Tysons 5K Turkey Trot Goes Virtual

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Gather Your Flock:  Get out and take part in the Second Annual Tysons Rotary Turkey Trot 5K! This year's race will be a VIRTUAL event Nov. 14 - 22, 2020. Participants can run, walk, or trot the 5K distance (3.1 miles) at their own pace, on their own course, at any time of day between Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 22.
 
The Tysons Rotary Virtual Turkey Trot 5K raises funds for the local charities our Club supports and helps develop a sense of community for residents and businesses in the Tysons area. But since it's virtual, it's open to anyone, anywhere - so ask your family and friends around the country to participate as well!

Although this year we're not able to hold the race at Tysons Central Park, the needs of our local charities still remain high and have increased.  Sign up and run/walk to show the spirit and camaraderie of the Tysons community - enhancing lives for a better tomorrow.  If you are unable to participate, please consider a donation.
 
Registration fee is $35.  For more race details and to register, visit www.tysonsrotary5k.com.
Tysons 5K Turkey Trot Goes Virtual Rick Kaplar 2020-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Goodstone Inn Getaway Winner!

Winning Ticket:  Dennis Lucey draws the winning ticket on June 26 for the fabulous Goodstone Inn Getaway raffle sponsored by Tysons Rotary and the Dunn Loring-Merrified Rotary Club.  The winner of the two-night stay at the luxurious Middleburg, Va., resort was Rotarian Conrad Heer.  On the edge of their seats as the winning ticket is drawn are Tysons Rotarian Tim Long (left) and Virginia Hottel (right) of the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Club.  Photo by David Danner
Goodstone Inn Getaway Winner! Rick Kaplar 2020-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

For 2020-21, It's President Ambreen!

Taking Charge:  Top Photo:  Incoming Tysons Rotary President Ambreen Rizvi expresses her gratitude to the Club following her installation as President on June 27, 2020.  Breaking with tradition because of the pandemic, Ambreen hosted an informal open-air picnic in her backyard.  Ambreen will lead the Club from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Bottom Photo:  Ambreen (center) is flanked by exuberant members of the Club's incoming board and leadership team, all properly social distanced and sporting Rotary masks, courtesy of Ambreen!  Photos by Leena Raza
For 2020-21, It's President Ambreen! Rick Kaplar 2020-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

Goodstone Inn Raffle: Win a Great Getaway!

You Could Win!  Remember sipping wine with a view of the mountains just over your shoulder and the fresh country air wisping through ............ NEED A GETAWAY!!
 
We’ve got just the place: The award-winning Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg, Virginia.  Here’s your chance to win the ultimate experience at this sumptuous country retreat, including dinner at the Inn’s renowned Conservatory Restaurant.  Since we couldn’t hold our annual Spring Wine Gala this year, the Rotary Clubs of Tysons Corner and Dunn Loring-Merrifield are offering a fabulous new opportunity: a raffle to win two nights plus dinner at the Goodstone Inn.  Raffle proceeds will benefit the clubs’ charities.  The drawing will take place on June 26, 2020.  You do not have to be present to win.  Purchase your raffle tickets NOW! Visit http://rotaryonthevine.org/goodstone-inn/.
Goodstone Inn Raffle: Win a Great Getaway! Rick Kaplar 2020-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Club Mourns Passing of PDG Bishnu Poudel

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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.
Club Mourns Passing of PDG Bishnu Poudel Rick Kaplar 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Tysons Corner Rotary Cancels Weekly Meetings

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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.
Tysons Corner Rotary Cancels Weekly Meetings Rick Kaplar 2020-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

'Rotary on the Vine' Wine Gala Set for March 27

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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

'Rotary on the Vine' Wine Gala Set for March 27 Rick Kaplar 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Sows Seeds of Service for Refugees

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.  
Rotary Sows Seeds of Service for Refugees Rick Kaplar 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Club Supports Firefighters' Toy Drive

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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.
Club Supports Firefighters' Toy Drive Rick Kaplar 2019-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Spreading Yuletide Cheer

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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
Spreading Yuletide Cheer Rick Kaplar 2019-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotary Loses Two Valued Members

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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.
Tysons Rotary Loses Two Valued Members Rick Kaplar 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot Benefits Club's Charities

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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 
Turkey Trot Benefits Club's Charities Rick Kaplar 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotary Helps Rise Against Hunger

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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.
Tysons Rotary Helps Rise Against Hunger Rick Kaplar 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotary Sponsors First 5K Turkey Trot

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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
Tysons Rotary Sponsors First 5K Turkey Trot Rick Kaplar 2019-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Tyra Takes the Helm for 2019-20

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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 
Tyra Takes the Helm for 2019-20 Rick Kaplar 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

McLean Wine Outlet Supports Rotary Charities

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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.  
McLean Wine Outlet Supports Rotary Charities Rick Kaplar 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Reaching Out To End Hunger

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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   
Reaching Out To End Hunger Rick Kaplar 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Tidying Up for Earth Day

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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.
Tidying Up for Earth Day Rick Kaplar 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Wine Gala Offers First Taste of Spring

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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.
Wine Gala Offers First Taste of Spring Rick Kaplar 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

Saving the Best for Last

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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
Saving the Best for Last Rick Kaplar 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Spreading Christmas Cheer

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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 
Spreading Christmas Cheer Rick Kaplar 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Making It a Merry Christmas

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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 
Making It a Merry Christmas Rick Kaplar 2019-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Monte Carlo Night: A Taste of Vegas

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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
Monte Carlo Night: A Taste of Vegas Rick Kaplar 2018-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotary Supports Youthful Musicians

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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
 
Tysons Rotary Supports Youthful Musicians Rick Kaplar 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Stopping Hunger Now

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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 
Stopping Hunger Now Rick Kaplar 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotary Moves to Tysons Ballroom

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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!
Tysons Rotary Moves to Tysons Ballroom Rick Kaplar 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotary Aids Vinson Hall Retirees

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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  
Tysons Rotary Aids Vinson Hall Retirees Rick Kaplar 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

Bruce McBarnette: World-Class Athlete

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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 
Bruce McBarnette: World-Class Athlete Rick Kaplar 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

State Delegate Briefs Club on Medicare, Other Issues

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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
State Delegate Briefs Club on Medicare, Other Issues Rick Kaplar 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Exploring the Universe

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Out of This World:  Astrophysicist and media personality Michelle Thaller, Ph.D., transported Tysons Corner Rotarians to the farthest corners of the Universe when she addressed the Club on June 7.  Dr. Thaller, assistant director of science at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, discussed topics that ranged from Northern Lights to black holes to the prospects for sending astronauts to Mars.  She appears frequently on cable-TV series including “The Universe,” “The Known Universe,” and “How the Universe Works.”  Photo by David Danner
Exploring the Universe Rick Kaplar 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Flags for Heroes in McLean

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Honoring Our Heroes:  Sixty American flags waved proudly in McLean over the Memorial Day weekend thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Tysons Corner and McLean.  The clubs sponsored a fundraising project that encouraged individuals to purchase a flag and dedicate it to their own personal hero – veteran, family member, or someone special.  Fifty flags were displayed at the Sharon Masonic Lodge on Balls Hill Road and 10 flew at the McLean American Legion Post.  The “Flags for Heroes” project was spearheaded by Art Chantker, husband of District Governor Ronnie Chantker of Rotary District 7610.  Photo by Laurie Kent 
Flags for Heroes in McLean Rick Kaplar 2018-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotarians Clean Up Stream for Earth Day

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Cheers for Earth Day:  Tysons Rotarians helped make the Earth a little better on April 21 by removing trash from the banks of Old Courthouse Stream in Tysons Corner.  Armed with gloves and bags, our Club members joined volunteers from the Tysons Partnership and other local groups in the morning-long effort.  Organizers estimate that about 1,400 lbs. of trash were picked up.  Our members joined other volunteers at Earl’s Kitchen on the Tysons Corner Mall plaza after the clean-up for lunch.  Thanks to Tim Long for coordinating the participation of Tysons Corner Rotary.
Tysons Rotarians Clean Up Stream for Earth Day Rick Kaplar 2018-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Tysons Rotary Moves to Maggiano's

