Clubs & Organizations 2017-06-05T14:24:40+00:00
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Akido Club
Meets Wednesdays from 7:00-8:35pm & Saturdays 10:30am-1:30pm in the Malone Center, BLDG. 31/C, B4, C18. Traditional Aikido techniques are taught combined with other defenses necessary to provide a balanced capacity in self defense.  Fridays from 6:30-8:30pm, the Akido Club has a joint session with the Taekwondo Club in Bldg. 31c, B4, C18.

Badminton Club
Meets (currently inactive)
Enjoy the game of Badminton and learn new techniques.

Bethesda Little Theatre
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Meets at a BLT member’s  home every month on the first Tuesday at 7 pm. Outlet for employees creativity and talents! One major production  every year ( 2hours)  with road show performances ( 1hour) at retirement facilities and nursing homes the rest of the year.  Proceeds benefit the Patient Emergency Fund and the NIH charities.
Membership Director, Elaine Hughes BethesdaLittleTheatre@gmail.com . Phone: 301-589-0720.

Bicycle Commuter Club
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The club exists to assist and encourage NIH employees in commuting by bicycle and to serve as a link with the NIH administration to ensure that there are adequate facilities for the bicycle commuter.

Blacks In Government (BIG) NIH Chapter 
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Meets Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm (View calendar for dates and location)
BIG mission is to enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.

Camera Club
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For over 50 years, the NIH Camera Club has been the place for people who are interested in photography.  Through speakers, fieldtrips and workshops, you can learn new techniques to improve your photography.   Through monthly photo competitions, you can receive expert feedback on your photographs from experienced professional photographers.  Through our award winning monthly newsletter, Cameraderie, you can find information on our club activities as well as other area events, classes and workshops where you can learn even more.  Our regular monthly meetings are the second Tuesday of every month from September – June and we meet off campus at the Five Star Premier Residence, 8100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md. 20815.  For more information and a calendar of events, please visit our website.

Chamber Singers
Small acapella chorus, performs 2-3 times a year at NIH.  Please contact audition coordinator Jill Koshiol (KoshiolJ at mail.nih.gov) for more information.

Chinese Martial Arts Club
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Kung Fu is perhaps the oldest of systematic martial arts. Originating from Shaolin Temple, its goal is to bring harmony to mind and body. The training includes physical fitness, internal and external exercises, empty hand and traditional weapon forms.

Conscious Dancer Club (currently inactive)
Do you long to be peaceful, free and passionate? Since the beginning of time our ancestors danced together to celebrate life, strengthen community bonds, heal illnesses and co-create the future. Conscious Dance is a free style movement meditation that revives this tradition. On a journey of inner rhythms, expressive movements and spontaneity it reconnects you to the wisdom of your body and your innate state of joyous wellbeing. No dance experience is necessary. You are a beautiful dancer!
Conscious Dancer Club meets October to April on Thursdays at 5:00pm, alternating locations between Rockledge Fitness Center and Building 10. For updates subscribe to ConsciousDancer@list.nih.gov via https://list.nih.gov/.

Country Line Dancing Club
Meets Every Wednesday or Thursday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in Bldg. 10 , 1 SE Atrium.
Instruction & practice sessions in fun, popular line dances.

Golf Association
Meets bi-monthly April to Sept. & monthly Oct. to March.
The league has stroke play and match play competition with prizes and trophies and sponsors a year end banquet.

9-Hole Golf League
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Meets Tuesdays at Needwood Golf Course and Thursdays at Falls Road Golf Course
Competitive (match Play) and non-competitive play after work. Fall Outing and Awards Banquet at end of season.

Health’s Angels Running Club
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The mission of the NIH Health’s Angels Running Club is to encourage, inform, support, and train the NIH community about running, jogging, and walking as a means to stay healthy and fit.

Hiking Club
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Meets monthly for hikes.
Hiking and backpacking in the Maryland/Pennsylvania/ Virginia/ West Virginia area.

