Dec 10, 2013
Vote daily at www.10millioncharitymiles.com to help Rotary get free airline miles.
10 Million Charity Miles from United started 6 December and goes until 31 December. Help Rotary get airline miles that can be used for humanitarian projects and other types of service opportunities.
Last year, Rotary came in second. Let’s go for first this year!
Oct 13, 2013
Sign up for RYLA 2014 opens today! This is a signature District 7620 program that benefits over 120 students every year. It is open to any 11th or 12th grade high school student that is in good standing with their school and has demonstrated leadership potential but may not have been exposed to leadership courses or opportunities. The program is open to not just students in your Interact clubs but sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors.
The attached information package gives you a brief explanation of what RYLA is about and includes the club sponsorship form and directions on submitting delegate forms electronically through the RYLA website at www.ryla7620.com.
Please support RYLA and recommend a student for sponsorship to your club leadership. Get on board and be part of a program that promotes the values and ideals of Rotary and leadership to the youth. These are our future Rotarians!
Yours in Rotary
Rotary District 7620 RYLA Chairperson
Sep 18, 2013
Dear Rotarians in Zones 33 and 34,
I am sure you have seen on the news the tragic deaths that occurred earlier this week at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. One of the victims was Mr. Frank Kohler, a past president of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, Maryland. Additional information on Mr. Kohler is available at:
Memorials and cards can be sent to Mrs. Michelle Kohler, PO Box 246, Tall Timbers, MD 20690.
Please keep the Kohler family in your thoughts and prayers.
Anne. L. Matthews
Zones 33 and 34 RI Director
Sep 10, 2013
A child receives the oral polio vaccine during an immunization campaign. Photo Credit: Iman Morooka/UNICEF
As of 14 August, 110 cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in the Horn of Africa.
Rotary has approved a $500,000 Rapid Response grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. The outbreak occurred in the Banadir region of Somalia, where a large number of children had not been vaccinated against polio due to inaccessibility.
As of 14 August, 110 cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in the Horn of Africa—100 cases in Somalia and 10 in Kenya. This is the first outbreak in Somalia since 2007 and in Kenya since 2011.
The Rotary grant will cover operational costs, including human resources, training, and transportation of health workers, aimed at immunizing children under 10 in all accessible areas of Somalia in August.
To date, five vaccination campaigns have been held in Somalia, three in Kenya, two each in Ethiopia and Yemen, and one in Djibouti. Additional campaigns are planned through the end of the year.
Drawing on lessons learned from previous polio outbreaks, the first vaccination campaign was carried out within a week after the first case was confirmed.
“Until polio transmission is interrupted in the endemic countries, outbreaks such as the one in Somalia are to be expected,” says Dr. Hamid Jafari, director of Polio Research and Operations at WHO. “So long as the budget for the new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is fully funded, we’re well-equipped to pursue endemic and outbreak priorities simultaneously.”
Aug 21, 2013
As many of you know, the outdoors, with all its beauty, wonder, and challenge have had a huge positive impact on me and helped make me into the person I am today. The Summit for Someone program helps to provide those same opportunities to at risk youth in the Big City Mountaineers program. My hope is that my personal quest can help raise money for that program. Since I have finally summited Mt. Rainier, I have decided to attempt to reach the highest point in all 50 states.
To date, I have been to Mt Rogers (VA), Mt. Davis (PA), Jerimoth Hill (RI), Mt. Rainier (WA), Wheeler Peak (NM), and Brasstown Bald (GA).
This year I hope to go even higher then Mt. Rainier in an attempt at Colorado’s highest point in Mt. Elbert. At 14,440 feet, it is the second highest point in the lower 48 behind California’s Mt. Whitney. I plan to climb on August 20th.
Any donation you can provide will be greatly appreciated. All funds go directly to the organization and do not support my self funded climbs.
Sep 02, 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013 1:02 AM
Greetings Rotarians and Friends:
Once again this year, I invite you to join us in New York City at the Rotary-United Nations Day on Saturday, November 2, 2013. In addition, Canadian Rotarians can participate in a UN Tour Friday am and a Special Canada Session, hosted by the Canadian UN Ambassador on Friday afternoon, November 1st.
The Saturday meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UN Headquarters and will include presentations and panel discussions addressing Millennium Goals, and key humanitarian issues. The event will feature presentations from senior UN staff and Rotary leaders, with panel discussions on our mutual goal of achieving peace.
Advance registration is necessary and I suggest you do this asap. Cost is US$45. including a box lunch. You can register for the Saturday meeting on line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7622626481 NOTE: UN tours are not available on Saturday, so those interested in this should do so on Friday morning. For the Canada Session on Friday afternoon, please email me your complete name/address at: email@example.com by October 20, 2013. This is a separate registration from Saturday which requires security clearances.