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New Venue:  The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner began a new chapter in its storied history when it moved from the Tower Club to Maggiano's Little Italy at Tysons Galleria. The first breakfast meeting at the new location took place on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.  Maggiano's will offer a breakfast buffet plus all the amenities Club members have come to enjoy.  Maggiano's is located in the Tysons Galleria mall at 2001 International Drive, near Neiman Marcus.  Plenty of free parking is available.  Visiting Rotarians and guests are invited to experience our new meeting venue. Please join us soon!
Tysons Rotary Moves to Maggiano's Rick Kaplar 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Kids Enjoy Caps Courtesy of Kamlesh

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On the Town:  Twenty kids participating in programs at Second Story (formerly Alternative House) got a chance to enjoy a Washington Capitals hockey game at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7.  Tysons Rotarian Kamlesh Chainani treated the young hockey fans to a great time at the "Phone Booth."  The game benefited Rotary's "Polio Plus" program.  Thanks for your generosity, Kamlesh!
Kids Enjoy Caps Courtesy of Kamlesh Rick Kaplar 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

Club Spreads Cheer to Local Groups

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Season of Giving:  The RCTC Foundation presented checks to several community organizations at the Tysons Corner Rotary Club's annual Holiday Breakfast on Dec. 14, 2017.  Receiving a check from RCTC Foundation Treasurer David Danner (left) are Bianca Spatafora and Artie Rothenberg of the Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax.  Club President Ann Page looks on.  Photo by Bill Knopf
Club Spreads Cheer to Local Groups Rick Kaplar 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Halloween Theme for Monte Carlo Night Rick Kaplar 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Tysons Corner Supports Rise Against Hunger Rick Kaplar 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Kids Enjoy Nats Game With Rotarians

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Nationals Night Out:  Kids and their chaperones from Second Story get a chance to enjoy a Washington Nationals baseball game with Tysons Corner Rotarians on Aug. 26. The occasion was the "End Polio Now" night sponsored by the Nats to benefit Rotary International. Thanks to the generosity of Rotarian Kamlesh Chainani, the kids were able to experience a major league game - and they had a great time! Dick and Bev Strean can be seen at lower right.
Kids Enjoy Nats Game With Rotarians Rick Kaplar 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

'Rotary on the Vine' Is Toast of the Town

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The Club's 2017 "Rotary on the Vine" wine tasting gala was a delightful evening of fine wines, food, and entertainment - once again! Catherine Ahearn and her team of volunteers transformed the TEGNA headquarters in McLean into a softly lit salon that complemented the wines being sampled and discussed in hushed tones. The March 18 event featured an array of wineries and distributors that included The Eyrie Vineyards from Oregon's Willamette Valley, Harbor Wines (Moldovan wines), Roche Mere Selections (French wines), and the Vineyard of McLean, all assembled by the Club's own wine distributor and importer Gray Mosby, owner of Salveto. Proceeds from this annual event will help fund Tysons Corner Rotary's many charitable donations in the community. 
'Rotary on the Vine' Is Toast of the Town Rick Kaplar 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Spreading Holiday Cheer

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Gift Time:  Club President Marshal Hyman (left) and Community Service Director Michael San Juan present a check from the RCTC Foundation to Robin McGlothin (right) of the Insight Memory Care Center on Dec. 15. The event was the Club's annual Holiday Breakfast, where representatives from several community organizations received Foundation checks.  Photo by Bill Knopf
Spreading Holiday Cheer Rick Kaplar 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Give Peace a Chance

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Peace Warrior:  Erik Haas, Rotary Peace Ambassador for District 7610, outlines the Peace Fellowship Program of Rotary International at our May 12 meeting.  Erik also led a discussion on how our Club might enhance peace locally, through efforts such as decreasing gang violence and bullying in schools.  This was Erik's second visit to our Club to discuss Rotary peace initiatives.  
Give Peace a Chance Rick Kaplar 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Danners Recognized as TRF Major Donors

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Major Award:  District Governor Nominee Ronnie Chantker (left) recognizes Pamela and David Danner as Rotary Foundation Major Donors, Level 2, at the Club's "Rotary on the Vine" spring wine gala on March 12, 2016. The Danners are long-time supporters of The Rotary Foundation. Pamela is a member of the Rotary Club of McLean.
Danners Recognized as TRF Major Donors Rick Kaplar 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

'Rotary on the Vine' Wine Gala Sparkles

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Expert Touch:  RCTC member Gray Mosby (left) pours a sample of one of his outstanding selections for fellow member Bill Keen at the "Rotary on the Vine" spring wine gala on March 12, 2016. The annual fundraiser, held at the TEGNA building in McLean, featured fine wines, complementary foods, and live music. Gray is a local wine distributor, importer, and part owner of Nice Legs, LLC, wine distributors, and assembled a noteworthy cast of vintners for this event.
'Rotary on the Vine' Wine Gala Sparkles Rick Kaplar 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party Spreads Good Cheer to Local Charities

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Deck the Halls:  The Club's annual Holiday Breakfast on Dec. 17, 2015, was a festive mix of fellowship, family, food, music, and financial gifts to local organizations. In top photo, ladies representing a variey of community service providers and charities pose after receiving RCTC Foundation checks from President Dick Strean and Santa Claus (back row). In bottom photo, musical maestro and McLean Rotarian Bob Rosenbaum makes the morning complete with his spirited renditions of Christmas favorites.  Photos by Bill Knopf 
Holiday Party Spreads Good Cheer to Local Charities Rick Kaplar 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

From Kentucky Hills to Capitol Hill

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Our Country Gal:  Newer member Connie Crosby shares a moment with President Dick Strean after presenting her classification talk on Jan. 7, 2016. Connie grew up in the hills of Kentucky, 35 miles from Loretta Lynn's Butcher Hollow ("Holler"), and eventually made her way to Washington as a Capitol Hill staffer. Connie hasn't lost her down-home country charm - or her Kentucky twang!  Photo by Bill Knopf
From Kentucky Hills to Capitol Hill Rick Kaplar 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

Jewelry Party Creates Early Christmas Cheer

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'Tis (Almost) the Season:  The home of Susan Soza (left) became a winter wonderland as Club members and guests enjoyed an "early Christmas" jewelry party and social on Nov. 17. Organized by Ann Page (seated), the event featured a tempting array of jewelry, handbags, and accessories for holiday gift giving - and libations of the season dispensed by Marshal Hyman. Our thanks to Susan Soza for generously sharing her home for this event - and getting it beautifully decorated before Thanksgiving.  Photo by Bill Knopf 
Jewelry Party Creates Early Christmas Cheer Rick Kaplar 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

German Beer Night Draws Tysons Corner Revelers

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Cheers! Campbell and Susanne Campbell hoist a glass while celebrating German Beer Night at Dulles Airport on Sept. 17. The annual Oktoberfest event, hosted by the German Military Command, has been a favorite with Tysons Corner Rotarians for years. Two German bands, lots of brauts, and plenty of beer made for a festive evening!
German Beer Night Draws Tysons Corner Revelers Rick Kaplar 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0

President Ingrid Leads the Way!

Posted by Richard Kaplar on Jun 30, 2011
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President Ingrid Parris-Hicklin (left) and her team of officers and directors are on the job, moving the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner forward into Rotary Year 2011-12!

Ingrid was installed as president on June 16, 2011, by incoming District Governor Jon Allan during the Club's installation dinner at Clyde's of Tysons Corner.  Ingrid will serve for the Rotary year that begins July 1, 2011, and ends June 30, 2012.  Ingrid's installation speech can be viewed online by clicking the second button under Site Pages (at left).  

