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MAY 1, 2011



Dr. James Leder at site of Miracle League Field when cement was being poured on June 9.

Opening Day - Monday, August 1, 2011.  Contact Dr. Jim Leder at 424-531-8097

for additional information on this ongoing project.

Bethesda Kiwanians and Miracle League Trustees

host some team members of the Miracle League as guests of the Washington Nationals Team on
Children's Day










From August 2010 to May 2011--The Miracle League Field Becomes a Reality... thanks to

The Washington Nationals, in association with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation,  announced their partnership with the Miracle League of Montgomery County, the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)¬ís Montgomery Parks Department, and the Montgomery County Recreation Department to construct the Washington Nationals Miracle Field in Germantown, Maryland.




Johnny Franklin, Miracle League Director from Huntsville, AL, Joe Gordon, a Miracle League Donor, and Dr. Jim Leder, President of the Miracle League of Montgomery County.


The Kiwanis Club of Bethesda hosted the Miracle League Exhibition Game

on August 28, 2010


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Receiving a $2,000 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda --  Robert Quinn, President of Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together of Montgomery County, Lee Berkeley Shaw, Director of Development  and Kiwanis President, Jim Leder.

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to helping elderly and/or disabled low-income homeowners, and families with children through home renovation and repair. Our goal is to keep people living in warmth, safety, and independence, while helping to build better communities in Montgomery County. Many of our neighbors have worked all their lives and have been physically and financially able to maintain their homes in good condition. Now due to illness, the loss of a spouse, aging, and/or economic hardships, they are unable do the repair work themselves and their homes deteriorate or become unsafe.  Besides donating annual funds, through the years many Kiwanians have rolled up their shirt sleeves and painted, planted, scrubbed and scraped with others to get a home in good shape.

Four Year Olds Entertain The Kiwanis Club of Bethesda on March 24, 2011

At our March 24, 2011 Kiwanis meeting, we met at the YMCA Bethesda Ayrlawn to watch 4-year olds present a musical presentation from The Wizard of Oz.  The staging, costumes and makeup were exquisite and all in the audience were delighted by these pre-school thespians.  Our Kiwanis Club works with children of all ages.



April 14, 2011



Robby Brewer presented a check to Jordan Henry, Program Coordinator from the Lazarus Leadership Fellow Foundation  Jordan  is a 2003 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Jordan is the General Manager of the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club. Jordan graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 2007.



Diana Nutting of Imagination Stage Receives Funds for 2011 from Bethesda member, Robby Brewer, who has served on the Board of Directors of Imagination Stage.  Founded in 1979, Imagination Stage is the region's leading theater arts organization dedicated to children, serving 100,000 children and their families per year through professional theater productions, diverse classes, and camps. Plays and musicals are staged year-round in the 400-seat Lerner Family Theatre, and the StoryTheatre Series for preschoolers is presented in the smaller Reeve Studio Theatre.


Kiwanis Club of Bethesda's President Jim Leder welcomes Melissa Chadwick, Editor  of the Gazette newspapers for Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Potomac and North Potomac. 


October 13, 2011

Lt. Gov. David Benway (left) installed the new officers for 2011-2012 year.  Front row: Pat Tiede, Secretary; Marlayna Proctor, Director, Tracy Miller, Director, Jeanne Smith, past president; Jim Leder, President.  Back row, John Ratnavale, Director and Pat Norry, Vice President.  Those unable to attend were: Gary Boswell, Treasurer; and Directors Richard Ruprecht and Patsy Jackson.

Jeanne Smith, past president was awarded roses and a Distinguished Service Award from President Jim Leder, for all her dedication to the youth through her work with student leadership program, Key Clubs  and as a trustee of the Miracle League of Montgomery County.

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