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Join us at our Thurs. 8/3 dinner meeting when our program speaker will be #Rotarian Jennifer Rose, President of Rotary Club of Fairfax, Va., Inc., who is development manager at Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread). She'll provide an update on programs that lift families out of poverty, with a focus on financial literacy. All welcome for #Rotaryfellowship: delicious family-style Chinese dinner only $15 -- 6.30pm at Harvest Moon Restaurant & Lounge#WeAreRotary #PeopleOfAction#RotariansRock
August 3 Program: Britepaths Diane Hill 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
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We have a new meeting policy and schedule.  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  June 21 (updated July 8):
 

Upcoming Meetings:

July 6 = Dinner Meeting with our Carol Pierstorff Music Contest students - at Harvest Moon restaurant

July 13 = Concert in the Park Picnic, Cherry Hill Park Gazebo in Falls Church City. Get directions/parking info here: 

July 20 = Dinner meeting with District Asst. Gov. Suzanne McDougall -  The New Rotary Year (at Harvest Moon). (Tentative: music contestants) Board meeting following regular meeting.

Aug. 3 - Britepaths

Aug. 17 - “Doc” Robert Barham, CEO and Co-Founder of Xtraordinary Outcomes, who will speak about his self-improvement coaching ideas. 

 

Events:

July 22 = 2–4 PM, Refugee Welcome Kit Packing Party. Location 101 E. Maple Ave. at Vienna library. This is a joint community service project with Returned Peace Corps group. Sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eacab2da0fc1-refugee

July 25 = Rotary Times TV Show Taping, Fairfax Public Access Studios, Merrifield, VA. For info, email show producer Mr. Ahmed Selim at selimas@netzero.net.

Aug. 26 = Family of Rotary Ballgame, 4 PM NATS vs. NY Mets $40, Nationals Park. Email joseph.scheibler@usps.gov for tickets before they sell out!

 

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Current Meeting Schedule, as of Summer 2017 Diane Hill 2017-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations, Middle School Essay Contest Winners - April 2017 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
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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The Carol Pierstorff Music Competition 2017 -- Tues., May 16 Diane Hill 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
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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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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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Current Meeting Schedule, as of 2/1/17 Diane Hill 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Proud to Support Homestretch Diane Hill 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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! 
 
New Member Induction Sept. 1, 2016 Diane Hill 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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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
Current Meeting Schedule Sept. - Oct. 2016 Diane Hill 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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 >>
 
Providing School Supplies with Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Supporting PRS' Hope Fund - July 2016 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Best Small Club in District 7610! Diane Hill 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
 
** 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
Current Meeting Schedule (as of 7/26/16) 2016-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
 
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
UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
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.
      
Pete's Playground - Cleanup 5/28/16 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
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!
 
            
2016 Memorial Day Parade and Club Beverage Sale Fundraiser 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
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
NV Rides - May 12, 2016 Meeting Program 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
 
All welcome to join our club members Thurs 12/3 evening a Blackfinn Ameripub - Merrifield for Happy Hour instead of our usual dinner meeting.
 
Club members will be there starting at 6pm, but stop by when you can!  Any questions, call/text PP Diane at 703.597.1830.
 
NO club meeting at our regular haunt Harvest Moon Restaurant.
 
Blackfinn is just south of the Dunn Loring Metro station, on Gallows Rd. Parking in the nearby garage available. More at  www.blackfinnameripub.com
 
 
Special Meeting 12/3: Happy Hour at Blackfinn Ameripub at Merrifield Diane Hill 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
For the Nov. 2015  Rotary District 7610 DG Janet's "Rotary in a Day" service project, our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA co-hosted a special dinner for the families and children at the Willston Multi-Cultural Center at Seven Corners -- plus purchased and bagged up turkeys and all the fixins for families to take home for their own Thanksgiving holiday meal. Thank you to our lead host The Veterans Pantry, which our club Treasurer Rene founded! "Service Above Self" in action! ‪#‎Rotary‬ ‪#‎ServiceAboveSelf‬ ‪#‎RotariansRock‬ 
 
 
Thanksgiving Dinners for Local Families in Need Diane Hill 2015-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
 
Place your pre-order now: Fresh Florida Grapefruits and Navel Oranges, for delivery to you before Thanksgiving!
 
