife or the children.
When he retired in 2002 he gave himself a retirement present of a two week safari with an old college friend to Tanzania.  It was far more than he expected - a wonderful trip!  There was no contact with the outside world.  When they were airborne for the return trip he learned about the sniper shooting that was taking place and wondered what he was coming home to.
Don has two sons, a daughter and one grandson.  The oldest son teaches in a very progressive school in Seattle whose students included Bill Gate's children.  His other son and daughter live in the area.  Don is a regular churchgoer, attending St. Francis in Potomac along with the Beards, the Calhouns, and the Semmes.  Although Dick Calhoun tried to get him to join Rotary when he retired but he didn't make that commitment until he was encouraged by Guy Semmes.  Most of his time now is devoted to being President of the Friends of the Great Falls Tavern working with the National Park Service in the preserving the C&O Canal.  Their biggest project started in 2004 raising money for a canal boat, $550,000, that was presented to the Park Service in September 2006.  He showed a picture of the boat which is even equipped with an access lift for the handicapped.  For his efforts he received the National Parks Award for the Individual Volunteer of the Year.  As Vice Chairman of the C&O Trust he's involved with the restoration of the canal with the goal of getting it operational again.
In closing he said that he didn't think he had ever been as warmly welcomed as he was when he joined Rotary.  He was skeptical at first about joining, but now is sorry that he didn't do it earlier.  He appreciates the welcome that he and his wife have received. 
We are also glad that Don made the decision to become a Rotarian, and appreciate hearing his Classification Talk.
 
50/50   Jenny Bartholomot
 
Future Programs & Events
08/09/24    American Heart Association Update
08/09/27    Rotary Foundation Seminar
08/10/01    Ann Laprade - History of the Potomac Methodist Church
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
 
 
 
 
 
Please make note of the new address for Hersh Minsky:
3114 Gracefield Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
301-755-5247
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
September 10, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Henry Tate led the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing "Family" - appreciation for our heritage and requesting help in keeping those family bonds strong.
Henry Tate welcomed Gov. Rob Brown who was filling in for Gov. Bette Lewis as she couldn't make her scheduled appearance due to eye surgery.  Gov. Rob was our District Governor 1999-2000 and is a Past President of the Towsontowne Club.  A Rotarian with the unique distinction of having been president of two different clubs was Jim Freeman.  Jim is now a member of the Washington Club after being a member of the Frederick Club.  Another Past-President was Pete Nunn from the Washington Club who accompanied by his wife. Ruth.  From the Calcutta SE India Club were the parents of member Protik Sandell, Pronob and Dola Sandell.  Dola is currently president of their Inner Wheel.  Beverly Hall was guest of the Club as she is the recipient of our Citizen of the Year Award.  .    
Citizen of the Year Award
Guy Semmes described the workings of the committee in selecting a Citizen of the Year.  They decided to present two awards: one that demonstrated efforts locally (Montgomery County) and one involving activities on a much larger and broader scale.  Unfortunately today's recipient, Betty Hall, could not be present when the local award was recently presented to Alison Malmon .  In presenting the Award to Betty, President Anne commented that Betty is truly an "unsung hero" - she steps in without any fanfare and gets the job done.  She has been a volunteer for the Red Cross for over twenty years.  Now she resides at Asbury where she helps to take care of people and things.  "She's always working to make things better!"  Betty said it was an honor to receive the Award, and that she has enjoyed every volunteer job that she has undertaken.  (Pete and Ruth Nunn, being friends of Betty, were here today for the presentation.)
Announcements
Jim Harris announced the Fellowship Committee will be meeting after we adjourn here to plan future events.  One thing that is coming up soon is a "pool party" hosted by Jan Brose on Sept. 20th, weather permitting.  There will be a "Sign-up" sheet next week.
Happy Bucks
Jim Harris gave ten happy bucks as he and Katie had a nice vacation with his brother and his sister.  They travelled in the Canadian Rockies, Northwest Montana, and the Glacier National Park.  It was a wonderful experience! 
Claude Morissette had three happy bucks as he has just returned from a trip to Canada.  It was short and sweet, but it was great!  It was his granddaughter's first trip.  She's only ten months old.  There is a $150 pool on when she learns to walk.  His father, a Rotarian for 48 years, sends his greetings.  His third buck was for learning that his older daughter will present them with a second grandchild next March!
Hersh Minsky said he appreciated everyone's concern about his recent absences, but they were in the process of moving from their home of 46 years to Riderwood.  A second buck was for his studied opinion that the Redskins will be 6 and10 this year.  (Vijay chimed in saying that his prediction is 8 and 8!)
Sara Torrence gave three happy bucks.  The first was for Betty.  She knows Betty from church, but did not realize she had done so many things.  The second one was for learning that Pete Nunn (another church member), is a past-president of the Washington Club.  The third one was for her friend, Rob Brown, being a visitor today.
President Anne gave a happy buck as Olya's pink computer has arrived.
Guy Semmes had four happy bucks.  He was glad that Protik Sandell had agreed to take charge of our media equipment for which he has had difficulties.    Potomac Day will be Oct. 18th.  He expects that in addition to our traffic monitoring, we will have a booth and a tent.    Oct 11th will be Travilah Oak Day for which he hopes to have a table.
Morris Gevinson gave a Happy Buck for Gov. Rob Brown visiting us today.
Henry Tate was happy for the many memories this date brings to mind, and gave twenty bucks.  If Kay were alive, today would have been their 59th anniversary!
Program
Morris Gevinson introduced today's speaker, Past District Governor Rob Brown.  He isfilling in for Gov. Bette Lewis as she could not be here because of having eye surgery.Rob joined Rotary in 1989 and served as president in 1994-95.  Morris said one of the best decisions he has been involved with, was being on the committee that selected him to be District Governor for 1999-2000.  Since his year as Governor, he has served as Regional Coordinator for the Foundation, and has spoken to our Club several times.  He has served in many capacities, in and out of Rotary.  He's a special guy!  Let's welcome Gov. Rob!
Gov. Rob said it was indeed a pleasure to be here today, that he stands in awe of people like Bette because they are the volunteers that make the world go 'round.  As today in the eve of the anniversary of 9-11 he thought he would talk a little bit about the principles of Rotary.  They go back 98 years when the constitution was formulated that still exists today.  Briefly, those principles are: (1) Friendship and Fellowship, (2) Ethics, (3) Service, and (4) Peace.
A world half starving can never be a world of peace. A world of poverty can never be a world of peace.  So what is Rotary doing about it?  In 1996 Rotary created a network of universities on five continents to study peace and conflict resolution.  Their goal is an endowment of $95 million by 2012 with $42 million already committed.  The first class was completed in 2002.  They now have 330 "Peace Fellows" that have completed their training. There are no limits on the number of applicants a District can submit, at no cost to the District.  They are looking for applicants with 3 to 5 years field experience.  Gov. Rob showed a short video giving the reactions of a number of Fellows.  There is also a short term program in Thailand in conjunction with this initiative.
In closing, Gov. Rob reported that there are only 53 Polio cases in India.  When Polio is finally eradicated, Rotary will have raised about $850 million.  The Canadian government recently contributed $30 million to it.  We will get the job done!
We thank Gov. Rob for his interesting and informative report.
 
50/50   Bill Olson
 
Future Programs & Events
08/09/13    Membership Seminar
08/09/17    To Be Announced
08/09/24    To Be Announced
08/09/27    Rotary Foundation Seminar
08/10/01    Ann Lapgrade - History of the Potomac Methodist Church
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
September 3, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
To open the meeting Bob Wallace led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,  Josh Jeffries followed by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation emphasizing "Appreciation" - appreciate the thing we have! "Don't Give Up" - always do your very best.
There were no visiting Rotarians today.  Henry Tate welcomed three visitors: Kathy Stevens, a friend and associate at Montgomery College of Nancy Nuell,  Bill Welborn, a friend and guest of Chris Good, and Ruben Gist, our guest speaker who will be introduced later.
Announcements
President Anne announced there will be Membership Seminar on September 13th from 8 -12 at the BWI Ramada Inn.    There will be a Foundation Seminar at the University of Maryland  4-H Center on September 27th from 8:30 to 1:30.    Rotary Day at the United Nations will be on November 8th She hopes we can take some of the interact members. It is a wonderful experience to chaperone these young people to the UN.    The District is looking for a team leader to accompany the GSE team to Greece for the period of April 22nd through May 20th.2009.  That is a great opportunity  to see Greece while doing Rotary work.    She will send out emails on each of these.
Kathy Stevens spoke a few words of appreciation on behalf of Montgomery College for the Scholarships we have given some of their students.
Happy Bucks
Jack Kelly gave a happy buck as two weeks ago he remembered Sandy's (his wife's) birthday.
Jim Torrence had two bucks - one happy one sad.  The happy buck for having found a  notebook that was prepared for someone that didn't join the club, and it contained the list of Rotary banners, about 600, that Henry had prepared in the 80's and was lost in disposing of an old computer.  Pres. Anne will have it scanned so it can be returned to spread sheet format and future use.  The sad buck was for discovering that our flag stand for displaying flags of the world is missing twenty-six!  He will try to obtain replacements.
President Anne was happy to report that she and Morris visited Rut Beard.  He is doing well, and appreciates the expressions of sympathy that he has received from club members.  It may be a while before he feels like returning to Rotary.
Nancy Nuell had three happy bucks.  The first was to welcome Kathy Stevens to our meeting, and complimented her on fending off Morris' advances.  The second was for Ruben Gist being our speaker today.  As one of the speakers in the Hunger Mini-Summit he was highly rated so she knows that his presentation today will be very interesting.  The third was for having forgotten how badly Michigan was beaten until someone reminded her of the tragedy.
Bill Olson gave twenty happy bucks for having a wonderful time at the beach for the past five or six weeks.
Claude Morissette had ten happy bucks.  He has been traveling a lot, but has make-ups for the meetings he missed.  He probably will be missing several more as he will bevery busy at work trying to catch up.  Also, he will be returning to Canada again for his in-laws 60th wedding anniversary celebration.   Then he put in plugs for the District Conference andthe International Convention in Birmingham England.  For the District Conference plans are underway for a golf tournament in Bermuda, and a "Putt-Putt" contest on board the ship.
Guy Semmes gave an information buck that John Ferguson, who resigned from the Club so that he could take care of his wife, has hurt his sciatic nerve, adding to his problems.  Please keep both of them in your thoughts and prayers.
Sergeant Josh was happy to report that he and his wife had an enjoyable trip taking his mother back to Ohio.  On the way back they stopped in Pittsburg to see his old school and some friends.  It was a great trip!
Program
Guy Seems introduced today's speaker, Reuben Gist, the Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach for the Capital Area Food Bank. He has over 35 years management experience in working in government and non-profit settings.  He graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a B. A. degree in Political Science.  Today he is going to the University of Maryland with a degree in Communications and Psychology.  Today he will tell us about "Hunger."  Let's welcome Rueben Gist.
The Capital Area Food bank was founded in 1980, growing out of an Interfaith Conference of about 35 organizations..  Today, they represent about 700 organizations and distribute 20 million pounds of food annually to approximately 400,000 people in the Capital Area which includes Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.  One out of four people that come to their shelters for emergency food supplies own a home and make $50,000 to $80,000 a year.  It's hard to believe that such exists in one of the richest areas in the world.  He dramatically explained how those people have to make a "horrible" choice between housing, transportation, health, clothing and food with food coming out last.  We don't understand why kids are "fat."  They are obese because they eat convenience food because it is convenient and cheap.
Reuben told of people augmenting their diet by using cat food to make meat loaf and chili.  They called it "Purina Gourmet Beef."  Reading the label of a can of cat food, he found it to be more nutritious and less expensive than a can of tuna fish.
Hunger is an extended time period when you don't have food.  Hunger persists because we don't do the right thing.  We are conditioned to think of hunger as starvation, but they are not synonymous.
 Rotary's contributions to the Food Bank are greatly appreciated.  Rotary has the ability to "reach out to others and alert them to the realities of what hunger and poverty are."
 
50/50   Don Harrison
 
Future Programs & Events
 
08/09/10    Bette Lewis - District Governor's Official Visit
08/09/17    To Be Announced
08/09/24    To Be Announced
08/10/01    Ann Lapgrade - History of the Potomac Methodist Church
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
August 27, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Josh Jeffries opened the meeting by leading Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed immediately by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation having the theme, "Listen to Your Heart."
Henry Tate welcomed Sheri Polak, a Past President and a Past AG from the Woodland Hills CA Club who was visiting us again.  Steve Naron from the Potomac-Bethesda Club was also welcomed.  He is the District's coordinator on Interact.  Morris Gevinson had two guests, Damon Cordon who participates with Morris in a health program at Suburban Hospital, and Janet Gevinson, his sister-in-law who is visiting from California.  Josh Jeffries' mother, Lucy, was his guest again today. Chris Good had Ali Shahoseini as his guest today.  There was no guest speaker as a Classification Talk by a member was scheduled.
Sheri Polak remarked that her club had an art auction in conjunction with a Wine and Cheese Party.  An artist was so impressed by Polio Plus at the International Convention that she donated some of her paintings that netted $3,000.  Her husband then matched that amount.
Steve Naron commented that his job is to get counselors for incoming Ambassadorial Scholars.  The bad news is that for a number of reasons we will have only three - two that are in their second year and will receive only one new one.  (Usually our district has ten or more.)  Rotary is starting a program to improve their public speaking.  He's here today to find out more about what Interact is doing with Toastmasters.
Special Presentation
President Anne called Josh Jeffries to the podium. She presented Josh with his Blue Name badge, complimenting him on completing the necessary requirements in such a short period of time.  She was glad that his mother was present to witness the presentation.
Happy Bucks
Mark Gollub was happy that today he has been a "citizen" of Maryland for 35 years.
Morris Gevinson was happy that his sister-in-law is his guest today, and because she thinks he's a pretty good guy!  He's also happy that Damon is also his guest.
Jenny Bartholomot was happy that another woman was at her table today, and had a joke to tell.  A man was telling a friend that his wife screams at him when he comes home from a party when he's been so careful not to make any noise - taking off his boots and tiptoeing in.  His friend told him that he had it all wrong.  He should slam the door, stomp up the stairs, kiss the wife on the check, and she will pretend to be asleep.
Chris Good had a couple of happy bucks.  As he was coming in from the parking lot he offered to bring in Sheri's cereal, giving the impression that they were his contribution.  Following the 4-Way Test, he has to confess it was not his.  He is happy that Ali is his guest today.
Vijay Khetarpal had three happy bucks.  The first was for his son having his 18th birthday.  The second for having no problems to occur at the party he gave for his son.  The third was for his son going off to college at the University of Maryland.
Nancy Nuell was happy that rather than taking a vacation; she took a couple of days off to "hang around" with her daughter and going to three museums - the Archives of History, Holocaust and the Newseum.  It was fabulous! She's happy for such a wonderful area to live in that we don't properly appreciate.
President Anne was happy to report that her daughter, Olya, wanted to buy from her savings a laptop so that she could take the CALS (Computer Assisted Learning Solutions) on her own computer.  Olya's question was "Do they come in pink?" Well, they do.
Henry Tate gave a happy buck to give an adjunct to Jenny's joke.  A man came home late from a party to find his wife in bed and snoring.  He dropped an aspirin in her open mouth, waking her up.  "What's going on?" she exclaimed.  When he told what he had done she said, "Why? I don't have a head ache." He replied, "That what I hoped you would say."
Josh closed happy bucks by giving a dollar for receiving his Blue Badge.
Program
Guy Semmes said the dilemma all Program Chairs hope won't happen, has happened.  Our scheduled speaker can't make the meeting.  Alicia Doherty was to have given her classification talk, but something came up at work at the last minute that prevented her from coming.  She suggested that Guy get some of the older members to talk about Rotary.  Following her suggestion, Guy called upon Morris Gevinson to speak.
Morris said that one of the greatest things that has happened to him, was joining Rotary in 1971.  Nothing else has given him more satisfaction.  He talked about his experiences of raising money for Polio Plus and how rewarding it was working with John Sever.  Morris feels that because of Rotary he became a better husband, a better father, a better person.  He talked about a number of other programs we have undertaken - Christmas in April. Ringing the Bells for the Salvation Army. our tutoring, the Interact program, the Ambassadorial Scholarships, and others.  Rotary is a great organization that keeps growing that he is glad to be a part of.
Bob Wallace told about his joining Rotary.  Although he didn't know anything about Rotary, he accepted an invitation to have lunch.  He was warmly greeted and was glad to learn there was so much diversity in programs helping others.  He talked about some of the programs in which Rotary is involved.  He was quite impressed how the Club responded to the request for packing computers to go to another country.  He's very happy to be a part of this organization.  Not just for the fellowship at lunch, but for doing things that help others.
Henry Tate reviewed how a contribution of $250 from our Club, and a challenge to the District became a scholarship program for hearing impaired students at Gallaudet University.  From that initial $250 the endowment has grown to almost $400,000, and about 200 scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000 have been awarded.  He concluded his remarks by demonstrating Rotary's motto, "Service above Self," in sign language.
Although very impromptu, it was a very interesting program.  We'll look forward to hearing Alicia's Classification Talk at a later date.
 
50/50   Henry Tate!
 
Future Programs & Events
08/09/03    Hunger and Poverty - Reuben Gist, Capital Area Food Bank
08/09/10    Bette Lewis - District Governor's Official Visit
08/09/17    To Be Announced
08/09/24    To Be Announced          
08/10/01     Dr. Ann Laprade - History of Potomac
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
August 20, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
To open the meeting Mark Gollub led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,  Walt Money followed by leading the singing of ?America the Beautiful.?  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation having the theme, ?Don?t Give Up? ? always do your very best.
Henry Tate welcomed Henry and Sandra Solter, husbandand wife Rotarians, from the club of Pretoria South Africa (District 9250).  They exchanged banners with President Anne.  Sheri Polak, a Past President and a Past AG from the Woodland Hills CA Club, was visiting us again.  Having family in the area she has visited us a number of times, and feels as though it is her ?second club.?  She invited those of us attending the International Convention to attend a special meeting of her club at the LA Athletic Club which Anne and Vijay accepted.  Our speaker, Bob Martin is also a Rotarian, a member of the Rockville Club who will be introduced later.  Morris Gevinson had as his guest his son-in-law, Floyd Brenner, who has been Morris? guest numerous times.  Josh Jeffries? mother, Lucy, was his guest today.
Announcements
President Anne announced again that the August Board meeting will convene tomorrow night, Thursday August 21st at 5:30pm at the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  All members are invited.
Bob Wallace reminded that next Wednesday, being the last Wednesday of the month, is the day to bring canned fruit and/or unsweetened cereal for the Soup Kitchen.  Let?s do better than we did last month when contributions were very light.  Please give generously!
Happy Bucks
Floyd Brenner gave twenty bucks because his father-in-law, Morris Gevinson, has a birthday to celebrate.  As Morris has such a special way with women, he requested that all the women present sing ?Happy Birthday? to him.  Then he decided to add Morris? accountant, Mark Gollub, to the group.  What a chorus group they made singing the birthday song without any rehearsal.
Terrill Meyer gave five happy bucks as her sister had positive results from serious surgery.
Guy Semmes gave some happy bucks but the editor could not discriminate what it was for from some extraneous noise picked up by the tape recorder.
President Anne gave twenty happy bucks as her hubby, John, was celebrating another birthday.
Josh Jeffries concluded happy bucks by giving twenty for his mother having visited them, and being his guest today.
Program
Guy Seems introduced today?s speaker, Bob Martin, the Executive Director of the non-profit Tree-Land Foundation.  He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Communications and Psychology.  Today he will talk about a successful international project called ?Global re-Vision? that he has been working on for over seven years.
Bob began by saying that the biggest problems facing humankind are fueled by poverty, ignorance, illiteracy, and lack of education.  All these problems have a common underlying cause that is overlooked ? ?Refractive Error.?  What is ?Refractive Error??  It is vision impairment correctable with eyeglasses.  Over three billion people in the world are visually impaired of which 95% have Refractive Error? and only need eyeglasses.  Over two billion of these cannot afford eyeglasses.  The ?Global re-Vision Network? has established permanent, charitable vision clinics to help those just needing eyeglasses. They do this by recycling prescription eyeglasses using a specially developed computer program to diagnose and quickly and accurately correct ?Refractive Error.? 
They had the grand opening on February 1, 2007 of a clinic in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The network provided the clinic an initial inventory of 80,000 used eyeglasses.  Today this clinic provides free eyeglasses to about 2000 people a month.  They also screen for cataracts and provided cataract surgery to 26 people in 2007, at government expense.  More are planned for this year.  The clinic is being expanded in size to handle more patients.  They hope to open 10 -20 more similar clinics.
The ?Global re-Vision Network? has three basic needs: 1. Eyeglasses, 2. Money, and 3. ?Your Help.?   Bob feels that Rotary?s Dictionary Project is an ideal way to solicit student participation. It is suggested that one week before Halloween that each student distributes ten neighborhood letters explaining why they are ?Trick or Treating? for used eyeglasses plus a dollar wrapped around each pair.  The students then collect the ?SPOOKtacles + Bucks? on Halloween.  Rotarians return to the school to pick up what the students have collected.
Unfortunately the video of the clinic?s operation would not perform so Bob relied on his PowerPoint presentation to give us the details of ?Global re-Vision Network? efforts.  Frank Devlyn, Past President of Rotary International, is greatly interested in this project.  He was so impressed by Bob?s efforts that he personally sponsored him into Rotary.  We too applaud Bob and his efforts, and wish him continued success.
 
50/50   Don Harrison (Given to Charities)
 
Usually after the drawing of the 50/50 the president rings the bell signaling the end of the meeting, but today President Anne announced there was something else coming before we could adjourn, and. while waiting, we could sing ?Happy Birthday? again to Morris.  During the singing a lighted birthday cake was placed in front of Morris.  After he made the customary birthday wish and blew out the candles, everyone had a piece of cake before leaving to end the meeting. Congratulations .Morris, on passing the 80th marker along life?s highway!
 
Future Programs & Events
08/08/27    Alicia Doherty ? Classification Talk
08/09/03    Hunger and Poverty ? Reuben Gist, Capital Area Food Bank
08/09/10    Bette Lewis ? District Governor?s Official Visit
 
Significant Dates
08/08/29    Ed Jurgau ? Birthday
08/09/10    Sandy Kelly ? Birthday
08/09/16    Joan Minsky ? Birthday
08/09/20    Bob and Althea Wallace ? Wedding Anniversary
08/09/23    Claude and Suzanne Morissette ? Wedding Anniversary
08/09/25    Jim Torrence ? Birthday
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
August 13, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
To open the meeting, Hersh Minsky led the singing of "God Bless America." Following thePledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Morris Gevinson gave an invocation having the theme, "Gifts of the Heart."
Henry Tate welcomed "Jay" Jayaraman, a visiting Rotarian from Madras South, India (District 3230) club.  Jay visited us three weeks ago with several other visitors.  He was president of his club in 1977-78, and has 44 years of perfect attendance  As we were chartered the same year his club was (1960), he extended an invitation to attend their celebration next year  He would like to establish a "sister club" relationship with us.  President Anne exchanged club banners with him.  A special welcome was given to Jim and Sara Torrence as they have returned from their cruise to see the eclipse from near the North Pole.  Also welcomed was Elana Lippa, an associate of Nancy Nuell was her guest today.  Mathew Logan, our guest speaker to be introduced later, was the only other guest.
Announcements
President Anne announced again that the August Board meeting will convene on August 21st at 5:30pm at the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  All members are invited.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Josh Jeffries, heir apparentSergeant-at-Arms, asked if there were any birthdays or anniversaries to celebrate.   Howard Lerch confessed to having a birthday, but said he was planning to take care of it in Happy Bucks.  "Happy Birthday" was sung to him anyway!  There were no questions or fines today.
Happy Bucks
Jim Torrence was happy to report that on August 1st they were near the North Pole, and gave their exact longitude and latitude position.  They saw the blackest sky imaginable.  He showed a picture of what an eclipse looks like on a cloudy sky.  Although they didn't actually see the eclipse, they're glad they went - it was a great cruise!
Howard Lerch gave twenty bucks for everyone wishing him a happy birthday, and for whatever fines he might incur.
Jim Harris gave twenty bucks as he has missed a few meetings traveling to northern Idaho to bring his daughter home for a couple of weeks.  They have visited friends and some colleges.  He's happy that she is doing well.
Don Harrison gave five happy bucks as he celebrated his birthday last Monday.  It was a quiet day!
Nancy Nuell had three bucks!  She's happy that her associate from the college is her guest today, although she thought it necessary to warn her about Morris' advances.  The second and third were intertwined. The first part for a new family member - of the four legged kind.  He is a mixture, mostly a black lab that looks like a Chan Connery type of the dog world.  Wanting to get a tartan collar for him she found one in a catalog costing $85.  Seeking approval from John, her Scottish friend and significant other, he responded that no true Scotsman would pay that much for a dog collar so she settled on a lesser one for only eighteen dollars
Sara Torrence had two happy bucks. People from the Chesapeake VA planetarium that were on the ship reported it was the darkest day on record!  The second buck was for receiving a beautiful certificate for a makeup while on the cruise.
Jenny Bartholomot told a story about a man that keep looking at his watch while seeing his doctor.  When asked why, he replied to see his wife in a nursing home with Alzheimer's.  "Does she know you?"  "No, but I know her. The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have." Jenny said, "You people are like that, and you've done it to my life! Thank you."
President Anne gave seventeen happy bucks.  Her children were counting the money they had saved.  Johnny was going to buy a computer with his.  Olya didn't know what to do with 17 ones so Anne said she would take them to Rotary.  That's how her bucks came about - after giving Olya a twenty dollar bill.
Jim Torrence had another happy buck.  Before leaving the ship they signed up for another cruise next year to see an eclipse from Iwo Jima.  They will incorporate it with a trip to Paris for Bastille Day and a cruise on the Seine River which will make a trip around the world.  Someone quipped, "You don't travel enough!"
Program
Don Harrison introduced today's speaker, Matthew Logan, the founding president of the C&O Canal Trust and the immediate past-president of Potomac Conservancy, a regional conservation organization.  During his tenure at the Conservancy (1998 - 2006) there was tremendous growth in organizational resources, capacity, and effectiveness.  Matthew serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  He holds Master's degree in environment/land use planning and United States history.  He lives in Takoma Park with his wife and their two children.
Matthew began by asking if anyone knew the length of the canal.  There were numerous guesses between 40 and 190 miles with 180 being the closest to the actual mileage of 184.5.  Then he asked how many historic structures are in the park.  There are 1,358 historic structures which is 5% of all the historic structures in all the National Park System of over 400 units. Here it is in our back yard, and it's not fully appreciated.  Yet over three million visitors visit some part of its over 20,000 acres every year.  It was established as a National Park in 1971.  The Park should have about 300 employees, but there are only 85 doing the best they can.
The Canal provides a remarkable glimpse into the history of America's canal and industrial eras.  The original plan was to connect the Potomac River with the Ohio River is western Pennsylvania, but because of many problems and the advent of the railroads, the canal was completed only as far as Cumberland, MD.
Seven Locks Road got its name because it took you to the canal area where there are seven locks in a span of a mile. In Washington County there is an area called "Four Locks" because there are four locks in about a quarter of a mile.  The lock house there is a prime candidate for restoration.  . 
The Trust was founded February 1, 2007 to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal National Park. The Trust seeks to ensure that the Canal's natural, historical and recreational potential is fully realized.
We thank Matthew for his excellent and informative presentation with the hope that the Trust is successful in enhancing this national treasure.
 
