Photo Courtesy of Ron Rogos

(Left to right: Judy Smith, president Rotary Club of Leesburg; Charlie Bowden, past Rotary district Governor and Rotary Club of Leesburg member; Priscilla Godfrey, Rotary Club of Purcellville,; Su Webb, Rotary Club of Sterling; honorees Betty Hatrick and Ed Hatrick, superintendent of Loudoun County Schools; Juanita Cawley, Rotary district governor; Lynde Scheffer, Rotary Club of Ashburn; and Bernadette Durkin, president Daybreak Rotary Club of Leesburg)

Loudoun County's five Rotary clubs, Rotary's District leadership, family and friends honored retiring superintendent of Loudoun County Schools, Dr. Ed Hatrick, and his wife Betty, on March 13, 2014.  The dinner tribute was held at the River Creek Country Club, with almost 100 people in attendance.   

Rotary District Governor Juanita Cawley, a retired assistant superintendent of West Point schools, shared wisdom and congratulations to the honoree. Master of Ceremonies and Rotary Club of Leesburg President-Elect Chuck Reavis kicked off the tribute with a heartfelt and humorous glimpse into Dr. Hatrick's life.  George Atwell, long-time friend and colleague in the school system, and Bernadette Durkin, President of the Rotary Club of Leesburg Daybreak, where Ed is a charter member, provided engaging personal and professional stories, including an original poem by Bernadette.  Dr. Hatrick and his wife Betty were presented with gifts as tokens of appreciation and the audience showed their appreciation of his service with a standing ovation.  Dr. Hatrick's remarks included recognition of many people in the room who are champions for children and are devoted to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".

Keeping with Rotary traditions, John Tattersall from the Rotary Club of Sterling and Assistant District Governor led the pledge of allegiance to the US flag, Charlie Bowden from the Rotary Club of Leesburg delivered the invocation, and Lynde Scheffer from the Rotary Club of Ashburn led the recitation of the Four-Way Test.  Leesburg's  Sergeant-at-arms Bob Hauck facilitated a 50/50 drawing.  The Rotary Club of Purcellville's Priscilla Godfrey drew the ticket belonging to winner Monika Irchenhauser.  The evening was a memorable salute to a deserving recipient.