See flyer for details at http://bit.ly/CItrusSale15_FCRotary. Same prices as 2014!
 
You can place an order with a Falls Church Rotary Club member -- or email the club at fallschurchrotary@gmail.com, and we'll get your order placed.
 
Payment by cash or check to Rotary Club of Falls Church.
 
Citrus order pickup and public sale is Sat. Nov. 21 at Harvest Moon Restaurant parking lot, 7260 Arlington Blvd., across from Loehmann's Plaza at Graham Rd. and Rte. 50.
 
We have a 2nd public sale on Sunday, Nov. 22 at: St. Luke's Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA 22101.
 
Questions? Email iPP Carlota McCormack at lotusbud54@gmail.com.
 
2015 Falls Church Rotary Citrus Sale! Diane Hill 2015-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
CBS News' Bob Fuss New Book "Kidnapped by Nuns" dia 2015-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
 
We enjoyed meeting Rotarian Shardul S. Gandhi from India who recently visited our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA with his wife -- and thrilled to exchange club banners to add to our collection of 60+ years! Shardul is President Elect (2016-17) of #Rotary Club of Pune Metro, India, Rotary District 3131. Their daughter is currently living in Falls Church. Pictured with Rotarian Dick Johnson (far left) and Club President Greg Viola.
Visiting Rotarian from Club of Pune Metro, India (District 3131) Diane Hill 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Falls Church CIty Street Cleanup - Sat. 10/10/15 Diane Hill 2015-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
The George Mason High School Robotics Team presented a robot demonstration at the Falls Church Rotary Club’s meeting on May 14.  Shown with the robot they named Vae Victis and coach John Ballou are (front l to r) George Mason H.S. students Gabriela Casteneda, Carter Fendley, team captain Daniel Nette and (back l to r) mentor Cricket Moore, students Tim Winters, Nik Fickenscher, Daraius Boston, and mentor Don Brobst. Vae Victis stands for “Woe to the Vanquished.” The team competes regularly with other high school robotics teams in Virginia Regional and DC Regional robotics competitions.   [picture courtesy of John C. Lu.]
George Mason High Robotics Team - May 14 Club Meeting Diane Hill 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
KEEN Greater DC at May 21 Club Meeting hill 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Charitable Donations - May 7 Meeting Diane Hill 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our Thurs. 2/26 club meeting and speaker has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. Speaker will be rescheduled for a new date.
 

Please do plan to join us at 6.30 on Thur. 3/5 for a special program:

Come celebrate our long- time member Bilal Raschid's 80th birthday, his classification talk of 53 years Rotary Service in 4 Districts + signing of his new autobiography. Birthday cake with 80 candles??... well, maybe not all 80. Please help spread the word by sharing with your Rotary Clubs. At our usual location: Harvest Moon restaurant, dinner $15. Join us to celebrate with Bilal + Tin Tin!

2/26 Club Meeting CANCELLED due to SNOW Diane Hill 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Join Us for Club annual Sweethearts Dinner - Thurs. 2/12! Diane Hill 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Club Sweethearts Dinner - Thurs. 2/12 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Our club's Jan. 22 meeting featured a program on this summer's 2015 World Police & Fire Games, taking place right here in Fairfax County.
 
Kim Palmese gave an awesome overview, pictured at left with Falls Church Rotary Club President, Greg Viola. 12,000 professional public safety athletes from 70 nations will participate in 1,600 sporting events at 53 venues in Fairfax County and the Washington DC area from June 26 to July 5. Even more awesome: all the events are free!
 
Check out the website: www.fairfax2015.com. The games will include events unique to police and fire fighters as well as regular Olympic sporting events. (If your club would like Kim to speak at a meeting, email is: kim.palmese@fairfaxcounty.gov).
Club Meeting Jan. 22 with Kim Palmese Diane Hill 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our Jan. 8 meeting speaker was Sage Teasley, senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and President of the school's #Interact Club, sponsored by our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA.  Sage shared her summer experience in Guatemala doing a public health project.
 