50/50   Henry Tate
 
Future Programs & Events
08/08/20    "Global re-Vision" - Bob Martin, Executive Director of Tree-Land Foundation
08/08/21    Board Meeting at 5:30 at Geneva Presbyterian Church
08/08/27    Alicia Dorherty - Classification Talk
08/09/03    Hunger and Poverty - Reuben Gist, Capital Area Food Bank
08/09/10    Bette Lewis - District Governor's Official Visit
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
August 6, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
President Anne wasback from her church retreat and conducted today's meeting.  Nancy Nuell began things by leading the singing of "America, the Beautiful."   Hersh Minsky followed by leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation reflecting that we should be more appreciative of life.
Henry Tate welcomed Olya Benefield, President Anne's daughter and guest. There were no visiting Rotarians today.  The only other guest was our speaker, Esther Kravitz, who will be introduced later.
Announcements
President Anne announced the August Board meeting will convene on August 21st at 5:30pm at the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  All members are invited.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Josh Jeffries was actingSergeant-at-Arms again today and immediately called for any jokes to continue the practice of the "last comic standing" routine started by Bill Olson.  President Anne said she had a true story that she wouldn't tell in Church.  In a group session last week they were telling about bad hotel experiences.  A young boy that was very shy said that he had had one.  They were staying in a hotel with such thin walls that you could hear what was going on next door.  It was very obvious what the couple in the adjourning room were doing, and suddenly their actions caused the bed to break through the wall!  There was considerable laughter so Josh thought it met the criteria for a payoff.     His trivia questions about Rotary were taken from the ABC's of Rotary so everybody should know the answers.  A dollar was expected for each unknown or wrong answer.
1.  Who is attributed to have started opening the meeting with son?  (Harry Ruggles, the fifth person to become a Rotarian.)
2.  The practice of having a distinctive color jacket each year for the District Governors was started in 1984-85.  What was the color for the first year?  (Yellow Gold)
3.  August is ___?___ month?  (Membership)
Happy Bucks
Mark Dreibilbus was happy to report that a woman the Club had helped financially is on the road to recovery.  $  He was also happy to report that Ed Kriener, a Rotarian from Baltimore, is going with him in September to Haiti, and made an appeal for money to help out in their efforts.
Ben Hofheimer gave five bucks saying he knows he worth more than that, but he's glad to see Morris back after his surgery.,
Jan Brose gave five happy bucks as she had a wonderful time last week at the beach.  She made up at the Ocean City Club and exchanged banners with them.
President Anne promised to give several bucks.  She had a very rewarding experience last week working with 335 kids doing community service in Zanesville, Ohio.  "Young people do make a difference!"  There's a statistic that says if a young person does community service by age 14 they will be life-long volunteers.  She encourages participating in such projects because it's so inspiring.
Program
President Anne introduced today's speaker, Esther Kravitz.  She is the Executive Director of the Montgomery County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Mental illness is a very complicated issue.  It is easy to think that it is someone else's problem.  Very few people get the support they need.  Esther is here to give us some highlights and statistics so that we can be better informed.  Let's welcome Esther Kravitz.
Esther began by saying the Montgomery County Chapter with over 800 members is the largest affiliate in Maryland of NAMI.   There are over 220,000 members nationally.
Mental illness is a biological brain disorder.  She wants everyone to remember that even if they remember nothing else.  One out of four families has a relative, an aunt or a cousin, with mental illness.  There are a lot of reasons why we do not hear about it.  Many parents have blamed themselves for having children with mental illness, but it is not their fault.  There is no single cause, but is believed to be the result of some genetic function.
There are many different categories of mental disorder. Schizophrenia is one of the categories that most people think about. One out of 100 people, usually in the age of 18 - 25, have it.  It is one of the top ten disabilities and is well known.  Bipolar disorder is also referred to as manic depression.  It has a component of mood swings.  In Anxiety Disorder the anxiety or fear becomes unusually intense over a period of time.  Borderline personality is characterized by pervasive instability in moods.
Esther briefly outlined a number of programs involving support groups that are offered by NAMI.  Many people have a reluctance to disclose their illness and keep it a secret.  They should not feel this way as help is available.  She had a handout about their chapter and a copy of their July/ August newsletter.
We thank Esther for her informative presentation as it was a very good follow-up to the presentation of Alison Malmon about Active Minds, Inc., and their efforts to increase awareness of mental illness on college campuses.
 
 
50/50   Protik Sandell
 
 
Future Programs & Events
08/08/13    Matthew Logan, President C&O Canal Trust
08/08/21    Board Meeting at 5:30 at Geneva Presbyterian Church
08/08/27    Alicia Doherty  - Classification Talk
08/09/10    Bette Lewis  - District Governor's Official Visit
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
July 30, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
President Elect Guy Semmes conducted the meeting today as President Anne was away on a church retreat.  Past President Dick Calhoun opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  John Sever ledPledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Mark Dreibilbus gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for His guidance and praying for the speedy recovery of Morris Gevinson from surgery.
There were neither visiting Rotarians nor guests to be welcomed today.
Announcements
Guy Semmes reported that $16,000 was given to Habitat for Humanity as the result of the Big Train baseball game.  He appreciated the Club's support and contribution and the attendance of many members at the event.    As he is the Program Chair for the coming year, Guy passed around a "suggestions sheet" for speakers and topics.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Josh Jeffries was actingSergeant-at-Arms today.  Although it was his first time, he was warmly welcomed by loud boos.  He didn't know anything about birthdays, but did go to Rotary's web site and came up with some questions. 
What year was Rotoract started? (1957)
Where was the first Rotoract club?  (Charlotte NC)
What was the first monetary goal of Polio Plus?  ($120 million)
What country in Africa received another grant to combat Polio?  (Nigeria)
Happy Bucks
Jack Kelly gave five happy bucks as he was happy to be back from vacation and to have met one of our new members, Don Harrison.  Don is the brother of one of his childhood friends.
Vijay Khetarpal gave two happy bucks as last week's Gazette had a nice article about Potomac Rotary. Also, in the same publication, there was a picture of Ike Leggett recognizing Ed Jurgrau for giving over $70,000 in shoes over several years.
Mark Dreibilbus is happy that his work in Haiti is progressing.  Painting has been finished in a building they acquired.  They have over 200 attending services, and have had a number of conversions.
Claude Morissette gave four happy bucks.  He has just returned from "up north," having spent time in Maine and St. Georges, Quebec (his home town).  The weather was great, in the low 80's with low humidity.  He helped celebrate his father's 84th birthday.  Played golf six times with his scores increasing each time ranging from 82 to 98!
Guy Semmes was happy that his daughter has safely returned home from a trip taken alone.  He's also happy that he will be vacationing the next two weeks although he will miss us.
Don Harrison gave five happy bucks as he had a wonderful trip to Seattle seeing his new grandson.  He's found that his joining Rotary has been like "old home week."  Not only has he renewed acquaintance with Jack Kelly, but has found out that Katie Harris' father is an old friend, and that Althea Wallace was in BCC High School when he was.
Jenny Bartholomot gave a happy dollar as Dick Calhoun had a birthday and  thought we should sing to him.  The singing was led by Nancy Nuell.
Josh Jeffries concluded happy bucks by giving two.  One was for having been Sergeant-at-Arms today.  The other was for receiving a call from his wife that their dog has recovered from their trip.
Program
President Elect Guy Semmes introduced today's speaker, Protik Sandell, to give his Classification Talk.  He will tell us more about himself.
Protik began by thanking Vijay for introducing him to the Potomac Rotary.  He had earlier joined the Reston club in Virginia, but after a year his circumstances changed making it difficult to make their meetings.  Vijay encouraged him to transfer to Potomac where he has found "many nice people." Rotary has always been a factor in his life.  His father has been a Rotarian for over thirty years, and his mother is a member of their auxiliary for spouses.  His father would bring home a "piggy bank" and have him and his brother contribute although at the time his only income came from his parents.
In India to get into a good college one must pass an entrance exam which he did and received an Engineering degree in '95 and an MBA in 2001.  He got a job with the largest company in IT, over a million employees, that required him to make trips to this country.  On one of those trips Capital One offered him a job, and subsequently one to his wife whose background was also in IT.  At Capital One he was designing large data bases. After a time he was employed by Anderson working with the New York Stock Exchange.  He was able to reduce the time required for some operations from five days to only three.  Then he began to be involved with Health Care technology as he felt that IT in that field offered good opportunities. Presently he is employed at Z-Tech managing their Chronic Care Improvement Program for Medicare.  This provides data on chronic diseases that is helpful with Medicare's preventive programs.
Protik met his wife, Kamalika, sixteen years ago, and they were married two years later.  They live in Vienna, VA with their ten year old daughter.
Classification Talks are always very interesting.  We thank Protik for sharing his with us, and look forward to his participation in the Club's activities.
 
50/50   Vijay Khetarpal
 
Future Programs & Events
08/08/06    Esther Kaleko-Kravitz, Executive Director NAMI  - Mental Illness
08/08/13    Matthew Logan, President C&O Canal Trust
 
 
- Henry Tate
 
 
The following parody on "Take me out to the ball Game"" was arranged by someone at Hopkins and Porter, and sung at the Big Train baseball game.
 
"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd,
Buy me some peanut and crackerjacks,
We're all here 'cause we love HABITAT!
So it's root, root, root for volunteers,
'Cause it's one, two, three nails we're done,
At Bethesda Big Train game!"
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
July 23, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
On a delightful summer's day we were glad to have more visitors than usual.  In a slight reversal in procedure, Vijay Khetarpal opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Bob Wallace then led in the singing of God Bless America.  Mark Dreibilbus gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for His guidance and blessings in this troubled world.
Henry Tate welcomed four guests from India.  PDG Pratap Goguldas from the Coimbatore Metro Club (District 3200) who has been a Rotarian for 41 years during which time he helped charter several new clubs.  He was accompanied by his wife, Roopa, a Rotary Ann.  "Jay" Jayaraman is from the Madras South Club (District 3230), and has 44 years of perfect attendance.  He was club president in1977-78.   Veenai Sivakumar is from the Chennai K. K. Nagar Club (District 3230).  Each Rotarian spoke briefly about their clubs and their activities.  Josh Jeffries had two guests, Nancy and Morgan DeSalvo, an aunt and her daughter who were visiting from Ohio.  Nancy Nuell had as her guest, Carrie Hurd, an associate at Montgomery College.  Dana Semmes, who was the spark plug of the Big Train picnic, was the guest of her hubby, Guy.  Wayne Marsden, a former member of our club and representing Mercy Clinic, was a guest of the Club.  Our guest speaker, Alison Malmon, was accompanied by an associate, Heather Smith.
Presentation
President Anne called Wayne Marsden to the podium.  He is the Chairman of Mercy Health Clinic which is one of the charities that we support.  She presented him a check for $1,000 to help in their continuing efforts.  Wayne remarked that they are a "free not for profit" clinic.  They have a very small paid staff but about 150 volunteers including 54 doctors.  In addition to their service being free, 90% of their pharmaceuticals are free.  The support of the Club is greatly appreciated. He specifically commended three members for their "Service Above Self" help: Bill Olson, Jan Brose and Bob Wallace. More information can be found about the Clinic by visiting their web site: www.mercyhealthclinic.org. 
Sergeant-at-Arms
Guy Semmes was acting Sergeant-at-Arms today.  He was very lenient; saying that in light of the time, there would be neither fines nor questions and immediately called for Happy Bucks.
Happy Bucks
Nancy Nuell gave five happy dollars.  She's happy that Carrie is her guest today.  It's always delightful seeing Wayne Marsden.  The rest was for her dog that they had to euphonize.  They had gotten her when she was a puppy, and became a "member of the family."
President Anne gave several bucks as she is happy that we are giving the "Citizen of the Year" award.  Young people are idealistic, and it is unfortunate that they are frequently talked out of following through with their ideas.  She's happy that Alison is here to talk about what she has done.
Sam Thomas gave five bucks as he is happy that we have guests from India today.  Their comments were very inspiring.
Bob Wallace gave three bucks.  He's happy that his wife and daughter are elsewhere in this restaurant celebrating the daughter's birthday. He reminded everyone that next week is the day to bring unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit for the Soup Kitchen.  They are in dire need of food so please be generous.
Josh Jeffries had three happy bucks.  Two were for his guests as they were able to stop over on their return to Ohio.  The third was for a friend, his wife's maid of honor, has been accepted at John Hopkins.
Jeanne Richter was happy that her house is sold.  It took only 26 days.  Now she has got to find one to move to.  She's also happy that they found a delightful spa last weekend that's only two hours away, the Bedford Springs Resort.
Mark Gollub was happy that after 26 year the murder of a friend, Chandra Levy, has finally been solved by using DNA evidence.  The murderer died about a year ago in a North Carolina jail where he was imprisoned for another murder.
Vijay Khetarpal was happy to report that the books for his year have been closed, thanks to Mark Gollub, with a "balanced budget."  
Award Presentation and Program
Guy Semmes announced that today's program was about the Citizen of the Year Award.  The committee consists of three members.  Besides himself, the other committee members were PDG Morris Gevinson and Jim Vagonis.    Jim spoke briefly about the process of their selection.  They reviewed the criteria of past selections and decided the nominee must be from Montgomery County.  Quite a number of nominations were received.  They finally decided to give two awards - one for their efforts locally and one for their efforts on a more global basis.  He feels that the work of the awardees definitely characterizes Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."   
President Anne commented that the person that will receive the local award is not here today, but she wanted to tell something about her.  She will be here in August to receive her plaque.  Her name is Betty Halls who is a member of the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  President Anne has known her for nine years.  The amazing thing about Betty Halls is that she just steps in to help without any fanfare.  She now lives at Asbury where she is known for her kindness and checking on people. She always does the job that no one else wants to do.  She has worked at the Clothing Center of Community Ministries for many years.  She can definitely be described as an"Unsung Hero.""
President Anne asked that Alison Malmon, the recipient of our national award, to come to the podium...Guy Semmes presented Alison the Citizen of the Year Award for her meritorious Service Above Self  "in recognition of outstanding service in the national area" signed by District Governor Rich Carson.  Guy said that we were lucky to have Alison as our speaker today as she will tell us about her activities.
Alison was born and raised in the Potomac area although she now lives in DC.  She graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1999.  She is the founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., the only national organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness on college campuses.  She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in psychology and sociology in 2003.  While a junior at Penn she started Active Minds, Inc., a non-profit organization, which has grown to over 100 chapters on college campuses.  Their goal is to promote awareness of mental health problems and the available resources for seeking help. For her efforts she was named 2007 Washingtonian of the Year by the Washingtonian magazine. In her spare time, she teaches flying trapeze in Baltimore.
Alison related why she started Active Minds, Inc.  Her brother, with whom she had a strong bond, tragically took his own life.  He was an outstanding student and athlete, but unfortunately developed severe depression when he was a freshman.  He heard voices and was psychotic. He did not tell his family about his problem.  In his senior year he withdrew from Columbia.  Apparently believing that he could not get help, he committed suicide.  Alison said that about eleven hundred students commit suicide every year.  It is the second leading cause of death among college students. Active Minds' goal is to make college students aware of mental illness, and that help is available, by having a chapter on every campus.  We commend Alison for her efforts and wish her well.
50/50   Henry Tate
Future Programs & Events
08/07/30    Protik Sandell  -  Classification Talk
08/08/06    Esther Kaleko-Kravitz, Executive Director NAMI  - Mental Illness
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
July 16, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Walt Money opened the meeting by leading the singing of "America, the Beautiful."  Hersh Minsky led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President Anne gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our many blessings.
Henry Tate welcomed only one visitor, Randolph Lupiabao, who was the guest of Walt Money.  Randy, as he is known, was an Ambassadorial Scholar from the Philippines in 1976-77 attending Georgetown University.  Walt was assigned to be his local counselor, and has remained in touch with him since.  Randy is now a Jesuit Priest, visiting the area, while on a sabbatical.
Announcements
President Anne announced again that the July Board meeting will convene at the Geneva Presbyterian Church tomorrow evening, July17th, at 5:30pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.    She has Rotary pins so that members that may have lost theirs can purchase one from her.   She commented that it would be nice for members to let Rut Beard know that he is missed as he is having a rough time following the loss of his beloved wife.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Bob Wallace, asserting the power and authority of the Sergeant-at-Arms, fined everyone that was not wearing a Rotary pin, because this protocol had not been monitored for several months.  Then following the procedure originated by Sgt. Olson, called for jokes.  President Anne immediately came forward, saying hers was a true story.  It seems that President Roosevelt thought receiving lines were a waste of time - which no one paid any attention to his comments.  To prove his point, in a receiving line he told each one, "I killed my grandmother."  The responses were "That's great," "Wonderful," "How charming," and other such mundane remarks.  Finally, an Ambassador paused, and after a moment of thought said, "I'm sure she deserved it!"   There was considerable laughter so President Anne received a buck.
Then Acting Sergeant Bob departed from traditional procedures and had the 50/50 drawing.  Apparently this was a concession he made to get Claude Morissette, who would be leaving early, to buy tickets.  Jenny Bartholomot had the winning ticket.  Saying it was the first time that she had ever won anything, donated her winnings to Charities.  (Sorry, Claude.)
Happy Bucks
Walt Money gave two happy 5's.  The first was for Randy being his guest today and for their friendship that began in '76 when he was assigned as Randy' counselor.  He thinks the Scholarship program is great, and urges the new members to take advantage on any opportunity to be a counselor.  The second five was that on July 2nd he had the second anniversary of his 35th birthday.  "Happy Birthday" was then sung to him.
Claude Morissette gave severalhappy bucks.  He had a great time at the Convention, and enjoyed serving as Sergeant-at-Arms.  $  Someone at the House of Friendship was giving out pins that said "End Polio Now."  He asked, and got, enough for our Club.  (Before returning to his seat, he passed them out to the members present.)  $  Records have been corrected, and we are now officially a "100% Paul Harris Sustaining Membership" Club for last year.  He will match again the Club's contributions if it is "100%" this year, and suggests that members make their contributions early in the year so that any errors can be corrected without so much hassle.  $  He has hotel reservations for next convention in Birmingham England..
Mark Dreibilbus was happy about receiving $4,500 for his orphanage in Haiti.  $  Last week he had his 52nd birthday that he celebrated at Rehoboth.  He related a very interesting experience of saving a young deer from drowning.  (He did not want "Happy Birthday" sung.)
Don Harrison gave $10 as he was happy about going to Seattle next week with his wife to visit their son and see their first grandson.
Sara Torrence gave three happy bucks.  She's glad that a former Ambassadorial Scholar is visiting us.  She can attest to what Walt said about the joys of being a counselor as she and Jim have had similar experience with several Scholars.  $  Next Tuesday she and Jim will be taking a cruise to see a solar eclipse of the sun on August 1st that will take them within 500 miles of the North Pole.  $  The third buck is that they are happy to give President Anne a check for $1,000 again for this year's Dictionary Project.
Randy, an Ambassadorial Scholar alumnus, was thankful for the scholarship that was made available by Rotary Foundation.  He was greatly inspired by Rotarians, and now is devoting his life to service as a Jesuit Priest.
Program
Today had been designated as Club Assembly for President Anne to report on the International Convention.  At first she thought it would be easy, but as she was trying to prepare a report found that it wasn't easy for two reasons.  First, there is just too much to try to tell in a few minutes.  Second, it is very difficult to put profound things into words.  She will try to put some of those profound things into words with the hope that we will all be more inspired.
The first thing is that to be in a room with about 15,000 people that believe in "Service Above Self" is an amazing experience.  It is unique. She doesn't believe there is another group of people anywhere in the world that have so completely given themselves to service, and who are willing to come together at considerable expense to be inspired to make our clubs grow in service - that we can "make a difference."  In Rotary we are given the tools, the inspiration, and the help we need to "make a difference.  That is the mega message of the International Convention."
There is lot we can do.  We can change the world.  We do it together because we have a unified belief in "Service Above Self."  Polio Plus, our signature project, is an example of what we can do.  We are blessed to be Rotarians
With the encouragement and commitment of Claude Morissette we have supported the RI Foundation.  It is one of the most effective and efficient ways to change the world for the better.
During this year she hopes that we will have more "hands on" volunteering with the charities that we support. She wants the Club to consider a Blood Drive and a tutoring program.  At the convention she learned of a program called CALS (Computer Assisted Learning Solution) that might be undertaken.  Kindness to others, particularly on a "one on one" basis, is something each of us should do.  You may be the only Rotarian that comes in contact with the person you are kind to.
Sara Torrence briefly commented on the four conventions they have attended, saying that the one she attended as President-Elect really gave her inspiration and enthusiasm for her year.
Mark Dreibilbus commented that he liked hearing President Anne's approach for the coming year, and is glad that he was convinced by several members to continue in Rotary
We are glad that the International Convention was such an inspiration to President Anne, and appreciate her insights and her vision for the coming year.
 
