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Rotary Club of Leesburg
~ Chartered May 24, 1927 ~


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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Thanks to all Rotarians, families and friends who picked up the Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington Cemetery on Sat, Jan 24, 2015.  Because of thousands of volunteers, it went like clock-work.
The next Wreaths Across America Day will be Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos
The superb chefs and wait staff for this elegant dinner event were none other than the Rotary Club of Leesburg members and "family" who put away their regular work clothes and donned restaurant attire and culinary tools. Held at the lovely Aiken maison, the night proved to be an outstanding dining experience. Diners had purchased the auction item, a French Dinner, during the Sticky Wickets Croquet Tournament and Garden Party.  Given the rave reviews, (which some diners would like to keep secret), the auction item could be even more popular at the upcoming Sticky Wicket event in May 2015.



Family Fun:  Mom, with hand raised, brings along the 2 month old Jia twins for the Fun Walk on a beautiful day.

Thanks to sponsors, participants and volunteers for another successful Rehau Rotary Resolution Race on January 1, 2015.  In its 18th year, it is the longest running New Year's Day race in Northern Virginia.

Louis Romirez, 24, won the 10K, which was timed by Amazing Race Timing, a DC certified timing company.

Common comments by participants included appreciation of delicious snacks, gorgeous and challenging rolling hills of Morven Park, live music, tuxedoed greeters giving out sparkling cider upon finishing, and the overall organization of the race.

Check out the media coverage that highlights the race history and several Rotary Club members, including Chuck and Carole Maloney, who co-chair the race each year.  Leesburg Today featured stories on December 27, 2014 and January 2, 2015.

More photos and information will be forthcoming on this Club website.




Remembrance wreaths will be placed on Arlington Cemetery graves by busloads of Rotary Club of Leesburg Rotarians, Heritage High School Interact Club members, families and friends.  With two truckloads assigned to our club (about 8,000 wreaths), we will be part of a huge effort to remember the people who served our country and protected our freedom.





Presentation of Paul Harris Society Banner (Left to Right) Chuck Davidson, Judy Smith, Katie Mann, Valerie Beaudoin, Tony Aiken, Sandy Duckworth and Chuck Reavis

District Foundation Chair Chuck Davidson, Sandy Duckworth and her husband Don joined the club for a night of education and celebration regarding the many things that the Rotary Foundation has done around the globe - from polio efforts to clean water and serving many District efforts. Sandy provided an inspiring overview of the accomplishments and encouraged members to support the Foundation. Chuck Davidson and Sandy joined club president Chuck Reavis and club foundation chair Chris Fristad to award Paul Harris Fellow and Paul Harris Society honors.  The ceremony included a coveted club banner earned by having four or more Paul Harris Society members.




Kate and Fred Williams know how to throw a fresh oyster roast and make it quite an event. The dinner was auctioned at the Rotary Club of Leesburg's 2014 Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament and Lawn Party. Lucky winning bidders enjoyed an evening of perfectly roasted oysters along with an array of other food, beverages and fun.




Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos

Left to right  Wine event chair Valerie Beaudon, Club President Chuck Reavis, Boulder Crest Chair/Founder Ken Falke and Vino 9 representative/event supporter Nishelle.

The Rotary Club of Leesburg president Chuck Reavis presented Ken Falke a check to support Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness on Nov 22, 2014.  The check was the proceeds of an inaugural wine tasting fundraiser held to benefit the Retreat earlier this year.

The presentation occurred at the Retreat following an Italian dinner prepared for approximately 40 weekend guests, staff and volunteers.  Rotarians honored the heroes and their families by cooking and serving their Saturday dinner.  The Rotary Club volunteers put their talent, heart and soul into the preparation and the result was a spectacular experience for all.


Photo courtesy of Judy Smith

The volunteers.


Chefs Ernie Carnevale and Dan Hampton






6:30 pm
November 6, 2014


In addition to honoring and remembering our own veterans, former Navy SEAL Jim Campbell, USNR, will join the club tonight as a special guest with Melina, his wife of 25 years.  Jim will share fascinating stories and insights for our Veterans' Program.. This  annual tribute to veterans is always memorable and one of the highlights of the year.

Jim enlisted in the Navy in January 1980 and immediately went to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, CA. He was then assigned to SEAL Team One, where he served in three Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Special Operations platoons. He had many deployments from the Persian Gulf to Somalia and even to a totally secret location as part of a Special Operations Platoon.

