The forecaster for March 5, 2019

Laissez le bon temps roulez or, in other words, Happy Mardi Cras on “Fat Tuesday” at the start of this year’s Lenten season. Last week on Feb. 26 we had a great meeting: Roger Grooms told us about plans for our golf tourney on April 24th – a shotgun start here at BHCC for about 80 golfers, a delicious lunch, great fun, and open and welcome for anyone of any level of golfing expertise. New members especially welcome. Players and volunteers please contact Roger,, to sign up. We then had welcoming words about our Charter Night on Saturday March 23rd (our 91st anniversary), encouragement to sign up for the 3 committees we want to help with this year, and a welcome to Charlie Collum from Kitty Hawk back visiting after 2 years away. The highlight of the day was our speaker, Chris Herndon, sharing photos and comments about his 23 months as the Director of White House Technology working for the Trump Administration and always close to the center of many newsworthy activities. A very enjoyable and informative few words from a newly returned and most welcomed member of the club.

The Forecaster for February 26, 2019

We started last week’s meeting with a Mission Moment when Bill Colosimo told us what they’ve been doing with our contribution at the Alexandria Singers. They been able to supported several elements of the community including schools and Girl Scouts. We also had an induction ceremony of two new members, Linda Rae deGinder and David Fishman, both previous Rotarians. A short, one person, birthday recognition by Paul Anderson for John Moorman, a report on Meals on Wheels by Mary Lee Anderson, and Roger Grooms announcing the new date for our golf outing on April 24th were other notable announcements. Joe Haggerty, Pres. and CEO of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, was our speaker. Joe mentioned that several members of our club were active with the Chamber and then he also told us about major activities the Chamber has on-going this year- such as the new Amazon HW2 efforts that will take place in the newly identified National Landing. One pleasant forecast is that home prices are expected to rise as the HQ2 development proceeds.

The Forecaster for February 19, 2019

At our meeting last week (Feb. 12th) we had several important announcements: news that our Brooke Curran has just been named on of the 10 Alexandria Living Legends for 2019, in honor of all the charitable works she has led; the impressive induction ceremony Gant Redmon led for Derek Mason as our newest Red Badger; and a pep talk from Rich Morrison regarding our Paul Harris Awards. Nancy Van Gulick Cooper introduced our speaker who was Liz Hume from the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Liz gave us a very good coverage of peace building including that one change needed is to ensure that sustainable peace becomes the goal in anticipating, managing, and reducing violent conflict. She also stated that we need to start working for peace early in situations and not start peacebuilding after the fact.

The Forecaster for February 12, 2019

Some of the announcements made at the start of last week’s meeting were: Mary Lee Anderson informing us about our community service project for Feb. being Meals on Wheels and asking 6 new volunteers to help deliver on the weekend of 23 and 24 Feb., President Paul Anderson reminding us of some upcoming events- Happy Hour at Chadwicks in Old Town from 5 to 7 pm Feb 28th, Charter Night on Saturday March 23rd, and District Convention April 4-7. Roger Grooms told us our golf outing will be on April 25th here at BHCC. and Jessica Knox thanked us for support we’ve given her as a Global Scholar at Oxford working on a nuclear security fellowship. Erica Frazier was our speaker who told us about Mount Vernon at Home, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that provides services and support to allow seniors to live safely, comfortably, and confidently in their own homes for as long as possible.

The Forecaster for February 5, 22019

This bulletin had several important announcement: info on how to access the club website, word about our Happy Hour on Feb. 28th at Chadwicks in Old Town, Fareena Siddiqui is our Rotarian of the Month for Feb, and basic contact info on new members Linda Rae deGinder, Fareena Siddiqui, and Derek Mason. Also, continuing recent trends, we’d had a fair number of visitors for this meeting – good job folks in bringing visitors and possible new members to our interesting meetings. The speaker report section summarized the classification talks given the last week by Pat Tokarz, Andrea Koslow, and Andrea Downing.