50/50   Jenny Bartholomot   (given to Charities)
 
Future Programs & Events
08/07/23    Alison Malmon - Citizen of the Year
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
July 9, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
President Anne, whowas vacationing last week, energetically officiated at today's meeting.  Howard Lerch opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  John Sever led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Bob Wallace gave an invocation that he learned from his grandfather.
There were no visiting Rotarians, but Henry Tate welcomed two visitors.  Former first lady, Linda Lerch was the guest of her hubby, Howard.  Jeff Young had seen something about Rotary, and wanted to check us out.  There was no guest speaker as one of our own is giving a Classification Talk.
Announcements
President Anne announced the July Board meeting will convene at the Geneva Presbyterian Church Thursday of next week, July17th, at 5:30pm.   She requested that everyone use one of the 3x5 cards to indicate the charities they would like for us to support this year.  Names of the contact persons would be helpful.
Vijay Khetarpal reported that Gov. Rich Carson had given him two plaques at Charter Night - one for him as president of the Club and the other for the Club.  They were in recognition of outstanding service during Gov. Rich's year.  The one for the Club was passed around for everyone to see.
John Sever reported that the $1,000 check for Children's Hospital came at a very opportune time.  It was used to provide services to parents that are here because their child is undergoing treatment.  No funds had been set aside for this purpose so it was very helpful and greatly appreciated.  He suggested that the Club might want to visit again the satellite facility in Gaithersburg.
Guy Semmes announced that he was passing around a clipboard for suggested speakers and topics for future meetings.    He also voiced appreciation for those that attended last week's Big Train event which was a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.  He would appreciate payment from those that haven't paid!
Sergeant-at-Arms
Hersh Minsky was again acting Sergeant-at-Arms.  He had only one question to ask:  "What happens on July 17th."  There were numerous responses - "Board Meeting," but that was not the answer he wanted.  That morning at 9:00am the Redskins start Spring Training!  (Wow!  One would have thought it would be something of more significance than that, but might have suspected the answer would have something to do about his beloved football team!)  Then in keeping with last year's routine, he called for jokes.  Jenny Bartholomot had a "blond" joke.  A blond could not get to sleep one night because the neighbor's dog kept barking.  She got up and told her husband that she would fix that!  Sometime later she came back to bed, but the barking hadn't stopped.  The husband asked, "That dog hasn't stopped barking!  What did you do?  The blond replied,  "Í put him in our yard so the neighbors will know what it's like!"  There was nothing but groans!  Hersh did get a round of applause when he announced there would be no fines.
Happy Bucks
Jenny Bartholomot gave five bucks - one for the bad "blond" joke and four as today would have been Leon's 78th birthday.  It was because of him that she became a part of this wonderful Rotary family.
President Anne gave a happy buck as she is honored to have become president of the Club.
Jan Brose gave a buck as she is happy that Anne is our president, and looks forward to working with her as Club Secretary.    Morris called her this morning and asked her to give a happy buck for him, which he promised to repay!  He's still weak from the surgery, but feels that he's on the mend.  He's very appreciative of all the cards, phone calls, and prayers - they were a big help!    She further added that since the birth of Stefanie Taylor, she and Sunny have talked about a union with her grandson, Jackson.  They met at the Big Train picnic.  It was love at first sight, so the engagement is now official.
Guy Semmes had two happy bucks.  One was for Jeff Young visiting us today.  The second one was for the support of the Club for Habitat for Humanity.
Jim Vagonis gave three happy bucks.  One as his company got a contract to service a housing project. The second for his Fire Department getting some good press by being on the front cover of the Potomac Almanac.  The third, for being able to spend some vacation time with his family last week.
Nancy Nuell was happy to have seen a film about John Adams on HBO.  She's really appreciative of what those men endured in creating this wonderful free country of ours.
Program
President Anne introduced today's speaker, Josh Jeffries, to give his Classification Talk which allow us to know more about him.
Josh grew up in Ohio where he learned family values.  He looked at numerous colleges, primarily in large metropolitan areas.  He selected Washington & Jefferson College, located near Pittsburg, as they gave him a $20,000 soccer scholarship.  Deciding to go into the Human Resources (HR) field, he went with a company that agreed to give him a partnership if he made their business grow.  About six years later he was offered a partnership, but turned it down as he decided to start his own business.  A family friend was impressed by his plans and goals so gave him a loan that enabled him to start his own business this past January.   He works primarily with non-profits and government-contractors, helping them strategize for future growth and/or reorganization.  In addition, he helps his clients recruit HR executives.  He remained on good terms with his former employer, and they are now one of his clients.  Hopefully his business will grow requiring the addition of one or two additional employees every year.  Ultimately he would like to be a speaker and an author.
Josh met his wife through a friend who was showing her pictures. When she saw a picture of Josh, she said that she would like to meet him.  They immediately liked each other and were married about a year ago.
He thanked Vijay for introducing him to Rotary and looks forward to increased participation.  He has already "made-up" at Club No. One (Chicago) where Rotary was founded.  He was quite impressed, but believes that he prefers a much smaller club.
We thank Josh for telling us about himself and his business, and wish him continued success.
 
50/50   Bill Olson
Future Programs & Events
08/07/16    Club Assembly
08/07/16    Ed Underriner's Retirement Party at Brookville Farm in Olney
08/07/17    5:30pm - Geneva Presbyterian Church
08/07/23    Alison Malmon - Citizen of the Year
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
July 2, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
President Elect Guy Semmes conducted the first meeting of the new Rotary year as President Anne is taking a much need vacation from her pastoral duties.   Mark Gollub opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Jim Torrence led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Guy Semmes gave the invocation.
There were no Rotarians visiting from other clubs.  Henry Tate welcomed three visitors.  Jenny Bartholomot had her son, Claude, as her guest.  Jim Harris had as his guest, Mike Voyatzis.  Claude and Mike have both visited the club before.  Our speaker for today, Ben Shand, was the only other guest.

Announcements
Guy Semmes reminded everyone that the Big Train baseball game that was rained out is tomorrow night starting with a picnic.  This is our fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.  Everyone is urged to attend.
Vijay Khetarpal reported that he and President Anne attended a meeting of the Woodland Hills CA club while in Los Angeles for the International Convention.  Sherrie Polak, a past-president of the club, has visits our club whenever she comes to the Washington area, invited all our members to that meeting.  It was in celebration of their 75th anniversary, and was a great evening.  . While at the Convention, Vijay meet a physician from India who gave him his club's banner that Vijay presented to Guy Semmes for the Club.  Vijay was quite impressed by what they are doing in the "Health Care" area.    Vijay commented that he was very appreciative of the support given to him during his year as president.  As a token of his appreciation he had a little gift for all the members of the Club that was given to those attending Charter Night.  Those that didn't attend Charter Night, please see him as he wants every member to get the gift.
Mark Gollub announced that he had electronically sent out invoices, but unfortunately there was a glitch in the procedure.  Although he sent the invoices a second time there may be some that didn't receive anything.  Please see him if you did not receive them.
Special Presentation
Nancy Nuell was called to the podium by Vijay Khetarpal.  After giving the criteria required to receive the Bullis Award, he presented her with the Bullis Award for the past Rotary year as she was not at Charter Night to receive it!  Nancy remarked that she felt much honored to receive this award.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Hersh Minsky, acting Sergeant-at-Arms, asked that those that believe we had a great year under Vijay's leadership contribute one or two dollars for our charities.  Then he read a snippet written by an unknown author about the "Golden Rules for Living."  Some of the rules follow.  "If you open it, close it."  "If you turn it on, turn it off."  If you borrow it, return it."  If it's none of your business, don't ask questions."  Then he called for "Happy bucks."
Happy Bucks
Mark Dreibilbus had two happy bucks.  The first was for having received a contribution that enabled them to pay for their orphanage.  The second one was for the speedy recovery of Morris Gevinson and offered a prayer for him.
Bill Olson gave five happy bucks as his oldest grandson will celebrate his 7th birthday on the Fourth of July.
Jim Torrence gave ten happy bucks as the life of Andy Winters was recognized at Charter Night and that his wife, Gigi, was there.
Ben Hofheimer gave $20 for his Judy's (his wife) birthday as she won't admit to more.  He gave another $10 for Morris' anticipated surgery and speedy recovery.
Nancy Nuell gave $20 as she feels truly honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Bullis Award.
Sara Torrence gave five happy bucks for a wonderful Charter Night.


Program
Guy Semmes introduced today's speaker, Ben Shand.  Ben grew up in Potomac and went to the University of South Carolina.  There he obtained a degree in Biology.  Then he went to Cambridge as an Ambassadorial Scholar. At Cambridge he obtained a Masters in Biological Scientific Enterprise.  His father, who has been one of our previous speakers, is Rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church.  Let's welcome Ben Shand.
Ben said that he is grateful to Rotary for having given him the opportunity to study at Cambridge.  District 7770 that has a good track record of getting Ambassadorial Scholarships for students from the University of South Carolina was his sponsoring district.  In addition to the scholarship, Rotary also supported him in the Mongolian (auto) Rally.  In total, his time abroad was just shy by two weeks of being a year.  He hopes to combine Biology and business as his life's work.
Most of Ben's presentation that he augmented with slides was about the Mongolian Rally.  This was a rally for charity with their objective being to improve a well in Mongolia.  There were about 200 entries.  The engine size could be no larger than one liter.  The vehicle they selected was a 1987 model.  The engine kept overheating and for a while they kept adding coolant until it was determined the head gasket had ruptured.  In spite of visa problems and their ailing vehicle, they were one of about 120 completing the rally.  There was not a specific route with most entrants selecting a southern route.  His team selected a route that took them through the Scandinavian countries. They found the condition of roads in Russia terrible, and that the Russians drink a lot of vodka.  At the end of their journey they helped improve the well in Mongolia.  Their vehicle was auctioned off and they returned to England by train. 
We thank Ben for relating his experiences as an Ambassadorial Scholar to us, and wish him well in meeting his personal goals.
 
50/50   Jan Brose

Future Programs & Events
08/07/09    Josh Jeffries Classification Talk
08/07/16    Club Assembly
08/07/16    Ed Underriner's Retirement Party at Brookville Farm in Olney
 
- Henry Tate

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
June 18, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Past-President Jim Harris conducted today's meeting as President Vijay and Anne Benefield were attending the International Conference in Los Angeles, and Guy Semmes was away on business.  Attendance was unusually light as there were no visiting Rotarians nor visitors and only nineteen members present.   Mark Dreibilbus opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Bob Bourbon led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Walt Money gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our many blessings.
Announcements
There will no meeting next Wednesday at Normandie Farm as Charter Night on June 29th will be our meeting for that week.  No invitations have been mailed, but it has been put on our web site where one can register for the event.  Jim Harris will make sure that Normandie Farm knows that we will not be here.
The Big Train baseball game that was rained out has been rescheduled for July 3rd starting with a picnic at 6:00pm.  This is our fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.  Everyone is urged to attend.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sgt. Bill received a round of applause when he said there would be no questions, and then called for jokes to his "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Ben Hofheimer told the story about kids selling kittens that were first designated as "Democrat kittens" before being advertised as "Republican kittens."  When asked "How could that be?"  The reply was, "They have opened their eyes!" (Some applause)
Hersh Minsky told about a man going into a barbershop and asking how long it would be before he could get a haircut.  Being told it would be about two hours, he leaves.  After this happened several times, the barber asked a friend to follow him, "He comes in here, asks how long a wait, then leaves but never comes back.  Find out where he goes." The friend reports back, "He went to your house."  (Much applause!)
In a similar vein, Bob Bourbon told of two friends meeting.  One says to the other, "I'm curious.  Every time I see you, you're eating an apple.  Why?" The other replied, "I'm running around with a doctor's wife."  (Some applause, but many groans!)
Sgt. Bill told about a funeral in which the coffin bumped the wall.  Hearing noises from the inside coffin, they opened it, and much to their surprise, found the man alive.  Years later there were services again for the man, and the wife instructed the undertaker to be very careful, and not to bump into anything!  (Considerable applause!)
Happy Bucks
Chris Good gave a buck as they will celebrate their daughter's fourth birthday with a party on Saturday that will include ten other children her age!  Fun, fun, fun!
Ben Hofheimer gave $50 as he was happy about numerous things.  They recently went to New York to celebrate their wedding anniversary - saw four great shows!  He's happy that Tiger won!  He was life-guard for 18 kids, ages 4-5, for his granddaughter's birthday party.  His son will be arriving tomorrow with two other granddaughters.
Jim Torrence had a happy buck for returning home from a hectic trip to England, Scotland and Whales.  During the trip he finally tasted haggis, and found there was nothing wrong with it.  It's the stuff that it is made from that bothers him!
Walt Money had a happy-sad buck.  He was happy to have known Lucille Beard as she was a classy lady, but very sad that she passed away.
Morris Gevinson echoed the sentiments given by Walt for having known Lucille.  He was happy to announce that another great grandson was born last week - Landon Scott Brenner.  He appreciates the celebration party for him that Jan Brose hosted.
Bob Wallace was happy that after six weeks, they were able to get his wife's car back that had been involved in an accident. He gave a second buck as his grandson is getting married this Saturday and will make it a three-day party!
Mark Dreibilbus was happy to report that he received $1350 in response to his appeal to help Kayda SaySay in her financial crisis.
Sara Torrence gave two happy bucks.  The first was for having known and worked with Lucille Beard.  The second was having seen the plaque at the convention center in Glasgow where as RI Convention had been held.
Jeanne Richter was happy to report that they had a great time while they were away last week although it meant that she missed Rotary.
Jim Harris gave $20 as his 17-year old daughter has found a boarding school that she likes for her twelfth year.
Sgt. Bill, in concluding Happy Bucks, also gave $20 saying he has enjoyed serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, and feels that the Club has had an excellent year.
Program
Jim Harris announced that our scheduled speaker, Jeff Jeffries, who was to have given his Classification Talk, got tied up at the last minute, and could not make the meeting.  Two members have volunteered to make impromptu comments.  Then, if time permits, the mike will be open for others to be heard.
Jim Pagonis talked about Summer Safety.  Fireworks of all types (except sparklers) are illegal in Montgomery County and should not be displayed.  Local police watch for Maryland purchasers at the places in the District where fireworks are sold.  The fines can be pretty steep if anyone is caught displaying any fireworks.  Charcoal grills are a big hazard in the summer time.  They should be kept away from the house.  A big problem is that users forget about them, and hot coals fall through to combustible material.    Be sure to use sunscreen when being in the sun.  Too much exposure can cause long term problems.  The best prevention in all cases is just plain old "common sense."
Chris Good talked about the economy.  People are more anxious now.  Those on fixed incomes are struggling more as expenses have increased while their return on investments have decreased.  Businesses have lower balances and reserves.  Economists are not encouraged about the long term outlook.  In previous downturns people found alternatives and had a positive outlook, but he is not seeing such today.  They are reluctant to make decisions.  However, he sees more new businesses being opened, specifically in the bio-medical field.  A side comment expressed the opinion that the media is to be blamed for painting such a gloomy outlook
We thank Jim and Chris for expressing their viewpoints as time curtailed further comments
50/50   Walt Money
Future Programs & Events
08/06/25    No Meeting at Normandie Farm
08/06/27    Installation of Bette Lewis as District Governor at U. of MD Conference Center
08/06/29    Charter Night at Manor Country Club                   
08/07/02    First meeting of the new Rotary year
08/07/03    Big Train Baseball Game (Fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity)
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
June 11, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Bob Wallace opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Guy Semmes led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation beseeching us to "Be Happy!
Henry Tate welcomed two visiting Rotarians, both from the new Upper Montgomery County Club.  They were Andy Einsmann, President; and Anila Pahwa, Secretary; Anila was accompanied by her son, Andy.  Mark Dreibilbis had as his guest Kadya SaySayBecky Wagner, the Executive Director of Interfaith Works, formerly Community Ministries, was a guest of the Club.   The only other guest was Janet Hill who is our guest speaker for today.
Announcements
Jan Brose announced that she has paid for the tickets to Evita, and would appreciate being reimbursed by those planning to attend.
Guy Semmes announced there is a new signup sheet for the rained out "Big Train" baseball game that will be played on Thursday, July 3rd.  This will be a "regular game" whereas the earlier one was an "exhibition game."
Jim Harris announced that he has his laptop running with a good wireless connection so he will be able to help anyone having trouble in getting on, or using, our web site.
President Vijay reported that a number of our members attended the Charter meeting of the new Upper Montgomery County Club.    It was truly a gala evening with twenty-three people becoming Charter Members.  A number of other clubs were represented along with the District Governor, several PDGs and AGs being in attendance. As we are the sponsoring club we have an obligation to continue to support them.  The June Board meeting will convene at the Administration Building of Montgomery College tomorrow, June 12th at 5:30.  Members of next year's Board are urged to attend.   Jim Harris will conduct next week's meeting as he and President-Elect Anne will be attending the International Convention and Guy Semmes will be away on business.   There will be no meeting on June 25th as Charter Night on June 29th will be our meeting for that week.    Mark Gollub and Jeff Aronson have gotten out statements and invoices.  Those that are in arrears are requested to settle up with Mark immediately.    There has been no announcement about services for Lucille Beard, but notification will be sent via email when it is known.  The Club will send flowers expressing our heartfelt sympathy.
Mark Dreibilbis made an urgent plea for funds for Kayda SaySay as her landlord had taken advantage of her, leaving her in dire circumstances.
Special Presentation
Anne Benefield presented a check for $1,000 to Becky Wagner in support of Interfaith Works' programs.  Becky was very appreciative of this contribution saying that it would be put to good use.  In addition to funds, they need a math tutor for two women in their program.  She distributed flyers about Interfaith Works and their need for tutors.
Sergeant-at-Arms
President Vijay had a joke for Sgt. Bill's "Last Comic Standing" routine. A man in India confided to the woman he wanted to marry that he would soon inherit a fortune enabling them to see the world and have lots of fun.  A short time later he found that she had become his stepmother!  Much laughter and applause!   Jim Harris didn't have a joke, but his wife, Katie, suggested some wise and witty words to lift the spirit.  "Life isn't about finding yourself, but is about creating yourself" from George Bernard Shaw.  "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life, it puts itself in our hands and hopes we learned something from yesterday" from John Wayne.  "If you can dream it, you can do it!" from Walt Disney.
Sgt. Bill then asked the following questions about Rotary expecting a dollar for each wrong answer.
                           1.            The Polio Eradication Champion Award is awarded by Rotary International for an outstanding contribution in helping to achieve the goal of eradicating polio. Who eligible to receive this award?  (a) Non Rotarian medical personnel , (b) World leaders, (c) Individual Rotarians, (d) Rotary Clubs, (e) All of the above?  Ans. (b).
                           2.            In May the Award was given to the: (a) Chancellor of Germany, (b) President of France, (c) Prime Minister of India, (d) Prime Minister of the UK, (e) Prime Minister of Norway ?  Ans. (a)
                           3.            Within the US the award was presented to:  (a) Sen. Barbara Boxer, (b) Sen. Bob Corker, (c) Sen. Richard Lugar, (c) Sen. Sam Brownback, (d) All of the above, (e) None of the above?  Ans. (d)
Happy Bucks
Anne Benefield gave $5 happy bucks because one of her favorite people is here today, Becky Wagner.  She gave another $10 for the hard work Vijay and Anila must have put in orchestrating last night's program in chartering the new club.  It was a very inspiring evening that she enjoyed immensely.
Josh Jefferies gave ten happy bucks for the ten wonderful days he and his wife spent in Arizona celebrating their first anniversary.
Program
President Vijay introduced today's speaker, Janet Hill, who is the Vice President of Alexander & Associates, a corporate consulting firm in Washington DC.  She provides corporate planning, advice and analyses to corporations in the areas of human resource planning, corporate responsibility, corporate communication and government consultation.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Sprint Nextel, Wendy's International, Dean Foods and McDonald Dental Laboratory.  Born in New Orleans, she graduated from Wellesley with a B.A. degree in Mathematics, and later received a Masters from the University of Chicago.  Married to the famous Dallas Cowboy, Calvin Hill, they reside in Great Falls, VA.   Today she is going to talk to us about "Diversity, Its Role in Corporate and Social Responsibility."  Let's give Janet Hill a warm Potomac welcome!
Janet said she is "happy" referring to the invocation that was given at the start of the meeting.  She's been fortunate to live an integrated life since leaving New Orleans to attend Wellesley.  At first she felt uncomfortable as she felt she didn't fit in. Her roommate was Hillary Rodman who wore a Goldwater sash!   Her mother, who has always been her role model, insisted that she stay.  Her parents taught her to reach beyond herself. 
She prefers the term "inclusiveness" rather than "diversity."   They began working with major companies 28 years ago.  Attention to inclusiveness results in improved overall performance.  Too many times abuse of women is tolerated.  It has to be decided whether or not treatment of people will take preference to the mission.  Never use the word "qualified" as a "qualifier" about women or minorities unless you also use it with males. They follow four guiding principles in their work.
1.      Work for the top person
2.      Look at policies and procedures
3.      Determine how to build accountability and responsibility
4.      Develop management training courses
Janet gave some illustrations of "inclusiveness" in the work place and closed with her ten guidelines that she preaches to her son on how to live successfully.
10. Don't fear failure because success is far more dangerous than human conditions.
9. Never wrestle with a pig.  You will get dirty and the pig likes it!
8. Lead by example - live and learn with consistency, honesty and integrity. Guard            your integrity as your most valuable asset.
7. Don't be a passenger in life.  Avoid apathy, both literally and emotionally.  The only            thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing.
6. Try for excellence in all your endeavors.  It is the pursuit of excellence that            differentiates one.
5. Strive to achieve what is expected of you.
4. Support and respect others.
3. Hang on to your sense of humor and perspective.
2. Constantly avoid prejudice.
1. Always listen to your mother.
We thank Janet for the interesting and informative presentation that she delivered with a lot of good humor.
 
50/50   Not recorded
 
Future Programs & Events
08/06/18    Josh Jefferies' Classification Talk
08/06/22    2:00 - 4:00 District Fundraiser for Lubuto Library Project
08/06/25    No Meeting at Normandie Farm
08/06/27    Installation of Bette Lewis as District Governor at U. of MD Conference Center
08/06/29    Charter Night at Manor Country Club                      
08/07/03    Big Train Baseball Game (Fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity)
                       
- Henry Tate
 
 

 
In Memoriam
Lucille Beard
June 7, 2008
 

                                                
Word has been received that Past-President Jim Metcalf suffered a shattered leg break and is recuperating at Genesis Health Care - Chesapeake Woods Center @ 525 Glenburn Ave. in Cambridge where he will be for some time.
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
June 4, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
John Ferguson opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Jim Harris led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation reflecting on forgiveness and love.
Henry Tate welcomed two visiting Rotarians.  Jim Adams, a Past President of the Rockville Club, and a Fencing Master, was visiting us again.  Also visiting us again was Jordon Baxen from Parsippany, NJ.  This time he exchanged banners with us.  In jest he said, "Parsippany means 'Land of the Malls.'"  His visit made it convenient for him to deliver a camera bag to Pamela Holverton who was the guest of Terrill Meyer.  Pamela had inadvertently left it in his van while at the Grand Canyon.  Bill Cumberland, oddly enough from Cumberland MD, was the guest of Jim Harris. The only other guest was our speaker, Brendan Touhey, who will be introduced later.
Announcements
Jan Brose announced that plans have been finalized for us to attend the performance of "Evita" at Montgomery College on June 22nd.
Guy Semmes announced that the rained out "Big Train" baseball game will be player on July 3rd.
President Vijay announced again about the Pot Luck Dinner at his home on Saturday night.    He announced again the Charter Night of the new Upper Montgomery County Rotary Club on Tuesday night June 10th at the Café Mileto in Germantown..  As we are the sponsoring club we should be there by six o'clock to welcome everyone.    June 27th is the installation dinner for Bette Lewis as District Governor for 2008-09.  There is a retirement party for Ed Underrinner on July 16th at Brookville Farms in Olney.   The June Board meeting will convene at the Administration Building of Montgomery College Thursday of next week, June 12th at 5:30.  Members of next year's Board are urged to attend.   There will be a brief meeting of the Board at the podium immediately following today's meeting.
Special Presentation
President Vijay requested that Sam Thomas come to the podium.  He presented him with a "Blue Badge" to replace the temporary "Red" one as he has fulfilled the necessary requirements. President Vijay complemented Sam for completing them in such a short period of time as it is indicative of his interest in Rotary.
Sergeant-at-Arms
For Sgt. Bill's "Last Comic Standing" routine Nancy Nuell told about someone with a wooden eye asking a girl with a peg leg to dance.  Her reply was "Would I! Would I!" He commented "Peg leg! Peg leg" and stalked away.  It brought laughter and groans!    Terrill Meyer told about a reporter hoping to get a human interest story revisited a location where a child was trying to sell some kittens. When the reporter was told they were "Republican Kittens," she said, "How can that be?  Yesterday you told me they were "Democrat Kittens."   The child replied, "Today, they've opened their eyes!"    Henry Tate told about an eighty year old man reluctantly agreeing to go to an assisted living place where his meals would be provided!  The first night he was seated at a table with several others.  Being very self-conscious he couldn't stand the woman across the table looking at him, and burst out, "Lady, why are you staring at me?"  She replied, "You look like my third husband" which he took as a backhanded compliment.  Anyway, it broke the ice, and they began to chat.  The chatting continued amicably after dinner in the lobby with his curiosity causing him to ask, "How many times have you been married?"  To which she replied, "Twice."  Sgt. Bill paid Terrill and Henry before proceeding with his educational questions taken from the current issue of the Rotarian.
Claude Morissette, giving five bucks,requested in recognition of his birthday that Nancy Nuell sing "Happy Birthday" to him in the lilting manner of Marilyn Monroe.   She gave an excellent rendition and gave Claude a big hug as a bonus!
 After apologizing to Mark Gollub for missing it, Sgt. Bill sang Happy Birthday for Mark's birthday.
Ben Hofheimer has an anniversary, but as he is missing, we'll assume that he's off celebrating.
Happy Bucks
Hersh Minsky was happy that his grandson graduated from High School.  It's hard to believe that he is that old and will be going off to college.
Jim Harris had a happybuck for Bill Cumberland being his guest today.  Their friendship goes way back, plus their wives have worked together.
Mark Dreibilbis gave two happy bucks. The first was for yesterday being such a super day during which he received verbal commitments of large grants that will support his work in Haiti.  The second buck was for the tremendous job Claude did in running the golf tournament at the District Conference.
Nancy Nuell gave a few happy bucks.  The first was for Anne Benefield running such a good planning retreat for next year.  The second one was for Jan Brose hosting the retreat.  A third buck was for tomorrow being her youngest daughter's birthday.  Seventeen years ago she was beside herself, going out of her mind, as she was two weeks past her due date before giving birth at 3:00 in the morning!
Sara Torrence gave a happy buck as she and Jim made up at the new Germantown Club last night, and feel that it's a "neat club."  A second buck was given in appreciation to Anne and Jan for the planning retreat.  Another buck was given for some statistical date she received that she finds very interesting.  One-fifth of Americans have never used email.  Washington DC ranks 3rd in the nation for job prospects for graduates, with 17% under 25 making more than $75,000!
John Ferguson gave five bucks for a happy coincidence.  His wife's electric scooter was going to be in the repair shop for a week or more so he went on the internet and found a used one that had just been posted for only $400 - a new one cost $1400!  He had to drive to DC in the thunderstorm to get it, but now his wife is happy!
President Vijay gave a happy buck as his younger son, Vinay, will graduated from High School today.
Sgt. Bill gave twenty bucks - $10 fine to himself for being late and not setting up for today's meeting - a $5 fine for missing Mark's birthday - and $5 in appreciation of Nancy's unique singing ability.
Program
President Vijay introduced today's speaker, Brendan Tuohey, who graduated from Colgate University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Brendan grew up in Washington DC where his father was the Chairman of the Washington DC Sports Commission.  Brendan and his brother Sean created Peace Players International in 2001 with the goal of giving young people better direction.  Let's hear more from Brendan about Peace Players International.
Brendan and his brother believed that basketball could be a way to break down generations of hatred.  They believed that "children who play together can learn to live together." Their programs attract children to participate in basketball and life-skills activities that enable them to learn leadership skills and how to live as friends and neighbors.  They target children 10-14 years of age as they are old enough to pick up the basics of the sport, but young enough that many prejudices have not been established.  They get local leaders involved as the children trust them.  Their first project was in Ireland where they addressed the sectarianism among the Catholic and Protestant children teaching them mutual respect and tolerance.  Then they undertook working in South Africa where they taught the game of basketball to over 25,000 children.  They have gone to other areas reaching 45,000 children in the past six years. All this is done with a staff of only 22 people while relying on many volunteers.  In October 2007 Brendan was chosen as one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in the United States by the Institute for International Sport.
We applaud Brendan and PPI (Peace Players International) for reaching children in their formative years, and wish him well in his continuing efforts.
 
