Meetings

All meetings are open to members and visitors. No reservations are needed and there is no charge for regular meetings except for the December and May luncheons, for which reservations are required and for which a fee is charged.

Most meetings unless otherwise noted are held at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda, MD 20817.

This facility is just inside the Beltway at River Road. Ample parking is available at the site.

2018-2019 Branch Meetings

SAVE THE DATES FOR MEETINGS NEXT YEAR

  • September 15, 2018
  • October 13, 2018
  • November 10, 2018
  • December 8, 2018 Holiday Luncheon
  • January 12, 2019
  • February 16, 2019
  • March 16, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • May 11, 2019, EF Luncheon

2018-2019 Board Meetings

  • August 25, 2018 at Fran’s
  • September 8, 2018, if necessary
  • October 6, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • None in December
  • January 5, 2019
  • February 2, 2019
  • March 9, 2019
  • April 6, 2019
  • None in May

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Bethesda-Chevy Chase
Programs 2018-2019
 
Saturday, September 15, 10:00 a.m., Fox Hill

Trump’s Foreign Policy:  Allies and Foes
Mark Medish

The election of Donald Trump has had profound implications for the US and the international community.  This year we have seen attacks on NATO and some of our closest allies, while President Trump simultaneously courts leaders of Russia and North Korea.  Mark Medish will discuss the implications of the Trump presidency from an international perspective.  He has a unique view on US foreign policy.  He served as The White House as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council, 2000-2001.  He also served at the U.S. Treasury as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, under Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, from 1997 through 2000.   He also worked at the State Department and UNDP.  Medish is CEO of The Messina Group International.

Medish was previously president of Guggenheim International, a division of the diversified financial services firm Guggenheim Partners LLC, with over $220 billion of assets under management.  Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2012, he was Executive Vice President of APCO Worldwide, Inc., a global public affairs firm.

Medish worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he served as Vice President for Studies focusing on Eurasia and China. He was a partner at the international law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, where he led an advisory practice on sovereign debt restructuring and emerging markets investment.

Medish was educated at Georgetown, Harvard, and Oxford.  He has held Fulbright, Luce, Mellon, and Shintaro Abe scholarships.

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Past Meetings and Activities

Branch Meeting
Saturday, November 14, 10:00 am
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette, Bethesda

Paying Tribute to Women in the Military
Speaker: Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, President, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation

Hostesses are Renita Johnson and Charlene Currie.

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Book Club
Thursday, December 10, 12:30 pm
At the home of Fran Cressman’s
11 Old Stage Court, North Bethesda 

Book: BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
by Kristin Hannah
(Lunch will be served.)

An Amazon Best Book of July 2015: Readers of his work in The Atlantic and elsewhere know Ta-Nehisi Coates for his thoughtful and influential writing on race in America. Written as a series of letters to his teenaged son, his new memoir, Between the World and Me, walks us through the course of his life, from the tough neighborhoods of Baltimore in his youth, to Howard University—which Coates dubs “The Mecca” for its revelatory community of black students and teachers—to the broader Meccas of New York and Paris. Coates describes his observations and the evolution of his thinking on race, from Malcolm X to his conclusion that race itself is a fabrication, elemental to the concept of American (white) exceptionalism. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, and South Carolina are not bumps on the road of progress and harmony, but the results of a systemized, ubiquitous threat to “black bodies” in the form of slavery, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Coates is direct and, as usual, uncommonly insightful and original. There are no wasted words. This is a powerful and exceptional book.–Jon Foro

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HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
Saturday, December 12, Noon
Positano Ristorante Italiano
4948 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda


ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: HUMANITARIAN AND FIRST LADY OF THE WORLD
Presented by Kate Campbell Stevenson, Actor and Producer
Women: Back to the Future

This December we will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, a great humanitarian who dedicated much of her life to political and social change. Kate Campbell Stevenson, actor and producer of Women: Back to the Future, will share insights into Eleanor Roosevelt’s life – and we are told that Eleanor may appear at the luncheon!

Our holiday luncheon will again be held at Positano’s Restaurant, 4948 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda. We must tell Positano’s SEVEN days prior to the event exactly how many guests there will be, and we must pay in full. Therefore, it is important to make reservations early and ensure that Christine Liu receives your check by December 5.

