This week: December 4, 2020 - Amy Ginsburg - What is Happening in the White Flint Area? An update from the Friends

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What is Happening in the White Flint Area? An Update from the Friends of White Flint – Amy Ginsburg, Executive Director

December 4th

Amy Ginsburg is the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. Amy, who has lived within two miles of White Flint for most of her life,  possesses three decades of pragmatic experience in advocacy, nonprofit   management, marketing, and fundraising. She previously served as the Executive Director of Neediest Kids, Executive Director of Manna Food
Center, and Executive Director of the Low Vision Information Center.
Amy has also been the Director of Development and Director of Marketing for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Amy is part of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2010 and was formerly the President of her HOA. She graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations and Psychology from Syracuse University and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland University College.

Rich Glover – The Rotary Foundation: How and Why

November 6th

Rich Glover is Immediate Past District 7620 Governor (2019-2020) and is now Rotary Foundation District Chairperson, responsible for District and Global grants. Rich has held most Club Avenues of Service positions and District 7620 Membership and Foundation Chairs, including leadership in major fundraising. Rich was the project co-leader and chair of fundraising with net funds to support an unprecedented $1,000,000 in OTC pharmaceuticals and medical supplies that were airlifted through Heart to Heart International to Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. Rich has also been a member of a Rotary International humanitarian mission to El Progresso, El Salvador to work with Action for Water & Education Foundation. Rich is a Rotary Major Donor, Paul Harris Society Member, Sustaining Paul Harris Fellow, Bequest Society member, Rotary Benefactor and graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute. Rich is a 10-year veteran Navy Hospital Corpsman and retired after 35 total years as a healthcare executive. Following healthcare, Rich served 10 years as a non-profit executive.

Stuart Widom – PJM Interconnection

October 2nd

Stuart Widom

Manager, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs – State Government Policy

Stu Widom works with governmental agencies, legislative bodies, electric generators and utilities, especially in Maryland and New Jersey, to facilitate PJM’s mission of ensuring reliable and cost effective electric supply to the 65 million people that are served in the region.

A long-time veteran of the electric utility and power generation industries, Mr. Widom is an environmental air quality engineer by education and trade. As part of his previous employment at Calpine Corp., Conectiv Energy and Delmarva Power & Light Co., Mr. Widom has managed corporate environmental affairs and regulatory programs for these organizations.

He has testified before numerous governmental bodies to secure environmental licenses, permits and approvals for numerous power generating and electric transmission facilities.

Mr. Widom has a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Albany, and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. He is a proud resident of northern Delaware.

Sep 4th – Mercy Health Clinic & Mobile Medical Care – Who They Are and What They Do Denise Fredericks and Michele M. Levy

August 31st

Denise Fredericks, CFRE, is Director of Development at Mercy Health Clinic. A nonprofit professional with over 20 years of experience, she has previously served as Executive Director of Stepping Stones Shelter and philanthropy manager at Montgomery Community Media. She earned her Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2016. Denise is a member of the Rockville Rotary Club. She and her husband, Doug, are the parents of 4 children, ages 17-27, and a dog, Cosmo.

Michele M. Levy is Director of Development and Outreach, Mobile Medical Care. Michele has a breadth of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications and volunteer management. Prior to MobileMed, she served as Director of Development for Sarcoma Foundation of America and Director of Individual Giving at United Cerebral Palsy. She is also an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum. Since 2010, Michele has held the fundraising credential of Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International. Michele graduated as an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow at Elon University with a degree in Public Administration and Political Science with a Human Services minor. She received an MPA in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University.

About their Organizations 

Mercy Health Clinic, located in Gaithersburg, provides essential healthcare, health education, and medications – free of charge – for more than 2000 low-income and uninsured adults in Montgomery County each year, through nearly 7,200 office visits.

MobileMed, located in Bethesda, serves low-income, uninsured, and Medicaid-enrolled residents of Montgomery County. They offer a network of 7 primary care clinics and 2 specialty care clinics located throughout the county to reach areas of greatest unmet medical need, including primary care and nurse case management services at two County homeless shelters.

