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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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Thursday, March 30th, the RCLB will host the world premiere of the film of our fellow Rotarian and WWII veteran, Stanley Caulkins. The RCLB partnered with Thomas Balch Library and other community members to record the story. Several club members were instrumental in making this project happen and two had the privilege of interviewing Stanley in the film. The board also financially supported the Thomas Balch Library in this oral history project.
Join us on this special evening to view the final product.


Our speaker March 23, 2017, Beau Backus, is currently technical manager for the Spectrum Management Center of Expertise for Aerospace and the expert lead in spectrum management for NOAA/NESDIS. He recently appeared as a guest on “The Space Show” discussing global issues on satellite spectrum management and was a guest at the American Meteorology Society summer session discussing the protection of meteorological satellite spectrum from commercial interference. 

Writer and historian Stephen Budiansky is the author of Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II, Her Majesty’s SpymasterBlackett’s War, and numerous other books of military and intelligence history, science, and biography.

The former foreign editor and deputy editor of U.S. News & World Report, and former Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature, he is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s book review pages.

He received his master’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard and in 2011 was a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship as a writer of general non-fiction.

He will be speaking to us on March 9 about his latest book, Code Warriors: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union (Knopf), a comprehensive history of NSA in the Cold War that draws on an array of recently declassified documents to explore the technical and political challenges of the long intelligence struggle against the Soviets, and to trace the historical forces behind the headlines surrounding NSA’s recent controversies.


Chuck Reavis receives PHF plus 4. Presented by Foundation Chair Chris Mallin.
Bill Blessing receives PHF plus 3 award. Presented by Foundation Chair Chris Mallin.


KEITH MEURLIN: President, Washington Airports Task Force since 2014.  Mr. Meurlin retired in 2005 after 28 years with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, serving as Vice President and Airport Manager of Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, VA for over 16 years.  Prior to being appointed as Airport Manager, he served as Director of Operations as well as Director of Engineering and Maintenance from 1977 to 1989.  Mr. Meurlin also served in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2009 in the grade of Major General.  He served on Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves and following his retirement from the Airport returned to Active Duty. He flew the KC-135, C-7 and C-130, Commanded five Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons and a Logistics Group, acting Vice Commander of Air Force Material Command and concluded his career establishing for the Secretary of Defense, the office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy. He is the Owner and President of The Meurlin Group providing aviation related consulting services.  Mr. Meurlin serves as a Director on the Board of Middleburg Financial Corporation, Middleburg, VA, and on the Board of the Dulles South Alliance.  He also is a member of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission, serving on their Executive Committee and on the Loudoun Chamber CEO Cabinet.   He has served on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Committee for Dulles, Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association, United Way Loudoun County, United Way of the National Capital Area, and Chairman of the Heart Association of Northern Virginia.  Mr. Meurlin holds a BA degree from the University of Vermont, and a MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  He also is a graduate of the FAA Executive School and the Air War College. 


Gregory Brown became the Town of Leesburg’s fifth Chief of Police at a swearing in ceremony on Sept. 29. Brown replaced club member Joseph Price, who retired in March. Formerly a captain with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Brown was most recently commander of the Eastern Loudoun Station. He previously supervised patrol operations, criminal investigations and undercover operations in vice, narcotic and gangs with the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, he has served as the Deputy Director overseeing all Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.

Our speaker on February 16, 2017 is Ryan Campbell, a partner with King, Campbell & Poretz, PLLC, a general practice firm located in Alexandria. Ryan practices primarily in criminal defense and represents clients charged with everything from minor offenses such as Assault, DUI, and Drug Possession up to serious offenses such as Robbery and Murder.  He practices in the state courts throughout Northern Virginia, as well as the Eastern District of Virginia Federal District Court.  He’s been recognized by SuperLawyers since 2009 and has also been recognized as a top criminal defense lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine for several years.

Ryan was born and raised in Leesburg.  He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1999 and from the George Washington University Law School in 2002.


Our speaker Feb 2, 2017 is John Connolly, who has served as the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Librarian at the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) since early 2014. In his role, John is responsible for the care of the Library collections including books, magazines, photographs, diaries, letters, and much more. The NSLM collections span over 350 years of the history of equestrian sport, as well as fly fishing, wing shooting, and other field sports. John has over 10 years of experience in libraries, with a focus on technical and digital services. He holds his Master’s degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.
Our January 19, 2017 meeting will be held at
The National Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Pl
Leesburg, VA 20176

Join us on January 19, 2017 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA for an informative meeting to learn more about the Children's Science Center.