President Ingrid Leads the Way! Richard Kaplar 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Tysons Corner Loses One of Its Stalwarts

Posted by Richard Kaplar on Apr 25, 2011
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The Club lost one of its most beloved members on April 22 with the death of Will Soza.  Will was an organizer and charter member of the Tysons Corner Rotary Club in 1983 and served as its first treasurer.  He went on to serve as president in 1988-89.  Will was known as a dedicated Rotarian, highly successful businessman and entrepreneur, and community volunteer.  He was involved in many other organizations including George Mason University, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and the Diocese of Arlington.  In recent years the always-generous Will and his wife, Susan (at left), opened their home to host our Spring Wine Tasting Gala.  The Club extends its sincere condolences to Susan and the Soza family. 

Tysons Corner Loses One of Its Stalwarts Richard Kaplar 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
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New Rotary Year Underway With a New Member

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Meet Kamlesh:  District Governor Janet Brown welcomes the Club's newest member, Kamlesh Chainani, after inducting him at our July 30 meeting.  Kamlesh's classification is IT Services, and he was sponsored by PDG Bishnu Poudel.  Kamlesh was the owner of FC Business Systems before retiring.  Welcome!

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Bringing a Bit of Tysons Corner to Vancouver

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Our Ambassador:  Sam Roudebush exchanges a Tysons Corner banner with Brian Crawley of the Vancouver South Rotary Club, while District 5040 Asst. Governor Davinder Grewal looks on.  Sam found time to take a break from his doctoral studies to head northwest to British Columbia.

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Dick Strean Takes the Helm for New Rotary Year

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Change of Command:  Incoming President Dick Strean (left) presents outgoing President Richard Lanier with a ceremonial gavel after Dick was sworn in as Club President for 2015-16 by District Governor Rich Storey.  Westwood Country Club was the venue for this year's festive Installation Dinner on June 25.  Photo by Bill Knopf.

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Club Helps Sponsor Tysons Chamber 5K Race

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On Your Mark:   Looking oddly like the Blues Brothers, Tim Long (far left) and Burt Heacock (far right) pause while helping organize the Tysons Chamber 5K Race at Tysons Corner Center on May 3.  They are joined by Robin McGlothin (left) of Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC) and Benie Doctolero (right) of the Tysons Chamber.  IMCC, an organization long supported by our Club, was the beneficiary of race proceeds.  Tysons Corner Rotary sponsored a table at the race.    
 

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Glenn Rounsevell: An Inspiring Life Well Lived

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The Club mourns the passing of one of its charter members, Glenn Rounsevell, who died on March 27 after a long battle with lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease.  Glenn died at home surrounded by his wife, Ann, three daughters, and son.  One of the “Greatest Generation,” Glenn served heroically in World War II and then pursued a long and storied career in the federal government.  After leaving government service he became a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and, among his many roles, owner of Flint Hill School.  He was a member of the new Rotary Club of Tysons Corner chartered on April 12, 1983, and gained a reputation as the writer of birthday limericks to celebrate each member’s birthday.    

The photo above shows Glenn (behind the lamp) at the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy during the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, helping South Vietnamese citizens over the embassy wall and into safety.  Glenn struggled valiantly to save as many Vietnamese as he could.   

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'Rotary on the Vine' Spring Wine Gala Is Big Success

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Taste Time:  Guests at the Club's "Rotary on the Vine" Spring Wine Gala enjoyed sampling a wide variety of fine wines along with gourmet food and live entertainment.  The March 14 event at the Gannett Building featured a host of wine experts from around the country convened by our own Gray Mosby.  Above, Claude Koeberle of Soliste Cellars in Sonoma, Calif., pours one of his exquisite Pinot Noirs.  Photo by Bill Knopf 

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The Fascinating Life of Bill Knopf

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Have Camera, Will Travel:  You never know what you'll learn about a new member at a classification talk!  On Feb. 5, photographer Bill Knopf presented the entertaining story of how his camera, and his desire to help young people, have taken him on an amazing odyssey.  Bill has ridden on horseback in wagon trains from Maine to Key West, sailed on tall ships, worked in schools and circus camps, and even won four state chili-cook-off championships!  Above, Bill poses with some of the regalia bestowed upon him by the Crow Indians during his time with them.  The Crow Nation honored Bill with two prized titles: "Crier of the Nation" and "Pipe Carrier."  We're glad to have Bill as a Tysons Corner Rotarian!  

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Sharing Insights Into Korean History and Culture

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A Rich Heritage:  The beauty and 5,000-year history of Korean culture were on vivid display January 15 thanks to two representatives from the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project. Director Kyungwon Pak (left) and Program Coordinator Younhee Shin (right), outfitted in beautiful silk floral-print gowns with elaborate embroidery, detailed the importance of Korean history from ancient times through modern-day South Korea and its role as a world leader in technology.  The KSCP Project, based in Flushing, N.Y., offers complimentary books and other resources on Korean culture (www.kscpp.net).

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Club Spreads Good Cheer at Holiday Breakfast

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A Jolly Good Time:  Visiting the Club's annual Holiday Breakfast once again was Santa Claus himself, bearing a remarkable resemblance to Charter Member Todd Meloy.  Santa is joined by another charter member, PDG Bish Poudel, at the Dec. 18 event at the Tower Club.  Ho, ho, ho!  Photo by Bill Knopf

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Gift Time:  Club President Richard Lanier (left) and RCTC Foundation Treasurer David Danner (right) present the "Big Check" for $1,500 to Meredith Mayo of Alternative House at the Club's Holiday Breakfast on Dec. 18.  The Club also presented checks to several other local groups including Insight Memory Care Center, Shepard's Center, McLean Orchestra, Fairfax Firefighters & Friends, and the Lewinsville and Pimmit Hills senior centers.  Photo by Bill Knopf

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Our Newest Member Joins the Party

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Welcome:  Past District Governor Bishnu Poudel (right) introduces the Club's newest member, Dr. Gopal Pal (center), following his induction by President Richard Lanier (left) at the Club's Holiday Breakfast on Dec. 18, 2014.  Gopal is a dentist in McLean and president of Pal Dental Group. He was sponsored by PDG Bish.  Photo by Bill Knopf

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Ring Those Christmas Bells!

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Kettle Duty:  Dave Young (left) and David Danner (right) ring bells for the Salvation Army outside Macy's at Tysons Corner Center on Dec. 13, 2014.  Helping the Salvation Army on a Saturday during the Christmas season has been a Club tradition since the 1980s. 

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Laurie Kent Joins Paul Harris Society

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Congratulations:  Laurie Kent, second from left, proudly displays her membership certificate in the Paul Harris Society.  Members of the Society pledge to donate at least $1,000 per year to The Rotary Foundation.  Making the presentation on Nov. 13, 2014, are (from left) District Governor Elect Janet Brown, PDG Sandy Duckworth, and PDG Chuck Davidson.  Photo by BIll Knopf

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Club Welcomes New Rotarian Ann Page

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Welcome Aboard:  Joining the Club on Nov. 13 is Ann Page, left, receiving her Rotary pin from Assistant Governor Ronnie Chantker. Her classification is Real Estate Services - Commercial, and she was sponsored by PDG Bishnu Poudel.  Ann is managing director of Keller Williams Commercial in McLean.  Photo by Bill Knopf

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2014 Monte Carlo Night: Raising Funds, Having Fun

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Magical Moment:  The 2014 Monte Carlo Night at the Fairview Park Marriott on Nov. 7 offered something for everyone: good food, live music and dancing, silent and live auctions, and - of course - gambling!  Top: Burt Heacock (right), overall chair of the four-club event, shares a triumphant moment with Tysons Corner organizer Catherine Ahearn.  Bottom: Bill Schipper takes a break from academia to preside over one of many blackjack tables.  The elegant event is one of two major fundraisers annually for the Tysons Corner Rotary Club.

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Welcome Susan Smith and Bill Knopf!

