Named Best Small Club, District 7610, since 2014!

Falls Church Rotary

Celebrating Service Above Self since 1952!

Meets for dinner most 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6:30pm. Check our meeting schedule for other variances. * Chinese family-style dinner $15
Harvest Moon Restaurant (phone 703.573.6000)
7260 Arlington Blvd.(Rte. 50 at Graham Rd.)
Club cell phone: 703.597.1830 * Club email: FallsChurchRotary@gmail.com
Falls Church, VA  22042
United States
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Join our club as we celebrate our Club Music Compeition, at a special location. For more information about the event or how to enter, contact:
PP Carlota McCormack, Competition Coordinator
Email: Lotusbud254@gmail.com. Ph (703) 447-6813
 
If you can attend, please rsvp to fallschurchrotary@gmail.com, so we can plan for refreshments!
 
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Annual Music Competition for 11th and 12th Grade Students. Awards are: $100 first place, $50 second place.
 
Eligibility Requirements:
* Have a love for music.
* Have the ability to play a musical instrument or sing with musical
accompaniment.
* Use the award for future musical educational expenses.

Our Club Music Contest for high school students is named for our club member Carol Pierstorff, who died suddenly a few years ago. Carol graduated from Cranston East High School in 1966, and later from Brown University with a degree in Music. Since her early teenage years, Carol worked as a full or part-time church organist and was involved with other musical and theatrical groups since her college days.
 
Following receipt of her MBA (UNH, 1979), Carol worked as a consultant prior to taking a position with IHRDC where she became Vice President, Marketing and Sales. She developed her love for international business and travel. In 1992, she took a position with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and moved from Dover, NH to the Washington, DC area. She directed various USAID programs throughout the world and ultimately took an assignment with USAID in Moscow, Russia in 2000. Upon retirement, Carol returned to her musical roots and served as a substitute organist for numerous churches in the Northern
Virginia and DC area. She also sang with the Piedmont Singers as well as the New Dominion Chorale.
 
As a member of the Rotary Club of Falls Church, VA she served as International Service Director and Sergeant-at-Arms. Carol generously gave of her time and financial resources to many organizations and people in need. We miss her and are glad to honor her legacy and caring spirt.
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We have a new meeting policy and schedule for Rotary Year 16/17, which began 7/1/16.  Our club now meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays for a dinner meeting at Harvest Moon,  with events (or no meeting) on other Thursdays of the month.  The current schedule is below. If you have questions or would like to present a program at a future club meeting, email us at fallschurchrotary@gmail.com Attn: Pres. Erica Brouillette.
 
Meeting Schedule as of 4/20/17
 

Apr. 20 = Rotarian Nomie Hamid, a successful young College Park, MD. business man from our neighboring Rotary District. As the youngest member of his Rotary Club, he will speak about efforts to attract young professionals to Rotary membership. (Directors' Board Meeting afterwards)

Apr. 27 = No meeting

May 4 = Meagan Perkins, Northern Virginia Family Service on Baileys Community Shelter and the Multicultural Center

May 11 = No meeting

May 16 = Special meeting on a Tuesday for The Carol Pierstorff Music Competition 2017. Note different location: Bishop O'Connell High School Band Room, 6600 Little falls Rd., Arlington VA.

May 25 = No meeting.

 

Events:

April 20 = Board Meeting following the regular club meeting

April 23 = Memorial Day Float Preparation

April 25 = Rotary Times Taping

May 18-21 = District Conference, Wintergreen Resort

Mon., May 29 = Club float is in the Falls Church City Memorial Day Parade!

May 30 = Rotary Times Taping

June 11-14 = Rotary International Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA

Aug. 26 = Family of Rotary Ballgame, 4 PM NATS vs. NY Mets $40

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Congratulations to the winners in our club's 2017 "Four Way Test" Middle School Essay Contest! Pictured here at our April 6 dinner meeting with their families and Club Pres. Erica Brouillette (far left). Well done, students!
 
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We have a new meeting policy and schedule for Rotary Year 16/17, which began 7/1/16.  Our club now meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays for a dinner meeting at Harvest Moon,  with events (or no meeting) on other Thursdays of the month.  The current schedule is below. If you have questions or would like to present a program at a future club meeting, email us at fallschurchrotary@gmail.com Attn: Pres. Erica Brouillette.
 