50/50   Not recorded
 
Future Programs & Events
08/06/10    Charter Night for Upper Montgomery Rotary Club
08/06/11    Janet Hill - Diversity - Its Role in Corporate & Social Responsibility
08/06/12    Board Meeting
08/06/18    Josh Jefferies' Classification Talk
08/06/22    2:00 - 4:00 District Fundraiser for Lubuto Library Project
08/06/25    No Meeting at Normandie Farm
08/06/27  Installation of Bette Lewis as District Governor at U. of MD Conference Center
08/06/29    Charter Night at Manor Country Club                      
                       
- Henry Tate
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
May 28, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Walt Money opened the meeting by leading the singing of "America, the Beautiful."  Jenny Bartholomot led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our many blessings, and appealing for help and guidance in our efforts to be of service.
Henry Tate welcomed former member Bob Watson who transferred to the Washington Club several years ago.  Also welcomed was Anila Pahwa from the Upper Montgomery County provisional club.  She was accompanied by her son, Andy.   Karen Novak from Hospice Caring was a guest of the Club.  The only other guest was our speaker, Ron Schumacher, who will be introduced later.
Announcements
Guy Semmes reminded everyone of the "Big Train" baseball game on Saturday night at Povich Field in Bethesda starting with a picnic at 6:00.  It is a fund raiser partnered with Hopkins and Porter in support of Habitat for Humanity
Jeanne Richter announced that she has cases of water which are now available for distribution.  This is in support of the Andy Winters Togo project.
Claude Morissette announced that invitations to Charter Night would be mailed next week.  It will be at Manor Country Club on June 29th.
Jan Brose reported that she was in discussions about dates with Montgomery College about the Evita Show.  We must have at least twenty attendees to get tickets at the "Group rate."
President Vijay announced again about the Pot Luck Dinner at his home on June 7th.  The signup sheet is being passed around again.  He urged that friends and family be included as well as prospective members and representative from our charities  He has received an email from Sherri Polak (Woodland Hills CA Club), who has visited our club several times, inviting those attending the International Convention to attend their evening meeting on June 16th at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.    He announced again the Charter Night of the new Upper Montgomery County Rotary Club on Tuesday night June 10th.  As we are the sponsoring club, he hopes there will be a good representation from the Club.  The cost is:  cash bar and $33 per person.  He further reported that there are now 18 members and that next Tuesday is the last date that one can be inducted as a Charter Member.  He read the names of those will constitute their Board of Directors.
Special Presentation
President Vijay requested that Karen Novak from Hospice Caring come to the podium.  He presented to her a check for one thousand dollars to support Hospice Caring.  Karen commented that they are a unique organization that provides help to those faced with life ending illnesses.  They operate with a staff of only seven, but with hundreds of volunteers. It is because of the support received from such organizations as Rotary that they are able to provide their services completely free.  This contribution is very much appreciated, and will be put to good use!
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sgt. Bill immediately called for jokes for his "Last Comic Standing" routine.  He charged Bob Watson a dollar for one about being "ugly."  Then Sgt Bill told a story about the French Revolution. The police went to the university and brought charges against the heads of the Philosophy, the Religious and the Engineering departments.  They were found guilty and sent to the guillotine.  The Philosophy man put his head down and said "What will be, will be!"  As the big blade stopped just short of his head they decided divine providence had intervened and they let him go.  The head of the Religious Department said "Let God's will be done."  Again the big blade stopped just short of his head so they considered divine providence had again intervened and let him go.  When the Engineering head put his head on the block he said, "Hey, I see the problem!  You have a knot in your rope!"  It brought a good bit of applause and laughter. 
In lieu of fines and questions, Sgt. Bill suggested that everyone contribute a couple dollars in honor of Jim Harris doing such a good job on getting the web site up and running.
Happy Bucks
Walt Money gave $50 bucks as of next Monday Mary Lou has been putting up with him for 46 years.  He remarked that they had been to see Lucile Bead in the Navy Hospital.  He doesn't know how long she will be there as they are conducting a number of tests.  Cards would be appreciated, but most of all, keep her in your prayers.
Hersh Minsky was happy to report that he had talked to Rayford Robel who asked to be remembered.  He is still looking around for a Rotary Club to join in North Carolina.
Sara Torrence gave a buck for Bob Watson making up with us today.
Anne Benefield gave fifteen happy bucks as tomorrow will be their fifteenth anniversary.
Nancy Nuell gave a happy buck for seeing Bob Watson as he sponsored her into Rotary.  She gave another buck as her oldest daughter has "flown the coop" by getting a job and an apartment in Newport News.
Jeanne Richter gave five happy bucks as a writer friend, after interviewing her, wrote an article about her and wills and estate planning. She has copies if anyone is interested.
Bob Watson gave a buck as he was happy to be here and see so many old friends.  He commented that he sponsored four members into the club and each one became president: Roger Packard, Bob Bourbon, Howard Lerch and Nancy Nuell.
Program
Anne Benefield introduced today's speaker, Dr. Ronald Schumacher.  He is the executive Director of Evercare Mid-Atlantic which includes Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Delaware.  He is a National Director for the United Health Group which serves people over the age of fifty.  Let's hear more about "long term health care" from Ron. 
Dr. Schumacher said that Evercare is a small piece of the United Health Group which is a large Managed Care Insurance Company.   They offer Medicare Advantage which is an alternative to the traditional Medicare coverage. They believe it is one of the ways to save Medicare.  They specialize in high risk cases with an average age of 86-87.  An advantage of Evercare is that they coordinate (manage) one's health program.  They are licensed with CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Being founded in 1987 they are a nationwide company as they operate in 39 states with slightly more than 200,000 people - about 5,000 enrolled in the Mid-Atlantic region, in their health care programs. They are the second largest employer of nurse practitioners in the country.
Ron briefly touched on all the types of plans that are available.  The Medicare Advantage Plan is all inclusive meaning they take care of all the expenses which is not true of Medicare.   Their goal is to make their plans available to everyone. They conduct a survey every year of those enrolled with 98% reporting satisfaction.  He used slides with bar charts illustrating the effectiveness of their programs.  They get paid by Medicare.  As long as the patient is paying their Medicare Part B premium there is no additional charge.
It is very obvious that "long-term health care" is a very complex matter.  We thank Ron for providing this insight from a major provider of services for the aging.
 
50/50
   Not recorded
 
Future Programs & Events
08/06/04    Brendan Tuohey - Playing for Peace
08/06/07    Steak & Beans Potluck Dinner
08/06/10    Charter Night for Upper Montgomery Rotary Club
08/06/11    Janet Hill - Diversity - Its Role in Corporate & Social Responsibility
08/06/12    Board Meeting
08/06/18    To be announced
08/06/22    2:00 - 4:00 District Fundraiser for Lubuto Library Project
08/06/25    No Meeting at Normandie Farm
08/06/27  Installation of Bette Lewis as District Governor at U. of MD Conference Center
08/06/29    Charter Night at manor Country Club                       
                       
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
May 21, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
(Editor's note:  Please excuse the brevity of this issue and any omissions as the tape recorder malfunctioned, and the editor had to rely on his memory and some cryptic notes.)
Walt Money opened the meeting by leading the singing of "America, the Beautiful."  Jeanne Richter led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation reflecting we have the gift of knowing that tomorrow can be a better day.
There were no visiting Rotarians, but there were several visitors. Henry Tate welcomed Rhonda Gimbel who was President Vijay's guest.  Bob Wallace had as his guest, Jim Eccles who happens to be his brother-in-law.  Nancy Nuell had as her guest, Carol No, an associate at Montgomery College.  Morris Gevinson had as his guest his guest his grandson, Josh, who now lives in Florida. Jim Harris had as his guest his son, Scott, who is home from college.  Carol has been a visitor several times.  Ajawha Gaurage, the recipient of a Rotary automotive scholarship had been invited by President Vijay.  Brittany Sullivan, our guest speaker, was accompanied by her mother, Susan, who happens to be the Director of Special Events at Montgomery College.
Announcements
Jim Harris announced that he brought his laptop, but demonstrating getting on the web would be dependent upon connecting to the web thru Normandie Farm.
Jeanne Richter announced that next week she would have sixty cases of water available for distribution.  (This is the Andy Winters Togo project.)
Nancy Nuell made an appeal for volunteers to review applications for STAR scholarships.  More than 400 applications have been received.
Jan Brose passed around again the signup sheet for the Evita Show.  We must have at least twenty attendees to get tickets at the "Group rate."
President Vijay reportedthat he attended the Interact meeting last Saturday at the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  He was quite impressed by what the Interact Club has accomplished this year.  In addition to President Vijay, several other Club members were in attendance.    He commented that at the recent Chamber/Rotary mixer that Rhonda Gimbel had won a dinner at Normandie Farm, and that he invited her to attend our meeting to learn more about Rotary.    Then he called upon Ajawha Gaurage to comment on the automotive scholarship that he had just received.  It is a vocational program about the operation, maintenance and repair of automobiles.    He commented again about the "Steak and Beans" Potluck dinner at his home on Saturday June 7th.  He encouraged extending invitations to representatives of our charities and to prospective members.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sgt. Bill had no questions for today but thought that contributions in memory of those that have served our country would be appropriate.  After hearing stories from Walt Money and Sara Torrence he commented that work needs to be done for the "Last Comic Standing."
Happy Bucks
John Ferguson gave thirty bucks for having celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Morris Gevinson was happy to have his grandson as his guest today.
Terrill Meyer was unhappy to report that Lucille Beard is in the Navy hospital undergoing a series of tests. 
Jim Harris gave ten bucks for his son, Scott, being home from college and being his guest today.
Nancy Nuell gave four happy bucks for Montgomery College being so well represented at today.
Bill Olson gave five happy bucks in memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country.
Mark Gollub and Sara Torrence also contributed happy bucks, but their reasons were not recorded nor remembered.
Program
Nancy Nuell introduced today's speaker, Brittan Sullivan, as Miss Teen Maryland International for 2008.  She is only 15 years, and attends Good Counsel High School.  She is an honor student that finds time to be a varsity cheerleader.  Let's hear from Brittany  what she does as "Miss Teen Maryland."
Brittany said that she is currently the Teen Ambassador for Starlight MidAtlantic.  As such she works with the children in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.  They offer an array of programs for patients in hospitals and out-patients.  The programs are designed to restore some of the laughter and happiness that a serious illness takes away.  They serve about 3,000 children.
Their efforts include providing what Brittany called a "Fun Center."  It is a special LCD television set built on a movable dolly weighing 157 pounds.  In addition to its TV capability it has 22 Wii games that can be played by two players.  The units cost approximately $4,000 each.  Currently they have 421 units in 21 hospitals.
Throughout the coming year Brittany plans to travel and spread the word of Starlight MidAtlantic.  She will be raising money for more "Fun Centers" to be distributed to more hospitals by speaking to civic organizations such as Rotary.  She had brochures about Starlight MidAtlantic and the "Fun Centers" available for the taking..
Brittany is a very dynamic young lady with a strong message.  We applaud her efforts and her dedication to making happier the lives of seriously ill children, and wish her well.
 
50/50   Bob Bourbon
 
Future Programs & Events
08/05/28   Dr. Ron Schumacher - Long-term Care
08/05/31   Big Train Baseball Game /Picnic - Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
08/06/04   Brendan Tuohey - Praying for Peace
08/06/07   Steak & Beans Potluck Dinner
08/06/10   Charter Night for Upper Montgomery Rotary Club
08/06/11   Janet Hill - Diversity - Its Role in Corporate & Social Responsibility
08/06/12    Board Meeting
 
                       
- Henry Tate
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate


The Grapevine Rotary Club of Potomac May 14, 2008 Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org Dick Calhoun opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America." Ben Hofheimer led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Morris Gevinson gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our many "blessings." Then he asked for a moment of silence for the many victims of the terrible earthquake in China. Henry Tate welcomed Deborah Fotio from the Durango CO Daybreak Club who is now working in our area. Also welcomed were Marilyn DeReggi and Anila Pahwa from the Upper Montgomery County provisional club. Anila was accompanied by her son, Andy. Barrie Cohen was the guest of President Vijay. Arnie Kermus was visiting to hear his friend and our guest speaker, Andrew Sherman. Liz Harrison was the guest of Don Harrison who will be inducted into membership today. Announcements Jim Harris announced that he had his laptop and will be glad to show anyone the procedure for getting on the web. Anne Benefield announced that next week's program has been changed. Brittany Sullivan, Miss Teen Maryland International 2008, will be our guest speaker. Although only 15 years of age, she's a dynamic person and will give a presentation everyone will enjoy. Guy Semmes passed around the signup sheet for the "Big Train" baseball game on Saturday, May 31st. This is a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity. A picnic will precede the game.. Please sign up! Mark Dreibilbus announced that the warlord in Haiti stole the roof of one of their buildings, but this revealed a structure they can use. Instead of the water project they had planned, they will devote their efforts to building a medical clinic. President Vijay had several announcements. An email was sent out last week requesting that everyone report their make-ups during this Rotary year. He doesn't believe our attendance as reported to the District is correct, and wants to verify the records.  Also, please check with Mark Gollub about any concerns regarding the invoices that were sent out for this quarter. He has promised to stay after the meeting.  Last Wednesday night he had the privilege and honor of attending on behalf of the Club, a Polio Plus dinner which was attended by 20 - 30 congressmen as well as a number of people from Rotary International. He suggested to John Sever that if this is an annual event, he would like to invite the RI reppresentitives to attend our Club meeting at noon.  Last Friday he attended a Rotoract event at the Cambodian Embassy which was a wine tasting and silent auction affair as a fund raiser. There were a number of people from the State Department in attendance as well as a number of prospective members for Rotoract. He has sent his compliments to the Rotoract Club.  Jan Brose requested that he announce the Canal Boat Ride for May 17th has been cancelled because on that date there is an Interact meeting that a number of our members will be attending.  Fourteen people have given their checks to become charter members of the new Upper Montgomery County Rotary Club. Twenty are required for the Charter, but he feels certain that will be met. Please take some of the brochures that are on each table and give them to people that might be interested in joining. Special Presentation President Vijay called Jenny Bartholomot to the podium much to her surprise. As she was not given a certificate when the Club made her an Honorary Member earlier (Jim Harris' year), he presented one to her and a special "Honorary" pin. Jenny said that "Leon (Scheidt) gave her quite a gift" when he introduced her to Rotary, and that she has "enjoyed every one of you!" New Member Induction Calling Don Harrison and Guy Semmes to the podium, President Vijay commented that one of the most important things in Rotary is the induction of a new member, and thanked Guy for sponsoring Don for membership .After charging Don to follow the ideals and objectives of Rotary he "pinned" him and presented him with some Rotary material. He also "pinned" Guy with one of the new sponsor pins. Then Don and Liz went around the room to be welcomed by all those present. Sergeant-at-Arms Sgt. Bill, refreshed from vacationing, did not let boos affect him, and immediately started with his Rotary questions. 1. The magazine cover story deals with a road trip along what highway? ANS. Route 66 2. True or False - The writer's assignment was to meet Rotarians along his drive from Atlanta to Los Angeles and record what he saw. ANS. False, it was from Chicago to LA 3. The "Humanity in Motion" article is focused on improving: (a) Rotary programs to assist immigrants from Latin America and Mexico, (b) the impact of human migration on Rotary hunger relief programs; (c) upward mobility of the poor in India; (d) Rotary public relations initiatives to promote membership growth; (e) The positive results Rotary educational programs achieve? ANS. (d) 4. True or False - Dr. Gerberding, the Director of the US Centers for Disease Control featured in the article "Top Doc" has a mustache? ANS. False, it's Dr Julie Gerberding, who is a woman 5. The letter from the President of Rotary International is focused on: (a) Global relief efforts; (b) Polio Plus; (c) Membership; (d) The RI convention in LA; (e)The RI Strategic Plan? ANS. (c) A dollar was expected for each wrong answer, with a maximum of two! . No one got them all right so he didn't have to contribute the $25 he had offered. In his "Last Comic Standing" routine, Anne Benefield was loudly booed for the story she told about bells and grizzly bears in Alaska. Sgt. Bill's conclusion was that a lot of work needs to be done on our jokes! Happy Bucks Dick Calhoun said it was a joy to have the Harrisons become a part of the Rotary family as he has known both of them for a number of years. He was very unhappy that the Rotarian article about Route 66 did not mention the town where Route 66 crosses Route 30. Back in his youth one could ride their bicycles on Route 66. Morris Gevinson was happy to have had a meeting with Governor-Elect Bette Lewis about the Foundation. He's happy that Josh Jeffries has quickly become involved in Rotary activities. Mark Dreibilbus was happy that he got engaged last Thursday in Miami. He said his proposal was accepted in spite of the fact that Morris Gevinson tried to derail things by working his charms on her at the District Conference. Ben Hofheimer gave five bucks for the great golf outing at the Conference, and for being paired with Claude's mother. She didn't hit the ball as far as Claude, but she hit them straighter! Bill Olson gave two bucks for playing in the foursome with Ben and Claude's mother. He gave ten bucks for ten wonderful days at Grand Cayman, and five bucks for a great dance recital in New Jersey. Sara Torrence gave a buck for the wine tasting event at the Cambodian Embassy where she won a case of wine. She gave a second buck for having attended a delightful fundraiser of the Olney Club. Guy Semmes was happy that his friend, Don Harrison, is now a member of the Club. Bill Olson concluded Happy Bucks by giving another one for Anne and Guy covering for him while he was away. Program President Vijay introduced today's guest speaker, Andrew Sherman. He joined Dickstein Shapiro as a partner in the Corporate & Finance Practice in February 2005. Mr. Sherman focuses his practice on issues affecting business growth for companies at all stages, including developing strategies to leverage intellectual property and technology assets, as well as international corporate transactional and franchising matters. He is the founder of an educational and training company with operations in the U.S., Canada, India and Europe In addition to being the author of 17 books on mergers and acquisition he has written over 800 articles. He obtained a B.A. degree from Maryland and a J.D. degree in Law from American University. Let's welcome Andrew Sherman. Mr. Sherman began by giving five happy bucks as it is worth at least that much just to get out of the office. He remarked that hearing the announcements, he is in awe of the things the Club is doing in support of the community. He believes that we need more "Happy Bucks" type of protocols in business, in life, in family, in everything. The economy is slowing, but not as slow as some people say. He is already seeing signs of it rebounding. Warren Buffett says we are in a recession when people psychologically say we are. When people are concerned, regardless of their net worth, they have a different mindset. The private equity firms have raised over $700 billon that is in "overhang." ("Overhang" is the amount of capital raised that is not deployed.) That capital needs to be deployed. Players, the people who are the catalyst in the community, seem to be content by sitting on the sidelines. Planning is really your best friend. Even "not-for-profit" organizations should strategically plan for their growth. You should listen to everybody. Go back to the beginning and use your core values to grow. Wal Mart's greatness is in its commitment to its core values. When the economy is wobbly, people look for stability. Know your legal rights and obligations as a creditor and a debtor. Businesses fail when they don evolve with the changing times. Mr. Sherman concluded by referring to the title of a book: "Rembrandts in the Attic." The book is just so-so, but the title is a great phrase. We all have hidden treasures. We need to know what a Rembrandt is. We need to go to the attic. We should understand what our assets are. Then we need to reconnect to what our customers think is important. We thank Mr. Sherman for his thought provoking presentation, which was given with an unusual amount of wit, with the hope that the economy is rebounding.. 50/50 Jim Harris Future Programs & Events 08/05/21 Brittany Sullivan - Miss Teen Maryland International 2008 08/05/28 Dr. Ron Schumacher - Long-term Care 08/05/31 Big Train Baseball Game /Picnic - Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity 08/06/04 Brendan Tuohey - Praying for Peace 08/06/07 Steak & Beans Potluck Dinner 08/06/11 Janet Hill - Diversity - Its Role in Corporate & Social Responsibility - Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
May 7, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
 
Dick Calhoun opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Bob Wallace led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation urging against allowing adversity to take control - ""Don't give up!
Phil Meade, a Past President of the Potomac-Bethesda Club and a former AG, was welcomed by Henry Tate.  Also welcomed was Anila Pahwa from the Upper Montgomery County provisional club. Several other visitors were welcomed.  Henry had as his guest Fazlul Bari, a former member of the Silver Spring Club, for his second visit to the Club.  Jeanne Richter had as her guest Jean Bullock.  Luis Dias-Colorado and Irina Gorbulya were visiting from the Sandy Spring Bank  Dr. Lynese Lawson will be introduced later as she is our guest speaker. 
Announcements
Jan Brose announced a sign-up sheet is being passed around for the matinee performance of "Evita" at Montgomery College on Sunday, June 22nd.   The buffet begins at 12:30 with the show starting about 2:15.  Twenty people are needed for us to get the "group" rate.    Another sign-up sheet is being passed around for the Canal Boat Cruise on Saturday, May17th at 11:00.
Alicia Dougherty announced that she has order forms for water to fund the Andy Winters Village Well Improvement Project.  The cost: 1 bottle $1.50, case of 24 - $24; five (5) or more cases - $20 per case.
Guy Semmes announced there was information about the Big Train event on each table.  This is a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, May 31st.  Please sign up!
President Vijay commented about the District Conference saying that our club had the most members participating in its operation, and voiced his appreciation for our efforts.   Gov. Rich Carson told him that we missed being awarded the "Best Club" by one point.  The winning club had better attendance.  Asking for members viewpoints of the conference, Alicia Dougherty, Jan Brose, Henry Tate, Nancy Nuell, Sara Torrence, Morris Gevinson, and Jeanne Richter gave laudatory snippets about many aspects of the Conference.    He announced the May meeting of the Board would convene tomorrow night (May 8th) at 5:30 in the Administrative building of Montgomery College.  All members are invited to attend.  For new members attendance it is one of the option tasks for obtaining their "Blue Badge."
Sergeant-at-Arms
Guy Semmes, substituting again for Bill Olson, told two jokes for the "Last Comic Standing routine."  When he was a kid , his mother told him to "eat all the carrots and pea on your plate.  (Many groans!)  Their neighbors got a dog that they named "Repent."  Sometime later they got a dog that they name "Cinnamon."  So when the dogs were called, you would hear "Cin . Repent"  "Cin . Repent" until the dogs came in.  (More groans, some laughter)    He called attention to the birthdays of Miriam Calhoun, Linda Lerch and Alida Way.
Happy Bucks
Dick Calhoun gave a buck saying he didn't know what kind of buck it should be, but he wanted to report about his experience with a GSE team from Australia that was exchanging with the District in eastern North Carolina.  It seems they were unhappy as they were not seeing their counterparts as they expected.  Then everywhere they went they were treated to greasy fried chicken, hush puppies and eastern NC cold pork.  They would be glad to get home to good cooking.
Claude Morissette gave ten bucks as he was happy about several things. Tonight, he will be going to Capitol Hill for a Polio Plus dinner.    He's happy that we are getting a Presidential Citation Award. The past couple of weeks were hectic - his daughter's wedding, the golf tournament, his parents and sisters were here.    Next year's conference will be a cruise to Bermuda for which he has reserved the grand suite.  There will be a golf tournament - 9 holes putting over several days.   His mother won the putting contest which was a cruise for the winner.
Bob Wallace was happy that Morris Gevinson represented him in the golf tournament's 50/50.
Jan Brose gave five bucks as she was happy that Sara Torrence, her sponsor, ran a great conference.  She was happy that Nancy was the convener of one session in which John Sever was the keynote speaker. Nancy is such an inspiration.    Mark Dreibilbus attended the Gala on Saturday night with Sandra.  He gave Jan permission to announce that about this time he would be proposing to Sandra in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Josh Jeffries gave ten bucks as was happy to have played in the golf tournament although he could not attend the rest of the conference.  He was happy and honored to have attended a gala last night at which he was able to meet some influential people.
Alicia Dougherty gave ten bucks as she was grateful to Jeanne Richter for arranging the donation of almost 2000 books to BIG (Books for International Goodwill).
President Vijay gave ten bucks as he was happy that although we didn't have a meeting last week, things happened.  BIG received almost 2000 books, and we collected 93 bikes for Bikes for the World - a record number!  He was appreciative of the work of members who helped make the District Conference a success!
Program
President Vijay introduced today's guest speaker, Dr. Lynese Lawson.  She is the founder and medical director of the Center for Wellness and Longevity located in Vienna, VA.  After receiving her Doctorate from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1983 she practiced anesthesia for 19 years in Michigan before relocating in Northern Virginia.  As a result of being directly involved with thousands of surgical procedures she became very knowledgeable about chronic disease and began implementing strategies that focus on disease prevention and wellness.  She is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and has completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine.  This program emphasizes a thorough competency in the areas of nutrition, fitness, stress reduction, bio-identical hormone replacement, and even spirituality as a necessary basis for optimal health. Today she's going to talk to us about aging and optimal health.  Let's welcome Dr. Lynese Lawson.
Dr. Lawson began by saying that she does not like the term "Anti-Aging" as that makes it appear that we can prevent aging.  We are going to age. However, there are many things the patients she sees don't know about preventing chronic degenerative diseases that are associated with getting older. Many people feel that it is inevitable that they will develop diseases because of family history.  Only 20% can attribute disease to genetics while the remaining 80% can lessen their risk and improve their health.  She can personally attest to this as she has reduced her risk to breast cancer that has been prevalent in her relatives.
Dr. Lawson believes that one should talk to their doctor and suggests a battery of tests.
·    Check your vitamin D leveI.  It should be less than 32.
·    Your Cardio CRP level should be less than one.
·    Fasting Blood sugar level  - anything over 90 should cause concern.
·    A VAT cholesterol test to measure the size of HDL
Limit your sugar intake.  Belly fat is more problematic than fat anywhere else.  Women's waistlines have increased two inches in the past decade.
She recommends reading two books by Dr. Mark Hyman - "Ultraprevention" and "Ultrametabolism."
Doctors can spend only 6 - 8 minutes with a patient so it is important to be more proactive about one's health.
Dr. Lawson's presentation was not only interesting, but very informative.  We thank her for challenging us to be more "proactive" about our health.
 
