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. http://www.leesburgtoday.com 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
Chefs Ernie Carnevale and Dan Hampton
LEESBURG ROTARIANS SALUTE VETERANS WITH A SPECIAL PROGRAM
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.
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: www.leesburg-rotary.org (club); www.rotary7610.org (District); and www.rotary.org (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.
Richard (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
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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