Pictured from front is Sage with her father Glen Teasley, TJ English teacher + Interact faculty sponsor Nancy Glover, + Doug Dreyer, club Past President + our club liaison with TJ Interact.
Jan. 8 Meeting: Sage Teasley of TJ Interact Club Diane Hill 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
 
Best wishes from our Rotary club for a healthy and productive New Year 2015! #LightUpRotary
 
Happy New Year 2015! Diane Hill 2015-01-01 00:00:00Z 0

Dec. 4 Holiday Dinner with Alexandria West Rotary Club at Savio's Italian Restaurant
* See photos from the evening in the facebook album: click here. *
 
Falls Church Rotary Club will hold our Holiday Dinner on Dec. 4 at 6:30pm with the Alexandria West Rotary at their meeting location: 
Savio's Italian Restaurant and Bar at ​516 S. Van Dorn Street, Alexandria VA 22304. Phone 703-212-9651.
 
There is no regular club meeting at Harvest Moon on Dec. 4 -- join us there for our next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11!

 
 
Dec. 4 Holiday Dinner with Alexandria West Rotary Club at Savio's Italian Restaurant Diane Hill 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
 
It's that time of year again..... time to order your Rotary Florida Citrus from the Rotary Club of Falls Church!
 
Fresh Grapefruit, Navel Oranges, Tangelos -- $35/box or $18 half box. Same prices as last year -- such a deal! ​ All proceeds support our local community service projects, including scholarships!
 
 
 
Target delivery to us is week of Nov. 17 -- and target pickup and public sale is Saturday, Nov. 22 at parking lot of Harvest Moon Restaurant & Lounge (on Arlington Blvd., across from Loehmann's Plaza -- where we have our weekely dinner meetings).
 
 Please email a club member you know with your order, so we can reserve for you -- or email the club at FallsChurchRotary@gmail.com + iPP Diane will get you set up.  Questions? Contact Diane at cell 703-597-1830.
 
Cash or check payable at delivery to "Falls Church Rotary Club."   (Note: a club member can arrange to get your citrus to you, if you cannot make the public pickup date/location.)
 
 
For more info at our facebook page, click here.
Annual Rotary Club Citrus Sale! Taking Orders NOW! Diane Hill 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Program Thurs. 10/16: PDG Horace McCormack 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Please note: We are having some challenges with the 3.0 Clubrunner website upgrade, and the Speakers Calendar (at right) may not be accurate.  Please check our home page News Stories for upcoming speakers at our meetings! We apologize for any inconvenience.
Advisory: Speaker Schedule (at right frame) 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Club Bulletin for Oct. 2014 available for Download as pdf 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Program Thurs. 10/9: Friends of the National World War II Memorial 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
#WorldPolioDay is officially Oct. 24 this year -- and our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA is raising funds for this important cause to #EndPolioNowJoin us at our Thurs. 10/23/14 dinner meeting, when our guest speaker will be Rotarian Vance Zavela, area foundation adviser and member of the Rotary Club of McLean.We are "selling" Rotary crocuses!  if you'd like to make a donation for a Polio Crocus, email club past President Carlota McCormick at cmmccormack@hgmteam.com. We meetiThursdays at 6:30pm at Harvest Moon Restaurant & Lounge
 
 
 
Honor World Polio Day with our Club! Donate for a Polio Crocus! Diane Hill 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Sep 20, 2014

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Rotary and Networking Go Hand in Hand!

To celebrate October Vocational Service Month Falls Church Rotary President Greg Viola and our members cordially invite you and your friends to a Business Networking Social Mixer at the club's regular Dinner Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Harvest Moon Restaurant & Lounge.

Event details are at: http://bit.ly/FCRotaryEvent103014.

Only $15 for delicious family-style Chinese dinner! (cash or check at the dinner).