Adalene “Nene” Spivy
Executive Director, Children’s Science Center

Jill Corso McNabb
Vice Chair, Children’s Science Center


The Heritage High School Interact Club Officers will facilitate our club meeting this week. It's a meeting you don't want to miss.
Pictured: HHS Interact Club-85 strong
How it all started
In 2002, the Rotary Club of Leesburg decided to sponsor an Interact Club at Heritage High School, which opened in August of that same year. The Heritage High School Interact Club was officially chartered in December of 2003 under the leadership of Rotary Club of Leesburg President Jake Jacobson and faculty adviser Scott Ferguson.
Since its founding, the HHS Interact Club has embodied the motto “service above self” by engaging the student body in a variety of local and international service projects.
What they do
Today, the club meets once a week and boasts 85 active members, making it the largest service club at Heritage High School. Interact is routinely asked to represent Heritage in the community and cited by the school administration as an example of outstanding student leadership and service.
Service above Self
Popular service activities for the Interact Club include participating in Wreaths Across America, donating food for Backpack Buddies and Loudoun Interfaith Relief, and partnering with its feeder schools for service and fundraising events. Interact also partners with the Rotary Club of Leesburg in the annual Halloween parade, the annual Croquet Tournament, rummage sale clean-up, and other events.
Pictured: HHS Interact Club Officers at the 2016 Leesburg Halloween Parade.


On Friday, January 6, 2017 Rotarians prepared and served dinner to a group of Veterans and their families staying at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, VA. We also said farewell to Lauri Sisney, the Kitchen and Garden Lady at Boulder Crest. Lauri has been instrumental in supporting our community service at Boulder Crest and will be missed. We wish her well in her retirement.
A privately-funded rural wellness center, Boulder Crest is dedicated exclusively to our nation’s combat veterans and their families and is committed to improving their physical, emotional, spiritual and economic well being of this remarkable community of heroes ensuring they have the opportunity to succeed in their new mission of life here at home. 
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos-left to right: Phil Rusciolelli, John Rust, Katie Mann, Valerie Beaudoin, Ron Rogos, Howard Moody, Ariel Welt and Ernie Carnevale.
The food was great-directed by Chef Ernie.

Our speaker January 5, 2017 is Danielle Nadler who grew up in South Dakota and, as soon as she had a journalism degree in hand, moved west in search of more exciting headlines and warmer weather. Her reporting has garnered first-place press association awards in California, Nevada and Virginia. She worked for Leesburg Today for four years as education reporter and later as deputy editor before joining the effort to launch Loudoun Now. She and her husband feel fortunate to both live and work in downtown Leesburg.

Come out to to join us for our 20th annual REHAU Rotary Resolution Race in Leesburg, VA on JANUARY 1, 2017.
Enjoy the scenic course through the beautiful rolling hills of the historic 1000+ acre Morven Park Estate. ChronoTrack B-Tag timing by Amazing Race Timing. All proceeds go to local charities. Over $320,000 has been raised for local charities since 1998.
Stay warm pre & post Race in the Ida Lee Recreation Center gym.
Indoor restrooms, changing rooms and coin-operated lockers. Post Race New Years Day Celebration featuring live music, great food and drinks, awards and lots of random prizes.
Sign up today at REHAU Resolution Race
More than 24,000 volunteers turned out, even in the icy, cold, frosty and rainy weather to carefully lay 245,000 remembrance wreaths at grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery. The Wreaths Across America ceremony took place for the 25th year Saturday December 17, 2016. The theme for this year’s event was #SayTheirNames.
The convoy of volunteers brings several hundred truckloads of wreaths from Maine to Arlington leaving behind a sea of wreaths with red ribbons on the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.
The wreaths are placed at grave sites nationwide to honor and remember fallen veterans and their service. After placing a wreath, volunteers are encouraged to take time to read the headstone, to honor the memory of that fallen hero and to say the veteran’s name out loud.
The Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Leesburg who participated were club president Dan Hampton, Chuck Reavis, Hugh Forsythe, Tom Horne, Howard Moody and Bill Blessing.  Guests from the club included Dan Hamptons family Ron Hampton (father), Janet Hampton (mother), Corie Hampton (sister) and Chris McAlister (Air Force Reserves).

