This week: August 19, 2022 - Walter Weiss - Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Montgomery County

August 19: Walter Weiss - Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Montgomery County
August 26: Paul Arveson - A Closer Look with the James Webb Space Telescope

Victoria Feldman – Classification Talk

August 5th

Our own Victoria Feldman is an Architect and has an Architectural Diploma (1972) and PhD in Architectural Theory (1982) from Moscow, Russia. She received an Architectural practice and academic certification in the Academy of Architecture in the city of Ekaterinsburg (Ural region of Russia) where she worked for 23 years.  In 1995, she emigrated to Maryland in the US. After a short adaptation period, she joined her professional field. Victoria was involved in Church projects, Office buildings, Gas stations, and others.  She presented her project/idea in the Pentagon Memorial competition.  Lately, she is working mainly on residential projects in the US and abroad.  Samples of her work can be viewed at  In 1999-2006 she worked for “Architects at Work”, Bethesda. In 2001 she registered her own business.  From 1998 to the present, Victoria has been a licensed Foreign Language Docent at the National Gallery of Art of Washington, DC. For a few years she volunteered in Architectural classes at Thomas Edison High School of Technology.

In 2000 Jay Davies recommended her to the North Bethesda Rotary Club.  Victoria loves her Family, her Friends, likes to travel, draw, read and cook.

Steve Case – Peggy Shippen, The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America

July 29th

Stephen Case, a Bethesda resident, is a retired attorney, who, with co-author Mark Jacob, wrote Treacherous Beauty – Peggy Shippen, The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America, published by Lyons Press in 2012. Case has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the American Revolution, as a Trustee of Columbia University and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He was for 30 years a partner in the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Peggy Shippen, the second wife of Benedict Arnold, was a member of a wealthy Philadelphia family who worked with the British and is considered the “highest paid spy” in the American Revolution.


Bill Lewers – Eighteen Days In New York: The History of the 1924 Democratic Convention

July 22nd

Bill Lewers was raised on Long Island in the 1950s and has been a political junkie for as long as he can remember. He holds B.A. degrees from Rutgers (mathematics) and the University of Maryland (history) and a M.A.T. degree from Harvard (mathematics education). After teaching high school mathematics for a few years, he commenced a career as a computer professional with IBM. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Mary. 

Bill is a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and this passion is reflected in his first book, Six Decades of Baseball: A Personal Narrative. This was followed by A Voter’s Journey which is one citizen’s sixty-year romp through the American political system.

Bill began serving as a Fairfax County election officer in 1994. Two decades later he wrote The Gatekeepers of Democracy, which was dedicated to the women and men who volunteer to serve on Election Day. The Gatekeepers of Democracy has been described as the novel that refined the genre of “election officer fiction.” Reaction to Gatekeepers was sufficiently positive that Bill decided to turn what was originally a stand-alone novel into a series. November Third (Book Two) examines things through the eyes of the “rovers,” seasonal employees who support the election process in a variety of ways. Things take a more sinister tone in Book Three (Primary Peril) as “murder most foul” casts its dark shadow over the election landscape. Eighteen Days in New York: A Novel about the 1924 Democratic Convention is Bill’s first venture into the world of historical fiction.