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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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Please note that the Rotary Club of Leesburg will not be meeting at our usual River Creek Country Club location on Thursday, June 30, 2016.  A club picnic will be held at Gable's Farm in Hamilton, VA. 

Due to the impending weather this year's Sticky Wickets Croquet Tournament and Lawn Party has been rescheduled to Saturday June 25.

Rotarian grillmeisters and servers provided a picnic dinner for 42 people at the 16th Annual Thomas Horne Leadership in the Law Camp. The attendees included 24 students from high schools across the region who competed to attend this highly-regarded camp. The camp was named after one of our own Rotarians and former Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Tom Horne who had a vision for a community outreach program related to law. The camp gives rising seniors a glimpse of the judicial system.
Since its inception, The Rotary Club of Leesburg has supported the annual Law Camp with a picnic. This year, sixteen Rotarians participating in the event included Tony Aiken, Pam Banks, Valerie Beaudoin, Chris Fristad. Janice Fristad. Rachel G. de Llanos, Tom Horne, Rich Jollon, Carole Maloney, Chuck Maloney, Bob Noe, Chuck Reavis, Ron Rogos, Phil Rusciolelli, Judy Smith and Jaro Vitazka.  Photo collage contributed by Rotarians Ron Rogos and Janice Fristad.

The Rotary Club of Leesburg celebrated and supported youth in a big way in May and June.
Pamela Amaniapong and Liesl Mattar competed with dozens of other Leesburg area high school seniors to become winners of the two $10,000 Rotary Club of Leesburg Perry Winston Scholarship awards for 2016.  These two exceptional students were joined by their families and school officials, and were showered with support and congratulations. The winners provided inspirational comments about the award and their college plans. They received heartfelt, standing ovations from the audience at the May 19th Rotary dinner meeting.
Pamela graduated from Tuscarora High School and has been an active volunteer with the local hospital, seniors, school events, tutoring and other activities. She exemplifies the quality of courage by overcoming many challenges to excel academically and to work toward her dream of becoming a doctor. She plans to continue giving back to community and family as she pursues her education at one of the several colleges where she was accepted.
Liesl graduated from Loudoun County High School and has shown a genuine passion for serving others through organized efforts and many random acts of kindness. She participated in the 2015 Thomas Horne Leadership in the Law Camp, which peaked her interest in the field of law and in Rotary. She plans to attend Christopher Newport University in the Fall.
On June 7th and 8th, Rotarian Jewell Emswiller presented each student with her award at the high school seniors’ awards ceremonies.
Winners Pamela Amaniapong and Liesl Mattar with Rotary Scholarship President Ernie Carnevale
The Rotary Club of Leesburg Foundation presented Angelique Arintok, with the CS Monroe Technology Center scholarship award. Angelique, a top student at Monroe, plans to pursue media production and communication at George Mason University. She has been involved in numerous volunteer endeavors including Loudoun Cares and its Community Builders program.
Monroe Tech Scholarship Winner Angelique Arintok with and her Dad, Angel
Harper Park Middle School student Megan Seaman was awarded first place in the Rotary Club of Leesburg Four-Way Test Essay Contest. Her testament to the meaning of service and truth was excellent.  Her essay was so impressive that she competed in the District 7610 contest, where she won third place among participants from across Virginia.
Four-Way Test Winner Megan Seaman (R) with Rotarian Pamela Banks (L)
Talented and Fun-loving Rotarians Ernie and Val Leading the Special Evening
Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos

On April 14th, Rotary Club members were pleased to welcome back Professor Laura Donohue of Georgetown Law Center and Director of the Center for National Security and the Law. Her informative and engaging talk included information from her most recent book, The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital World. She shed light on the role of the executive branch and the issues and history surrounding national security in a digital world among other timely topics.

 Bruce Roberts (center) with Howard Moody (L) and Tony Aiken (R)
President Dee Jonas pins new Rotarian Bruce Roberts, with on-lookers Bob Noe, Sponsor Howard Moody, and Dean Worcester
On April 7, 2016, Bruce Roberts was welcomed as a new member of the Rotary Club of Leesburg. Dean Worcester presided over the induction ceremony, a momentous occasion for all who attended. Bruce was sponsored by Rotarian Howard Moody. 
Bruce is a long-time resident of Leesburg, where he resides with his wife, Rachel. He is actively engaged in consulting work in the health care industry. He was the owner and founder of four area pharmacies, including the Leesburg Pharmacy, and served in many prestigious roles in pharmacy-related companies and associations in the US and internationally. Club members look forward to engaging Bruce, a business leader and service-minded citizen, in future club work and fellowship.