** Please RSVP to reserve your spot by Oct. 23 to: PDG Tin Tin Nu Raschid at tintinraschid@gmail.com or phone 301.469.7592. **

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You're Invited! Business Networking Social Mixer - Thurs. Oct. 30, 2014 Diane Hill 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Sep 19, 2014

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Rotary District Governor Richard Storey and his wife Carol are pictured at center with the F14/15 Rotary theme banner “Light up Rotary” at the Sept. 18 visit to the Falls Church Rotary Club for their annual visit. With them from left to right are: Falls Church Rotary Club Past President Dr. Joseph Akkara (Director, International Service), Assistant District Governor Ronnie Chantker (Tysons Corner Rotary), Past District Governor Tin Tin Raschid, and Past Assistant Governor Bilal Raschid  Following a meeting with the club’s board of directors, DG Rich gave a presentation at the club meeting. He emphasized youth service, membership attration, and leadership, asserting that the  impact of Rotary service can cause our “light to shine” in the community

District Governon Rich Storey Club Visit - Sept. 18, 2014 Diane Hill 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Sep 05, 2014

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Tori Hornstein, Senior Campaign Manager of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (center) is shown with Falls Church Rotarians (l to r) John Lu who recently transferred from Taipei, Taiwan and club president Greg Viola II. Tori spoke at the Falls Church Rotary Club’s dinner meeting Sept. 4. She described the causes and treatment of cancer and believes that we will see the cure to cancer discovered in this lifetime!  Mebers of the Falls Church Rotary will be walking in the organization's "Light Up the Night" walk in Reston in October, to honor the memory of Madge Karickhoff, wife of club member Dr. John Karickhoff.

 

Club Meeting Sept. 4, 2014 - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Diane Hill 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Aug 31, 2014

Here's a pdf of our Club Bulletin for September 2014: http://bit.ly/FCRotaryBUL0914.  We hope you'll join us at a meeting soon -- all welcome!

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Club Bulletin for SEPT 2014 Diane Hill 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Aug 24, 2014

Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the annual "Family of Rotary" baseball game! Thanks to Falls Church Past President and Secretary Joe Scheibeler for the fellowship and great seats in the infield gallery inside of first base -- and close to $300 was raised to benefit our club's community service projects! With the Nats beating the Giants 14-6, it was a "win - win" for all!

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Join the Rotary Club of Falls Church VA for our annual "Family of Rotary" Baseball Game! Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1:30 pm. Great seats at $35 pp. For your reservation, email Rtn. Joe Scheibeler via FallsChurchRotary@gmail.com or call him at office 202.268.5089. Here's our flyer as pdf to share: http://bit.ly/FCRotaryFlyer_Nats08-24-14

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Thanks for joining us! "Family of Rotary" Baseball Game: Washington Nationals Sun. 8/24/14 Diane Hill 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Club Bulletin for AUGUST 2014 Diane Hill 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Jul 27, 2014

Small Club . . . Big Impact!

Congrats to our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA members for an awesome year of "Service Above Self"! The new Rotary year begins on July 1.

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At the Rotary District 7610 Awards and Installation Banquet in Fredericksburg on Saturday, June 28, our club was honored with an array of "Avenues of Service" Awards for this Rotary Year 13/14:

  • Meritorious Award for Community Service (chair PP Carlota McCormack)
  • Meritorious Award for Vocational Service (PDG Tin Tin Raschid)
  • Exceptional Award for Club Service (Dr. John Karickhoff)
  • Exceptional Award for Public Image (Diane Hill)
  • Exceptional Award for Youth Service (Erica Brouillette)
  • Exceptional Award for overall Club Excellence!

Our Interact Club at Bishop O'Connell High School (Official School Page) was also awarded a RY13/14 Presidential Citation -- and our club received a special 13/14 Rotary "Club Central Award" from Rotary International President Ron Burton.

More photos coming later.... Special thanks from Club President Diane Hill to all committee chairs -- and to Club Secretary Joe Scheibeler who worked extra hard to make us get the applications submitted.

Falls Church Rotary Awards at District Year End Banquet - 28 June 14 Diane Hill 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
7/17 meeting is at Falls Church Concert at Cherry Hill Park Diane Hill 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Jul 09, 2014

We celebrated the Installation of our  RY14/15 Officers - Rotary Club of Falls Church VA. at our July 10 meeting.  Here's to a year of Service Above Self to #LightUpRotary and our community! Here are few photos -- and see more at our facebook album: click here to view.

 

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From left: AG Ronnie Chantner ( Rotary Club of Tysons Corner), PP Carlota McCormack (Community Service), Erica Brouillette (Youth Services), PDG Tin Tin Raschid (Vocational Service), Club President Greg Viola, Dr. John Karickhoff (Club Service), PP Diane Hill (Public Image), and PAG Bilal Raschid (who conducted the officer installation).