A few of many career highlights include serving as a Department of Homeland Security agent and redeployment to active duty and promotion to the prestigious rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4.

Today, Jim continues his civilian career and his naval career.  Jim and Melina are the proud parents of four children, three boys and a girl.



Heritage High Interact Club members turned out in ghoulish and funny styles representing their club and the Rotary Club of Leesburg at the Leesburg Halloween Parade on Oct 31st. The "Flintstone" crew pushed the Rotary Wheel through the entire parade route. They were joined by other Heritage Interact members who carried the Wreaths Across America Banner and signs about the Rotary Race on Jan 1, 2015.  Other costumed members gave out candy to children along the way.  George Webber and Tom Gates were in the cab of an antique red truck decked out with Rotary signs. The truck bed carried club members, friends, family and a payload of candy amongst the bales of hay.  Everyone who participated had a great time.  Special thanks to Dan and Rachel who were instrumental in organizing it.

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The Heritage High Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Leesburg will be participating in the Leesburg Halloween Parade again this year - Friday, October 31st.

Admission to participate will be canned goods, dry goods, or paper products to be donated to Interfaith Relief. Rotary Club members should bring the items to the Thursday, Oct 30th club meeting. Dan Hampton is collecting them.

The parade route will start at Ida Lee and go all the way down King Street ending at Safeway/Roy Rogers.  Plan to meet 4:30-5:00 at Ida Lee to stage and set up.  The streets close around 5:30.  Parking is available at Ida Lee, or you can park at or near Virginia Village Shopping Center, Safeway or Rite Aid, where the parade ends.

Please come in costume!!





John Thon, Yum and Abuk Majok at the Rotary Club of Leesburg

Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos

The spellbinding story of John Thon Majok was a Rotary Club of Leesburg program that will be long-remembered.  John presented his personal story about resilience based on his experience as a former "lost boy of Sudan".

Seven year old John Thon Majok left his home, parents, and eight siblings in South Sudan to join a group of 20,000 other children escaping the horrors of the 1987 Sudanese Civil War. The group was eventually named "The Lost Boys of Sudan". They walked barefoot for over 1,000 miles from Sudan to Ethiopia and back to Sudan before settling in refugee camps in Kenya. They endured extreme hardships with scant food and resources and at times were chased by wild animals.

In 2001, John Thon was flown by the U.S. State Department to Tucson for resettlement along with 59 other "Lost Boys" who had become young men. In 2003, he was valedictorian of Pima Community College and gave the commencement address. In 2005, John Thon graduated from the University of Arizona with honors and was named Outstanding Senior in the School of Public Administration and Policy.  He interned on Capitol Hill for an Arizona Congressman. John Thon relocated to D.C. and joined the State Department. He earned a Masters Degree at George Mason University. In 2013, he became Program Associate at The Woodrow Wilson Center, where he received an excellence award. John Thon and his beautiful wife, Yom, have a lively six-year old daughter named Abuk. Yom was a refugee in the camp, also.  What an inspirational family!




Chefs Ernie and Dan prep themselves before the meal. laugh  

Chefs Kelly, Ernie and Dan prep the food while server Tony gets ready to serve.  Server Ron and diners not pictured.

A private dining experience was a coveted auction item at the Rotary Club of Leesburg's annual Sticky Wickets Croquet Tournament and Lawn Party this past Spring.  The dinner was held at the lovely home of Chuck and Carole Maloney on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  

Chefs Ernie Carnevale, Kelly Hymes, and Dan Hampton and servers Tony Aiken and Ron Rogos provided a delicious and fun experience.  The diners were Wylie and Teck Russell, Kris and Dave Struba, John and Peggy Rust, Jim Gable, and Chuck and Carole Maloney. Proceeds went to the Rotary Club of Leesburg Foundation to benefit local charities. Their generous contributions of time and funds were appreciated.



The Rotary Club of Leesburg includes diverse leaders known for their business and humanitarian accomplishments in the local community and globally.  October classification chats by Monika Irchenhauser and Rich Casuccio will showcase two of our exceptionally talented and compassionate members with international and local ties.

Members and guests are getting to know our other newest members including Matt Burns, Richard Jollon, John Hamrick, and Michelle Casuccio. Please contact our president Chuck Reavis, if you'd like to know more out about our club.



THANK YOU to all who supported Boulder Crest Retreat at this Rotary Club of Leesburg event. The successful wine tasting took place at a lovely venue, Murray Hill, on the banks of the Potomac River on Thursday, 9/11/2014.  Sponsors, participants and recipients were recognized and participants mingled and tasted wines from five countries.