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Our Newest Rotarians:  Susan Smith (left) and Bill Knopf (center) are welcomed by President Richard Lanier on Oct. 23 after receiving their official RCTC baseball caps.  Both were inducted on Oct. 16.  Susan is a Realtor with Long and Foster, and her classification is Real Estate Service.  Bill is the owner of Tamarack Images and his classification is Photography.  Their sponsors are PDG Bishnu Poudel and Rick Kaplar, respectively.  Welcome!  Photo by Tony Rounds (using Bill's camera)

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Rotary Family Night Draws Crowd at Olive Garden

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The breadsticks were endless as Tysons Corner Rotarians, their family members, and friends gathered for a "family dinner" at the Olive Garden in Tysons Corner on Oct. 21.  President Nominee Marshal Hyman organized the event, which featured a special menu and private dining room. It was a night for good food and good fellowship!  Above, Marshal holds court with his daughter and grandkids, who had a great time.

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Sharing Rotary With Prospective Members

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The Club sponsored a reception at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna on Oct. 16 to introduce prospective members to the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner. Friends and colleagues of members learned about the Club and Rotary International from President Richard Lanier and other members while enjoying the congenial atmosphere of the Westwood.  The highly successful event was made possible through the generosity of Membership Chair and President Elect Dick Strean.  Photo by Bill Knopf

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Rep. Gerry Connolly Updates Club on Issues Near and Far

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Capitol Comments:  Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) addressed the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner on Oct. 9, touching on everything from the success of the Metrorail Silver LIne to the intractable problems in Syria and the Middle East.  An honorary Rotarian, Rep. Connolly has represented the 11th Congressional District of Virginia (which includes our local area) since 2009.  Prior to that he served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 14 years, including five years as chairman.  Above, Rep. Connolly (center) pauses after the meeting with Club President Richard Lanier (left) and Michael San Juan (right).  Photo by Bill Knopf

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Run/Walk for Water Supports Projects in Zambia

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Water Boosters:  Tysons Corner Rotarians participated in the Third Annual Run/Walk for Water at Burke Lake Park on Sept. 28 to benefit the District 7610 Strategic Water Alliance.  Above, Becky Parker (center) of RBC Wealth Management presents an RBC sponsorship check for $1,000 to Patricia Velkoff (left) of the Vienna Rotary Club, who chairs the Alliance.  At right is Tysons Corner Rotarian Laurie Kent of RBC.  The event drew 73 participants and raised about $7,000.  The D7610 Water Alliance is a group of 14 area Rotary clubs responsible for dozens of new wells and sanitation facilities in the Copperbelt Region of Zambia.

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District Governor Rich Storey Visits Club

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Governor’s Visit:  Sharing this year’s Rotary theme, “Light Up Rotary,” is District Governor Rich Storey (second from right).  He made his official visit to the Club on Sept. 11, joined by his wife, Carol (far left).  The governor of District 7610 was introduced by Assistant Governor Ronnie Chantker (second from left) and joined by Club President Richard Lanier (far right).

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Club Celebrates Return of Our German Friend

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Picnic Time:  Former member Christoph Roessler was the guest of honor at the Club Picnic on Aug. 23 at the home of Brian Mansir and Catherine Ahearn.  Everyone at the picnic enjoyed Brian and Catherine’s hospitality, as well as the barbecue, brauts, and sloppy joe prepared by Tony Rounds.  Christoph was also the Club’s breakfast speaker on Aug. 21, reporting that all is well in Germany with Stephanie and the twins.  

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RCTCF Scholarship Winners Visit Club

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College Bound:  The winners of this year’s RCTC Foundation scholarships visited the Club on Aug. 7 before heading off to school.  At left is Tiffany Wong, who plans to major in business at the University of Virginia.  At right is Megha Luthra, who will study biomedical engineering at George Mason University.  Both are June graduates of George C. Marshall High School.  Showing them the panoramic Tower Club view is Burt Heacock, who led this year’s scholarship interviews at Marshall. 

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Tim Long Heads Water Alliance Trip to Zambia

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Image  Seeing Progress:  Immediate Past President Tim Long is spending early August in Zambia as head of a District 7610 Strategic Water Alliance delegation monitoring the progress of wells and sanitary facilities funded by Rotary grants.  The Water  Alliance, comprised of 10 Northern Virginia Rotary clubs, has already made possible the drilling of more than a dozen wells.  In this photo, Tim (second from right) presents a banner from the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner to the Rotary Club of Luanshya, Zambia.

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The Vineyard in McLean Adds to Success of Club's Spring Wine Gala

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Partners in Wine:  Louis Cinelli (right), manager of The Vineyard wine shop in McLean, presents a check to Tim Long, president of the Tysons Corner Rotary Club, representing a portion of The Vineyard's sales from the Club's 2014 "Rotary on the Vine" Spring Wine Gala. The Vineyard has been supporting the Tysons Rotary Wine Gala for six years.  Funds raised from the Gala go directly to charities in the Tysons/McLean area as well as a water and sanitation project in Zambia.Image

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Club Recognized for Paul Harris Society Members

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Society Gathering: At the Installation Dinner on June 19, Past District Governor Sandy Duckworth (left) unveils a banner recognizing the Club’s five Paul Harris Society members. These are Paul Harris Fellows who pledge to donate at least $1,000 per year to The Rotary Foundation. From left: Tim Long, Ronnie Chantker, Sam Roudebush, Suzanne McDougall, and David Danner. At right is DGE Rich Storey. Image

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Richard Lanier Takes Helm for 2014-15

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It’s Official:  District Governor Elect Rich Storey (center) pauses with outgoing President Tim Long (left) and incoming President Richard Lanier (right) at the conclusion of the Club’s June 19 Installation Dinner at Wildfire Restaurant. DGE Rich installed Richard as Club President for the Rotary Year beginning July 1.Image

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Club Installation Dinner Set for June 19

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Change of Command:  This year’s Installation Dinner, one of our Club’s highly anticipated events, will take place in only one week. The 2014-15 ceremonies are set for June 19 at the Wildfire Restaurant on the upper level of Tysons Galleria.

Current President Tim Long will pass the gavel to President Elect Richard Lanier, whose term will begin officially on July 1. Incoming District Governor Rich Storey is expected to be on hand to install Richard and his team.  

Members who attended last year’s dinner at Wildfire will remember its rich ambiance, which puts a modern spin on the 1940s dinner club.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and takes the place of breakfast that morning. Tickets are $55 per person. Members who are billed quarterly for meals in advance will receive a credit of $19, reducing their dinner cost to $36. Please reply to Huong Van’s e-vite or directly to her by June 16.

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Bruce McBarnette Wins National, World Masters Titles

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High Jumper:   Few Rotary clubs can boast a world champion among their ranks, but we’re fortunate to have one at Tysons Corner.        

Our own Bruce McBarnette is a world-class athlete and record holder who won two major championships in the month of March alone.

Bruce won the gold medal at the USA Masters Track and Field Championships in Boston on March 15, competing in the high jump for men 55-59. Bruce jumped 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters) and also took second in the triple jump the next day at 36 feet (10.94 meters).

Only two weeks later, at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Bruce again took gold in the high jump. Bruce, who is the current world record holder for his age group in this event, jumped 5 feet 8 inches (1.74 meters) on March 29 for his 11th win in a World Masters Championship.

Bruce beat out 26 competitors in a grueling three-hour competition at Syma Stadium in Budapest to take the world crown. “I felt honored to represent the United States,” said Bruce, who started high jumping as a college freshman and never stopped.

Bruce already has his sights set on the national championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., this July, and the next world championships in Lyon, France, in August 2015.

Congratulations, Bruce! (Below: Bruce after taking the gold in Budapest.)

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Speaker for Thursday, April 10th: Gregory D. Meacham

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accountingJust in time before we have to file our tax returns. . . . . Greg Meacham, highly recommended by Ross Anderson, is going to talk about Forensic Accounting. 

