This week: December 9, 2022 - Matthew Herrmann - Update on North Bethesda Development

December 9: Matthew Herrmann - Update on North Bethesda Development
December 10: S. Clause  - Rotary Christmas Holiday Party
December 16: Kathleen Reedy - My Time in Antarctica
December 23: No Meeting  - Merry Christmas
December 30: No meeting - Happy New Year

B.J Chamberlain-Skinner – District 7620 District Grants

December 2nd

Barbara Jean (“B.J.”) Chamberlain-Skinner has over 30 years of legal and business management experience.  With a J.D. from American University, her professional career was primarily with the global corporations of Accenture and EDS (currently HP) and included structuring, drafting and negotiating complex, domestic and international transactions.  These outsourcing, management consulting, systems integration and reselling agreements ranged from $250M to over $2B. 

Areas of legal expertise encompass regulatory compliance, data privacy, human resources, intellectual property and dispute resolution across industries and practices.  Specific elements of legal support involve developing contractual alternatives, evaluating local law limitations, performing due diligence and leading complex contractual negotiations.  Business support expertise includes analyzing customer requirements, drafting and presenting proposals, recommending risk mitigation strategies, deal shaping, and designing and communicating executive strategy.

As a member of the Parole Rotary Club in Annapolis, Maryland, B.J. has been the Secretary and is currently a Director and President-Elect for 2023-23.  She actively participates in Parole’s signature project, Books International Goodwill (B.I.G.), that has distributed over 9 million books to international schools and libraries and domestic underserved communities. For District 7620, B.J. is the Grants Committee Chair helping to promote, allocate and administer the District’s Designated Funds.  In support of the District Rotary Foundation Chair, the Committee advises on both community and Global Grants to maximize Rotary’s impact throughout our District and the world.

Robin Riley – The World of Recreation in Montgomery County: Future Trends

November 18th

Robin Riley was appointed to serve as the Director of Montgomery County Recreation by County Executive Marc Elrich in December 2018.

She has served the department for over 40 years and has earned numerous commendations for her leadership and service including the prestigious County Employee of the Year award. Robin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Maryland and her recognized professional expertise is reflected in the leadership and communication leadership skills promoting lifelong recreation and physical activity – for kids, seniors, and adults of all abilities and fitness levels. Robin, a lifelong Marylander, is an avid sports lover, and enjoys being a participant and an armchair coach with her beloved dachshunds.

Since 1954, Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) has remained dedicated to providing inclusive quality recreation programs and activities that serve the recreation and leisure needs of the Montgomery County community. The department manages 40 facilities including an administrative headquarters, community and neighborhood recreation centers, senior centers, and indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and provides thousands of programs such as out-of-school activities, aquatics classes, youth and adult sports programs and leagues, senior programs, and therapeutic recreation.

Sara Ducey – Paul Peck Humanities Institute, Montgomery College

November 11th

Sara Ducey is a faculty member at Montgomery College and Director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute (PPHI). The Institute’s initiatives include:

    • MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship;
    • PPHI Honors Internships at the Library of Congress,

   Smithsonian Institution and US Holocaust Memorial Museum;

    • Digital Storytelling (DS) Internships;
    • Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County traveling exhibit; and
    • The annual Humanities Days at Montgomery College (HD@MC).

Generating various programs, collaborations and national and local partnerships, the Paul Peck Humanities Institute serves the community by providing growth opportunities and by demonstrating the relevance of the humanities in all areas of life.