Featured Speaker for July 30th

Jennie Coppit
District 7620 Membership Chair
Using the My Rotary and DACdb CRM systems as a way to grow Club membership.

This week we are hosting our District 7620 Membership Committee Chair Jennie Coppit. 
Jennie Coppit is a charter member of the Rotary Club of New Market in Frederick, Maryland.  She has served as the Vice President, President-Elect, and President of the Rotary Club of Southern Frederick.  Currently, she serves as the District 7620 Membership Chair and is responsible for the care and keeping of 59 clubs and over 2000 members in the central Maryland and metro-DC area.  While President of her club, Jennie was able to grow membership by 40% by starting a Satellite Club and recruiting women who were done volunteering at their kids' schools and young professionals as they came home from college after graduating.  As the District Membership Chair, Jennie has been applauded by Rotary International leadership for her work in successfully using the My Rotary and DACdb CRM systems as a way to grow membership. Worldwide, RI has a close rate of about 5% on leads they generate and send to clubs.  District 7620 has a close rate of almost 40%.  Jennie has served multiple roles in her professional career in the Y movement to include Executive Director where she grew membership in her branch by almost 40%. She has recently been tapped to tackle her association's strategic plan to further develop programs and services for Seniors in Frederick County.  It is her goal to go beyond the water exercise classes and monthly luncheons one often finds to be Senior programming by offering intergenerational programming; technology training that is vital during these times; and programs in the arts and humanities, the sciences, mental health, safety, and cooking.  Jennie feels that the Y's mission to develop programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all melds perfectly with Rotary's areas of focus and the Four-Way Test. You are welcome to reach out to her at rotariancoppit@gmail.com or at 301-305-2977. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Rockville Rotary meets virtually over Zoom every Thursday at 12:15. 
For an invite, please send an email to RockvilleRotaryClub@gmail.com

The event will be live on the Facebook page of Rockville Rotary Club. 
Please visit https://www.facebook.com/rockvillerotary

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Featured Speaker for July 9th

Madhuri Prabhakar
Plastic Soup Foundation
Let's talk plastics!

Our speaker this week, Madhuri Prabhakar, has been with the Plastic Soup Foundation for 3.5 years and manages one of their most successful campaigns: Beat the Microbead. In this talk, she will map the journey of how we got ourselves in the tough spot of dealing with the plastic pollution crisis. She will also unpack some of the actions that people can do to start reducing their plastic footprint.

Rockville Rotary meets virtually over Zoom every Thursday at 12:15. 
For an invite, please send an email to RockvilleRotaryClub@gmail.com

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Featured Speaker for July 2nd

Morgan Mendis
 Data Science & Public HealthData Science & Public Health 

Our speaker this week, Morgan Mendis, is a data scientist that focuses on developing decision models and visualizations to communicate complex information. Morgan’s passions include healthcare, economic development, environmental sustainability, and practicing martial arts.

Rockville Rotary meets virtually over Zoom every Thursday at 12:15. 
For an invite, please send an email to RockvilleRotaryClub@gmail.com

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Featured Speaker for June 4th

Jose F. Nino
Received Power / 5G-Dark Fiber

Over the past thirty years Jose F. Nino has built a National and International business development company. His company El Nino Group, LLC has a long and productive history growing and serving as the primary connection in establishing partnerships, opportunities for business development, certifications and strategic planning for clients. He is a Co-founder of Allied Wireless Infrastructure Services, a Hispanic owned neutral Digital Infrastructure Services Company. AWIS is a wireless & small cell infrastructure, dark fiber, network edge micro data center and management services company. AWIS services the North American market with offices located in Florida, New York, Washington DC, Mexico City and Querétaro, México.

Last year, he assisted MicroTech, based in Vienna, Virginia, to obtain a $50 Billion IDIQ (Indefinite Demand/Indefinite Quantity) Government wide contract along with nine other companies. The agreement is to do the re-infrastructure of the US Government’s Telecom and IT systems. Mr. Nino has many years of experience working with entrepreneurs, federal government, corporations in the US with Hispanic and other ethnic communities, as well as in Latin America. Mr. Nino was a founding member and President/CEO of the US Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (USHCC). He expanded the Chamber from less than 30 Chambers to over 258, representing the interest of more than 1.3 million US Hispanic owned businesses. The USHCC provided the climate to foster more businesses and more customers by building the brand, institutionalizing and endowing programs for perpetual growth. The USHCC is now a significant force within the US economy, promoting the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs nationwide. Mr. Nino is Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Member for Hispanics in Energy and serves on the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America, Vol. Executive Director for One World Literacy Foundation. He’s also a University of Maryland graduate and a former Small Business Advisory Board Member of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank.