Mr. Meacham has over thirty years of investigative experience first as a Police Detective and then for twenty five years as an FBI Agent. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). After retiring from the FBI, Mr. Meacham took a position as Vice President for Homeland Security for Nextel Communications. Mr. Meacham now provides investigative and consulting services for MDB International on a wide range of complex white-collar crime and financial fraud investigations.

Mr. Meacham retired from the FBI as Chief of the Technical Programs Section where as a Senior Executive Service employee he managed and executed an annual budget of over $100 million to support the technical programs of the FBI including technical training, wireless communications networks, technical security countermeasures, and intrusion detection systems.

Mr. Meacham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Management Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He maintains membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Forensic CPA Society, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and ASIS International.

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Speaker for Thursday, April 3rd: El-Shafei Dafalla Mohamed

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ImageWe've invited El-Shafei Dafalla Mohamed, a local artist and human rights activist, to come speak on Thursday about his experiences in the Sudan, about his refugee adventure, and how he's rebuilt his life, personally and artistically, in the US.  He'll share his perspective on the Sudan, and the hope for its recovery from war.

Elshafei has participated in more than fifty exhibits worldwide, and his work is part of public and private collections in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. He continues to lecture and to exhibit his work, holding artist residencies, participating in community building activities, and creating performative installation events around the U.S. and internationally.

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Our Past Presidents Meet RI Past President

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Rotary Leaders:  RCTC Past Presidents Suzanne McDougall (left) and Ingrid Parris-Hicklin (right) had an opportunity to meet Rotary International Past President D.K. Lee (2008-09) at a reception in his honor March 12 at the Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant at Tysons Corner.  Mr. Lee now chairs The Rotary Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  The gathering of local Rotarians was orchestrated by Virginia Delegate Mark Keam, a member of the Rotary Club of Vienna. The governor of District 7620 attended along with Rotarians from the Vienna, Bailey's Crossroads, Dunn Loring, McLean, and Tysons Corner clubs.

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Rotaract Members Make Things Better at Homeless Shelter

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Members of the Rotaract Club of Northern Virginia pitched in at Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria on March 8 and made a big difference. Led by Yani Arica and Lauren Rose, their major project was cleaning out and reorganizing the toiletries closet - which took a lot of work! Carpenter's Shelter, located on North Henry St. in Alexandria, is Northern Virginia's largest homeless shelter, serving more than 1,000 homeless and formerly homeless adults and children every year.  RCTC Youth Service Chair Suzanne McDougall, who serves as our Club's liaison and adviser to the Rotaract Club, was also there to help. 

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Enjoy Fine Wines at 'Rotary on the Vine' Wine Gala April 5

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Enjoy fine wines, meet some of the country's top wine experts, savor gourmet food, and dance the night away at our Spring Wine Gala on April 5!

"Rotary on the Vine" will take place at the Gannett Building in Tysons Corner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is one of the area's most striking venues and serves as the perfect backdrop for a panoply of wines from around the world. Even if you're not sampling, you'll enjoy the lavish selection of gourmet food and the big-band sounds of the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble. You'll have a chance to meet and learn from these experts:

  • Craig Hedstrom – Colene Clemens Vineyards,Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Ted Plemons – Owner, Cass Winery, Paso Robles, California
  • Steve Monsoon – Winemaker, Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison, Virginia
  • Barbara Frank – Consulting Winemaker & Grand Daughter to Founder Konstantin Frank, Finger Lakes, New York
  • Jon Bruno – PortoVino Imports, New York and Italy
  • Louis Cinelli – Vineyard of McLean, McLean, Virginia

In addition, we'll be raffling a one-week vacation at a gorgeous villa in Spain. This could be your lucky night!

Admission tickets are $75 each and sponsorships are available from $175 to $2,500. Proceeds will support the charitable projects and scholarship programs of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased through the "Rotary on the Vine" website. 

Visit www.RotaryOnTheVine.org for all the details. Get your tickets today!

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Club Rings Bell for Salvation Army

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Joyful Noise:  James Maloney (left) and Tony Rounds (right) take a turn at the Salvation Army kettle outside Macy’s at Tysons Galleria on Dec. 14.  The veteran bell ringers were among many Tysons Corner Rotarians who volunteered for one-hour shifts on a brisk day.  Many thanks to everyone who participated in this great Club tradition!   

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Tysons Corner Welcomes Capt. Will Bailey as Member

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Our Newest:  Fairfax County Fire Captain Will Bailey (center) became the newest Tysons Corner Rotarian on Nov. 7 when he was inducted by President Tim Long. Sponsor Ingrid Parris-Hicklin looks on at right.  The Firefighters’ Coat Drive organized by Will distributed 2,400 children’s coats (most made in the U.S.A.) on Oct. 30.  Congratulations and welcome, Will!

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Monte Carlo Night Is Big Success!

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The Fairview Park Marriott was transformed into a casino, big-band ballroom, and auction house on Nov. 8 for the 16th Annual Monte Carlo Night.  The evening featured a tempting buffet, dancing to the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble, silent and live auctions, and casino table games.  Above, Ronnie Chantker (center) tries her luck.  Thank you to event chair Burt Heacock and the many volunteers who made Monte Carlo Night a success!   

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Tysons Corner Rotary Provides Money and Manpower for Coat Drive

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Warm Coats, Warm Kids: The Fairfax County Firefighters’ Annual Coat Drive on Oct. 30 distributed hundreds of coats to area children, including these happy kids in Alexandria. Volunteers from our Club included Laurie Kent (who took this photo), Burt Heacock, and Michael San Juan. Our Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation donated $800 to help buy coats.

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Walk for Water Raises Funds for Rotary Water Projects

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Help for Zambia: The Walk for Water at Burke Lake Park on Sept. 29 received major support from RBC Wealth Management.  At left, Becky Parker of RBC presents Club President Tim Long with a $500 check to fund water projects in Zambia.  She was joined by RBC colleagues Laurie Kent (our Tysons Corner Rotarian) and Beth Rafferty, with daughter Katherine.  The District 7610 Strategic Water Alliance, a group of area Rotary clubs co-chaired by President Tim Long, sponsored the walk.  The Alliance already has been responsible for drilling more than a dozen wells and constructing latrine facilities in the copper belt region of Zambia.
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Rotarians Get To Meet Virginia's Next Governor

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The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner gave members, other Rotarians, and visitors a chance to meet Virginia's two candidates for governor in July.  Our breakfast meeting on July 11 featured Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli, attorney general of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, former head of the Democratic National Committee, spoke at our July 25 meeting. Each candidate discussed why he wanted to be governor and answered an array of questions from the audience.
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Rotaract Club Launches With Boost From Tysons Corner

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It's Official:  The new Rotaract Club of Northern Virginia was formally chartered on April 27 at a regional conference of three Rotary International districts held in Arlington, Va. Rotaract clubs are geared for college-age and young adults who would like to participate in Rotary-style "Service Above Self." The Northern Virginia Rotaract Club has been supported throughout its formative stage by the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner. The chartering ceremony took place during "DISCON, 2013," an annual conference for Rotary districts 7610, 7620, and 7630, which featured activities for Rotaract members from all three districts. (Northern Virginia is part of District 7610). Pictured from left to right: P.J. Maddox (Vice President and District 7610 New Generations Chair); Lauren Rose (President, NOVA Rotaract); Yani Arica (Vice President); Carlisha Jennings (Secretary); and Suzanne McDougall (New Generations Chair, Rotary Club of Tysons Corner). ("New Generations" is the area of Rotary service that reaches out to young adults.)

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All-Star "WineUp" Announced for Rotary on the Vine

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The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner is excited to announce the exciting lineup of renowned wine professional scheduled to present at this year's wine tasting, Rotary on the Vine. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets now!

