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News
Jul 25, 2014
by Robert Nelson

By Patrick DeLeonibus, Director of Hospitality, Rotary Club of Federal City (Washington, DC) USA

As you know we will be hosting RI President Gary Huang at the RYLA Opening Ceremonies and everyone is invited to attend.  Please pass along this information to your club members as this is your last chance to register. August 3rd is right around the corner and we will not be allowing sales at the door. Last day to register is July 31st.

RYLA Opening Ceremonies with RI President Gary Huang!
We have the distinct honor to host Rotary International President Gary Huang in our area. RI President Gary Huang will be speaking during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 RYLA North America Conference on Sunday, August 3 at 10am at 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Join over 250+ Rotaractors and RYLArians representing 40+ countries and territories from around the world in District 7620.
Keynote Speaker : Rotary International President Gary Huang.
Tickets are $35.00 per person which includes lunch with RI President Gary Huang and an opportunity to meet Rotaractors and RYLArians from over 40 nations.

To purchase your ticket, please go to www.rylanad7620.com<http://www.rylanad7620.com/> and click on "Opening Ceremonies Registration"  or Click the Link below.

Opening Ceremonies Registration Link<https://sites.google.com/a/rylanorthamerica.com/2010-ryla-conference-in-north-america/opening-ceremonies-registration>

Interested in showcasing your Rotary Club, Rotary Club project or organization during the RYLA North America Expo and Rotary Fair to RI President Gary Huang and conference delegates, reserve your table now for $25.00. To reserve your table, please go to our website and click on "Rotary Fair." or Click the Link below.

Rotary Fair Registration Link<https://sites.google.com/a/rylanorthamerica.com/2010-ryla-conference-in-north-america/rotary-fair-registration>

Program:-
9:30am : Registration and Arrival of guests.
10:00am - 12:00pm : Opening Ceremonies, Roll Call of Countries, Welcome Remarks Keynote Address and Entertainment.
12:00pm - 2:30pm : RYLA North America Expo, Rotary Fair and Lunch.

Space is filling up fast and we are unable to sell tickets for the Opening Ceremonies Registration and Rotary Fair on August 3. Last day to register is on July 31. We will close registration early once as all spaces get filled.

**Parking, free parking is available at the 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase.

RYLA North America is in its 6th year and to know more about our conference, please visit our website at www.rylanad7620.com<http://www.rylanad7620.com/>
Please spread the word to others in your clubs and for further information, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick DeLeonibus at patrick@rylanad7620.com<mailto:patrick@rylanad7620.com> or at 443-223-8340<tel:443-223-8340>.

We hope to see you there.


Patrick DeLeonibus
Director of Hospitality

Rotary Club of Federal City (Washington, DC) USA
Jul 23, 2014
by Robert Nelson

End Polio Now Campaign set to get a great start October 15, 2014.

Sandler Training Systems is partnering with District 7620 to help eradicate polio.  Sandler is donating a full day of training to us at no cost.  This internationally respected training system retails for $3000 a day.  We are offering this great day of sales training for $199 until August 31st, then prices will rise slightly.

The training will be held Wednesday, October 15th from 8:00am to 4:30pm at Charlestown Retirement Center’s Erickson Conference center.  The training will include lunch and a Sandler book.  We will have a luncheon speaker from the Centers for Disease Control to update us on the Polio fight.

Sandler training is for veteran sales people, those new to sales, or anyone wishing to improve their communication and relationship building skills.  This program has successfully raised in excess of $28,000 for End Polio Now in Greensboro, NC.  They are coming into their 4th year of the offering.

They find new members at this event who did not know of Rotary and the good work we do.  So this is a win, win opportunity for Rotarians and Non-Rotarians to get involved. 

Rotarians are asked to attend if interested.  If this is not for you then we need you to really help us get the word out to those you know who have sales organizations, or sales people who could benefit.

If we are able to get 250 paid attendees we will raise $50,000.  Sandler is providing the training at no cost to us; Charlestown is providing the event location at no cost to us; our only cost is lunch and we looking for a corporate sponsor to cover that cost.  When we raise $50,000 it is matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of $150,000 going to the fight to eradicate polio…a truly significant achievement for all!

Please help us get the word out and make this a success.

