May 20, 2019

June Crossover Board Meeting

agendaThe BNC Greater Washington Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, June 5, 2018, 10:00 AM at Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD.  All members are invited to attend this open board meeting.

The new officers and directors will be introduced and lunch will be served.

Please bring  all  materials you have to share with the new person who will hold your current position.


In June we will be collecting items for the Montgomery County Animal Services-PAWS, their
adoption services division. Please bring items to the June 5th Crossover Meeting.
They have requested:
towels, bath mats (need not be new), treats and bones for dogs, Cheez Whiz,
tuna in water, cat toys & treats, catnip
Joan B, Suzanne G, Linda H, Barbara R

Join the Celebration – Study Guide’s Next Two Weeks

Our 2018-2019 Study Guide has been published. If you don’t have your own personal copy, click below to look at all of the Study Guide offerings by opening the file provided here. We have a wide variety of events and look forward to seeing you at many of them.

To read the web version of the Study Guide, click here for 59 events on 33 pages.

To see pictures from some previous events of this year, 2018-19, click here.


Upcoming Events
No. Day mm/dd Time Event
Sun 05/19 05:30 Ladies Night Out
5B Mon 05/20 12:30 Women and Literature B
6C Mon 05/20 01:30 Let’s Knit and Stitch C
8A Wed 05/22 10:30 We’re Talking Movies A
8B Wed 05/22 01:30 We’re Talking Movies B
8C Wed 05/22 12:30 We’re Talking Movies C
46 Fri 05/24 10:00 Great Decisions
22A Sun 05/26 11:00 Sunday News Discussion Groups A
22BCD Sun 05/26 07:00 Sunday News Discussion Groups BCD
4 Mon 06/03 10:00 Mystery Book Club
57 Thu 06/06 01:30 Learn Hand and Foot – Spring Session
1 Fri 06/07 10:00 Play Discussion


When Montgomery County Schools are closed due to inclement weather all Brandeis events will be cancelled. If Montgomery County Public Schools issues a two-hour delay, Brandeis events will take place.

Birthday Greetings 2018 – 2019

Our birthday greeting project is a fundraiser which enables members to send an adorable animated birthday email greeting to a friend for a donation of $1.00 per greeting and help the chapter raise money for Sustaining the Mind. One Greeting is sent with all the names listed. It is completely voluntary. No information is taken from registration forms. Members who wish to participate send an email with month and day of their birthday to the birthday greeting chair-person. A master list is compiled and quarterly a list is sent to the entire membership of the birthday ladies for the coming 3 months. Friends then circle the names on the list and send in a check made out to BNC for $1.00 per name. At the beginning of each month each birthday “girl” gets an adorable animated email greeting card listing all those who have wished them a happy birthday.

In the 3 years the program has been in operation over $4500 has been raised to support Sustaining the Mind at absolutely no cost to the chapter.To be included for 2018, email your month and date to Cathy


One of the values of the university and part of our mission is to practice social justice. Come participate in these activities to do a good deed, to make new friends and to have fun together.

Days for Girls meetings thru April: September 23, 2018; October 14, 2018; December 9, 2018, January 27, 2019; February 24, 2019; March 24, 2019; and April 28, 2019.
All meetings will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami.

Tutoring Opportunities Sponsored by the JCA
As in previous years, volunteers in JCA’s Intergenerational Tutoring Program will meet with a student in pre-K through high school classes to assist the student in a particular subject, such as reading or math.

This year, JCA is offering a Job/Career Readiness Mentoring Program. Volunteers in this new program will work one-on-one with a high school student for four to six one-hour sessions to discuss topics such as resume building, goal planning, job searches and college applications.
You will be required to complete an application and participate in a training session in order to be considered for one of JCA’s programs. Because the programs fill up quickly, you should submit an application to the JCA as soon as possible. If you need an application or if you have any questions about the JCA programs, please contact Barbara E.

We will provide information about our CourtWatch and A Wider Circle programs in future Bulletins or Blasts.

Barbara E

Grobans establish endowed scholarship

Lynne and Mark Groban

Sorry, Ohio State. Your alumna Lynne Groban has adopted Brandeis as the university that gets her keenest philanthropic attention.

Lynne and her husband, Mark, recently made a generous gift to establish an endowed scholarship, helping the Brandeis National Committee’s Scholarship Campaign surpass its goal of raising $1 million by June 30.

“Establishing a scholarship at Brandeis is in keeping with our embrace of tikkun olam [repairing the world],” says Groban, BNC’s national vice president of fundraising. “I have always respected what Brandeis is: a Jewish-founded, nonsectarian university committed to giving deserving students the opportunity to pursue an outstanding education.”

Groban’s gift to Brandeis makes a significant impact. After all, Brandeis is not yet 70 years old and has only about 40,000 living alumni, less than 10 percent of Ohio State’s estimated 500,000 graduates.

“I still get solicitation letters from Ohio State, but the school doesn’t need me,” she says. “Ohio State had thousands and thousands of graduates long before Brandeis was even an idea. At Brandeis, I feel like I can really make a difference.”

The Grobans understand the need for scholarships that support promising students. Scholarship assistance allowed Mark, a retired psychiatrist and former CEO at Mid Atlantic Medical Services, to earn his degree from Albany Medical College. Mark and Lynne have endowed both a deanship and a scholarship at that school in recognition of its central role in his life.

For the Grobans, philanthropy is a family affair. Lynne and Mark’s three children are deeply involved with their charitable causes. “It’s a way to introduce them to the idea of giving back and helping the less fortunate,” she says.

Lynne has been involved with the BNC since 2000, when, after retiring as a dental hygienist, she joined the Greater Washington, D.C., Chapter at the urging of friends. She quickly made new friends and soon was appointed to the chapter’s membership committee. In 2003, Groban teamed with fellow membership committee co-chairs Ginny Schultz and Abbey Brahin to recruit more than 100 new members to the chapter.

She also served as the D.C. Chapter’s fundraising co-chair and an executive board members. She has been a member of the BNC’s National Executive Committee for many years.

“I am very proud to be affiliated with Brandeis and help it achieve the goals set out by its founders,” she says. “Even though I didn’t attend Brandeis, it still feels like my place.”


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