The Forecaster for May 23, 2017

An interesting and somewhat scary presentation on cyber security was given to us last week by Dave Alard of the Operational Test and Evaluation Directorate of the Secretary of Defense. He said that of the over 2 billion users of the internet, there are some 1 million who are hackers, and that over 500 of these hackers are very, very good. The threat to cyber security is very real. Some of his guidance was to pay serious attention to our passwords and he suggested passwords of 15 characters using 4 unrelated words along with numbers and symbols/characters. Also suggested doing frequent updates and always use firewalls and anti-virus software. We also induced our newest club member, Rachel Talay, had birthday recognition, and were encouraged to review current directory entries and let Sharon Meisel know if all was ok or provide updates to correct any errors.

The Forecaster for May 16, 2017

Dr. Basim Khan who is Executive Director of the organization, Neighborhood Health, was our speaker last week. He told us this organization supports un- and under-insured families in Northern Virginia. They have 4 locations to also support a range of health services. Dr. Khan said they serve about 15,000 patients and have over 50,000 visits per year. A third of their funding comes from fundraising, like we provide at Contributions Day. Dr. Khan said his biggest worry is the patients they don’t see. Also last week Todd Bolick, a red badger, gave his classification talk when we learned he is a native of Alexandria, gained Eagle Scout, and is the current District Executive for BSA.

The Forecaster for May 9, 2017

During the “business” part of our meeting last week we learned that a group of our members had participated in the Rebuilding Alexandria effort on behalf of a family who needed help, that our Little League baseball team had some games we were encouraged to go visit and cheer, Nolan Forness was announced as Rotarian of the Month for May, and Ralph Karau was recognized for 55 years of perfect attendance. A very delicious slice of while cheddar cheese helped “introduce” Jo Sable Courtney, our speaker from Cabot Creamery Coop – a collective group of over 1,100 farm families in New York and New England. Jo told us how the coop members get ‘paid’ based on the percentage of their goods delivered to Cabot Creamery. Also she described an effort to recognize and support volunteer activities through a group called Reward Volunteers that works to make a difference in the world by supporting non-profits and volunteers who help create and sustain strong and healthy communities.

The Forecaster for May 2, 2017

Last week Megan Beyer joined us once again with a presentation that was both interesting and informative. She told us that when she and Don had been the US Ambassador team to Switzerland, they’d found that using American arts with the Swiss brought them to a more friendly relationship after the Swiss had been upset with US policies. When she was preparing for the trip to Cuba with the 1st US government-to-government activity after many years of opposition and tension, she thought arts could be the bridge for warmer and more relaxed relations. That worked and the trip resulted in a more friendly environment that bodes well for the future. A real enjoyable presentation by a most interesting and impressive lady. Janet Barnett also did a bang up job with birthday recognition by starting with a younger/childhood photo of each person for us to try to recognize them. She then capped each recognition with a song or poem she’d revised based on some aspects of their life.

Forecaster for April 25, 2017

At our meeting last week we inducted Chris Hook as our newest member, he is the grand nephew of our recently passed and esteemed member, Tom Hook. We were reminded to sign up for Rebuilding Alexandria that we’ll support on Saturday April 29th. Our speaker, Constanza Hasselmann told us of a charity she has started, Project Aquarelle, which collects, sorts, and reallocates new or slightly used school supplies to support students in several other countries. In the two years since she founded it, this organization has impacted over 3500 students in 8 countries.

The Forecaster for April 18, 2017

Our speaker last week was Austin McNair from the Brain Injury Service of Springfield, an organization that assists individuals and families who have experienced the devastating effects of brain injury, stoke, or concussion. He told how the organization was formed in 1989 by parents of children who’d suffered brain injuries and that each year their organization assists more than 500 individuals. Also last week we had student recognition for Hadiyyah Abdul-Jalaal from Episcopal HS as our Student of the Month. With Hadiyyah at the meeting were several members of her family and the school.

The Charter Night Forecaster for April 8, 2017

This Forecaster is a unique one that mainly provides the detailed description of the awards that will be presented during the evening. It also has a short agenda for the evening starting with drinks and hors d’oeuvre while enjoying music provided by our Rotary Rooters. After the hors d’oeuvre we’ll start the dinner hour with the pledge, invocation, and then introduction of visitors and guests. Our dinner and dessert menu will be provided at each table setting. Following dinner we’ll have the awards presentation of the “Distinguished Rotarian Award”, “Rotarian of the Year Award”, “Gordon Peyton, Jr. Community Caring Award”, and “Paul Harris Awards”. Dancing to music provided by a DJ will cap the evening.

The Forecaster for April 4, 2017

President Tom Roberts returned to us from his Rotary dental mission to South Africa and told us he’d report on that mission later. He told us Christine Hall had made it to her new home in Thailand and will make up with us when she visits back in this area. Dani DiMarino did an excellent job recognizing a whole slew of birthdays and Larry Alberson encouraged us to attend the Charter Night on April 8th. Polly Hanson, our speaker gave us many helpful tips on making sure we are resilient in these days of uncertainty. Her career has spanned many years in law enforcement and she gave us suggested ways we can remain resilient when encountering various emergencies. Her main point was to BE PREPARED.

The Forecaster for March 28, 2017

WOW, what an active and informative meeting last week with announcements and information about many Rotary related events; NCAA pool opportunities, encouragement to continue bringing visitors to meetings, Paul Harris award possibilities for Charter Night, Zoe Price-another great student awardee, a report on National Women’s Day, and a report about Rotary’s Peace Conference. Our top event was the induction of five(5) new members (contact info on each included in the bulletin). Then Ryan Fannon, Frank’s brother, told us about his thrilling experience when he called Villanova’s winning basket at the last second in the Final Four last year and played us a video of the fantastic event.

The Forecaster for March 21, 2017

A snow storm on March 14th caused the BHCC to close so we did not have a meeting on that date. This abbreviated Forecaster for March 21st was prepared to be inserted in the March 14 Forecaster that is to be distributed to each table setting on March 21. The main purpose of this abbreviated Forecaster was to provide details on the program for March 21st. The Forecaster was created on a single sheet of paper with the intention of cutting it into two pieces that are to be inserted in the older bulletin.