 


Jul 08, 2014
by Robert Nelson

RYLA North America Conference 2014 is now OPEN for Registration!

August 2 - August 6, 2014

Click here for registration information

About RYLA North America Conference

The RYLA Conference in North America is an intense leadership training program that is designed to recognize, encourage, and further develop the leadership skills of 18-30 year olds who have shown a potential for rendering important service to their local communities. 

All Rotaractors, non-Rotaractors, RYLA alumni, former Youth Study Exchange, former Group Study Exchange alumni, former Ambassadorial Scholar alumni, former Interactors and former Peace Scholars between the ages of 18-30 can participate in this conference. The 2014 RYLA Conference in North America will be the 6th annual conference held in our region. The conference will be in Washington, DC, USA and will be from Saturday, August 2, 2014 and will end on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

The RYLA Conference in North America is a combination of International RYLA, Rotaract Pre-Convention, USCC (United States-Canada-Caribbean Rotaract Conference) and District 7620 RYLA Program.

The Inaugural 2009 RYLA North America Conference was held in Washington, DC, USA from July 1, 2009 to July 5, 2009. 

RYLA North America Conference
George Washington University
Washington, DC, USA

Feb 27, 2014
by Robert Nelson
42 New Rotarians Join Fourth Rotary Club in Washington, DC
by Bob Nelson
Over 150 people attended the chartering of the Federal City Rotary Club on February 21.  The Ambassador of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani, graciously hosted the event at the embassy in Washington, DC. Congratulating the club was City Council member Muriel Bowser who noted the great community service provided by Rotarians. Both the ambassador and the council member were given honorary club memberships. Governor Peter Kyle presented
the charter to President Navin Valliappan and thanked him for his dedication and hard work in founding the new club. Rotary District Extension Chair PDG Ray Streib adminstered the oath for the new Rotarians.  Rotarians from ten area clubs pinned the new members and provided gifts to the new club. Many Rotaractors joined in the celebration. President Navin noted that several of the new Rotarians have been previously members of Rotaract Clubs. Charter officers are: President Navin Valliappan, VP Rebecca Pandolph, Secretary Mathias Schroeder, Treasurer Chia-Chia Chang and Directors Lydia Rump, Jon Smith, Chris Marshal and Denise Ojie. The President of the club’s foundation is Thomas Chen.

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Stories
Posted by Robert Nelson on Jul 31, 2014

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President Caesar Kavadoy pins our newest Rotarian, Melanie Weerakoon, along with husband Saranath Weerakoon and sponsor Bob Nelson.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jul 17, 2014

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Guest Speaker Daniel Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, spoke about "Innovations for County Government."  President Caesar Kavadoy presented him with a Rotary Cookbook.

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2013-14 Rotary Club President Tom Leuchtenburg passing the gavel to 2014-15 President Caesar Kavadoy.

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Cindy and Lucy Leuchtenburg.
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Rotarian of the Year Trophy was presented to Bob Fuhrman from President Tom and Jason Hamel.
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Phil Meade, Bob Nelson, President Caesar Kavadoy, Immediate Past President Tom Leuchtenburg and President Elect Bob Fuhrman.
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Nabil Bedewi and Guest Tom Lewis.
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Banner exchange with visiting Rotarian Anita Puri Mohindra from the Rotary Club of Mussoorie, India.
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Gladys Howard, Nan and Bob Fuhrman.
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Chinyere Amaefule, Esther Kavadoy and Agatha Patrick, Caesar Jr.'s Mother-in-Law.

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Melanie Weerakoon, Noel Howard and Bob Nelson.
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Nancy Szlasa and Anita Puri Mohindra.
 

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jul 10, 2014

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President Tom Leuchtenburg and Guest Speaker Rotarian Jamaal Rashad.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jun 19, 2014

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Guest speaker Martin Fleck from Physicians for Social Responsibility receives the Rotary cookbook from President Tom Leuchtenburg.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jun 12, 2014

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Guest speaker Congressman John Delaney is welcomed to the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club by President Tom Leuchtenburg.  With 25 in attendance, $1068 in happy dollars were raised for club foundation service projects.  Thanks very much to Bob Fuhrman for arranging to have Congressman Delaney speak at the club meeting and to Jason Hamel and Lucy Leuchtenburg for taking photos.

