The Forecaster for October 17, 2017

In addition to several announcements relating to the Taste for Giving fund raiser coming up on Friday October 20th we also participated in Sergeant at Arms Peter Knetemann’s presentation of a copy of Washington’s Will to a visiting Rotarian from California. As is our tradition, in the middle of his presentation, the entire membership chimed in with the “Mr. President, I come from Long Beach, California ….” saying and astonished the visitor. Our speaker was Shannon Steene from the Alexandria Carpenter’s Shelter who told us of the many programs they provide and also of their upcoming renovation of their existing facility that will require their temporary move to the old Macy space in Landmark Mall. When they return to their renovated building in 2020 they will have much more usable space to use in support of homeless personnel in Alexandria.

The Forecaster for October 3, 2017

There were several announcements last week concerning preparation for Taste for Giving 2017. We also had birthday recognition for Pat Clarke, John Woods, and Charlie Ballou before we received a Mission Moment from Joy Myers of Campagna Center who told us some of the good work our Contributions Day donation had supported. Our club is donating to hurricane relief and we were told the club would match contributions up to $1000 in addition to a foundation donation. Our speaker was Joy Myers from the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC). We learned about causes of hearing loss, hearing aids, and other support NVRC can provide.

The Forecaster for September 26, 2017

President Mike Wicks led off the jam packed meeting with words about preparation for Taste for Giving 2017 that is coming along well. We still need more ticket sales, auction items for both silent and live, and passing along the word to friends and co-workers. Chris Hook gave his classification talk about his life growing up here in the area as nephew of our long time Rotarian Tom Hook. Chris is now a consultant and hopes to open a brewery next summer. To top off the meeting we had an excellent talk by Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz about HIV and Hepatitis C. Hopefully we may reach an end to the HIV epidemic soon. Hepatitis C is curable but the drug program to cure it is costly, often upwards of $80,000, for the 12 week treatment of one pill a day. Another excellent medical type speech as arranged by Janet Barnett.

The Forecaster for September 19, 2017

This bulletin reports on another very busy and interesting Rotary meeting. Of course, we had information about the upcoming Taste for Giving (buy tickets on the website under “EVENTS”), could use a few more restaurants and sponsors, and a few more auction items would be appreciated. Our Rotarian of the Month for September was Janet Barnett for all the great speakers she has helped to bring to the club and Kim Peele gave us a detailed run down on the efforts of our very busy and involved International Projects Committee. To top off the meeting, our speaker was a patient advocate who gave us a helpful group of suggestions on how to make a hospital stay much safer and more understandable (such as bring someone with you, use a voice recorder, and wash you hands). Gwendolyn Klein is the founder of Values Based Patient Advocates whose website, “” has a raft of good info and a checklist to help with hospital stays.

The Forecaster for September 12, 2017

Our annual major fundraiser, Taste for Giving, is coming in just over a month and everyone needs to pitch in and help us make this another major success. Tickets are on sale on our website so why not go on and purchase one or a few. Also we got word about a Syrian family in the area that needs help in their resettlement. Our speaker this week was Steven Mays who gave us some of his thoughts about leadership that he sees fitting in “The Power of 3”, the title of his new book. In summary, he said that the major achievement of leadership is to ASSIST, INSPIRE, and DEPEND (AID).

The Forecaster for August 29, 2017

Before the “normal” speaker on the 22nd we had a Mission Moment when Jasmine Milone, Director of the Washington St. United Methodist Church Preschool thanked us for our financial support and told us a bit about what they do to help preschoolers of our community. Then Craig Floyd spoke to us about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and it’s associated Museum that is under construction. Craig’s business card identifies their key goals: “Respect, Honor, Remember” as they strive to honor the service and sacrifice of national law enforcement officers. The Monument has names engraved of over 21,000 officers who were killed in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Museum will be completed in 2018 and will allow visitors to “walk in the shoes” of law officers as they visit the museum that is largely build underground.

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.