Tom Horne accompanied by wife Trisha took members and guests on a virtual tour of Africa.  He provided the audience with a written synopsis, a map, and Zimbabwe currency, which would make a few people very rich if it were valid money today.  He shared breathtaking pictures of Victoria Falls, sunsets, and villages from across the African continent as music played in the background.  He showed close-ups (some maybe too close?!) of majestic lions, gangly giraffes, strong elephants and even a black rhino encountered during their journey.  The evening was topped off by Dee Jonas pointing out the locations on his map of the water projects that our club supports as part of the District 7610 Strategic Water Alliance.



Rotarian and computer expert Valerie Beaudoin provided tips and encouraged members to use three Rotary websites at the August 21st meeting.  Handy online tools include private contact information for the use of our members, interesting Rotary stories, calendars of events, Rotary news and much more.  Each member was asked to check their personal info for accuracy.  If passwords and log-ins have been forgotten, she will help members reset them. The three websites include: (club); (District); and (international)

Her presentation was followed by a synopsis and video of the Rotary International Convention 2014 held in Sydney, Australia. Past President Judy Smith and her husband Mal Owen attended. Judy shared highlights that included Past RI Presidents Ron Burton's inspiration and passion to leverage our investments in youth activities such as Interact, RYLA, exchange students and scholarship recipients. She told a few stories including one about a humorous keynote Jack Sim, who founded the World Toilet Organization.  Pictures of the stunning Australian landscape ended the review along with encouragement to consider future conventions to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil; South Korea and Atlanta in the next three years.




Tanya Bittenbender, program coordinator, shared Leadership Loudoun's principles of Discover, Inspire, Connect during the July 31 club meeting.  She engaged Rotarians to think about how they define leadership.  This prestigious, non-profit organization provides a nine month development program for leaders in our county.  Each annual class of 15-25 people takes on projects that result in positive change. She explained that the latest class completed a community impact project with Habitat for Humanity to remember Erin Peterson, who died in the Virginia Tech shooting.



ImageRichard (Rich) Jollon's classification chat gave members of the Rotary Club of Leesburg a glimpse into his life and career.  Sponsor Ernie Carnevale set the stage with a warm introduction.  Rich shared stories that included his professional interest and career in government sales, his family that includes a baby and Rotarian wife (Leesburg Daybreak Rotarian), and his passion for giving back.  His commitment to service was exemplified early in his adult life and continues with the many activities he has stepped up to do since he joined the club in March 2014.  One of his compelling stories was his experience and reasons behind founding the ethical and service-minded Iota Lambda Chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity at Longwood University, where he served as fraternity president.




Chefs Ernie and Dan


Rotary meal prep team in action

Rotarians volunteered to prepare and serve meals to guests at the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, VA, on July 27th.  This inaugural service by Rotarians will be repeated on Sept 14th with a larger group of guests.

Boulder Crest was founded on the premise that "there is no greater duty as an American than to provide for those men and women who have given everything but their lives (mind, body and soul) to serve and protect us." The beautiful and serene 37-acre complex provides private accommodations for adults and children to enjoy recreational and healing activities and resources to support healing and emotional well-being.




Kent Knowles introduced falconry and two magnificence feathered friends to the members of the Rotary Club of Leesburg.  As an enthusiast and leader at the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, Kent helped members gain an appreciation for these birds and their place in nature.





Pictured L to R:  Rich Casuccio, Joe Kelly, Jim Gable, Janice Fristad, Michelle Casuccio and Tom Horne

The Rotary Club of Leesburg inducted new members Michelle and Rich Casuccio on June 26, 2014. Members warmly welcomed Michelle, a former club member, and Rich a former Rotarian in the Sterling Club.  They were inducted by Tom Horne and are shown with their sponsors, Jim Gable and Joe Kelly, and the membership committee chair, Janice Fristad.




Dean Worcester administers the oath of office to new Rotary Club of Leesburg President Chuck Reavis during the Changing of the Guard.


Dean Worcester conducts installation ceremony for new board members: Pam Banks; George Webber, Jeff Mitchell, Dee Jonas and Chuck Reavis.


Dan Hampton awarded Rotarian of the Year 2013-14 by outgoing president Judy Smith.


Past President Stanley and Valerie Beaudoin, 2014 winner of the Club's "Rising Star Award"














You are correct, if you said Antarctica!