Photo’s courtesy of Ron Hampton.

Wreaths are all brought in by volunteers by convoy from Maine.
L to R: Chris McAlister, Bill Blessing, Howard Moody, Dan Hampton, Hugh Forsythe and Tom Horne.
L to R: Corie Hampton, Janet Hampton, Ron Hampton.
Placing the wreaths to honor the fallen, read the headstone and say the Veteran's name out loud.
A sea of wreaths and red ribbons.
A sea of wreaths and red ribbons.
No meeting December 29, 2016.
Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.
No meeting December 22, 2016.
Wishing you the best for the Holidays.

On Saturday December 17th the Rotary Club of Leesburg will be participating in Wreaths Across America.  Like we did last year, the Club will be providing 3 buses. The buses are going to be filled on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to a total of 50 passengers.  Each seat will cost $10 per person regardless of whether you are a Club Member or Guest.

The buses will be leaving at 6:30 am sharp on December 17 from Heritage High School in Leesburg and will be returning around Noon. Please be at Heritage no later than 6:15 am.  This will get us to the Cemetery early and ahead of the start to get set up.  Coffee and Donuts will be provided for the bus ride. You are more than welcome to meet us at the Cemetery if you would prefer to drive yourself, we should be there around 8:00 am and we will provide details of where our trailer will be.

We will be responsible for unloading/distributing wreaths from two of the tractor trailers. Volunteers are needed to help unload the boxes and pass out the wreaths.

Also, as in past years, our Interact Club from Heritage High School will be joining us.  

If you would like to support Wreaths Across America you can make a donation to them through their website http://www.waastore.com/ 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to Dan Hampton dlhampton@hotmail.com

Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos.

This year, the Rotary Club of Leesburg’s Christmas Party will be held on Thursday December 15 at River Creek Country Club. The festivities will begin with a social time starting at 6:00pm.
On this black tie optional evening, we will be treated to a wonderful salmon dinner.  We will be rocking the Club with Christmas carols so get your singing voices ready. It will all be in good fun and in good spirits of the holidays.
In addition, we will be joined by the Heritage High School Guitar Class who will play for us at the end of the evening.
Please contact Dan Hampton dlhampton@hotmail.com  by December 13th to let him know if you are bringing a guest so we have an accurate head count.
Rotarians Chuck Reavis, Howard Moody, Ron Rogos, Phil Daley, Tom Gates and Hugh Forsythe (bottom photograph left to right)
picked up the Rotary tree on December 10, 2016 from Rosalie and Lewis Leigh who once again, graciously, allowed us to cut one from their property. We will be putting the tree up and decorating it in front of Jeff Mitchell’s office on Monday, Dec 12th-around 10:00 am. We could use help both days. Any Rotarian who would like to help should contact Phil Daley PEDALEY@verizon.net or Ron Rogos rcrogos@verizon.net for details.
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos.


Bill Blessing joins the Paul Harris Society.
Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos: left to right Past Club Foundation Chair Matt Burns, DG Janet Brown, Bill Blessing and PDG Sandy Duckworth.
Valerie Beaudoin is awarded PHF # 5. Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos: left to right President Dan Hampton, Valerie Beaudoin.
Jake Jacobson joins the Paul Harris Society and awards a Paul Harris Fellow to his daughter Gretchen. Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos: left to right PDG Rich Storey, PDG Sandy Duckworth, Jake Jacobson and his daughter Gretchen.
Our special guest and speaker on November 17, 2016 for our Veterans Day program: Eli Linden, WWII Army Veteran pictured with Air Guard Veteran Don Hollis, Eli’s wife, and club member Phil Rusciolelli.
Eli shared his compelling story from serving in England across the North Atlantic as part of a 100+ freighter convoy, to Omaha Beach, to being captured in Germany.
Liberated in May 1945 by the Russian Cossacks, he walked about five miles and crossed the Elbe River back to the American lines. 
He now spends a lot of his time sharing his war experiences with middle school students as part of the World War II history curriculum in Loudoun County, Virginia.  He also happily greets other veterans who fly in to Dulles Airport on the Honor Flight Network to visit the World War II Memorial.
Photo Courtesy of Ron Rogos.


