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Feb 02, 2017
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Ryan Campbell
Feb 16, 2017
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Feb 23, 2017
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Mar 02, 2017
Leesburg Chief of Police
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Mar 09, 2017
Dulles Airport Manager
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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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Join us on March 23rd. Our speaker, Mr. Beau Backus, is the technical lead for Aerospace in the newly formed National Spectrum Consortium.  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.
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
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

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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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