President Dee Jonas presents check to Charlie Bowden
On March 31, 2016, Rotarian Charlie Bowden drew the lucky "Ten of Diamonds" from a deck of cards and won the 50/50 raffle.

Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos
Chopping, baking and packing food for Grace 2 Go has been a Rotary Club of Leesburg favorite service for several years.  Rotarians, family and friends volunteer to prepare, cook and package healthy fresh meals for those who need food in our region.  On Sunday, April 3rd, this motley crew went to the Deli South in Leesburg, and prepared the meals in their commercial kitchen for distribution on Monday.

Virginia Bluebells
Sunday, April 10, 2016  1:00-3:30 pm
Join Rotarian Phil Daley as he leads a Spring wildflower walk at Balls Bluff in beautiful Loudoun County. Some of the flowers should include Trout Lillies, Wild Ginger, Twin Leaf, Virginia Bluebells, and Shooting Stars.  Rotarians should contact Phil or sign up at our regular meetings.

Limited to 15 participants. If more sign up, Phil will establish a waiting list and consider leading another walk either during a weekday evening or the following weekend. This walk will require up and down hiking, so wear sturdy, preferably water proof shoes. Rotary family members and guests are welcome to join us, and will count towards the fifteen.

Members and guests celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. The Rotary event was filled with fun from "horse races" to trivia contests, original limericks, corned beef and lots of other Irish revelry.

Club President Dee Jonas and Rotarian Jim Gable, both physicians, conversing at dinner meeting
The Rotary Club of Leesburg has many talented and experienced members, and we heard from one of them on March 10th. Rotarian Jim Gable, a well-regarded, retired orthopedic surgeon, provided an informative and entertaining chat about the history and current treatment of fractures and related medical matters.  He conducted a "Q&A" with the audience and facilitated a lively discussion on the topic.

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The economic, social and personal benefits of public art are widely recognized. Prime examples include the fairs and festivals that bring business to downtown Leesburg, in addition to bringing education and joy to residents and visitors.
Rotarian Valerie Beaudoin introduced architect and arts supporter, Tom O'Neil, who shared his stories and excepts from a strategic plan for public art with the club on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Tom is the current chair of the Leesburg Commission on Public Art. During Q&A, members provided suggestions for murals on walls such as the VFW building, and voiced support for ideas he presented to promote and help make Leesburg more attractive. Several members expressed surprise that the Town of Leesburg does not fund any public art.  Members shared examples of towns and cities that benefit from public art murals and other initiatives, including nearby Frederick, MD, Winchester, and Richmond.

Geoff Arnold will speak at The Rotary Club of Leesburg on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  Geoff serves as the Frederick Keys radio play-by-play announcer, works as the club’s primary liaison to the media, and assists with Keys marketing initiatives. Prior to joining the Keys, Arnold was the Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and as the Broadcaster and Media Relations Administrator for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. A 2010 graduate of Dickinson College, Arnold began his professional career as a minor league baseball umpire in the Gulf Coast League.


Left to right:  Sponsor Jake Jacobson, Dean Worcester, New member Steve Chapin, Julie Chapin
Wife Julie pins new Rotarian Steve Chapin, as Rotarian Dean Worcester presides
Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos
Former Rotarian Steve Chapin was warmly welcomed back to the Rotary Club of Leesburg.  On January 21, 2016, Rotarian Dean Worcester presided over the formal induction of Steve, who was sponsored by Rotarian Jake Jacobson.
Steve, a successful entrepreneur for the past 20 years, owns JARS Residential Properties with 1,500+ apartments throughout the Southeast. Previously, he founded and took public, LifeMinders, an internet database company sold to Cross Media Marketing.  He was an Associate for McKinsey and Company and served in the Navy from 1985-90, as the Secretary of the Navy’s liaison to the House of Representatives and as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Doyle. He is a distinguished graduate of the US Naval Academy, Harvard Business School, and Georgetown University.  He lives in Leesburg with his wife Julie and has 3 sons. Steve and Julie look forward to getting involved with the many service and fellowship opportunities that Rotary offers.

Rotarian Dean Worcester cooking breakfast for board of directors meeting.
Service with a smile.
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos
The Rotary Club of Leesburg has exceptional cooks/chefs/servers, even if it isn't their day jobs.  Putting their talents to good use is part of their commitment to "Service above Self", in addition to being fun.
A Rotarian team volunteers carefully plans and prepares breakfast for monthly board meetings at Tony Aiken's home, where he generously offers his gourmet kitchen and dining room.  Rotarians cook for service events and fundraisers throughout the year, too. 