Past President Chuck Reavis and Past President Dee Jonas receive District awards for Interact and Public Image. Photo courtesy of Ron Rogos: left to right Chuck Reavis, PDG Rich Storey, President Dan Hampton, Past President Dee Jonas, and PDG Sandy Duckworth.
On October 22, 2016, another great dinner was prepared by Rotarians and their guests for Boulder Crest Retreat.
Settled in the beautiful rural setting of Bluemont, VA, Boulder Crest Retreat is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families. On a recurring basis, the Rotary Club of Leesburg prepares the meal, serves, visits and cleans up.
Our next service date at the Retreat is January 6th, 2017.
Pictured here is Mary Lou Whisler, Cherie John Whisler, Steve Krisa, Chuck Reavis, Ernie Carnevalle, Ron Rogos, Valerie Beaudoin, Peter Llanos, Rachel Llanos, Peter Llanos.
Photo Courtesy of Ron Rogos.
On August 18th, the club welcomes Chuck Bean, an executive and civic leader with more than 25 years of experience in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Bean is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), one of the country’s prominent regional councils, where he leads a staff of 130 people. COG is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues, including economic development, land-use, human services, public safety, and environmental and transportation planning. Its membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 22 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress. 
Our speakers for August 11 will be Mr. Lawrence Stipek and Ms. Kristin Brown. Mr. Stipek is the Director of the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information for Loudoun County and Ms. Brown is the Division Manager for the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information for the County of Loudoun. They will discuss a unique project of the Loudoun Museum dealing with "Story Map" technology. Story Maps is an application that lets you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content that make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell a story that engages and inspires the audience. The story map they will discuss is the seven letters in the collection of the museum collectively known as the Lucas-Heaton letters. The letters were written in the 1830's between two previously enslaved brothers in Liberia and two brothers in Purcellville, Virginia who freed them.
Instead of our regular club meeting, we hope you will join us for the Garden Party on August 6, 2016.
We hope you will plan to join us for a Garden Party August 6, 2016 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm to support the Rotary Club of Leesburg Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund allows us to award a college scholarship to two students each year. It's a great cause.
Hillsboro Charter Academy Board Chair, Rebecca Fuller, and new HCA Principal Trisha Ybarra Peters receive donation from Rotary Club of Leesburg from the Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament.
Mobile Hope of Leesburg Director Donna Fortier and Bonnie Inman receive donation from Rotary Club of Leesburg from the Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament.

Rotarian Tom Horne inducts new member Rajeev (Raj) Batra, a former member of the Rotary Club of Dulles, is the owner of Batra, LLC, Certified Public Accountants in Ashburn, VA, where he lives with his wife, Neeru. He focuses his practice on offering tax, accounting, and consulting services with a special interest in helping small and medium-sized businesses. In his spare time, Raj enjoys reading, traveling, and watching sports. He lives by the motto "Carpe Diem!" and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for life and Rotary with the Rotary Club of Leesburg. 

As soon as speaker Geoff Arnold, Broadcasting and Public Relations Manager, Frederick Keys, told the club about the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo last year, Ernie started signing people up for a unique night at the ballpark.  Here are a few pictures of the fun night on July 23, 2016, where Rotarians were monkeying around, too. Please notice that the Rotary Club of Leesburg made the electronic billboard. The other photos speak for themselves. Thanks for the pictures, Ron!
Cowboy Monkey, Dog and Goats!
John Fishback and his wife Mary will speak to the Club July 21st on the topic of the history of Loudoun within the rubric of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too [sounds a little political]". John is the former Historic Records Manager of the Circuit Court of Loudoun County. He is known as one of the preeminent historians in Loudoun County, a true scholar, and continues his research in retirement. Mary is the author of several books on the life and history of the County and is employed at the Balch Library.

All Things Leesburg

Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler is the July 14th speaker on the current club program theme of local, state, and national government. He is highly qualified to provide insight about the past, present, and future of Leesburg. Since October 4, 2014, he has been serving as the Town's Chief Executive Officer, supervising all Town functions including public safety, utilities, public works, capital improvement projects, airport operations, planning & land development, parks & recreation, library, and all internal support functions.
Mr. Dentler has been employed by the Town since June 1996, starting as the Parks and Recreation Director. He is a member of the International City Managers Association and the Virginia Local Government Management Association.  During his tenure as Leesburg’s Director of Parks and Recreation, the Town won the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence (2005). He has lived in Leesburg with his wife, Debbie, since 1998. They have three children and one grandchild. Photo courtesy of www.leesburgva.gov

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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.
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