Annual Meeting and RCA Board Elections

At the annual meeting on May 17th @ 6:30pm, members will vote for five candidates to RCA’s Board of Directors, for five seats on the board. Directors serve three-year terms. The following individuals are seeking election or re-election to the board:

Jennifer Iras grew up in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University.  Upon graduation, Jennifer moved to the DC area and began her extensive career in media and entertainment holding various executive leadership roles at Discovery Communications, Comcast/NBCU and Turner Broadcasting.  An active volunteer wherever she lived, Jennifer co-founded the Dress for Success Chapter in Philadelphia and has held numerous board positions including Vice President, Michigan State Alumni (Atlanta); President & Chapter Mentor, Women in Cable (Atlanta and Michigan); Girls on the Run (Atlanta).  She also mentors new college graduates and volunteers with Big Family of Michigan where she recently re-designed their website.  She also co-chaired several RCA Halloween parties. (Term through May 2018)

 
Ganon Rich and his wife and moved to Lenhart Street in 2008. Ganon has been on the board since 2009.  He grew up in Kensington, MD and attended Westland Junior HS and Bethesda Chevy Chase HS.  Ganon and his wife Karin have three young children.  He has been in commercial real estate in Washington, DC for almost 20 years and given Ganon’s deep roots in the area and community, he’s committed to maintaining all the attributes that lured his family to this wonderful area and neighborhood.  Ganon has been the RCA representative overseeing the Chevy Chase Lake Redevelopment through membership with the Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee as well as the RCA representative involved with the Bethesda Redevelopment Plan through the Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents.  Additionally, Ganon enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams.  He is committed to making Rollingwood the best community for his family and neighbors.   (Term through May 2018)
 
Sue Ducat has lived on Brooklawn Terrace since 1994.  She has been an RCA board member for most of that time.  After helping organize a town meeting a few years ago with Pepco officials about the frequent power outages, Sue continued serving as the neighborhood Pepco liaison, getting information for residents about the status of repairs, the removal of poles not in use, and other matters. In addition, she regularly interacts with staff members of the International School about community affairs.  Sue is the director of communications for health Affairs, a health policy journal with offices in Bethesda. Before joining Health Affair in 2009, Sue served as communications director at several organizations, and was producer at WETA-TV, overseeing “Washington Week” and other PBS news programming.(Term through May 2018) 
 
Mike Hottel has lived in Rollingwood since 2010 and has been a member of the Board for 3 years.  He is a CPA and is a partner in a national accounting firm.  Mike and his wife Lauren have three children, attending Chevy Chase Elementary, Rosemary Hills Primary and the Outdoor Nursery School.  Mike coaches a number of his children’s sports team and is very focused on maintaining a great community for his neighbors and family. (Term through May 2018)
 

Lionette Carty is originally from Gonaives, Haiti. Since being in the United States, she has lived between South Florida and the DC metro area. Her most recent move to the Rollingwood neighborhood was in 2014 with her husband Barry and their two children from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Prior to her family relocation, she worked as a preschool teacher for Mailman Segal Institute at Nova Southeastern University. She also served on the PTA board for Bayview Elementary where her children attended school. She holds a Batchelor of Science in marketing. She started her career working for a conference and conversations housing company and held various positions with nonprofit organizations such as American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society(RAPS). She enjoys planning school and community events and hopes to contribute to the Rollingwood Citizens Association in that capacity. (Running for empty seat)