Rebecca Fuller is President of the Board of Directors of Hillsboro Charter Academy.  She became involved in the effort to keep a school open in Hillsboro, Virginia, more than two years ago when she was seeking alternative approaches to education for her son.  Since that time, she has grown deeply connected to the warm and welcoming Hillsboro school community, which is full of dedicated teachers, enthusiastic parents and curious children. Her January 7th Rotary Cub of Leesburg presentation follows the journey to open this school and shows her passion for education.

Fastest runner Steve Kool from Vienna, VA celebrating his win
Race co-chair Carole Maloney and Club President Dee Jonas present awards
This handsome trio: Mal Owen, Wiley Russell and Phil Rusciolelli greeted participants with sparkling cider toasts
Live Entertainment
The 19th Annual Rehau Rotary Resolution Race was a popular way to start the New Year. The race was held at the beautiful rolling hills of the 1,000 acre Morven Park in Leesburg.  Warm indoor changing/restrooms, live entertainment, prizes, and special food and drinks are only a few of the many things that made this annual event the BEST way to kick off 2016.
Over $320,000 has been raised for local charities since 1998. The charities selected to receive all of the proceeds for 2016 are:
  • ECHO Works
  • Interfaith Relief
  • Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
  • Rotary Club of Leesburg Perry Winston Scholarship Fund
The race was featured in an international magazine, the Rotarian, and Margaret Morton wrote a great article about the race in Loudoun Now.

Former Rotary International (RI) Scholar, actress, and successful business woman, Katherine Mackey, will lead an informal discussion about her Rotary experience -- what she learned and how Rotary deeply influenced the woman she is today.  Katherine will be the speaker at the Rotary Club dinner meeting on December 17, 2015.
Katherine, a UNC and a Georgetown graduate, was sponsored by the Research Triangle Park, NC, Rotary Club.  Through an unusual and exciting turn of events, she ended up representing RI for 3 years in 3 different countries. Be sure to ask Katherine how she came to live in a Mexico City Opus Dei Nunnery (and why it didn't last for long) and what life was like on an RI health project with the Totonac Indians.

After Katherine's return from Switzerland, Spain, and Mexico, she became an actress in DC and NYC for 14 years, and appeared in TV programs such as Sopranos, West Wing, the Wire, and Law and Order SVU and Criminal Intent; and Films such as Sex in the City, Step Up, and Syriana. Today she is the Founder of Virginia Network, a Veterans advocate and Board Member of General Electric's Veterans Network, and a Financial Planner with Integrated Financial Partners in Fairfax.

Rotarians, their guests, and members of the Heritage High School Interact Club participated in the annual Wreaths Across America to decorate the graves of the fallen and other service members at Arlington National Cemetery on December 12, 2015.
The Interact Club had 68 members in attendance!!!  A big pat on the back to Chuck Reavis and Dan Hampton who helped organize the event and once again led our Rotary Club to help this year with two truckloads of wreaths. The event attracted a total of 70,000 volunteers who helped with 240,000 wreaths.  
Rotarians attending this year were:
Dan Hampton, Chuck Reavis, Howard Moody, Fred Williams, Tom Horne, Daniel Jackson, Katie Mann, Pam Banks, Tony Aiken, Hugh Forsythe, Rachel De Llanos, and Ron Rogos.
Well done Rotary Club of Leesburg, family, friends and Interact Club.
Heritage High School Interact Club Members
Heritage High School Interact Club Members

Arlington Cemetery Wreaths
Rotarians and Family Volunteers
Dan Jackson, Dan Hampton and Interact members
Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos

The Rotary Club of Leesburg's annual Holiday Party was held on Thursday, Dec 10, 2015, at Lost Creek Winery. 
Live music, a buffet dinner catered by Savoir Faire, and great wine were served.  These photos, courtesy of Ron Rogos, show members and guests having a great time.

Guest speaker and author Nathalie Herrman enlightened and inspired Rotarians on Thursday evening, December 3, 2015. She is an entertaining story teller who provided simple steps to show how small changes in beliefs and behavior can make big changes over time and lead to well-being beyond expectations. She joined us with high recommendations from other Rotary Clubs where she gave audiences her valuable and easy to understand, take-away messages.

