Even though it’s a short month due to the holidays, we already have a lot of service and social activities planned:

This month, we are launching a major initiative with Head Start. We’re coordinating a fundraising drive for books. We’ve already provided 120 MBR facemasks for teachers and we’re about to order student facemasks for 650 preschoolers.

In our continuing effort to help with local food insecurity, ten Rotarians will volunteer to load cars and direct traffic at the “Nourishing Bethesda” food drive at BCC Rescue Squad on Fri., Dec. 18. MBR has already contributed $3000 in support from the Foundation and remaining global grant funds  to Nourishing Bethesda, which is being spearheaded by St. John’s Church.

Through Dec. 11, we are collecting canned cranberry sauce and boxed stuffing mix for Bethesda Help (different from Bethesda Cares). They are providing December holiday baskets to families in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, and Silver Spring. We are hoping for 50 cans and 50 boxes. Not a problem for Rotarians!! Drop your items off at the Greifs’ house.

On Dec. 9 at 7 pm, we’re celebrating the Club’s 14th anniversary (outdoors!) at Surfside/Tenleytown. More information and signup is available at this link. If more than 18 people are interested, the restaurant can set up additional dining.

We’ve got two great speakers scheduled for this month: Teri Cochrane, Integrative Practitioner, CCP will speak about weight management (Dec. 3) and Major Mark Woodcock of the Salvation Army will speak about their current challenges (Dec. 10).

And don’t miss our Ugly Sweater Contest at our Dec. 17 meeting!

We’re viewing and discussing four classic films for Rotary at the Movies: The General (Dec. 7); Best Years of our Lives (Dec. 14); Seven Samurai (Dec. 21); Magnificent Seven (Dec. 28).

Travel Tales will gather (virtually) on Dec. 10.

Last but not least, please welcome new members Heller An Shapiro, Clarissa Harris, and Akhil Maheshwari!

Happy December!