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Welcome to the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club!

Leesburg Daybreak

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Tuscarora Mill Restaurant
203 Harrison St SE
Market Station
Leesburg, VA  20175-3702
United States
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Speakers
Mike Hoover
Mar 28, 2017
Haiti Orphanage
Earl Eck
Apr 04, 2017
Virginia Storm
Lisa DeMarsico
Apr 11, 2017
Classification Talk
Ara Bagdasarian
Apr 18, 2017
School & College Safety
Tom Toth
Apr 25, 2017
Economic Report
Rachel Green
May 02, 2017
Climate Change
Rep. Barbara Comstock
May 09, 2017
Steve Thiergart
May 23, 2017
Wegman's and Groceries
Curt Kemp
May 30, 2017
Updated Classification Talk
Charter Night
Jun 20, 2017
No Speaker
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President-Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Club Service
Community Service
Community Service
International Service
Membership
Public Relations
Public Relations
Director
Fundraising
Director
Sergeant-at-Arms
Director
The Rotary Foundation
 
Home Page Stories
Gabby Hrycyshyn gave a fascinating talk on raptors. She is the Executive Director of the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. She brought two raptors (a hawk and a falcon) with her Gabby and the hawk are in the following picture.
 
Chang Liu, a member of our club, was our speaker on November 29. Born in China - it was interesting hearing from someone whose family was impacted by the Cultural Revolution. She talked about her parents. Her mother achieved China's highest teacher rating and still receives a special pension supplement for doing so. That's an interesting idea.
 
Chang's first job was in St. Louis library system. She is now the Director of the Loudoun County Public Library system. Our library system is highly rated nationally being recognized as one of the top 300 libraries out of over 7,500 libraries.
 
Her talk ended with an emotional statement about her love for America - living here and having her sons here. It was a special moment.
 
Frank Henry was inducted into Rotary on November 29, 2016. We met Frank at our Leesburg First Friday booth. His wife, Anita, owns the Rouge Spa across the street from our booth. Frank saw the fun we were having and walked over to find out what was going on. The rest is history. As part of the induction ceremony Anita put the Rotary pin on Frank. Frank is a great addition to Rotary and to our club.
 
 
Dana McGuire, Frank's sponsor; Frank; Joe Davis, Club President; Anita, Frank's wife; Ed Hatrick, inductor; Paul Bice, Membership Chair
Inductions are always special. Lisa DeMarsico was inducted as the newest member of the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club. In the photo with her are Philip Martin, her sponsor, Rick, her husband, Joe Davis, club president, and Noel Brown who handled the induction.
 
Once again the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary demonstrates Service About Self by cooking and packaging meals ~200 for hungry people on a Sunday afternoon. Working in the donated  kitchen of Deli South we had almost too many volunteers, as the following photo shows.
 
From left, Phillip Martin, fundraising chairman for the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club presents David McFarland with the prize from the club’s pig roast raffle as club President Joe Davis and event organizer Sheryl Hine look on. [Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club]
 

The Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club on Tuesday presented David McFarland with the $5,000 prize he won in the organization’s 10th annual Pig Roast reverse raffle. But he gave a lot of it back.

McFarland bought 10 tickets to the pig roast, but gave his seats to five veterans from the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont and their families.

On Tuesday, he gave away some of his winnings, as well. He gave $500 each to three families in attendance and gave the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club $1,500 support its charity efforts, including providing grants to nonprofits, aid to Haiti, water projects in Africa, and student scholarships.

Special Events
Miguel Ramos, Lieutenant in the Salvation Army, was inducted into Rotary. Inductions are always special.
 
Rich Williams of Leesburg Parks & Rec was presented a $3,000 check to refurbish Rotary Park.
 
Lisa DeMarsico was presented a Very Virginia basket. She won the basket raffle from our last First Friday booth.
 
Gordon Carscadden and Frank Henry were 'guests' who have submitted Rotary membership applications.
 
We have three active applications all resulting from our First Friday booth!
 
Larry Stuart passed the bucket for JDRF. Our club donated $332! His nine year old grandson, who hs Type 1 diabetes, understood that was a great donation. We should all be proud. We are ROTARY!!
 