The Rotary Club of Leesburg participated in the Rotary District 7610 community service project "Done in a Day" on November 21, 2015.  Leesburg Police Chief and Rotarian Joe Price, Club President Dee Jonas and Community Service Leader Ron Rogos delivered five Thanksgiving baskets to very appreciative families at the Leesburg Police headquarters on Saturday. 
Price spearheaded the collection of the food, and had identified five families who were in need of some extra help for the holiday.  The families met President Dee who talked briefly about Rotary and the club’s community service activities.  The parents and the children were very grateful for the Club’s generosity in filling the baskets.
Pictured below are Dee, Joe and Ron with a couple of the baskets chock full of food and gift cards.

The Rotary Club of Leesburg presented a check to Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS) as part of a District Grant to support their youth and children's services. LAWS representatives explained that they provide comprehensive services to children who are victims and witnesses of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and teen dating violence.  This Rotary District Matching Grant will support improvements and/or purchase of equipment for therapeutic services offered by the LAWS Child Advocacy Center. 
Pictured below is the club's RI Foundation Chair, Matt Burns, presenting the check to LAWS representatives Judy Hanley, Director of the Children's Advocacy Center, and Nicole Acosta, Executive Director, LAWS.

Inova Loudoun Hospital's CEO Patrick (Pat) Walters, accompanied by Stacey Miller, Government and Community Relations Liaison, was the guest speaker at the Nov 19, 2015 meeting. Pat, who was a Rotarian in the Alexandria Club, shared an overview of Inova Loudoun Hospitals and his perspectives on health care as a local leader of a nationally recognized hospital and health system. 
Our club members have numerous strong links with this local community hospital and applauded Pat's leadership. Connections range from members who were on the medical staff, including President Dee Jonas, to Rotarian Wylie Russell, wife Teck, and other Rotarians' involvement with the annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale fundraiser...and of course, occasionally, some of our Rotarians, family, and friends have been patients.

Chefs/servers (standing in back) served the purchasers of a fine French Dinner (seated).  The dinner was an auction item at a Rotary fundraiser to support local charities. What a fun evening! 
Keith Grayshon selects beverages as Tony Aiken watches.
Ariel Welt preps the strawberry salads
Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos


Honoring Veterans 2015

The Veterans' Day Program is always a special evening at the Rotary Club of Leesburg.  The Nov 12th event was another memorable celebration and remembrance of the military men and women who served our country.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Chris Stowe, a bomb disposal expert who serves in the Marines, provided a heart-felt and inspiring program about the value of service. He told stories about and expressed appreciation for all that the men and women of the military have done to protect our freedom and help others in everyday life. 
Another special Rotary event was the annual Veterans' Day Visit to the Leesburg Elementary School.  Second graders get a chance to interact with several Rotarian veterans in a "show and tell" event.  Our club veterans were warmly welcomed, and the students had great questions, especially for our WWII veteran Stanley Caulkins, who was part of the group.  Thanks again to teacher Karen Hampton for initiating this annual event.
Rotarians Chuck Reavis, Stanley Caulkins, Phil Daley and Ron Rogos
Photo courtesy of Dan Hampton

The Rotary Club of Leesburg and the Heritage High School Interact Club participated in the 2015 Leesburg Halloween parade.  The parade is an annual fun opportunity to connect with the community and promote Rotary events. 
The club "float" celebrated Stanley Caulkins' 90th birthday during the parade this year. Rotarian Stanley is a true celebrity in the Leesburg community and Loudoun County.
Rotarian George Webber's red truck has become a club icon in the annual Leesburg Halloween parade.

Pictured left to right:  Valerie Beaudoin; Ariel Welt; Buddy Sadak; Liz Sadak,John Rust; Dan Jackson; Rachel Veal; Barbara Jackson; and District Governor Janet Brown.
Photo courtesy of Rotarian Ron Rogos
The Rotary Club of Leesburg warmly welcomed three outstanding people chosen for membership in the club. The new members are: Ariel Welt, sponsored by Valerie Beaudoin; Buddy Sadak, sponsored by Fred Williams with John Rust standing-in for him; and Dan Jackson, co-sponsored by Rachel Veal and Matt Burns.  Their induction ceremony was officiated by member Tom Horne on October 29, 2015. 
The ceremony included a special congratulations from Rotary District Governor Janet Brown, who attended and provided the keynote for the evening.

