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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner!

Tysons Corner

Club 5840, District 7610

Every Thursday 7:30 AM Ballroom - 4th Thursday 5 PM Happy Hour (locations to be announced)
Tysons Ballroom, Mays Jewelers Building
8032 Leesburg Pike
Suite 201
Vienna, VA 22182
United States of America
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A Life Well Lived:  Dr. Bishnu P. Poudel, who began life in a mud hut in Nepal and would later move to the United States to pursue the American dream, becoming a college president and successful businessman before helping found the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner in 1983, died on April 14, 2020.  He was 88 years old.
 
“Bish” was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner and remained an active member until his death.  He served as Club President in 1985-86 and went on to become the Charter Governor of Rotary District 761 (now 7610) in 1988-89.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner has canceled its weekly Thursday breakfast meetings and evening happy hours until further notice.  The Club follows the Fairfax County Public Schools closure schedule, so meetings and happy hours will remain canceled as long as public schools are closed.
 
The “Rotary on the Vine” Wine Tasting Gala scheduled for March 27 has also been canceled.  We hope to reschedule this event later in the year.
Welcoming Newcomers:  Tysons Corner Rotarians join Northern Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers & Falls Church Rotary members on Feb. 22 to pack welcome kits of essential items to benefit refugees being resettled in our area.  Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area Refugee and Immigrant Services works with the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees from around the world.  

Wines Galore:  The Rotary Clubs of Tysons Corner and Dunn Loring-Merrifield cordially invite you to Rotary on the Vine 2020!  Join fellow wine connoisseurs for an exclusive experience.  Sommeliers and wine professionals will guide you through a variety of wines amid the ambiance of the beautiful Washington Golf & Country Club.  Dinner, dancing, and live music will complete your experience.  Tickets are $95 each.  For information, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities visit www.rotaryonthevine.com

Furry Fun:  Tysons Rotary President Tyra Garlington pauses to give a few rubs to a comfort dog at the annual toy drive sponsored by Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue in Alexandria on Dec. 12, 2019.   Every December, Tysons Rotarians join hosts of volunteers who financially and personally help Fairfax County firefighters distribute new toys and books to children in the region.  School buses transport wide-eyed tykes to the firehouse where they are met with the love, laughter, and hugs of volunteers who guide them through a maze of unexpected joy ending with a talk with Santa and a chance to enjoy the therapy and comfort dogs.
Toys for the Kiddos:  Tysons Rotarian Burt Heacock (left) presents a check to Fairfax County Deputy Fire Chief Willie Bailey, president of Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue, at the Club's holiday dinner at Cafe Oggi in McLean on Dec. 2, 2019.  The firefighters' group sponsors a Christmas toy drive plus a school-supply drive and winter coat drive for needy children in the area.  The Club's Foundation provided checks to nine community groups at this festive holiday event.  Photo by Bill Knopf
Farewell, Good Friends:  Tysons Rotary lost two of its most colorful and beloved members this fall with the passing of Bruno Walker and Lucas Gallegos.  Bruno, 78, who lived in Oakton with his wife of 37 years, Joanna, died on Sept. 20, 2019 just days after being diagnosed with leukemia.  Lucas, 97, a long-time resident of McLean with his wife of 77 years, Earlene, passed away on Oct. 23, 2019.  The Club salutes Bruno and Lucas for their dedication to their families, their faith, and their communities.  They helped make Tysons Corner Rotary the exceptional Club it is.  Read more about their lives.
They're Off!  Runners braved chilly temperatures to cross the start line at the first Tysons Rotary 5K Turkey Trot on Nov. 17, 2019.  About 100 runners registered for the event, which featured a certified 5K course in the Tysons Galleria area.  Hot coffee and plenty of snacks at the finish helped compensate for temps in the 30s.  Major sponsor Lerner provided gathering space at Lerner Plaza.  Race proceeds will benefit the many community organizations supported by Tysons Rotary including Second Story and Insight Memory Care Center.  Photo by Rick Kaplar 
Food Fest:  Tysons Rotary’s Laurie Kent and Tyra Garlington braved the early shift at the Rise Against Hunger event in McLean on Saturday, Nov. 2.  The goal was 100,000 meals packed by each of three shifts.  Their first shift exceeded expectations!  Lively music set the pace - and the joy in this giving community spanned the generations of volunteers.  On Nov. 5, these 300,000 meals left on an ocean freighter bound for Yemen.
Get Out and Trot:   The Club sponsors its first race on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, with the Tysons Rotary 5K Turkey Trot.  The race will take place in the Galleria area of Tysons Corner on a certified 5K course managed and timed by Potomac River Running.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first three male and female finishers overall.  The race starts at Central Park at Tysons II, Lerner Plaza, 1775 Tysons Blvd., with free parking available there (enter garage from Galleria Drive).  Your registration fee ($35 in advance, $40 on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17) will support local charities through the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation.  Sponsorships are also available.  See full details and register at www.tysonsrotary5k.com
Tyra’s Turn:  Top Photo – A radiant Tyra Garlington (right) is congratulated by outgoing District Governor Glenn Yarborough after being installed as Club President by Past District Governor and Tysons Rotarian Ronnie Chantker (left).  Outgoing President Catherine Ahearn enjoys the moment.
Bottom Photo – Tyra has her likeness captured by caricaturist Mindy Mitchell before her installation ceremony at the Waterford at Fair Oaks on June 20.  Sketches of Board members, live music, and tasty hors d’oeuvres made for a festive evening.  Photos by Bill Knopf 
Helping Rotary:  Tysons Rotarian Tim Long (right) receives a check for $767 from Jon Wiant (center) of the McLean Wine Outlet on June 14, representing 15 percent of wine sales from the Spring Wine Gala in March.  The donation will help fund charities supported by Tysons Corner Rotary and Gala co-sponsor Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary Club.  Lynn Fueschel of Dunn Loring-Merrifield is at left.  The McLean Wine Outlet has contributed more than $5,000 to local Rotary-supported charities over the past 10 years.  
Feeding the Hungry:  Bobby Polito (right) pauses with President Catherine Ahearn after describing the work of The Outreach Program at the Club's June 6 meeting.  Bobby is a regional manager for Outreach, a nonprofit based in Iowa that sponsors meal packaging events around the country.  The group distributes seven varieties of meals in the United States and abroad in pursuit of its goal of "ending hunger, enriching lives."  Photo by Don Wipf   
Tysons Corner Cleanup:   Earth Day on April 22, 2019, found Tysons Corner Rotarians picking up litter from wooded areas and stream beds around the Tysons Corner area.  Pictured above is the happy band of Club members who helped make the community a cleaner and better place.  This is the second year that the Tysons Corner Rotary Club, spearheaded by Tim Long, participated in the cleanup effort.
Happy Days:  Rotary friends enjoy good wine and good company at the "Rotary on the Vine" Spring Wine Gala on March 23.  The annual event raises funds for the Club's charitable works and scholarships, and this year was co-sponsored with the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary Club.  Tysons Rotarian Gray Mosby orchestrated a stellar group of vineyards to offer tastings.  Pictured from left: Tony Rounds, Bonnie Lanier, Dick Strean, Richard Lanier, and Michael San Juan.
Governor's Visit:  District Governor Glenn Yarborough (right) shares a moment with Club President Catherine Ahearn after the Club's breakfast meeting on Jan. 17, 2019.  DG Glenn was making his official visit to the Club, wrapping up his official tour of all 57 clubs in District 7610 since taking office July 1.  He also met with Tysons Corner Rotary Board members the previous evening.  A member of the McLean Rotary Club, DG Glenn finished his tour close to home among his Tysons Corner friends.  Photo by Don Wipf
Holiday Helpers:  Eight local community organizations got a financial boost in time for the holidays when they received checks from the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation on Dec. 13, 2018.  Among them was Second Story, a home on Gallows Road that provides shelter and programs for adolescents in need.  Above, Jade Needham (second from left), vice president of development for Second Story, takes the "Big Check" for $1,500 from Rotarian Burt Heacock, RCTC Foundation Treasurer David Danner, and RCTC President Catherine Ahearn.  The check presentations were the highlight of the Club's annual holiday party at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.  Photo by Bill Knopf 
Toys-a-Plenty:  Willie Bailey, president of Firefighters & Friends Holiday Rescuers, oversees the group's annual Christmas toy drive in Alexandria on Dec. 17. Tysons Corner Rotarians pitched in to help sort and distribute toys to underprivileged children in Northern Virginia again this year.  The RCTC Foundation provided generous financial support.  Photo by Burt Heacock 
Place Your Bets: Guests enjoy one of the table games at Monte Carlo Night on Nov. 2, 2018. The evening at the Waterford at Fair Oaks featured Vegas-style gaming, silent and live auctions, a lavish buffet, and live music. Tysons Corner Rotary co-sponsored the event with the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary Club. Both clubs will use the proceeds to fund community projects and scholarships. Photo by Laurie Kent
Cash for Kids:  Ann Page, president of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation, presents a check for $500 to Miriam Burns (right), music director and conductor of the Tysons McLean Orchestra, at the Club's Oct. 11 meeting. The donation will provide scholarships for the McLean Youth Orchestra. Photo by David Danner
 
