2nd Annual Rotary Golf Tournament

A Tradition unlike any other…⛳️🏌🏼‍♂️💪🏽🐯 The 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Alexandria’s golf tournament held at the Belle Haven Country Club this Monday April 22!
Want to be part of a foursome? Please Let Roger Grooms (rgroom77@gmail.com) know right away. 18 hole scramble with cart, drink cart all day, a box lunch will be provided with dinner after the tournament!
Come show your best birdie, or bogey dances on Monday! 🐥⛳️🐥 $195 per golfer, please reach out to Roger Grooms right away! 1:00 PM Shotgun Start!

The Nominating Committee of the Rotary Club of Alexandria met on November 17, 2017 to select the 2018 – 2019 Slate of Officers and Directors.
The Nominating Committee consisted of President Mike Wicks, President-elect Paul Anderson and the 5 most recent past presidents. They are Tom Roberts, Larry Alberson, Peter Knetemann, Ray Petniunas and John Woods.
The election of these Officers and Directors will take place at our lunch meeting on January 9, 2018.

The 2018 – 2019 Slate of Officers and Directors
For the Rotary Club of Alexandria, Virginia (RCA)

President Paul Anderson
President-elect Director; Group A – Club Administration Sharon Meisel
Vice President Director; Group B – Club Service John Moorman
Director; Group C – Membership Dan Blaine
Director; Group D – Public Image Ru Toyama
Director; Group E – Service Community Christine Friedberg
Director; Group F – Service International Shahnaz Ahmed
Director; Group G – Foundation Rich Morrison
Secretary Donna Wilson
Co-Treasurers Lee Duncan / Jeff Kohne

Yours In Rotary Service

Tom Roberts
Committee Chair
RCA Nominating Committee



October 3 – District Governor Ronnie Chantker, “Words about District 7610”

October 10 – Shannon Steene, “Redevelopment of Carpenter’s Shelter, and What it Means for Alexandria”

October 17 – Debbie Evans, “Domestic Violence Services Offered in the City of Alexandria”

October 24 – Fred Barnes, “The Current State of American Politics”

October 31 – Classification Talks


May 2 – Jo Sabel Courtney of Cabot Creamer

May 9 – Dr. Khan, Neighborhood Health

May 16 -Dave Aland, Cyber Security

May 23 – Police Chief Brown

(remember no meeting on May 30)

Sir Stuart Matthews Honored by Home University

Our own Sir Stuart was honored by Hertfordshire University, his home university, when they named a new building the Sir Stuart Matthews Centre.  Below is the information on the whole process.  Hertfordshire is just outside and north of London.  We share the pride of his university in seeing Sir Stuart so honored.


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University of Hertfordshire opens new £120M accommodation

News   •  Oct 31, 2016 16:27 GMT

New student accommodation at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane Campus officially opened.

A redevelopment plan that has been ongoing for three years has reached completion, with the £120M new student accommodation at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane Campus officially now open.

The project, which was developed by Uliving and built by Bouygues UK, is made up of a 3,000 bed accommodation, and marks a significant milestone in the University’s Estates 2020 Vision and the transformation of the College Lane campus.

Four ex-university students were chosen to open the new accommodation, with each area named after them.

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “Our architects have done an absolutely magnificent job. I am delighted that we now have space for so many more students yet have managed to keep our wonderful green space on campus. We have a truly fantastic campus here and I’m delighted we have four of our most prestigious alumni here to open the buildings which have been named after them.”

Dr Julia Schofield MBE, a leading technology consultant and champion for utilising technology to meet the needs of people with disabilities, opened the Schofield accommodation. Julia was first blind female to study Computer Science at the University in the 1970s.

Julia said: “I am lucky because my time here enabled me to get into a field I really wanted to work in. I was surprised to be asked and I am extremely honoured.”

Diane Maclean, sculptor and environmental artist, opened the Maclean accommodation. Diane studied Art and Design at the University in the 1980s and is a long-standing supporter of the University. Her stainless steel creation “The Mountain”, commissioned for the Natural History Museum, sits outside main reception.

Mike Newton, a Computer Science graduate who has been a major contributor to the development of the computing industry, opened the Newton accommodation. Mike has worked with well-known companies such as Apple and Dell. He is an advocate for technology education and supports early career technologists.

The residences were officially opened on the same day as the opening of The Oval, a centre providing sports and social facilities as well as an information point for students, and the Hutton Hub, which brings together all student services in one location. Services include the Student Centre, Careers Service, Campus Pharmacy and Medical Centre, Student Union and a branch of Santander.

