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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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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

 

Join us on Aug 24th to hear our speakers Claire and Mike Fedele, Co-Directors of SHADE, from Shinyanga, Tanzania. SHADE is an IRS approved 501(c) (3) organization bringing hope and life to people with albinism. SHADE operates within a government center in Buhangija where children are brought for protection and receive educational and health care services. SHADE collaborates with local and US organizations to send older children to primary schools or vocational training.
The SHADE Transitional Program (STP) provides housing, food, water, and education for basic life skills. Tutors teach students reading, writing, and mathematics while vocational trainers teach trade skills in Batiki and soap-making. SHADE offers people with albinism a nurturing environment, personal development, and skill building so that they are able to start a business of their own and live life independently.
Stefanie Gans is the dining editor and restaurant critic at Northern Virginia Magazine, covering all aspects of food, drink and the dining scene. Before joining the staff in 2011, Stefanie worked at a political polling firm and for a non-profit promoting progressive workplace practices. Previously, Stefanie has been published in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post Express, The Onion and Eater and is a founding editor of Endless Simmer. Originally from South Jersey, Stefanie has lived in the D.C. area for almost two decades and will not leave the house without her nails painted. She lives with her husband and 2 year-old daughter in Del Ray.
 
The RCLB welcomes our July 27, 2017 speaker, Jocelyn Pratt, Operations Manager for Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank.
 
Jocelyn has been in the customer service field for 19 years, 12 of which are in the veterinary field. She accepted the position of Operations director of BRVBB in 2012. Her biggest passion in this field is education. Educating the local community and nationwide on the importance of canine blood donation. Jocelyn and her staff of 4, along with a dozen other support staff at the Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates in Purcellville, Va., pride themselves on being the largest all canine-volunteer blood bank in the country. The estimated 400 donor dogs in the program are the amazing life saving volunteers!
 
Club President, Fred Williams, presented $4,000 to Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director, Jennifer Montgomery on July 14, 2017. The RCLB Christmas in July donation supports the organization’s summer services.
 
On July 16, long standing club member Stanley Caulkins was accompanied by 20+ of his motorcycle-riding friends
for a 70 mile drive on Loudoun’s backroads to check an item off of his “bucket list”. He rode in an Ural side car attached to a chopper driven by Steve Ortiz.

 

The RCLB welcomes our July 20, 2017 speaker, Jan Neuharth, an attorney, award-winning author, and avid equestrian. Jan practiced law in Los Angeles before her love of horses drew her to the Virginia hunt country. In 1985, she traded her suit and briefcase for boots and breeches and she and Swiss-born husband, Joseph Keusch, established Paper Chase Farms in Middleburg.
 
Neuharth’s experiences in law and the hunt-country lifestyle are what spurred her to write her first novel, The Hunt, which was released in 2003. While she is quick to point out that her Hunt Country Suspense novels are pure fiction, Neuharth writes with an insider’s perspective, gathering inspiration from everyday life in the historic hunt country for the setting, plots, and characters in her books. 
 
Neuharth is Chair and CEO of The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation based in Washington, DC that champions the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy. She also serves on the boards of several non-profit, corporate, and community organizations.
 
RCLB traditional passing of the gavel as we recognize our out-going Club President Dan Hampton for his successful year and welcome our in-coming Club President Fred Williams.
                    
 
Congratulations to the notable beneficiaries of the  2017 RCLB Annual Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament and Garden Party. Due to the successful event fundraising, the club was able to contribute to these two well deserving Loudoun County organizations.
 
A Farm Less Ordinary, in Bluemont, VA, provides employment and a welcoming community to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, while sustainably growing organic food for the metropolitan DC area.
 
BackPack Buddies Foundation of Loudon-Making sure students in Loudoun County get the nutritious food they need. Because hunger doesn’t take the weekend off.
 
Congratulations! And keep up the good work you do in our community.
Photo’s Courtesy of Valerie Beaudoin.
The RCLB welcomes our July 13, 2017 speaker, Michelle Sullivan, currently the Executive Director of All Ages Read Together (AART), a non-profit dedicated to educating children in need with free preschool programs in their communities in Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia.  Last year, AART had more than 100 children enrolled in 12 programs, including an expansion of two new programs in Alexandria, Va.  AART will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this fall.
 
Michelle's previous experience included Executive Director for Access Hope as well as director in the department of public policy at the United Cerebral Palsy’s national office.  She also served in the Office of Public Liaison in the White House.
Michelle is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law where she was among the first class of students to operate the first Children’s Rights Clinic in an American law school.
Join us as we welcome our speaker Robert Patton, a Graduate from Loudoun County High School, the University of the South (Sewanee), George Mason Law School and a past member of the Virginia Bar.
Robert will share his adventure of sailing across the Atlantic to Gibraltar with his 2 youngest sons in his 40 ft. sail boat.   
 

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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.
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
No Meeting
Oct 05, 2017
Eric Williams
Oct 12, 2017
Superintendent, Loudoun Co Scools.
Tracie Franklin
Oct 19, 2017
Glenfiddich Scotch Brand Ambassad
Virginia Ghost Hunters
Oct 26, 2017
Virginia Ghost Hunters
Oct 26, 2017
Virginia Ghost Hunters
Oct 26, 2017
 
Upcoming Events
  • Lobster Fest
    Boulder Crest Retreat
    Sep 28, 2017
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Hunt Country Party
    Steve & Julie Chapin's house
    Oct 07, 2017
    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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