Newsletter 2017-07-28T19:18:44+00:00

Interested in Learning How To Sail?

The NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA), an R&W supported club, offers a Sailing Basic Training course for NIH adult employees, contractors, fellows, and NOAA employees.  The summer course will be offered from July 11th – August 22nd.  For details, visit our website at:  The in-class sessions are held on the NIH Bethesda campus and the on-board (on the water) sessions are held at Selby Bay on the South River near Edgewater, Md.  Participants must be able to provide or arrange for their own transportation to both the in-class and onboard sessions.  If you are interested in this course, email the NIHSA at for more info.  If you are an experienced sailor and would like to be able to charter the NIHSA boats, please contact us about joining the club and doing a check-out sail.  We are also always looking for experienced volunteers to help with both in-class and on-board instruction.

2017 Mobile Mammography Screening

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make it’s final visit to NIH for our 2017 Mammography Screening on Thursday, August 10th.  All NIH employees, their families, contractors, visiting scientists and others associated with NIH are eligible to participate.
The screening dates are as follows:

Thursday, August 10th – Building 10 (Lot 10H)

The van will be on-site from 9:30am – 3:30pm taking prescheduled appointments.  Reservations can be made no more than 1 month prior of screening date.  Reservations for the August screening are now being accepted.  There is a minimum requirement of 15 participants for the screenings to take place and a maximum of 25 per date.  Each screening is conducted by a female technologist, and a board certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the images.  Appointments should take approximately 20 minutes.  Most insurance companies will cover the cost (approx. $350) of the screening.  To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment, call 202-741-3252.  If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number.  The GW Mammovan staff will call you back and schedule your appointment.  Please have your insurance card and doctor’s information available when calling to make an appointment.

Who is Eligible?  Any woman IS eligible if she meets the following:

  • She is age 40 or older
  • She is not pregnant orbreast-feeding
  • She does not have breast implants
  • She does not have any prior history of breast problems (patients who need a 6 months follow up must get a Diagnostic mammogram not Screening)
  • She is not having symptoms such as a lump in either breast or unusual breast pain
  • She has a referring physician or doctor of record (Ex. Medical Doctor, OBGYN doctor)
  • She has not had a mammogram within the last 12 months

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this screening should contact the R&W at 301-496-8746 and/or the Federal Relay 1-800-877-8339 or email Requests should be made at least 10 days in advance of the appointment. For more information about mammography, breast cancer, or other types of cancer call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER or see

Run to Make Childhood Possible #RunINN4Kids

Join The Children’s Inn’s Marine Corps #RunINN4Kids team for the Marine Corps Marathon and MCM 10K on Sunday, October 22nd and meet your personal fitness goals while supporting a great cause!  Race slots are available for both the marathon and 10K.  Participants will have the chance to receive training and general fitness tips from our certified running coach.  Our DC-area runners also will have the chance to train regularly with our coach and team, and attend group fitness classes for team cross training.  All of our runners will also receive a personalized fundraising page, a team jersey, a gift bag and are invited to The Children’s Inn for a pre-race pasta party.  You’ll also qualify for cool fundraising prizes!  For more info about The Children’s Inn #RunINN4Kids team, please contact Julie Ofrecio at 301-451-1625 or  Register online at

Christmas in New York City!

Spend the day sight-seeing, shopping, enjoying the holiday lights or taking in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show.  This year there are two Friday options, Dec. 1st and Dec. 8th.  The bus will depart from Mt. View Middle School (Howard County) at 7am and return at 11pm.  Spend the day on your own, $70 – transportation only or for an additional $80 enjoy the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular!  Call Susie Culler at 301-846-1093 or email to reserve your seat!  All sales final!