The price of the luncheon is $35 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Please send your check to Christine Liu, 1117 Fallsmead Way, Potomac, MD 20854 by December 5. You do not need to make menu choices in advance. The check should be made payable to BCC/AAUW.

Menu:
First course: House Salad
Choice of entrees: Chicken Piccata, Filet of Salmon, or Eggplant Parmesan.
Choice of desserts: Tiramisu, Italian Layered Cake,  or Black Forest Cake
Beverages: Coffee, Hot or Iced Tea, and Sodas

There is free parking on weekends in the public parking garage across the street from Positano’s. There is also metered parking in front of the building, but it is not free on Saturdays.


BOARD MEETING
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

All members are welcome.

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Branch Meeting
Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette, Bethesda

Addressing Domestic Violence
Speaker: Laurie Duker

Montgomery County continues to work to protect victims of domestic violence, but there are both philosophical and structural challenges. Laurie Duker will describe the current situation and provide ways for our members to participate in Court Watch Montgomery. Hostesses are Inge Baer and Christine Liu.

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BOARD MEETING
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

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BRANCH MEETING
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

Political Implications of World Events
Speaker: Mark Medish

Olive Lewis and Pat Stocker are the hostesses. Bring guests/visitors, especially those who might be interested in becoming members.

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BRANCH MEETING
Saturday, January 17, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

“Human Trafficking”
Speaker to be announced

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Saturday, February 7, 10:00 AM
Site TBD

All members are welcome.

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Saturday, February 21, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

Charlene Rothkopf
The Art and Science of Healthy Aging

CharleneRothkopfDiscover the keys to healthy aging based on the latest scientific research. This is a unique program especially designed for women who want to take ownership of their health and well-being. You will learn how to enhance the quality of your life.

Charlene Rothkopf is the Founder and President of the Wellness Consulting Group, LLC, a coaching and consulting firm specializing in the health and well-being of executives and their organizations. As a seasoned corporate executive for over 30 years, Charlene’s experience includes executive coaching, strategic planning, designing and implementing organizational change, leadership and talent development, training and group facilitation, and the implementation of worksite wellness programs.

She currently co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustee’s Quality Improvement Council. She also serves on the Executive Programs Advisory Council for the Office of Executive Programs of the University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

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Saturday, March 14, 10:00 AM
Site TBD

All members are welcome.

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Saturday, March 21, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

Performance by Duke Ellington Music Students followed by a conversation with Sally Dobson Reflecting on a Career as a Professional Musician

SallyDobsonSally Dobson, an active member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase AAUW Branch, is former principal violist for Denver Symphony and the American Symphony in New York. She will share insights from her career as a professional musician – offering observations from performing with world famous solo artists. We were all enchanted when she spoke last year of performing with “The Duke” following the presentation by the Duke Ellington music students.

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Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM
at Olive’s

All members are welcome.

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Saturday, April 18, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

Tim Phelps, LA Times Journalist
“Women in my World: A journalist talks about Anita Hill and other women who have figured in a career spanning 40 years”

TimPhelpsTim Phelps covers the Justice Department and legal affairs in Washington for the Los Angeles Times. He has twice been a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and while covering the Supreme Court for Newsday, broke the story of Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. He will reflect on this historic coverage as well as the effect of other women on his 40+ year career.

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Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM

Dr. Julia V. Clark
“Closing the STEM Achievement Gap: An International Perspective”

JuliaClarkEncouraging the participation of women and minorities is the passion and the profession of Dr. Julia Clark. She has mentored students across all ethnic and cultural groups. Dr. Julia V. Clark is Program Director in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she has been for 23 years. As Program Director she recommends the funding of challenging, innovative and competitive research and education proposals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and monitor the projects’ progress and implementation. She also assesses the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of these funded projects;

She has written a book chapter on women leadership published by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and authored two books: “Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective: Transforming STEM for Effective Education” (Springer Publisher) and “Redirecting Science Education: Reform for a Culturally Diverse Classroom” (Corwin Press Publisher). She has traveled extensively national and international as a speaker, and workshop and seminar leader, sharing her expertise and talents across a diverse spectrum of audiences.

