The Forecaster for May 22, 2018

REMEMBER – NO MEETING ON MAY 29TH (MEMORIAL DAY). NEXT MEETING ON JUNE 5TH. Last week’s meeting was mainly related to Boy Scouting with presentation of scholarships to two local Eagle scouts (Owen M. Biesada and Ian Peverall), words about our local Colonial District (Exec. is Todd Bolick), encouragement to sponsor a scout with a $250 donation, and award of the RI Cliff Dochterman Award to Bill Vosbeck. A large percentage of attendees stood when those who’d been scouts or volunteers were asked to stand and also we had some previous Cliff Dochterman awardees in attendance (Tom Roberts, Amy Curtis, John Woods, Gant Redmon, and Donnie Simpson). Sadly we received word that Don Simpson, SR had died and his service will be at Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 1 pm on Thursday May 24th. We also had Sharon Meisel make the first announcement about our “Flags for Heroes” project where a $50 donation will memorialize one of the 200 US flags to be displayed from June 29 to July 7th in Simpson Park.

The Forecaster for May 15, 2018

President Mike Wicks told us the current and new boards met together for the first time last week and approved the membership applications of Martha Ellis Kelley and Taylor Barnes. The first group of birthdays for May was called out by Janet Barnett who recognized Sir Stuart Matthews, Jon Williams, Bonnie Tavolazzi, and Bill Vosbeck. Our ‘speakers’ last week were 3 Red Badgers who presented both their classification talk and factoid. Katy Fike said she was from a small town, went to a small Catholic Univ., and was an office manager. She feels our service efforts fit her nicely and she is happy here. Dan Ehrlick is from Bethlehem, PA, went to Penn State, went into the Navy (family tradition), and helped sell ships to foreign navies, and did many volunteer activities. Jennifer Hammer was born in Houston, went to Texas A&M, married a Navy aviator and moved around the US, had 2 sons (both Hokies), and how works with Legacy Navigator to help customers.

The Forecaster for May 8, 2018

The meeting last week started with a real high point when Brooke Curran returned for the first time after some medical time off. Things stayed on a high plain with Bob McClure’s classification talk – he came from NJ, went to LaFayette College, worked for politicians, and found he really enjoyed volunteer activities. He was pleased when Tom Roberts introduced him to Rotary and our scope of community service so he’s glad to become a Rotarian. A real fantastic speaker, the Hon. Bob Livingston gave us a fascinating discussion of his views of politics and government based on his over 20 years in the House and many as Chair of the House Appropriationgs Committee. He was concerned with the current state of discourse on Capital Hill and the almost total lack of any worthwhile legislative performance. A most interesting talk by a distinguished leaser and patriot.

The Forecaster for May 8, 2018

The meeting last week started with a real high point when Brooke Curran returned for the first time after some medical time off. Things stayed on a high plain with Bob McClure’s classification talk – he came from NJ, went to LaFayette College, worked for politicians, and found he really enjoyed volunteer activities. He was pleased when Tom Roberts introduced him to Rotary and our scope of community service so he’s glad to become a Rotarian. A real fantastic speaker, the Hon. Bob Livingston gave us a fascinating discussion of his views of politics and government based on his over 20 years in the House and many as Chair of the House Appropriationgs Committee. He was concerned with the current state of discourse on Capital Hill and the almost total lack of any worthwhile legislative performance. A most interesting talk by a distinguished leaser and patriot.

Speakers for May 2018

May 1 – Hon. Bob Livingston, “Accomplishments and Bi-partisan Achievements of
the Livingston Group”
May 8 – Classification Talks by Katy Fike, Dan Ehrlick, and Jenifer Hammer
May 15 – Good Scout Awards
May 22 – Tom and Jean O’Connor, FBI agents
May 29 – NO MEETING, BHCC Closed

The Forecaser for April 24, 2018

Roger Grooms reported that our first annual golf tournament was a success – 60 golfers participated and everyone had fun. We now look forward to next year’s tournament. Our student recognition this month was to Doris Li from Episcopal High School, an impressive young lady who has made volunteer activities a major element of her life and donated over 200 hours. Our speaker was Dr. (PhD) Dede Bailer, Coordinator. Psychological Services for the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) who told us that FCPS is the 10th largest school system in the US and the largest single employer in Fairfax County. She told us how students who receive positive protective factors like family support, extracurricular activities, and participation in community service have a much better mental health.

The Forecaster for May 1, 2018

At our meeting last week we had a Mission Moment from Emmanuel Preschool’s Ressa Jones who thanked us for our contribution last year that has helped in many ways. Bob McClure moved closer to his blue badge by giving us a factoid about how Rotary had in the past had to counter resistance and false charges of antisemitism and being a secret satanic society. Also, Nancy Van Gulick Cooper reminded us to try to nominate someone for a Rotary Peace Scholarship. Our speaker, Melanie Greenberg, from the Alliance for Peace Building, talked about the efforts that organization does towards supporting the many aspects of conflict resolution around the world.

The Forecaster for April 17, 2018

Last week’s meeting included several announcements concerning forthcoming activities like Meals on Wheels, golf tourney, District Conference in Williamsburg, Tim Geary’s death after 2 years fighting cancer, and birthday recognition. This busy business meeting was followed by an inspirational presentation by our Janet Barnett with a tribute to Women’s History Month. First she told us how Women’s History Month in 1987 was declared by Congress for the entire month of March. Then an enjoyable video tribute for the late Patsy Ticer was shown – she was our first female mayor then a senator. Ticer’s daughter was on the dais with Janet.

The Forecaster for April 10, 2018

As per usual President Mike Wicks had many announcements during the business meeting – that Brooke Curran was recuperating at home, – details about the April 18th golf tourney, -volunteering opportunities with Meals on Wheel (April 28 & 29); Rebuilding Alexandria (28 April); an Dist. 7610 conference in Williamsburg (Apr.26-29) – strive to reach membership goal of 115 – and funeral for Jimmy Harris and recent death of Tim Geary. Donna Wilson announced that Mike Wicks was our Rotarian of the Month for April. Laura Derby from Mt. Vernon Rotary invited us to the Opioid Awareness Forum they’re hosting on April 14th. Our speaker was Jim Gilmore, former Virginia governor, who gave us an impressive and informative review of the situation with North Korea and the range of options that he sees for the US as events unfold in Korea and the Western Pacific. His speech was absolutely fantastic and most enlightening.

The Forecaster for April 3, 2018

President Mike Wicks reported how well our Charter Night had gone and highlighted the proclamation from the Alexandria City Council that had been read by Mayor Allison Silberberg, the presentation of several major club awards. and a large group of Paul Harris awards – all followed by an enjoyable and energetic session of dancing at the end of the evening. Last week’s normal weekly meeting was also a busy one with several awards to folks who’d been unable to attend Charter Night, March birthday recognition,and a Moment for Missions about Space of Her Own. Dr. Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of the UCONN School of Engineering gave us a wide ranging talk about his school and the major changes now underway within all aspects of engineering education. Very interesting.