Join 250 fellow wine enthusiasts on May 4, 2013 for exclusive wine presentations from four outstanding wine professionals and tastings featuring over 20 wines. Enjoy live music from The Loudoun Jazz Ensemble while sipping wine and taking in the ambiance of the glamorous headquarters of USA Today.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear from international and local wine experts, including...

Jeff Cohn, Founder and President of JC Cellars. JC Cellars is a premier California winery, located across the bay from San Francisco. Check out Wine Spectator's recent article on Jeff Cohn and his famous Zinfandel.

Allan Delmare, Marketing Director of Rappahannock Cellars. Rappahannock Cellars is a Huntly, VA based vineyard with a long list of award winning wines. Recent medal winning wines include the vineyard's 2011 Rosé (Gold, 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition) and the vineyard's 2010 Noblesse Rouge (Gold, 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition).

Dr. Theo Mellion, Co-Owner of Roche Mere Selections. Theo is a member of several American and French-based wine education associations as well as personal friends with many of France's wine elite, American importers, retailers, restaurateurs and private club members.

Barry Waitte, Owner of Tamber Bey Vineyards. Tamber Bey is a privately-owned and operated winery that produces 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay wines. Starting as a grower only, Barry began making wine under the Tamber Bey name in 2001.

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New Members Welcomed at Fireside Chat

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Warm Welcome:  New members got a chance to learn more about Rotary International and the Tysons Corner Rotary Club from veteran members during a "Fireside Chat" at the home of Tony Rounds on Jan. 22.  President Mary Edwards was literally "fireside" as she led the informal session for the six new members who have joined the Club since October.  At the end of the evening, the group gathered at the hearth for a photo, taken by Tony's wife, "Toni Girl."
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Firefighters Get Tysons Corner Support for Toy Drive

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Toy Time:  Captain Willie Bailey (left) gladly accepts the “Big Check” for $900 from Club President Mary Edwards and RCTC Foundation Chair Ingrid Parris-Hicklin.  The donation will support the Christmas Toy Drive of the Fairfax County firefighters slated for 9 a.m. on Dec. 18 at the Penn Daw Fire Station in Alexandria.
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Tysons Corner Rotary Supports Firefighters' Winter Coat Drive

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Keeping Kids Warm:  Capt. Willie Bailey (center) of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Dept. receives an $800 donation from the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation on Oct. 4 to support the firefighters’ winter coat drive for needy kids on Oct. 24.  Presenting the “Big Check” are Club President Mary Edwards (left) and Foundation President Ingrid Parris-Hicklin (right).  The RCTC Foundation also provides annual support for the firefighters' backpack drive in August and toy drive in December.  Tysons Corner Rotarians volunteer at all three events. 

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Tysons Corner Rotarians Walk for Water at Lake Fairfax Park

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They’re Off:  Fritz and Suzanne McDougall head out on the 5K Walk for Water at Lake Fairfax Park on Sept. 30, with Tony Rounds and Moe Levy in close pursuit.  The event benefited the District 7610 Strategic Water Alliance, which provides funds for drilling wells and constructing latrines in Zambia.  Tysons Corner had the highest number of walkers among the eight clubs in the Water Alliance.  Tysons Corner Rotarian Tim Long is a co-chair of the Alliance, and organized the Walk for Water.  Volunteers from the new Rotaract Club of Northern Virginia served as course guides.  The local Walk for Water was part of a Rotary International effort to conduct walks around the world to benefit water projects.
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Backpack Drive Helps Children in Need

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Backpackers in Action:  Rotarians pitched in Aug. 30 to help Fairfax County firefighters fill backpacks with school supplies for needy kids.  McLean Rotarian Vance Zavela (far left) is pictured with Tysons Corner members David Danner, Glenn Rounsevell, Tony Rounds, Ingrid Parris-Hicklin, and Burt Heacock. The annual Backpack Drive, held at a fire station in Alexandria, is conducted by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Dept. with the help of many community volunteers.
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Club's Scholar Moves Toward Medical School, Wins Research Award

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Next Step for Mai:  RCTC Foundation Chair Ingrid Parris-Hicklin (center) tells Mai Abdel-Ghani (right) on July 26 that her goal of attending medical school just got one step closer with a $500 check from the Foundation for her MCAT prep course.  President Mary Edwards looks on at left.  Mai just returned from the American Society of Bone Mineral Research conference in Kansas City, where she had the opportunity to present her research findings and to meet with high-profile researchers.  Mai received the Young Investigator Award at this conference for her research work.

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Mary Edwards Ready To Lead Tysons Corner Rotary in 2012-13

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Taking the Helm:  After months of training and preparation, Mary Edwards (left) was installed as President of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner on June 21 and immediately received a standing ovation from her fellow Rotarians.  District Governor Jon Allan, joined by District Governor Elect Steve Cook, administered the oath of office to Mary during the Club's installation dinner at the Tower Club.  Mary took the podium from outgoing President Ingrid Parris-Hicklin and presented her with a plaque to thank Ingrid for her service to the Club.  President Mary urged members to work together for a successful year.  She will serve during Rotary Year 2012-13, which runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.  As the youngest president in the Club’s history, Mary takes the helm as Rotary focuses on attracting younger members.  President Mary has been instrumental in helping launch the new Rotaract Club of Northern Virginia for young professionals. 

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Club Helps Tibetan Orphans Pursue Education Online

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Thanks, Tysons Corner:  President Ingrid Parris-Hicklin (center) and Immediate Past President Ronnie Chantker (right) display thank-you gifts they received from Tenzin Norzom (left) of the Tibetan Children’s Village Schools at our June 7 meeting.  Tenzin gave each of them prayer flags and a “kata,” or scarf – a symbolic gift of thanks – in recognition of the Club’s donations of books and money to the TCV schools.  Tenzin and her father, Phuntsok Tsering, were the guests of Katherine Barnett, who had visited the schools in India.  They were joined by the morning’s speaker, TCV teacher David Quegg.
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Proud To Be a Tysons Corner Rotarian

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She’s Official:  The Club’s newest member, Tyra Garlington, receives her official RCTC baseball cap on May 24 from Todd Meloy, erstwhile keeper of the caps.  Tyra, President Ingrid Parris-Hicklin, and Ed Beck recently returned from the RI Convention in Bangkok and will recount their experiences in Thailand at our June 14 meeting.
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Join Us for an Evening of Wine Tasting and Fun!

Posted by Timothy Long

Rotary Club of Tysons Corner
2012 Spring Wine Tasting
Benefiting Local Charities

Saturday, April 21, 2012
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
at
Gannett Building
7950 Jones Branch Dr.,
Tysons Corner, VA 22107-0150

Wine donated by:

The Vineyard

1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean, VA

Wines sampled will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $65

Tickets will be available at the door.

Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres – Music – Door Prizes

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Leap into a New Year with Rotary!

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2012 is a leap year with 366 days instead of 365 days. What better way to use that extra day than with Rotarians? Please join the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner for a fellowship happy hour on Tuesday, February 28th. Evo Bistro in Mclean, VA will host the happy hour from 6pm - 9pm.

