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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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Stay tuned for more details about this exciting wine tasting event.  Tickets will be available to the public (21 and over).
 

 
 
Photo courtesy of Jewell Emswiller
June marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of one of the most important documents in history. The Magna Carta has been called "the greatest constitutional document of all time - the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot". Thanks to Dean Worcester, an engaging storyteller, judge, and Rotarian extraordinaire, for his presentation about this document at the July 9, 2015, Rotary meeting. For background information, check out a Wall Street Journal article The Magna Carta—Eight Centuries of Liberty, written by Daniel Hannan and published on-line May 29, 2015.
 
Past president Ron Rogos, shown at the head table, led the club as we celebrated 800 years of democracy and kicked off the new Rotary year with this program. Ron filled in for President Dee Jonas. President Dee is looking forward to a wonderful year with everyone engaged in our important work.
 

 
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos
Rotarians Hugh Forsyth and Dee Jonas, president, sautée green beans for another successful Boulder Crest Retreat dinner.  Thanks to all Rotarians and friends who participated in this community service on June 27, 2015.
 

 
 
Photo collage courtesy of Ron Rogos
President Chuck Reavis presided over the Rotary transition meeting, also known as the "Changing of the Guard".  Niles Ribeiro, who received the first place award in the District Speech Contest, delivered his powerful presentation on Lighting up Rotary. The club was honored to have this 17 year old Warrenton student and his family as guests on this special evening.
 
In recognition of an outstanding year of club service, programs and other activities, the club gave Chuck a hearty applause, a thank-you card signed by members, and contributions of "good news" to recognize his leadership. Dee Jonas presented him with a gavel plaque and past president's pin. He thanked all of the club and the board for their contributions.  Special awards were presented to Ron Rogos, as Rotarian of the Year, and Richard Jollon, as the Rotary Rising Star. Chuck presented Tom Horne with a trophy to honor him for his community service and work in bringing lacrosse to Loudoun County. Club secretary Katie Mann received a beautiful bouquet of red roses in appreciation for her exceptional service and talent.
 
Dean Worcester inducted new president Dee Jonas, who is looking forward to working with the club. She thanked the new board and committee chairs who will serve this year, and introduced the new RI theme "Be a gift to the world". Past presidents lined up for the impressive tradition of passing the gavel to Dee, starting with Stanley Caulkins who served as president in 1957.
 
 

 
 
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About 15 years ago, Rotarian and former Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Tom Horne had a vision for a community outreach program related to law. The camp was established to give 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.
 
Approximately two dozen youth from Loudoun and Fauquier County high schools were introduced to Rotarians and fed hot dogs and hamburgers at a cook-out on Tuesday evening,  Eleven Rotarians including Tom Horne, President Chuck Reavis, Ron Rogos, Tom Gates, Jake Jacobson, Jaro Vitaska, Tony Aiken, Valerie Beaudoin, Michelle Martinson, Pam Banks, and Judy Smith were joined by Rachel Veal to serve the students and their attorney/camp chaperones Robin and Carly.
 

 
 
Rotarian Tom Horne introduces speaker Laura Donohue
Photos courtesy Ron Rogos
 
The Rotary Club of Leesburg was honored to host speaker Laura Donohue, Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, Director of Georgetown’s Center on National Security, and the Law, and Director of the Center on Privacy and Technology.
 
Dr. Donohue presented a timely and captivating overview of the Return of the General Warrant. She explained recent changes in government access to business records and addressed the relevance of the Fourth Amendment in a Digital Age.
 

 
Canon, Haiti classroom lit with solar energy
Photo courtesy of Sarah John

Solar power was installed at a school and church complex in the remote mountain community of Canon, Haiti, which had no electric power.  As a result of a Rotary project, there is now reliable, safe, renewable, free, electric lighting.
 
Rotary Clubs of Centreville, Chantilly, Arlington,  Dunn Loring – Merrifield, Fairfax, Leesburg, Leesburg-Daybreak, McLean, Mount Vernon, Purcellville, Rosslyn – Fort Meyer, and West Point participated together in this project.  Construction began as soon as funds were released by District 7610 in the fall of 2014, and all was completed by the end of February, 2015.
 
Canon is a desperately poor village over 250 km from Port au Prince in the mountains of southwestern Haiti. Canon is an hour by 4-wheel drive vehicle into the mountains from Chantal, the nearest source of medical care. Canon is quite isolated due to the adjacent river which frequently floods to a dangerous level and thus prohibits vehicular crossing, which is usually done by driving through the river itself.   
 
The Rotary Club of Leesburg was proud to participate in this effort that benefits:
  • Children from the surrounding mountain homes who attend the village school.  They now have adequately lit, safe classrooms with computers. 
  • Adults from the widely spread out population who can gather at night in a well-lit focal point for community gatherings, civic meetings, and adult education classes.  
  • Community that now has electronic communication with the nursing nuns at the regional dispensary in Chantal as well as with medical facilities in Les Cayes.
The local Catholic Priest has taken responsibility for maintaining and overseeing the sustainability of this project and Rotarians are planning another follow-up trip.
 
