The Forecaster for August 15, 2017

Mr. Craig Fuller was our August 15th speaker introduced by Jim Aldige – Craig came from California where he father was an instructor pilot during WWII that led to his passion for aviation – flying his 1st ultralight at age 14 and pilot’s license by 17. He first came to DC in 1981 where he served 8 years as assistant for President Reagan, then Chief of Staff for VP Bush and finally as co-director of President Bush’s transition team. After the White House he worked for Wexler Group, Hill & Knowlton, and Philip Morris. Mr. Fuller led the Nat’l Assn of Chain Drug Stores and went on as Pres. & CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. He recounted some of his flying experiences and political efforts on the hill. Many interesting announcements were made earlier in the meeting, including Donna Wilson naming Lonny Marchant as Rotarian of the Month for his 50 years of perfect attendance.

The Forecaster for August 22, 2017

Our speaker last week provided us information on a most important new addition to the Northern Virginian area – the INOVA Dwight & Martha Schar Cancer Institute across from INOVA Fairfax Hospital. This is/will be an international center for advanced cancer care and research, collaborating with clinical and scientific partners. Dr. Donald (Skip) Trump is the CEO and Executive Director of the Center and he told us of the many capabilities the center will bring to bear on improving cancer survival rates while treating patients near their home. President Mike Wicks stressed the need for everyone to actively support our upcoming Taste for Giving by helping recruit sponsors, sell tickets, and participate in all the activities necessary to make this successful, as have been recent such events.

The Forecaster for August 8, 2017

Last week was a busy meeting: Casey Lindsay, our new newscaster, gave us an excellent update on news and weather, President Mike Wicks kicked off the preparation for TASTE FOR GIVING coming up on October 20th (a new Winner’s Choice Travel Raffle will hopefully bring in major funds), Seersucker Day is coming next week, August 15th, and we were encouraged to keep bring new folks to lunch and work on bringing in new members. In lieu of a ?normal” speaker we had two classification talks by Rachael Talay and Denny Kuhns. They each provided us a pretty thorough thumbnail of their life up to this time so we’d get to know each of them much better.

The Forecaster for August 1, 2017

We had two basic speakers last week. First was our Moment for Missions that had Steve Mutty, Director of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation to tell us a little about his organization – one of the non-profit organizations we supported on Contributions Day. Steve told us about their Boatbuilders Apprentice and Middle School Math programs that help youth of the community. Our other speaker was Bill Rausch who is the Executive Director of Got Your 6, an organization helping veterans nation wide as they leave military service and re-enter civilian community life. Bill said that about 250,000 veterans leave the military each year and that veterans are generally leaders, team builder, and problem solvers who hae unique potential to lead a resurgence of community across the nation.

The Forecaster for July 25, 2017

Our newly installed president, Mike Wicks, presided over his first meeting since his installation two weeks prior and did an excellent job getting many items smoothly handled. Main announcement was by Farrell Egge about a charity bike ride his daughter Emily is doing around Iceland to raise funds for his niece, Olivia who is fighting cancer . Later $173 was donated to this charity by Ray Petniunas and Pad DeCandio who won the lotteries. Our speaker was Mike Lane who told us a great deal about the politics in recent elections, both in Virginia and the nation, and then talked about some possible trends for future elections.  Mike said that the Virginia governor’s race is only one of two major elections this year and it looks like a very close race that could get down and dirty

The Forecaster for July 18, 2017

Last week’s meeting was a very busy one with both a great speaker then the installation ceremony for our new officers and directors for 2017-2018. Due to this we had a most unusual event that postponed our lotteries until this week (those few folks who bought tickets on July 11th were told to bring them in on July 18th). Dr. Tom Curry from Bishop Ireton High School gave us the high lights about the school (has grown to about 800 students, is now co-ed, and a new building plan is being finalized. Dr. Curry encouraged Rotarians to consider becoming actively involved with students as personal and career role models. The new office installation included identification of the new officers, providing them their lapel pins, and giving them the oath of office. Tom Roberts gave a short speech about his year in office (went by too fast), Tom Roberts and Mike Wicks exchange several gifts, and President Mike Wicks made a short speech about his plans for the coming year.

The Forecaster for July 11, 2017

The 2 major efforts of this bulletin were to (1) report on the June 27th Parent/Grandparent/Child luncheon and (remember that BHCC was closed on July 4th so we had no Rotary meeting that day) (2) to also provide the full listing of our new club officers and directors who will lead our club during Rotary Year 2017-2018. (1) We did have a great family related luncheon with many decendents of all ages, enjoyed a delicious taco luncheon along with flavorable desserts, and capped it off with an interesting game resembling BINGO – a game that was greatly enjoyed by everyone in attendance. (2) The other side of this bulletin is mostly devoted to the complete listing of our new club leaders who will be installed as a part of our meeting on July 11th.

The Forecaster for June 27, 2017

President Elect Paul Anderson led our meeting last week and did an excellent job while Presidents Tom Roberts and Mike Wicks were unavailable. Our speaker was Chuck Vollmer from JOBENOMICS who updated us on their recent actions toward their plan for America: 20 Million New Jobs by 2020. In Erie, PA they have an effort to develop a model to use in other areas using such activities as urban agriculture and mining. Urban agriculture uses generally vertical hydroponic micro farms on vacant lots. Urban mining works to reclaim high value components from electronic waste.

The Forecaster for June 20, 2017

We had a most interesting meeting last week with Sergeant at Arms and Past President Peter Knetemann being in charge of our meeting as current leadership was either in Atlanta at the RI annual convention or they were out of the country. Peter did well as he oversaw many announcements and reports (like by Brooke Curran on our June Community Project helping up grade a local playground). Janet Barnett had arranged a fantastic speaker, Diane Hendel from INOVA Housecalls, a new capability at INOVA Fairfax where doctors, nurse practioners, and social workers actually make house calls, mainly on those who are now medically unable to continue driving. The concept is that they bring expertise and experience in fields related to geriatric issues right into the patient’s home. Great and helpful concept along with a most interesting presentation.

The Forecaster for June 13, 2017

Wow and double wow for the great meeting last week. John Porter from ACT was our speaker who complemented our Rotary club for the work we do in assisting Alexandria non-profit organizations who in turn are working to develop solutions for pressing community needs. Our Foundation Committee and the Alexandria Day Nursery & Children’s Home Foundation awarded a total of $108,000 to 46 Alexandria organizations. Our two committees did an excellent job of organizing this 2017 Contributions Day right from the month long effort to solicit then evaluate over 100 grant requests, then organize and run an impeccable performance so that the day came off without a hitch. It’s time to mark your calendar for the 2017 Taste for Giving that will be held at the Patent & Trademark Office on Friday evening October 20th.