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Photo at left: Induction of the newest member of the Rotary Club of Falls Church VA - Kate Sullivan, July 10, 2014. With her sponsor PDG and fellow club member Horace McCormack

Photo at right: PDG and club member Horace McCormack welcomes transferring Rotarian John Lu, Past President of the Rotary Club of Taipei Southgate (District 3520) -- and now residing in Falls Church. Welcome John to our Rotary Club of Falls Church VA!

Installation of New Club Officers -- and 2 New Members! July 10, 2014 Diane Hill 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Jul 04, 2014
Happy New Rotary Year!  The theme for the Rotary Year that began July 1  is " Light Up Rotary."

Please join our club Thurs. 7/10 for a special program at our 6.30 pm dinner meeting:  Installation of our RY14/15 Club Officers, plus induction of a new club member Kate Sullivan and welcoming of transferring Rotarian John Lu of the Tairpei Taiwan Rotary Club! We are also scheduled to present  a district cash award to our middle school essay contest winner.

Our new club President is Greg Viola, and most of our club officers are continuing in their positions for Rotary Year 14/15.  We are expecting many guests, so please RSVP if you can to let us know you plan to attend. Email us at FallsChurchRotary@gmail.com.

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Join Us Thurs.July 10 -- New President Greg Viola & Installation of Club Officers Diane Hill 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Jun 30, 2014

At our 6/26/14 meeting, Rotarian Peter Mbogo Kamau (right) visited our club and exchanged his Nairobi, Kenya Rotary Club’s banner with Falls Church Rotary President Diane Hill (left) and new Falls Church Rotarian Maakor Quarmyne (center) -- who gave her Rotary "Classification Talk" that evening to introduce herself to the club.

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Peter is the founder and director of The Take Heart Association Project (THAP - www.thapk.org), a US/NGO in Kenya that helps needy children with heart defects and disease obtain life saving treatment totally through donations.

Maakor was born in Accra Ghana, and her talk included a slideshow of her homeland and family there. [Photo courtesy Falls Church Rotarian Dr. John Karickhoff] #BannerExchange #FallsChurchRotary @FallsChRotary

Club Banner Exchange with Rotary Club of Nairobi Kenya 6/26/14 Diane Hill 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Club will NOT be meeting Thursday July 3rd -- enjoy a safe Independence Day! Diane Hill 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Jun 18, 2014

Do you do alot -- or any -- shopping online? Well, now our "Rotary Club of Falls Church Foundation" is registered with iGive.com -- meaning when you shop online at any of 1,000+ online stores, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to RCFCF! Every little bit counts... so try it out! To get started, register your email address at: www.iGive.com/RotaryClubofFallsChurchFoundation

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Online shopping sites include: Amazon, Target.com, Toys R Us, Macy's Home Depot, HSN.com, QVC.com, Bed Bath Beyond, computer sites like Best Buy & Tiger Direct, Staples, so many more -- all sites listed at:www.igive.com/shop/pdf_merchants.cfm (the % donated varies by site).

As an example: Club President Diane recently bought a new clothes dryer via HomeDepot.com -- and $7 went to her selected charity! Which for going forward, has been changed to our club foundation. 
 Especially for big ticket items and during gift-giving season, iGive.com shopping can add up to some big bucks for the club's community service projects. Please spread the word.

Any questions or for help to set this up for your or your family, ask Diane or email her at dhill3@cox.net.

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Shop Online via iGive.com... and support our Club's Foundation! Diane Hill 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Sun. 8/24/14 Family of Rotary - Nats Baseball! Diane Hill 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on May 31, 2014

Click here to download a pdf of our Falls Church Rotary Club Bulletin for June 2014!

Click here to view photos from our June 5th Rotary Fellowship Dinner -- thanks to everyone who attended for a great evening of Rotary fellowship and FUN!

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Club Bulletin for JUNE 2014 Diane Hill 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on May 31, 2014

Falls Church Rotarians volunteered on Saturday, May 30, 2014 at the Stop Hunger Now packaging event, hosted by fellow Rotary Clubs: Annandale (lead), Bailey's Crossroads, and Burke. The event was held at the Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike.  Scores of volunteers -- young and old -- from various community groups participated to package thousands of meals to be shipped overseas to feed hungry people.