Packing a Punch:  Tysons Corner Rotary President Catherine Ahearn and Foundation Treasurer David Danner present a check for $2,500 to Bob Hahne (right) of the McLean Rotary Club on Oct. 11. Bob organizes periodic meal packing events for Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). The next event is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3 in McLean. Through Bob's efforts over the years, Rotarians and other local volunteers have packed nearly 2 million meals!  Photo by Bruno Walker 
On the Move:  The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner is moving to a new meeting site, effective Sept. 6, 2018.  The new location is the Tysons Ballroom, located on the second floor of the Mays Jewelers and Next Day Blinds building at 8032 Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Va.  The building is on the corner of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Towers Crescent Drive, directly across from the Tysons Corner Marriott. Meetings will continue to take place on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be provided weekly by The Omelet Guys caterers.  Please join us at our new location!
Helping Hand:  RCTC Foundation Treasurer David Danner (left) and Club Community Service Director Michael San Juan (center) present the "big check" for $1,050 to Devon Meier, director of development for the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation (NMCGRF), at the Club's meeting on July 19.  NMCGRF operates the Vinson Hall retirement community in McLean.  The check represents the proceeds from the Tysons Rotary Health & Wellness Vendor Fair organized by Michael and held at Vinson Hall on May 5.  The funds will benefit Vinson Hall residents.  Photo by Dennis Foutz  
High Jump Champ:  Tysons Rotarian Bruce McBarnette (right) recently set a new world record in the high jump for his age group at the USA Track and Field Masters Championships.  This marked the 39th time that he won first place in this event.  Bruce shared the remarkable story of his  life-long pursuit of athletic excellence at the Club’s July 12 meeting.  Past President Brian Mansir presented Bruce with a Tysons Rotary pen following his presentation.  Photo by Don Wipf 
Richmond Review:  Virginia State Delegate Marcus Simon provided our Club with an overview of the House of Delegates’ 2018 legislative session on June 14.  Among the topics he discussed were the expansion of Medicare in Virginia, state energy policy, and traffic congestion.  He has represented Virginia’s 53rd District since being elected in 2013.  Delegate Simon is pictured here with Tysons Rotary Club President Ann Page.  Photo by Don Wipf
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