Ron Rust with support from wife Judy Kozacik, took the Rotary Club of Leesburg members on a virtual tour of Antarctica at the June 19th club meeting.  Ron shared breath-taking photos from their trip, the history of other explorers such as Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton, personal stories, and travel information. The club appreciated the opportunity to hear first-hand details about the exciting trip.  Ron and Judy are owners of the Thomas Birkby House, a top-rated historic property and popular wedding/meeting site in Leesburg.




Stanley Caulkins and Ron Rogos along with host Jim Gable award Stanley's Cup to the Karen Russell and her team ECHO/United Nations

The 5th Annual Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament and Lawn Party was a success on May 17, 2014.  The weather and venue were perfect for the more than 100 participants who enjoyed the afternoon on the lawn of Jim Gable and Kelly's home.

The party had an international flavor. Colorful tents were filled with food, drinks, decor and costumed teams from around the world.  The day included croquet on three courts, an auction, the crowning of the Rotary Croquet Princess (our youth exchange student Gemy Chavez), and activities for youth and adults.  Heritage High School Interact students managed the children's activities and several participated in croquet.

Stanley's Cup was awarded to the winning team by Stanley Caulkins and Master of Ceremonies Ron Rogos. The winner was ECHO/United Nations, with Karen Russell as team captain. The Cup is named after Stanley Caulkins, who has the record for being in the Rotary Club the longest. The proceeds went to the Foundation to fund charities and other community and international needs.

Other awards went to:

  • Best croquet attire (female) - Gemy Chavez
  • Best croquet attire (male) - Mal Owen
  • Most alluring bonnet - Katie Mann
  • Best all-around food - Italy
  • Best team spirit - Poland
  • Most creative team decor - Bavaria





Palio's in Leesburg was the scene of a successful networking night hosted by the Rotary Club of Leesburg on May 14th. Rotary Assistant District Governor John Tattersall kicked off the night with a welcome to a full room in this historic downtown location.  Each non-Rotarian business professional shared his background and business.  Then representatives from six local Rotary Clubs described signature events that the clubs do to support the local community and charities.  The six clubs included Ashburn, Leesburg, Leesburg Daybreak, Gainesvillle-Haymarket, Purcellville,and Sterling. 

Drawings were done for valuable door prizes donated by Tarara Winery, Fabbioli's Cellars, Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club and Highcliffe Clothiers.  Thanks to the donors and all who attended.

Check back on this website to learn about exciting networking opportunities to be hosted by other Rotary Clubs in Loudoun County this summer.




The Rotary Club of Leesburg welcomed three new members in March 2014 with the following classifications;

  • Matt Burns, CPA
  • Monika Irchanhauser, Human Resources
  • Richard Jollon, Government Sales

All three new members are already involved in planning club events and actively participating.



Discover stories of Loudoun County's rich Civil War and post-war history from award winning author and historian Kevin Grigsby. Kevin will be presenting on Thursday night, April 24, 2014, at the Rotary Club of Leesburg.  Kevin's second book, From Loudoun To Glory, focuses on the roles of Loudoun County's African-Americans as soldiers, sailors, nurses, spies, and scouts. 

In addition to the privilege of having this local celebrity, the Club will be inducting new member John Hamrick.  John has an engineering consultant background, specializing in water resources and environmental and coastal engineering. He resides in Leesburg and is being sponsored by member Dave Struba.




Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos

(Left to Right:  Minako Horani, Shunpei Horani, Gemita Chavez, Wanawsha Hawrami)

The April 3rd meeting was a special night focused on our exemplary international students who are talented, service-minded and destined for success. The club has a great track record of finding outstanding students to support and nurture, and it was clear that the Rotary youth participating in this evening were no exceptions.

The program opened with Carole Maloney's re-introduction and warm welcome to former exchange student Minako and her brother, Shunpei Horani.  (He arrived in traditional Japanese attire). Rotarians Carole and Chuck Maloney hosted Minako in 2004-05, and have remained in contact with her since she returned to Japan.  Minako is an architect living in Tokyo and was visiting the Maloneys and presenting a gift of art to her former high school in Leesburg. 

Judy Smith introduced Wanawsha Hawrami, a 2010 Rotary Club of Leesburg Perry Winston Scholarship recipient who provided an update on her graduation from Virginia Tech, new position, and upcoming graduate studies in an VT's Public and International Affairs Program. 