Pass the invitation along to others as 25 percent of all orders taken at the bar will go back to our club!

www.evobistro.com
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Monte Carlo Night Delivers Full House of Fun

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The 14th annual Monte Carlo Night at the Fairview Park Marriott on Nov. 4 lived up to expectations as the premier Rotary event of the fall season.
            The night featured a delicious buffet of international foods followed by dancing to the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble (left).  Gaming included blackjack, roulette, craps, and Texas hold ’em poker.  Silent and live auctions, door prizes, and a $500 cash prize drawing rounded out the evening’s festivities.
             This multi-club event is a major fundraiser for the Tysons Corner Club.  Last year’s Monte Carlo Night provided almost $16,000 to fund the Club’s charitable donations and scholarships.  Congratulations to Burt Heacock, chairman of the multi-club event, Catherine Ahearn, who handled arrangements with the Fairview Park Marriott, treasurers David Danner and Christoph Roessler, graphics specialists Hunter Herron (program) and Mary Edwards (PowerPoint), and the Tysons Corner team: TIm Long (Club chairman), Bishnu Poudel (tickets), Katherine Barnett (sponsorships), Suzanne McDougall (silent auction), and Moe Levy (volunteers).
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Tysons Corner Rotarians Help Stuff Backpacks for Needy Kids

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Bounty of Backpacks:  David Danner (left) and Burt Heacock (right) have their hands full at the Fall Backpack Drive sponsored by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Dept. on Sept. 1 in Alexandria.  Many Tysons Corner Rotarians pitched in to help stuff 2,000 backpacks with school supplies, which then were distributed to schools and community groups for the benefit of needy children.  The RCTC Foundation provided financial support as well.    
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Tysons Corner Mourns Loss of Will Fairbanks, Charter President

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Willis L. Fairbanks, a Marine Corps officer in World War II who went on to serve at the highest levels of NATO and later served as Charter President of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner, died Aug. 14 after a short illness.  He was 95 years old.

Will devoted 26 years to his country as a U.S. Marine, including two and a half years in the Pacific during World War II.  During the Korean War he was stationed in Tokyo on the staff of the Commander of Naval Forces–Far East, and then on the flagship of the Commander of Amphibious Forces–Far East.  From 1960 to 1963 Will served as Deputy of Infrastructure for NATO in Paris.  He retired as a colonel in 1966. 

Tributes to Will by his Rotary friends Rick Kaplar (Tysons Corner) and Bob Rosenbaum (McLean) can be viewed by clicking on the blue menu bar in the left column, "Tributes to Charter President Will Fairbanks."  


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Student Gives Autistic Children a Way To Communicate

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A Touch of Hope:  High school student Priya Krishnan (center) described her efforts to distribute iTouch devices to autistic children at our July 21 meeting.  At left, she is flanked by Ann Gibbons (left), executive director of the Autism Speaks foundation, and PDG Bishnu Poudel (right).  Ms. Gibbons helped Priya identify needy recipients in Virginia.  At far left and right are Priya’s father and mother.

 
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Club Helps Alzheimer's Family Day Center

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“Big Check” for AFDC:  RCTC Foundation Chair Ronnie Chantker (left) and Treasurer David Danner present a $500 donation to Nancy Dezan, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, on June 2.  At right is Rick Kaplar, the Club’s liaison to AFDC. 
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Club Supports Lewinsville Senior Center

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Senior Moment:  Edward J. Shahin (right) accepts a $500 check for the Lewinsville Senior Center from the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation.  Making the presentation on May 12 are Club President and Foundation Chair Ronnie Chantker (left) and Foundation Treasurer David Danner. 

 
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Rotarian's Goal: 150,000 Meals in One Day

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McMeal Man: Bob Hahne is a man on a mission: to prepare 150,000 meals on a single day in June.
    The McLean Rotarian is mobilizing local Rotary clubs (including Tysons Corner) and McLean community groups to take part in a marathon meal-packing exercise on June 11 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLean.  Volunteers at Bob's first event there in November packed 100,000 meals.
    Bob, who spoke at our March 24 meeting, is working with Stop Hunger Now, a nonprofit international hunger-relief organization.  He is looking for financial support plus volunteer help.
    The next meeting of Bob's planning committee will take place April 4 at 7 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1545 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.  All are welcome.
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Speaker: We Must Act To Protect Our Future

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Warning Signs:   Author and consultant John Mumford raises red flags about where the economy and the country are headed at our Feb. 17 meeting.  America is facing three challenges of tsunami magnitude, he said: (1) huge budget deficits at all levels of government, (2) the baby boomer retirement bubble, and (3) a deficit in leadership.
    Mumford is the author of Broke: What Every American Business Must Do To Restore Our Financial Stability and Protect Our Future.
   
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Peruvian Guest Shares Rotary Goodwill

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Gifted Guest:   President Denise Dixon-Basil (left) accepts one of several handcrafted gifts from Peruvian visitor Ximena Cedamanos at our Jan. 20 meeting.  Ximena also brought a banner from her Rotaract Club of Los Olivos in Lima, Peru.
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New Member Campbell Maloney Offers Unique Designs

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At his classification talk on Jan. 6, website and graphic designer Campbell Maloney displays the letters "e" and "x," part of a stylized alphabet he designed to create name plaques and wall decorations.  Son of member James Maloney, Campbell is president of blueunderground llc, a firm specializing in graphic design, logo, and website services.  The Maloneys are the first father-son Rotarian duo to belong to the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner.
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On a 200-Day Quest for Polio Plus

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Polio Plus Pilgrimage:   President Denise Dixon-Basil (left) accepts a Polio Plus certificate from traveling Rotarian Colleen Bonadonna at our Dec. 2 meeting.  Colleen has an ambitious goal: visiting 200 Rotary Clubs in 200 days to raise funds for the $200 Million Polio Plus Challenge.  Colleen, a West Point (Va.) Rotarian, visited Tysons Corner on Dec. 2 and spoke about eradicating polio once and for all.
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Speaker: Secret Missions Were Pilot's Daily Fare

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As a young Air Force fighter pilot, Craig Duehring found the excitement he craved in 1970 when he joined an elite strike team known as the Ravens.  Based in Laos and swathed in secrecy, the classified operation would pair an American pilot with a South Vietnamese translator, sending them on missions deep into the Laotian jungles.  No Raven pilot who was shot down ever made it out alive.
    Col. Duehring missed his first call-up to the Ravens because the radio message never reached him.  He later found out that the pilot who had filled his spot was killed shortly thereafter.  Col. Duehring shared these and other chilling vignettes from an earlier war at our Oct. 28 meeting.  During his career, he went on to log more than 4,400 flying hours, including 1,525 combat hours and more than 800 combat sorties.  
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School Puts College Within Reach of Urban Kids

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Hope Through Education: The Rev. Stephen Shafran, SDB, president of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Md., described the school's unique work-study program for inner-city kids at our Oct. 21 meeting.  The school works with area companies to create positions that are shared by teams of students.  The companies then pay the school.  The Catholic school, part of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will graduate its first class of college-bound seniors in 2011.  Marty Shields arranged Fr. Steve's appearance. 
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Monte Carlo Night Sponsorships Available!

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The Rotary Clubs of Northern Virginia invite you to be a part of the 13th annual Monte Carlo Night. Monte Carlo Night is recognized in Northern Virginia as the signature event of the fall social season. The 2010 Monte Carlo Night will be held on Friday, November 5th at the stylish Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. The black tie optional event will include music from The Dominion Jazz Orchestra, dancing with The Fred Astaire Dancing Studio, in addition to fantastic food and drinks. Funds from Monte Carlo Night will benefit the educational and civic programs supported by the Rotary Clubs of Northern Virginia. A portion of the proceeds will also support Rotary International's program to eliminate Polio worldwide.
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Rotarians Help Firefighters Help Kids, Military

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Rotarian Backpackers:   The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, with a little help from its Tysons Corner Rotary friends, has completed two major projects to help needy kids and wounded military personnel.  On Sept. 2, the department conducted its annual School Backpack Drive at Penn Daw Fire Station 11 in Alexandria, where firefighters and other community volunteers (including several RCTC members at left) stuffed more than 1,000 backpacks with school supplies.  The RCTC Foundation also made a donation of $800.
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German General: 'We Will Treasure You'

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A Fond Farewell:  In a heartfelt farewell address to his Tysons Corner friends on Aug. 5, German Air Force General Gero L.K. Schachthoefer reflected on his last three years in the United States and told of his emotional encounter with a group of Holocaust survivors in 2009.  Brigadier General Schachthoefer began by acknowledging the many friendships he and his wife, Magrit, have forged with Tysons Corner Rotarians.  "We will treasure you in our hearts for the rest of our lives," he pledged.
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Tysons Rotary Supports School Backpack Drive