Club members participating included: President Diane Hill, New Generations Chair Erica Brouillette and fiance Kevin, and new Rotarian Maakor Quarmyne.

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About www.StopHungerNow.org:

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program, in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 29 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country.

The packaging operation is mobile enough to go wherever volunteers are located, and can be adapted to accommodate as few as 25 and as many as 500 volunteers at a time. One SHN packaging event can result in the packaging of more than 1,000,000 meals. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across the world.

Stop Hunger Now provides over 70% of its meals to support transformational development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics.  Working with these programs helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education,  skills development, and health care while also receiving much needed nutrition.  Stop Hunger Now’s goal is to allocate 80% of its meals to transformational development programs by 2015.

Stop Hunger Now event - May 30, 2014 Diane Hill 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary at Falls Church Memorial Day Parade! Diane Hill 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
"Why Rotary?" Watch this video! Diane Hill 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on May 14, 2014

Join us for a special meeting jJune 5 to celebrate Fellowship Month!

See stories section on this website.  

Or see our club Facebook page at 

www.Facebook.com/fallschurchrotary

RSVP to tintinraschid@gmail.com 

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Posted by Diane Hill on May 14, 2014

All welcome! Join us for a special dinner Thurs June 5 with special program on the Rotary Global History Fellowship group. Details in Stories section of this website -- or visit: www.Facebook.com/FallsChurchRotary

 

 

 

June 5 Special Fellowship Month Dinner! Diane Hill 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on May 14, 2014
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Please Join Us JUNE 5th for a Special Dinner! To celebrate the ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH OF JUNE: Club President Diane Hill and the members of the Rotary Club of Falls Church cordially invite you and your friends to a Rotary Global Networking Evening: Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:15 p.m. (cash bar opens 5.30) Harvest Moon 7260 Arlington Blvd Falls Church, VA 22042 A Special Chinese Fellowship Dinner and Silent Auction Speaker: PAG Bilal Raschid on "Rotary Global History Fellowship" $ 22 cash or check pp. Cash bar. Pls RSVP by 5/29 or asap to PDG Tin Tin Raschid at tintinraschid@gmail.com or 301-469-7592. Special menu: Soup, Salted Crispy Shrimp, Cantonese Roast Chicken, Black Pepper steak, Mix vegetable and tofu, Hunan crispy fish fillet, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Fresh orange platter. We hope to see you for fellowship and networking!

Join us! June 5 Special Global Fellowship Dinner Diane Hill 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on May 06, 2014

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Maakor Quarmyne was inducted as a new member of the Falls Church Rotary Club at the club's May 1, 2014 meeting.  Quarmyne (second from right) was inducted by club member Horace McCormack (far right), who has served as Club President and as Past District Governor of  Rotary District 7610.

Pat Donnelly (far left), executive director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (www.lcnv.org), spoke at the meeting about adult education and literacy programs, and Rotary Club President Diane Hill (second from left) presided over the meeting. (Photo: Courtesy club member Dr. John Karickhoff)

See the article in the Falls Church News Press at: http://fcnp.com/2014/05/06/quarmyne-inducted-into-f-c-rotary-club/

 

Welcome to our Newest Club Member, Maakor Quarmyne! Diane Hill 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Apr 29, 2014

Members of the Bailey's Crossroads Rotary Club -- including Interact students from J.E.B. Stuart High School -- joined us on Sat. April 13, 2014 for clean up of our Adopted Street:  Washington St in downtown Falls Church City. Pictured with some of the Interactors are Baileys Rtn. Jim Holcombe (right photo) and Falls Church President Diane Hill (left photo).

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Rotary at City Street Cleanup Sat. 4/13/14 Diane Hill 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Apr 04, 2014

 It is with deep sadness that we report that Madge Karickhoff, wife of Falls Church Rotarian Dr. John Karickhoff  passed away peacefully on Friday, April 4, 2014, after a battle with leukemia.  . Her memorial service will be at: St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church, 1:30pm on Sat. Apr. 12 (www.spiw.org), with reception following.