Saturday evening is our Friendship Dinner Cruise, November 2nd at 6:30 pm. All Rotarians, UN Colleagues and friends from around the world are welcome to join us. Enjoy a buffet dinner, music and fantastic view of NYC skyline at night. Register online at bottom of the first page at http://2013district7080untrip.eventbrite.com
Accommodation is expensive in NYC. There are more economical hotels across the river about 30 minute bus ride away. Many stay at the Quality Inn or Marriott Hotel in, Lyndhurst, NJ and save over $100. per night. Or if flying, the Comfort Inn in Queens is a convenient-to-subway location.
Join me at the United Nations, meet our Canadian UN Ambassador and celebrate Rotary's role in the development of the UN back in 1945. It will be an exciting experience. Rotarians, family members and friends are all welcome.
Hoping you are having a wonderful summer.
With best regards,
PDG Douglas W Vincent, RC Woodstock-Oxford
Box 1583, Woodstock, ON Canada N4S 0A7
Rotary United Nations Representative, Z24
COL Representative 08-14, District 7080
Speaker Info link
Aug 08, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
Dear Mr. Nelson,
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation. I hope you feel the same sense of pride and accomplishment that I do when you review the enclosed fact card. Because of donors like you, our Foundation has a far reach and we are poised to offer our help in a host of different ways. You enable us to extend aid to those who need us the most. On behalf of these children, women, and men, please accept my sincere thanks.
I am pleased to report that as of 1 July 2013, our future vision plan will be fully operational. What started as an ambition for tomorrow's service efforts has grown into an award-winning grant model that will enhance the scope, impact, and sustainability of our Foundation's projects.
A strength I see in the plan is that it clearly outlines our areas of focus: peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Each area represents a significant need that Rotarians are addressing every day in communities around the world. The future is here!
So much good begins with the dedication of Foundation Benefactors like you. Your commitment to The Rotary Foundation's Endowment Fund will support vital programs for generations to come. Thank you, again, for your generosity.
Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, Chairman, The Rotary Foundation Trustees, RI
Jun 14, 2013
The Council on Legislation meets every three years to consider changes to the policies that govern Rotary International and its member clubs. This year’s Council accepted a dues increase of US$1 per year per member, removed limits on e-clubs, decided to permit satellite clubs, and changed the name of the fifth Avenue of Service from “New Generations Service” to “Youth Service.”
“Rotarians have different viewpoints on various issues and topics, and this is good for Rotary,” said William Pollard, a Council representative from Virginia, USA. “I quickly learned that some items that might not be important to my district might be very important to a district in another country.”
Read more to learn about other policy changes.
Follow discussion about the council’s actions on LinkedIn.
May 21, 2013
Marilyn very peacefully passed into the presence of the Lord on May 20th at 11:52 pm. Our deepest condolences to Bob for the loss of Marilyn.
Apr 30, 2013
As the District Governor of District 7620 and from one of the three districts that shared the great three district conference this past weekend, I was delighted to see all of you come and share your time, your projects, your ideas, your hopes and aspirations for your club and for Rotary, locally and worldwide. That was the purpose of gathering Rotarians from the three districts. I hope that all of you went away with at least one new idea on improving your club, your organization, your fund raisers and your projects. I hope that some of the ideas you left with include partnering with other clubs and across district boundaries. Trish and I had a wonderful time with you and as I fade back into my club as Treasurer, I will have fond memories of all the events at this fantastic conference made wonderful by your presence with your time, talent and treasure. God bless all of you as we move forward in Peace through Service to Engage Rotary - Change Lives.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Apr 04, 2013
Watch a livestream of Rotary Day at the White House honoring 12 Champions of ChangeRotary News -- 4 April 2013
Twelve U.S. Rotarians will be honored by the White House as Champions of Change on 5 April during a Rotary Day at the White House event.
The day-long event combines two weekly White House public engagement programs – Champions of Change and the Community Leaders Briefing series -- to recognize the humanitarian efforts of Rotary members and their positive impact on communities locally and internationally. The White House defines Champions of Change as ordinary Americans who are doing extraordinary things in their communities.
Ten Rotarians were honored last April in the first-ever Rotary Day at the White House.
This year’s Rotary honorees include: Tom Barnes, Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bob Dietrick, Rotary Club of Franklin At Breakfast, Tennessee; John Germ, Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Peggy Halderman, Rotary Club of Golden, Colorado; Nancy Sanford Hughes, Rotary Club of Eugene Southtowne, Oregon; Walter Hughes Jr., Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia; Ann Lee Hussey, Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise, Maine; Jeremiah Lowney Jr., Rotary Club of Norwich, Connecticut; Douglas McNeil, Rotary Club of Los Gatos Morning, California; Harriett Schloer, Rotary Club of Bend High Desert, Oregon; Bonnie Sirower, Rotary Club of Paterson, New Jersey; Neli Vazquez-Rowland, Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois.
