Event Types
Club Assembly
Oct 25, 2017
Marilyn Balcombe is an effective advocate and community leader. She is the president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and for the past 25 years, she has worked diligently to make our community a better place to live. Through her work in civic organizations, county government, and numerous non-profit organizations, Marilyn has been involved in a wide range of County and State issues. Marilyn received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee.
The Montgomery County Council is the legislative branch of County Government. It has nine members, all elected at the same time by the voters of Montgomery County for four-year terms. The terms of the present Council, elected November 2014, began at noon on December 1, 2014 and will continue until noon on the first Monday in December 2018. Please join us as Marilyn gives us an update on Montgomery County City Council.
Marilyn Balcombe
Nov 01, 2017

Kathy was born on a small town outside of Wilkes Barre, PA in 1951 and was born and raised there. She attended Misericordia University graduating in 1973. She graduated from Drexel University in 1975 with a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition. From Drexel she too a full time position as a Staff Nutritionist at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

At U of P she met John, a resident in Obstetrics & Gynecology. They married in 1978. They have 2 sons and 4 grandsons. In 1978 they moved the Washington, D.C. area where John entered private practice.

While raising her children Kathy had a private Nutrition Practice and did Corporate Wellness Programs for AT&T, The World Bank, Fannie Mae and other corporations.

In 1999 there came a turning point for Kathy when she found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with an early stage Breast Cancer. This kick started a journey to learn how the body healed and stayed well without harm or side effect. She looked for alternatives to The Western Medical approach which had many side effects. This became a Mind Body Spirit journey and still is.

Her Ultimate revelation came the day a dear friend told her about ASEA. When her husband, John researched it he knew it was what humanity and the medical community had been waiting for. After they experienced remarkable results themselves they knew that they had to share the technology with others to Pay it Forward. Kathy & John live in Clarksburg, MD where they have been residents for 15 years. Kathy is on the Board of The Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce and an active member of her community.

Kathy Hayes
Nov 08, 2017

Dr. Karlsberg developed the ‘Relationship Turnaround System’ and received the Georgetown University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has over 30 years of experience helping executives, professionals, and business leaders get better outcomes in their personal and business relationships. His method has been published in professional journals, and he has taught this approach to audiences of relationship counselors throughout the United States, including: at the International Conference of The Psychology of Health, Immunity, and Disease, and at The Carrier Foundation where he taught relationship counselors how to apply his system to dual-carrier couples. Dr. Karlsberg is a former officer with the U.S. Marines -- this background helps us understand why nothing about his system is touchy-feely. Instead, he provides concrete, precision-targeted, relationship strategies.

Dr. Robert Karlsberg
Nov 15, 2017

Long Way Home is a project in Guatemala where an 18 classroom complex was made entirely our of recycled materials. Please join us as Robin tells us more about it!

Robin Rutchik
Nov 29, 2017

The Family Justice Center is a collaboration of public and private county agencies seeking to provide services to families impacted by domestic violence, in a family-friendly environment.

The Mission of the FJC is to promote safety, well-being, and healing for victims of family violence.

Tom DeGonia
Dec 06, 2017

The Tree House Child Advocacy Center is a private-public partnership between The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, MD (a 501c3) and Montgomery County, MD.  The staff is dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for children who are victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. The Tree House provides medical, forensic, and advocacy services as well as mental health therapy in a safe, child-friendly environment.  Its professionals have expertise in the field of child abuse and neglect and provide these services free of charge to victims and their non-offending family members.

Nina Blecher has lived in Montgomery County since she was 4 years old.  After graduating college with a degree in Music and Education, she, like many music majors, found herself employed in the computer field, eventually becoming an IT consultant in systems development and programming.  Still, she continued teaching music to children privately and in preschools. 

In 2008, Nina found that she had some gaps in her schedule and found a job opening at The Tree House for an IT consultant.  It was perfect, a job in the IT world for an organization that helped children. Over the years at The Tree House her job slowly expanded from IT support to community outreach, event planning and providing a social media presence for The Tree House.  As Nina got to know the professionals who treat the children, and the children themselves, Nina realized the importance of the work done at The Tree House.  That is why she is here to speak with you today.