R&W Looking for New Notary Publics Willing to Assist NIH Employees

Are you a notary public? The R&W is looking for employees to add to our list of notaries to better serve the NIH Community. If you’d like to offer your services, free of charge, contact David Browne at with your contact information and a copy of your notary certificate. To become a notary public visit

Think You Can’t Buy LIFE Insurance? Try This Nationwide Insurance Product

Do you have diabetes, cancer, heart issues or are you overweight?  No problem!  This policy is open to anyone up to 80 years of age, no medical exam required, and rates never increase.  Policies range from $10,000 – $50,000, with limited benefits during the first 2 years.  If interested, call Lydia Umlandt at 301-474-4111 x2134 or email and get started with a simple application of just two health questions.

NIH R&W Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) Corporate Membership

Eligibility for MAC Corporate Memberships apply to any NIH staff member who has both a valid NIH ID badge, current NIH email address, and a current R&W membership. This offer doesn’t extend to family members. MAC memberships under this promotion are $150 (savings of over $200), paid by check or cashier’s check. This group membership provides R&W members with full access to the MAC, ONLY. The MAC is located at 5900 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda, MD. To join NIH employee can sign up for their membership directly at the MAC. You must present your NIH ID badge, as well as a copy of your R&W membership registration. We suggest purchasing your R&W membership online and taking a copy of the confirmation to the MAC. Call the MAC at 240-777-8070 if you have questions about swim schedules, swim hours, classes, etc. This opportunity is not part of any official federal fitness program, so neither R&W, NIH, nor any other part of DHHS can take responsibility for injuries or related problems that may develop as a result of using this facility.  Use of the MAC must also be on employee’s personal time only. Neither R&W, NIH more broadly, nor DHHS is necessarily endorsing the MAC.  Before increasing your current level of physical activity, consult with your physician.  The need for medical guidance also applies to the use of saunas and whirlpools, since some medical conditions or effects of certain medications could be worsened by sudden changes in body temperature and/or fluid levels.

AlertNIH The Official Emergency Communication Service for the National Institutes of Health

NIH public safety, human resources, public affairs, and facilities representatives, with support from senior leadership, have developed an emergency communication service called AlertNIH.  During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, NIH public safety officials will use AlertNIH to send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to employees’ government-owned communication devices. Employees have the ability to opt-in to receive these updates on their personal devices too.  In order to enroll your personal device, log in to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) and scroll to the bottom of your profile to the section titled “AlertNIH.”  Click the “Edit” button and select the personal devices you wish to receive updates on. NIH employees are also strongly encouraged to update their NED profiles.  AlertNIH has established a presence on several social media platforms and can be found on Twitter at and Facebook at  For questions on the AlertNIH service, please contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at 301-496-1985 or visit

Camp Fantastic – Special Love, Inc.

Children with cancer have to grow up much too fast.  They feel different from other children and many miss out on activities that healthy children experience daily.  This was the reason Special Love was created.  Special Love programs, including Camp Fantastic, offer children with cancer the chance to jump, play, explore, laugh, swim and make friends through a community of support, made up of patients, family, and staff who know and understand the trials and triumphs of battling childhood cancer.  We need your contributions to assist Special Love in their mission. Be a phantom camper by giving a donation.  Enjoy camp without the bugs, sunburn or snoring counselors!  Here’s how you can help. $25 sends a hug to camp $75 sends a child to camp for the day $125 feeds a child for a week $250 sends a child to camp for a weekend $400 sends a family to camp for a weekend $650 sends a child to camp for the week Donations are tax deductible.  Make checks payable to the R&W Foundation and send to R&W, Bldg. 31 Rm. B1W30.  Together we can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer.

Al-Anon Provides Help for Those Involved with Substance Abuse

Al-Anon, an organization for family members of people with alcohol abuse, now welcomes family members of individuals with narcotic abuse problems to attend weekly group meetings.  Al-Anon holds two weekly group meetings; Mondays and Thursdays at noon in Building 31, Room 1B50

Are You Looking to Save Some Money?

Start saving today with a very special discount on car insurance from GEICO!  Go to or call 1-800-368-2734, to complete a simple, no-obligation rate quote.  Mention your R&W membership to see how much you could save.   Every time a member of R & W completes a unique quote for auto insurance, GEICO supports R&W’s programs and initiatives.