50/50   Morris Gevinson
 
Future Programs & Events
08/05/14   Andrew Sherman, Corporate & Finance Author and Lawyer
08/05/21   Francesco Barbacci - Great Strides in Cystic Fibrosis
08/05/28   Dr. Ron Schumacher - Long-term Care
 
                       
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
April 23, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
As President Vijay was absence, President-Elect Anne Benefield conducted today's meeting.  Dick Calhoun began proceedings by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Rut Beard led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation about "Faith."
A special welcome was extended to two members that we haven't seen in some time.  Ben Hofheimer has returned from his winter home in California.  While in California he regularly attends the La Quinta Club so they have made him an "associate member."  Walt Money, surprisingly attired in a coat and tie, was in attendance after a number of absences.  There were no visiting Rotarians to welcome, but Henry Tate had as his guest, Fazlul Bari, a former member of the Silver Spring Club.  Jeanne Richter had two guests, her daughter, Sabrina, and Daria Safi.  Both of them will participate in today's program.
Announcements
President-Elect Anne announced again there will be a dinner for the incoming GSE team at the Kenwood Country Club on April 30th.      She made a plea for those that have not contributed their $100 for a Paul Harris Sustaining Membership to please do so before the District Conference.  If you have not registered for the District Conference, you should do so immediately as Friday (April 18th) is the deadline for "early bird" registration.
Bob Wallace announced that this Saturday, in conjunction with Interact, we are to help "Bikes for the World."  They will arrive with bikes to be "broken down" so we will start working immediately at 8:30.  A signup sheet is being passed around suggesting two shifts.  This will be at Wootton High School.
Jan Brose announced that we will attend Montgomery College's presentation of "Evita" on Sunday afternoon, June 22nd.  She will start a signup sheet at our next meeting, May 7th.    She reported that we can take a canal boat cruise which is about an hour for $5.  The cruise leaves from Lock 20 at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00 Wednesday through Sunday. The boat holds 60 passengers so there shouldn't be any problem for our group.  A signup sheet will be passed around to determined how many might be interested.
Guy Semmes urged members to attend the "Mixer" with the Potomac Chamber here at Normandie Farm next Wednesday, April 30th.    May 31st is the date for the Big Train baseball game that is a fundraiser for "Habitat for Humanity."
 Jeanne Richter announced that a client of hers is going into a nursing home and has contributed about a thousand books to BIG (Books for International Goodwill).  She requested help on Friday to remove these from the apartment he is leaving in Asbury. 
Jim Harris announced the he has his laptop, and has been able to connect to the Internet.  He will stay after the meeting to demonstrate how one can put data on our website.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Anne Benefield not only had the responsibility to conduct the meeting, she also was acting Sergeant-at-Arms in Bill Olson's absence. At Jeanne Richter's request, the entire assemblage sang "Happy Birthday" to her. Sergeant Anne was loudly applauded when she announced there would be no fines, and called for jokes for the "Last Comic Standing."
Terrill Meyer told about a couple that went to Jerusalem for their 50th anniversary.  While there the wife had a heart attack and died.  The undertaker told the husband that the body could be shipped back for $5000 or it could be buried locally for only $50.  The undertaker was quite surprised when the husband elected to send the body home, and asked why he would undergo such expense.  The husband replied, "Years ago you put someone in a tomb, and after three days he came back to life.  I don't want to risk it happening again!"
Walt Money told about a wife finding her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.  When asked what he was doing, he replied that he was killing flies.  "Have you had any success?"  He answered, "Yes, I've gotten three males and two females."  "How do you know their sex?"  "That's easy.  Three were on the beer can and two were on the phone."
Hersh Minsky repeated the joke told recently about a husband when questioned about what he was going to do for their 50th anniversary, responding that on their 25th he had taken her to Rome, now he was going to bring her back.
Anne contributed ten bucks for the jokes.
Happy Bucks
Jan Brose gave a happy buck as today is Jeanne Richter's birthday.  She gave two bucks for the inspiring time she and Alicia had attending the meeting of the Germantown provisional club.
Dick Calhoun gave two bucks to relate his experience at a church fund raiser in North Carolina for which he agreed to be in the talent show.  He started his song too high.  Rectifying this he got too low.  Then he forgot the words.  After a few embarrassing moments, the words came back and he finished his rendition almost on pitch.
Ben Hofheimer gave ten bucks as he's happy to be back.  The club he attends in California decided not to sing "because they sounded like Hersh." He enjoyed the fellowship out there, and looks forward to renewing fellowship here!
Bob Wallace gave ten happy bucks for having been to the White House and the new stadium to see the Pope.  He said Roman Catholics are not known for their singing, but it was very inspiring to hear 40,000 voices sing!
Fazlul Bari said he had visited our club several time before and was happy to be visiting again.  He told of work that he started in Bangladesh.
Guy Semmes was happy to see Mark Gollub back after his tax season.  He gave another happy buck for his wife being back from a short vacation.
Jim Harris was happy to be well after suffering from three colds in a short period of time.
Jenny Bartholomot was happy that she had been invited to two weddings, Leon's grandson's and Leon's granddaughter's.  She is sure Leon was smiling down on them.
Jeanne Richter had two happy bucks.  One was for her daughter and her friend being here today, and one for Jim Harris providing a computer for today's program.
Program
Jeanne Richter introduced her daughter, Sabrina, and Daria Safi, students at Poolesville High School.  They are in their third year of working on projects that help the environment, animals and human beings.  Sabrina did her first paper on Jane Goodall when she was in the second grade.
Sabrina and Daria presented a slide presentation explaining the objectives of "Roots and Shoots."  It started in 1991 under the guidance of Dr. Jane Goodall.  Now there are over 8,000 groups spread out in countries around the world involving thousands of young people.  Their objectives are: (1) foster respect and passion for all living things, (2) promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and (3) inspire each individual to take action and make the world a better place for the environment, animals, and human beings.
Last year their group participated in the D.C. Green Festival which is a time for all members to promote peace by flying a giant, hand-made, Peace Dove.
The bags we use, plastic and paper, to take our groceries home cause pollution because they are not biodegradable.  Marine animals perhaps suffer the most as they mistake plastic bags for food.  This pollution can be lessened by the use of "reusable fabric bags."  They showed some of the bags they sell on Community Day when they set up a stand.  Their group has had a number of fund raisers and participated in the Potomac Cleanup Day.  In addition to using "reusable bags" we can help the environment by using less water and planting trees.
Sabrina and Daria passed around brochures that illustrated "Roots and Shoots" activities.  Their presentation was very impressive.  They are to be commended on their efforts to improve the environment!
 
50/50   Jim Harris (given to Charities)
 
Future Programs & Events
08/04/30   No meeting  -  Attend the District Conference
08/04/30   4:00-6:30pm    Joint "Mixer" with Chamber at Normandie Farm
08/05/01   GSE Dinner at Kenwood Club   Cancelled
08/05/01-04   District Conference in Gaithersburg
                       
- Henry Tate
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
April 16, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Jan Brose began the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Jenny Bartholomot led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation reflecting the attributes of "Dreams."
For the second week in a row we had no visiting Rotarians.  Joshua Jeffries, who will be inducted into membership later in the program, was accompanied by his wife, Golda.  There was no guest speaker as today's meeting was a scheduled Club Assembly.
Announcements
President Vijay had a number of announcements.  There have been eleven people that have signed up for the new "Upper Montgomery County" Club (formerly referred to as Germantown).  Nine more are needed to get the Charter.  As being a "Charter Member" has an appeal to some, use it in promoting members for the new club.    Friday (April 18th) is the deadline for "early bird" registration to the District Conference.  He urged those that have not registered to do so.  He enumerated the active roles a number of our members will have at the Conference, and hopes that most of our members will be in attendance.    Tomorrow at 5:30 there will be a Board meeting in the Administration Building of Montgomery College.  He noted for the benefit of new members that attendance to a Board meeting is one of the task options in obtaining one's "blue" badge.  
He urged attendance to the District Conference, May 1 -4, and has emailed registration forms to everyone.    Also, on May 1 there will be a dinner at the Kenwood Country Club for the incoming Group Study Exchange team.  . On May 18th the Towson Club, in conjunction with churches in the area, will have a fund raiser, "Wheels at the Ritz."  He will email more information to everyone.    On April 27th the Gaithersburg Club will have a Spring Dinner Dance starting at 5:00.  The cost is only $30 per person.    There will be a Board meeting on the April 17th which will be end on the "Steak and Beans" contest.
Claude Morissette called for volunteers for the golf tournament at the conference and passed around a signup sheet.  They had hoped for 144 players and guaranteed 90, but so far only 36 have registered.  He is hoping many more will play, but regardless of the number, we'll have a big time as he has gotten $10,000 in sponsorships.
Jim Harris announced that he will have his laptop at future meetings so that he can demonstrate how one can get on the website and input data.  He had his laptop today, but was unable to get operational.  President Vijay commented that beginning July 1st, the District office will only accept reports submitted via the website.
Sara Torrence announced there will be a special breakfast on Sunday at the District Conference honoring women in Rotary.  It is the 21st anniversary. Those attending will be given a special pin.
Induction of a New Member
President Vijay remarked that one of the most important things in Rotary is the induction of new members and called Joshua Jeffries to come to the podium. He commented that he met Joshua over the internet although they live on the same street.  After a brief ceremony in which President Vijay outlined the ideals of Rotary, he pinned Joshua and presented him with a "red" badge and Rotary material.  Joshua remarked that they would have met earlier if Vijay had a dog to walk as that's something he does frequently.  He has a cousin in California that is a Rotarian who had suggested he look into Rotary.  Joshua and Golda then went around the room to be welcomed by all those present.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Guy Semmes was acting as Sergeant-at-Arms in Bill Olson's absence, and was very disappointed in the weak reception that he received.  He did not have any questions about the Rotarian but asked for a show of hands of those who thought we are either in a recession or going to have one.  Next he called for a show of hands of those that thought it would be a serious recession.  As those that didn't raise their hand, they are obviously able to contribute a buck for our charities. 
Then he asked John Sever how he would like to have his birthday recognized.  John requested, and received, from all the ladies present a beautiful rendition of "Happy Birthday" led by songster Nancy Nuell.
Inthe"Last Comic Standing" routine, Jenny Bartholomot told of someone asking the Director of a mental institution how did they determine if someone needed to be there.  The Director said they conduct a simple test of filling a bathtub with water, giving the patient a spoon, a cup and a bucket, asking them to empty the tub.  "Oh, that's simple.  You take the bucket.  It's the biggest!"  "No," the Director replied. "You pull the plug!  What window would you like to sit by?"  Although there wasn't much laughter, Guy paid her a buck which she returned for charities. 
Anne Benefield told about a man that was questioned about what he was going to do for their 50th wedding anniversary.  The man replied that on their 25th he took his wife to Rome, so for their 50th he thought he would bring her back.  There was much laughter so Guy paid off
Happy Bucks
Terrill Meyer gave four happy bucks.  The tub story reminded her of giving her cat a bubble bath.  The cat is now fluffier than usual.  Two bucks were for Clem not being seriously injured from an accident he had on one of his repair projects - his face is black and blue!  The fourth on was for Sara as she will be one of the women recognized at the Sunday breakfast.
Jim Torrence was happy that Morris is now able to drive after only two and a half months after his surgery.   
Claude Morissette had five happy bucks.  He's happy that the golf tournament is going so well.  He's happy that his family is coming from Canada and will stay for about ten days.  He's happy that his older daughter is getting married.
Chris Good was happy that his children were accepted in the Geneva Day School.
Morris Gevinson gave twenty-five "grateful bucks" for all the people that visited him, sent him cards, gave encouragement, and called him during his recent surgery and the following rehabilitation period.
Josh Jeffries was happy to be in Rotary.  He will miss next week's meeting, but has gone on the internet and found where he can makeup.
Anne Benefield gave two bucks as she was happy that Bob Wallace was down at the White House seeing the Pope, and for the amazing life of her Uncle Bruce who died last week.
Guy Semmes gave two buck as he is always happy when we get new members.  He's also happy that the letters requesting nominations for the Citizen of the Year have gone out.   
Program
The program for today was scheduled to be a Club Assembly so there was no guest speaker.
President Vijay brought to the attention of the membership 13 proposed changes to the District's constitutional documents that will be presented at the District Conference.  As our Elector, he wanted to know how the Club felt about these issues.  He passed around a survey on which members could express their opinion - "For," "Against," or "Abstain."  Each proposed change was discussed with members expressing varying opinions.
The survey also included the selection of the District Representative and an alternate to the Council on Legislation in 2010.  The candidates are Robert S. Brown, Patricia M. Kasuda, and Robert W. Nelson.
He will tabulate them after the meeting and before the Conference, and will vote according to the Club's preferences.
 
50/50   Not recorded
 
Future Programs & Events
08/04/23   Jean Richter - Earth Day
08/04/30   No meeting  -  Attend the District Conference
08/04/30   4:00-6:30pm    Joint "Mixer" with Chamber at Normandie Farm
08/05/01   GSE Dinner at Kenwood CC
08/05/01-04   District Conference in Gaithersburg
                       
- Henry Tate
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
April 9, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Dick Calhoun began the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  John Ferguson led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation about the effects of "Positive Thinking."
There were no visiting Rotarians today.  Two persons that arrived as visitors will leave as members as they will be inducted today.  They are Sam Thomas and Poteck Sandell.  Sam was accompanied by his wife Elsy.  Don Harrison was the guest again of Guy Semmes.  Our guest speaker was accompanied by her friend an associate, Cathy Silberman...
Announcements
President Vijay had a number of announcements.  He urged attendance to the District Conference, May 1 -4, and has emailed registration forms to everyone.    Also, on May 1 there will be a dinner at the Kenwood Country Club for the incoming Group Study Exchange team.  . On May 18th the Towson Club in conjunction with churches in the area will have a fund raiser "Wheels at the Ritz."  He will email more information to everyone.    On April 27th the Gaithersburg Club will have a Spring Dinner Dance starting at 5:00.  The cost is only $30 per person.    There will be a Board meeting on the April 17th which will be end on the "Steak and Beans" contest.
Sara Torrence announced there will be a special session for new members at the District Conference and urged them to attend.  She gave registrations forms to Poteck and Sam.
Bob Wallace made an appeal for helping with "Bikes for the World" two weeks from this Saturday (April 26th) at Wootton High School.
Claude Morissette reported that he now has $8,000 in sponsorship for the Conference Golf outing on May 1st.
Induction of New Members
President Vijay remarked that one of the most important things in Rotary is the induction of new members and called Poteck Sandell to the podium. As Poteck is transferring from the Reston Rotary Club, he was presented with a "Blue" badge rather than a "Red" badge that is customarily given to new members.
Sam Thomas was then called to the podium and in a brief ceremony was inducted into membership and charged to abide by the precepts of the 4-Way Test.  He was given a pin and a "Red" badge along with other Rotary information.
Both new members then went around the room to be welcomed into the Club by all the members present.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson called for jokes inhis "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Sam Thomas told about a man following radio instructions about where to turn, much to the consternation of his wife of twenty-five years.  She couldn't believe it as he never paid attention to her instructions.  She wanted to find out who this woman was.   There was much laughter so Sgt. Bill gave Sam a dollar.
 
Sergeant Bill then had five questions taken from material in the current Rotarian.  One dollar for each wrong answer.  Because he's generous, a maximum of two wrong answers.
1.                       On the cover page, how many capital letters are there in the title "the Rotarian?"  (a) 0, (b) 1, (c) 2, (d) 9, (e) 11?  Ans. (a) it's all lower case.
2.                       True or False - The cover features an article on technology titled "Plugged into Rotary?"  Ans. True
3.                       True or False - The article "High Hopes for High Tech" contains a short multiple choice test so you can measure your understanding of new technology? Ans.  False
4.                       The 7 page article "Safe Blood Africa" tells how blood banks are saving lives in what African country? (a) Botswana, (b) Congo, (c) Ethiopia,  (d) Nigeria, (e) South Africa?   Ans.(d)
5.                       The article "Let the Match Begin" focuses on (a) Educating,  (b) Giving, (c) Recruiting, (d) Service, (e) Volunteerism?  Ans. (b) $100 million matching challenge.
Happy Bucks
Dick Calhoun gave a buck for the interview he saw on ABC last night interviewing young people.
Terrill Meyer gave five bucks for: the new members; seeing Morris back; not having to hobble around anymore as the surgery on her feet was successful; and for Chris and Jen Good being such gracious hosts.
Guy Semmes gave twenty-eight bucks - twenty six to add to the two (all he had) he had given several weeks ago for their 28th anniversary.  One was for not being charged but a buck for getting peoples' names wrong when he was presiding.  The other was for having a great Sergeant-at-Arms.
Claude Morissette gave a buck to report that the Golf Tournament will have a Putting contest and there will be shootouts for $100,000 and $1,000,000.
Sara Torrence was happy that Terrill Meyer is back after having surgery on her feet - something she probably should have done, but never will.
Nancy Nuell gave two happy bucks.  The first was for having their first BBQ of the season last Saturday which was absolutely wonderful!  The second was for a friend getting a Golden Retriever puppy that's truly adorable!
Jim Torrence was happy that Sara's latest assignment will take them to London, Manchester, Scotland, and Wales.
President Vijay gave two happy bucks for our two new members.
Sgt. Bill gave four happy bucks as he will be away on vacation for the next two weeks.
Program
Guy Semmes introduced Rochelle Sobel to talk about Safe International Road Travel.  She is the president of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), a 501c3 organization founded in 1995.  She's going to talk to us about safe road travel here and abroad.
Rochelle remarked that she feels at home at Rotary.  Although not a Rotarian, she has worked with many Rotary clubs.  She founded ASIRT in 1995 after her 25-year old son was killed in a bus crash in Turkey along with 21 other people.  He had just finished his last rotation in medical school and decided to tour Turkey for four days before returning home to graduate.  The driver was speeding down the wrong way on a two lane highway without guard rails when he hit oncoming traffic and plunged down a ravine. Emergency people arrived on the scene too late to be of any help.  She started ASIRT in memory of her son with the objective of saving lives.
Worldwide, road crashes are the biggest cause of death.  Over a million people die every year from road crashes with 50 million being injured. They are the cause of death of 200 children every year.  The heaviest toll is in developing countries.  It is such a serious issue that the UN has passed 5 resolutions on road safety since 2004.  One of them list five factors: helmets, seat belts and child restraints, seating, drinking and driving, and infrastructure.  It calls for the third Sunday in November to be a day of remembrance for the victims of road crashes, and bringing awareness of the issue of road safety.
They have done an enormous amount of work. They have worked with law enforcement agencies, governments, the medical community, international organizations, corporations, schools, and others.  She has just returned from the UN where another resolution was passed calling for a worldwide meeting of Ministers of Transport, with Russia as the host, to discuss this as a global issue.  Our motto is "One world, one road." What you do on your road, and what we do on our road affects each and every one of us, and we have an enormous responsibility to our own citizens and to visitors to our country, and we hope everyone else feels that way.  They have developed road reports for 150 countries which are constantly being updated.  Request them by email of the country you will be traveling and they will gladly send you a report on the roads.  She discussed some of the work Rotary has done in support of ASIRT, and would like to partner more with Rotary. 
Rochelle had slides to supplement her presentation, but unfortunately the bulb in our projector blew at the beginning.  However, some pictures were shown on the laptop that illustrated work that Rotary has supported.  Her presentation definitely indicates a global need, and for which her efforts to improve road safety are to be commended.
 