The Forecaster for January 29,2019

We had a busy meeting last week with a factoid on Cecil B. DeMille by Andrea Koslow, an announcement about a need for volunteers from the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary, birthday recognition for Peter Knetemann, Ray Petniunas, Lee Duncan, and John Kreutzer led by Janet Barnett with help from John Moorman, and a flag presentation by Linda deGender who is transferring into our club from Catonsville, MD. Our speaker was Steve Oswald (RADM, USNR Ret)- accompanied by his wife, Mary Bono (Member of Congress 1998-2013). He covered many aspects of his time as a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut (3 Shuttle flights 1992-1995 with over 33 days in space as well as flying over 7000 hours in a variety of 40 different planes). Steve expressed his thoughts and hopes for the future of US space exploration, hopefully in full coordination with other nations and also support for a US Space Force that can focus on space issues and provide results to other services and nations. A most enjoyable and thought provoking presentation.

The Forecaster for January 22, 2019

Last week during our meeting we recognized a group of birthdays, heard from Sonia Fisher from TC Williams HS about her year coming up on a Rotary Youth Exchange in Spain, learned Nancy Nevy Cruz is moving to the DC Club, and heard from John Moorman that the club is looking for a location to store important club items. Our speaker, Shawn Eyer, Dir. of Communications & Development at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, told us many facts about the memorial. He gave us information about the current top to bottom restoration that we can see during the 5 daily tours during any day of the week, 9 to 5 for $15 per person. Shawn also relayed details about the Freemasonry movement and its role in the US from the 1700s and how it served to unite people across religious lines.

The Forecaster for January 15, 2019

Our first meeting of 2019 was well attended after no meeting on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, also due to the lottery for the Queen being worth $2550 and only 4 cards remaining. During the business meeting we voted in new officers for the club board of directors and for the Alexandria Day Nursery & Children’s Home (ADN&CH), noted with appreciation the efforts that led to successful and enjoyable Christmas Luncheon, Salvation Army bell ringing (brought in $6000 even in the rain), and an informative Fireside Chat. Oh, by the way, the Queen lottery for $2550 was WON by Chris Herndon. Our speaker was Mark Maloy, an historian and Revolutionary War reenactor who told us about the significance of the Battles of Trenton and Assunpink Creek in December 1776 and January 1777. At a low point in American efforts these brilliantly executed battles gave a major boost to troop and national morale while enabling the successful continuation of the American Revolution. Our speaker described the trials and tribulations of the Americans, the brilliant strategy and leadership of George Washington, and the criticality of these wins towards the later success of the American cause – described by historians as “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat”.

The Forecaster for January 8, 2019

This bulletin reported on the meeting back on December 18th when we had our Christmas Luncheon. The first order of business was Past President Mike Wicks presenting the proposed slate of club officers to lead our club during Rotary Year 2019-2020 – this slate to be voted on at our next meeting on January 8th. Other business was presenting checks to members of the BHCC wait staff that have supported us so well during the year. We had another great Christmas luncheon with the Rotary Rooters serenading us with holiday favorites while the BHCC staff circulated with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. At the end of a delicious meal, Jim Carmalt led the presentation of a most enjoyable music program featuring holiday music. A highlight was the lovely singer, Andrea Klores, singing the song “Just My Bill” towards Bill Vosbeck – appreciated and loudly applauded by everyone in the room. All in all a most enjoyable holiday event.

The Forecaster for December 18, 2018

Past President Mike Wicks presented the slate of officers and directors proposed for our 2019-2020 Rotary year and this slate was approved. They are: President-Sharon Meisel, President elect–John Moorman, VP-Pam De Candio, Secretary-Donna Wilson, Co-Treasurers-Lee Duncan and Jeff Kohne, Directors for Group C-Dan Blaine, Group D-Ru Toyama, Group E-Christine Friedberg, Group F-Nancy Van Gulick Cooper, President Alexandria Day Nursery & Children’s Home-John Woods, Sergeant at Arms-Peter Knetemann, and Ex Officio-Paul Anderson. We’ll vote for officers on January 8th. Dan Blaine told us that a Fireside Chat will be held on January 6, 3-5 pm at Shanaz Ahmed’s house and all are invited to attend. Our speaker was Chris Scalia who co-edited a book collection of 48 speeches by his Dad, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia. It was a most interesting and enjoyable glimpse into the actions of a highly esteemed justice.