The Rotary Club of Leesburg Foundation was pleased to present a check for $15,400 to Boulder Crest Retreat - the first privately-funded, rural wellness center serving our nation's combat veterans and their families.  Boulder Crest, located in Northern Virginia, was the beneficiary of the successful Second Annual Toast to Our Heroes Wine Tasting Event, held at Murray Hill in beautiful Loudoun County. 
The club members are long-time friends of this retreat, a unique, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Other support includes meal preparation by Rotarians for retreat participants several weekends each year. Rotarians Valerie, Dee, John and Ron were instrumental in making this wine event a success, as was Ken Falke, Sara Fehrer and other Boulder Creek Staff.  Special thanks go to Altria, the major sponsor.
Left to Right:  Rotarian Valerie Beaudoin. Club President Dee Jonas, Rotarian John Rust, Boulder Crest Founder Ken Falke, and Rotarian Ron Rogos

Rotarian Ernie Carnevale led a group of Rotarians in a community service effort at the 77th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale, the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic. Proceeds support the local hospital and provide nursing scholarships.
Thanks to Rachel de Llanos (and three Interact students), Rachel V., Valerie, Howard, Pam, Ernie, and Ron for their efforts. Howard (pictured below) had an engineering challenge here with tables flying everywhere.
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos

Matthew Rose, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal's Washington Bureau, provided a great program to the Rotary Club of Leesburg on October 15, 2015. The club was fortunate and excited to host Matthew, who has an impressive career path in journalism, and is an engaging speaker.  He shared how big stories are put together, using a recent article as an example. The article included mixed media, with print and video.  The link to the video is here.  Check out this very compelling story with a unique multi-media approach. The club warmly thanked Matthew for his excellent talk and welcomed him to return any time.

The Leesburg Rotary Club hosted a Road Rally on 10 Oct, 2015, which was a gorgeous, sunny Autumn day. The cars (and truck) toured the beautiful rolling hills of Northern Virginia, as participants were guided by checkered flags marking key spots along the way.  The rally was followed by the 61st Virginia Fall Horse Races in Middleburg, where Rotarians and friends "tail-gated" as guests at the Trout-Revere spread (Rotarian Michelle Cacussio's daughter and son-in-law). 
If you missed this amazing day, then you'll certainly want to participate next year.  What a perfect way to relax and enjoy special times with Rotarians, family, and friends in one of the most beautiful places in the country. (Photos courtesy of Rotarian Ron Rogos).
Rounding the corner
          The Red Rider                                    Dan and Alicia           
Dean enjoying the races.                          Hugh with the two Judies
(Left to Right) Virginia Fall Races Tailgate hosts Oscar Revere and Tara Trout with Dr. Heather Trout, Dr. Rich Casuccio and Michelle Casuccio

Stanley Caulkins' 90th birthday was celebrated in style. Stanley is treasured for many things, including being a World War II veteran, long-time local businessman, namesake of the Caulkins Terminal at the Leesburg Executive Airport, dedicated volunteer, and most importantly, a loyal, 50-year member of the Rotary Club of Leesburg.  Stanley's birthday was Oct 6th and he had been given a Key to the Town of Leesburg plaque by Mayor Kristen Umstattd earlier in the week.
Rotarian Chuck Reavis interviewed Stanley who shared personal and Rotary stories during the evening. The memorable, fun event was enjoyed by club members, Stanley's family and other guests.
Rotarians and guests gathered around Stanley and his cake before singing a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.
Rotarian Chuck Reavis (left) presents a gift to Stanley followed by a club standing ovation.  Applauding (left to right) are Secretary Janice Fristad, President Dee Jonas, (Stanley), and Sgt-at-Arms Valerie Beaudoin.
Photos courtesy of Rotarian Ron Rogos

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Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA's top scientist, presented spectacular images and the latest news about Mars, Pluto, Titan and the story of her journey from seeing her first rocket launch at age 4 to becoming a planetary geologist. Her presentation received a standing ovation from members and guests. Afterwards, she graciously fielded questions.

Judy Smith, Charlie, Bowden, Erik Haas, Juanita Cawley and Lester Schoene
Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos
The Rotary Club of Leesburg was honored to have a program presented by District leadership team members: Past District Governor/District Foundation Chair Juanita Cawley, District Peace Ambassador Erik Hass, and Peace Fellowship/conflict resolution expert Lester Schoene, Jr, on Sept 24, 2015.  They shared important information about conflict resolution and peace initiatives, including the Rotary Peace Fellowship, the Rotary Peace Center, and World Peace Day. The theme of this year’s International World Peace commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
Test Your Knowledge:  What year was the first annual International Peace Day observed?
  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor was the top song in the US that month/year
  • People were listening to Abracadabra by The Steve Miller Band and John Cougar's Jack and Diane, too.
  • E.T., a Spielberg science fiction movie, was released that year and was a box office hit...with cute little Drew Barrymore.
Answer: 1982


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