Martin Moeller – Identity and Eccentricity in Washington Architecture

rg logo in colorLecture by Martin Moeller, Senior Vice President & Curator at the National Building Museum

Washington is commonly regarded as a city whose physical character reflects the triumph of order and dignity over vitality and individual expression.  In writing the fourth and fifth editions of the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C., however, Martin Moeller realized that the city’s architectural history is much richer, quirkier, and more varied than most people believe.  In this lecture, he will discuss some of the eccentric personalities who shaped the architecture of Washington and trace the stages by which the city developed its distinct identity.

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Don Ryan – Unlikely Change Agents

Image: Don Ryan

Image: Don Ryan

Volunteer Teams + Low-Cost Tools = Healthier Homes

Across the country, Rebuilding Together affiliates mobilize volunteers to repair the homes of seniors, veterans, and low-income families at no charge. Struck by the scope of health and safety hazards in their clients’ homes, RT turned to the National Center for Healthy Housing for a new set of tools to help identify and fix these hazards. This session will:

  • Explain how our homes affect our health, which few Americans fully appreciate
  • Identify many low-cost repairs to make homes healthier
  • Explore how the “Healthy Housing Challenge” can catalyze broader changes to improve our housing and our health
  • Highlight volunteer opportunities with Rebuilding Together for people of all skill levels

Don Ryan leads the Healthy Housing Challenge, a joint project of Rebuilding Together and NCHH.  He is a board member and “house captain” for Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church and also serves on NCHH’s board. 

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superbrain circleHosted by Marty Blumsack

This game of linkages was created many years ago by long-term MWM member Jan Carnell. In brief, contestants try to connect titles of “copyrightable” works via wordplay or some significant connection, sometimes even via egregious puns (and, for this game, the worse the pun, the better the outcome). Rules will be explained before we start playing, and we’ll probably have a practice round to iron out any kinks. You can also read more here.  Come join the fun!

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RG Program and Mommy Letter Available For Download

rg logo in colorWondering what happens when? Been waiting to sign up to volunteer because you need to know which programs you will attend? Want to choose your time slot for donating blood?  Just like to download files?

Download the final printed RG program!

You’ll find all kinds of vital information on the blood drive, art contest, silent auction, and more. You know, the kind of stuff you find in the mommy letter.  Oh, hey!

Download the 2013 MWM RG Mommy Letter too!

Sally and Ray Strackbein – Three Keys to Getting What You Want

Image: Sally Strackbein

Image: Sally Strackbein

Do you want to get more of what you want? Do you envy people who exert minimal effort while getting everything they want? How about you? Is it that easy for  you to get what you want? Do you want to increase your “got it” results? What do you want?

Image: Ray Strackbein

Image: Ray Strackbein

Mensans Sally and Ray Strackbein help you build your own simple and easy-to-follow recipe for getting more of what you want. You will find that it’s not difficult. It takes only a small shift to allow magic to happen in your life.

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Mensa Testing

AMLShieldedLogo110Moderated by Jared Levine

Do you have a family member, friend, or colleague who is interested in Mensa? Do they not have Prior Evidence and would like to qualify for membership? They should come to the test being given at the RG. While pre-registration with our Testing Coordinator, Bob Pugh, is preferable, walk-ins are both acceptable and expected at the RG. Signing in for the test will start at 9am (possibly a little earlier). The test will start at 9:30am sharp. Make sure to bring $40 (or a hardcopy print-out of your pre-paid voucher), a photo ID, and a couple of sharpened pencils. Minors age 14-17 must also have a signed permission slip.

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Bob Pugh – Incorporating Politics into Investing

superbrain circleHow do the continued squabbles and gridlock in Washington or nutcase regimes in Iran and North Korea threatening war impact your investments?

Investors make the mistake often of basing their decision-making entirely on quantitative measures, economic forecasts, market trends or evaluations of firms’ management, while overlooking political factors. Even though very important, the traditional considerations of investment analysis can be overwhelmed in both the short- and long-runs by national and global political dimensions. Understanding political impacts can greatly improve an investor’s assessment of the risk inherent in investments.  The presentation will address those concerns and offer some observations on how current political trends might affect various sectors of the investment markets.

Bob Pugh, CFP®, CFA, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer and CIA Economic Analyst who has been studying and applying political-economic analysis for over thirty years, will discuss how investors can incorporate consideration of politics and political economy into their analytical processes. 

Speaker Biography:
Bob Pugh, CFP®, CFA

President, Insight Wealth Management, Inc.

Bob Pugh, CFA, CFP® is President and Founder of Insight Wealth Management, Inc. (IWM), an independent Registered Investment Adviser in Gainesville, Virginia.  IWM provides fee-only wealth and investment management, and comprehensive financial planning services to individuals, families and charitable organizations.  He was named one of the Best Financial Advisors for Doctors in the nation by “Medical Economics” in 2011 and 2012, and is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor.

Bob is a long-time volunteer and leader in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) community.  Among many capacities in which he has served, he was elected twice as President of the CFA Society of Washington, DC (2005 to 2007), and as Eastern Region Presidents Council Representative with the CFA Institute (2009 to 2011).  Bob has over twenty-five years of experience as a financial educator and analyst, portfolio manager and financial planner in the private and public sectors, including as an economic analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, director of research at another firm, and as a senior financial analyst in municipal government.

His experience as a professional educator includes nine years as a member of the practitioner faculty with The Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and School of Medicine teaching graduate-level courses in investment analysis, portfolio management, and corporate finance, and continuing education in the Business of Medicine program.  Bob has taught CFA Exam review since 1998 and teaches currently the Level III CFA exam reviews for the CFA Society of Washington, DC, the World Bank and Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA.

Bob has graduate degrees in global political economy from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and in financial economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  As a community volunteer, he served as President of the Prince William Symphony Orchestra for four years, is a Lay Speaking Minister in the Virginia United Methodist Conference, has fifteen years of service with the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Personal Finance Program providing personal financial education to disadvantaged members of the community, and is currently the Testing Coordinator for the Washington, DC chapter of Mensa.  He is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Washington, DC, the National Association for Business Economics, the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and Mensa.  Contact information is available at

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