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Jun 05, 2014

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President Elect Caesar Kavadoy congratulates Vince Onuigubo and Alex Agwuna on their presentation about helping school chidren in Nigeria and locally through Nigerian Friendship Association Education Assistance.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on May 15, 2014

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At Rotacon '14 on May 10, Bob Nelson received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorius Service.  Attending the ceremony were Nihad Kaibni and Bob Fuhrman.  Nancy Szlasa also received an award for her six years of service as Area Governor in Howard County and the District Chair of the Dictionary Project.  Also pictured are Nan and Bob Fuhrman with Washington Rotarian Kenneth Kimbrough.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on May 22, 2014

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President Tom Leuchtenburg congratulates Divya, Naina, and Quentin Wodon for their presentation on a book they wrote, "Membership in Service Clubs: Rotary's Experience."  The book is based on surveys and interviews of Rotarians in our district.
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President Elect Caesar Kavadoy introduced his guest, Citibank Potomac Branch Manager Roderick Smith.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on May 15, 2014

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Dr. Leana Wen receives the Rotary Cookbook from President Tom Leuchtenburg.  Dr. Wen is an attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University.  She is the author of the book When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, Women's Health Magazine, Psychology Today, and CNN on health policy and patient advocacy.  Guests included Debbie and Judd Gould.
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Photos by Caesar Kavadoy and Chinyere Amaefule.

Posted by Robert Nelson on May 08, 2014

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Guest speaker Dr. Elisha Okey-Wigwe and President Elect Caesar Kavadoy. Dr. Elisha Okey-Wigwe is the CEO of Outreach & Medical Compassion Centre, a non-profit organization focused on the delivery of primary health care services throughout the surrounding rural communities near Umuagwo, Ohaji, Imo State in South East Nigeria. Dr. Elisha Okey-Wigwe is a member of the Rotary Club of Owerri in Imo State, Nigeria and has previously served as the Humanitarian/Community Service Projects Chair. Dr. Okey-Wigwe is the current chairman of TRF Committee in Owerri R.C.
  Dr. Elisha Okey-Wigwe presented a gift from the Rotary Club of Owerri in Imo State, Nigeria. 
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Chinyere Amaefule introduced the speaker, Dr. Elisha Okey-Wigwe.  On last year's trip to Nigeria to visit family members for the first time, Chinyere found that Dr. Elisha Okey-Wigwe was the doctor that her relatives had used.
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We welcomed back Rotarian Jerry Gross and guest Melanie Weerakoon
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Dr. Elisha Okey-Wigwe visted the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club about three years ago when Jason Hamel was President (see photo on the television).

Posted by Robert Nelson on May 01, 2014

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Alex Brown is pinned as the newest Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian by Melanie Weerakoon with President Tom Leuchtenburg officiating.
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Members and guests enjoyed the lovely social hosted by Bretton Woods Recreation Center.
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Nihad Kaibni and guest Yolanda.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Apr 27, 2014

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Chef Roberto Donna serving a delicious dinner to Nancy Szlasa and Bob Nelson who were the winners of this Potomac-Bethesda Silent Auction item at the International Night.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Apr 24, 2014

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Rotary District Public Relations Chair Dawn Wittfelt talked about marketing for Rotary including using websites and social media.  Guests were Howard County Area Governor Nancy Szlasa, Rotarian Steve Naron and Melanie Weerakoon.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Apr 08, 2014

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Congratulations to Sarah and Jason Hamel on the birth of their first son, Kelton Patrick Hamel, on April 8 at 4:45pm weighing 6lbs 14.7oz and measuring 18.25 inches.  Jason reports, "Mom and baby are doing great."
Posted by Robert Nelson on Apr 08, 2014

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Alex Naron and Bob Nelson packed 196 boxes at the Manna Food Center on April 8.  The next Food Box Packing Service Project at the Manna Food Center is coming up on May 13.  Please join your fellow Rotarians!
Posted by Robert Nelson on Apr 08, 2014

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President Tom thanks Agnes Saenz, Executive Director of Community Ministries of Rockville for her presentation.  The club also warmly welcomed Rotary District Governor Peter Kyle who told about the excellent conference coming up in Baltimore next month.  More information and registration links for Rotacon '14 are provided under the "News" heading.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Apr 03, 2014

