This week: July 1, 2022 - Happy 4th of July - No Meeting

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 (www.watermission.org)

Club Assembly – Nick Martinez, Carmela Carr and Club and NB Rotary Foundation Boards

June 17th

NB Rotary Scholarship Awardees – Lexus Soumahoro & Darryl Jonathan Terry

June 10th

In late May, Club Members Linda Berg-Cross and Kevin Flynn interviewed two candidates for scholarship funds as approved by the Club Board through the Rotary Charitable Foundation of North Bethesda.  Both applications were approved by the Scholarship Committee and passed on to the Club and Foundation Boards, which gave their approvals in late May. We’re happy to announce that both candidates have accepted the scholarships and are planning to join us at our June 10 meeting.

Lexus Soumahoro

Lexus is is graduating from Montgomery College this spring and will continue her studies at UMBC at Shady Grove. She aspires to a career in the foreign service and is trilingual (Spanish, French and English).  She is alone in the U.S. without family and has been self-supporting since high school. She is currently working two jobs as well as taking courses.

 Darryl Jonathan Terry

Daryl is requesting money to continue his studies at UMBC Shady Grove campus.  He works at a veterinary clinic in Clarksburg and attends the University of Maryland.  The number of college courses he signs up for are determined by his work hours so he remains debt free. He lives with his mother and grandmother.

Bruce Fowler – Release of Toxic Chemicals from Global Ice Stores: Potential Public Health Implications

June 3rd

Our North Bethesda Rotarian Bruce received his B.S. degree in Fisheries (Marine Biology) from the University of Washington in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Pathology from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1972. He began his scientific career at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences prior to becoming Director of the University of Maryland System-wide Program in Toxicology and Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He then served as Associate Director for Science in the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine at CDC / ATSDR. He is currently a private consultant and Adjunct Professor, Emory School of Public Health and previously a Presidents Professor of Biomedical Science at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  Dr. Fowler is an internationally recognized expert on the toxicology of metals and has served on a number of State, National and International Committees in his areas of expertise. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association and past chair of the Advocacy Committee. He is past Chair of Federal Legislative Committee for the Maryland National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and a Paul Harris Multiple Fellow of Rotary International. He is also a Trustee of the Maryland Democratic Party. He has some language expertise with German, Swedish, Spanish and spoken Mandarin. He is a PADI – certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Dr. Fowler is the author of over 260 research papers and book chapters and authored or edited/co-edited 10 books or monographs on toxicology, molecular biomarkers, computational toxicology, mechanisms of chemical–induced cell injury/cell death and most recently risk assessment for electronic waste.  He has provided invited testimony before committees of the US Congress and the State of Maryland on matters related to toxic chemicals.

Bulletin – June 2022

June 2nd

Clark Reed – Environmental Sustainability in Montgomery County

May 27th

Clark Reed believes environmental sustainability is a critical component to our quality of life. As an Environment Commissioner in Rockville, he helped found the city’s Solar Co-op in 2015 which grew to include two counties in 2021. He has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over 25 years in the ENERGY STAR program helping hospitals, hotels, and retail stores decarbonize by improving energy efficiency. His home is the first certified Net Zero Energy home in Montgomery County, and the eleventh one in Maryland. Clark enjoys beekeeping, gardening, running, and doing DIY projects with his wife and son. 

Lilita Bergs – The Latvian Museum of Potomac

May 20th

Lilita Bergs is the director of the Latvian Museum in Rockville MD. The all-volunteer museum, founded in 1979, is operated by the American Latvian Association in The United States, headquartered at the same facility.  The exhibits focus on the history of Latvia from prehistoric times to the present and showcase traditional costumes, jewelry and folk arts.  Included are video references to the history of Latvian-Americans who fled the Communist takeover in World War II.

Lilita Bergs holds an MA degree in anthropology from Syracuse University and is retired from a long career in a variety of American history museums in both curatorial and management roles. These include the Rochester Museum and Science Center and Old Sturbridge Village. She has been involved with the Latvian Museum since its founding. She is active in a number of local and national Latvian-American organizations and preservation projects.

Steve Vaccarezza – Rotary Rituals, Rules and Community

May 13th

Stephen Vaccarezza has been a member of Rotary since 1988, first with the White Oak Rotary Club and then with North Bethesda.  He has been president twice with White Oak and once for North Bethesda, and will be again next year for North Bethesda.  He is currently Treasurer of the North Bethesda Rotary Club and President-Elect for next year.  Steve is a practicing physician in Montgomery County with offices on Montrose Road, where he has been for 35 years.  His practice consists mostly of nephrology specialty care, though he does some primary care as well.  He is married with 2 children and 2 grandkids.  Steve will give us a needed refresher on how Rotary Clubs function best and give us tips to strengthen our Rotary community.

Cheryl Kollin – Community Food Rescue

May 6th

Cheryl Kollin is a business consultant and serves as the Program Director of Community Food Rescue (CFR), a program of Manna Food Center. Since its launch in 2015, the CFR network of 450 members has recovered and distributed 7.7 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 6.4 million meals to people experiencing hunger. Cheryl is a founding member of the Montgomery County Food Council. She earned her MBA in sustainable business.

Bulletin – May 2022

April 30th