The Oval will be named Sir Stuart Matthews Centre in recognition of alumnus Sir Stuart Matthews and his long-standing contribution to the aviation industry which began at Hatfield Technical College. Sir Stuart Matthews also helped build the Comet, the world’s first jet airline.

Sir Stuart Matthews said: “I want to take the opportunity to say how proud I am to have graduated from Hertfordshire and to have this building named after me. I was one of the very first students here sixty years ago when it was Hatfield Technical College and it’s hard to believe that the University has become what it is today.”

The Hutton Hub takes its name from the Hutton building, which was built on the site in 1948 and named after Dr Hutton, the first head teacher of Hatfield School.

Alexandria Veterans – Some Facts

Below are some facts about local veterans provided by LTG (USA, Ret) Bob Wood at Rotary on October 25, 2016.

Alexandria Veterans – Some Facts

  • Virginia – 726,470; 8th Cong District – 52,821; #8 in U.S.
  • Alexandria Residents – 11.8%
  • Veteran Owned Businesses Virginia 76,997; Alex – 240+
  • Alexandria Home to 11+ Veteran Based Organizations
  • Number of Homeless Alexandria Veterans – 12; Fairfax – 46; Arlington – 19
  • Annual Number of Transitioning Vets in DC, MD, VA area – 15,000/ 1250 month

Nationally By Percentage of Our Vet Population

  • #1 in veterans of both Gulf Wars
  • #2 in Bachelor Degrees
  • #2 in Millennials
  • #2 in Gen X’s
  • #2 in Boomers
  • #2 in Female Veterans
  • #3 in Highest Median Income ($82,865)
  • #4 as percentage of State Population
  • 2nd to Last in Korean War Veterans
  • Last in Vietnam Veterans
  • Last in use of Veteran Facilities
  • 70% Vote in Presidential Election (vs 61% in U.S.)
  • 54% Vote in Congressional Elections (vs 41% in U.S.)












Best for Vets: Places to Live 2015 – Military Times

#1 Alexandria, Virginia – Best Medium City


Alexandria Rotary Club Donates $85,000 to 38 Nonprofits

Check out this great article regarding this year’s Rotary Contributions Day (courtesy of yesterday’s Alexandria Times): http://rotaryclubofalexandria.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/AlexTimes_Rotary.pdf

Help us to continue to support the Alexandria Community. Join us October 21st for this year’s Taste for Giving, which is our signature fundraiser of the year.

International Projects Committee Report

The attached powerpoint presentation is a detailed report from Kim Peele on the work of our International Projects Committee, including some suggestions as to how each of us can participate.Rotary International Projects Committee Update forecaster

Tom Roberts in Swaziland

Here is a short report on his trip to Africa by Tom Roberts.
This was my second Rotary dental mission trip to Swaziland, the first was in 2008 with my son, Sam.
This Rotary dental mission trip took place near Hlute, Swaziland. We treated children from the ages of 6 -16 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic convent, orphanage and school. Swaziland has one of the highest HIV rates in the world and has an average life span of 48 to 50 years.
The mission trip was organized through Rotarian Dorothy Steinert from California, and her 501(c)3 non-profit, “Medicine: Arm-In-Arm”.
The project was supported by the Rotary Club of Mbabane, Swaziland, and the Rotary Club of Dundee, South Africa.
It was a 6 day project which included one day to set up, one day to tear down, and four clinic days.
We screened over a 1000 children, and treated 438 children, doing only fillings on adult teeth, and extractions. This was the first time any of these children had ever seen a dentist, and they were great patients.
Our team of 15 included 5 dentists, 3 from the US, and 2 women dentist from Finland. My wife Norma was my dental assistant, our support staff included 3 college kids on spring break who worked as chairside dental assistants, helping out with set up, and clean up, and in sterilization.
All our equipment is stored by the Dundee club in South Africa and included 4 dental chairs and dental units, a compressor, generators, sterilizers, distillers, hand pieces, and massive amounts of hand instruments, restorative materials, and disposable supplies.
The Mbabane club provided funding, the Dundee club maintains, stores and transports the equipment and supplies.
This is a yearly effort by “Medicine: Arm-In-Arm” and Rotary. And I am looking forward to doing this again.
“Remember, it’s all about the kids.”

Jan 26 2016 – Meeting Cancelled

Based on several emails, phone calls, general residential road conditions today, and in an abundance of caution for the safety of our club members, I am cancelling tomorrow’s club meeting.

Please stay warm and safe.  I will see all of you next Tuesday.

President Larry