Sep 11th: Daniel Myers: Lessons from the Greatest Statesman of the 20th Century: Sir Winston S. Chuchill

August 31st

An attorney by training, Dan Myers served the National Propane Gas Association as
Chief Legal Counsel for 25 years, and for 14 of those years he was also its Chief
Executive Officer. He retired in 2002 and opened a law practice in his home in Downers
Grove, Illinois, to represent non-profit trade associations. From 2003-2008, he commuted
between Chicago and Washington, serving as the Executive Director of The Churchill
Centre, a worldwide organization with over 3,000 members that seeks to keep alive the
memory and record of the greatest statesman of the 20th century, Sir Winston Churchill.
Myers continues to serve as the Centre’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer and a
consultant on their educational programs.

Sep 18th: Robert Ekman – Your Rockville Science Center

August 31st

Bob Ekman is a software engineer and project developer. He retired from a forty-four year career in software development and teaching in IBM and Lockheed Martin. He worked on government contracts, from space projects (Apollo) in the 60’s to defense research projects (DARPA) in the 90’s. He developed commercial software for IBM and human resources software for Lockheed Martin, and taught internal classes in software engineering, programming, and web development.
Bob is deeply committed to developing the next generation of engineers. He has led the Engineering Exploring Program in Rockville, Maryland for over twenty years. This program uses hands-on learning activities in robotics, rocketry, and drones to give high school students experience in engineering and inspire them into engineering careers. He has mentored over 500 teenagers through this program

Daniel Kahneman – TED Talk: The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory

July 17th

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli psychologist and economist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (shared with Vernon L. Smith). His empirical findings challenge the assumption of human rationality prevailing in modern economic theory.

In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine in its list of top global thinkers. In the same year, his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, which summarizes much of his research, was published and became a best seller.

He is professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

This presentation, given at a TED conference, uses examples from rations to colonoscopies, to reveal how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently.

Creating a Sense of Nationalism Through Music Matthew Franke

July 10th

Dr. Matthew Franke is Master Instructor of Music History at Howard University. He has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound. His main research area is French and Italian opera in the long nineteenth century, particularly Massenet, Puccini, Mascagni, and Bizet. But he also has strong interests in global music and the role of music in creating a sense of nationalism.

This week: Robert Oliver – An Overview of Estate Planning

May 28th

Robert (“Bob”) Oliver is a partner at WardChisholm, LLP. His practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law. After 12 years as a trusts and estates attorney, Bob is able to anticipate legal issues which may arise after a client’s death and brings both technical and practical solutions to those issues before they arise. He is a member of both the Virginia State Bar and the Maryland State Bar.
Bob leads WardChisholm, LLP’s Trust and Estate Administration Department. He takes great satisfaction in working with his clients and his clients’ families to navigate the legal and practical issues arising after a loved one’s death. Bob’s broad experience as a trust and estate administration attorney allows him to navigate complex trust and estate administration issues while being able to clearly explain those issues, and the solutions to those issues, in an understandable way.
As an Elder Law attorney, Bob understands that seniors face complex legal concerns that often differ from what they faced when they were younger. He works with his clients to preserve their assets and avoid spousal impoverishment when a spouse enters a nursing home. He uses a holistic approach to legal advice by taking into consideration the key issues that face seniors, including, but not limited to, housing, financial well-being, health and long-term care, autonomy, and quality of life.

Jeanne Braha.

May 1st

Jeanne Braha is Executive Director of the Rock Creek Conservancy, based in Bethesda. Jeanne holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Bryn Mawr College. She joined the Conservancy in 2018 after several years serving as Director of Foundation Relations for the Student Conservation Association. She has appeared several times on Carla Satinsky’s cable television show, “Montgomery Week in Review.” The Conservancy sponsors the annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, which our club has participated in for nearly a decade.