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.

31 Mar 2015

GordonToday we are excited to have Gordon Peyton’s re-classification talk. Gordon has been a member of our club for 46 years. Gordon is a partner at Redmon, Peyton and Braswell. He has served as the Commissioner of Accounts for the Alexandria Circuit Court, supervising probate matters, since 2001. He has been a Trustee in Bankruptcy since 1967 for the local United States Bankruptcy Court. He frequently acts as guardian, conservator, attorney-in-fact or as Executor of decedents’ estates. He routinely represents Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 debtors in bankruptcy. He is a past President of the Alexandria Bar Association, a past Chair of the local Bar Grievance Committee, and a past Chair of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. At the invitation of the late Judge Albert V. Bryan, he became a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has also served on many Boards of Directors of charitable organizations, and has been active in the Episcopal Church.

Rotary Club of Alexandria Spam!!!

Sorry about all the repeat emails. There were a bunch of messages stuck in the
queue and I let them out by mistake. Sorry about that!

24 Mar 15

Malcolm_John2Our speaker today is John G. Malcolm. He oversees The Heritage Foundation’s work to increase understanding of the Constitution and the rule of law as director of the think tank’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

Malcolm, who also is Heritage’s Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson senior legal fellow, brings to the challenge a wealth of legal expertise and experience in both the public and private sectors.

Before being named director of the Meese Center in July 2013, Malcolm spearheaded the center’s rule of law programs. His research and writing as senior legal fellow focused on criminal law, immigration, national security, religious liberty and intellectual property.

The Meese Center works to educate government officials, the media and the public about the Constitution and legal principles — and how they affect public policy. The center was founded in 2001 and overseen until early 2013 by the conservative icon whose name it bears, former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

We believe the principles and ideas of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and principles. Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

More at: http://www.heritage.org/

17 Mar 2015

Constant2Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Today, our speaker is Rev. Joseph Murrenz Constant . He is a priest in the Anglican/Episcopal Church. Currently, Rev. Constant serves as Pastor at Holy Comforter Episcopal in the Northwest region of Washington, DC.

Rev. Constant holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. He served as the Assistant Rector at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC for almost two years.  He joined the staff at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2005.  In 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Rev. Constant joined the staff of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church as a Special Coordinator for Haiti. The task of the Special Coordinator for Haiti was to facilitate the multiple efforts among Episcopal churches, dioceses, networks, and organizations committed to the rebuilding of the Diocese of Haiti.

In 2005, he established, Haiti Micah Project, Inc. Haiti Micah Project is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding.  None of our past accomplishments have been possible without the critical support from our donors and the tireless efforts of the leaders and staff in Mirebalais.

10 March 15

Director Chris Fujiwara and Dana Linnet at the US Consulate ReceOur speaker today is Dana Linnet. She develops and communicates strategic priorities and policy for the President, the Secretary of State, the Interagency, and Global Combatant Commanders. Supervises a large team of foreign service, civil service, military officers, and contractors. Facilitates and prepares President and Cabinet level political engagement. High-intensity risk management and decision-making. In-depth knowledge of 26 countries in East Asia and the Pacific.


• Works with Congress and OMB to secure and oversee $820M annually in foreign military and development assistance. Manages and directs regional security policy and programs, as well as Foreign Military Sales and Finance programs across East Asia and the Pacific.
• Builds and develops relationships with foreign governments, international and domestic media, industry, the U.S. Congress, and U.S. government agencies at all levels.
• Advances key policy initiatives in cyber security, non-proliferation, maritime security, human rights, economic development, law enforcement, and counter terrorism programs.
• Oversees formal strategic planning for bureau as directed by the Secretary of State

3 March 15

hessOur speaker today is Executive Director Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, Pamela Hess. She has been with Arcadia since March 2013.  She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press International. After a brief foray into national politics as a communications director on Capitol Hill, Pam returned to her first love: food and sustainable farms. In 2011, she took the helm of a local food and wine magazine that celebrated sustainable food and farming in the Capitol Foodshed, and in the course of it, met and fell in love with Arcadia. She brings to Arcadia a deep commitment to its mission, a large and expanding network of farmers and food advocates, and a great reputation within the sustainable food community.

Since its establishment in 2010, Arcadia’s mission has been to improve the health of our community, support the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations.

Through our programs, we:

  • Work to address issues of food access and food justice
  • Raise awareness about healthy food and its sources
  • Establish innovative connections between local, sustainable farms and consumers

Arcadia Farm is located on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, thanks to a landmark partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the support and vision of Arcadia’s Founder and Chairman, Michael Babin.

More at: http://arcadiafood.org/


24 Feb 15

Mark Strickland, Co-founder of Schoolhouse Partners will speak on hiring and retaining top talent in our schools. Schoolhouse Partners is dedicated to assisting schools, libraries, municipalities, and other non-profit groups to discover ways of reaching goals that they once believed to be unreachable. Our hands-on support, consultancy, and research tools are intentionally aimed at ensuring that partnerships among individuals, schools, community organizations, and funding sources are created and strengthened. In the process, we hope to build dreams, resurrect hopes, and realize successes for all constituents. Designing and constructing collaborative alliances is our highest priority.

Mr. Strickland served as Executive Officer of The Parthenon Group, LLC. He also worked as a Consultant with Anderson Consulting in New York City and served on the board of Sensitech, Inc. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

BHCC Closed 2/17/15

Belle Haven has announced that they will be closed Tuesday 2/17/15 due to the snow. Have a good week and be safe.


Speaker 10 Feb 15


Andrew W. Gurman, MD, an orthopaedic hand surgeon from Altoona, Pa., was re-elected speaker of the American Medical Association House of Delegates in June 2014. Previously, he served as vice speaker for four years. He is a delegate from Pennsylvania and has been a member of the Pennsylvania delegation for 19 years.

Dr. Gurman currently serves on the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) Audit, and Executive committees. He also serves as board liaison to the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws and the AMA International Medical Graduates Section, as well as an AMA-BOT representative on the AMA Foundation board of directors and as the AMA representative to the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® Executive Committee.

A native of New York City, Dr. Gurman grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He attended Syracuse University and received his MD degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, in 1980. He served his surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at the Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein Hospitals in the Bronx, N.Y., and completed his fellowship in hand surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York City.

Pain management
The panelists, who all happened to be hand surgeons, then proceeded to outline ways to provide fewer opiates to patients.

“When I started learning about pain management,” admitted Andrew Gurman, MD, of Altoona, Pa., “I had no idea how many pills my patients were taking. All I knew was that if they were calling me, I hadn’t prescribed them enough.”

Dr. Gurman noted that deaths from opiates now surpass traumatic auto accident fatalities and that hydrocodone is the most widely prescribed drug in the United States. Of the 131 million prescriptions written annually, 12 million are being used nonmedically. “If a patient is given hydrocodone for 90 days,” he said, “there is a two thirds chance that he or she will still be taking it in 5 years.

“We are part of the problem,” he continued, noting that in his home state of Pennsylvania, 55 percent of people using opioids do not have their own prescription.

“They are getting them from friends or relatives,” he said. “This is not a street drug problem. They take them from medicine cabinets. They go to real estate open houses and peek in the bathroom because the agent doesn’t usually go in the bathroom. They take them during parties. Teenagers find them in medicine cabinets.”