Kathy Stevens, Executive Director, MCAEL &
Carla Young, Director of Membership and Community Relations, The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
If so, you missed the opportunity to learn about state and county resources when The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce hosted its quarterly Cultural Roundtable Group with special guest Joana Winningham of the MD Division of Workforce Development & Adult Learning.
The Scotland community, here in Bethesda, holds a rich history that dates back many generations. The roots of this African American enclave can be traced to a time when racial segregation and discrimination were prevalent in the United States.
The Scotland community provided a safe haven for African American families who sought to establish a prosperous and supportive neighborhood. Despite facing various challenges and limited resources, the residents of Scotland built a tight-knit community where they could celebrate their culture, traditions, and history.
One of many significant events in the history of the Scotland community was the “Save Our Scotland” Campaign, launched in the 1960’s as a collaboration between residents and Joyce B. Siegel, a Bethesda resident who became an advocate for preservation of the community, as development was rapidly threatening to erase Scotland.
The heart of Scotland has long been recognized as the Scotland AME Zion Church on Seven Locks Road. The church was hand-built between 1915 and 1924 by its congregants, many of whom lived in the Scotland community. Unfortunately, during the summer of 2019, a flood damaged the church building beyond use.
Thankfully, Scotland, as well as the greater Bethesda community, has created an opportunity to collaborate once again in the rebuilding of the historic church. The Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival, with events beginning June 17th, continuing through June 19th, will see all net proceeds benefit rebuilding, and festival proceeds from future years earmarked for other African American Causes in the region.
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the Civil War had ended, and all slaves were now free. In recent years, the significance of Juneteenth has gained increased recognition and importance throughout the United States.
The inaugural Juneteenth celebration in the Scotland community marks a significant milestone in its history and ours. It serves as a reminder of the community's strength and determination to preserve and honor their heritage. It is a testament to the profound impact that a united community can have in creating a brighter and more inclusive future for all.
Learn more about how you can support and attend the Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival HERE.
Guest Blog by Brandan Stuckey, Bethesda Transportation Solutions
I’m not sure how we entered a space where the same few platitudes are thrown about, seemingly every other sentence. Counting how many times you see words like normalize, robust, engage, or deliverables, used in our corporate lexicon can lead to the most intense interoffice game of bingo this side of Cordell Ave. Words, are powerful. Words have meaning. Words have impact. And there’s nothing more impactful than hearing vibrancy in the context of downtown. Vibrancy is often used when speaking of outdoor spaces. However, its usage must become more than the latest platitude; Vibrancy has to become a call to action. For instance, Bethesda Urban Partnership answered the call to help by creating the Streetery, a broad collaborative effort to sustain businesses during the pandemic. That’s Vibrancy.
Guest Blog by Bola Audena, Partner, MBA Growth Partners
Let’s share a moment of transparency: the journey and process of self-actualization is a wild ride! As a new business owner (we launched our Consulting Practice, MBA Growth Partners, a year and a half ago), I can personally attest that the path to accomplishing one’s dreams is not linear; it’s full of highs, lows, ebbs, and flows. And rather than seeing those ups and downs as negatives or positives, we have to think of them as mere twists and turns in the pathway. What I’ve learned in a year and half is that you have to embrace these twists and turns. And let’s face it, our stories wouldn’t be nearly as colorful and vivid without them, anyway!
Guest Blog by Connie Rhind Robey, Owner of SpeedPro
For business owners, managers and facility owners, there are new practices and new signage needed to help employees and customers stay safe. Signage will also draw customers to your business or restaurant, which will increase your revenues.
For 32 years the Bethesda community, led by Hyatt Regency Bethesda and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce along with the BCC Rescue Squad, have made a tradition out of celebrating the holidays with those in our community who need a little extra. Unfortunately, the onset of COVID-19 has made that need greater and more urgent than in years past. However, we knew we didn’t want to do the same thing in the name of tradition when the need and resources were more different than ever. Through our connections in the area came…
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