Renew or Join R&W Club Frederick for 2014

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer
Becky Oden and Dee Green at an R&W Club membership event

Becky Oden (left) and Dee Green grabbed some pie at an R&W Club membership event last September.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

If you want to meet new people and participate in new activities in 2014, don’t forget to renew or join the Recreation and Welfare (R&W) Club Frederick.

Membership is $9 for the calendar year.

An R&W Club Frederick membership offers discounts at local businesses, the opportunity to participate in events and activities (which are often free) throughout the year, and much more.

“What better way do we have to share interests outside of work with our colleagues?” said Rebecca Soto, membership chair. “R&W Club Frederick offers many exciting things to do and places to go at a discounted rate to its members.”

2013 brought lots of activities and events for R&W Club Frederick members. Most recently, the club hosted its second annual Christmas party for members’ children, in early December. The Penguin-themed party gave R&W Club Frederick members and their children a chance to celebrate the season—complete with a visit from Santa.

Throughout the year, members also participated in a Segway tour around Washington, DC, a cruise to Nova Scotia, and trips to the Galapagos Islands and, more recently, Germany, and took in theatrical shows and musicals at discounted rates. Some members even participated in an archaeological dig in Walkersville.

Take a Hike Day and Exercise Samplers

R&W Club Frederick partnered with Occupational Health Services (OHS) to host Take a Hike Day in November, which encouraged employees to exercise during their lunch break. The club and OHS also partnered with Frederick Sport and Health to host exercise samplers in December and January. More exercise samplers will be held in early 2014.

“The exercise sampler is a great way to get active and exercise,” said Janine Bahsali, a student intern in OHS and coordinator of the exercise samplers. “We came up with the idea of the exercise sampler while trying to figure out new ways to promote wellness around NCI at Frederick.”

The samplers offer participants instructions on a variety of different exercises, from kickboxing to Zumba, and each session is different. Participants do not need to be members of R&W Club Frederick.

Coming in 2014

Plans are under way to make 2014 another active year for the club. Anything from vacations around the country—and world—to day trips to Gettysburg, retreats to ski resorts, and activities in which members can socialize with coworkers and friends, are in the works.

Members can also volunteer for an event, or create their own, based on their interests. Sign up to host a fundraiser at a local restaurant, like Dining for Dollars at Glory Days Grill or the Pizza Hut fundraisers, in which a portion of the sales during a certain time frame benefit the club.

Money from fundraising events like these also benefits two organizations for children with cancer: Camp Fantastic, a camp for children with cancer, and the Children’s Inn, a facility that gives families a place to stay while their terminally ill children receive treatment at the NIH Clinical Center.

How to Join

To join the R&W Club Frederick or renew your membership for 2014, visit the club’s website, where you’ll find a link to the membership form and instructions. For questions, contact Rebecca Soto at 301-846-5268 or

A book fair in early fall in the Building 549 lobby

The R&W Club held a book fair in early fall in the Building 549 lobby.