50/50   Jim Harris
 
Future Programs & Events
08/04/16   Club Assembly
08/04/17    5:30  Board meeting at Montgomery College Administrative Building
08/04/23   Jean Richter - Earth Day
08/04/30   No meeting - Attend the District Conference
08/04/30   4:00-6:30pm    Joint "Mixer" with Chamber at Normandie Farm
08/05/01   GSE Dinner at Kenwood CC
08/05/01-04   District Conference in Gaithersburg
                       
- Henry Tate
 
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
April 2, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Bob Wallace began the meeting by leading the singing of "America."  Jim Vagonis led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Morris Gevinson gave an invocation about the benefits of "Smiles."
We had two visiting Rotarians:  Gov. Rich Carson from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Club and AG Barry Thompson from the North Bethesda Club.  President Vijay had four guests: Barry Cohen, Tony Tasbehe, Sam Thomas and Chris Heald.  The program is a Classification Talk so there was no guest speaker.
Announcements
Jan Brose, our Social Chair, reported that Montgomery College will present two dinner musicals this summer: "Evita " and "Beauty and the Beast."  As a show of hands indicated a preference for "Evita," she will work on dates for that show.
Anne Benefield, Program Chair, announced that next week's speaker will be Rochelle Sobel who will talk on International Road Safety.  She has devoted her time to improving safety because her son was killed about twelve years ago in a road accident.
Jim Pagonis reported local papers carried an article that we are looking for nominations for "the Citizen of the Year" award giving him and Guy Semmes as contacts.
Claude Morissette urged signing up for the District Golf Tournament on May 1st as it will be limited to 144 golfers.  He has obtained $7,000 from sponsors, and hopes to get more, so it will be a great tournament.
Sara Torrence announced that Conference registration will include a wonderful tote bag that will have a pocket for a bottle of water.  Bottles of water will be sold in support of the Andy Winters Togo project.
President Vijay had several topics to talk about.  Rotary Day at Gallaudet, that he attended, was an outstanding even, and complimented Henry Tate for his efforts.  He hopes the recipient to whom we gave a scholarship in memory of Andy Winters will visit our club later this month.  . He complemented Nancy Nuell on the Mini-Summit on Literacy held last Saturday although he was disappointed that our club was not better represented.    Appreciation was expressed to Chris and Jen Good for hosting members to a cooking seminar that resulted in a gourmet meal.    He will be calling anyone that has not paid their $100 Paul Harris Sustaining membership as he wants to obtain 100% before the District Conference.    The membership contest will be over April 17th with the Steak and Beans Awards dinner on June 7th.  The "B" team is leading 4 - 2.    He called for a round of applause to congratulate Gov. Rich on being nominated by Rotary International to be a Representative to the OAS.    On April 30th there will be a joint "mixer" with the Potomac Chamber of Commerce from 4:30 -6;00 at Normandie Farm.    There will be a dinner for the incoming Group Study Exchange Team at Kenwood Country Club on May 1st.   The District has a new web site and would appreciate Potomac getting their input updated by July 1st.
Special Presentations
Gov. Rich Carson and Claude Morissette made a special presentation to President Vijay making him a Fellow in The Bequest Society.  This is a special recognition to someone that makes a bequest to the Rotary Foundation which President Vijay has done.  He was presented a lapel pin and a crystal symbol signifying his membership.  Gov. Rich congratulated Vijay and commented on how such giving helps the Foundation.
President Vijay called Bob Bourbon and Henry Tate to the podium.  In a brief ceremony, Bob was reinstated as a member of the Club.  Bob was President of the Club in 1988-89 and was involved in Rotary's initial appeal for Polio Plus.  Several years later he had to resign because of business pressures.  Henry was instrumental in getting Bob to return to Rotary, and was presented a "Sponsor" pin.  Sgt. Bill Olson was ready with a new pin for Bob, welcoming him back!
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson called for jokes inhis "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Anne Benefield told about a group attending a friend's funeral discussing what they would like for people to say about them at their funeral.  Two of them wanted people to say what great things they had accomplished.  The third one said, he would for them to say,  "Didn't I see him moving?"  There were groans and applause, but Bill decided it was good enough to give Anne a dollar.  President Vijay had advice on how to spend the "bonus" we'll receive to stimulate the economy.  If you spend it at Wal-Mart, it will go to China.  If you spend it on gasoline, it will go to the Arabs. If you spend it on computers, it will go to India.  If you spend it on cars, it will go to Japan.  The only way to keep that money at home is to buy beer and visit Indian casinos.  That produced only applause so Bill paid another dollar.  Jim Torrence told about a depressed man with suicidal tendencies deciding to call a "hot line" before doing anything.  Like so many other things, this was outsourced to Pakistan.  His call got them all excited, and they immediately asked, "Could he drive a truck?"   Nothing but groans for Jim.
As time was running short, Sgt. Bill, deferred his usual Rotary questions to next week meeting and went to Happy Bucks.
Happy Bucks
Nancy Nuell gave four happy bucks.  The first was for Sgt. Bill being on the ball and having a Rotary pin for Bob Bourbon.  The second one was for seeing Morris at the meeting.  The third buck was for the Mini-Summit finale on Literacy and the help she received from Jan Brose and Anila Pahwa.  The fourth buck was for the program she attended on "Literacy Cares" last Friday night.  It was given by high school students whose dedication really impressed her.  She feels there is a need to help some of them pursue their educational goals with financial aid.
Mark Dreibelbis was happy that someone contributed office furniture for his project in Haiti.
Sara Torrence was happy that Bob Bourbon has returned to Rotary as he was the president that inducted her into Rotary.  She gave another buck for having attended the Ambassadorial Scholars dinner last Saturday night as it was a wonderful affair.
John Sever reported, with mixed emotions, that his house is now on the market as he and Gerane have decided to downsize after 40 years in Country Place, and move to the new Ingleside at King Farm, a senior community.  The good news is that he will continue as member of the Club.
Jeanne Richter was happy about having found a wonderful vacationing spot on the bay, and happy that the Board approved her idea about a fund raiser for the Andy Winters water project.
Gov. Rich Carson gave a happy buck as his 11 year old godson won the NASCAR Snow Boarding Championship for the third year in a row.  Then he did so well in the more serious USA competition that he is being approached by people for sponsorships.
Program
President Vijay introduced Jim Vagonis as a new member that quickly became involved in a number of Club activities including taking a major role in the "Citizen of the Year" award.   He will now give his Classification Talk to tell us more about himself and his vocation.
Jim commented that Vijay worked on him for about a year  before he finally acquiesced to join Rotary, a decision that he hasn't regretted.  When he said he was born and raised in the Detroit area Nancy Nuell applauded vigorously.  Upon graduating from High School he went to work in the IT (Information Technology) field for 18 years.  He was transferred to Minnesota (Bill Olson applauded) where he met his wife who was the Project manager.  It was cold up there  (Bill Olson agreed) so in 1990 he decided to move to this area which he believes was the best decision he ever made in his life.  Feeling the need for new friends,  he responded to a sign on a Fire Station  "Volunteers needed."  Eighteen years later he is still a member, and is now a Deputy Chief.  Working in the Fire Department, helping people was the turning point in his life. There he was helping people that were usually in a crisis mode.  One time he and his partner delivered a baby in a parking lot much to the surprise of the father.
The driving force of helping people made him realize that working in IT was not satisfying so he began a new business of providing service to homeowners.  Their primary mission is to take care of all the "Honey Do List" items of the homeowner. Their technicians and craftsmen visit the home on a monthly basis to provide routine maintenance as well as attending to unplanned problems.  These include such services as gutter cleaning, exterior power washing, heating and air conditioning inspections, window cleaning, and many others.  The name of his business is "Hassle Free Home Services, Inc. for which he passed out literature detailing their services.  They now provide service to approximately 150  homes and are growing.
They have three children, two daughters ages 14 and 4 and a son 11.  Jim assisted in the delivery of each one.  They live in Potomac, up the street from the Severs.
Jim feels that he is in the middle of a triangle whose sides are family, business and volunteering.  At times, one side may be longer than the others, but they are always connected.
We appreciate Jim telling us about his life, and applaud him for his motivation to be of service to others.
50/50  Jim Vagonis (He drew his own ticket but gave it back to Charities.)
 
Future Programs & Events
08/04/09   Rochelle Sobel - Safe International Road Travel
08/04/16   Club Assembly
08/04/23   Jean Richter - Earth Day
08/04/30   No meeting - Attend the District Conference
08/04/30   4:00-6:30pm    Joint "Mixer" with Chamber at Normandie Farm
08/05/01   GSE Dinner at Kenwood CC
08/05/01-04   District Conference in Gaithersburg
 
                       
- Henry Tate
 
Seeds of Happiness and Love will grow and prosper!  Plant them!
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
March 26, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
This was a very busy week for the Club.  Rotary Day at Gallaudet was convening at the same time as our regular scheduled meeting.  President Vijay had another meeting of the provisional club of Germantown on Tuesday night.  Nancy Nuell conducted the fourth Mini-Summit on Literacy at the new Rockville Library on Saturday morning.  Then Saturday night a number of members converged on Chris and Jen Good for a cooking lesson and a gourmet meal.  A tape recorder that was left at Normandie Farm to record the proceedings was not found until after the meeting was over.  Never-the-less, some highlights will be reported!

Presentation of Scholarships at Gallaudet
President Vijay, along with Bob Wallace, Morris Gevinson, Howard Lerch, Jenny Bartholomot and Henry Tate were attending Rotary Day at Gallaudet at which Morris gave the invocation.  Rotary Day is when the District presents scholarships to students at Gallaudet.  Henry Tate was Chair of the committee this year.  The Club should be proud of the fact that its challenge to the rest of the District in the early 70's led to the creation of this District Scholarship Project that since has grown to an endowment of over $380,000.  Clubs that contribute the amount of a scholarship in the year can name a scholarship in memory or in honor of someone of their choosing.  Our contribution of $2,000 enabled President Vijay to present to Riccardo Ferracuti from Italy, a scholarship in memory of Andy Winters, who was tragically killed last year. (Riccardo has been invited to attend our meetings.)  The ten $2,000 scholarships, that were awarded this year, with five of them being "named," bring the total to over 200.  Each year they are equally divided between U. S. and international students.   Gov. Rich, in addressing the group, indicated the hope that the program can be expanded to include other districts. From the interest and enthusiasm that was displayed, this certainly seems possible.  Earlier in the day, Howard Lerch participated in Rotarians giving "mock interviews" to a number of students.  Rotary Day has become a special annual event that is expected to be continued.
Vice-President Guy Semmes presided over the meeting at Normandie Farm to which no visiting Rotarian attended.  There was one visitor beside the guest speaker.  After an opening song, Jan Brose led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Mark Drivelbus gave the invocation.  Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Olson, in deference to the small attendance, did not impose any fines.  Nancy Nuell gave five happy bucks for the special recognition Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto received at Montgomery College.  Sgt. Bill gave twenty bucks in memory of an aunt that recently passed away.  Several other happy bucks were given.  Gordon Morison, the guest speaker, gave a very interesting presentation that was entitled, "More Than Glue behind the Stamp."  His presentation was complimented with a number of slides as he told exciting stories behind several commemorative issues.  There truly is "More Than Glue behind the Stamp" than we think about when applying one to our correspondence.
 
 
Future Programs & Events
08/04/02        Jim Vagonis- Classification Talk
08/04/09        Rochelle Sobel - Safe International Road Travel
08/04/16        Club Assembly
08/04/23        Jean Richter - Earth Day
08/04/30        No meeting - Attend the District Conference
08/05/01-04   District Conference in Gaithersburg
                       
- Henry Tate
 
 
"The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others."
                                                               - Albert Schweitzer
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
March 19, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Bob Wallace began the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Hersh Minsky led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave the invocation.
Henry Tate gave a warm welcome to Pat Kasuda, a Past District Governor and a member of the Glen Burnie Club.  She is also today's guest speaker, and was accompanied by her husband, John.  .Mike Voyatsis was the guest of Jim Harris.  Josh Jeffries, Martin Posse, and Anila Pahwa werethe guests of President Vijay.  Bonnie Fugel and Diane Nutting from Imagination Stage and Nicolette Stearns and Sally Kinka from Art Streams were guests of the club.
Announcements
President Vijay gave a brief report on the highlights of the March Board meeting.  There will be three "seven day" letters going out on prospective members.  There will be a dinner for the visiting GSE team on May1st at the Kenwood Country Club.  Martin Posse, who is visiting us today, is from Argentina.  He will be taking over the transitional issues for chartering the new Germantown Club.
Special Presentations
Bob Wallace called Bonnie Fugel and Diane Nutting from Imagination Stage to the podium.  He presented them with a check for $500 to assist Imagination Stage in its efforts to build academic, artistic and social skills, self-esteem and self-knowledge in its students, as well as open the culture of the deaf to people in the hearing world through theatre performance.  Both spoke words of appreciation and suggested attending their performances.
Bob then called Nicolette Stearns and Sally Kika from Art Streams to the podium to present them with a check for $500 for Art Streams whose mission is to create artistic opportunities for individual in communities traditionally under-served by the arts, especially those challenged by disabilities of life circumstances  Both spoke words of appreciation for the contribution.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson called for jokes inhis "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Henry Tate told about a second grader who was living with his divorced mother.  All his buddies seemed to know their mother's age, but his wouldn't tell him saying it was not nice to ask a lady her age.  Relating this to a pal, his pal told him to look in her pocketbook for her driver's license, that it would give her date of birth and he could determine how old she was.  After accomplishing this, he was pretty smug and told her he not only knew her age, but why she and his dad divorced - "Because you got an F in Sex."  There was laughter and applause so Sgt. Bill paid off.
Sgt. Bill, being curious about how the date for Easter is determined, went to the web for the answer.  He found lots of information, leaving him still somewhat confused so he did not charge for wrong answers.  Basically, Easter is observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
Happy Bucks
Sgt. Bill started happy bucks by giving five as he will be getting together with family and friends to observe Easter.
President Vijay gave two bucks for Joshua and martin being here today with the hope that they will become active Rotarians.
Bob Wallace was happy that the guests from Imagination Stage and Art Streams are here today.
Jim Harris washappy that Mike Voyatzis was here today.  Mike has been his friend for many years, and played guitar at his and Katie's wedding.
Program
Anne Benefield commented that reading all the accomplishments of our speaker, which can be found on the web, would take up the whole program time so she merely introduced our speaker as Pat Kasuda, past District Governor, who has been an inspiration to all of us.
Gov. Pat remarked that it was a privilege to speak to the Club, and what she was going to give a slide presentation on her trip to India just before last Christmas.  It was a 3-H grant that we acquired last year on "Women's Health Initiatives in India."  As the Foundation gives only about 50 grants throughout the world a year, they felt very fortunate.  It ties in with literacy very nicely.  All the programs that she had the opportunity to visit were started by matching grants from the Charlotte Hall Club in our District and three clubs in Bombay. Including herself, there were three on this trip of north western India.  It started in Bombay which has 16 million people amounting to about 800 people per acre.  Everybody blows their horn as everybody has the right-of-way.  There are no traffic lights.  One goes whenever they want, wherever they want, however they want.
. They stayed with Rotarians the entire time.  One of the things she got to realize is that we in the U.S. have so much to be grateful for whereas Rotarians in India live in very meek circumstances. 
Rotarians in India make a commitment to go to three projects a month.  Some of these require long travel time, but that is their commitment to Rotary.
They visited health care camps that were operated under tents, nothing like our sanitized facilities.  They found that 83% of the women seeking health care were illiterate. This meant that it was difficult for them to understand when to take their medication.  The team devised a system of cards showing the sun coming up, the sun fully up, and the sun going down to tell them when to take their medication.  The women walk for hours and then must sit in long lines to get medical care.  Men in India feel threatened by Health Care for Women as women have two purposes; to create children, and to work in the fields.  A surgical camp was about twenty miles away.  Again it was surprising to see the conditions under which the medical people had to work.  Yet their success rate is 93% so they must be doing something right.  Women walk hours to get there and then tolerate long waits for medical attention.
They were given a surprise celebration by 51 clubs and a director from RI to honor the work that has been accomplished under the 3-H grants.  The reporting that is required of the 3-H programs is cumbersome but necessary, but it is certainly very rewarding.
Gov. Pat's interesting presentation continued for several more minutes but the tape recorder stopped functioning.  Her efforts to bring us her report on this 3-H program are greatly appreciated.   It is very heart-warming to hear the results of one of Rotary's many programs.
50/50   Bill Olson (given to Charities)
 
Future Programs & Events
08/03/26   Gordon Morison, - "More Than Glue behind the Stamp"
08/03/26   Rotary Day at Gallaudet
08/03/29   Mini-Summit on Literacy at Rockville Library
08/03/29   Gourmet Cooking Class at Chris Good's residence
                       
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
March 5, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Bob Wallace began the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Jim Torrence led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave the invocation.
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but Walt McGee from the Boy Scouts was welcomed as he wanted to learn more about Rotary.  Henry Tate had as his guest, Bob Bourbon, a past president of the Club.  Judy Krieger, the teacher-counselor for our Interact Club, was warmly welcomed along with three Interact members, Arushi Bhalla, Lois Yeom, and Paxton Misra who will later give their essays on the 4-Way Test.
Announcements
President Vijay called Chris Good to the podium and presented him with his "blue" name badge as he has completed the new member assignments.  He complimented Chris for taking such an active interest in our Club.
Howard Lerch requested that "make-ups" be turned in to him by next Wednesday so that he can make his attendance report to the District.
Guy Semmes announced that his com-mittee to select a "Citizen of the Year" will be meeting following this meeting. He would welcome anyone desiring to join the committee.
Sara Torrence reported that she had just received an email from Fran Pruitt who is handling the visiting Group Study team in Montgomery County.  The team will arrive about April 30th and will appear on the Friday program of the District Conference.  Think about hosting a team member as it is a very rewarding experience.  Specific dates will be announced later.
Henry Tate asked for a show of hands of those planning to attend Rotary Day at Gallaudet on March 26th.  We will be giving one of the scholarships in memory of Andy Winters.  There will be a regular meeting here at Normandie Farm for those not attending Rotary Day.
President Vijay had several announcements.  He will be forwarding to every member by email the registration form for the District Conference.  The board will decide about advertising and other Conference details.    Another signup sheet for the Friendship Diner on March 10th will be passed around as the one last week was not returned to him.    March 17th at 6:30 there is a District Leadership Seminar at the Gaithersburg Hilton.    There is a Board meeting Thursday of next week, March 13th at 5:30 in the Administration Building of Montgomery College    Also next week, our program speaker will be Ann Stewart from Salt Lake City.    On the 29th starting at 8:00am will be the final Mini-summit meeting in the new Rockville Library.  It will be on Literacy.    Last night there were four additional persons, making eight, that have shown interest in getting a new Germantown club started.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson was pleased with the "boo" welcoming he received in being called to the podium.  He commented that Guy Semmes had an anniversary last week and hoped that he remembered it.  He then called for jokes in his "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Anne Benefield told about a snail climbing up a cherry tree.  The birds were laughing at him and called him stupid, and asked "Why are you climbing that tree, there are no cherries on it?"  "Not yet, but there will be when I get to the top."  No laughter, so Anne had to pay.. Guy Semmes told about a retired man just leaving a restaurant saw a policeman attach a parking violation to the car's windshield.  He said, "Officer, can't you be sympathetic for a retired person, it can't be but a few minutes over time."  The officer obviously didn't like his authority being questioned so wrote out another ticket for slick tires.  In making excuses and pleading the case, words became heated and he called the officer a "Nazi."  This really made the officer mad so he quickly wrote tickets for two more violations, slapped them on the windshield, and left!  A short time later, the retiree happily looked at the car with four violations and a bumper sticker that said "Hillary" as he boarded his bus for home.  There was much laughter so Guy was given a dollar.
Sergeant Bill for his weekly quiz about Rotary had five questions about the contents in the March issue of the Rotarian.  $1 for each wrong answer but because he's a kind person, only count the first two wrong.  He offered to contribute a $1 for every member that gets them all right.
1. What celebrity was on the front cover?  Ans.  Dolly Parton
2. The focus of the article was focused on her support of: (a) safe drinking water, (b) eradication of polio, (c) hunger relief, (d) literacy, or (e) medical care for the poor? Ans.  Literacy
3.   The RI President-Elect for2008-2009, Dong Kurn Lee, is from what country:  (a) China, (b) Indonesia, (c) South Korea, (d) Taiwan or (e) Thailand?  Ans.  South Korea
4. There was an article titled "The Future Vision Plan" that focused on: (a)Polio Eradication - raising funds and a implementation plan, (b) Rotary International's Strategic Plan, (c) The Rotary Foundation's long range planning effort, (d) Membership growth in Asia and Eastern Europe, or (e) Membership growth in Asia and India?  Ans.  The Rotary Foundation's long range planning effort
5. True or False - There was an article in the Rotary Insider titled "Rotary, UN celebrate common goals".  The Rotary flag was on one of the poles pictured in front of the UN building.   Ans.  False - there was an article but no Rotary flag
Happy Bucks
Claude Morissette had two happy bucks.  The first was for having a great time last week playing golf in Naples FL.  The second dollar was because plans for the District Conference golf tournament are being finalized.  It will be held at the Little Bennett course on May 1st  and will be limited to 144 players.  Cost will be $85 per person.  There will be lots of prizes with $10,000 for a "hole-in-one."  He hopes that Potomac will be well represented.
Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto gave five happy bucks as the college, after a  year and a half of hard work, received a good report from the accreditation team.    She gave another happy five as she now has warm feelings for Ohio, Texas & Rhode Island after yesterday's primaries.
Sara Torrence gave five happy bucks for Claude's work on the golf tournament.  She hopes that by this time next week mailers will have been received by everyone.
Anne Benefield gave four happy bucks for the Interact being here today to present their essays on the 4-Way Test.  They are truly a dynamic bunch.    She gave another buck for the improvement one of her parishioners has shown in recovering from a terrible car accident.
Guy Semmes gave two happy bucks (that's all he had) as he and Dana celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary twice last weekend.
Program
Anne Benefield introduced today's speakers, Arushi Bhalla, Lois Yeom, and Paxton Misra from our Interact Club at Wootton High School.  This is the order in which they will present their essays on the 4-Way Test for our evaluation. The one selected the best will compete in the District's semifinals next month with the finalists competing at the District Conference in May.  Evaluation sheets with suggested criteria were given to each member to aid in the evaluation.  They will be collected after all three have spoken and then tabulated to determine the winner.  Accompanying them is their teacher-counselor, Judy Krieger, who has been the Interact counselor for several years.  Let's welcome the first speaker. (Editor's note: The essays are presented in their entirety as they were copied verbatim from their manuscripts.)
The judges reported that the scoring was very close with Paxton Misra receiving the highest score.  All are to be congratulated and commended for their efforts in writing these essays on the 4-Way Test.
 
50/50 - Jim Vagonis
 
Future Programs & Events
08/03/12   Ann Stewart from Salt Lake City
08/03/19   PDG Pat Kasuda - Rotary's initiatives on Literacy
08/03/26   Gordon Morison, Retired Postal employee - "More Than Glue behind the Stamp"
08/03/26   Rotary Day at Gallaudet
08/03/29   Mini-Summit on Literacy at Rockville Library
08/03/29   Gourmet Cooking Class at Chris Good's residence
                       
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
March 12, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Jim Harris began the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Howard Lerch led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave the invocation.
Henry Tate gave a special warm welcome to Morris Gevinson as it was his first meeting since having surgery several weeks ago.  There were three visiting Rotarians today:  Leah Barnett, a past President from Rockville; Stu Rutchik, President of the Montgomery Village club; and Alan Tetervin, also from Rockville and who was accompanied by his wife, Amy. Walt McGee from the Boy Scouts was visiting for the second time.  Lou Block was the guest of Jim Harris.  Don Harrison was the guest of Guy Semmes for the second time.  South Lynn was the guest of Jack Kelly.  Andrew Balfour was the guest of Jim Pagonis.  Josh Jones, Joe Anderson, and Samil Chodhury were the guests of President Vijay.  Anne Stewart and Mark Peterson will be introduced later as they are our guest speakers.
Announcements
President Vijay called Sonny Taylor and Claude Morissette to the podium. With a brief induction ceremony Sonny was reinstated into membership in the Club.  (He had to resign several years ago because of business pressures.)
Sara Torrence announced that registration forms for the District Conference have been sent out.  It will begin on May 1, and will be at the Gaithersburg Hilton.
Claude Morissette reported on the golf tournament at the Conference.  There will be lots of prizes with $1,000 to anyone shooting a "hole-in-one." 
Anne Benefield announced that PDG Pat Kasuda will be our speaker next week.  She will be speaking on Rotary's initiatives about literacy and about her trip to India. 
Mark Dreibilbus reported that his trip to Haiti was very successful.  They will be producing a video to support a request for a "matching grant."  All the necessary paper work has been done.
President Vijay announced again about the gourmet cooking event at Chris Good's home on the 29th.  A signup sheet is being passed around.  Unfortunately, it will be limited to 24 persons.  Cost will be $30 per person.   Also, on the 29th is the mini-summit meeting on Literacy, the last of four.  Reservations must be made on or before the 26th.  No "walk-in" will be admitted.  Anyone wanting to attend Rotary Day at Gallaudet on the 26th should see Henry Tate about registering.  We will be giving a scholarship in memory of Andy Winters.
. Special Presentation
Stu Rutchik, President of the Montgomery Village club, presented a check to President Vijay  from their Foundation in the amount of $1,000 to support  the Andy Winters Togo project.  President Vijay commented that it was very much appreciated, and that we look forward to working with his club. 
Sergeant-at-Arms
Guy Semmes was again acting as Sergeant-at-Arms in Bill Olson's absence.  Last week nearly everybody knew that Dolly Parton's picture was on the cover of the March Rotarian, but he wondered how many could tell what the associated article was about.  Nearly everyone knew the answer was "Books - Literacy" so he didn't impose any fines. He then called for jokes in the "Last Comic Standing" routine.  President Vijay related a story about villagers in India being scammed by the buying and selling of monkeys.  Sgt. Guy considered it produced enough laughter to pay Vijay a buck.
Happy Bucks
Jim Torrence gave a happy buck as Morris is here after his knee surgery. Although Morris' recovery has not been as quick as his was, he attributes that to the fact that he is "not as old as Morris."
Jan Brose gave three happy bucks.  One was for Morris being here.  The second was for participating in Alicia's celebration of her "big" birthday!  The third was for so many guests today with the hope that we'll see more of them.
Claude Morissette had five happy bucks as Sonny is now back in the Club. He told a story about a Virginian named "Bubba" reporting to the sheriff that his neighbor was apparently hiding marijuana in his wood pile.  The sheriff and his crew couldn't find any after moving every stick, and left.  Bubbas then called his neighbor and asked if the sheriff had been there "Yes," the neighbor replied. Bubba said "You got your wood stacked, didn't you? Happy Birthday!"
Jim Harris gave a happy buck for President's Vijay's outstanding efforts in bringing so many guests to the Club for today's meeting.
Sara Torrence gave two happy bucks because Sonny and Morris are here.  She gave a third buck for Montgomery Village's support of the Andy Winter's project.
Anne Benefield gave several happy bucks: for seeing Morris and Sonny today, for having a marvelous experience at the PETS seminar, and for her mother's 82nd birthday.  Her mother told her to "shut up" about her age.  It was the first time that she remembers her mother giving such a denouncement, but she's happy that she is well and happy.
President Vijay had several happy dollars.  First and foremost are for our guest speakers today.   Then he gave a buck for each of his guests today.  He wanted to introduce Joe Anderson as he is planning to be a Charter member of the new Germantown Club.  He's happy that Morris is back.  He gave five bucks because Sonny Taylor has rejoined the Club.
Guy Semmes gave three happy bucks for Sonny, Morris, and for his friend Don Harrison being here today.
Program
President Vijay introduced today's speakers: Anne Stewart and Mark Peterson.  Anne is Director of Enterprise Mentors International (EMI).  He met her at the International Convention when he and Anila were attending a session on microfinancing.  He told her that we could not afford to pay transportation, but if they were ever in the Washington area that he would like for them to present their program to our club (Anne is a member of the Salt Lake City club that has about 400 members.) So here they are.  Accompanying her is Mark Peterson, the new CEO and President of EMI.  Together, they will tell us more about "microfinancing."
EMI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps the poor in developing countries to obtain business skills and access small loans.  They provide business training, mentoring, and micro financing services. Using the principle of a "Hand up", not a "Hand out," there is a charge for their services based on the client's ability to pay.  Since 1990 they have helped more than 675,000 people and 112,000 families work their way out of poverty.  They plan to grow to a million clients in the next five years.  Their goal is to eliminate poverty by the year 2025.
Microcredit or microfinancing allows families to work to end their own poverty.  They provide small loans at market interest rates to self-employed entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for bank loans.  Many loans start at $50 with repayment averaging better than 95%.  Such loans sound very small to us, but in developing countries it is a treasure.  The loans enable their clients to purchase tools and materials.  In 2006 they granted over 25,000 loans amounting to over $4 million.  This helped over 150,000 people.
RI President Wilf. Wilkerson said at the convention that microcredit is the single biggest antipoverty tool known to mankind.
Anne and Mark showed a video depicting some of the clients and the businesses they have undertaken. Anne has visited the Philippines which she finds beautiful, and the people most appreciative.  They also related stories of appreciation from some of the clients.
It was a very interesting and enlightening presentation, and we appreciate Anne and Mark providing us such a "hands-on" report.
Future Programs & Events
08/03/19   PDG Pat Kasuda - Rotary's initiatives on Literacy
08/03/26   Gordon Morison, - "More Than Glue behind the Stamp"
08/03/26   Rotary Day at Gallaudet
08/03/29   Mini-Summit on Literacy at Rockville Library
08/03/29   Gourmet Cooking Class at Chris Good's residence
                       
