This week: December 9, 2022 - Matthew Herrmann - Update on North Bethesda Development

December 9: Matthew Herrmann - Update on North Bethesda Development
December 10: S. Clause  - Rotary Christmas Holiday Party
December 16: Kathleen Reedy - My Time in Antarctica
December 23: No Meeting  - Merry Christmas
December 30: No meeting - Happy New Year

Sarah Reddinger – Habitat for Humanity

November 4th

Sarah Reddinger, Vice President of Community Development for Habitat for Humanity Montgomery (also known as simply “Habitat”), oversees advocacy, homeowner services and lending, project management and feasibility, home clinic before becoming a banking analyst.

Under her leadership, the new and rehab potential project pipeline has grown from a few dozen projects to over 160 new units with projected budgets of over $35 million. She’s also grown the Repair and Weatherization Programs from about 30 projects a year to over 100, with a budget around $2,000,000 annually. She launched the Repair and Accessibility Modification Program and a Veteran Repair Program to assist residents in their abilities to remain safely in their homes long term and ensure their ability to transfer wealth to the next generation.

Sarah’s work to break down barriers to homeownership extends beyond the organization as well. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery Housing Alliance, served on the Housing Equity Advisory Team with the Montgomery County Planning Department and coordinated an Aging in Place Learning Exchange. She also co-founded the Life Long Homes Coalition in Montgomery County. Sarah is a member of HFHI’s Policy and Advocacy Professionals Group and recently joined the Community Development Network of Maryland’s Public Policy Committee. As a Global Village Team Leader, she has led ten volunteer build trips to four continents.

Claes Ryn – American Constitutionalism: Then, Now and In the Future

October 28th

Club Member 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. He is Editor of the scholarly journal Humanitas. Claes 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 University.

Paul Arveson – The Solar Mothers of Oaxaca, Mexico

October 21st

Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, was the home of the Mixtec and Zapotec cultures.  They blessed the world with corn, chocolate, vanilla, tomatoes, squash and many kinds of chili peppers!   So today the women of Oaxaca know how to cook many delicious dishes.  However, the indigenous population in Oaxaca state lives in poverty.    We are preparing a proposal for Rotary to transform lives of women in Oaxaca using solar cookers.  These simple devices use no fuels, have no emissions, and require hardly any labor time.  This frees the women’s time for child care, education and employment.   This talk will show examples of how women are using solar cookers in Oaxaca. 

Paul has always had an interest in energy and environmental issues.  In his retirement, he decided to focus his efforts in solar cooking, which is not a crowded field.  He joined a small local nonprofit called Solar Household Energy, which has been developing solar cookers and managing field projects for over 20 years all around the world.  Paul’s work has focused on the more technical aspects of solar cooker testing and research.  This work has expanded his awareness of the needs of cooks, who are mostly women, to have better alternatives.   Paul joined his local Rotary Club in 2017 and currently serves to support the zoom meetings and videos of their weekly meetings.

Paul has a BS in Physics and an MS in and Computer Systems Management.   He served as a civilian employee in the Navy, where he conducted research projects in acoustics and oceanography.   Later he worked as a technology contractor for various government agencies.  In 1998 Paul co-founded a strategic management consulting firm.