Speaker Date Topic
Jerdine Nolen, Novelist and Children's Book Author Feb 02, 2023 6:30 PM
The Joys of Writing Books for Children
The Joys of Writing Books for Children

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing and collecting words. My Mother encouraged me to do that. She was eager to hear my new list of “favorite words.” Cucumber was a word I preferred above the rest. Then, one day, I became smitten with the word chutney. “Chutney, chutney, chutney.” I would chant that one over and over again. I even made up a little chutney dance to go along with the chant. 

Writing is fun work. I love it. It takes patience to get the right story. Once you have the story idea, it is important to revisit and revise the work to make it the best that it could be. It is like sculpting or wiring the pieces together in a way so the words on the page have enough life—they could stand up and walk around all on their own. That is why my motto is, Hold fast to your dreams as you would your balloons! 

In looking over the landscape that is my work so far, I think my stories are about possibilities—possible and impossible possibilities. Possibilities are sometimes born out of great needs. 

Stories help us examine and shape the world we live in. Stories give us hopeful answers and insights to questions no one person can answer on their own—stories help us share our lives. This is what I love about being a writer. 

I received a B.A. in special education from Northeastern Illinois University and an M.Ed. in interdisciplinary arts education from Loyola University in Chicago. I have been an educator for a number of years as a classroom teacher, curriculum writer, staff developer, family involvement specialist, and administrator. I also enjoy lecturing on a variety of topics related to books and the writing process. 

I love living in Maryland. It was actually not part of my plan to live here for so long, but I fell in love with this beautiful state that is also rich in the history of our country. There is always something new to discover.  




6pm Women's Shelter,Interfaith Works,2 Taft Court Feb 09, 2023 6:30 PM
6:30pm Dinner at East Pearl Restaurant, 838 Rockville Pike B, Rockville

Distribution of Scarves to Homeless Women

Sofia DeMartino, Development Director, Boys Town Feb 16, 2023 6:30 PM
Boys Town Washington DC
Boys Town Washington DC

I am a relative newcomer to the area, having arrived from Iowa in August. I have a decade of experience working in social services, and have recently joined Boys Town Washington DC as Development Director. I hope to share with your club my own story of the arduous climb from poverty to community servant, and the importance of the social support network that is the reason we have all joined Rotary in the first place.”

Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Feb 23, 2023 6:30 PM
Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Mar 02, 2023 6:30 PM
Dr. Ron Piervincenzi, CEO US Pharmacopeia Mar 09, 2023 6:30 PM
USP: Impacting the global supply of quality medicines
USP: Impacting the global supply of quality medicines

Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D.

CEO | Member, Board of Trustees| Officer, USP Convention

Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., has served as Chief Executive Officer of the United States Pharmacopeia since February 2014. Dr. Piervincenzi provides strategic leadership to USP’s global staff of over 1,300 across sites in the US (Rockville, Frederick, D.C.), India, China, Ghana and Switzerland, and global public health field offices including Nigeria, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. His transformative vision has launched key USP initiatives in bringing quality across the healthcare spectrum, upholding USP’s reputation as a quality leader since its founding in 1820. Under his leadership, USP has modernized its operations and launched innovative new science, including in the areas of digital medicine, cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and advanced biologics. More recently, USP has begun building a robust “capability building” services suite of offerings including quality manufacturing consulting, donor-funded work, and education. Dr. Piervincenzi served as Chair of the Council of Experts, USP's scientific standards-setting body of 24 Expert Committees and over 750 standards-setting experts until June 2015, when he transferred this responsibility to USP’s new Chief Science Officer.

Dr. Piervincenzi brings more than 20 years of industry experience across pharmaceutical sciences, research and business strategy. Before joining USP, Dr. Piervincenzi served as Vice President of Development Sciences with Biogen Idec, Inc., where he designed and launched Biogen’s value-based medicine group focusing on applying tools and technologies of personalized medicine in the treatment and management of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Piervincenzi was a partner and leader in McKinsey & Company's global pharmaceutical and medical products practice for over 12 years. In this capacity, Dr. Piervincenzi launched McKinsey's global drug safety, medical and regulatory service line. With McKinsey, Dr. Piervincenzi also led the global research and information analytics team, managing staff in New Jersey, London, Brussels, and India.

Dr. Piervincenzi earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering, with research focused on protein engineering. He is the proud co-founder and chairman of the board for MENTOR Newark.

Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Mar 16, 2023 6:30 PM
Meeting at Lakewood Country Club Mar 23, 2023 6:30 PM
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Mar 30, 2023 6:30 PM