The Forecaster for September 11, 2018

Last week we had a busy business session with birthday recognition, Taste for Giving words, info on international projects, and intro for our September community project. Our speakers were local Rotarians Tim Lang and Andrew Wade who brought us up-to-date on the Strategic Water Alliance work in Zambia. Over the 15 years of this project we’ve drilled over 30 wells and have brought clean water and improved sanitation projects to 4 rural schools and their surrounding communities. On October 6 at 8 AM there will be a “Walk for Water” at the W&OD Trail in Reston that help provide support for our water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.

The Forecaster for September 11, 2018

Last week we had a busy business session with birthday recognition, Taste for Giving words, info on international projects, and intro for our September community project. Our speakers were local Rotarians Tim Lang and Andrew Wade who brought us up-to-date on the Strategic Water Alliance work in Zambia. Over the 15 years of this project we’ve drilled over 30 wells and have brought clean water and improved sanitation projects to 4 rural schools and their surrounding communities. On October 6 at 8 AM there will be a “Walk for Water” at the W&OD Trail in Reston that help provide support for our water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.

The Forecaster for August 21, 2018

Last week John Moorman gave us another pep talk re: Taste for Giving on Oct 19th. He encouraged everyone to help solicit restaurants participants and to donate auction items. We also had a Rotary Peace Fellow who will come back to us again this Fall. Jeanne Theismann wrote this bulletin and your editor is lucky to have such a well qualified writer to do the bulletin in his absence/vacation. Our speaker was our own Brooke Curran who told us of her recent recovery and rehabilitation from her near brush with death caused by her erupted brain aneurysm that required 8 hours of brain surgery back in March. After 3 weeks in hospital after surgery she came home many pounds lighter but has started to gain back most of what she lost. Brooke said she is lucky to be one of the rare survivors of a brain aneurysm – her advice to the club was “Carpe Diem”. We’re all thrilled to have you back with us Brooke!

The Forecaster for August 7, 2018

Last week was the 5th meeting of the month so it included several announcements on club business (induction of three new members – Vic Dymowski, John Kreutzer, and Andrea Koslow), award of blue badges to 3 members, recognition of 3 birthdays, and a piece about the great support our club gets from Belle Haven CC. Rather than a ‘normal’ speaker we had two red badgers give us their classification talks along with their Rotary factoid. Bonnie Tavalozzi told us of her life from Damascus, to Dallas, Penn. State, the Navy where she was a helicopter pilot, marriage to another Navy officer, two kids, and now a personal stylist. Taylor Barnes said he was basically a local boy, lived in Falls Church and Alexandria, attended Stratford Landing, Carl Sandburg, Bishop Ireton HS, and Mississippi State. He played baseball but was injured and never played again. He now works in a family real estate firm founded by his grandfather.

The Forecaster for July 31, 2018

The program for this date includes both inducting new members (Vic Dymowski, John Kreutzer, and Andrea Koslow), issuing new blue badges to a group who have completed their red badge requirements, and receiving classification talks by Bonnie Tavolazzi and Taylor Barnes. Our speaker last week was Lindsey Doyle, a Peace Fellow who told us about Rotary’s peace building efforts. A major asset to this effort are the over 900 Rotarians who’ve received graduate level fellowship education in the processes of peace building and conflict resolution and others who’ve received a certificate in peace building. Right now there are over 1200 alumni working around the world on these efforts. Our club has a goal of becoming a peace building club and working on these key efforts.

The Forecaster for July 24, 2018

Announcements last week were sparse with Donna Wilson recognizing Sharon Meisel as Rotarian of the month for July due to her successful leadership of our recent and noteworthy Flags for Heroes project. President Paul Anderson gave us a short report on his recent attendance at the RI annual convention in Toronto, Canada. He suggested it would be fantastic if our club had a larger delegation to the 2019 RI convention next June 1-5 in Hamburg, Germany. Janet Barnett introduced Roger Digilio as our speaker who told us about the King St. Gardens Park that was opened in 1997 as a gateway to the King St. Metro station. The park has a sunken garden, a hanging garden, and a topiary to represent the beauties and attractions of Alexandria. As chairman of the King St. Gardens Park, Roger encouraged club members to become active in supporting and/or maintaining the park.

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.