Nina Blecher, Director of Community Partnerships
Dec 13, 2017

Developing 'GRIT' or mental fortitude  is the importance of making the choice to be committed and consistent. Ray will tells us about developing successful habits which is key to overcoming challenges when faced with adversity.


Ray graduated from the University of Maryland, where he received a full athletic scholarship and an ACC Championship and 3 bowl games. All while building a business in networking marketing and growing a team of over 300 business partners. In 2015, he signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins and eventually went on to consult multiple start-up companies to create a solid foundation for success. He currently lives in the Washington, D.D. Metro area with his beloved wife and two wonderful children.

Ray Custis
Dec 20, 2017

Joe Bautista is the author of the book, "More You Know, More You Grow: How to Get Better Every Day" and the owner of Grow With Joe, LLC. He is from Oregon and had a 7-year career in the Marines, where he attained the rank of sergeant, he was stationed in Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan, North Carolina, and Oregon, and did one tour in Iraq in 2007. 

After graduating from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education and the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelor of Art in Economics, he held positions at the Pentagon, did a White House Internship in the First Lady's office, and worked as a financial advisor. He now does motivational speaking and workshops on how folks can grow their inner circle success so that they can have outer circle success. 

Joe Baurista
Jan 03, 2018
Meeting at new location
Jan 10, 2018

There are many health-related issues that can play a role in the need for long-term care - chronic illness, advanced age, accident, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and other cognitive impairments. Regardless of the cause or type of assistance needed, long-term care can have a big impact on your family and your finances.

Understanding Long Term Care
Jan 17, 2018

J. Patrick Berry, is an accomplished author, renowned speaker, and an expert activist who has taken on a personal mission of demystifying Alzheimer’s by helping people understand and prepare. Born and raised in rural Mississippi, is sixth in a family of twelve children. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Harvard College from which he received his A.B. degree magna cum laude in 1971. Berry was also awarded a Michael C. Rockefeller Travel Fellowship upon graduation and traveled in India during 1971 and 1972. He attended Harvard Law School and received his J.D. degree in 1975. From 1975 to 1977, Berry served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He practiced energy and environmental law in the Washington, D.C. office of a major international law firm for 35 years.

Pat Berry
Jan 24, 2018

Gabriel Acevero is running for the Maryland House of Delegates, District 39 seat.  District 39 includes Montgomery Village, parts of Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Clarksburg.  The purpose of Gabe coming out meeting with the MV Rotary is to hear directly from your members about the parts of their communities that they see and feel need the attention of our state legislature.

We are running a grassroots campaign focused on the people of District 39.  Gabe is a community organizer and activist with a passion for people and public service. A resident of Montgomery Village, Gabriel earned his Associate’s Degree in International Relations from Montgomery College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  Gabe is focused on; equity and inclusion, the people’s interest over special interest, dignity in the work place and the right of every worker to organize, reinvesting in our communities, ending mass incarceration, healthcare as a human right, environmental protections, and a transparent and responsive government at the state level for District 39.

Specifically, Gabriel will be fighting for

  • Quality education and equitable education funding for all our studnets
  • Debt-free college
  • Enhancing public transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Supporting Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
  • Taking care of our seniors and aging population in our community
  • Protecting our immigrant communities
  • Expanding affordable housing
  • Fighting climate change
  • Reforming our justice system
  • Economic justice
  • Public safety
Gabriel Acevedo*Meeting at Fairfield Inn Germantow
Jan 31, 2018

Children with disabilities have the right to be given opportunities that allow them to live to their fullest potential. Too often, parents raising these children feel isolated socially and burdened financially, emotionally and physically. They are forced to make hard decisions and sacrifice substantially in areas that most could not imagine. The Lollipop Kids Foundation exists to combat social stigmas, ease the financial burden placed on these families, offer emotional support and provide a brief respite so that every child with a disability has access to a hope and a future.

