This week: May 20, 2022 - Lilita Bergs - The Latvian Museum of Potomac

May 20: Lilita Bergs - The Latvian Museum of Potomac
May 27: Clark Reed  - Environmental Sustainability in Montgomery County

Lilita Bergs – The Latvian Museum of Potomac

May 20th

Lilita Bergs is the director of the Latvian Museum in Rockville MD. The all-volunteer museum, founded in 1979, is operated by the American Latvian Association in The United States, headquartered at the same facility.  The exhibits focus on the history of Latvia from prehistoric times to the present and showcase traditional costumes, jewelry and folk arts.  Included are video references to the history of Latvian-Americans who fled the Communist takeover in World War II.

Lilita Bergs holds an MA degree in anthropology from Syracuse University and is retired from a long career in a variety of American history museums in both curatorial and management roles. These include the Rochester Museum and Science Center and Old Sturbridge Village. She has been involved with the Latvian Museum since its founding. She is active in a number of local and national Latvian-American organizations and preservation projects.

Steve Vaccarezza – Rotary Rituals, Rules and Community

May 13th

Stephen Vaccarezza has been a member of Rotary since 1988, first with the White Oak Rotary Club and then with North Bethesda.  He has been president twice with White Oak and once for North Bethesda, and will be again next year for North Bethesda.  He is currently Treasurer of the North Bethesda Rotary Club and President-Elect for next year.  Steve is a practicing physician in Montgomery County with offices on Montrose Road, where he has been for 35 years.  His practice consists mostly of nephrology specialty care, though he does some primary care as well.  He is married with 2 children and 2 grandkids.  Steve will give us a needed refresher on how Rotary Clubs function best and give us tips to strengthen our Rotary community.

Cheryl Kollin – Community Food Rescue

May 6th

Cheryl Kollin is a business consultant and serves as the Program Director of Community Food Rescue (CFR), a program of Manna Food Center. Since its launch in 2015, the CFR network of 450 members has recovered and distributed 7.7 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 6.4 million meals to people experiencing hunger. Cheryl is a founding member of the Montgomery County Food Council. She earned her MBA in sustainable business.