The main program focused on the club's current exchange program and student. Our club's Youth Exchange Counselor Pam Banks gave a snapshot of the history of the Rotary International Youth Exchange program.  The overview included a summary of the "behind the scenes work" required by the District and our club to organize and execute a successful program. She has served as an outstanding counselor for our current exchange student since August 2013.  She recognized host mother Lynde Scheffer and District Youth Exchange leader Phil Rusciolelli.

Pam introduced Gemita (Gemy) Chavez who shared her journey as our Youth Exchange Student from Ecuador with photos and stories. After giving a glimpse of her family and home in Ecuador, she highlighted her time in the US that  included outings with other students, RYLA Camp, travel with her host family, a special birthday party, a funny picture with Phil and much more.  She received a standing ovation from club members who were glad to hear how well things are going.





Photo Courtesy of Ron Rogos

(Left to right: Judy Smith, president Rotary Club of Leesburg; Charlie Bowden, past Rotary district Governor and Rotary Club of Leesburg member; Priscilla Godfrey, Rotary Club of Purcellville,; Su Webb, Rotary Club of Sterling; honorees Betty Hatrick and Ed Hatrick, superintendent of Loudoun County Schools; Juanita Cawley, Rotary district governor; Lynde Scheffer, Rotary Club of Ashburn; and Bernadette Durkin, president Daybreak Rotary Club of Leesburg)

Loudoun County's five Rotary clubs, Rotary's District leadership, family and friends honored retiring superintendent of Loudoun County Schools, Dr. Ed Hatrick, and his wife Betty, on March 13, 2014.  The dinner tribute was held at the River Creek Country Club, with almost 100 people in attendance.   

Rotary District Governor Juanita Cawley, a retired assistant superintendent of West Point schools, shared wisdom and congratulations to the honoree. Master of Ceremonies and Rotary Club of Leesburg President-Elect Chuck Reavis kicked off the tribute with a heartfelt and humorous glimpse into Dr. Hatrick's life.  George Atwell, long-time friend and colleague in the school system, and Bernadette Durkin, President of the Rotary Club of Leesburg Daybreak, where Ed is a charter member, provided engaging personal and professional stories, including an original poem by Bernadette.  Dr. Hatrick and his wife Betty were presented with gifts as tokens of appreciation and the audience showed their appreciation of his service with a standing ovation.  Dr. Hatrick's remarks included recognition of many people in the room who are champions for children and are devoted to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".

Keeping with Rotary traditions, John Tattersall from the Rotary Club of Sterling and Assistant District Governor led the pledge of allegiance to the US flag, Charlie Bowden from the Rotary Club of Leesburg delivered the invocation, and Lynde Scheffer from the Rotary Club of Ashburn led the recitation of the Four-Way Test.  Leesburg's  Sergeant-at-arms Bob Hauck facilitated a 50/50 drawing.  The Rotary Club of Purcellville's Priscilla Godfrey drew the ticket belonging to winner Monika Irchenhauser.  The evening was a memorable salute to a deserving recipient.




Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos

The Rotary Club of Leesburg Foundation and club members contributed generously to the Loudoun Cares challenge.  Loudoun Cares is raising funds to match up to $100,000 by an anonymous donor. Dana Huggins with Loudoun Cares visited the club on Feb 20th to talk about how the money will be used to serve local needs. See picture of her holding their sign.  Loudoun Cares will be at Palio's Restaurant in Leesburg on Wed, Feb 26th, counting the funds.  We are cheering for a 100% match for this great cause.  For more info, go to their Facebook page (and see the "shout out" of thanks to our club!).




Thank you, Ron, Katie, Keith, Clay, Pam, Leader Chuck, Hugh and Bob!

Rotarians and friends braved the cold on Saturday, Jan 25th, to remove the wreaths laid on graves to honor soldiers buried in Arlington Cemetery. They joined hundreds who enthusiastically and reverently picked up the wreaths placed on the graves in early December.  Wreaths Across America is well-supported by the Rotary Club of Leesburg and the Heritage High School Interact Club each year. 



This week, the Rotary Club of Leesburg has the great privilege of having Prescott Engle as our guest speaker.  He will talk about adventures with the Army 7th Special Forces (Airborne). Please join us Thursday January 16th to learn more about him. If you are not a Rotarian, please contact to join us.  We welcome guests and prospective members.



