New Slate of Officers for Next Year

On December 29, our Club members will vote for next year’s officers. The nominating committee met, and has selected a slate of nominees for next year’s Board. On December 29, you will be asked to vote on the following slate of officers:

2016-17 Club President: Tom Roberts
President Elect and Group A, who will be our
2017-18 Club President: Mike Wicks
Vice President and Group B Director, who will be our
2018-19 Club President: Paul Anderson
Secretary: Sharon Meisel
Treasurer: Lee Duncan
Group C (Membership): Donna Wilson
Group D (Public Image): Chris Herndon
Group E (Service Projects): Danielle Everly
Group F (International): Shanaz Ahmed
Group G (Foundation): Rich Morrison
Congratulations to our nominees.

Our constitution also permits nominations from the floor. If any Club member would like to submit a “nomination from the floor” for this ballot, please submit that person’s name in writing or by email to Joan Renner, Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Thank you to our nominating committee made up of Past Presidents Ray Petniunas, Peter Knetemann, John Woods and Joan Renner, President Larry Alberson and President Elect Tom Roberts.

2015 – 2016 Rotary Club of Alexandria Calendar

2015-2016 Rotary Club of Alexandria Calendar

July            Theme: New Rotary Year

7                  Induction of Club Officers

14                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

                    Christine Hall / Janet Barnett, July Program Chairs

August      Theme: Membership & New Club Development

4                  Wear Seersucker Day

11                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

                    Sharon Meisel, August Program Chair

September Theme: Basic Education and Literacy

8                  No meeting

12                District Foundation Seminar (Fredericksburg)

15                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

                    Tammy Mann, September Program Chair

October     Theme: Economic and Community Development

13                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

23                Taste for Giving at USPTO Atrium

31                Pre-PETS

                    Rich Morrison, October Program Chair

November Theme: Rotary Foundation

10                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

14                District Foundation Awards Banquet

                    Frank Fannon, November Program Chair

December Theme: Disease Prevention and Treatment

8                  Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

15                Holiday Lunch

                    Cathy Corridan, December Program Chair

 January     Theme: Vocational Service

5                  No meeting

9                  Pre-PETS

12                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

                    Bob Gusella, January Program Chair

February    Theme: Peace and Conflict Resolution

9                  Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

                    Danielle Everly, February Program Chair

March         Theme: Water Sanitation

4                  PETS

8                  Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

12                Charter Night at BHCC

26                District Conference in Cambridge, MD

                    Eileen Longstreet, March Program Chair

April           Theme: Maternal and Child Health

12                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

16                District Team Training Seminar

                    Drew Carroll, April Program Chair

May             Theme: Youth Services

10                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

28                Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea

31                No meeting

                    Don Smyles, May Program Chair

June           Theme: Rotary Fellowships

14                Board Meeting at Belle Haven CC (10:30 AM)

14                Contributions Day

21                Parent/Grandparent – Child Lunch

                    Rick Endres, June Program Chair

Prayer for Inauguration of New Board, 2015-2016

At the meeting on July 7th when we inaugurated our new Rotary board, Geoff Johnson gave the following invocation:
“Lord, we believe the purpose of this new year in Rotary is to make a difference. We are aware that nothing does itself…machines don’t make themselves, bricks don’t lay themselves, nails don’t drive themselves, skills don’t develop themselves, projects don’t plan themselves. It will take many leaders in this room to do everything that is done, make everything that is made, and think everything that is thought. We know the next moves are up to us, so therefore, we pray for your divine guidance in our every thought, intention, and action. AMEN”
This invocation fit very smoothly into the ‘charge’ that President Larry Alberson has given us to “Celebrate Our Club’s History to Build Our Future”.


(In Rotary’s 100th year)

The rich and the famous, they come and they go,
But not so of Rotarians, I want you to know.

Did you know a Rotarian made your quick meal a winner?
Clarence Birdseye, father of the TV dinner.

It was a Rotarian who labored till he got it right.
Thomas Edison, the man who turned on the light.

It was a Rotarian whose cartoons brought down the house.
Walt Disney, the father of our Mickey Mouse.

It was a Rotarian who inspired the free world’s power.
Winston Churchill, leader in Britain’s finest hour.

The Rotarian who went farthest that we can find.
Neal Armstrong, one giant leap for mankind.

Many have served without glamour or praise.
Service over self through all of their days.

Be proud of them all and honor them thus.
100 years of Rotary passed on to us.

(recovered from the Historical files of the club during an inventory)

Shelter Box in Nepal

ShelterBox continues response in Nepal following multiple earthquakes

An earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude occurred between the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal on April 25th. A second earthquake hit near Mount Everest on May 12th measuring 7.3 in magnitude. Numerous aftershocks of varying magnitudes followed both earthquakes.

Currently, there are 15 ShelterBox Response Team members deployed in country. Utilizing connections with partner organizations, (Nepal Red Cross Society, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Handicap International), the teams have managed to distribute aid across four different locations. Roughly 2,600 shelter kits and 500 UN specification tents have been distributed to families in areas around Kathmandu and the districts of Dhading and Sindhupalchok.

With your support, ShelterBox has provided shelter to more than 15,000 people in Nepal. An influx of additional aid is arriving by plane through this week and next as teams move to surrounding areas.

ShelterBox would like to thank our tireless volunteers for their hard work, as well as our supporters for their generous donations, which will be needed for many weeks to come.
For the latest updates, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Donations will be designated to the area of greatest need.