We meet virtually over Zoom every Thursday at 12:15. For an invite, please send an email to RockvilleRotaryClub@gmail.com

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Rockville Rotary Virtual Happy Hour Sucess


Catch up with friends, old and new!  Join us for our next happy hour next month on Friday, July 10 at 6:00 pm. For an invite, send an email to RockvilleRotaryClub@gmail.com
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Rockville Rotary Virtual Happy Hour for May

Join the Rockville Rotary at their May Happy Hour, Friday, May 15 at 5 PM

Catch up with friends, old and new! We'll also celebrate the accomplishments of one of our club members!
For an invite, send an email to RockvilleRotaryClub@gmail.com
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May 14, 2020 Featured Speaker.


Jane Lyons, Advocacy Manager
Coalition for Smarter Growth - Montgomery County General Plan Update
As Maryland Advocacy Manager, Jane engages with local officials, community and business leaders, residents, and activists in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to build coalitions that support smart growth policies. She researches, develops, and executes strategies for new and ongoing campaigns to achieve our priority goals in transit, safe walking and bicycling, transit-oriented development, and affordable housing.
Jane’s experience spans multiple levels of government, including the EPA’s Smart Growth Program, the Maryland General Assembly, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. Before joining CSG, Jane completed a fellowship at the Montgomery County Council, researching policy issues related to accessory dwelling units and affordable housing.
Jane holds a Master of Public Policy, with a specialization in City Management and Public Finance, and a BA in Economics, both from UMD College Park. Outside of work, Jane enjoys going to concerts, finding new bike routes, and seeing plays.
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Featured Speaker for April 30, 2020

As Executive Director and Co-Founder of Future Link, Mindi Jacobson is a passionate, dedicated nonprofit leader with expertise in fundraising, building and developing programs, and cultivating relationships with organizations and community professionals to further Future Link’s mission. Mindi holds a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in health services management with a minor in business and personnel management from the University of Rochester.
Prior to Future Link, Mindi spent 10 years in academic administration and health services management. Mindi devotes her time to capacity building activities, developing relationships, and building infrastructure and resources for Future Link, Inc. She is proud that the organization’s budget and participants served has more than doubled over the last five years. Future Link was featured in U.S. News & World Report highlighting the supportive program model of the organization. Mindi is devoted to addressing issues of access and inequity issues in higher education and the workforce. Mindi was awarded an honorary degree by Montgomery College in May 2019 for her commitment and dedication to students and the community at-large. She has also received recognition and service awards for outstanding contributions to the community from the Collaboration Council, the Community Action Board, the Montgomery County Executive, the Maryland General Assembly, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Commission on Children and Youth.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019 Featured Speaker

Ms. Stephanie Bonte-Lebair
Award Winning Level 4 Certified B.A.N.K Presentation.
Ms. Stephanie Bonte-Lebair will be the Rockville Rotary featured speaker on Thursday, August 15, 2019, during our weekly luncheon. Stephanie is a classically trained opera singer turned voice, presentation and sales coach.  She helps sales teams, business leaders, and sales professionals who are frustrated finding qualified leads become more effective at networking, speaking and closing sales.  She helps them know what to say and how to say it to boost their bottom line while making a bigger difference in the world. With over 20 years training experience, this award-winning Level 4 Certified B.A.N.K. Trainer is on a mission to help others stand in their power and be the voice of their passions! We look forward to learning about B.A.N.K.
Join us to hear Stephanie and to enjoy a delicious lunch. The Club meets at Gordon Biersch in Rockville Town Square for and fellowship with welcoming club members and great speaker such as Stephanie. Two hours of free validated parking is provided by Gordon Biersch for specific city parking lots. Parking available under the restaurant in Parking lot C. Take the elevator to the first floor, exit to the street and turn left for a short walk to Gordon Biersch. The next closest is Parking Lot “B” behind Gold’s Gym. Both garages are accessible from Middle Lane.
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2019 Rockville Public Safety Luncheon

30th Annual Rockville Public Safety Awards
Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Recognizing outstanding service by the members of the public safety agencies in the City of Rockville.

2019 Rockville Public Safety Awards

The Rockville Public Safety Awards program, now in its 30th year, in cooperation with the City of Rockville and the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, honors members of the Rockville City Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.

The annual program is sponsored by these community service clubs of Rockville:
  • Masonic Temple Montgomery-Cornerstone Lodge #195
  • Rockville Kiwanis Club
  • Rockville Lions Club
  • Rockville Rotary Club
  • Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge #15

This year, Tom from Masonic will be the host organization, and John Bean is our emcee. Pastor Stan Nelson will do the Invocation and Benediction.

The purpose of the program is to recognize outstanding achievements by the members of these public safety agencies based in the City of Rockville. All of us have benefited by the fine service we receive from our public safety agencies. The awards are presented at a luncheon each year. Over the years we have recognized seven individuals with a Medal of Valor, 68 with a Citation for Bravery, 248 with a Distinguished Service Citation, 192 with a Meritorious Service Bar, 15 civilians have been presented with a Rockville Community Service Award and since 2018, five Lifesaving awards, 2 Unsung Hero awards and one Lifetime Achievement award.