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
February 27, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
Bob Wallace began the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Hersh Minsky led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation reflecting on "sharing" in a world with so many starving.
Henry Tate brought greetings from John McShefferty who was president of the Club in 2001-02 and soon afterwards moved to California.  There were no visiting Rotarians, but there were three visitors having seen an article about us, decided to check us out.  They were: Cal and Serita Simpson, and Bernie McShane.   Lisha Arden, who spoke to the Club some time ago about Afghanistan, was the guest of Anne Benefield.  Bob Bourbon, a former member and a Past-president of the Club, was the guest again of Henry Tate.  Katie Tenpas, a friend of Anne Benefield, is the guest speaker and will be introduced later.
Announcements
Nancy Nuell announcement the last of the Mini-Summit meetings will be held in the new Rockville Library on March 29th.  This one is on Literacy and will be very interesting.  There is a registration fee of ten dollars.
Anne Benfield announced that next week's program will be judging the speeches given by members of the Interact Club on the 4-Way Test.  The winner will compete in the District competition.  This has always been an interesting program.  
President Vijay commented that one must register for the Literacy meeting.  No "walk-ins" will be allowed.  He believes the cutoff date is March 26th.    He read an interestingly phrased letter from Governor Rich Carson about the District Conference in May.  In essence, it said there would be something for everyone so everyone should attend.    He read  another letter from RI President Wif. Wilkerson asking if his challenge of every member bringing in one new member had been met.  We have a lot of work to do!    He reported that there were four potential members that attended the meeting for the proposed Germantown Club.  They will be having similar meetings the next four Tuesdays that he hopes will produce the necessary twenty members to charter the Club.  Suggested names will be greatly appreciated.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson remarked that it was sad commentary that he received not a single "boo" in getting to the podium, so the membership responded lustily! He then called for jokes in his "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Jim Harris told about a man specifying that $40,000 would go for his funeral and that should include a large stone in his memory.  After the man died, the widow and a friend took flowers to the grave site.  The friend, noticing the headstone was average, asked where was the large stone - that he had left $40,000 to include such.  The widow replied, "The burial cost $8,000 and the reception $2,000 size. The remainder went for this stone," holding up her hand, displaying a very large diamond.
Jim Torrence told about a man telling his son that when he died, the son would inherit around a million dollars.  Receiving so much money he thought he should see a financial planner.  He explained the situation to the financial planner who was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen.  He decided that on his follow-up visit that he would ask for her hand in marriage, only to find out that she had become his stepmother!
Today Sergeant Bill's questions were about Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio.  There are four questions.  Two or three wrong answers will cost a dollar.  Wrong answers on all four will cost two dollars.  He will contribute a dollar for each of those that get them all right.
1.      Last November the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to a large matching grant to support Rotaries efforts to eradicate polio, a crippling and sometimes fatal disease that still paralyzes children in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The amount given was: $100M, $ 150M, $ 200M, $250M, or $300M?  Ans. $100M which will generate $200 million for polio eradication
2.      What high tech company just gave Rotary International $3.5 M to fight polio: Dell, Google, IBM, Intel, or HP?  Ans. Google
3.      Rotary International just announced that more than 100 Rotary volunteers from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe will travel to what two countries to immunize children against polio:  Angola & India, India and Nigeria, Nigeria & Somalia, Somalia & Sudan, or Sudan & Angola?  Ans. India and Nigeria
4.      India and Nigeria are the major strongholds of polio and among just four countries where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped. World health experts say that a polio-free world now hinges on these four countries. What are the other two countries:  Angola & Tanzania, Congo & Kenya, Pakistan & Afghanistan, Somalia & Angola, or Sudan & Angola?  Ans. Pakistan & Afghanistan
Happy Bucks
Sara Torrence was glad to have gone to the Anniversary Party at Vijay's last Saturday night.  It was truly a great affair.
Chris Good gave two happy bucks as his three and a half year old daughter got up early and fixed her own breakfast.
Program
Anne Benefield introduced today's speaker, Katie (Kathryn) Tenpas, who is a nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies for the Brookings Institute.  Her area of expertise is White House operations, staffing, polling, faith-based initiative, campaigns and elections. She received a PhD and an MA degree from the University of Virginia after doing her undergraduate work at Georgetown University. Today she is going to discuss the current presidential campaign.  Let's welcome Katie Tenpas.
Katie remarked that she was aware of some of Rotary's efforts, particularly the scholarship program.  Two of her nieces received Rotary scholarships.  One is in Mexico City, and the other is in Ecuador.  Both girls are highly enthused and are enjoying their program immensely.
Katie began her presentation by stating this is a historic election.  It is the first time since 1952 that we have had a have had a wide open contest.  Neither party had an "heir apparent."  This is the first time since 1960 that a Senator has run for President.  It appears that our next president will have been a senator.  In general, for a lot of reasons, senators do not make good presidential candidates.  It is historic because it the first time to have a female candidate, and it's the first time that an African-American has been a serious contender.
In the nomination process those people that vote in the primaries or caucuses tend to be ideologically more liberal or more conservative.  The candidates have to appeal to these extremes.  After nomination they can run more in the middle. National polls are poor predictors of the outcome of the nomination process.  Back in August it looked like Rudy Gulianno would be the Republican candidate.  Don't take those national polls to seriously because what they are really testing is "name recognition."  A candidate that is good at fund raising has a good chance of winning votes.  We tend to think that the candidate with the most money will win
Super delegates are unique to the Democratic Party.  The Republicans do not have them.  The Democrats were tired of nominating liberal candidates and having them defeated in the general election.  The national committee decided to have a panel that could provide a more realistic approach to selecting an electable candidate. They tend to be elected officials.  They are "uncommitted" and can change their mind at the last moment.  There is no way to tell how they will vote. Parties have tremendous autonomy when it comes to nominating their candidates. They make their own rules.  The courts stay out of it.  There is no mandate by the federal government   Thus, the Democrats have "super delegates."
She feels the process is much too long, but even if time between the primaries and the general election was reduced there would be nothing to stop candidates from raising money a year and a half before the general election.  It costs a lot of money to run.
She answered a number of interesting and pertinent questions in the remaining time.  We thank her for such an informative presentation about a timely subject.
 
50/50 - Dick Calhoun - given to Charities
 
Future Programs & Events
08/03/05   4-Way Test - Wootton Interact Finalists
08/03/12   Andrew Sherman, corporate and transactional attorney, "Business Growth"
08/03/19   PDG Pat Kasuda - Rotary's initiatives on Literacy
08/03/26   Gordon Morison, Retired Postal employee - "More Than Glue behind the Stamp"
08/03/26   Rotary Day at Gallaudet
08/03/29   Mini-Summit on Literacy at Rockville Library
08/03/29   Gourmet Cooking Class at Chris Good's residence
                       
 
 
 
- Henry Tate
 
 
"Science may never come up with a better communication system than the coffee break."
- Earl Wilson
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
February 20, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
On almost a spring-like day Dick Calhoun began the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Jim Harris led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation thanking the Almighty for our many blessings.
Henry Tate welcomed visiting Rotarian Barry Thompson from the North Bethesda Club.  He is a Past-President of his club and currently is serving as our Assistant Governor.  Bob Bourbon, a former member of our club, was the guest again of Henry Tate.  Bob was president of the club the second year of Polio Plus.  He attended the International Convention in Philadelphia in 1988 when it was announced that the first financial goal had been reached and participated in the celebration that followed.  President Vijay had a number of guests.  Sam Thomas was visiting for the third time.  It was the first time for Josh Jeffries, Mike Stuart and Protik Sandell.  Poonam Chhunchha and Brendan Adams from the Capital City Rotaract Club were here to present the scheduled program, and will be introduced later.
Announcements
Barry Thompson commented that he always enjoys visiting Potomac.  As an AG he wanted to apprise the Club of some District happenings. On March 10th five clubs are getting together to have a Rotary Friendship Dinner at O'Donnell's Restaurant in Kentlands.  Flyers are on each table with more specific details.  He felt sure that the Club was aware of Rotary Day at Gallaudet on March 26th as Henry Tate is Chair of the event.  He hopes that Potomac will be well represented.  He has been appointed Sergeant-at-Arms for the District Conference and is looking for able bodied volunteers, male and female, to assist him.
Walt Money announced that the 50/50 did not get started before the bell so he'll walk around quietly selling tickets.
Bob Wallace reminded that next week is the last Wednesday of the month when we are to bring unsweetened cereal and/or canned fruit for the Soup Kitchen.  He added that Safeway is having a sale on cereal.
Jan Brose reported she has an updated social calendar.  This Saturday is the Anniversary Party at President Vijay's residence.  On Saturday, March 29th, we will have a gourmet cooking lesson at Chris Good's house. Both Chris' wife and Jeanne Richter are gourmet chefs so it should be a "tasty" as well as an educational evening.  A couple of things are being considered for April and the decision will be announced later.
President Vijay had several announcements.  "Red and Black" attire is optional, not a requirement, for the Anniversary Party.    Next Tuesday there will be the initial meeting for the proposed Germantown club.    Registration forms for the District Conference are out.  He has committed to at least one table, and possibly more, for the Saturday night dinner.    On March 1st there is a Leadership Seminar which the Club will pay for the attendees.  So far, only Chris good and Jeanne Richter have signed up.    In the morning of the 29th of March the final Mini-Summit meeting will be held in the new Rockville Library.  This session will be  on Literacy.  Members are urged to attend.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson called for jokes in his "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Jim Torrence told about a grandfather driving with his young granddaughter accidentally hit the horn button. He told his granddaughter that it was a mistake.  She replied that she knew that it was a mistake.  He asked, "How did you know that?"  "Because you didn't say _hole"   There were more groans than applause.   Jenny Bartholomot told that as the graveside services for a woman were ending an electrical storm brought forth a lot of thunder and lightning.  The husband of the deceased said to the minister, "Well, she's there!"  There was a good bit of laughter so Bill paid for the story.    Anne Benefield told of a woman finding that the two parrots she had just purchased would say nothing but "We're hookers." (Their previous home was a brothel.)  As this was embarrassing, she went to her priest about her problem.  He told her just to bring them over as he had two parrots that were very religious - always saying a rosary, and they would reform hers.  So the parrots were put together.  Immediately, the woman's parrots said, "We're hookers." One of the priest's parrots said, "We can put away the rosaries. Our prayers have been answered!"  Anne's story produced the most laughter.
With Dick Calhoun leading the singing, "Happy Birthday" was sung to Jan Brose
Sergeant Bill, said his questions today would be about Rotary's Strategic Plan.  To make thing easier, all would be "True or False" questions.  A dollar was expected for each wrong answer.
1.      The strategic plan covers a 3 year period of time. True (2007- 2010)
2.      The plan has 7 priorities. True
3.      The eradication of Polio is the highest priority. True
4.      Clean/safe drinking water is not one of the 7 priorities. True
5.      Fully implementing the strategic planning process is one of the 7 priorities. True
Happy Bucks
Jim Torrence was happy to report that he had spent some time with Morris Gevinson yesterday.  Morris had knee surgery and is doing fine.  He will be going home today.
Walt Money was happy to have attended a "Tree" conference in Aruba with his wife.  Jim Harris and his wife attended the same conference.  The four of them had a great meeting with Vijay and Anila, and felt sorry for those of us that were back home slipping on ice.
President Vijay gave five happy bucks for all his guests today. (One arrived late and her name was not recorded.)  He is hoping to prevail upon Protik Sandell to transfer his Rotary membership to our Club.
Jim Harris also was happy to have been to Aruba and gave five bucks.  The first night they were there was their anniversary which they celebrated with a champagne, candlelight and torches dinner on the beach.
Bob Bourbon gave a happy buck as today was his 80th birthday.  Then everyone spontaneously sang "Happy Birthday" to him.
Jan Brose was happy that her second grandson, Lane Erickson Baker, arrived on the 12th weighing in at 9 pounds and 7 ounces!  Now Jackson is a "big brother."
Sara Torrence was happy that Bob Bourbon was a visitor today as he was president when she was inducted into the Club.  She was the first woman to become a member of Potomac and the second woman in the District.
Program
Anne Benefield introduced today's speakers, Poonam Chhunchha and Brendan Adams.  Both are members of Rotaract doing incredible things..  Brendan is president of the Capital City Rotaract Club and Executive Director for the Project for Cambodian Mine Action.  He is a graduate of Allegheny College with a BA degree in Political Science.  Currently he is serving as a congressional liaison at the Treasury Department. Poonam is Rotaract's Representative to District 7620.    They were at the Mini-summit on Health where they made quite an impression.  Today they are going to give us overview of what they are doing.
Brendan and Poonam first showed a video about Rotaract as they have found that some Rotary clubs are not really knowledgeable about Rotaract.  Brendan said that Poonam had done an excellent job of pulling together the Rotaract clubs in the District.  The video showed some of their activities including fund raisers and their attendance to the International Convention.  There are seventeen Rotaract clubs in our District with more being formed.  None of them are a registered 501(c)3 organization so the Friendship Heights Rotary Club has set up an account for them so that contributors can take tax deductions.  They are planning a wine tasting event at the Cambodian Embassy as a fund raiser. Tickets to that will be $125 per person, and they believe it will be "sold out."  Matching grants are expected to obtained from Rotary and the State Department (up to $50,000).  As Cambodia has the most land mines with people being continually maimed by them, they decided to focus on that area.
It was very interesting and rewarding to learn about their activities, and to see their enthusiasm.  We wish them well in their efforts to alleviate the land mine problem in Cambodia.
 
50/50 - President Vijay.
 
Future Programs & Events
08/02/27   Rochelle Sobel, - International Travel
08/03/01   Mini-Summit on Literacy at Rockville Library
08/03/05   4-Way Test - Wootton Interact Finalists
08/03/26   Rotary Day at Gallaudet
08/03/29   Gourmet Cooking Class at Chris Good's residence
                       
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
February 13, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org 

           
With President Vijay away enjoying a warmer climate and we were recovering from a night of freezing rain, President-elect Anne Benefield conducted the meeting.  Because of the inclement weather our attendance was smaller than usual.  Bob Wallace got things underway by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Anne Benefield gave an appropriate invocation.
Henry Tate welcomed visiting Rotarian Harry Lerch (no relation to our "Lerch.") from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Club.  He is a Past-President with a number of years of perfect attendance.  As the theme of today's program was about Valentine's Day, several members brought their "Valentine" as their guest.  Althea was the guest of Bob WallaceSandy was Jack Kelly's guest.  Although they did not come together, Ralph was Jeanne Richter's guest.  Dana was the guest of Guy Semmes.  Although he was not going to be here, President Vijay invited Sam Thomas, who was a first time visitor last week, to attend today's meeting.  Sam was accompanied by his valentine, Elsy.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson called attention to the fact that Rick Holtsberg had a birthday last Saturday, and how would he like for the Club to honor that.  Rick requested that the entire assemblage sing "Happy Birthday."  Although the group was small, they gave a hearty rendition of the song.
Sergeant Bill, not wanting to embarrass anyone in front of their valentines, decided to forego any Rotary questions requiring payment for unknown answers.  Instead he had some trivia questions about Valentine's Day, its history, with no penalties involved.
1.      True or False - The day is named after Valentine, a 3rd century priest in Rome.  True
2.      True or False - A Pope designated February 14th St. Valentine's Day around 500AD.  True
3.      True or False -The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by a prisoner in the Tower of London to his wife in 1415.  True, Charles, Duke of Orleans, following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
4.      Today the remains of St Valentine can be viewed every Feb 14th in a church in what European city? (a)Rome, (b)Paris, (c) London, (d) Dublin - Whitefriar Street Church, (e) Venice.  Ans. Dublin - Whitefriar Street Church
5.      True or False - An estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the 2nd largest card-sending holiday of the year.True, (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)
6.      Mass-produced valentines were first sold in America in the 1840's by? (a) Charles Hallmark, (b) Samuel Woolworth, (c) Esther A. Howland, (d) The city of Loveland, CO, (e) Sarah Walgreen.  Ans. Esther A. Howland
 
Program
Anne Benefield had decided that as tomorrow is Valentine's Day, today's program would consist of members telling how they had met their sweethearts.  From those stories, "Mr. Romance" and "Ms. Sweetheart" would be selected and given a prize.
Henry Tate told that having gone to Philadelphia to work for the old Philco Corp, he lived at the YMCA.  One of their activities was a weekly bridge game.  At such group activities you get to know people by their first name without any introduction.  Among those participating were two girl friends, Ginny and Kay.  One night they came to my table and Ginny said to me, "I want you to meet my friend Kay Yoder."  It took me by surprise as I knew Kay as well as I did Ginny so I figured Ginny was just trying to get something going.  After the game was over, I invited the two girls to have coffee with me in a little shop around the corner. After a couple coffee incidents I began to date Kay.  I never dated Ginny.  By Thanksgiving Kay and I were going pretty steady and she invited me to go with her to a big Thanksgiving Dinner that a relative always had.  In spite of the negative effect it had on me, our relationship got more serious and we became engaged about Valentine Day.  We were married the following September to begin fifty-six wonderful years of life together!  As an aside, one of her other suitors met someone at a New Year's Eve Party and they were married on Valentine's Day!
Sam Thomas told about his "arranged" marriage.  They met very briefly before their marriage, but he loves her very much!
Bob Wallace said his was not a "romantic" but a "family love story."  About 45 years ago he put a box of Whitman's Sampler outside his girls' door, something that became a tradition.  He has made sure that his daughters get their candy every Valentine's Day.  It might be a little early or late, depending on where they are, but they get it.  When his youngest daughter got married, he called all of them together and sang to them the love ballad, "Sunrise, Sunset" (that he sang for us so that we could get its true significance).  Each of them gave him a "smiling, crying hug."
Jeanne Richter read a poem about three simple words.  There are no more powerful words in the universe than "I love you."
Guy Semmes played his guitar and sang a song that he sang to his daughter when she was young.  She is now 22 and loves it.
Jack Kelly told how he met Sandy.  When he was in college, his fraternity and her sorority were having a float together for Homecoming.  His job was to make a room size banner.  He was almost finished, after four hours of labor, when a cute little freshman came skipping in, and kicked over (unintentional, of course) the paint bucket in the middle of his work!  He wanted to tell more, but said Sandy had forbidden it!
Using Bill Olson as an applause judge, it was decided that Bob Wallace was "Mr. Romance" and Jeanne Richter was "Ms. Sweetheart.  Following the presentation of these awards, Anne auctioned off a number of items such as a book, a jar of honey, and several boxes of candy (some were Godiva) so that members could use them as presents and would not have to go shopping. The auction was very spirited and a lot of fun, producing about $150 for our charities as all items had been contributed.
It was a very interesting and enjoyable meeting, and it ended promptly at 1:30!
 
 
50/50 - There were no tickets sold.
 
