The Forecaster for October 16, 2018

Past President Larry Alberson developed and projected a new “heritage” display of the history of our club that is very interesting – check it out. This is only one of the many things Larry has done to bring to life the history of this active Rotary club. Katy Fike then introduced our speaker who was Ron Fitzsimmons, the founder of the charity Alice’s Kids. Ron told us that he and his sister, Laura Fitzsimmons Peters started this charity to provide support to kids for the small things they couldn’t afford but made such a big difference to them. Ron and Laura had been raised by their mother Alice as a single parent and had endured many ‘shortages’ and knew the impact felt by the kids who were not able to participate in some key youth activities due to shortage of money. Gifts, usually in the form of gift cards under $100, are provided anonymously to the children based on needs identified by teachers or social workers. Items provided might be such things as prom dresses, soccer shoes, camp fees, and other things we generally take for granted. The charity has now expanded to 24 states and is based on the clear, simple, focused and disciplined approach to their mission.

The Forecaster for October 9, 2018

Included in this Forecaster are details of three new members, Lt. Alphonso Hughes, Jr, Mark E Wright, and Farheena Siddiqui to both infom members on these new folks and to be able to contact them as we bring them into club activities. Donna Wilson also announced that John Moorman was our Rotarian of the Month for September because of his efforts in organizing our Taste for Giving (to be at the Patent and Trademark Office on Oct. 19th). Donna also reminded us to help bring in items for the silent auction (contact her regarding delivery) and John mentioned that tickets can be purchased on our website. Ann Rector introduced Maestro Jim Ross as our speaker. Jim is the newly named music director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) who is taking them into their 75th Anniversary year. Jim told us about his many plans for the ASO, such as making the classical music more contemporary and fun while also having events that help other community organizations with their fund raising. An enjoyable and enlightening presentation by a most engaging speaker. He made a major point about the many ties and similiarities between our Rotary club and the ASO.

The Forecaster for October 2, 2018

Our September 25th meeting was a busy one that included a visit and comments by our District 7610 Governor, Glen Yarborough and a speech by Lisa Jacobs from the Alexandria Teaching Consortium (ATC). The DG told us about activities going on in the district after he recognized all present who’d served in Vietnam with “Welcome Home” pins. He also told us it is time to be thinking of major goals for Rotary after we successfully conclude the Polio Now crusade. Our speaker, Lisa Jacobs told of the great work being done by the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC) to help early elementary students to read at grade level by the third grade. She also encouraged us to volunteer as tutors that commit to two 30-minute sessions per week from October to May with a student who is taken out of class for these sessions. We also were asked for book donations to help expand their library development program with readers for 5, 6, and 7 year old children. During the meeting we also inducted three new members: Lt. Alphonso Hughes Jr., Farheena Siddiqui, and Mark E. Wright.

The Forecaster for September 25, 2018

During announcements last week: Tom Roberts told us a bit about his upcoming trip to Dundee, South Africa and is working on a club-to-club grant with Dundee Rotary to purchase a medical transportation vehicle; President Paul Anderson told us that Past President Gayle Spurr and Jay have come through the floods with loss of their boat and damage to the house but they are ok; and Sharon Meisel reminded us of the Walk for Water on October 6th to help raise funds for our shared Strategic Water Alliance. Our speaker was Darlene Williamson, founder of the Stoke Comeback Center to help stroke survivors during their recovery. She told us about the types of strokes and their different warning signals. If you have someone apparently suffering from as stroke is to IMMEDIATELY CALL 9-1-1 so they can most quickly begin receiving medical treatment. She gave us some very timely and critical facts about strokes and their recovery treatments.

The Forecaster for September 18, 2018

Some very good announcements were made during last week’s meeting – Taste for Giving preparations are going well, buy tickets online, the travel raffle is prepared and tickets can be purchased online, and Ru Toyama is updating our website delivery roster so everyone needs to make sure their email address is entered correctly. Dave Rudy from Snap Fitness gave us a good pep talk about fitness as well as presenting many very helpful suggestions as to the value of each person developing and following a personal fitness plan.

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 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.