What do Great Rotary Clubs Sound like? LOUD!


L-R: Wendy Albertini, Karl Miller, PE Julian Mansfield, Joanne Irving, Tracey Hoston, President Barton Goldenberg, making big plans. HUGE plans.

One my new favorite movies is “Trouble With the Curve” with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.  In the movie Eastwood plays an aging baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves who is losing his eyesight.  His daughter (Amy Adams) helps him scout the Braves number one prospect.  Not to give away the ending, but Eastwood teaches his daughter to hear the sound of a well- hit ball and it all leads to a satisfying ending.

Baseball movies typically have little to do excellent Rotary Clubs, but in this case I think it does.  I recently visited the Metro Bethesda Rotary Club and I knew this club was sizzling long before the meeting started.  I could tell by the sound.  Successful clubs have a buzz about them as the members are happy to get together, share the news, and do whatever good is on the day’s agenda.  The air crackles with energy….you can feel it as well as hear it. The MBR club meets at the Redwood Restaurant in Bethesda and the wood and glass in a particularly beautiful room help to amplify the uproar.  It’s a happy sound to my ears and whenever you attend a meeting where the sound level is this high you know that good stuff is happening.

Metro Bethesda doesn’t disappoint.  Under the direction of President, Barton Goldenberg, MBR Rotary membership is soaring.  They are currently at 37 members and Goldenberg was pleading to get to 40 before his term was over.  I never did find out what evil awaits him if they don’t make it, but I don’t think he needs to worry.  This is one of those clubs where the demographic is young and professional.  There were plenty of guests on the day I visited.  And the laughter was genuine and ongoing.  They clearly enjoy each other’s company at MBR, and they certainly made me feel welcome.

In terms of Rotary business, MBR is about to turn its attention to their Foundation giving. They are finishing up the financing for a $100,000 project in Russia where they’ve put together partnerships with several districts in the U.S. and around the world, AND several clubs in District 7620.  Now they are taking dead aim at our District’s $200 per cap annual giving goal.  Their campaign will include adding the donation to club invoices, pushing for PHS members, and developing a matching PH Recognition point program in the month of March.  Done and done!

If you happen to be in Bethesda and are looking for breakfast on a Thursday morning, make up at MBR.  Don’t show up unless you want to have a good time.