International Women’s Group
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The International Women’s Group: a community of friends, a venue for cultural exchange, a group that provides women with moral and practical support, a community that always welcomes you. Our main purpose is to be a network of friends and facilitate newcomers’ integration in their new community in the Bethesda-Rockville area. More than providing services or activities, we do things together. IWG will be perfect for you if you are a woman with an international spirit, would like to meet friends from all over the world and get a chance to expose your family to foreign cultures. Regular weekly/monthly activities for kids (Art & Craft, singing group, playgroups, meetings at the playground, for ladies (Morning Coffee, book club, English conversation, computer classes) and for families (spring children’s festival, summer splash party, Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday parties & Various services: Google Group, monthly bulletin, welcome package, newcomer contacts, maternity clothes on loan, various fund raising, etc.

Judo Club
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-8pm & Saturday, 8:30-10am.
Kodokan judo accommodates all levels of skill and emphasizes physical conditioning and mental discipline.

Kenjutsu Club
Meets Saturdays 9:00-11:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm, and Sundays 9:00-11:15am, BLDG. 35/Atrium
Training is offered in the classical Japanese warrior martial arts traditions of Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Heiho and Jiki Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu/Heiho. These ancient schools train primarily with the staff and sword. (Practice equipment is either wood or bamboo). For more information contact Connie Noguchi at connien@mail.nih.gov, or David Hall at David.Hall@montgomerycollege.edu.

Madrigal Singers
Sing & perform Renaissance period music.

Musicians Club
The NIH Musicians Club maintains a list of amateur musicians who are interested in playing music with like-minded colleagues.  This includes all genres, such as classical, jazz, rock, folk, blues, funk, etc.   Members  may also organize performances on or off the NIH campus, as well as trips to musical events.  This is a new club, so we are anxious to increase our membership.Contact: Rob Tycko, robertty@mail.nih.gov.

NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization
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Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization, also known as Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) is an independent organization sanctioned by the NIH Director’s office. It was formed in October 1996 to represent the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APA) employees of NIH.

NIH Co-Rec Softball League
Provides NIH Employees, contractors, family members, and friends with an opportunity to enjoy playing softball in a recreational atmosphere.  Openings next season for individual players or teams.  All skill levels are welcome.  League season extends from mid-April to early August and teams play once a week (Monday through Wednesday).  All games begin at 6:15 and are played at several fields in the Bethesda/Rockville area.  Contact Rob Willcoxon, robwillcoxon@me.com.

NIH Community Orchestra
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The NIH Community Orchestra (known initially as the NIH Chamber Orchestra) began meeting in October 1996 to provide an orchestral outlet for the rich and diverse musical talent of the NIH and HHS research community. In the following year, it added woodwinds and brasses and quickly expanded its size and repertoire. The NIHCO roster often includes employees of numerous other government agencies (including NASA, LOC, DOJ), local high school students and educators, and members of the general community.

NIH Democracy II Toastmaster Club
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We meet at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Conference Room 849 (NIMHD conference room) Bethesda, MD  20817 on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon to 1 pm and on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:00pm. During the meetings, a series of prepared speeches are presented and evaluated, while impromptu speeches give everyone the opportunity to build their confidence. We strive to provide an encouraging, friendly and supportive environment in which members can comfortably and confidently attain their communication and leadership goals. Contact:Derrick Tabor at 301-594-8950 or email us at contact-1200808@toastmastersclubs.org.

NIH Evening Speakers
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The NIH Evening Speakers club, which is a Toastmasters club that meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, in Building 10 Room 3-1608, 19:30-21:00. During the meetings, a series of prepared speeches are presented and evaluated, while impromptu speeches give everyone the opportunity to build their confidence. We strive to provide an encouraging, friendly and supportive environment in which members can comfortably and confidently attain their communication and leadership goals. Contact: Vice President of Membership, vpm-3691@toastmastersclubs.org

The NIH Philharmonia Orchestra
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NIH Philharmonia is an all volunteer orchestra founded at the National Institutes of Health in January 2005 under the professional musical direction of Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte. The orchestra was established by a core group of NIH scientists and federal workers with the goal to play orchestral music from all genres in free concerts open to the public. Building community while inspiring and educating audiences has been at the heart of the NIH Philharmonia’s mission since its founding in 2005. The orchestra is always looking for players who are committed to sharing a passion for music with the community.  NIH Philharmonia performs a four-concert season from October to May, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville. 19th and 20th Century composers plus world premieres make up the repertoire for the season. Concerts are performed to capacity audiences—a testament to the success of the mission of this unique civic orchestra. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings in Bethesda. For information on how to join, please email info@nihphil.org or go to the website:  www.nihphil.org