Meeting Schedule as of 2/1/17
 

Feb. 2 = Interact Advisor Mary Lou Wentzel & Bishop O’Connell Interact & RYLA students’ Report

Feb. 9 = No meeting

Feb. 16 = Anthony Brock, Retired NAVY Seal will talk about Intelligence Drives Operations: Managing Info. for Effective Decision-Making

Feb. 23 = No Meeting

March 2 = Student Speech Contest

March 9 = No meeting

March 16 = Dana Marlowe, Support the Girls

March 23 = No Meeting

April 6 = Student Essay Awards Dinner

 

Events:

Feb. 16 = 8 PM Board Meeting following regular 6:30 club meeting

Feb. 28 = Rotary Times Taping

March 23 = End Polio Night at Washington Capitals Hockey Game

March 28 = Rotary Times Taping

May 18-21 = District Conference, Wintergreen Resort

June 11-14 = Rotary International Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA

 
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Welcome to our newest club member, inducted at our Sept. 1 meeting! Pictured at center, Rotarian Rhonda "RJ" Bent, holding her young daughter Aina Elizabeth. With (l to r) Falls Church Rotary Club President Erica Brouillette, Assistant District Governor Suzanne McDougall, and Club Membership Chair Stephanie Arnold. RJ recently moved to Falls Church and contacted the RI website with a membership query because "in my world travels with my work, friends have always been telling me I would enjoy Rotary. And the dinner meeting time is perfect." We are so glad to have her join our club! 
 
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We have a new meeting policy and schedule for Rotary Year 16/17, which began 7/1/16.  Our club now meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays for a dinner meeting at Harvest Moon,  with events (or no meeting) on other Thursdays of the month.  The current schedule is below. If you have questions or would like to present a program at a future club meeting, email us at fallschurchrotary@gmail.com Attn: Pres. Erica Brouillette.
 
Meeting Schedule for September and October (as of 9/14/16):
 
Sept. 15 = Naqeeb Naqibullah’s Life in Afghanistan
Sept. 22 = No meeting
Oct. 6 =  Business Networking Mixer
 
Events:   (for District events, visit the District calendar at: http://www.rotary7610.org/calendars.html)

Sept. 17 = District Foundation, Membership and Public Image Seminar, Fredericksburg ($50 fee before Sept. 14, $60 thereafter)
Sept. 18 = Polio Fundraiser – Mystics Basketball Game ($20-$40)
Sept. 27 = Rotary Times TV Broadcast Taping
Oct. 1 = Falls Church Community Cleanup - Adopted Street
Oct. 6 =  Business Networking Mixer at Harvest Moon
Oct. 20 = Club Board Meeting following regular meeting
Oct. 25 = Rotary Times TV Broadcast Taping
Nov. 10 = Serve Thanksgiving Dinner with Veterans Pantry at Willston Center
Nov. 12 = Rotary UN Day, Bus to NYC
Nov. 12 = District Foundation Banquet
Our club is proud to be #RotariansServingHumanity, supporting important local causes lifting families out of poverty -- including a $1,000 gift in August 2016 to Homestretch, based in Falls Church City.
Pictured outside their office are staff members Fatima Paniagua Emestica, Fabiola Alba, Alejandra Carrera, Norma Guerrero, Buthaina AbuBader, and Nan Monday with Executive Director Christopher Fay; Diane Hill, Past President of Falls Church Rotary Club, and Homestretch Development Director Ken Bradford.
 
Wow! Our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA received lots of honors for #ServiceAboveSelf during Rotary Year 15/16 -- including "Best Small Club" of #RotaryDistrict7610! (that's 2 years running).
 
 
From left: Club Secretary PP Joe Scheibeler, Club President RY 15/16 Greg Viola, Club President RY 16/17 Erica Brouillette, PP Joe Akarra, and Club Service Chair Dr. John Karickhoff.
 
** Visit and "Like" our club on facebook (you don't have to be a facebook user to view our content): Visit Falls Church Rotary on facebook.
 
We have a new meeting policy and schedule for Rotary Year 16/17, which began 7/1/16.  Our club now meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays for a dinner meeting at Harvest Moon,  with events (or no meeting) on other Thursdays of the month.  The current schedule is below. If you have questions or would like to present a program at a future club meeting, email us at fallschurchrotary@gmail.com Attn: Pres. Erica Brouillette.
 
July 28 = No meeting
Aug. 4 = Dinner at Harvest Moon. Program: Jeanne Comeau, Pres. & CEO, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Northern VA
Aug. 11 = No meeting
Aug. 18 = Dinner at Harvest Moon. Program: Namita Dongre, Interact Scholarship Recipient (Thomas Jefferson High School)
Sat., Aug. 20 - Community Brunch at Willston Multi-cultural Center, partnering with The Veterans Pantry.
Aug. 25 = No meeting
Sept. 1 = Dinner at Harvest Moon. Program: Rotary 7610 Asst. District Gov. Suzanne McDougall
Sept. 8 = HAPPY HOUR (location TBA)
Sept. 15 = TBD
Sept. 22 = No meeting
Oct. 6 =  Dinner at Harvest Moon. Program: All welcome for a Business Networking Mixer (tentative).
 
