The Forecaster for July 17, 2018

Your editor goofed and left the date on this bulletin as July 10th instead of what should be July 17th. This bulletin correctly reported on the meeting of July 10th when our meeting celebrated the installation of our new officers for the year 2018-2019 with a new board led by Paul Anderson. We recognized the accomplishments of Mike Wicks and his board as we welcomed the new board with Paul Anderson. Early in the meeting we enjoyed a photo essay put together by Past Pres. Larry Alberson that was a photo summary of Mike Wick’s year. Both Past Pres. Mike Wicks and President Paul Anderson spoke of the goals achieved and planned by our active club. President Paul observed that TOGETHER WE CAN BE MIGHTY.

The Forecaster for July 10, 2018

In preparing for the meeting on July 10 to install officers for Rotary Year 2018-2019, this bulletin listed all the officers of the Club and the ADN&CH. A large portion of the remaining announcements side of the bulletin covered he Flags for Heroes description and appreciation of efforts by key workers. Since the last meeting before July 10th had been the parent/child luncheon, most of the speaker side of the bulletin was dedicated to description of that luncheon. Our Parent/Child Luncheon, was totally enjoyed by everyone in attendance, both the food (fajita bar followed by churros and ice cream) and the Trivia game of 30 questions. Almost everyone in the room really got into the trivia and laughed at some of the questions and answers. Many attendees were already looking forward to this luncheon next year.

The Forecaster for June 12, 2018

Donna Wilson kicked off the meeting last week by announcing that the June Rotarian of the Month was the entire Contributions Committee and Alexandria Day Nursery & Children’s Home Foundation for the outstanding effort they led in donating $135,000 to 54 Alexandria deserving non-profit organizations. Mary Roman then led presentation of two CTE/Vocational scholarships of $2500 each to Sajelle Avery (TC Williams) and Ana Avila (Hayfield Secondary). Our fabulous speaker last week was CAPT (USN, ret.) Eugene “Red” McDaniel who was introduced by his grandson Casey Lindsay. Red told details of his 6 years as a POW in Hanoi – torture, deprivation, as well as the ability to communicate with other prisoners and the role of his faith in God in sustaining him. He was imprisoned for 2018 days and his speech was strongly applauded by everyone. He’s also written a book “Scars and Striped” that many members bought after his speech.

The Forecaster for June 26, 2018

Remember that our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 10th (BHCC is having a July 4th event and can’t host us on July 3rd). At our meeting last week we heard about final details for setting up and displaying our Flags for Heroes project on Simpson Field (set up Friday June 29th starting at 8 am and Opening Ceremony on Saturday June 30th at 1 pm). Herb Berg, former Alexandria School Superintendent was our speaker last week who told us he’d been a Rotarian many years and was a member of our club for 8 years. In his speech he told us of some issues he’d faced as Superintendent – difficulties with the school board, need to hire experienced and qualified teachers as well as students of many nationalities and languages. He strongly urged Rotarians to get involved with the schools and run for membership on the school board – also told us to invite the new superintendent to our Rotary meetings and social events.

The Forecaster for June 19, 2018

Before the Contributions portion of the program last week we had a short business meeting during which we had announcements about our Flags for Heroes project and also our assistance to Carpenters Shelter. Carolyn R “Bo” Aldige was our speaker who gave us very valuable guidance on how to evaluate non-profit organizations before we contributed to them – primary guidance was to “GIVE-BUT GIVE WISELY”. The main business of the meeting was for the Contributions Committee and Alexandria Day Nursery & Children’s Home Foundation to award $135,000 to 54 non-profit organizations of Alexandria. We also had over 70 visitors who came to our meeting to receive and witness the monetary awards that means so much to these organizations.

The Forecaster for June 5, 2018

Last week was a busy but very enjoyable meeting – we inducted 4 new members, had a unique birthday recognition session, heard more about our Flags for Heroes project, and recognized another deserving HS senior from Bishop Ireton HS (Peter Murphy). Jean and Tom O’Connor, FBI agents were our speakers that told us about the FBI Agents Association that has 14,000 agents as members, looks out for the agents as well as their families, and is the family standing behind every agent. They also reported on their activities during National Police Week that had recognized fallen officers at the Law Enforcement Memorial – three FBI agents were memorialized whose deaths were attributed to their work relating the the 9/11 investigations and clean ups. Both had just participated in the Police Unity Ride where about 10,000 bicycle riders “Ride for those Who Died” and raised funds for the Law Enforcement Memorial.

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.