NIH Recreational Volleyball Club
This is an easy going and fun group of players of all ages and skills that holds outdoor games on the NIH campus on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays at 5:30 pm during the warm season. Join us to get in shape, delight in beautiful sunsets, and enjoy camaraderie! Subscribe to volleyball@list.nih.gov via https://list.nih.gov/.

NIH Sailing Association
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The NIH Sailing Association is a sailing club for NIH and NOAA employees. Our club has been in Montgomery County, Maryland since 1968 and owns five Flying Scot boats in Selby Bay (just south of Annapolis, Maryland) that members can charter. We also offer training, racing and social activities for our members. Come join the fun! Contact: Andrea Balbo, ajbalbo@gmail.com

NIH Soccer Club
Our mission is to bring together NIH employees who share an interest in playing soccer.  We have both weekend and week night teams in various leagues in DC, Silver Spring, and Germantown, and we sometimes practice in Rockville.  We also occasionally attend DC United games.  To get involved, please contact Vance Berger at vance917@gmail.com.

NIH Taekwondo Club
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The club is an independent school supported within NIH Recreation and Welfare (R&W). Our lineage comes from both Kukkiwon and Chung Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do. We are looking for adult and mature teenage members of all ranks, and abilities. No previous experience is necessary! A typical class may include cardiovascular warm up and stretching, basic techniques, kicking drills, forms (Taeguk and Palgwe), self defense, and sparring.  Please contact Glenn Daigon, gdaigon@hotmail.com, with any questions.  We are looking for qualified instructors (1st dan and higher) who
want to gain teaching experience!Schedule (in Building 31, level B4, the basement level, of the C-wing, in the Thomas E. Malone Judo and Taekwondo Fitness Center):
Monday – 6-8pm
Wednesday – 6-7pm
Friday: 6-8pm

NIH Weight Lifting Club
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The NIH Weight Lifting Club’s mission is to promote the sports of Olympic Weightlifting, Power-Lifting and strength training through the use of free-weight based training. We offer a supportive environment for novice and seasoned lifters to learn and share knowledge about the core lifts including, but not limited to, the Squat, Dead-lift, Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Press.

Qi-Gong Club
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Meets Wednesday 8-9pm in Malone Center, Bldg/ T-39/Cwing-B4 level
The NIH Qi-Gong Club has been providing classes at NIH since 1994. Classes are held on a continuing basis on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-9:00 pm in Building T-39. The initial class is free, and visitors are welcome to watch and/or participate. Classes are taught by Qi-Gong Master Shuren Ma, the chief instructor for Capital Qi-Gong. Mr. Ma has practiced Qi-Gong for over 40 years, and has been teaching in the United States since 1980. For additional information visit our Website at capitalqigong.com or call Mr. Ma at 202-409-8490 or Sandy Adler at 301-460-3040.

Salutaris: The NIH Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Two Spirit Staff Forum
Salutaris is an organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Sprit and Allied  (LGBT2SA) NIH Staff members (including employees, contractors, fellows, tenants, and volunteers) whose mission is to foster a culture at NIH that is open and inclusive of all employees! Salutaris holds regular “Meet and Eat” lunchtime meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Noon in the Building 10 Cafeteria and an after work social/mixer on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Please join us!  Subscribe to Salutaris-L@list.nih.gov  via https://list.nih.gov/. Visit and like us on Facebook!

Young at Heart Tap Dancers
Adult volunteer tap dance performance group. We perform Broadway and rhythm tap dance shows  for senior facilities and other community venues. We rehearse two hours twice a week at Joy of  Motion Bethesda and Knock on Wood Takoma Park. Always looking for new members and venues  to perform for, so if interested in joining or booking please contact us.  Contact: Sara Robinson, sara.tapdancer@verizon.net, (301) 229-8776.