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Happy To Help:   Club President Denise Dixon-Basil (left) and RCTC Foundation Treasurer David Danner (right) share a light moment with Fire Captain Willie Bailey on Aug. 19 after presenting him with a check for $800 to help support the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's school backpack drive.  Volunteers from Tysons Corner Rotary will help stuff more than 1,000 backpacks with school supplies on Sept. 2.
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Alternative House Recognizes RCTC, Other Donors

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Rotarian Burt Heacock (second from left) helped celebrate the good works of the Alternative House teen shelter at a June 11 reception for donors.  Chef Geoff's in Tysons Corner donated the space, food, and beverages.  Tysons Corner Rotary is a long-time supporter of Alternative House, and Burt serves on its board of directors.
    From left: Jerson de Jesus Alvarez, Burt Heacock, Mary Gergely, Roger Oropeza, Melissa Fernlund (board member), and Maria Kalsoom.  The plaque lists members of the AH Giving Circles for the past year, and will be displayed in the Emergency Shelter for Teens.
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District Governor Shares Vision of Rotary Future

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Tysons Corner Rotarians got a look at the future of Rotary International (RI) on July 15 as District Governor George "Ron" Marion visited the Club and spoke about changes in store for the 105-year-old international service organization.
    He said the venerable Four Avenues of Service have been joined by a fifth: New Generations.  This reflects a major effort by RI to recruit younger members and to lower the median age of Rotarians.
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Christoph Roessler Honored by German Military

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As Christoph Roessler completed his 13-year active-duty career in the German Air Force at the end of June, he was recognized by Germany's Secretary of Defense for his distinguished service.  Christoph was awarded the prestigious Silver Cross of Honor (Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Silber).  This decoration is one of the highly esteemed Badges of Honor of the German Armed Forces.  The Silver Cross recognizes "exemplary and meritorious service over 10 years" and "exemplary achievements."
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Club Foundation Awards Four Scholarships

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College Bound:   President Denise Dixon-Basil (far left) congratulates four recent graduates of George Marshall High School who have been awarded college scholarships from the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation.  The $1,000 awards are renewable annually for four years.
    From left: Mai Abdel-Ghani, Sunami Mody, Daniel Bui, and Surafal Negere.  Their families are from Egypt, India, Vietnam, and Ethiopia, respectively.   Foundation Board member Katherine Barnett coordinated the scholarship award process.  
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Denise Dixon-Basil Installed as 2010-11 President

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With her family and fellow Rotarians looking on, Denise Dixon-Basil became the 28th president of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner as she was installed by District Governor Horace McCormack on June 17. DG Horace then swore in Denise's team of officers and directors who will lead the Club from July 1 until June 30, 2011. The ceremony took place at Clyde's of Tysons Corner. Denise thanked outgoing president Ronnie Chantker, and promised to build on Ronnie's ambitious slate of projects.
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Announcing Location and Date of Monte Carlo Night!

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One of our club's largest annual fundraisers, Monte Carlo Night, will take place on Friday, November 5th. It will be held at the recently renovated Fairview Park Marriott located in Falls Church, VA. Proceeds from Monte Carlo Night benefit Educational and Civic Programs in the area as well as Rotary International's Program to eliminate Polio worldwide.
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Good Morning, Tysons Corner!

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At this morning's Club Assembly, members received a guided tour of the Club's new website from Club Service Director Mary Edwards. Members saw how easy it is to check future speakers, connect with the District website, contact each other, and much more! And they learned how to update their personal profiles in the secure "members only" directory. It's "Tysons Corner Rotary on the Web"!
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Spanish Villa Raffle Winner To Take Sentimental Jo

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It will be a real sentimental journey for Maggie Legum. Maggie (front right) was the grand-prize winner of the raffle at the Club's April 24 Wine Tasting Gala, entitling her to one week at the Spanish villa of Glenn and Ann Rounsevell.
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Wine Tasting Gala Is Great Success

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Fine wines, delicious food, and a lively crowd made for a grand time at the Spring Wine Tasting Gala on April 24. The beautiful home of Will and Susan Soza provided the perfect backdrop as Rotarians and guests flocked to the various wine stations and the lavish buffet table (pictured)
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Local Lawmaker Makes Headlines at Tysons Rotary

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Rep. Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly, a Democrat representing a large portion of Northern Virginia, was the subject of a lengthy article in the online AOL News by senior Washington correspondent Amelia Stone following his presentation to the Club on April 1.
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Bring on the Bubbly

Posted by Richard Kaplar
A champagne bar will be one of the new features at the Spring Wine Tasting Gala on April 24, according to event chair Ingrid Parris-Hicklin. This is the first time that the bubbly will flow at this event.
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Speaker: On Cutting Edge of Blade Technology

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A local inventor is using his talents in a way that could change the future of wind-turbine technology. Eric Lundberg, who addressed the Club on March 18, described the calibration system he has pioneered to improve the performance of turbine blades.
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Man of Many Talents

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Chris Mullings is much more than a banker, as members learned March 11 during Chris's classification talk. Born in Jamaica, Chris lived in New York City and was a college soccer player before making his way to Northern Virginia.
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Our Newest Member

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Past District Governor Bishnu Poudel (left) shares a Rotary moment at the March 11 meeting with Dr. William V. Schipper (right). Bill was inducted into our Club on March 4 with Bish as his sponsor. Bill and Bish were colleagues at Stratford University prior to Bill's establishment of the American College of Commerce and Technology in Falls Church last November.
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Speaker: Rescue Team Does Fairfax Proud

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They operated without sleep for the first 48 hours, but by the time they left Port-au-Prince two weeks later, members of the Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue Team had saved the lives of 16 persons trapped in the rubble.
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Dedicated to Service

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Helping others is what drives new member Mark Weischedel - both in his vocation and his avocation. In his classification talk on Feb. 25, Mark described his work as senior vice president for information technology at the American Red Cross.
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Welcome Back!

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Dick Strean (center) became the Club's newest member â€" and one of its oldest (from the previous century, in fact) â€" in February. After an absence of about 15 years, Dick was able to rejoin the Club and was inducted on Feb. 18. Gladly welcoming him back are President Ronnie Chantker (left) and his sponsor, Past President David Danner (right).
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Wine Tasting Gala Slated for April 24

Posted by Richard Kaplar
Get ready for the Club's third annual Spring Wine Tasting Gala at the home of Will and Susan Soza on Saturday, April 24. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature wines from around the world, courtesy of The Vineyard wine shop in McLean....
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Glad We Could Help!

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Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin (right) of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department presented a plaque of appreciation to President Ronnie Chantker (left) at our Feb. 4 meeting, recognizing the Club's support of the department's backpack, winter coat, and toy drives for area children. Duane Dodwell (not pictured) has spearheaded Tysons Corner Rotary's involvement.
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Member in the Spotlight: Mary Smeltzer Edwards

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If you've grown accustomed to a tasty breakfast and interesting speaker every Thursday at Rotary, you can thank Mary Smeltzer Edwards. As Club Service Director, Mary is responsible for the smooth functioning of the Club...
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Speaker: Africa Command Seeks Stability, Security

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The U.S. Africa Command, only 16 months old, faces a daunting task as it strives to foster stability and security by projecting the U.S. military's presence throughout the African continent. That was the message of Brig. Gen. Stayce D. Harris of the U.S. Air Force, who addressed the Club on Feb. 18.
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Tysons Corner Rotary Responds to Haiti Crisis

Posted by Richard Kaplar
The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner and the RCTC Foundation have responded quickly to support disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the massive earthquake that shook Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12. Thanks to a timely financial contribution of just over $5,000, three "shelter boxes" and five "aqua boxes" should already be on their way to the ravaged island.
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Welcome to Our New Website!

Posted by Richard Kaplar
The Tysons Corner Rotary website has a new look, thanks to ClubRunner. This format will allow us to manage our activities and communicate more effectively....
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