Happy Holiday Season! 

We’re meeting in person on Thursday mornings at Spanish Diner in Bethesda
Meetings are 8-9 AM, with social time starting at 7:30 AM. A Zoom option is available for those who cannot attend in person. There is no official meeting scheduled for Thanksgiving, but interested members can gather for coffee at Philz down the street from Spanish Diner.

Service Projects
Nov. 5: Nourishing Bethesda food distribution at BCC Rescue Squad
Nov. 7: Mt. Zion Cemetery Cleanup
Nov. 13: Refugee apartment setup
Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Meal distribution for those in need. An annual tradition in partnership with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. Almost 200 families to be served!
Dec. 3: Nourishing Bethesda food distribution at BCC Rescue Squad
Dec. 12: Volunteer with A Wider Circle

Social Events
Dec. 11: Day Trip to Richmond for a special group tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Dec. 16: Annual Ugly Sweater Contest! Wear your favorite holiday-themed ugly sweater!

Upcoming Speakers
Our Program Committee has arranged some great speakers, including Peter Trippi, editor in chief of Art Connoisseur Magazine (Nov 4); journalist Sanford Unger (Nov. 11);  Lina Sergie Attar of the Karam Foundation; author and musician Adrian Loving (Dec. 9); and Bethesda Magazine owner Scott Copeland (Dec. 16). Check our Calendar of Events for the latest schedule.

Collections – we’ve got several going this month!
For the Girls: We have worked occasionally with For the Girls, an organization that collects gently-used bras and unopened packages of feminine hygiene products. These items are distributed to women who do not have access to such products. Feel free to bring your items to a Thursday meeting and they will be collected by Erika.

Help Provide Gifts and Winter Gear: We are partnering with the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce (where Allie is the director and Russell is president of the board) to raise money for purchasing gifts and needed winter gear. These items will be distributed for the next 5 Fridays to those who drive through to pick up food at the BCC Rescue Squad.

The Interact Club of Metro Bethesda requests your generous donation of new TOYS for their December service project with Angels for Children. A drop-off box will be available at our MBR meetings. Interactors will be wrapping the toys received so they can be delivered to less fortunate children residing at Montgomery Housing Partnership’s apartments in Wheaton. This is the 23rd year of operation of the Angels for Children toy drive and the 2nd year of our Interactors’ participation with this program.

Movie Nights continue!
Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm the group discusses the film they watched on their own time the week before. See the calendar for upcoming films.

Have a great holiday season, everyone!