All – another great meeting!

Attendance was very good (above 75%), particularly with the number of snow birds who are enjoying much warmer weather than we are here.

Tom Horne took the opportunity to remind us all who won the Super Bowl – and it was a great game!

Carolyn Casey drew a 7 of diamonds, becoming the second raffle winner in the last three months.

Bob Noe reported that the Club will be hearing the Loudoun County student who won our New Generations Speech Contest later this month and that Club Member involvement was outstanding – led by Jaro Vitazka, Dee Jonas, Katie Mann and Ben Saul.

And, Club Secretary Omar Saleh told us that Henry Firestone was once a member of the Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio.

Speaker Amy Owen, Executive Director of the Piedmont Community Foundation and a Past President of The Rotary Club of Charles Town, West Virginia, gave a very well received presentation on the value of community foundations (there are more than 700 of them across the country) and how they serve as a catalyst, conduit and steward for charitable giving in meeting the every changing needs of a community.  Focusing on Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, the Piedmont Community Foundation serves as a positive force to join donors and community in a collective power dedicated to the growth of a permanent endowment as the most effective means to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.

A reminder – there will be no Club meeting next Thursday evening.  You are on your own for February 14 - Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yours in Rotary Service

Mike Casey, President