 
Future Programs & Events
08/02/20   Brendan Adams - International Project for "De-mining" Cambodia
08/02/23   Anniversary Party
08/02/27   Rochelle Sobel, - International Travel
08/03/05   4-Way Test - Wootton Interact Finalists
                       
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
February 6, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
 
Dick Calhoun opened the meeting by leading the singing of "America, the Beautiful." Walt Money led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation emphasizing "The Gift of Friends."
Henry Tate welcomed Sam Thomas who is a friend and guest of President Vijay.  He is in the insurance business and lives nearby.  Guy Semmes had as his guest, Don Harrison who is working on replacing a boat on the C&O canal.  The only other guest was Suzanne Funk, a friend of Anne Benefield.  She will be introduced later as she is our guest speaker.  There were no visiting Rotarians.
Announcements
Anne Benefield promises an interesting program for Valentine's Day next Wednesday.  Prizes will be awarded in addition to the crowning of Ms. Sweetheart and Mr. Romance.
Jim Harris reported that the new web site is up and running.  Please be sure that your own data is on the site and is updated.  If there are any questions regarding the operation, please give him a call.  Anne Benefield commented she thinks the new site is great and has posted information about speakers and upcoming programs through April.
President Vijay had several announcements.    His first action was to call Jan Brose to the podium.  He "pinned" her with Rotary's new Sponsor Pin for sponsoring Alicia Dougherty into membership.    The next social event for the Club is the combination Anniversary/Valentine Party at his residence on Feb. 23rd.  Please be sure that prospective members and contacts at our charities are invited.  The cost is $45 per person, or $80 per couple. There will be entertainment.  It will be a wonderful evening!    Tomorrow night our Board meeting will convene at NIST instead of Montgomery College..  We must be in the building at 4:45.  Instructions will be emailed to those attending. (The names were read of those planning to attend.) As it will be a part of research study, a contribution will be given to our Charities.    A letter has been received from the Annapolis Club that they want to "join hands with us" on the Andy Winters Togo Project.    Letters of gratitude have been received from Sossy Winters, Andy's mother; Gigi, his wife; and Lisa, his daughter.    Letters of appreciation have been received from the six recipients of our scholarships at Montgomery College.   As he will be away next week, Anne Benefield will conduct the meeting.
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sergeant Bill Olson, back from his skiing trip, cajoled the troops into producing more boos as his welcome, and thanked Bob Wallace and Rick Holtsberg for performing the duties of the Sergeant in his absence.  He immediately called for stories for his "Last Comic Standing" routine.  Jim Torrence was the first to respond with a story about his first wife and Valentines.  Unfortunately the details were drowned out by noise and laughter.    Walt Money told a story about George Burns when he was making the movie "Oh God."  A teenager told him he did not believe in God.  "You don't believe in God!  What do you believe?"  The youth replied, "I believe in the Big Bang Theory."  George Burns responded, "Who do you think lit the fuse?     Bob Wallace told about a man traveling in the upper berth of a Pullman car.  A beautiful woman had the berth beneath his.  Getting cold, the man asked the woman if she would get him a blanket from the closet.  She replied, "Just for tonight, why don't we pretend that we are married?"  Surprised, he said, "That would be great!"  Her response, "Get your own cotton-picking blanket!"  That brought both laughter and groans!
Sergeant Bill reminded Jim Harris not to forget his anniversary that is coming up.  Then he proceeded with his questions about Rotary taken from the current issue of the Rotarian.
1.      True or false - The picture on the cover deals with clean water.  False - Polio
2.       True or false - Wilf Wilkerson's letter is focused on World Understanding.  True
3.      True or false - There is a 7 page photojournalistic focus on Rotary clean water projects around the world.  False - Polio
4.      There is a 12 page article about Rotary activity in one country. That country was Taiwan, (b) Ireland, (c) Egypt, (d) Brazil, or (e) Australia?  Ans. Egypt
5.      There is an article about a disabled Rotarian in Brazil who involved in training young Brazilians to be plumbers.  False - Electricians
Happy Bucks
Sergeant Bill started Happy Bucks by giving $10 for a wonderful skiing trip and coming home without any cast or crutches.
Nancy Nuell gave a happy buck as her oldest daughter survived the Sorority Rush and got into the Sorority that she wanted.
Jim Harris gave twenty happy bucks for his anniversary that's coming up on Friday - they have been married 22 years!   One of the bucks is for Suzanne Funk being our speaker today.
Howard Lerch gave two happy bucks.  One was for the great Super bowl Party at Vijay's.  The second one is because the Super Bowl is special to him and Linda.  They meet at the party for the championship game of 1967 before it was called the "Super Bowl."
Sara Torrence gave two bucks.  The first was for the wonderful Super Bowl Party at Vijay's last Sunday.  The second one was for nobody being perfect.
Anne Benefield gave two bucks.  The first was for using Paul Peck and the STAR scholarships as an illustration in her sermon last Sunday.  She had packets of material about the scholarships and they were all taken.  The second buck was for her good friend, Suzanne Funk being our speaker today.  She doesn't think she could get along without her.
John Sever was happy that he and Gerane with their daughters and their granddaughters spent a wonderful week in Colorado!
Guy Semmes was happy that he and his wife, Dana, had a great time at the Super Bowl Party.  He is also happy that his friend, Don Harrison, who is trying to get a boat operational on the old C&O canal, is his guest today.
Program
Anne Benefield introduced today's guest speaker, Suzanne Funk.  She is the Director of the Geneva Day School that is associated with the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  She is a life-long teacher that extends her teaching outside the classroom.  Let's welcome Suzanne who will give us some insights about teaching.
Suzanne indicated that she appreciated the opportunity to talk to a Rotary Club.  She is well aware of Rotary's ideals and the good that it does as her father was a long time Rotarian. 
We are our children's first teacher.  Much of what they learn from us remains with them throughout their lives. When we are tolerant, children learn patience.  When we give encouragement, children learn self-confidence. 
Suzanne referred to a book written by Robert Fulghum entitled "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."  He said that most of what is needed to know about how to live is learned in kindergarten. "Share everything.  Play fair. Don't hit people.  Put things back where you found them.  Clean up your own mess.  Don't take things that aren't yours.  Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.  Wash your hands before you eat.  Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.  Live a balanced life - learn some, think some, draw and paint some, sing and dance some, play some and work some every day.  Take a nap every afternoon.  When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together."  Those basic fundamentals are good throughout life.
What one does in their business everyday is most important.  One never knows how our actions might influence others.
Suppose you have a bank account with $86,400 in it and you don't use it, it's all gone.  We have such an account - it's called TIME!  86,400 is the number of seconds in a day. If you fail to use the day's deposit the loss is yours - there's no going back.  To realize the value of time, one must cherish every moment.  Time waits for no one.  "Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That is why it is called the "present.""
Our time with our children is very short.  Make the most of it.  The lessons they learn will stay with them and will be passed on to the next generation.
In closing she thanked Rotary for all its good work with youth, and feels that it is very much appreciated.
 
50/50 - Bob Wallace
Future Programs & Events
08/02/13   Valentine Stories by Club Members
08/02/20 Brendan Adams -  International Project for "De-mining" Cambodia
08/02/23   Anniversary Party
08/02/27 Rochelle Sobel, -  International Travel
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
January 30, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomc.org
 
 
Dick Calhoun opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America." Guy Semmes led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation reflecting on our efforts to "Serve."
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but a special welcome was given to Terrill Meyer who has been on a "leave of absence" because of foot surgery.  Last week's Grapevine failed to mention that Jenny Bartholomot had her son, Claude: as her guest.  Today, Jeanne Richter had her son, Tommy, as her guest.  The only other guest was Paul Peck from the Star Scholarship Foundation, who is our guest speaker.
Announcements
Anne Benefield reported on future programs.  Next week's speaker will be Suzanne Funk, the Director of the Geneva Day School.  She will talk to us about teaching skills.  Then looking ahead into March we will have PDG Pat Kasuda to talk to us about what Rotary is doing regarding literacy.  Also in March we will hear the finalists in the Interact competition on the 4-Way Test.  There are very interesting programs coming up!
Nancy Nuell reported that the Mini Summit last Saturday on Health was an excellent meeting and was well attended.  She thanked Mark Dreibilbus for doing a great job in his presentation.  Nancy announced that the next Mini Summit will be March 29th on "Literacy."
Mark Dreibilbus reported that after hearing presentation, a member of the Hunt Valley Club volunteered to go with him to Haiti.  Meetings have already been scheduled with the Rotary Club there, and they will plan to apply for a matching grant.
Alicia Dougherty reported that she has delivered just over a thousand books for BIG (Books for International Goodwill).  The Togo Project is moving ahead.  They are now waiting for another letter from the Rotary Club in Togo.
President Vijay had several announcements.    After much "going back & forth" via email he finally got the December and January minutes of those Board meetings approved. This means that work can proceed on several projects.  Please sign up for the parties (Super Bowl Feb. 3rd and Anniversary Feb. 23rd) at his residence.  The Board voted that to defray the cost of the Super Bowl party  the cost would be $20 per person.  More details will be coming about the Anniversary party, but he guarantees that it will be first class. The District Governor and Club Presidents in Montgomery County will be invited.  It will also serve as our Valentine Party.    On March 1st there is a Rotary Leadership Institute in Columbia from 7:30 - 4:30.  As the club pays for those attending he implores those in leadership roles to attend.  Chris good has indicated that he will attend.    Guy Semmes is working on another "mixer" with the Potomac Chamber of Commerce.  A specific date has not been determined, but it will be sometime in March.    Negotiations have been finalized with the Bob Evans restaurant for meetings of a new Germantown Club.  It appears that it will be a dinner meeting that will probably start in March.    As he has to leave early today, Anne Benefield will take over as presiding officer.   He apologized to our speaker for having to leave before hearing his remarks, but indicated that he is very supportive of the STAR Scholarships.   Our next Board Meeting will be at NIST Feb. 7th starting at 4:45 so that we will be the participants in a research study.  We will be paid for this which will go to our Charities.  It is important that everyone attending participate.  A signup sheet is being passed around
Sergeant-at-Arms
Rick Holtsberg called for more "Boos" as he was very disappointed in the volume when it was announced that he was acting Sergeant-at-Arms in Bill Olson absence.  Members complied, giving him a very resounding chorus of "Boos!'  His first act was to call upon Jenny Bartholomot, asking how she wanted her birthday celebrated.  She requested that Nancy Nuell sing ""Happy Birthday" which Nancy did with aplomb!
Following Bill Olson's format, he had some questions about Rotary starting with a bonus question. Rotary' theme for January was "Rotary Awareness." What is the theme for February? World Understanding.  Now the questions - a dollar for each wrong answer .minus one if the answer to the bonus question was known.
1.      When was Rotary started?  1905 by Paul Harris
2.      How was the name "Rotary" selected?  Because they rotated the meeting place around the members' locations.
3.      When was the 4-Way Test adopted by Rotary?  1943
4.      When was the Rotary Club of Potomac chartered?  1960
5.      Who was Potomac's first president:  Robert E. Tally
6.      What current member was a president during the first decade?  John Sever
In keeping with the "Last Comic Standing" routine, Jenny Bartholomot told about a man being interviewed for having been married over fifty years. "Surely, you've had some disagreements in your marriage. "Nope," he replied, "When we were on our honeymoon to the Grand Canyon we rented horses to go to the bottom.  Her horse stumbled and went down, throwing her off, and she said that was "One."  A little later the horse stumbled a second time and she sai, "That's two times!"  Later on the horse hit a rock and stumbled again.  She said, "That's three times," pulled out a gun and killed the horse.  I screamed at her saying "Woman, what have you done?"  She quietly said "That's one!"
Anne Benefield told a story that she had used at her church.  A young pastor was baptizing a homeless man.  After dunking his head in the creek he asked, "Did you see Jesus?  "No," was the reply.  So the minister tried again with the same results.  Thinking that maybe he hadn't held him down long enough, he dunked him again, holding him under the water for a very long time. Again he asked, "Did you see Jesus?"  "Nope, are you sure that's where you lost him?"
Happy Bucks
Dick Calhoun was happy to be here!  Tuesday of last week he started driving north from North Carolina.  Realizing he was feeling well, he went to an Emergency Room.  After some treatment and two ambulance rides, he went home on Thursday.  He's glad to be here.
Nancy Nuell was happy that her friend Paul Peck was our speaker today.  She also had a sad buck because her nephew hat is in the service is now in Afghanistan for a thirteen months tour of duty.
Alicia Dougherty gave ten happy bucks as she received over a thousand books for BIG (Books for International Goodwill).  She really appreciates such a great response.
Program
Nancy Nuell introduced today's guest speaker, Paul Peck. She indicated it was her privilege and honor to welcome him to Potomac Rotary.  He is here to tell us about the STAR Scholarship Foundation helping young African American students.
Paul began his presentation by saying that Rotary is the personification of what this country needs - the sense of giving, the sense of caring, and the sense of participation.  That is what has made America great and will continue to keep her great.
The Star Scholarship Foundation began when he watched on TV the burning of Los Angeles in 1992.  He felt that you do not burn down your own community if you have hope, and if you think someone cares.  The concept is getting African American children at a young age. You want to show the children that the community cares, that there is "hope."  You want to change the culture.  They decided the scholarships would be based on merit and recognition of achievement would be given.  This approach reinforces one's skills.  Scholarships of $250 and $1,000 are given to students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.  Since its beginning over one million dollars have been given in scholarships.  They feel that every scholarship helps nine other students.  Finding that female students were winning most of the scholarships, they have put greater emphasis on attracting male students.  "Smart women need smart men to marry." 
The program has been expanded to giving Merit Awards to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  These are cash grants ranging from $25 - $150, emphasizing that education pays.
Last year the Star Foundation gave out $96,500 in Montgomery County bringing the total to almost $400,000.   This year they expect to have almost 400 winners receiving awards amounting to $130,000 - 150,000.
There is no paid staff - they are all volunteers.  More than ninety-eight percent (98+% ) of contributions received is given out in scholarships and grants.
Paul concluded his presentation by saying, "If you have hope, then you have a chance."  President Elect Anne thanked him for his presentation and presented him with a check for the Foundation of $1,000.
 
50/50 - Jim Vagonis
 
Future Programs & Events
08/02/06   Suzanne Funk - Teaching Skills
08/02/13   Valentine Stories by Club Members
08/02/20 Brendan Adams -  International Project for "De-mining" Cambodia
08/02/23   Anniversary Party
08/02/27 Rochelle Sobel, -  International Travel
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
January 23, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
 
Walt Money opened the meeting by leading the singing of "America the Beautiful."  Howard Lerch led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation reflecting on our many blessings.
There were no visiting Rotarians today, but our guest speaker is a participant in one of Rotary's program.  She is Kozue Tominaga, an Ambassadorial Scholar from Japan who will be introduced later. There were no other visitors... 
Announcements
Anne Benefield remarked about future programs.  We will do something a little different on Feb. 13th.  To commemorate Valentine Day members will tell how they met their sweetheart. A signup sheet will be passed around for those that want to speak and whether it is funny or sweet.  Chocolates will be auctioned off which should be a help to those that have not gotten a gift for their sweetheart.
Mark Dreibilbus reported that things in the orphanage in Haiti are progressing and he appreciates the support he has received.  He will be going there Feb. 11th.
Bob Wallace reminded members that our next meeting is the last Wednesday of the month and is when we bring in unsweetened cereal and canned fruit for the soup kitchen.
President Vijay had several announcements.    Please sign up for the parties (Super Bowl Feb. 3rd and Anniversary Feb. 23rd) at his residence.  The Board voted that to defray the cost of the Super Bowl party that the cost would be $20 per person.  More details will be coming about the Anniversary party, but he guarantees that it will be first class. The District Governor and Club Presidents in Montgomery County will be invited.  It will also serve as our Valentine Party.    On March 1st there is a Rotary Leadership Institute in Columbia from 7:30 - 4:30.  As the club pays for those attending he implores those in leadership roles to attend.    Tomorrow, 4:00 - 6;30, the Potomac Chamber is having another "mixer" in the Village. Rotary members are welcome.  The cost is $10.  He, Nancy and Guy attended an earlier one and feel that it is worthwhile.   Mark Gollub and Jeff Aronson have gotten out statements and invoices.  If you have any questions about them, please contact them directly. He has asked Jeff to attend next week meeting and to explain the statements.  RI has fashioned a "Sponsor Pin" that will signify how many members the wearer has sponsored for membership.  President Vijay called Nancy Nuell and Sara Torrence to the podium to present them with this new pin.  After congratulating them he "pinned" them.  A similar pin will be presented to Jan Brose at a later date. (Vijay is also entitled to the new pin.)  
Sergeant-at-Arms
Bob Wallace was serving a Sergeant-at-Arms in Bill Olson absence.  Sara Torrence had a birthday last week and Anne Benefield has one tomorrow.  They requested that the entire group sing "Happy Birthday" to them.
In keeping with the "Last Comic Standing" routine, Nancy Nuell told about a hundred year old woman that was being interviewed because of her longevity.  She had been happily married four times. First to a banker, second to a circus clown, third to a Presbyterian minister, and her current husband is a funeral director. The interviewer remarked that seemed odd to have husbands of such different vocations.  Her reply, "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!"    Jim Torrence followed by telling about an employee at Wal-Mart's.  His boss liked his work but was annoyed that he habitually came in late.  One morning he said to the employee, "You were in the Air Force, what did they say when you came in late?"  "Good morning, General."
Happy Bucks
Claude Morissette gave two happy bucks.  He's happy that we are having a heat was (relative to the temperature in Canada)!  He's happy we have done so well in supporting the Foundation.  Invoices have been sent out for the $100 "Paul Harris Sustaining Fellowship.  He hopes that the Club will be 100% soon.  A lot has been done, but we need to do more.  There are four countries where there is still Polio.  He read a letter from the Foundation about where these pockets are.
Sara Torrence washappy that they became Kozue Tominaga's Counselors, and told how it came about.   She encourages those that have not had the experience of being a Counselor to volunteer to be one.  It's very rewarding.
Program
Sara Torrence introduced today's guest speaker, Kozue Tominaga.  She is a two year Ambassadorial scholar from Japan studying at George Washington University, and expects to receive a Masters degree.  Sara explained how she and Jim became her counselors.
Kozue was sponsored by the Nihonbashi East Club in Tokyo in District 2750.  They met at noon and have 60 - 70 members.  Most of them are small business owners with three being women.  She talked about Nihonbashi and the seasonal festivals they have.  She showed slides of some of the festivals activities.
A very interesting part of her presentation was about Japanese music.  Compared to European classical music which strictly uses the music scales, Japanese old music is more ambiguous and more focused on lyrics than music.  Many of the Japanese traditional songs are slow in tempo with little or no rhythm and no cords.  The oldest known instrument is the "Shinobue" that dates to the eight century.  It is made of bamboo and is very similar to a flute. "Shinobues" come in 13 different lengths depending upon the pitch one desires.  They are played by ordinary people such as farmers, merchants and craft workers.  Kozue displayed a "Shinobue" and concluded her presentation by playing a Japanese lullaby for our enjoyment.  
50/50 - Alicia Dougherty
 
Future Programs & Events
08/01/30   Paul Peck - STAR Scholarships
08/02/06   Suzanne Funk - Teaching Skills
08/02/13   Valentine Stories by Club Members
08/02/03   Super Bowl Party
08/02/23   Anniversary Party
08/0301    Leadership Seminar
 
- Henry Tate

The Grapevine
by Henry L. Tate



The Grapevine
Rotary Club of Potomac
January 16, 2008
Website:rotaryclubofpotomac.org
 
 
Dick Calhoun opened the meeting by leading the singing of "God Bless America."  Jan Brose led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Anne Benefield gave an invocation reflecting on Rotary's objectives.
The only visiting Rotarian for Henry Tate to welcome was Sonny Marsh from Bethesda-Chevy Chase.  Sonny was president of his club and was Henry's predecessor as District Secretary (1982-83).  He has the unique distinction of having attained fifty-six (56) years of perfect attendance!  Anila Pahwa, who is considered a part of the Club's extended family, was President Vijay's guest. As today was Club Assembly, there was no guest speaker. 
Announcements
Nancy Nuell commentedabout the Mini-Summit meeting on Hunger that will be held at the BWI Ramada Inn from 8:00 - 11:30 on Saturday, Jan. 26th.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Guy Semmes announced that the Big Train baseball game for Habitat for Humanity will be on Saturday, May 31, at the ball field in Cabin John Park
Jan Brose reported on scheduled and potential social events.  The Super Bowl Party will take place on Feb. 3rd at President Vijay's residence as will an anniversary party for Rotary on Feb. 23rd.  The Odyssey Cruise on the Potomac that was suggested sounds expensive so we will give that event further consideration. She passed out hand-out sheets about these and other events.
Mark Dreibilbus reported that the wife of a "war lord" turned her nose up at the $100 he had sent, and that the "war lord" made a threat for more money!  He appreciates the contributions he has received for which tax statements will be sent out soon.  He will be going to Haiti Feb. 11th. 
Alicia Dougherty announced that next Wednesday would be the last date she could receive books for shipment to BIG (Books for International Goodwill). 
Anne Benefield announced that Jan Brose had agreed to be Secretary for next year, and that Alicia Dougherty had agreed to fill the vacancy as Chair of International Service for the remainder of this year and for next year.  Both are big jobs that require everyone's help.
President Vijay had a number of announcements.    At the District leadership meeting last Monday night it was reported that the District had a surplus last year that will be refunded to the various clubs.  The refund formula will be based on how much each club contributed to the Dictionary Project.  The Board will decide how this will be allocated.    A new club will be chartered on Friday, Jan. 25th in southern Howard County.  Anyone desiring to go please see him.    On May 9th the District Rotaracters have organized a wine tasting event at the Cambodian Embassy @ $125 per person.  It is a fund raising event for a Cambodian Mine Project.  As it is a District event he feels it will be sold out.  Contact him for further details.    A letter has been received from Gov. Rich Carson, on behalf of the District, extending sympathy for the tragic and untimely death of Andy Winters.  A Paul Harris Fellow will be given in Andy's memory at the District Conference.    At last Monday's meeting; an individual gave him a check for $100 for the Andy Winters' project.  He believes other contributions will follow.  Also, the Potomac-Bethesda Club reported in their newsletter about the Andy Winters' project and his untimely death.    He will pass around a signup sheet for the two events that will be at his house so that he will know how many to expect.
Sergeant-at-Arms
In response to Sergeant Bill Olson's "Last Comic standing" routine Jan Brose read an email she had received.  It seems that God having tired of Jesus and Satan's, constant bickering about who was best using the computer gave them two hours to show what each could do.  Each worked feverously illustrating all the nuances they knew when just before the allotted time expired lighting struck, disrupting the power.  When the power came back Jesus was able to resume, but Satan having lost everything cried "Fowl."  God simply said "Jesus Saves."  That produced a few groans but mostly applause so Sergeant Bill paid. 
There was three birthdays to celebrate this week this week. Guy Semmes was the only one present as Sara Torrence and Jeff Aronson were in absence.  Guy gave $10 for the whole group to sing "Happy Birthday."
Sergeant Bill had "True or False" questions about the Togo water project.  A contribution of $1 is expected for each wrong answer.
1.       The "Friends of Togo" sponsoring the project is a US based association of former Peace Corp volunteers.  True
2.       The Togo coastline is on the Indian Ocean.  False, it's on the Atlantic.
3.       Phase 1 of the Project will consist of drilling 4 new wells.   False - Phase 1 is a 4 week effort that will improve 8 existing wells.
4.       Phase 2 is scheduled to last about 20 weeks with a goal of improving 10 wells. True, the wells will be deepened and outfitted with new pumps.
5.       Part of the project includes training Togolese. True, 13 Togolese will be trained - this will also increase the country's technical expertise to address its water problem.
Happy Bucks
Claude Morissette gave three happy bucks, He's happy to be back from the "North Pole," where he experienced temperature of 27 below zero.  That was "cool" so returning here seemed like a "heat wave!" He was grateful that the Club nominated him for District Governor 2011-12, but another candidate was selected
Anne Benefield had a "bunch" of happy bucks as her sister and family are now safely home from Kenya. They were lucky that their bus was not boarded and the passengers robbed as happened to other buses. $ She really enjoyed interviewing nine students for the Montgomery College scholarships, and feels those selected will really make a difference.  It was really a trilling experience, and encourages everyone to participate in the process.
Rick Holtsberg had two happy bucks.  The first was for having a successful root canal procedure that was somewhat difficult.  The second one was for participation in the selecting the recipients of the Montgomery College scholarships.  Like Anne, he feels outstanding students were selected, and recommends that those that haven't, be a part of the process.
Nancy Nuell gave a happy buck for the Club giving scholarships to students at Montgomery College as it helps them take "one step at a time."  Working at other academic places before MC she feels students at MC are truly outstanding.  $  She gave a happy buck for President Vijay having passed the halfway point in his administration.  His efforts have truly been exemplary.
Jeanne Richter gave a happy buck for Ben Hofheimer having personally contributed $3,000 towards the Montgomery College scholarships as it enabled the committee to award nine scholarships.
Sergeant Bill gave five happy bucks as he will be away for the next two weeks skiing in Colorado.   Do not worry, he has arranged for substitutes in his absence.
Program
Before getting into the business of the Club Assembly, President Vijay wanted to comment on several things.   First, Gov. Rich Carson told him it was a very difficult decision in selecting the District Governor for 2011-12 because the three nominees were so well qualified. The Club should not be disheartened because Claude was not selected, and should nominate him again as he is such a strong candidate.  Second, Our old web site will be terminated Feb. 1st.  One must update their data before that so that it will be in the transfer to the new web site.  Jim Harris has sent out two emails about how to enter data on the web site.  If you still need help, give him a call.    Items for Action by members are:
1. Contribute to the Annual Programs Fund at least $100.
2. Consider making a bequest under your will, retirement, or estate plan.
3. Encourage local charities you and the Club support to visit the Club.
4. Meet pledge to recruit new members and promote awareness.
We thank President Vijay for his time and efforts to give us this excellent review of our Charities budget and the 'nitty-gritty' about the Foundation.
 
50/50 - Rick Holtsberg
 
Future Programs & Events
08/01/23   Kozue Tominaga - Ambassadorial Scholar from Japan
08/01/26   8:00am - Mini-Summit on Hunger
08/02/03   Super Bowl Party
08/02/23   Anniversary Party
 
 
- Henry Tate
The Grapevine
by Guy Semmes



Nancy Nuell led the club in singing a rousing version of the National Anthem ending with "Play Ball". Matt Brock led the pledge of alliegence. Morris Gevinson gave the Invocation. Don Harrison Reported on the Year End Report for the Rotary Foundation and encouraged everyone to participate and make their contributions as early in the year as possible. We had two returning guests - Pat and Margeurite Sung It was Jenny's birthday but she was not present to sing to. Our Sargeant at Arms Jan Brose is back in full force "And it will be a Fine, Fine, Day!" Happy Bucks: Nancy Nuell's Mom had a fall but is doing okay Our speaker Judge William Rowan gave three happy bucks for his Grandsons who are Marines that have all been in active duty in Iraq and Afganistan, but are all home safley And many others for ranging from President Jeanne's Pot Luck and Amy's great work on the Togo project Our Speaker was Judge William Rowan: Judge Rowan became a member of the Montgomery Circuit Court in September 2000. He presented an exciting review of the History of the MC Circuit Courts and shared some exciting and unusual cases. In 1980 a judicial appointment committee was created to de-politicize the Courts. Judge Rowan was Apponted by Paris Glendening. By MC Law you must retire at the age of 70, but that does not mean that Judge Williams is inactive. The Circuit Court covers Civil,Criminal,Juvinile, and Family law. Judges rotate the case they hear every 18 months. 85% of all cases are soved through Mediation. Divorce cases are the toughest, but no jury is present. In discussing jury selection the Judge shared the comments of one potential juror when asked if he would have any problems sitting for a particular trial, "Not at all Your honor but I have become infatuated with looking at you since I entered the room". Bill Gelfeld won the 50/50