John Forcier received a recognition award from the Rotary Foundation for his support while President.
 
Pictures of Miguel, John, Lisa and Rich may be found in Photo Albums. Click on http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1514/PhotoAlbums/october-25-2016-meeting
 
The Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club, in conjunction with a member's business, shipped clean water to Haiti in the form of 3,000 water purification tablets. We also sent over $600 in relief funds. The following link takes you to the LoudounNow article. http://loudounnow.com/2016/10/21/leesburg-rotarians-send-clean-water-funds-to-haiti/ 
 
When the hurricane hit it stopped a project to build a school we were building with other Rotary clubs.  Thankfully a well we had built, another joint project, continued working and supplying safe water to the immediate area.
 
Our club's quick and generous response to the Haiti disaster is another demonstration of our commitment to our moto "Service Above Self".
 
Many members of the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club support the George C. Marshall International Center. Click on this link to see the center's Web site. http://www.georgecmarshall.org/ An example of the center's events was a talk by former U.S. Ambassador Robert Kimmitt. Amongst his other achievements, Ambassador Kimmitt was our ambassador to Germany. The following picture shows Dale Medearis of the American Council on Germany, Les Janka, Vice Chair of the center's board of directors, Pat Daly, President and CEO of the center, Dr. Laurie Van Hook, Vice President of Museum Operations, and Ambassador Kimmitt. Les Janka is a member of the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club.
 
Friday, October 7 was another stellar event for our Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club. We had our booth at First Friday in downtown Leesburg and had such a great team of fellow Rotarians. There was more interest than ever from people stopping by to register for the exquisite gift basket from Very Virginia and wanting to know more about Rotary. Thanks to Larry StuartRon CampbellChang Liu, Dana McGuire, Philip Martin and Ted Miller. What a fun and successful evening!
 

 

The Points of Light Monument is a one-mile walkway in Washington, D.C., honoring actions and commitments to service that have transformed our nation and the world.

Through the monument, we honor civil rights leaders, including Susan B. Anthony, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and founders of some of the world’s most important social change institutions. In doing so, we tell the connected story of how the actions of these trailblazers turned into powerful movements that shaped history and continue to influence our world today.

On Oct. 14, 2005, President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush dedicated The Points of Light Monument, inducting its first 20 honorees. To date, 33 medallions have been placed, paying tribute to the work of 36 individuals. Located just blocks from the White House (starting at Pennsylvania Ave. and 15th St., NW), the pathway of medallions will eventually stretch one mile and include 70 medallions.

The picture shows the bronze plaque in front of the W Hotel in honor of Paul Harris, founder of Rotary! The gentleman is Philip Martin, member of the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club.

What a special tribute and proud moment for Rotary!

Chris Padden and Dana McGuire were inducted into Rotary on September 27, 2016. Both are dedicated to the Rotary slogan "Service Above Self". Pictures of the induction may be viewed by clicking http://content.clubrunner.ca/1514/Photo/List?AlbumId=433e3b5a-4e93-4ac7-8bde-d4aa0cd7a332
The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak held our annual Charter Night on June 14, 2016. Charter Night marks the end of the Rotary year. New officers are sworn in. Our Citizen of the Year and the Rotarian of the Year are recognized. Citizen of the Year was Karen Russell. Rotarian of the Year was John Forcier. Photographs maybe be found in the Charter Night 2016 photo album -  http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1514/PhotoAlbums/charter-night-2016
At a recent Club Meeting, two local ladies presented a project whereby they were collecting clothing for children in need in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. The Club "passed the bucket" that morning and $250 for the cause.
 
One of our newest members, Yvonne Brown, was so moved by the project that she embarked on her own mini-project. Yvonne went out and bought six winter coats (3 for girls and 3 for boys) along with a supply of socks, underwear, and leggings and got them shipped to Cumberland, Kentucky.
 
While it was not an "official" Club project, Yvonne demonstrated "Service Above Self" and definitely made an Impact.
 