Please plan to attend this year’s ceremony to be held from 11:30am to 2pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Lakewood Country Club on Glen Mill Road in Rockville. What a way to show our appreciation to these award winners by being there and congratulating them yourself!
If you would like to attend and join us at our Rotary table, please contact Jim Gilchrist. To register on your own, visit https://www.rockvillechamber.org/events/details/30th-annual-rockville-public-safety-awards-10548
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No lunch meeting on June 6 and June 13

There will be no regular club meetings on June 6 and June 13.
Our Club will have a Changing of the Guard Ceremony on June 7 at 6 pm and our club will be attending the Rockville Public Safety Luncheon on June 12.
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Changing of the Guard

Friday, June 7, 2019 at Bob Hanson's Farm

It's time to change our new officers for the coming year!

An invite has been sent to all members.

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Don't Miss Our January 17th Speaker!

Don't miss speaker next week, January 17! It will be our own Bob Martin!

You’ll learn about the GLOBAL re-VISION Network I started back in 2002. It continues to this day, thanks in great measure to substantial support from our Club’s Foundation.

Since our first clinic opened in 2007, and at no cost to them, we’ve enabled between 100,000 and 200,000 people in the U.S., Mexico, and Haiti to regain clear eyesight. Our amazing technology makes it possible to accurately determine-and-fill eyeglasses prescriptions using donated, recycled eyeglasses in just a few minutes per patient.

I will talk about the enormous and unmet “need” for eyeglasses around the world. The statistics will surprise you! When I spoke to the club several years ago, I wanted to try and validate those statistics and invited Dr. Mary Frances Cotch, Chief of the Epidemiology Branch of the National Eye Institute at NIH to attend. After the meeting, she and I talked for a long time. What she said really surprised me!

She agreed with me that the estimated size of the world’s vision impairment problems (called uncorrected refractive errors) likely is 4 to 13 TIMES GREATER than organizations like the World Health Organization and others estimate it to be! The need for eyeglasses and corrected vision is a global public health problem of which few are aware. And, GLOBAL re-VISION is "fixing" it so easily! I'll show you how!

I hope you'll attend ... and since this is a project supported by our Club...please bring a friend and show'em what Rotarians do!

Bob Martin

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Sue Feldman - Giuseppi's Pizza

The co-owner of Giuseppi's pizza, of Sue Feldman...The Heart & Soul of Giuseppis, Mother, Nana, Caring Friend to ALL who knew her has passed away. Giuseppi's has been a long time supporter of the Twilighter. We'd love to see Rotarian's attend the memorial service on Monday, July 2 at 1 pm at Giuseppi's Pizza, located in Downtown Rockville on Regal Theater Row, 199L E Montgomery Ave.
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Rotary International Convention

ON TO TORONTO - June 23-27, 2018

27 June 2018: Last day for online registration

Registration fees

Register early to take advantage of discounted rates! Go to registration fees for information about rates, cancellations and refunds, and what your registration includes.


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April Board Meeting Change of Date!

Note that the April Board meeting has been changed to 4/26/18. Also note time and location change, meeting at the Best Western Plus, Rockville at 11:15 am
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Services for Dave Bahrs

A celebration of Dave's life will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at Bethesda United Church of Christ, 10010 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD. Rotarians and friends who would like to attend should email John Kolm at john.kolm@teamresultsusa.com or phone 202 257 5593 and John will make sure that you are on the guest list and that Mary is expecting you. You can also send flowers to bit.ly/davebahrs (link below) and find Dave's obituary in the Washington Post at bit.ly/davebahrsobit. Leslie and I will be at the service.
- John Kolm
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Club Leadership Training/PETS Makeup

Club Leadership Training and Makeup PETS Training
This training is for all Rotarians and will have specific training for Treasurers, Secretaries, Membership and Marketing Chairs. Anyone who wants to better their club is encouraged to attend.

Makeup Session for Club President Elect Training will be held at the same
time and place as the Club Leadership Training from 8a-2pm for $50 pp
If you are a PE and missed Chesapeake PETS,
please click here to register for the PE session. 

If you are NOT attending the President Elect Makeup Session,
click here to register for the Leadership Training event.


8:00 am to 12:30pm

Howard Community College
Columbia, MD 

Click here for a DRAFT Schedule

Customize Your Learning Experience!

8:00 check-in
8:30 start time

Club Leadership Training is Only $30 per person
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Our club is not having a regular club meeting on Thursday, January 25. Club Members are encouraged to attend the Rotary 7620 End Polio Now Luncheon that same day at Kenwood Golf and County Club. Register at www.rotary7620.org.
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Rockville Rotary Foundation Grants

Community organizations are welcome to submit grant applications for Grant applications are due no later than 3/31/18. Please download the grant criteria and application documents located in the 'Rotary Grant Information Section' in the right column of the RockvilleRotary.org home page.
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