26 May 15

No meeting today because Belle Haven is closed. See you next week.

Smile at a stranger, and make two people happy. ~Amy Neumann

19 May 15

Tom-Miller-224x300Thomas Miller is currently the president and CEO of IESC. Prior to joining IESC, Tom was president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the U.S. (2009) and from 2005-08, served as CEO of Plan International, a large NGO that works in 66 countries to improve the lives of children in developing countries. A 29-year career diplomat, Tom’s experience in the Foreign Service spanned many continents. From 2001-04, he served as U.S. ambassador to Greece, where he focused on the security concerns of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and domestic counter-terrorism. From 1999-2001, as U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked on helping the country recover after a devastating war. From 1997-99, he was special coordinator for the Cyprus negotiations (rank of ambassador). He was also posted to Thailand, Greece two other times, and the State Department in Washington, where he focused on North Africa, the Middle East, and counter-terrorism issues. In 2011, Tom was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the chair of the board of the International Commission on Missing Persons, an internationally acclaimed organization that identifies missing persons in many countries by using DNA-matching and other techniques.

12 May 15

Today our speaker will be Peter Snyder.

Pete Snyder is the Chief Executive Officer of Disruptor Capital, an angel capital investment firm focused on funding and growing disruptive technologies, ideas and entrepreneurs.

Prior to starting Disruptor, Pete was the Founder and CEO of New Media Strategies, the world’s first and one of the largest social media marketing agencies. Snyder also served as President of Emerging Markets for Meredith Corporation’s full-service direct and digital marketing agency.

An innovator, Pete was one of the earliest pioneers in the social media industry. In his 12 years as CEO at New Media Strategies, Snyder built a blue-chip client base that featured some of the world’s leading brands and companies including ABC, AMC, Burger King, CBS, Chanel, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Disney, Dodge, Fox News Channel, Ford Motor Company, HBO, Jeep, McDonald’s, The NFL Players Association, Northwest Airlines, Paramount Pictures, PepsiCo, RCA Records, Red Bull, Reebok, Revlon, SyFy Channel, Sony and USA Network, among many others. Under Pete’s leadership, New Media Strategies was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” for three years in a row.

Pete also built an award-winning corporate culture, as both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Business Journal named New Media Strategies one of the area’s “Best Places to Work.” Snyder was honored by Fortune Small Business for his innovative management style when they named him one of the “Best Bosses in America.” Additionally, Pete has been named a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, was featured on the “Power List” by Capitol File and was named a “Disruptor We Admire” by Smart CEO Magazine.

A graduate of The College of William and Mary, where Snyder is a member of the Board of Visitors, Pete serves on the Marketing Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a Trustee on the Board of Cushing Academy.

28 Apr 2015

Today, Dr. Bob Wineland will be talking on the Battle of the Bulge.

It was one of the best kept secrets of World War II. When 20-year-old U.S. Army Medic Robert Wineland arrived in the village of Laudersfeld, the wooded countryside of far eastern Belgium was relatively peaceful, a quiet buffer zone disrupted only by occasional artillery fire and brief skirmishes between opposing infantry patrols. But on Dec. 16, 1944, the sleepy Ardennes front was about to wake up. The Battle of the Bulge had begun.

“I was having a conversation with my captain and two young cooks outside the farmhouse we were staying in when I realized I had forgotten my wool cap,” recalled Wineland. “I darted inside to retrieve it and noticed a window was ajar. Just as I reached up to close it, a loud explosion shattered the glass and blew me backwards. I thought to myself, ‘Good going, Bob. Here it is, the first day of action and you got shot.’”

Rotary Conference, Hyatt Resort, Cambridge, Maryland


Rotary Conference, Hyatt Resort, Cambridge, Maryland
26 – 29 March, 2015
Club Attendees:
o President Joan with John Renner
o Secretary Sharon Meisel
o Club Member Shahnaz Ahmed
o Stuart and Kaye Matthews

VIPs and a chance to meet
o District Governor Richard Storey
o District Governor Elect Janet Brown 2015/16
o Nominee George Tyson 16/17
o Designate Ronnie Chantker 17/18
o Numerous PDCs from 7610 and 7612
o Rotary Pres’ Rep PDG Dick Elixman
o RI Director Jennifer Jones from Canada (climbed Kilimanjaro)

o Vendor,
o Club Exhibits and
o Silent Auction

Breakout sessions on:
o Membership
o Extension
o Leadership
o Social Media and Interact Web sites
o Grants: Global, District and RI
o Rotary Foundation
o Volunteer Opportunities

Fun Activities
o Lunch cruise on the River
o Golf
o Run
o Bike Ride

Partner Events
Iron Chef (Cooking Demo)
Wine Tasting
Shopping Spree
Elixers and Potions

o Pirates’ Ball
o Formal Dinner

Hospitality Suites
o Bailey’s Cross Roads (raffling an antique Mustang that makes over $100,000)
o Louden County
o Governors’

Competition Winners
o Essay
o Speech

Four Youth Exchange students
o Brazil
o Germany
o Dominica
o Thailand

Memorial Service
o Bernie Imming
o Tom Field

What do you get for attending the Conference?
o A lot of fellowship meeting Rotarians from other Clubs
o Great opportunity to see and hear what other clubs are doing
o Many ideas that we might consider especially ways to increase membership
o A great opportunity to learn more about Rotary, to find out what’s going on and to become more involved.

For those who were not there
o If you are really interested in Rotary, I recommend it
o Think about it for next year!