Photos of three very happy children are in Photo Albums Click Here!!
The Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club proudly presented their annual grants, totally $7500, to eight well deserving local non-profit organizations today.  These local organizations were among many who submitted applications to the club.  The grant recipients were awarded based on specific local projects where they required additional funding to complete.
 
Below are the grant recipients along with a description of how they will use their funding to further their outreach and assistance into the community. A group photograph may be found in Photo Albums Click Here
 
Crossroads Jobs…awarded $1000 for growing their program of providing free employment services to unemployed individuals who are not served by conventional employment agencies and government job banks.  Carol Smith, Director, One East Market Street, Suite 202, Leesburg, VA 20176
 
Loudoun Literacy Council…awarded $1000 for supporting family literacy nights serving Head Start families and homeless families living in Loudoun County.  Leslie Mazeka, Executive Director, PO Box 1932 Leesburg, VA 20177
 
Loudoun Interfaith Relief…awarded $900 for increasing operating efficiencies through the purchase of equipment for sorting and storing donations.  Erika Huddleston, 750 Miller Drive Leesburg, VA 20175
 
YMCA…awarded $1000 for increasing their scholarship fund thus extending services to a greater number of low-income children for summer camps and after school programs.  Laura Fears, Executive Director, 26 B Fairfax Street, SE Leesburg, VA 20175
 
INMED…awarded $1000 for providing hearty and nutritious daily snacks to the children participating in their after school program.  Maria Vasquez-Alverez, Executive Director, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 130, Sterling, VA 20166
 
Arts for All/VSA of Loudoun…awarded $1000 for providing a week-long creative arts camp for special needs children.  Nancy Eastman, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132
 
Volunteers of America Chesepeake…awarded $600 to supporting the Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter located in Loudoun County.  James Wynn, Asst. VP, Development, 7901 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD 20706
 
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)…awarded $1000 for providing interpretation services in order to help serve non-English speaking child abuse victims and their family members.  Nicole Acosta, Executive Director, 105 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176
 
Congratulations to our recipients and the important work you do for our community!
 
These mini grants are just one of the many local community projects where the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club is involved.  To learn more about the club, please access the website, www.leesburgdaybreak.org or contact Bob Pizzimenti at 703-840-5448.  You are invited to visit us at our weekly meeting every Tuesday at 7:30 AM at Tuscarora Mill Restaurant.
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary added 11 new members (listed below) From July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015!! We have already added two members - David Butler and Matt Santmyer - in 2016! The new members have enthusiastically jumped into our service activities. Membership growth enables the club to increase the breadth and depth of our service activities. So we are eagerly planning new and larger events.
 
Yvonne Brown
Sheila Savar
Ronald Mizerak
Newsha Nazmi Ansary
Bonnie Taylor
John Lehman
Alexander Pytlarz
Carol Storey
David Jones
Judith Rector
Amy Ritter
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club's annual grant program is off and running! This program culminates in five to ten local non-profit organizations receiving a monetary grant. The guidelines for the program have been uploaded to this Web site, The guidelines give a brief description of the program and the evaluation parameters. The document may be found by clicking this link http://content.clubrunner.ca/1514/Document/List.
We are closer than ever to ending polio but need your help to finish the job. is tripling gifts:
 
John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International
 
 
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary supports Grace-To-Go as part of our service to to our community. We cooked and assembled over 200 meals for homeless people. Click here to see photos from our service.

Not one but TWO of our members named by Leesburg Today as Loudoun County 40 Under 40 honorees?! We must be doing something right here at the Daybreak Club. Congrats to Blake Fellows and Joe Davis!

 
Loudoun's 40 Under 40 Honorees Announced
Leesburg Today and Ashburn Today have announced their 2015 class of “40 Under 40” up-and-coming business and community leaders who...  
 
"Service Above Self" does not preclude having a good time! Club members went to a Washington Nationals game and, as the picture shows, had a great time. Part of the ticket proceeds went to eradicating polio - service and a good time.
 