You can watch the Rotary Day at the White House event on a live video stream from the White House beginning at 08:00 CDT, 5 April.
Jan 25, 2013
Less than a year after initiating an innovative project toconstruct the first fully three dimensional oyster reef in the Chesapeake Bayin almost 100 years, a unique partnership between St. Mary’s College of Maryland,the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association and District 7620 Rotary Clubs ispreparing to construct the first phase of the new 3 dimensional reef in the St.Mary’s River in St. Mary’s County. The demonstration project is expected toserve as a model for restoration of at least half of the Bay’s 70,000 acres of historicthree dimensional oyster reefs that were mined into extinction at the end of the 19th Century and early 20th Century. Restoring the tremendous algae and nutrient filtrationcapacity of the Bay oyster is essential to restoring its water quality.
Over the past year the partnership completed an exhaustiveliterature search and analysis; prepared a comprehensive design report;obtained all required State and Federal permits; purchased and deployed CoastGuard approved navigation hazard buoys; and initiated a public outreach effort,including a new website and Facebook page. To keep project costs affordable,last Fall, project team member, Dr. Christopher Puttock of the Rotary Club ofCollege Park organized Rotary and non-Rotarian volunteers who constructedninety 350 pound concrete reef balls at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s OysterRecovery Facility in Shady Side, Maryland. On three occasions, Dr. Puttock and his volunteersmet at the CBF facility and under the supervision of CBF staff membersassembled fiberglass molds and carefully filled them with fiberglass reinforcedconcrete. The following day thevolunteers returned to remove the molds and clean up the site.
Jan 10, 2013
The fight against polio is on the cover of this week’s TIME Magazine. Read about the progress in fighting polio and Rotary’s role in eradicating this crippling disease.
“Thanks to aggressive global vaccination programs led by Rotary International, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and, most recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the year just beginning could be the disease’s last.”
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/03/the-final-battle-against-polio/#ixzz2HItP3nxa
Jan 06, 2013
Young people around the world arefinding ways to promote Peace Through Service in their communities. Here are two examples:
Interactor Haley from the Interact Club of West FelicianaHigh School in St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA, won the Interact Peace Through Service postcard contest with her design featured above. View all the entries and share your favorites on social media. Haleyand her mother will receive round-trip airfare to the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii, 25-27 January. Their prize comes from the 2.5million charity miles that Rotary received last year through the United Airlines 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway.
Rotaractor Susanne Büttner joined more than 1,800 people, including many New Generationsparticipants, at the first Rotary Global Peace Forum in Berlin. Readher post on the Rotary Voices blog.
RI President Sakuji Tanaka encourages clubs and districts to organize community peace forums that involve YouthExchange students and other New Generations participants and challenge them to promote peace in their everyday lives.
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Phil Meade, Arlene Cohen, Linda Meade and Alan Grant.
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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.
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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
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.
Noel Howard (dressed as Sherlock Holmes for the club meeting on Halloween) and Chinyere Amaefule.
Posted by Robert Nelson on Oct 24, 2013
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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President Tom Leuchtenburg presents Broad Acres Elementary School Principal Peter Bray with the Rotary Cookbook.
[Photo by Jason Hamel]
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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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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."
Rotary District Governor Peter Kyle and Area Governor Greg Wims.
The Normandie Farm restaurant set up two additional tables to handle the extra large turnout for the Rotary District Governor.
Chinyere Amaefule, guests Josephine and Vince Onuigbo, and Area Governor Greg Wims.
Bob Nelson and Rotary District Governor Peter Kyle
[Left] Guest Katie Kia; [Right] Jason Hamel announced that his second child will be arriving later this month.
President Tom received the Paul Harris plaque from Immediate Past President Nabil Bedewi.
Phil Meade collected $300 in happy dollars.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Visiting Rotarian Dorothee Fouan-Huber from Berlin, Germany, with President Tom Leuchtenburg and Chinyere Amaefule
Bob Nelson with guest Anne Ayers
Posted by Robert Nelson on Aug 01, 2013
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.
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President Tom Leuchtenburg welcomes Gaithersburg Rotary Club President Fredric Abramson to our club's social on June 27.
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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 20, 2013
Our guest speaker on June 13 was Mike Bishop who was introduced by Jason Hamel. Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses. Yelp had an average of approximately 102 million monthly unique visitors in Q1 2013. Yelpers have written over 39 million local reviews. Thanks to Mike, people searching on Yelp.com for charitable organizations and service clubs will find the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club listed with a direct link to our club's website.
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.
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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. |