Madge's obituary was published in The Washington Post on April 6.  Here is the link: /www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=170510359

IIn loving memory of Madge, we invite you to view a video displaying her love of family + friends. This song was originally performed at our Rotary Club Christmas party. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjSxY5XviGM

MADGE COWLES HARRISON KARICKHOFF

A resident of Fairfax, VA, she passed away on April 4, 2014 of leukemia at the age of 69. She was born August 4, 1944 in Richmond, VA and grew up in Louisa County in Central Virginia.

 Madge was a former high school English teacher and received a Master's Degree in high school guidance and counseling from the University of Virginia. She was a membership chairman of the Mantua Women's Club in Fairfax, a Brownie Scout and Girl Scout Troop leader, and taught Sunday School at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke. She entertained the Youth Group of the church each spring with a cook-out and outdoor games at their home.

Madge was chairman of the Diplomats' Wives through the McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women and a mem- ber of the "Welcome to Washington International Club" where she was Informal Activities Chair and a former corresponding secretary. Madge was a member of the Washington, DC chapter of the Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army, Communications Chair of the Arlington County Medical Alliance Wives, a member of the State Society of Virginia, a member of The Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, and a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. For 23 years, Madge went every Tuesday afternoon as a volunteer to the Little River Glenn Retirement Center in Fairfax, where she led a current events discussion group and also hosted yearly Christmas parties at the center for her group.

Madge is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Karickhoff, M.D. of Fairfax, VA and their daughters, Julie and Maggie of Los Angeles, California. She is also survived by her sister, Susannah Burwell Martin Thompson and her husband, Tom Thompson of Denville, New Jersey and their children, Scott, Julianna, and Catie. She is also survived by many cousins.

A Memorial Service is planned at Saint Peter's in the Woods Church in Fairfax Station, VA at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, you may send your tax-deductible gift to: Life With Cancer Family Center 8411 Pennell St. Fairfax, VA 22031.

Madge will be remembered for her out-going personality and for her warm and friendly ways. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Madge will be remembered for her out-going personality and for her warm and friendly ways. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=170510359#sthash.zckeJftv.dpuf

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Condolences on the passing of Madge Karickhoff, wife of Rotarian Dr. John Karickhoff Diane Hill 2014-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Apr 03, 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 Middle School Essay Contest finalists -- our April 3rd meeting!

 

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From left: Club President Diane Hill, Annie, Kaitlyn, Maggid, Club secretary and contest coordinator PP Joe Scheibeler.

 For this year's Essay Contest, we had 15 entries from a variety of middle schools on the annual theme: "The Rotary Four Way Test."  Thank you to our judges!

 Our first place winner Maggie read her winning essay at this week's meeting.  The 3 finalists and their parents, teachers and coaches werel invited to attend and celelbrate with us.

Congratulations to our 2014 awardees:

1st place: Maggie Bellaschi, of Cooper Middle School (far right in photo) - 8th grader

2nd: Kaitlyn O'Conor, of Cooper Middle School  (middle)

 

3rd: Annie Wood, of Trinity School at Meadow View (at left in photo).

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Annual Student Speech Contest Awards! Diane Hill 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Mar 31, 2014

20 Answers to the Question: Why Join Rotary?

by Falls Church Rotarian Diane Hill


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1. Friendship:
In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905 -- and is thriving today.

2. Business Development:
Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Our members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development.

4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership means learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.

5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes you a better community citizen. The typical Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.

6. Lifelong Learning:  Each week at Rotary meeting around the world, there are meeting programs designed to keep you informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.

7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.

8. Public Speaking Skills:  Rotary can help to devleop your confidence and skill in public speaking and the opportunity to practice and perfect your communications skills.

9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says Rotary International. There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome, even encouraged to attend any of the 33K+ clubs in close to 200  nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one's own community and in the world community.

10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.

11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one's business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.

12. Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops your personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.

13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the worlds largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.

14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation, serving on committees and teaching youth about one's job or vocation. Rotary helps to make you a better member of your chosen profession.

15. Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one's ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary -- a true corss-section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.

17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals, people who make decisions and influence policy.

18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy that it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.

19. An Open Society: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one's own life. It is richly rewarding.

"He profits most who serves best."

What are your reasons for joining Rotary?

