This week: May 27, 2022 - Clark Reed  - Environmental Sustainability in Montgomery County

Bruce Davis – Climate Change Update

Bruce Davis is a graduate of William & Mary with a degree in physics. He was a high school science teacher early in his career. Later, he earned a JD degree at the University of Virginia and practiced law in the DC area for 40 years. Bruce has been trained by the Climate Reality Project, an organization created by Al Gore to increase public awareness that human-caused climate change is degrading our environment and inspire the worldwide action required for humanity’s sustainable future.In February 2021, Bruce gave a presentation to our club entitled “Climate Change and What You Can Do About It.” This presentation will be a follow-up, focusing on the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021.

Linda Berg-Cross – Risk Factors of Cognitive Development and ADHD in Children

Linda Berg-Cross is a Professor of Psychology at Howard University and a member of our Rotary club.  She has a private practice in Potomac where she treats behavioral sleep disorders, as well as individuals, couples, and families coping with a wide range of life crises. She has published 3 professional therapy books and many peer reviewed research papers. She has a long-term interest in the relationship between diagnosis and treatment for psychological problems

Jim Johnston – The Potomac: A History of the River, Land and People (Zoom only)

Jim Johnston is a lawyer, writer, and lecturer in Bethesda. He has published four books and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines. His topic is “The Potomac, A History of the River, Land and People.”  The Potomac River, the dominant geological feature of Montgomery County, has also played a dominant role in American history. It was the first interstate waterway in North America, the spawning ground for the Constitution, and a protective barrier in the Civil War. To travelers today, it is a time tunnel to 250 million years of history. Learn this history from Jim Johnston and then walk along the river yourself to see the Potomac in a new way.

Joe Mornini – Serving Wounded & Disabled Veterans Through Paddlesports (Marriott/Zoom)

Joe Mornini is the Founder and Executive Director of Team River Runner (TRR), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving wounded and disabled veterans through paddlesports across the United States. Raised in Maryland, Joe has spent a lifetime going from adventure to adventure – whether climbing Mt. Rainier kayaking rivers and creeks, walking across Ireland and Maryland and motorcycling across the country four times.

Joe worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for thirty-five years as an outdoor education leader, special education resource teacher and counselor. Prior to this, he worked for the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. He is a graduate of Lindenwood University and Goddard College.

Joe and a kayaking buddy recruited friends and local paddling businesses to support kayak lessons at the hospital’s indoor pool. Team River Runner was officially launched in 2004. The goal has been to provide hope, health, and healing through paddle sports – kayaking, rafting, and stand-up paddle boarding. Working in partnership with Move United, TRR is a non-profit volunteer organization that now provides adaptive, therapeutic and leadership training programs for veterans on a national level.

Under Joe’s leadership as Executive Director, Team River Runner has grown to have more than 60 chapters across the country. Joe … Read More »

Bob Sonowane – India Water Project Update (Zoom only)

Club Member Bob Sonawane received his Ph.D. degree in Entomology with specialization in Toxicology from the University of Missouri. He was a NIH postdoctoral Fellow and served as a faculty member in the Departments of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the School of Medicine, and at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Sonawane worked as a Toxicologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD. He served as a toxicologist and manager at the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), Office of Research and Development of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Sonawane has over 35 plus years research and management experience in toxicology and pharmacology and cancer/non-cancer health risk assessment of environmental pollutants. He is retired from the US EPA in 2016 and started consulting company along with Dr. Bruce Fowler in the areas of toxicology and health risk assessment, environmental chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Since 2017, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Dr Sonawane received numerous prestigious awards and honors, citations, certificates, Science and Technology Achievement and Special Act Awards for his exemplary research in toxicology and risk assessment of environmental agents.

Several years … Read More »

Michael Kelly – Building Connections Between Community Residents and Local Businesses (Marriot/Zoom)

Michael Kelly is a local writer and publisher of community magazines in neighborhoods around Montgomery County.  Working with local businesses in Kensington in 2020, he launched Kensington Neighbors to help local businesses reach customers in their local market.  It was such a success that he then launched North Bethesda Neighbors last summer.  His goal is to bring people together and connect residents with businesses.  He does that by sharing stories about local families, local businesses, artists, athletes, and all the things we love most about where we live.  The publications give residents a new way to get to know more about each other and to share information on what’s going on in the community.  They give businesses a new way to connect with their market.

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