Sep 21 - Annette Benbow, Arlington Historical Society
Sep 28 - Jennifer Mulchandani, Branding, Arlington Strategy
Oct 5 - Jamila Smith, Carpenter's Shelter
Raising funds for the
Tema Medical Center
in Upper Egypt
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This short documentary, created by Soren and Eriksen Dickens, was filmed on the ground in India showing Rotarians distributing polio vaccine to children.When Rotary began Its global vaccination program more than 40 years ago, there were more than 350,000 new polio cases a year. Last year there were just 140. That's the power of people helping people.
Next meeting: Tuesday,September 14th, 7:00 PM will be held will be held on zoom.
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The Rosslyn-Ft Myer Rotary Club is sad to announce the passing of our last founding member, Dr. Merton Bland. "Mert " left us peacefully, after a long illness. He served a long career in the State Department as a public affairs officer, visiting over 100 countries, learning many languages. He served our club in almost every office, and for many years arranged great speakers for our meetings. In October, we held our only live meeting since the pandemic began in order to honor Mert after the 40th anniversary of our founding. He continued to join our zoom meetings up until December, listening intently. We will miss him, and extend our condolences to his family.
I will always treasure my memories of Dr. Merton "Mert" Bland, as he was the member who recruited me to our Rosslyn-Ft Myer Rotary Club. I attended my first Rotary meetings as a guest in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was very impressed with their activities and membership, but couldn't commit to joining because of the long trip from the Embassy. Although we hadn't served together in the State Department, Mert knew me from Temple Rodef Shalom, where we were both members. I eagerly accepted his invitation to come to a club lunch meeting in the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, where he and the others immediately made me welcome. After I joined, I was always impressed with the high quality and diversity of the speakers Mert recruited for our meetings. Mert livened our socializing with his humor. I only recently became aware of the role he had played in establishing and leading our club before I joined, and was pleased to have the opportunity to present him with a special award noting our club's 40th anniversary. Even as his health declined, Mert still attended our meetings, first in person, and then by zoom. He and his wife Janine have been fixtures in our club for over 40 years, and we will miss him greatly.
Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Ft Myer