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The Remember Niger Coalition (RNC) is a U.S.- based NGO that has implemented projects in Niger (Africa) for the past ten years to expand quality educational opportunities for young people in Niger.

The Rotary Club of Montgomery Village has supported their efforts to build an educational training center for young women in Tahoua, Niger.

We provided cash to help build the needed security enclosure and to complete a latrine block.

Funds are still needed for the construction of  the classrooms and dormitory.

Mrs. Char Harouna
Oct 04, 2017

David Trone is an American success. Born in Cheverly, Maryland, David spent his childhood feeding hogs and cleaning chicken pens on a struggling family farm, and showing animals at local fairs as a member of the 4H.  He went to graduate school on student loans and opened his first store during his second semester.  From one store, Total Wine & More has become the largest independent wine retailer in the United States, with 6,000 team members in 172 stores across 22 states and $2.7 billion in annual revenue.  Their national headquarters and two stores are here in Maryland.

David believes that with success comes an obligation to pay it forward. Total Wine & More leads their industry in wages and benefits for workers, and were among the first to offer partner benefits and to ban the box on employment applications.  Total Wine has contributed over $50 million to charities, and David and June are incredibly generous philanthropists as well.  David Trone is a major supporter of progressive causes in Maryland and nationwide.

David and June live in Potomac and have four adult children.

David Trone
Oct 11, 2017

- Montgomery Kids Update

- New Projects


Susan Gardner
Oct 18, 2017
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 Baurista
Jan 03, 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


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