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

Dave Fitzwilliam – Why was the Battle of Stalingrad so Deadly?

July 15th

The Battle of Stalingrad. Inarguably one of the most merciless and destructive battles throughout history. Resulting in nearly two million total casualties between August 23, 1942, through February 2, 1943, the German siege resulted in a decisive victory for the Soviets… although at the cost of over a million Russian casualties. The numbers of the Battle of Stalingrad seem ridiculously high, on both sides. So, why was the Battle of Stalingrad so deadly?  This video will answer the question.

As the oldest and one of the longest-serving members of our Rotary Club, Dave Fitzwilliam needs no introduction.

Sean McAlister – Induction of North Bethesda Rotary Club Officers

July 8th

Sean McAlister is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Chief Learning Officer for the U.S. Foreign Service and manages the training and professional development programs for more than 2,300 federal employees working in 128 U.S. cities and 119 countries. He earned a PhD. in adult education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and both a master’s and undergraduate degrees from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.

Sean joined Rotary in 1992 as a member of the Virginia Tech Rotaract Club, and later the Capitol Hill Rotary Club in 2004. Sean has served as the Capitol Hill Rotary Club’s President, and in various District 7620 leadership roles. Sean will be inducting Steve Vaccarezza, our President for 2022-23, along with other officers of the club.


Greg and Jan Smith – Water Mission

June 24th

Greg holds a BS from Villanova in Chemical Engineering and a MS from University of Rochester in Material Science. Jan holds an AB in Mathematics from Grove City college, an MBA from University of Pittsburgh, and a MA in Mathematics Education from Webster University.

Greg and Jan worked for Mobil Chemical in Macedon NY (outside Rochester NY), Greg in an engineering capacity and Jan in a finance capacity.

After our corporate life, we were one of the owners of a business making plastic bags, headquartered in St Louis MO. We opted to retire in 1991, moved to Pittsburgh PA, raised 3 daughters and made a life giving back. We have been involved in bringing safe water to those in need since the early 2000s, working with World Vision, Lifewater, Engineers without Borders, and WaterMission (