This week: June 25, 2021 - Carmela Carr - Induction of NB Rotary Club Officers for 2021- 2022

June 25: Carmela Carr - Induction of NB Rotary Club Officers for 2021- 2022

This week: Claes Ryn – The Ethics of American Constitutionalism

June 11th
Claes Ryn

Claes G. Ryn is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of
Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America (C.U.A.), where he has also been Professor of Politics. He was Chair of his department for six years. He has taught also at Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and Louisiana State University. He was a doctoral and undergraduate student at Uppsala University in his native Sweden. His teaching and research have combined study of ethics, culture, epistemology, and the history of Western political thought with study of American political thought, U.S. foreign policy, and international relations.

His many books include America the Virtuous: The Crisis of Democracy and the Quest for Empire; A Common Human Ground: Universality and Particularity in a Multicultural Age; Democracy and the Ethical Life: A Philosophy of Politics and Community; and the novel A Desperate Man, a moral-political drama. Claes received the C.U.A. Provost’s award for Distinguished Achievement in Research. The C.U.A. Graduate Students Association named him Outstanding Graduate Professor. He is Editor of the scholarly journal Humanitas. Ryn was Chairman and co-founder of the National Humanities Institute, President of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, and President of the Philadelphia Society. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia, especially China. A frequent visitor to China, he gave the Distinguished Foreign Scholar Lectures at Peking University in 2000. These lectures were published as a book in Chinese translation by Peking University Press in 2001. In 2012 he was named Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University. Three of his books and many of his articles have been published in China in Chinese translation.

He is an Honorary Member of Sweden’s oldest and largest student association, Heimdal, at Uppsala

John F. Ross – On the Front Lines of Food Insecurity in Montgomery County: How Nourishing Bethesda Feeds 1,400 Every Week

June 4th
John F. Ross, Director, Nourishing Bethesda

During the midst of the COVID pandemic in the summer of 2020,
concerned parishioners at Bethesda’s St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church met with Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson concerning poverty in our community. The church members determined that joining forces with private, public, service, and faith communities would be the most effective means to address food insecurity. As a result, the Nourishing Bethesda coalition (NB) was born. NB launched its first initiative on August 14, 2020 with its highly successful family food distribution. Since then, every Friday afternoon, coalition members distribute healthy produce and shelf-stable groceries to nearly 330 households at the B-CC Rescue Squad. Fifty volunteers from the community pack, transport, and distribute food packages every week.

John F. Ross, Director or Nourishing Bethesda, is an accomplished writer, editor, and explorer. His most recent book is Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of
Speed, a narrative non-fiction book for St. Martin’s Press. He has appeared on more than 50 radio and television programs, keynoted a dozen conferences around the country, and given talks at the
Explorers Club of New York, NASA’s Ames Research Center, the Pritzker Military Library, and the Smithsonian Institution.

He has helped start and run two magazines, been a producer for CBS News’ Face the Nation, and edited many large-format books for Smithsonian Institution Press.

Instructions for the Nourishing Bethesda Drive-Through Family Food Distribution

Distribution occurs every Friday from 1-3 pm while supplies last at the following address:
Bethesda Chevy-Chase Rescue Squad (at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Battery Lane), 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
Please enter from the Battery Lane entrance and remain in your vehicles to receive groceries. Walk-ups are welcome! Available Items: Fresh produce, Shelf-stable food items, Bread, Cereal, Eggs, Add-ons such as Butter, Chicken, and Holiday Treats as available.

Pamela Luckett – Community Action Board: Poverty in Montgomery County

May 28th
Pamela Luckett, Community Action Board Member

We think of Montgomery County as a wealthy county, but in the midst of our plenty there are families in poverty. Pam will discuss the extent and nature of poverty in our County and policy solutions that are being implemented. Pamela Luckett is a member of the Montgomery County Community Action Board, the federally
mandated County poverty commission that oversees Head Start and advocates for low-income families and individuals. As past chair of the Board, Pamela has advocated for increased minimum wage, expanded EITC and other policies that help Montgomery County residents achieve self-sufficiency. She led the team that
designed the Community Advocacy Institute, an eight-month program that teaches low-income individuals the nuts and bolts of advocacy on the state and local level.  Pamela is a Senior Legislative Aide in the office of Councilmember Will Jawando and her portfolio includes housing, health and human services and racial equity. In 2018, she was elected to the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, representing District 20. Pamela is 1st Vice President of the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a graduate of Leadership Montgomery 2013.