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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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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

On Saturday, July 9th, 2016 Rotarians prepared and served dinner to a group of Veterans and their families staying at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, VA.
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.
Shown in the photo are John Whisler and his wife Mary Lou, Steve Krisa and his wife Cherie, Chuck Reavis, Ernie Carnevale, Ron Rogos, Valerie Beaudoin, and Rachel De Llanos and her husband Peter.  
The food was great-directed by Chefs Ernie and Valerie.
Photo Courtesy of Ron Rogos

One of our wandering Rotarians discovered this pub and restaurant named The Sticky Wicket during recent travels to Canada. This place shares the name of our annual croquet tournament fundraiser and social event. Maybe they'll sign up as a sponsor?!

On July 7, 2016, the Rotary Club of Leesburg welcomed Stilson Greene who talked about the "Art of the Political Cartoon". This rare opportunity to hear from a real Loudoun County institution was entertaining and informative. 
Mr. Greene started his graphic design/illustration studio in Historic Leesburg in 1980. He is a founding member of the Loudoun Art Academy where he taught drawing and Studio Art. He has been an instructor at the Northern Virginia Community College and has been an award winning editorial cartoonist for the Loudoun Times Mirror, Leesburg Today, and Loudoun Now. He is the creator of Acoustic on the Green and the Jingle Jam Christmas concert for charity. He received the 2015 George Marshall Award for exemplary commitment to the community. 
Photo courtesy of Jewell Emswiller.

Photos courtesy of Ron Rogos
Rotarians Jim Gable and Ron Rogos (pictured with officers above) delivered six food baskets to the Leesburg Police headquarters on behalf of the Rotary Club of Leesburg on June 30, 2016. The baskets were distributed to six families selected by local schools to receive the food gifts. Former Rotarian and retired Leesburg Police Chief Joe Price started this effort, which has become a new club tradition.  Thanks to all Rotarians, Leesburg Police, and school officials who helped with this community service.

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. 

The 9th Annual Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament and Lawn Party was held at the Gable estate in Leesburg, hosted by Jim and Kelly. Approximately 90 people attended on a beautiful June Saturday, and helped make it a big success. Themed tent decor, food, costumes, and music from around the world added liveliness to the croquet matches, auction, and party.  As a family event, kids enjoyed the pool, hot tub and delicious food.
Congratulations to winners Team England for beating Team Sparta in the final match. HUGE thanks are owed to Ron, Valerie and Ernie and the entire committee, along with Rotarians, family, friends and Heritage High School Interact Club members who made it another fun and special event. Special thanks to the lifeguards and set-up crew, too. 
Proceeds went to Mobile Hope, Hillsboro Charter Academy, and the Rotary Club of Leesburg Foundation. Mobile Hope and Hillsboro teams participated in the fundraiser for their non-profit organizations. Checks will be presented to each charity.  This collage of photos shows what a great time everyone had.

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.

Image accessed from www.leesburgva.gov
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.


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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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