 

 
 
Sabrina Chira was awarded a two year scholarship by the Rotary Club of Leesburg Foundation. She is near the top of her senior class with a 4.4 GPA and a long list of achievements. She came to Monroe Tech in Leesburg from Freedom High School to attend their Computer Systems Technology (CST) program.  Club President Chuck Reavis presented the award at her school ceremony, and invited her to attend a club meeting.  She was recognized at a recent Rotary dinner that she attended with her mother and Jeremy Staples, from the Monroe Tech CST program.
 
She will be going to Christopher Newport University, where she plans to be involved in several service projects. Her future career/academic plans are to study cyber security and earn a Ph. D in Computer Science, Information Technology Management, U.S. National Security Studies, and International Security Studies.
 

 
 
Meredith Lefforge - ARC of Loudoun, Jennifer Lassiter - ARC of Loudoun, Dan Hampton - Back Pack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun, Karen Russell - ECHO Works, Nicole Acosta - Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter, Ernie Carnevale - Rotary Club of Leesburg Perry Winston Scholarship Fund
 
 
Photos courtesy of Judy Smith
 
During a special dinner event, the Rotary Club of Leesburg donated proceeds to beneficiaries of the 18th Annual REHAU Rotary Resolution Race. Five local charities were recipients:
ECHO Works (www.echoworks.org)
The Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (www.lcsj.org)
Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun (www.facebook.com/backpackbuddiesfoundationofloudoun)
The Rotary Club of Leesburg's Perry Winston Memorial Scholarship Fund  www.leesburg-rotary.org
 
The club honored sponsors, including long-time partner REHAU, who helped make it possible. The club and guests celebrated the continued success that has resulted in $300,000 of contributions since the first race.
The longest running New Year's Race in Northern Virginia has many faithful volunteers and runners. Race chairs Carole and Chuck Maloney gave special recognition to one of the volunteers, Darrell Hollowell, for his dedicated service at the water station each year. 
 
Please mark your calendars for the 19th annual race on January 1, 2016.
 
 

 

2015 Rotary Club of Leesburg Perry Winston Scholarship Winners Lauren Beard and Peter Chopivsky.
Current winners with past winners Glelia Reyes (2012) and Katie Goodwin (2014)
Rotarian and past scholarship winner Rachel Gotlieb Llanos
     
Winners with proud parents, Ernie Carnevale, Perry Winston Scholarship Fund President, and Chuck Reavis, Rotary Club of Leesburg President
Photos courtesy of Rotarian Ron Rogos
 
The Rotary Club of Leesburg celebrated two winners of the $10,000 Perry Winston Scholarship awards for 2015. Seniors Lauren Beard and Peter Chopvisky competed with more than 40 other Leesburg area seniors.  These two exceptional students were joined by several past winners who offered their support and congratulations. The winners provided inspirational comments about the award and their college plans. They received heartfelt, standing ovations from the audience.
 
Lauren Beard will be graduating from Loudoun County High School and was very active in the school band as Drum Major.  She will be attending Virginia Tech. One of her plans at college is to participate in “Ut Prosim Week”, the largest collegiate Relay for the Life in the world. Peter Chopivsky will be graduating from Tuscarora High School and was very active in his Decca Club, attending the national conference in Atlanta. He plans to attend the University of Virginia.  Several members commented that meeting and supporting these outstanding students makes it one of the best events of the year.
 

 
Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos
 
The Rotary Club of Leesburg presented a $100 award to Simona Brkic, a student at Harper Park Middle School who won the Annual Four-Way Test Essay Contest.
In the top photo, Simona is in the center. Cherie Krisa, counselor for Harper Park (left), was instrumental in helping Valerie Beaudoin, Rotary liaison (right), conduct the contest.
The next photo shows Simona and her parents who attended the meeting and were warmly welcomed by Rotarians.
 
The Four-way test is the cornerstone of Rotary service, beliefs and ethics.  It is recited by club members at the end of every meeting and applied to daily activities.
 
"Of all the things we think, say or do...Is it the truth; will be be fair to all concerned; will it build good will and better friendship; and will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
 
The essay was judged based on adequate treatment of all Four-Way Test questions, understanding of these ethical principles, sincerity, originality and essay writing quality. Congratulations Simona. We hope that you check out the Heritage Interact Club next year.
 
 
 

 
     
Approximately 100 people gathered on the lawn of a beautiful Leesburg estate wearing wacky costumes and eating/drinking food from around the world while playing in a golf croquet tournament. This unique annual event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leesburg, raised almost $12,000 for local Loudoun County charities. 
 
Team Sparta clothed in togas and helmets, led by Kimberly Strassel off Hillsboro, took the wining trophy by defeating the impeccably dressed British team, led by Rotarian Wiley Russell. The trophy, called the "Stanley's Cup", was named after local celebrity and Rotarian Stanley Caulkins who was on hand to start the event. Last year's winning team, ECHO, led by Leesburg Daybreak Rotarian Karen Russell, was recognized as were the hosts, Rotarian Jim Gable and Kelly Hymes.
 
