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Rotary Club of Leesburg
~ Chartered May 24, 1927 ~

Leesburg

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
River Creek Club - Clubhouse
43800 Olympic Blvd.
Leesburg, VA  20176
United States
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Loudoun’s Rotarians teamed up to help with the recovery effort in the Virgin Islands aftermath of category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Representatives of five Loudoun Rotary clubs—Leesburg, Leesburg Daybreak, Purcellville, Ashburn, and Sterling—gathered at the Tuscarora Mill restaurant in Leesburg on November 14, 2017 to make the presentation. The $10,000 check presented to a representative of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas will likely be just the first step of Loudoun’s Rotary outreach.

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Join us on November 16, 2017 to learn more about farming in Loudoun County, highlights of a career in T.V. and growing wine in Loudoun. Our speaker, Bill Hatch was born in Takoma, MD and moved to the family farm, now known as Zephaniah Farm, in 1950. Bill started a career in T.V. in 1967 televising ACC Basketball. The farm currently has 10 acres of grapes  growing 14 varieties of  grapes, presently producing about 20,000 bottles wines. Bill is President of Loudoun Wine Growers Association, Board of Directors of Loudoun Wineries Association and Board of Directors Visit Loudoun.

 

 
Our speaker November 9, 2017 is Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall. He is a native of Holland Patent, New York. He attended The Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Science and was commissioned in 1984. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science in Information Systems and later attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
 
Boxall’s sea duty assignments include: commander, Carrier Strike Group 3 embarked in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); command of USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and USS Carney  DDG 64); executive officer of USS Hue City (CG 66); combat systems officer in USS Simpson (FFG 56) and USS Ramage (DDG 61); and division officer in USS Merrill (DD 976) and USS Kinkaid (DD 965). During his seagoing career, he has made numerous deployments around the world from the Western Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas as well as combat operations in the Arabian Gulf and counter-narcotics operations off South America. A former Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year, he was also fortunate to have been associated with four outstanding Battle “E” winning crews.  Ashore he served in numerous joint and staff billets to include: deputy director for Joint Strategic Planning (J-5) and deputy and chief of the Joint Staff Quadrennial Defense Review Office (J-8) on the Joint Staff, where he was selected as Action Officer of the Year; deputy director for Surface Warfare (N96B), executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8), and executive assistant to the director of Navy Warfare Integration (N8F) on the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff; and placement officer and deputy Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS-41B) at Naval Personnel Command.
 
He is currently serving as the director, surface warfare, OPNAV N96 in the Pentagon. Boxall’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards. Additionally, he was a recipient of the 2016 Penn State Eberly College of Science
Outstanding Alumni Award.
                                                                                          
Rotary Club of Leesburg Community Service
Just a routine Saturday morning for several Rotary Club of Leesburg Members and Heritage High School Interact Students participating in our community service road clean up project along Sycolin Rd. In addition to 4 Interact students, club members in attendance were were Janice Fristad, Chris Fristad, Phil Rusciolelli , Tom Horne,  Monika Irchenhauser , Ron Rogos and our fearless leader by Steve Krisa.

 

Our speaker October 26, 2017 is Meredith Hovan, Director of Resource Development for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS).  In her role, she ensures the successful, efficient operation and support of all development, fundraising, marketing and volunteer activities throughout the organization.  PRS is a 54-year-old nonprofit that provides mental health, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services throughout northern Virginia and Washington DC.  PRS serves over 1,000 clients a year and responds to over 30,000 phone calls and 35,000 text messages through their 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention hotline and textline.

 

Our October 19th, 2017 speaker Tracie Williams, GLENFIDDICH AMBASSADOR,  was drawn into the world of single malt Scotch after tasting her first dram. The taste of malt, saline and fruity sweetness pushed her toward classes and whisky trainings with the best teachers in the community. After years of whisky study, distillery internships, and local ambassador work she founded Whersky, an organization to bring together whisky drinkers of all backgrounds and build a more diverse, inclusive whisky culture. Tracie is thrilled to have the opportunity to educate and inspire both new and experienced whisky drinkers alike in her new role with Glenfiddich. Having studied both theater and business in college, Tracie brings a unique background and skill set to this role. Her stage presence and singing voice landed her a leading role in an international stage production where she traveled to more than 30 countries and performed in 8 languages. Tracie has spent years behind the bar in New York City and Tampa mastering her craft and is an active member of USBG. Outside of the world of whisky, Tracie is passionate about live music, theatre, and yoga.
 
