This week: July 17, 2020 - Daniel Kahneman - The riddle of experience vs. memory
July 17: Daniel Kahneman - The riddle of experience vs. memory
July 24: Dr. Robert DeMaria - Dictionaries and Samuel Johnson

Jay Miller – Looking up: Washington Astronomers

September 20th

Last week we heard from Jay Miller, a longtime member of the National Capital Astronomers, who gave an entertaining talk on our universe and various theories about its history.

Serving Science and society since 1937, the National Capital Astronomers (NCA) is a non-profit, membership-supported, volunteer-run, public service corporation dedicated to advancing space technology, astronomy, and related sciences through information, participation, and inspiration, via research, lectures and presentations, publications, expeditions, tours, public interpretation, and education. NCA is the astronomy affiliate of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

The National Capital Astronomers offers a popular program for exploring the sky in Rock Creek Park on a Saturday night from April through November. The event is free and welcomes beginners and experienced stargazers. For more information, visit

Paul Arveson – Rotary’s Action Plan

September 13th

Paul Arveson, who has done strategic planning for government agencies, corporations, and nonprofit groups, continued with his exercise in strategic planning. He has incorporated many features of Rotary International’s new “Action Plan,” a strategic effort to revitalize clubs worldwide, in a plan for our club. The plan, focused on Rotary members as “People of Action,” includes four major priorities. They’re shown in red below and in Paul’s house diagram.

  1. Impact: People of Action are effective problem-solvers.
  2. Reach: People of Action activate and inspire one another.
  3. Engagement: People of Action strive to understand the needs of others.
  4. Adapt: People of Action are inventive, entrepreneurial, and resilient

Ice Cream Social

August 24th

The 11th annual Park Potomac Ice Cream Social fundraiser for Interfaith Works was held on the open green space of Park Potomac on August 24th. The program provides backpacks for needy students and is supported by many Mongomery County nonprofit organizations.

Thanks to the efforts of John Waterston, and Dan More, we were able to donate 72 backpacks. Interfaith Works reported that nearly 3,000 backpacks were funded through the project. A hardy crew of North Bethesda Rotarians (shown below) turned out for the event