Upcoming Events:
Aug. 6 = Falls Church Family of Rotary Ballgame Nats vs. SF Giants (Tickets $40, club fundraiser -- for details and flyer, click here.)
Aug. 6 = District End Polio DC United Soccer Game vs. Philadelphia ($26). See www.rotary7610.org District calendar.
Aug. 18 = Monthly Club Board Meeting following regular dinner meeting
Aug. 20 = Community Brunch at Willston Center
Aug. 30 = Rotary Times TV Broadcast Taping, at Fairfax Public Access station. For info, email Producer Ahmed Selim via the club email address.
Sept. 15 = Club Board Meeting following regular meeting
Sept. 17 = District Foundation, Membership and Public Image Seminar
Sept. 27 = Rotary Times TV Broadcast Taping
Oct. 1 = Falls Church Community Cleanup of our Adopted Street in downtown Falls Church.
Oct. 6 =  Business Networking Mixer (tentative)
Oct. 20 = Club Board Meeting following regular meeting
Oct. 25 = Rotary Times TV Broadcast Taping
Nov. 10 = Serve special family Dinner with Veterans Pantry at Willston Center
Nov. 12 = Rotary UN Day, Bus to NYC. Info at District calendar.
Nov. 12 = District Foundation Banquet
Our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA is proud to support Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) so that kids in the J. E. B. Stuart High School pyramid from low-income families will have the school supplies they need to succeed in school and in life!  We presented our sponsorship check at the agency's new name launch event on 7/21 at The Tower Club. That's Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Whetzel (left) with ‪‎Rotarian‬ Diane C. Hill and Board member Catherine S. Read (also member of Rotary Club of Centreville & Chantilly). Thank you to Connection Newspapers reporter Time Peterson for covering the event. (Diane served as Development Manager at ODB, before her current role at UCM of Alexandria.)
 
Read the story online: click here >>
 
PRS was presented with a gift from the Rotary Club of Falls Church VA on July 27, 2016, to  support its Hope Fund! "We are so grateful for this funding which will provide PRS Services to community individuals who would benefit from our services but do not qualify for public assistance such as Medicaid," says Executive Director Wendy Gradison. "We extend a special thank you to club President, Erica Brouillette, for her long-term partnership with PRS."  Wendy is pictured at left with President Erica.
 
Club in-service day Sat. May 28, 2016 -- cleaning up and putting down new mulch at Pete's Playground, which was dedicated in 2009 to the memory of #Rotary7610 PDG and club member PP Peter G. Petro.
 
Club members in group photo from l to r: 
Past Pres. Doug Dreyer, Pres. Elect Erica Brouillette, Pres. Greg Viola (above), Past Pres. Diane Hill, Erica's husband Kevin, Past Pres. and now Secretary Joe Scheibeler, and Past Pres. Joe Akarra. Not pictured (as he was taking the photo): Rtn. Dr. John Karickhoff.
      
Photos from the 2016 Memorial Day Parade in Falls Church City:  Our club float with the big #Rotary gear logo in the city Memorial Day parade! That's Pres.-Elect Erica Brouillette waving.  Also photos of our annual Beverage Sale fundraiser along the parade route -- including cold sodas and cold draft beer!
 
            
 
Our meeting program on June 2, 2016 was Rotarian Anne Marie Giangiulio, a Global Health Officer at the United Nations Foundation, working with the Shot@Life campaign on global immunization advocacy. She is pictured at right, with Club Pres. Elect Erica Brouillette.  Anne Marie earned her Master of Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Vaccine Science and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Anne Marie worked as a Regional Grants Officer at Rotary International, overseeing a portfolio of Rotary Grant projects taking place in Francophone Africa and the Horn of Africa.Anne Marie is an active member of the Rotary Club of Federal City - Washington, DCwww.unfoundation.org
We appreciated learning about NVRides from Gina Cocomello at our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA dinner meeting on 5/12, pictured here with Club President Greg Viola. The organization works with area programs, such as local Shepherd Centers, to provide rides for elderly persons, so they can remain independent in their homes while staying active in the community. Learn more at:  www.nvrides.org
 
 
To view, or search for, all of our Club photos and stories:  go to http://fallschurchrotary.org/Stories
 
 
Speakers
Rotary Times TV Taping
May 30, 2017
Fairfax Public Access studioa
(Rotary International Convention, Atlanta GA)
Jun 11, 2017
(Rotary International Convention, Atlanta GA)