Spring is springing! Here’s what’s on tap for MBR in March & April:

We’ve got several interesting speakers scheduled: Geeta Manek for International Women’s Day (March 4), Fiona Hill on foreign policy challenges (March 11), staff members from Adventure Theatre MCT (March 18), Eileen Filler-Corn, the VA Speaker of the House (March 25), Thomas Tang, CEO, Co-founder Valera Health (April 8), Danielle Amato-Milligan, Director AKA Strategies on philanthropy fundraising (April 15), and Dr. Horacio Grigera Naon on international commercial arbitration (April 29).

Thu., April 1 is New Member Day! We’ll learn more about our new members and hear from several long-time members.

A team of MBR volunteers will volunteer for the Nourishing Bethesda food distribution project on Friday, April 1. See Ellen Singer for more details.

Join us for a socially distanced walk around the beautiful Kenwood cherry blossoms on Sunday, April 4 starting at 4pm. Meet at the Westbard Shopping Center Parking lost and we’ll walk over from there.

MBR is pleased to be a sponsor of A Wider Circle‘s 2021 Virtual Race to End Poverty this year. On Saturday morning, April 17, we’re sponsoring our own mini race/walk to support the effort. Meet at Norwood Park (4700 Norwood Dr., Chevy Chase) at 11am for a socially distanced walk with members and friends of MBR. Registering with our team and making a $25 donation will help support A Wider Circle’s important work – we’ve missed working with them to help set up refugee apartments during the pandemic but hope to continue those efforts soon. Note that parking is tight at the park entrance. More details in your Weekly Wheel or on our website.

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 Tuesday at 6 pm, and immediately after every other MBR meeting.

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!

We’re viewing and discussing classic films every Monday at Rotary at the Movies: Rafiki (Mar. 1); Seven Beauties (Mar. 8); And God Created Women (Mar. 15); 2001 A Space Odyssey (Mar. 22), The Elephant Man (Mar 29), Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (April 5), Il Gattopardo (April 12), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (April 19), and The Grand Illusion and Casablanca (April 26). View the film at your convenience the week before, then join us for discussion.

Travel Tales (and ‘Tails) will gather (virtually) on March 4 and April 1.

Happy Spring!