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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
3D Herndon
Aug 01, 2017
Landscape of 3D printing and the Maker Movement
Classification Talk
Aug 08, 2017
Doug Hensch
Aug 15, 2017
Positive Psychology and Resilience
Robert Glenn
Aug 22, 2017
General George C. Marshall
Sheriff Chapman
Aug 29, 2017
Safety issues in Loudoun county
Club Assembly
Sep 05, 2017
No Speaker
Phylis Randall
Sep 12, 2017
Chair of the Loudoun County Board Supervisors
Classification Talks
Sep 19, 2017
Curtis Allred
Sep 26, 2017
Delerium Cafe
Jennifer Moore
Oct 03, 2017
Mosby Heritage Area
Marc Chinoy, The Regis Group
Oct 10, 2017
Decision making and strategic planning
Classification Talks
Oct 17, 2017
Elliot Davis
Oct 24, 2017
Marketing Director of Morven Park
Tim Hemstreet
Oct 31, 2017
County Administrator
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President-Elect
President-Nominee
Secretary
Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Club Service
Community Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Vocational Service
Membership
Public Relations
Director
Director
Director
Fundraising
Director
Director
Director
Sergeant-at-Arms
The Rotary Foundation
 
Home Page Stories
June 20 - Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary celebrated our Charter Night. It is a time to reflect on the year. And to set the foundation for the next year. Looking back - we had more service projects than ever - Service Above Self. We increased our college scholarships and grants to local non-profit organizations by 55%! It was a great year!!
 
Paul Bice, and his officers, took the oath of office for the 2017 - 2018 Rotary year. They officially take office July 1/
 
Click the following link to see a few photos from the party - https://content.clubrunner.ca/1514/Photo/List?AlbumId=06e907ea-36b8-46d2-8edb-324c986689ee
Nine Leesburg-Daybreak Rotarians spent a day working on a Habitat for Humanity home. Another great example of Service Above Self. 
 
Our Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club was well represented at our booth during First Friday in Leesburg - Lots of people strolling the downtown streets and several people very interested in exploring membership in our Rotary Club - a great, fun evening for all!
 
 
Members are: Chang Liu, Ron Campbell, Ted Miller, Chris Long, Dave Huthwaite with wife Naomi, Philip Martin, Les Janka and Ed Hatrick.
 
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary on Saturday, April 8, reaped big rewards at this morning's Bikes For the World collection! Thanks to the efforts of members Joe, Curt, Brad, Ron, and Miguel who donated bikes plus the genius of Landey who enlisted Mike Dickerson and Plum Grove ReCyclery in Downtown Leesburg (who donated 21 bikes!!), Bonnie Taylor and her husband delivered 37 bikes to Bikes for the World in Frederick. The bicycles and bicycle accessories were shipped to a Bikes For The World NGO partner, Salvadoran Appropriate Technology Center (CESTA) in El Salvador, where the bicycles will be re-conditioned and distributed at low cost to low-income workers, students, farmers and laborers for access to work and school.
 
The photo below shows only some of the bikes collected. Way to go, Rotary!
 
 
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary awarded $15,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations. This was made possible by proceeds from our Pig Roast and from contributions by our sponsors.
 
Listed from left to right: Amy Owen Community Foundation, Christine Favreaux Paxton Campus, Beth Hodge Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Brandon Crosby OAR, Carol Smith Crossroads Jobs, Joe Davis, President Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak, Tanya Bittenbender Loudoun Literacy Council, Christoper Darcy All Ages Read Together, Nicole Acosta LAWS Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter, Kari Murphy Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, Judy Hines Friends of Loudoun Mental Health
Our invaluable sponsors!!!
 
Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary held another successful Grace To Go event. Nearly 200 meals were prepared for food insufficient people. This time we had Interact students working with Rotary members. Always good to see the youth getting involved. As the following photo shows it was a diverse Grace To Go team.
 
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!

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.
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.
 
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