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Mar 27, 2014

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President Tom Leuchtenburg congratulates speaker Ben Mann from WASH Advocates on his presentation on water, sanitation and hygiene around the world.  We welcomed Johnny Young from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club.  A copy of the speaker's presentation is available.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Mar 21, 2014

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Mar 20, 2014

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President Tom Leuchtenburg presents a Rotary cookbook to Maryland State Comptroller candidate Bill Campbell.  Neil Cohen introduced Bill since Neil was campaigning for US Senate in 2010 when Bill was running for Comptroller.  Additional guests included Nancy, Arlene, Nan and Alex.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Mar 12, 2014

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KATRINA M. KAIBNI (Age 92)
 
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, of Potomac, MD. Widow of Michael Farah Kaibni; mother of Nihad, Samir, and Naheda; grandmother of Michael, Paul, Catherine, Tijan, Adham, and Maysoon. Also survived by six great-grandchildren. She was born in Ramallah, Palestine and emigrated to the United States in 1965. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Wednesday, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Raphael's Church, 1513 Dunster Rd, Rockville, MD, on Friday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ramallah Friends School; care of Friends United Meeting, 101 Quaker Hill Dr., Richmond, IN 47374-1926

www.COLLINSFUNERALHOME.com  

See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=katrina-m-kaibni&pid=170126603&fhid=6151#sthash.M5DAkxEQ.dpuf
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President Tom Leuchtenburg thanks guest speaker Trish Gilliece from Paradise Energy Solutions for her talk, "Solar for Commercial and Residential Applications."
  Photo by Jason Hamel.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Mar 06, 2014

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[Above] Jason Hamel greets John Palmisano, guest of Bob Fuhrman.
[Below]  Irene and Alan Grant.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Feb 27, 2014

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Chinyere Amaefule, Bob Nelson and Nancy Szlasa were among 150 Rotarians and guests attending the chartering of the fourth Rotary Club in Washington, DC, Federal City, on February 21 at the Embassy of Pakistan.  [Above] Chinyere pins some of the 42 new members.

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Feb 27, 2014

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President Tom Leuchtenburg thanks speaker and Rotary Scholar from Italy, Silvia Fuselli, for her presentation.  Having already gained a M.A. Diploma in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS-Bologna Center, in May 2013, Silvia has chosen to undertake a new study program at SAIS-Washington, DC to specialize in International Security and Politics and African Affairs. Upon completion of her academic program at SAIS, Silvia intends to pursue a professional career in the political-diplomatic sphere of her home country.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Feb 16, 2014

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On February 16, nine Potomac-Bethesda Rotarians went to Sophia House in Rockville to present Valentine's Gifts to 30 homeless women.  Photo by Juan Carlos Peirano.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Feb 18, 2014

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[Above] President Tom Leuchtenburg thanks the speakers from Hilltop Microfinance for their presentation.  [Below] Caesar Kavadoy's Guest Alex Brown lives in Potomac and works at the Vienna branch of New York Life Insurance.  Photos by Jason Hamel and Caesar Kavadoy.

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Feb 19, 2014

Rotarians and Guests enjoyed the monthly Rotary Club Social hosted at the Bretton Woods Country Club.
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Our guest speaker was Rotary Foundation Global Scholar Sarah Roache from Melbourne, Australia.  Her Global Grant is enabling her to pursue a Masters of Law in Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

[Photos by Jason Hamel]

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Jan 23, 2014

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President Tom Leuchtenburg thanks guest speaker Sheriff Darren Popkin. 
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Guests Alicia Doherty and Lucy Leuchtenburg.
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Noel Howard has arranged for the club to serve dinner to the homeless on February 13.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Jan 16, 2014

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[Above] President Tom Leuchtenburg thanks guest speaker Robert Chasteen-Scheer for his personal story of being raised in a foster home and later adopting four foster children within a three-month period.  In the second photo, Robert holds the plastic bag that held the belongings of one of the children when they arrived at his home.  $1010 was raised from happy dollars to support Comfort Cases (ComfortCases.org). [Below] Area Governors Nancy Szlasa and Edco Bailey with wife Cecilia and house guest Angela.  Additional guests were MetroBethesda Rotarian Heidi Webb, Rex Smith and Melissa Farmer.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Jan 09, 2014

