The Forecaster for May 3, 2016

Edgard Izaguirre from the new paper, the Washington City Paper, acquainted us with the paper and some interesting facts about it. It is a weekly paper delivered to 65,000 weekly subscribers and has over a million weekly online readers. The paper’s website is “washingtoncitypaper.com” and is one we should each consider in seeing what the paper might provide us. This meeting also saw the presentation of the Distinguished Rotarian for 2016 to Steve Gresham for all the efforts he does throughout the year and several new Paul Harris awards to members. Both sets of presentation were made to members who were unable to attend our recent Charter Night. Also, Farrell Egge recognized the last of members April birthdays: Brooke Sydnor Curran and the recently passed Tom Fields. Several GOOD NEWS announcements are in this bulletin as well: a new playground project needing club assistance, Meals on Wheels information, a member’s par golf, and success for a members senior softball team.

The Forecaster for April 26, 2016

Our speaker on 26 April was Tom Neer, a retired FBI profiler. He told us some of the ways a profiler works to peel back, layer by layer, a criminal’s thinking about his crime. All of the audience was very interested in what he had to tell us after many hours of watching TV law and order shows that often touched on what a profiler did or did not do. Tom explained how profiling has become somewhat specialized and generally breaks down into three general categories: terrorism, child related, and serial murder. Some of his most interesting discussion was his retelling of some of the cases he’d worked over the years. We had a very active Q&A session including some words about his visits to Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Earlier we’d heard from Amanda Eisenhour who is the high school student we’re sponsoring for a Rotary International Short Term Youth Exchange to Colombia this summer. Our Mission Minute presentation was by Giselle Pelaes from the Center for Alexandria’s Children.

Jan 26 2016 – Meeting Cancelled

Based on several emails, phone calls, general residential road conditions today, and in an abundance of caution for the safety of our club members, I am cancelling tomorrow’s club meeting.

Please stay warm and safe.  I will see all of you next Tuesday.

President Larry

 

 

The Forecaster for November 3, 2015

At our very busy meeting last week we had an initial report on the success of our Taste for Giving, got a thank you note from Dr Bob Wineland’s wife Stuart, a brief factoid, a trio of birthdays, and a recognition of a “gang of six” as Rotarians of the Month for November (for their considerable efforts on behalf of TFG). Our ‘speaker’ was actually a presentation relating to Boy Scouts given by several people: first our Donnie Simpson set the scene, Eagle Scout Keenan Pallone told us about the impact scouting has had on him, next Joel Jackson (District Exec) gave a brief presentation, and it was capped by Donnie presenting the “Good Scout” award to Gant Redmon who also told us a bit about his scouting days (including showing us his cub scout uniform and wearing his cub hat). Very enjoyable meeting.

The Forecaster for October 13, 2015

This Forecaster is the first with a generally new format that reduces somewhat the amount of coverage of the speakers presentation and uses some of that space to allow coverage of “good news” about club members and club committees and other activities. We did have a most interesting speaker last week with Kim Saville, an Australian Rotarian who is working closely with St. Jude’s School in Tanzania. This is a real success story about development of a school that in just over a decade has grown from 3 students to over 1900 students in three campuses. This school will provide students and their families a promise of improved living in the future as the students also help their country with their educational abilities.

26 May 15

No meeting today because Belle Haven is closed. See you next week.

Smile at a stranger, and make two people happy. ~Amy Neumann

19 May 15

Tom-Miller-224x300Thomas Miller is currently the president and CEO of IESC. Prior to joining IESC, Tom was president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the U.S. (2009) and from 2005-08, served as CEO of Plan International, a large NGO that works in 66 countries to improve the lives of children in developing countries. A 29-year career diplomat, Tom’s experience in the Foreign Service spanned many continents. From 2001-04, he served as U.S. ambassador to Greece, where he focused on the security concerns of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and domestic counter-terrorism. From 1999-2001, as U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked on helping the country recover after a devastating war. From 1997-99, he was special coordinator for the Cyprus negotiations (rank of ambassador). He was also posted to Thailand, Greece two other times, and the State Department in Washington, where he focused on North Africa, the Middle East, and counter-terrorism issues. In 2011, Tom was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the chair of the board of the International Commission on Missing Persons, an internationally acclaimed organization that identifies missing persons in many countries by using DNA-matching and other techniques.

12 May 15

Today our speaker will be Peter Snyder.

Pete Snyder is the Chief Executive Officer of Disruptor Capital, an angel capital investment firm focused on funding and growing disruptive technologies, ideas and entrepreneurs.

Prior to starting Disruptor, Pete was the Founder and CEO of New Media Strategies, the world’s first and one of the largest social media marketing agencies. Snyder also served as President of Emerging Markets for Meredith Corporation’s full-service direct and digital marketing agency.

An innovator, Pete was one of the earliest pioneers in the social media industry. In his 12 years as CEO at New Media Strategies, Snyder built a blue-chip client base that featured some of the world’s leading brands and companies including ABC, AMC, Burger King, CBS, Chanel, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Disney, Dodge, Fox News Channel, Ford Motor Company, HBO, Jeep, McDonald’s, The NFL Players Association, Northwest Airlines, Paramount Pictures, PepsiCo, RCA Records, Red Bull, Reebok, Revlon, SyFy Channel, Sony and USA Network, among many others. Under Pete’s leadership, New Media Strategies was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” for three years in a row.

Pete also built an award-winning corporate culture, as both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Business Journal named New Media Strategies one of the area’s “Best Places to Work.” Snyder was honored by Fortune Small Business for his innovative management style when they named him one of the “Best Bosses in America.” Additionally, Pete has been named a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, was featured on the “Power List” by Capitol File and was named a “Disruptor We Admire” by Smart CEO Magazine.

A graduate of The College of William and Mary, where Snyder is a member of the Board of Visitors, Pete serves on the Marketing Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a Trustee on the Board of Cushing Academy.

28 Apr 2015

Today, Dr. Bob Wineland will be talking on the Battle of the Bulge.

It was one of the best kept secrets of World War II. When 20-year-old U.S. Army Medic Robert Wineland arrived in the village of Laudersfeld, the wooded countryside of far eastern Belgium was relatively peaceful, a quiet buffer zone disrupted only by occasional artillery fire and brief skirmishes between opposing infantry patrols. But on Dec. 16, 1944, the sleepy Ardennes front was about to wake up. The Battle of the Bulge had begun.

“I was having a conversation with my captain and two young cooks outside the farmhouse we were staying in when I realized I had forgotten my wool cap,” recalled Wineland. “I darted inside to retrieve it and noticed a window was ajar. Just as I reached up to close it, a loud explosion shattered the glass and blew me backwards. I thought to myself, ‘Good going, Bob. Here it is, the first day of action and you got shot.’”

7 Apr 2015

April Lyn Pinch-Keeler’s life is devoted to MVLE. The Springfield-based nonprofit organization helps people with disabilities join the workforce, and Pinch-Keeler, now president of MVLE, takes its mission to heart. Before sitting down for an interview about her work, the Arlington resident showed off MVLE’s new Springfield training center on Fullerton Road, where clients can connect socially, receive job training and physical and occupational therapy.