Leeburg-Daybreak Rotary celebrated our 25th anniversary at the Lightfoot Restaraunt with a large turnout of members, spouses and guests. To see pictures from the event click on the following Click here to view Rotary 2015
Philip Lilienthal of Global Camps Africa explained to the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club how the camps are helping disadvantaged African children gain a sense of worth. To view Philip's presentation click New link
CASA provides a voice in court for abused, neglected and abandoned children.
 
Charlyn Hasson-Brown introduced the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club to CASA. More information on this important organization may be found by clicking here.
Makenzie Smith is the 2015 winner of the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary scholarship award. Click here to see pictures of the award ceremony.
 
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary is proud to annually award scholarships to students from Monroe Technology Center and from Loudoun County High School.
Leesburg Daybreak Rotary again shows our community spirit and service by supporting Grace To Go (G2G). G2G is a program sponsored by St James Church to feed homeless people. Meals are prepared each Sunday in the Deli South kitchen. Deli South lets the church use the kitchen for no charge. Click here to see pictures of Rotary in action.
In the spirit of "Service Above Self" the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club raises funds to support non-profit organizations, scholarships and international Rotary activities. On March 31 we presented grants to seven local non-profit organizations. The following photograph shows six of the awardees holding their checks with Rotarian presenters.
 
 
From Left to right:  Amy Owen, Rotary Daybreak; Denise Daffron, Jill’s House; Carol Smith, Crossroads Jobs; John Focier Rotary Daybreak President; Tanya Bosse, Loudoun Literacy; Kari Murphy, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity; Tamar Datan, All Ages Read Together; Christine Favreaux, Paxton Campus. Not Pictured Katrina Cole, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health
Members of the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club, Interactors, friends and spouses gathered at Deli South Sunday, March 29, to prepare 175 chicken dinners for needy people. Our club performs this service six times a year. It is organized by St. James Episcopal Church. Deli South donates the use of their kitchen on Sunday afternoons. The Photo Album - Grace-To-Go March 29 - contains several pictures of the event. To see the album - Click Here.
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club members, spouses and friends participated in A Walking Tour of Civil War Leesburg on March 21, 2015. Rich Gillespie, the Director of Education for Northern Virginia's Mosby Heritage Area, led the walk. The group thought it was a great experience! A group picture and details of the walk may be found in the Photo Album titled - A Walking Tour of Civil War Leesburg. To see the album - Click Here
Terry Irving is an American four-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer. He has won three Peabody Awards, three DuPont Awards and has been a producer, editor or writer with ABC, CNN, Fox and MSNBC. Terry spoke about his last book "The Courier" which is set in 1972 Washington DC and is about a Vietnam veteran and motorcycle courier for one of DC's leading television stations. While not about Watergate specifically, that is the backdrop for the story. Terry was in the media trenches during this time, and shared his perspective on Watergate and the key people involved. It was a fascinating talk. Pictures of Terry are in the Photo Album titled Terry Irving.
Our Fireside Chat was held Thursday, Feb 5, at Philip & Donna Martin's house. It was a huge success in the number of people attending (28), the knowledge gained about our club and about Rotary International and the camaraderie. Go to the Photo Album Fireside Chat - A Hot Success to see pictures of the attendees.
Bob Kimble, Laurraine Landolt and Jim Snyder were recognized for their growth as Paul Harris Fellows. They are PHF +4, PHF +5 and PHF +6 respectively. Those are great accomplishments!
 
Eric Groo and Les Janka were presented with their first Paul Harris Fellow pins. This is particularly impressive as both members are relatively new to Rotary.
 
Les Janka gave his classification talk. His experiences in the Middle East and working for Henry Kissinger were fascinating.
 
Pictures may be found in the Photo Album titled Happenings! - 01-20-2015 Meeting.
Our first meeting of 2015 began the year very positively. We had a great member turnout despite bad weather. John Mizerak was inducted into Rotary. Inductions are always inspiring. Cheri Garvin, owner of The Compounding Center, gave an interesting and informative talk on the pharmacy and compounding industry and why she sold The Leesburg Pharmacy. Pictures of John and Cheri may be found in the Photo Album titled First Meeting - 2015.
Our float's theme emphasized our expanded focus on water - access to clean, safe water. Click to go to see the YouTube video - RI Rose Parade Float