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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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Our October 19th, 2017 speaker Tracie Williams, GLENFIDDICH AMBASSADOR,  was drawn into the world of single malt Scotch after tasting her first dram. The taste of malt, saline and fruity sweetness pushed her toward classes and whisky trainings with the best teachers in the community. After years of whisky study, distillery internships, and local ambassador work she founded Whersky, an organization to bring together whisky drinkers of all backgrounds and build a more diverse, inclusive whisky culture. Tracie is thrilled to have the opportunity to educate and inspire both new and experienced whisky drinkers alike in her new role with Glenfiddich. Having studied both theater and business in college, Tracie brings a unique background and skill set to this role. Her stage presence and singing voice landed her a leading role in an international stage production where she traveled to more than 30 countries and performed in 8 languages. Tracie has spent years behind the bar in New York City and Tampa mastering her craft and is an active member of USBG. Outside of the world of whisky, Tracie is passionate about live music, theatre, and yoga.

 

Our speaker October 26, 2017 is Meredith Hovan, Director of Resource Development for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS).  In her role, she ensures the successful, efficient operation and support of all development, fundraising, marketing and volunteer activities throughout the organization.  PRS is a 54-year-old nonprofit that provides mental health, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services throughout northern Virginia and Washington DC.  PRS serves over 1,000 clients a year and responds to over 30,000 phone calls and 35,000 text messages through their 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention hotline and textline.
 
Our October 12, 2017 speaker, Eric Williams has served as Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools, a school district of 90 schools serving approximately 81,600 students in northern Virginia since July 2014. Williams believes in engaging students in solving authentic problems as a means to developing as knowledgeable critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, creators, and contributors. He promotes the joy of teaching and learning in lieu of a test-prep mentality. 
Williams served previously as superintendent in York County, Virginia and as an assistant superintendent and principal in Naples, Florida. He has also worked as a teacher and administrator in Massachusetts and Brazil.
Welcome new member Lynde Scheffer, transfered from the Ashburn Rotary Club. Classification-International Youth Exchange.
 
Welcome new member Maryse Wsrer-Pratte (2nd from left), classification; community volunteer, sponsored by Stanley Calukins and Rob Guerra (4th from left), classification; Federal Contracting Consultant, sponsored by Ron Rogos.
We will not have a club meeting this week, October 5, 2017 at River Creek Country Club.
Instead, join us for the Hunt Country Party on October 7, 2017.
Contact Valerie Beaudoin 571-246-7092.
Our meeting this week, September 28, 2017, will be held at Boulder Crest Retreat.
18370 Bluemont Village Ln
Bluemont, VA 20135
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a Lobster Fest to celebrate Stanley Caulkins birthday.
Contact Valerie Beaudoin for more info at 571-246-709

 

On September 23, 2017 RCLB volunteers Daniel HamptonValerie BeaudoinErnie CarnevaleAriel Welt, John Whister and wife Mary Lou, Howard Moody, Raj Batra, Greg Masucci and Katie Gould Mann prepared and served dinner at Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness, a Loudoun County privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation's combat veterans and their families. This is an amazing organization of which we are honored to assist - healing heroes one family at a time.
 
When our speaker, Sandra Ranke, first visited Hunt Country, Virginia, she recognized it as the most perfect horse country she had ever seen. After visiting for many years from New York City, where she was a Creative Director for White House Black Market and Ann Taylor Loft, she chose the Middleburg area as the place to build her dream horse farm. An avid equestrian, Sandra competes in both eventing and dressage with her four horses, and since living in Hunt Country, has added fox hunting and polo to her horse endeavors. Prior to the East Coast, Sandra lived in San Francisco working for Esprite de Corp and having her own business, Ranke Creative, working for clients such as Banana Republic, Sundance, and Nordstrom’s. While continuing her freelance work, Sandra is owner/editor of The Scout Guide Hunt Country, a publication that promotes local businesses and artisans.
 
On Aug 31, our speaker John Chapin will share his experience teaching at the Academy of Engineering and Technology in Leesburg, VA. For the last three years John has been teaching Math and Computer Science in Loudoun County Public Schools.  Prior to this he founded and was president of Peaks Real Estate, a multi-family real estate investment and management firm headquartered in Leesburg, Va. He co-founded LifeMinders in August 1996 and served as Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, Board of Directors Member, and Secretary to the Board. LifeMinders went public in 1999. Previously, John was owner of the Enquire Gazette weekly newspaper in Upper Marlboro, MD and a systems engineer for EDS.
John is an active volunteer and has served for the last 10 years on the Board of Governors of Wesley Seminary and for 11 years on the Board of Advisors for the Loudoun County Salvation Army.  John helped to start the Salvation Army feeding program that has serves approximately 8,000 meals a year. He has served on the Loudoun County Advisory Board on Youth.  John was the first director of the Wesley Ministry Network helping to create education programs for lay persons. He is currently treasurer of SamaritanAmericans.org an 501c3 that is helping to end the cycle of poverty in India

 

Join us on Aug 24th to hear our speakers Claire and Mike Fedele, Co-Directors of SHADE, from Shinyanga, Tanzania. SHADE is an IRS approved 501(c) (3) organization bringing hope and life to people with albinism. SHADE operates within a government center in Buhangija where children are brought for protection and receive educational and health care services. SHADE collaborates with local and US organizations to send older children to primary schools or vocational training.
The SHADE Transitional Program (STP) provides housing, food, water, and education for basic life skills. Tutors teach students reading, writing, and mathematics while vocational trainers teach trade skills in Batiki and soap-making. SHADE offers people with albinism a nurturing environment, personal development, and skill building so that they are able to start a business of their own and live life independently.
Stefanie Gans is the dining editor and restaurant critic at Northern Virginia Magazine, covering all aspects of food, drink and the dining scene. Before joining the staff in 2011, Stefanie worked at a political polling firm and for a non-profit promoting progressive workplace practices. Previously, Stefanie has been published in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post Express, The Onion and Eater and is a founding editor of Endless Simmer. Originally from South Jersey, Stefanie has lived in the D.C. area for almost two decades and will not leave the house without her nails painted. She lives with her husband and 2 year-old daughter in Del Ray.
 
The RCLB welcomes our July 27, 2017 speaker, Jocelyn Pratt, Operations Manager for Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank.
 
Jocelyn has been in the customer service field for 19 years, 12 of which are in the veterinary field. She accepted the position of Operations director of BRVBB in 2012. Her biggest passion in this field is education. Educating the local community and nationwide on the importance of canine blood donation. Jocelyn and her staff of 4, along with a dozen other support staff at the Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates in Purcellville, Va., pride themselves on being the largest all canine-volunteer blood bank in the country. The estimated 400 donor dogs in the program are the amazing life saving volunteers!
 
Club President, Fred Williams, presented $4,000 to Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director, Jennifer Montgomery on July 14, 2017. The RCLB Christmas in July donation supports the organization’s summer services.
 
On July 16, long standing club member Stanley Caulkins was accompanied by 20+ of his motorcycle-riding friends
for a 70 mile drive on Loudoun’s backroads to check an item off of his “bucket list”. He rode in an Ural side car attached to a chopper driven by Steve Ortiz.
 

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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.
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Tracie Franklin
Oct 19, 2017
Glenfiddich Scotch Brand Ambassador
Meredith Hovan
Oct 26, 2017
Director of Resource Development for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS)
Bill Hatch
Nov 16, 2017
Zephaniah Winery/ Television
COL(Ret)Ward Nickisch
Nov 30, 2017
War Remains Recovery
Chris Garcia
Dec 07, 2017
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