We ❤️ MBR! Here’s what’s coming up in February for MBR:

We’re continuing our fundraising for Head Start. We’re coordinating a fundraising drive for books, and we’re well on our way to the $5,000 match goal. You can help by making a contribution here.

We’ve got several interesting speakers scheduled for this month: District Governor Designate Delores Edwards Harding (Feb. 4); travel media entrepreneur Darley Newman (Feb. 11); MoCo Council VP Gabe Albornoz (Feb. 18); and Lisa LaFontaine and Joan Rogers on pets during COVID (Feb. 25).

Thu., Feb. 11 is Guest Day! Please invite anyone you think might enjoy the meeting, or who might be interested in joining the Club. Also, look for an Interest & Skills Inventory from the Service Committee.

Thu., Feb. 25 is Family Pet Day! Bring your pet to your breakout room. Funny pet photos are welcome. Our speakers will talk about pet adoption and training.

Many of us are craving in-person social interaction with Club members. Join us for our first Fireside Chat on Sun., Feb. 21 from 2-5 pm. Enjoy some socially-distanced time with your fellow members at David Searby’s home. A different nonprofit will be available to talk at each fire pit.

Rotarians for the Equality of Black People – this Social Justice committee works with the Rotary Club of Washington, DC to help eradicate systemic racism. Meetings are every other week (Feb. 12 & 26) at 6 pm.

Interested in connecting with #Rotary members around the world who share your interests and passions? Rotary Fellowship Groups are a great way to connect, especially during COVID times. Whether you’re passionate about golf, wine, cultural heritage, jazz, surfing, Esperanto, or much much more, you can find other like-minded Rotarians. Check out the list of Fellowship Groups and join one or a few. Even better – our Club earns credit towards a Rotary International Citation for each member who joins. One of our members has offered to donate $5 to our MBR Foundation for every MB Rotarian who joins a Fellowship, so let’s get him to write a check for $250!
MBR is sponsoring a Four Way Test speech contest for high school students grades 9-12 with cash awards to the top submissions! One winner will be selected by our Club and will advance to the District Level. Registration deadline is Feb. 28. Find a Four Way Test Speech Contest Description and Registration Form here.
We’re viewing and discussing four classic films for Rotary at the Movies: Farewell My Concubine (Feb. 1); The Godfather (Feb. 8); Some Like It Hot (Feb. 15); and The Manchurian Candidate (Feb. 22).

Travel Tales (and ‘Tails) will gather (virtually) on Feb. 4 and Feb. 18.

Last but definitely not least, congratulations to Erika Dickstein on her unanimous election to serve as president-elect in 2021-22 and become our president in July 2022. We are very grateful for her willingness to serve.

Happy February!