Guiding Principles


Love encourages and inspires. Children with disabilities encounter prejudice at every turn. Love empathizes and resists the desire to look away. The Lollipop Kids Foundation believes that love discovers a passion within that fosters understanding and creates a desire to help.


Faith implies complete trust. Every child with a disability must have faith in himself or herself. Faith strengthens self-esteem and confidence. The Lollipop Kids Foundation believes by building the faith children with disabilities have in themselves and their environment, we empower them to prosper.


Without love and faith, there is no hope. Hope sustains and motivates, it enriches outcomes. Hope helps each one of us say no to despair and yes to endurance. The Lollipop Kids Foundation wants to give each child with a disability the gift of hope.

Debbie Sahlin *Karla Sandoval Visiting
Feb 14, 2018

Tony Avedisian obtained his first Corvette in High School. He knew a teacher who loved Corvettes, so he was able to work on his at his teacher's garage. He graduated from Gaithersburg High School, earned a degree in accounting from GWU, and went to work at IBM. He stayed there 17 years, which included running a $998 million classified program. From there, he went into Real Estate Development on the side. He started with a business plan and a bank loan, and was successfully able to make a profit with a number of properties. During this time his passion for Corvette's continued and eventually, he bought a warehouse and picked up his first renovation client.

Along the way, he became President of the Corvette Association of America and became known as the "go-to guy" for people who want help buying Corvettes, which can be a very good investment. Buyers, including people such as Bill Marriott and Jay Leno, contract for his services, anywhere in the country.

In short, Tony has built one of the very best Corvette restoration, service and repair shops and consulting services. He did it by following principles, which he reads and follows every day. He'll tell us more, tomorrow.


Tony Avedisan *Meeting at Hapton Inn & Suites Gait
Feb 21, 2018

After Penny Gladhill participated in a volunteer hospice training in Frederick County, she recognized the need for such an organization in Montgomery County, where she lived. In 1988, eight people who did not know each other well, had no influence in the community, and had no financial backing came together to create a volunteer hospice to serve Montgomery County residents. These eight became our first Board of Directors. Hospice Caring was launched!

The amazing volunteers who were drawn to the program moved us forward. Their willingness to share anyone’s end of life journey or comfort those who had lost a loved one was Hospice Caring’s greatest asset and gift. Their passion for our mission spearheaded our programs. Specialized adult bereavement programs, the Good Grief Clubs for grieving children, and Camp Caring were all brought to life by dedicated volunteers. Hospice Caring’s goal to meet the needs of our community is happening every day and the community’s support to help keep our doors open acknowledges our success.

Allison Stearns *Hampton Inn Gaithersburg
Mar 07, 2018

The CART Fund provides funds for cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer's disease.

CART started in 1996 with Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets and purses of change at weekly meetings.

Pete Grayson
Mar 14, 2018
Sean Wright
Mar 21, 2018

Ross Bryant is the founder of HealthBeat Online, a digital marketing expert concerned about the

HealthBeat of your business. After founding numerous businesses, spending many years in marketing and account management for several high-tech companies, Ross is uniquely qualified to help you take your business to the next level.


Ross Bryant
Mar 28, 2018
Dale Howard, Bill Duboyce & Bob Grill
Apr 04, 2018
Jim Hamerski
Apr 11, 2018

In a Nutshell: We fight extreme poverty.

Mission Statement: The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. We’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.

Formed: 2003
Headquarters: Seattle, WA
US cities with volunteers: 754


  • Global Food Security
  • Food Aid Reform
  • Newborn, Child and Mother Survival
  • Access to Clean Water, Sanitation and Power
jaidat Ali Djae
Apr 18, 2018

Founded in 1995 by Bernie Tetreault, a former Executive Director of the Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC), THE BERNIE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose goal is to change lives through education for low-income students who live in subsidized rental housing in Montgomery County, Maryland. 


The program fulfills this goal by providing financial support to augment traditional financial aid.  


They support students' drive, persistence, courage and resilience.

More information can be found at

Silvio Renzi
Apr 25, 2018


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