Jenn Fogel-Bublick and her family are long-time Montgomery County residents who have lived in Rollingwood for almost nine years, spending the previous nine years just east of here in Takoma Park.  Jenn has two daughters- a sophomore in high school and a 7th grader at Silver Creek Middle School. Jenn is a Partner at a DC-based government relations firm where she works on financial services, affordable housing, and gun violence prevention. Previously, she spent over seven years as Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee, where she had the good fortune to work for our home state Senator, former Sen. Paul Sarbanes of Maryland. Jenn is married to a Montgomery County High school teacher and writer. Since living in Rollingwood, Jenn frequently brings her neighbors together for social, political and other gatherings, helping to foster a sense of community in her area.  Jenn helped organize and lead the effort for over two years working with local and state officials to advocate for a light or crosswalk to allow those of us in the Rocton part of the neighborhood to safely cross East-West highway (an effort that has not seen success but with the Purple Line, Jenn is hoping our arguments are stronger). Jenn served on the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, is a Member of the Maryland Bar, and can be frequently found walking her dog with her husband, chatting with neighbors in the yard, or more frequently driving her kids to Joy of Motion and other activities. (Running for empty seat)

 

Upcoming Events!

Let’s Celebrate Spring!!!!!
 
1. Back by popular demand, our second annual Rollingwood Happy Hour will be held on Sunday, April 8th from 5-8 at Le Bar at La Ferme restaurant !  All are invited. Meet new neighbors and catch up with old friends.  Appetizers provided. Cash bar.  
 
Kindly RSVP to Molly Mullally at jmandmolly@gmail.com No children please.
 
2. Please join us for the 10th Annual Rock Creek Conservancy Extreme Cleanup on April 14th from 9:00am-12:00pm. Get to know your neighbors as we help clean up the park so near and dear to us. We will meet at the Meadowbrook Maintenance Facility at 9:00am. Waterproof boots and garden gloves are recommended. We will provide trash bags. 
(Note: this does not fall on Earth Day as it did last year)
 
3. Coffee and Conversation!
Join us for coffee, donuts and dog treats and enjoy a morning chatting with neighbors around Rollingwood.  
 
Dates and locations include:
  • April 21: Leland and Summit
  • May 12: Turner and Shepherd
  • June 9:  W. Greenvale and Pinehurst

Valentines Day Party February 10th!

Calling all daddies, daughters, mothers, sons and sweethearts of all ages! Please join us for our first annual Rollingwood Valentine’s Dance. This event is free to all Rollingwood members and $10 per family for anyone else you’d like to bring along. DJ, games, face-painting and crafts. We will have a table set up where folks can make Valentines cards for children at Children’s Hospital. If you’re able, please bring a new book or small game donation to be delivered along with our Valentines wishes to the children.

Upcoming events: Movie night at the Avalon on January 21st and Valentines Day Dance Party February 10th!

We have two events coming up in the next month.
 
Avalon Movie Night!
“The Post” 
January 21st at 5:00pm
Tickets $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Tickets include a small popcorn and bottle of water. Please RSVP by clicking on http://evite.me/SxAyQGtJGg
 
Valentines Day Dance Party
February 10th from 3-5pm
At the French international School, 3200 Woodbine in Chevy Chase. There will be a Dee Jay and light snacks. Tickets are free for members and $10 for non-members. Please RSVP by clicking on http://evite.me/pP5s9YXEft 
 
We hope to see you there!

2018 Valentine’s Party to Replace this year’s Halloween Party

Dearest Rollingwood Residents:

We hope you enjoyed the annual picnic on October 1st.  It was a great turnout and the weather was perfect!!   We also wanted to inform you of a beloved event that unfortunately we won’t be hosting later this month. 

This year, due to unexpected challenges in securing the French School, we are unable to host the Halloween party.  However, not all is lost.  Persistence pays and instead we will host the first ever Valentine’s Dance at the French School in 2018.   Stay tuned for more details on that front. 

It is our pleasure to serve our community and we thank you for your support.   The entire board is working hard to make our neighborhood an even better place to live!

Sincerely,

Lauren Pacuit and Jennifer Iras

RCA Co-Presidents

Get a head start on 2018.  We’re now accepting RCA member dues!!! http://rollingwoodchevychase.org/join-rca/

What is Happening!

