This week: January 28, 2022 - Paul Arveson - Solar Thermal Cooking (Zoom)

January 28: Paul Arveson - Solar Thermal Cooking (Zoom)

NOTE: All meetings in January will be virtual. Carmela Carr & Kevin Flynn – NBRC Charitable Foundation: An Update

January 7th

Carmela currently serves as President of the Rotary Charitable Foundation of North Bethesda. She will hold this post until December 2022 when she will gleefully turn it over to Nick Martinez. Carmela has been a Rotarian since 1996. The first club she joined was in South Carolina, after “bellying up to the bar” with a Rotarian. She joined the NBRC in 2010.
Carmela currently works for NCI Information Systems, Inc., in Reston, VA, as a Principal Subcontracts Administrator. Previously she worked as a Subcontracts Administrator for GDIT, CSRA, SRA International and SENTECH, Inc. Her first career was in Higher Education, where she worked as a Resident Director and Assistant Director of Union Activities at Michigan State University and then as the Assistant Director for Student Activities and Director of the Student Union at the University of South Carolina. She lives with her dog, Chico, in North Bethesda.

Kevin, currently serving as Treasurer of our Club Foundation, joined North Bethesda Rotary in 1992, sponsored by Charter Member Tas Tousimis. Tas was editor of the club bulletin, and came in every week to Kevin & Betsy’s printshop on Nebel Street to get copies. He persuaded Kevin to visit the club at the Waters Catering location across the street. Kevin eagerly became a member, and served as president in 1998. He fondly recalls attending the Rotary International Convention in Indianapolis in 1997, which allowed him to visit his alma mater at Notre Dame in northern Indiana. Kevin graduated from Notre Dame in the late 1960s, and later got a Master’s degree in Communication from Stanford. In addition to owning the printshop, he has worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations in Washington and Montgomery County. In 2000, he joined his wife Betsy at the Department of the Interior in Washington, where he worked on educational and public affairs projects, including the Departmental website. Now retired, Kevin and Betsy have three children and two grandchildren and love to spend time on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He has participated in countless North Bethesda Rotary fundraisers, from wine tasting and silent auctions to bike tours and this year’s Community Health Challenge.

Joni Keaton – Rebuilding Together Montgomery Country

December 10th

Joni Keaton is originally from Rockville, Maryland, and returned to the area after graduating in 2020 with dual degrees in International Studies and Ballet  Performance from the University of Oklahoma. She began serving as an AmeriCorps member at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County shortly after, dedicating a year of service to help support RTMC’s mission of repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives. She joined the team full-time in September of  his year as the Development & Communications Coordinator and is proud to help continue this important work. 

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) was founded in 1990 with a ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ approach of providing free home repairs and accessibility modifications to low-income homeowners in Montgomery County. Many of the homeowners served are seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, single parents, and members of marginalized communities who would not otherwise be able to remain safely and independently at home. Working in partnership with local businesses, organizations, and volunteers, RTMC strives to ensure the right to safe housing for Montgomery County’s most vulnerable residents. 


Victoria Feldman – Classification Talk

December 3rd

Victoria Feldman has been an active club member since 2000, when fellow architect Jay Davies sponsored her membership in our club. Victoria is an architect; she has the Architectural Diploma (1972) and PhD in Architectural Theory (1982) from Moscow, Russia. She received an Architectural practice and academic rank 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. 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 for the Pentagon Memorial competition. She currently works mainly on residential projects in the U.S. and abroad. Samples of her work can be viewed on facebook/ From 1999-2006 she worked for “Architects at Work” in Bethesda. From 1998 to the present Victoria also serves as 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.

Victoria loves her family, her friends, likes to travel, draw, read and cook