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BRANCH MEETING
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 AM
at Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda

Mark Medish
“Political Implications of World Events”

Mark Medish is President of Guggenheim International, a division of diversified financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, LLC, which currently has over $200 billion of assets under management. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2012, he was Executive Vice President of APCO Worldwide, Inc., a global public affairs firm.

Medish worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he served as Vice President for Studies focusing on Eurasia and China. From 2001 to 2006, he was a partner at the international law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, where he led an advisory practice on sovereign debt restructuring and emerging markets investment. Medish served at the White House as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and as Senior Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council, 2000-2001. He also served at the U.S. Treasury as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, under Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, from 1997 through 2000. His regional portfolio covered Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, and South Asia. He dealt with Group of Eight issues as well as the IMF, World Bank, and EBRD.

Prior to joining the U. S. Treasury, Medish served in senior policy positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Program, 1994-1996. He trained as a law associate at Covington & Burling, 1992-1994. He was a visiting research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo, 1990-1991.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London. He has served as co-chair of the annual St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland.

His opinion columns often appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and other major news outlets.

Medish was educated at Georgetown, Harvard, and Oxford. He has held Fulbright, Mellon, and Shintaro Abe scholarships.

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Saturday, October 11, 10:00 AM
hosted by Inge Baer, at Fox Hill,
8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda.

All members are welcome.

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Saturday, October 18, 9:50 AM
5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo

“The Clara Barton House: Learning About a Remarkable Woman”

ClaraBartonClara Barton was a remarkable woman. American pioneer, teacher, nurse, and humanitarian who was the founder of the American Red Cross, she dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need – both home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies. Glen Echo was her home the last 15 years of her life, and the structure itself illustrates her dedication and concern for those less fortunate them herself. The house served as the first headquarters of the American Red Cross.

For our October meeting, we will tour the Clara Barton House and learn more about this “foremother.” Please plan to arrive by 9:50, since our tour begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Note: There will be an informal, Dutch-treat lunch at The Irish Inn at Glen Echo for all who wish to continue the conversation about Clara Barton.

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Thursday, October 30, 7:00 PM
at the home of Christine Liu,
1117 Fallsmead Way, Potomac, 301-424-3557.

The cuisine is Thai.

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Saturday, November 1, 10:00 AM
at the home of Charlene Currie,
5709 Trafton Place, Bethesda, 301-530-2442.

All members are welcome.

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Saturday, November 15, 10:00 AM
in the art studio on the lower level of Fox Hill,
8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda.

Jean Hirons
“Painting the Landscape in Pastel”

JeanHironsIn our tradition of focusing on women who have made significant career transitions, we will learn from Jean Hirons at our November meeting. Jean’s first career was as a librarian, but she has been painting with soft pastels for twenty years and delights in teaching the medium to others. The immediacy and vibrancy of the pastels, as well as the many surfaces and techniques that can be employed, assure that the pastel artist will never be bored! In 2012, she published her highly-acclaimed book Finding Your Style in Pastel, in which she shares her knowledge of the medium and its possibilities.

For our meeting, Jean will present a one hour demonstration and discussion on pastel painting, using a photographic reference. She will discuss pertinent aspects of painting the landscape, as well as the differences between painting in pastel and other media. Jean will explain her choice of surface and technique, as well as her approach to a color palette. Jean enjoys sharing her love of pastel and can paint and talk at the same time! She will engage the audience in the painting process and also in the review and critique stages. Jean will also talk about the beauty and longevity of pastel, about proper framing, and will debunk some of the popular misconceptions about the medium!

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Saturday, December 6
at Positano Ristorante,
4948 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Tom Schelling
“Receiving a Nobel Prize: Personal Reflections”

ThomasSchellingDr. Thomas Schelling received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2005 for having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis. For our December holiday luncheon, Dr. Schelling and his wife Alice will reflect on the “lighter side” of receiving a Novel Prize – the pomp and circumstance, the process, the preparations for the ceremonies, the ceremonies themselves, and the implications of status as a Nobel Laureate.