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 17th annual REHAU Rotary Resolution Race in Leesburg, VA



Page Moffett was inducted into the Rotary Club of Leesburg on Dec. 5, 2013.  The induction included a heartfelt overview of the value and obligations of being a Rotarian by Tom Horne, followed by comments by Page's sponsor Fred Williams and Membership Chair Janice Fristad.   Page's wife Susan placed the Rotary pin in his lapel, and Page expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve as a Rotarian. President Judy Smith led the club in warmly welcoming the newest member.




 The Rotary Club of Leesburg will host a highly sought-after, guest speaker, whom we are fortunate to lure to Leesburg on Thursday evening, Dec 5th at 6:30 pm.  Georgetown Professor Laura Donohue is an expert, author, and commentator on national security and counterterrorism.

She is a professor of law at Georgetown and the Director of Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law..  Her most recent book is The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press).

Her many speaking engagements range from Google's international headquarters to a bipartisan security think tank of our nation's leaders. She is currently writing on drones, the War Powers Resolution, and emerging technologies. Her credentials include prestigious roles at Harvard and Stanford....and this list is only a small glimpse into this woman's incredible resume. 

Non-Rotarians can register to attend this meeting at River Creek Country Club by contacting us at





Mary Louise Leipheimer, Head of School at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia



On this special day, I want to express appreciation to our veterans, and provide an update on "what you missed last week" for anyone who was unable to attend our Veteran's Day event.

Last Thursday, five of our own club veterans, who were randomly selected from many club veterans, shared their thoughts and fascinating stories about military service.  In the backdrop, dozens of photos of our club and family veterans flashed with animated flags and stars on a large screen. Phil Rusciolelli provided red poppies, a symbol of respect and remembrance for veterans.

The meeting concluded with the eloquently told story of the Doolittle Raiders.  Their Tokyo raid was a turning point in WWII. President-elect Chuck Reavis narrated the story and past president Ron Rogos offered the toast. Members and guests raised glasses for a Cognac toast.  It was a moving tribute to the Doolittle Raiders and all veterans.  On Saturday, we learned that three of the four remaining Raiders met in Dayton, Ohio, for what they said would be their last reunion and final toast to the men lost in the raid and since then. 

The tribute to our brave veterans was one of the most memorable and heartwarming events that I have experienced. Thank you veterans!

Judy Smith, President

Rotary Club of Leesburg



Eight Rotary Club of Leesburg members visited second graders at Leesburg Elementary School on Friday, Nov 8th.  The enthusiastic students interacted with the friendly, charming veterans. This special event was part of the upcoming  holiday to celebrate and honor veterans.  Teacher and Rotary spouse Karen Hampton organized the annual event several years ago for her class. Due to its popularity, the visit was expanded to all five second grade classes.


R. Rogos, C Bowden, C. Reavis, B Noe, C. Fristad, P. Rusciolelli, P. Daley and J. Jacobson


A wounded warrior's daughter asked to have her photo taken with Colonel Jake Jacobson, US Army ret., with photo permission granted.




The Interact and Rotary clubs had a great time distributing candies at the Leesburg Halloween Parade!











Tonight was our first Club Assembly of 2013-14. 

Each of the Committee chair gave a report of their activity. Lots going on! Thanks to Chuck Maloney we learned how judge Horne took decisions in his court room. What did you learn tonight? Following the meeting, a survey will be available for each member to give their opinion on our club, and suggest ways to improve it. Your opinion matter, please make sure you take a few minutes to answer it.

In honor on Hugh's return from vacation, we had requested chicken for tonight's dinner! Chicken over rice with asparagus with brownie and ice cream for dessert.

Beef: 2 Chicken: 1





Scott Mills, and Dee Jonas

As described by our returning newly wed secretary, Ben Saul, the attendance tonight was "fair". Nevertheless, we had a great speaker, Scott Mills, talking about all the wonderful projects the Rotary Foundation supports. Our donations are what make these projects possible. Our goal this year should be to have each member of our club put service above self, and donate $100. Imagine all the joy we could spread! To know more about the Foundation, or to contribute, visit the Rotary International website at

Tonight's dinner was Chuck roast (or what it groundhog roast?!?), succotash, rice and kale, with vanilla ice cream and berries for dessert.





If you missed our weekly meeting of September 12th, 2013, here is what you missed!


ImageRotarians, family and friends hiked beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain (Maryland) followed by a delicious and fun lunch at the historic Comus Inn.