Dear Neighbors,
We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer here in Chevy Chase or wherever your travels have taken you.  Your RCA board has been busy planning for fall and we hope you’ll join us either by volunteering or just attending one of our events.  All are welcome!!
 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 
(1) Green thumb?  Care to share your expertise with others? Join fellow board member Molly Mullally as she starts the first-ever RCAGarden Club.  If you’re interested, please contact Molly at Jmandmolly@gmail.com.
 
(2) Looking to help immigrants and refugees neighbors in the DC-MD metro area?  Consider joining Neighbors Rising. Neighbors Rising works through non-profit organizations and other professionals to support people and strengthen our local communities’ capacity for neighborly compassion.   If you’re interested in learning more, there’s a Rollingwood FRIENDRAISER on September 12th hosted by neighbors Sharon Natanblut & Michael O’Grady. RSVP by Sept 5th to Sofia LaRocca at slarocca@identity-youth.org.
 
(3) Coffee & Conversation – Join fellow board members for donuts and coffee on your morning walk, September 9 (Leland and Rolling Rd) and October 28 (Leland & Beach).  Rain dates are Sept. 10 and Oct. 29. As always, we appreciate your support of RCA and welcome your comments and suggestions.Hope to see you at an event this fall.
 
(4) Fall Picnic! -Come join us in Candy Cane Pavilion on October 1st from 4-8 for a friendly neighborhood gathering. There will be bratwurst and potluck! More information to come as we get closer to the date.
 
 

September Events at the Chevy Chase Library

From Friends of the Chevy Chase Library . . .

Upcoming Events at Chevy Chase Library

8005 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

 

On Friday, 09/01, 8, 15,22 and 29 at 3:30 PM Lego Play: Drop in for an open session of Lego play on Fridays between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. Elementary age with an adult. We will provide the Legos and space, you provide the imagination. No registration needed….

 

On Saturday, 09/02, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 AM English Conversation Group: Every Saturday from 10:30 am to 12 Noon. Open to all non-native English speakers interested in practicing English in a friendly, informal and fun setting. Join us! For more information, please call 240-773-9590. Read More

August Events at the Chevy Chase Library

From Friends of the Chevy Chase Library . . .

Upcoming Events at Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

On Tuesday, 08/01, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 AM English Conversation Group:  Every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12 Noon. Open to all non-native English speakers interested in practicing English in a friendly, informal and fun setting. Join us! For more information, please call 240-773-9590.  Free. No reservations needed.

On Tuesday, 08/01, 8, 15 and 29 at 10:30 AM Toddler Time: Please join us for fun learning activities. We’ll read, sing, dance, explore and learn finger plays just right for two and three year olds.

On Wednesday, 08/02/17 at 6:00 PM Know Your News: Do you ever wonder if the news you read is true? Have you been fooled by a news story someone shared with you via social media? In this program, trained librarians will discuss several strategies for evaluating news stories and provide you with a toolbox to take with you on the go. No matter where you are, you’ll have the resources you need to Know Your News Read More

Chevy Chase Elementary Celebrates 100 Years!

A message from volunteers organizing Chevy Chase Elementary School’s 100 year Birthday Party and Family Reunion . . .
 
Chevy Chase Elementary School cordially invites you and your family and all of Rollingwood to the block party of the century!   CCES has been hard at work all year long putting together our 100 year Birthday Party and Family Reunion and we want our all of our Neighbors and Alumni there to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime milestone with us!
 
The party is at Chevy Chase Elementary School on Saturday June 10th from 12 to 4.   The school will be open to visitors.  We will have tents celebrating every decade of our success, there will be historic displays, tours, a photo booth, a live DJ, dancing, bounce houses, games, crafts, food trucks and pizza, face painting, live musical acts, local celebrities and so much more!!!!
 
It will truly be the party of the century and we want you there!   If you live within walking distance, please walk to Cheetahfest as parking will be very limited.
 
Hope to see you there for this historic event!  
 
Holly & Doug Kammerer
Cheetahfest Co-Chairs