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BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Discount 

R&W has BJ’s membership discounts for new members or renewals!  When you join BJ’s, you’ll have the convenience of finding all you need in one place – over 6,500 items in stores!  And, BJ’s accepts all manufacturers coupons.  This special offer is not valid online or at any BJ’s Club locations – it’s only available through only through R&W!

Memberships Categories:
Inner Circle - one year for $40 (reg. $50) plus bonus three months free
Rewards - one year for $80 (reg. $100), bonus three months free, and earn 2% payback on BJ’s purchases.

To receive an application, contact David Browne at browned2@mail.nih.gov.

Like the R&W on Facebook & Follow Us on Twitter

Our new website isn’t the only thing the only new way to better serve the NIH, NOAA and HHS communities.  The R&W will be more active on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NIHRW and on our new Twitter account @NIH_RW.  These accounts will provide reminders of upcoming events, post pictures from our events and even offer exclusive offers to our followers.

NIH Ski and Travel Club is Headed to South Africa

The NIH Ski and Travel Club’s trip to South Africa, with optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, will take place September 24 – October 14, 2015.  The optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe returns October 17, 2015.  The cost for South Africa only is $4,755 per person while South Africa and Victoria Falls is $6,200 per person.  The group will depart from Dulles Airport.  Contact Bob Bingaman with questions or to make a reservation at 301-788-9802.  Limited space remains! Trip Itinerary

4th Annual A WINNter Affair to Benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH

Young (and young at heart!) professionals are cordially invited to the Young Ambassadors Council’s 4th Annual A WINNter Affair, to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH, on Sat., Feb. 21st, from 8pm – Midnight, at The Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004.  You won’t want to miss this fun night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffle and door prizes, and dancing with music by DJ Neekola!  SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR NIH EMPLOYEES: Government employees may purchase tickets to A WINNter Affair at a special, discounted rate of $65 – simply enter discount code “federal” and register using a “.gov” email address when you sign up.  We hope to see you on February 21, 2015 for a fun night out to support seriously ill children and their families at The Children’s Inn at NIH!  Purchase tickets at www.childrensinn.org/youngambassadors. For more information, contact Lauren Stabert at lauren.stabert@nih.gov or 301-451-9461.

NIH Beauty and Barbershop Grand Re-Opening – January 12, 2015

The NIH Beauty & Barber Shop is scheduled to re-open on Monday, December 29th.  Whether it’s a simple trim, haircut or a new style; the staff at the Beauty & Barber Shop is there to provide services to all NIH employees, contractors and patients. Visit our website at www.fedesp.org to learn more about our staff and hours of operation. We will be having a grand re-opening in January. Stay tuned for more details.

2014 Mobile Mammography Screenings

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make two visits to NIH for our 2014 Mammography Screening. All NIH employees, their families, contractors, visiting scientists and others associated with NIH are eligible to participate.

The screening dates are as follows:

Wednesday, December 18th – Building 45

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. 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 or breast-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 301-496-6061 and/or the Federal Relay 1-800-877-8339 or email wassermankt@mail.nih.gov. 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 www.nci.nih.gov.

NIH APAO Awards Ceremony and Holiday Luncheon December 9th

This year the NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will recognize employees’ excellence in an awards ceremony and holiday luncheon on December 9th.   Each year, individuals from the NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American community are honored for their contributions to NIH through three awards: Scientific Achievement, Leadership Excellence and Distinguished Service. This year’s keynote speaker is Ms. Dottie Li, who is a cross-cultural communication guru. Her topic is titled: “Breaking Down the Barriers for Asian American and Pacific Islanders.”  Everyone is welcome to attend this event, which features Asian cuisine.  A $10 contribution is requested. The ceremony and luncheon will be held in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1, from 12pm – 1:30pm on Dec. 9th.  Please RSVP by Dec. 5th, to JoAnne Wong at wongj@mail.nih.gov.

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 $140 (savings of over $200).  This group membership provides joiners 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 current R&W membership card with sticker (purchase a new card/sticker at any R&W store location). Registration will open on September 2nd.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.

Christmas Trees Sale Benefits NIH Charity Special Love

The National Capital Optimist Club has been selling Christmas trees for over 50 years with proceeds going to support local youth programs, activities and charities.  This year proceeds go to benefit NIH Charity, Special Love.  Visit the Kensington Baptist Church at 10100 Connecticut Avenue in Kensington, MD from 11am – 9pm through December 24th to purchase your Christmas tree or decorations.  Available for purchase are Firs (Noble, Fraser, Douglas, Turkish and Concolor), Pines (White and Scotch), Balsam, Spruce, table top trees, fresh wreaths and evergreen roping.  VISA, MasterCard, and Discover accepted. For more info email ncoptimistclub@aol.com or call the NCOC hotline at 301-718-NCOC.

Christmas Revels 2014

The Washington Revels’ 32nd annual production is a festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day,” radiating hope and joy in the renewal of life and the circle of the seasons.  The show draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures.  Travel to the Emerald Isle in the mid-1800’s to celebrate the Irish spirit.  Gather at the hearth of the village pub for fiery tunes and mesmerizing rhythms from an Irish Band, the flashing feet of step and céilí dancing, and rollicking songs and toasts — all beckoning the joys of Christmas!  Then board a ship bound for the new world, where songs of longing give way to powerful anthems of hope, and children lift our spirits with sean nós dances.  Journey through the struggle, triumph and fierce joy that epitomize the Irish-American heritage.  Join the cast of over 100, ages 8 – 85, for rousing traditional tunes, seasonal carols, ancient hymns, lush folk songs, familiar Revels singalongs, and an Armagh Straw Boys mummers play featuring St. Patrick, the “Wyld Worm” dragon, and the “Papa Stour” sword dance.  The Revels will perform Saturdays, Dec. 6th and 13th (2pm & 7:30pm), Sunday, Dec. 7th (2pm), Friday, Dec. 12th (7:30pm), and Sunday, Dec. 14th (1pm & 5pm) at the GW Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.  Purchase tickets at www.revelsdc.orgSláinte, and Welcome Yule!

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 www.twitter.com/alertnih and Facebook at www.facebook.com/alertnih.  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 http://alert.nih.gov.