Children enjoyed the pool and hot tub, while the adults visited decorated tents to munch when they were not swinging mallets or bidding on auction items. Prizes were awarded for best male and female costumes, most alluring bonnet, best food, best tent decor, and of course, the tournament winners.
 
The event committee was headed by Ron Rogos. The Master of Ceremonies was Ernie Carnevale. Club president Chuck Reavis awarded the winning team and Bob Hauck served as auctioneer. The Rotary Club of Leesburg sponsors the Heritage High School Interact Club whose members ran the children's pool, spa and other activities. Many others were involved since it takes a village to pull off an event so successful and fun.
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Wilkinson, Laise, El-Shatir and Reavis
Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos
The Rotary Club of Leesburg continues to host intriguing and thought provoking speakers at weekly meetings.  The last two meetings on April 16th and 23rd, included Lee Wilkinson, who provided enlightening and sobering facts about domestic and international terrorism, and Kristen Laise, who introduced members and guests to the Belle Grove Plantation and its rich history.  The club welcomes visiting Rotarians and was fortunate to have a recent visitor from Alexandria, Egypt,  Maya Mohammed El-Shatir, who exchanged her club banner. Check out our speaker list on this home page to see the impressive line-up.
 

 
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos:  Club President Chuck Reavis presents Paul Harris Fellow certificate to Kaen Schaufeld while John and Peggy Rust applaud.
 
Karen Schaufeld was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Leesburg. Karen is the founder of 100 Women Strong and All Ages Read Together (AART), two successful non-profits serving Loudoun County.  She is on numerous boards and is an author of children's books, including The Lollipop Tree.  Karen was the perfect choice to receive this honor for her humanitarian efforts.  She was selected from a pool of impressive candidates presented by Club Foundation Chair Chris Fristad.  Her passion and work for improving local and international education, healthcare, poverty and peace match Rotary's mission. 
 
Karen shared that she had a connection to Rotary early in her career when she presented to a New England club and realized the power of Rotarians to get things done. Karen's family attended the presentation at the club on April 2, 2015, and joined the club members in a standing ovation.
 
The first Paul Harris Fellows recognitions were received by Rotarians in 1937-38. Mother Teresa was the first non-Rotarian recipient in 1980. Others include entertainer Pearl Bailey, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk. The Fellowship is tied to the Rotary Foundation, and the most notable current global project of the Foundation is to End Polio Now.
 
 

 
The Rotary Club of Leesburg is becoming known for its members' culinary talents. These talents have served the community through charity efforts such as Grace 2 Go, Boulder Crest and other venues. On Saturday night, 3/28, the Rotary Club prepared 45 dinners for veterans and company representatives attending an employment workshop at Boulder Crest Retreat.  The preparation of the wonderful dinner was directed by Chefs Ernie and Dan. Helping with the prep and serving were: Tom, Dee, Dean, Page, Jaro, Dave and Ron. In addition, Rotarian Pam attended the entire employment day to help out.  A great time was had by all while providing a very helpful community service.
 

 
The Rotary Club of Leesburg was pleased to induct two new members, Jennifer and Dan Hudson.  Club members have been getting to know them during the membership proposal process, Dan works in the IT industry, primarily supporting the government.  Jennifer is a federal employee, based in the Tysons area. Both Dan and Jennifer have been involved in addressing poverty issues locally and internationally, traveling to Uganda and Haiti.  They look forward to continuing this love of service through their involvement with Rotary. Members will hear more about these outstanding new members during their upcoming classification talks.
 

 
Chris Mallin joined the Rotary Club of Leesburg and comes from a Rotary Club in Arlington,VA, where he was active as the Foundation Chairperson.  Professionally, he works for AtSite as a Senior Director. AtSite is a smart buildings solutions company in the DC area. Prior to his new job, he was with Honeywell International as the operations leader for the mid-Atlantic region.  Chris and his wife Brooke live in the town of Leesburg with their two young children.  He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.  He is interested in Foundation and Membership service and is a great addition to the club.
 
 
 
 

 
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos
Heritage High School Interact Club Officers Larry and Melinda have messy hands after becoming master carrot shredders!
Rotarians, Heritage High Interact and friends prepared 172 meals for area neighbors needing food.
 
Grace to Go is a great opportunity for hands-on service and our club has been participating for several years.
 
Thanks to Howard Moody for organizing our effort, St. James Episcopal Church for sponsoring it, Deli South for their kitchen, and all the volunteers who make it possible to distribute food to those in need.
 

 
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.
 

 
 

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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.

 

 
 

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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.

 

 
 

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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.

 

 
 

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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.

 

 
 

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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.

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Photo courtesy of Judy Smith

The volunteers.

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Chefs Ernie Carnevale and Dan Hampton

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LEESBURG ROTARIANS SALUTE VETERANS WITH A SPECIAL PROGRAM

6:30 pm
November 6, 2014

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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!!

 

 
 

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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!

 

 
 

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Chefs Ernie and Dan prep themselves before the meal. laugh  

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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.

 

 
 

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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.

 

 
 

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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.

 

 
 

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