Events
County Executive Speaking at Rockville Rotary Club Potomac Grill
Apr 17, 2014 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
District 7620 Rotacon '14 Baltimore Hilton Hotel
May 09, 2014 08:00 AM - May 11, 2014 12:00 PM
News
Apr 08, 2014
by Robert Nelson
Register NOW!!!

This year's conference has something for EVERYONE!!!  BEST EVER!!!

Fun!  Entertainment!  Fun!  Educational!  networking!  Motivational!  Fellowship!  Youth Involvement!  Fun!  Compelling Speakers!  And Fun!  Did we say FUN?

Rotarians Click here to register!!!  or download the mail in registration form.

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Click here to download a draft conference agenda

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CLICK HERE for conference registration online.

GOLF registration online.  GOLF HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF REGISTRATION.

CLICK HERE to print a pdf flyer/info sheet of the conference

CLICK HERE to download all mail-in forms. Registration, Program Ads,

Sponsorships, House of Friendship club project tables, Golf 

CLICK HERE for 4 Way Test Speech Contest info 

Mar 21, 2014
by Robert Nelson
From Claude Morissette, DRFC 2012-2015, DG 2011-2012:

We now meet on Wednesday at 7:15am for breakfast at: Ted's 355 Big City Kitchen, 895 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Mar 12, 2014
by Robert Nelson

DDF Matching Grants Presentations
7:30AM - 8:30AM Registration & LITE Breakfast
8:30-Noon Presentation of Grants
 
Sheraton
4095 Powder Mill Rd, Beltsville, MD

It is a reminder to all Club Presidents that May 9th is the deadline for sending in their 2014-15 request for DDF Matching Grant for their project and that May 17th will be the date where they will present their projects to the Grant Committee for approval. 

FREE BUT YOU DO NEED TO REGISTER FOR A SPOT

Click here to register

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.
Feb 18, 2014
by Robert Nelson
By Larry Leahy, District Awards Chairman

DG Peter Kyle would like you to continue the tradition of excellence that has been demonstrated by your club for several years.

There are quite a few awards that each club can apply for.....

District Awards - Presidential Citation

RI Presidential Citation

RI Significant Achievement Award

Membership Development Award

Distinguished Service Award Nomination

Presidential Citation Interact

Presidential Citation Rotaract

Just a few reminders: if your club sponsors an Interact Club or a Rotaract Club please make sure that the sponsor from your club contacts the Interact school sponsor, the Rotaract coordinator and the club presidents. The single REQUIRED element for Interact and Rotaract clubs is the submission of all data as requested by Rotary International. Of course there are other initiatives to fulfill to earn the Citation.

Please read the requirements from Rotary International in regards to earning the Presidential citation. RI President Ron Burton as added a second level for the Citation. Your club should not have difficulty earning the recognition.

Many clubs have a member take of the awards application process. The district level awards application consists of a simple check list. The format is in word to facilitate the application process. Past experience has shown time and again that the awards tracking is best completed by your designee. Please be alert in your e-mail for the listing of the links to the RI web site for awards. I have included the District Awards I will post the links for the presidential citation (two levels this year), the Interact,  and Rotaract citations. The RI link will list all of the additional awards.

410.741.1154

Leahy620@verizon.net

Jan 28, 2014
by Robert Nelson
Several Rotary Clubs in Montgomery County have changed their long-standing venues.  Potomac Rotary Club will move from Normandie Farm Restaurant and begin to meet for breakfast at Ted's Diner on Rt. 355 in Rockville on February 5.  North Bethesda Rotary Club moved from the Hamburger Hamlet to Oakville Grill.  Montgomery Village Rotary Club moved from the MV Golf Club to the new Hampton Inn on Rt 355 in Gaithersburg.
Jan 21, 2014
by Robert Nelson

By Claude Morissette, District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

Good news! The District Grants Committee has advised that it has $3,742.00 available to fund District Grants for the current Rotary year.  The award of this money is subject to the following conditions.

·         The award is subject to the standard conditions for all awards funded by The Rotary Foundation.

·         The receiving club (s) must be MOU- certified for the 2013-14 Rotary Year.

·         The award may not be made to a club that has already received a District Grant this year of the maximum $1,500.00. All Clubs that have received less than $1,500.00 are also eligible to receive the difference up to the $1,500.00 maximum.

·         The award must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis up to $1500.

·         The award will be made on a first come first served basis.

·         Applications for the award must be made by February 28.

·         The project(s) funded by the award must be completed and a completion report submitted by April 15.

This is a wonderful opportunity to implement a project in your local community!  Please consider submitting an application to our Grants Committee Chair, PDG Andy Baum as soon as possible!

Please click HERE to send items for inclusion in the website

Stories
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!
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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.
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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
Posted by Robert Nelson on Mar 13, 2014


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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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Posted by Robert Nelson on Jan 30, 2014

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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. 
[Photo by Jason Hamel]

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.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Sep 26, 2013

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Bob Furhman and President Tom Leuchtenburg
Bob gave an excellent classification talk.

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Bob Furhman's wife Nan and son Eli.
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Allan Barwick, Bob Fuhrman's friend of 47 years.
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Johnny Young, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotarian.
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Guests Ed Ronan and Anne Ayers with Nabil Bedewi and Noel Howard.
Noel works at the Navy Yard in the building next to the tragic shootings and is providing grief counseling.