President Tom Leuchtenburg led a lively Club Assembly during the final club meeting of 2013.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Dec 19, 2013

On December 15 Tom and Lucy Leuchtenburg hosted the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club Holiday Party at their home.  On December 17 Alan Grant hosted a holiday party at his new offices.  The accompanying photos are from both parties.  Thanks so much!
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Dec 13, 2013

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Maryland Photographer of the Year, Tammy Thompson, shows some of her award-winning photos to the holiday-decorated and completely filled meeting room.  Photos by Nancy Szlasa.
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Dec 12, 2013

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Jeff Stefanis updated the club on his Riide electric bike business.
Pictured above is Jeff with "Amber", his bike.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Dec 05, 2013

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Phil Meade, Arlene Cohen, Linda Meade and Alan Grant.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Nov 21, 2013

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President Tom Leuchtenburg presents the Rotary Cookbook to John Kolm after John gave an update on the work in Haiti which has been supported by our club.

Photo by Jason Hamel.

 

Posted by Robert Nelson on Nov 14, 2013

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PDG Rich Carson kicked off Rotary Foundation Month with an excellent talk on Rotary's charity.

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Guest Arlene Cohen and Nihad Kaibni.
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Area Governor Nancy Szlasa and Juan Carlos Peirano.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Nov 07, 2013

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At The Rotary Foundation Gala on November 3, Bob Nelson accepted two awards on behalf of the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club.  The two banners read "100% Sustaining Member Club" and "US $100 Per Capita Club - 100% Member Participation."
Posted by Robert Nelson on Nov 07, 2013

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Guest Speaker Seaton VanderWoude, Manager of Job Development at Community Support Services received a Rotary Cookbook from Bob Nelson. Established in 1994, CSS is provides community-based service to children and adults with autism and other severe developmental disabilities. CSS provides cost-effective job opportunities having government incentives for businesses.

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Noel Howard (dressed as Sherlock Holmes for the club meeting on Halloween) and Chinyere Amaefule.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Oct 24, 2013

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President Tom Leuchtenburg presents a Rotary Cookbook to guest speaker Tracei Johnson who represented Secretary Gary Maynard in presenting the current initiatives of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.  [Below] Tracei Johnson and Area Governor Greg Wims who is also founder of the Victims' Rights Foundation.

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Oct 17, 2013

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President Tom Leuchtenburg presents Broad Acres Elementary School Principal Peter Bray with the Rotary Cookbook. 
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Posted by Robert Nelson on Oct 10, 2013

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[Above] President Tom and wife Lucy distribute canned goods to 200 boxes at Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg.  [Below]  The packing team on October 8.

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Posted by Robert Nelson on Oct 10, 2013

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President Tom thanks Rotary District Governor Peter Kyle for his inspiring talk with a Rotary Cookbook.  Governor Peter expressed his appreciation after the meeting:  "I am writing to thank you most sincerely for the wonderful reception I received at the Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda last Thursday.  What an enjoyable evening!  Almost standing room only!  I very much appreciated your kind words of introduction,the generous hospitality and the many kind words that were directed at me.  All in all it was one of my most memorable official visits!  I plan to do a second round of club visits in the New Year and am already looking forward to my return visit to your club.  Please convey my grateful thanks to all your members for the warmth of the hospitality that I received."
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Rotary District Governor Peter Kyle and Area Governor Greg Wims.
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The Normandie Farm restaurant set up two additional tables to handle the extra large turnout for the Rotary District Governor.
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Chinyere Amaefule, guests Josephine and Vince Onuigbo, and Area Governor Greg Wims.
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Bob Nelson and Rotary District Governor Peter Kyle
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[Left] Guest Katie Kia; [Right] Jason Hamel announced that his second child will be arriving later this month.
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President Tom received the Paul Harris plaque from Immediate Past President Nabil Bedewi.
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Phil Meade collected $300 in happy dollars.
Speakers
Jul 31, 2014
Attorney General's Office
Aug 07, 2014
C&O Canal
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Rotary Grants MOU Certification Training
Aug 28, 2014
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Sep 04, 2014
Dairy Farming in Maryland and Her Family's Dairy Farm
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