Ernie Carnevale introduced four couples who competed in the "The Not so Newlywed Game" at the Rotary Club of Leesburg on Thursday night.   Members and guests were entertained by great humor, stories and fun times as the couples  tried to predict what their mates would say in the club's version of an old TV show.  The soon-to-be-wed couple Ben Saul and Lindsey Kurland (pictured), won the contest, beating the long-married couples.  Melissa Phillips toasted them after several members provided wise and eloquent advice for their upcoming marriage.



Club Meeting Report

Sarah Murphy and Valerie Beaudoin were inducted as new members, sponsored by Dee Jonas and Stanley Caulkins, respectively.

Sarah, whose classification is Professional Services – International, is an Irish citizen who was born and educated in Cork, Ireland.   She is a Chartered Management Accountant by profession, with over 20 years in the International Commercial Finance arena.  She is with British Standards Institution (BSI Group), where she currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Americas.  Having spent most of her career in the international arena, Sarah has lived in such locations as London and Hong Kong and now Leesburg.

Valerie, whose classification is Computer – Consulting, was born and raised in Montréal, Canada.  She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Criminology at the University of Montreal and, after a year of splitting her time between helping young adults in difficulties regain control of their lives and working with an Internet Service Provider, accepted a full-time position at PSiNet Canada in Ottawa as a customer service representative for French speaking clients.  After other valuable work experience in Canada, Valerie moved to the US approximately five years ago and lives in Leesburg.  She specializes in managing mobile application development and leads three teams of developers on a variety of projects. 

Stanley says Valerie has taught him all he knows about computers.  We don’t know if that’s a great recommendation, but we do know Valerie and Sarah will be outstanding Club Members.  

Two guests were Jenny Sofologis, who has expressed interest in becoming a Rotarian and is visiting Loudoun County clubs, and our speaker’s husband, Brian.

Our speaker for the evening, Susan Mandel Giblion, told us about the support the more than 225 Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers provide to the frail, elderly and disabled adults who need that assistance to maintain independent living.  Offering their time, expertise and commitment to service, these volunteers provide a wide range of support services, including transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, meal preparation, household chores, special outings and help with managing personal financial affairs.  Our own Hugh Forsythe Chairs the organization’s Board of Directors.

Yours in Rotary Service





Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos

Once again, the crack Rotary Club of Leesburg cookers, choppers, and cleaner-upers, made 180 meals at Deli South in almost record time.  The following Rotarians helped in the Grace 2 Go meal prep effort:  Ben Saul (and Lindsey), Fred Williams, Bob Hauck, Pam Banks, Dave Struba, Ron Rogos, Nancy Davis, Chuck Reavis, Tom Gates, and Hugh Forsythe. What a great effort!!!  Rotarians and firiends had lots of enjoyable fellowship while doing good work for our community.  The next Grace 2 Go will be Sunday, October 20th.



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Rotary chefs prepare breakfast for board members at Tony's and WHAT A SUPERB BREAKFAST! 




Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos

Former Rotary scholarship winner Heidi Moats won the prize contributed by Salamander Hotels and Resorts President Prem Devadas and Trey Matheu.  An update was provided about their exciting, world class resort about to open in Middleburg, VA.




Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos
The Rotary Club of Leesburg welcomes Rachel Gottlieb.  Rachel is a former winner of the Perry Winston Rotary Club of Leesburg Scholarship Fund and Heritage High School Interact president.   Jake Jacobson presided over her induction and was the first to welcome her to the club. Her mother pinned Rachel with the Rotary emblem, while Jake and her sponsor Bob Noe watch proudly. Rachel received a standing ovation from the club members. 

Rachel received her bachelor and master's degrees from UVA, and returned to Leesburg as an educator, teaching at Heritage High School. 


Last week, we had three more new Paul Harris Fellow recognitions!  Tom Horne reminded us all what The Rotary Foundation means to our community and the world at large and helped recognize Katie Mann, Omar Saleh and Dave Struba as our Club’s newest members to this prestigious group.  Judy Smith noted that our Club was given a “shout out” from the International Office at the President-Elect Training Institute she attended last week for the large number of new PHF’s we have added this year – they know we exist!

Pam Banks told us that Marlena Schoppert won our Student Essay Contest.  Her essay will be entered in the Rotary District 6710 contest later this month.

Guests at the meeting included Olivia Page, the Shenandoah Valley University student who received our Monroe Technology Center scholarship last year – and her grades have been outstanding this year!  Also joining us were Steve Gehring from his Rotary Club in South Dakota and Ben Saul’s fiancé, Lindsey Kurland.