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Happy Night: $159 was raised from happy bucks for the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Foundation.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Sep 12, 2013

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Our guest speaker on August 29 was Eric Sterling, President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation who spoke on a very controversial subject, "The Legalization of Marijuana."  There were comments from members and guests, many who did not share the speaker's point of view. 

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Guests included Rotarian Steve Naron, Ed Ronan, Paul Schmidt, Linda Meade, Whitney Point Rotary Club President Ron Wing, BCC Rotarian France Pruitt and Anne Ayers (France and Anne pictured above).

Posted by Robert Nelson on Sep 11, 2013

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Thanks so much to Alex and Steve Naron and their team
for packing 200 boxes of food for needy families. 

It's our club's 27th year working with the Manna Food Center.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Aug 23, 2013

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President Tom Leuchtenburg welcomes Area Governor Greg Wims at the Potomac-Bethesda monthly social. 

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 Gaithersburg Rotary Club President Frederic Abramson and Anne Ayers, Guest of Bob Nelson.
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The two Bobs, Bob Nelson and Bob Fuhrman. 
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Juan Carlos Peirano and Frederic Abramson. 
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Nihad Kaibni and Nabil Bedewi.
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Silver Spring-Kensington Rotarian Jon Van Winkle
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Neil Cohen.
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Bob Fuhrman and Noel Howard.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Aug 15, 2013

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We warmly welcomed back former Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian Bernard Henry as our guest speaker.  Chef Bernard told of the amazing customers that he is currently serving as a personal chef and that a pilot television program is in the works for PBS.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Aug 08, 2013

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President Tom Leuchtenburg and guest speaker Dr. Alonzo Smith from Montgomery College.  Dr. Smith spoke about President Abraham Lincoln and the freeing of the slaves as we mark the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. 

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Visiting Rotarian Dorothee Fouan-Huber from Berlin, Germany, with President Tom Leuchtenburg and Chinyere Amaefule

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Bob Nelson with guest Anne Ayers

Posted by Robert Nelson on Aug 01, 2013

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President Tom Leuchtenburg moderated a Club Assembly with a lot of discussion from members about planning for the year.  Neil Cohen is chairing the International Night Committee and he held an impromptu committee meeting.  With some members on vacation in August and excellent speakers scheduled to speak, it's time to invite guests and prospective members.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Jul 25, 2013

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Bob Fuhrman and his wife Nan celebrated the installation of Bob as our newest Potomac-Bethesda Rotarian.
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President Tom Leuchtenburg presided at the installation of new member Bob Fuhrman.
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Sponsor Nihad Kaibni confers the Rotary pin.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jul 14, 2013

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Our guest speaker on July 11 was Bob Levey who formerly published a column in the Washington Post.

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Noel Howard received a check for $4,140 from President Tom Leuchtenburg to give to SEEDS Haiti. 
Photos by Lucy Leuchtenburg.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jul 07, 2013

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President Tom Leuchtenburg welcomes Gaithersburg Rotary Club President Fredric Abramson to our club's social on June 27.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jun 27, 2013

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President Elect Caesar Kavadoy presents the Rotary Cookbook to guest speaker Miriam Gandell who spoke about the mission of The Dwelling Place to provide housing for people in need in Montgomery County.  Thanks to Jason Hamel for making the arrangements and providing the introduction.

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jun 13, 2013

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Rotary District Governor Bob Parkinson and his wife Trish were among the special guests and spouses attending the annual installation of club officers.  [L-R] President Elect Tom Leuchtenburg, Trish Parkinson, Governor Bob Parkinson and President Nabil Bedewi.
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Past President Jason Hamel was named "Rotarian of the Year" and received the club trophy from President Nabil.
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[L-R] Incoming officers taking their oath:  President Elect Caesar Kavadoy, Treasurer Nabil Bedewi, President Tom Leuchtenburg, Secretary Hari Viswanathan.
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Nihad Kaibni's guest was Ed Ronan, General Manager of Bretton Woods Recreation Center.

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Past President Steve Naron (on right side, now a member of the Hollywood FL Rotary Club) and his wife Laura were special guests.
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Area Governor Nancy Szlasa (on right) from Howard County was invited by President Nabil to join us for the installation.
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Bob Nelson received a plaque from District Governor Bob Parkinson "for his untiring efforts and limitless contributions to our success in 2012-2013."  Bob produced the monthly District Newsletter and stepped in last February to be the district chair for DisCon 2013 on the Potomac, the first three-district conference.

 

Posted by Robert Nelson on Jun 13, 2013

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[Above] Just a few of the volunteers at the Manna Food Center Packing Night on June 11.  Visiting Rotarian Steve Naron joined Bob Nelson and the team from Alan Grant's office.

Posted by Robert Nelson on May 02, 2013

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[Above] The main dining room of Normandie Farm Restaurant was full for the 33rd annual Rotary International Night Program featuring Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joshua Starr and Rotary International Scholars.  We were honored that District Governor Bob Parkinson, District Governor Elect Peter Kyle and District Governor Nominee Bill Fine and their wives attended.  [Below] Head table; MC Art Blitz and speakers.
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