Our October 12, 2017 speaker, Eric Williams has served as Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools, a school district of 90 schools serving approximately 81,600 students in northern Virginia since July 2014. Williams believes in engaging students in solving authentic problems as a means to developing as knowledgeable critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, creators, and contributors. He promotes the joy of teaching and learning in lieu of a test-prep mentality. 
Williams served previously as superintendent in York County, Virginia and as an assistant superintendent and principal in Naples, Florida. He has also worked as a teacher and administrator in Massachusetts and Brazil.
Welcome new member Lynde Scheffer, transfered from the Ashburn Rotary Club. Classification-International Youth Exchange.
 
Welcome new member Maryse Wsrer-Pratte (2nd from left), classification; community volunteer, sponsored by Stanley Calukins and Rob Guerra (4th from left), classification; Federal Contracting Consultant, sponsored by Ron Rogos.
We will not have a club meeting this week, October 5, 2017 at River Creek Country Club.
Instead, join us for the Hunt Country Party on October 7, 2017.
Contact Valerie Beaudoin 571-246-7092.
Our meeting this week, September 28, 2017, will be held at Boulder Crest Retreat.
18370 Bluemont Village Ln
Bluemont, VA 20135
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a Lobster Fest to celebrate Stanley Caulkins birthday.
Contact Valerie Beaudoin for more info at 571-246-709

 

On September 23, 2017 RCLB volunteers Daniel HamptonValerie BeaudoinErnie CarnevaleAriel Welt, John Whister and wife Mary Lou, Howard Moody, Raj Batra, Greg Masucci and Katie Gould Mann prepared and served dinner at Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness, a Loudoun County privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation's combat veterans and their families. This is an amazing organization of which we are honored to assist - healing heroes one family at a time.
 
When our speaker, Sandra Ranke, first visited Hunt Country, Virginia, she recognized it as the most perfect horse country she had ever seen. After visiting for many years from New York City, where she was a Creative Director for White House Black Market and Ann Taylor Loft, she chose the Middleburg area as the place to build her dream horse farm. An avid equestrian, Sandra competes in both eventing and dressage with her four horses, and since living in Hunt Country, has added fox hunting and polo to her horse endeavors. Prior to the East Coast, Sandra lived in San Francisco working for Esprite de Corp and having her own business, Ranke Creative, working for clients such as Banana Republic, Sundance, and Nordstrom’s. While continuing her freelance work, Sandra is owner/editor of The Scout Guide Hunt Country, a publication that promotes local businesses and artisans.
 
On Aug 31, our speaker John Chapin will share his experience teaching at the Academy of Engineering and Technology in Leesburg, VA. For the last three years John has been teaching Math and Computer Science in Loudoun County Public Schools.  Prior to this he founded and was president of Peaks Real Estate, a multi-family real estate investment and management firm headquartered in Leesburg, Va. He co-founded LifeMinders in August 1996 and served as Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, Board of Directors Member, and Secretary to the Board. LifeMinders went public in 1999. Previously, John was owner of the Enquire Gazette weekly newspaper in Upper Marlboro, MD and a systems engineer for EDS.
John is an active volunteer and has served for the last 10 years on the Board of Governors of Wesley Seminary and for 11 years on the Board of Advisors for the Loudoun County Salvation Army.  John helped to start the Salvation Army feeding program that has serves approximately 8,000 meals a year. He has served on the Loudoun County Advisory Board on Youth.  John was the first director of the Wesley Ministry Network helping to create education programs for lay persons. He is currently treasurer of SamaritanAmericans.org an 501c3 that is helping to end the cycle of poverty in India
 

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 The Rotary Club of Leesburg in now on Facebook.  Please encourage all of our members and people associated with our club (especially our Perry Winston Scholarship Recipients) join.  The content of the group is under development and we will continue to make that an interactive page.
 
 
 
 
 
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Nov 30, 2017
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Dec 07, 2017
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Marc Leepson
Jan 04, 2018
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