Chuck Maloney reported that he and Carole had visited Larry Schiro earlier in the week, following his hip replacement surgery, and he was doing quite well.

Ron Rogos reported that we now have seven Croquet Teams and expect to generate one more from the other Loudoun Rotary Clubs, bringing the number to the targeted eight for the event at Jim Gable’s home on Sunday, June 9th.  Club Members will receive an invitation in the mail this next week; so, please look for it and respond promptly.  It will be another fun time.

Ben Saul and Joe Price brought their power point presentations and senses of humor to the meeting as they told us about their families, how they got into their chosen professions and what Rotary means to them – reinforcing the fact that our own Club Members are truly exceptional people and provide some of the best programs we have, year in and year out.

Yours in Rotary Service

Mike Casey





Dean and Tammy, with help from Pam Banks, Chuck Maloney and Bob Noe, put together a great St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  They provided colorful decorations, surprisingly good food (hey, how often do most of us eat corned beef and cabbage) and drink, great Step Dancing music and dancers and some fine toasts and humor.  With Jim Gable and John Marsh in their outfits for the evening and quite a few partners and friends, a good time was had by all.

Fred, Melissa and Mike passed around photos of their “meeting with Bill Gates” earlier in the day (along with approximately 125 other Rotarians) near the Capitol Reflecting Pool to promote Polio Plus. See story on this home page.

Another set of Snow Birds returned – Wiley and Teck, welcome back.

Two reminders:

1.       If you plan to attend “An International Affair” supporting the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, please let Ron know by Monday, March 18.

2.       The District Conference in Arlington is scheduled for April 25 thru 28 - a number of Club Members are going – please consider attending yourself.

Larry Schiro will be having a hip replaced at Reston Hospital next Tuesday – we wish him well.

And, who knew that Pope Francis I was a member of The Rotary Club of Buenos Aires?  Thank you, Omar.

Enjoy the week ahead!

Yours in Rotary Service




Rotarians Melissa, Fred and Mike joined Rotary International, Bill Gates, and fellow supporters on the steps on Capitol Hill to advocate for the fight to end polio. We are “this close” to ending polio. Share your voice and together we can make history. 





President Mike Casey, Membership Chair Janice Fristad, host John Marsh and former District Governor Charlie Bowden shared words of wisdom and praise for Rotary and new members at a recent celebration.  John Marsh hosted the party at his lovely home on his family farm in Purcellville.  A photo album is included on this website thanks to Chris Fristad's photography.




Photo courtesy of Chef Ron Rogos - not pictured



10K & 4K Fun Run/Walk
Was held Sunday, January 1, 2013
Ida Lee Park Recreation Center
Leesburg, VA



Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos

Rotarians from our club, family, friends and busloads of our Heritage High School Interact Club members participated in Wreaths Across America on December 15, 2012, at Arlington Cemetery. Chuck Reavis organized participation with the help of other Rotarians and Interact officers.  More than 110,000 wreaths were donated to remember those who served our country.  Approximately 20,000 volunteers put the wreaths on grave markers.  Our club was privileged and honored to support this effort again this year.



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Photo courtesy Ron Rogos

Wiley Russell welcomes John Rust as John's wife Peggy and his sponsor Fred Williams observe the induction.





Photo courtesy of Mal Owen

The Rotary Club of Leesburg was represented at the July 4th Parade by new president Judy Smith driven by senior adviser/past president Tony Aiken, who loaned his hot red sports car.




Photo by Ron Rogos

Tom Horne administered the oath to Judy Smith and the new board.

President Mike Casey presided at this last meeting of the Rotary year and it was a special time on June 27, 2013.  Master of Ceremonies and Senior Adviser Chuck Maloney provided a summary of Mike and the Club's many accomplishments and "firsts" during the past year. Mike was recognized for his outstanding leadership and presented with a gavel plaque and pin by incoming president Judy. 

Mike and Carolyn have moved to Wisconsin and will be missed by all.  One of their many contributions to the club was initiating and organizing the Sticky Wickets Croquet Tournament and Lawn Party, a successful annual event.




A big THANK YOU to all who supported Boulder Crest Retreat at this Rotary Club of Leesburg event. The successful wine tasting took place at a lovely venue, Murray Hill, on the banks of the Potomac River on Thursday, 9/11.  Sponsors, participants and recipients were recognized and participants mingled and tasted wines from five countries.


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