Visit with us to experience the fun and fellowship and "Service Above Self" at a Thursday dinner meeting at our Falls Church Rotary Club! 6:30 pm at Harvest Moon Restaurant at 7260 Arlington Blvd. (across from Loehmann's Plaza) in Falls Church VA.

20 Answers to the Question: Why Join Rotary? Diane Hill 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Mar 11, 2014
IMPORTANT REMINDER for our club meeting Thurs. 3/13:

This is our popular annual High School Music Contest meeting.

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We will NOT be at Harvest Moon Restaurant & Lounge on 3/13. Instead, we are meeting at an EARLIER TIME at 6:15 pm -- at George Mason High School on Rte. 7 in City of Falls Church. (Use entrance #1 or #33.)  We will have snacks & soft drinks, NOT dinner. No meeting charge + all are invited to come enjoy the musical talents of our local youth! Questions? email Pres. Diane at FallsChurchRotary@gmail.com or mobile 703.597.1830

Email from Club Secretary Joe Scheibeler, with driving directions:

This week's Falls Church Rotary meeting will be at George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike - please use entry door one or 33 - for the annual Music Competition (as we need to have a piano at the venue). We will start with snacks and soft drinks at 6:15 followed shortly thereafter by the Music Competition. There will be no meal and therefore no meal charge or non-eating charge. You are welcome to bring guests to enjoy the students' music.
 
Directions: Driving west from Falls Church VA-7 (West Broad St.) becomes Leesburg Pike. The school is on the right after the traffic light at the intersection of Haycock Rd./Shreve Rd. From the I95/I-495/Capital Beltway, use exit 49B for I-66 E toward Washington and take the next exit for VA 7/E Leesburg Pike toward Falls Church. George Mason High School is on the left shortly thereafter. If you reach the traffic light at Shreve and Haycock Rds., you passed the school.
 

March 13, 2014 meeting: Special Early TIme + Meeting Place Diane Hill 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Calling all WW2 History Buffs! Author & Historian Robert F. Dorr 3-20-14 Meeting Diane Hill 2014-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
20 Answers to the Question: Why Join Rotary? Diane Hill 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Feb 27, 2014

We had a record-breaking number of high school student contestants -- 5, all women -- for our Feb. 27, 2014 annual Rotary Speech Contest!  The theme was this year's Rotary theme:  "Engage Rotary, Change Lives."  Name of our winners and entrants coming soon.  Our winner was Ms. Chou of Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology.  More info at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/FallsChurchRotary.

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Pictured are all the contestants, plus their parents and coaches, with PP Joe Scheibeler who organizes our student contests -- and Club President Diane Hill (in green, 3rd from right).  Our winner from our Interact Club at TJ is Ms. Chou -- 2nd from left, middle row.  Congratulations on a job well done to every student!

 

Annual Student Speech Contest - 2/27/14 Diane Hill 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Feb 03, 2014
It is with deep sadness that we share news that our friend + fellow Rotary Club of Falls Church VA member Carol Pierstorff passed away suddenly on January 5, 2014.

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We are in shock and so saddened. Our hearts go out to her husband Bruch and her extended family. Carol's memorial service will be Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 pm in Middleburg at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Our club wil also plan some type of memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family requests contributions to ShelterBox USA (www.shelterboxusa.org), or The Global Fund for Women, or the ASPCA.

Carol's obituary where you may leave condolences is at: www.legacy.com/obi.../washingtonpost/obituary.aspx (Washington Post on 2/2/14) The artilce mentions her Rotary service and commitment:

... She was a world traveler, a lifelong learner, and brought great joy to others through her music and knowledge. Carol was a member of the Rotary Club of Falls Church, VA and served as the International Service Director and Sergeant-at-Arms, and she generously gave of her time and financial resources to many organizations and people in need....

(See full text, below). Every day is precious. May she rest in peace. We appreciated your service above self and miss you, Carol.

OBITUARY

Carol Nancy (Armitage) Pierstorff, age 65, passed away suddenly on January 5, 2014 of a heart attack. Carol was born July 21, 1948 in Providence, RI to John B. and Franya (Grzych) Armitage. Carol graduated from Cranston East High School in 1966. She married her college sweetheart, Bruce W. Pierstorff, in Providence, RI in 1969, one year prior to graduating 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. It was at IHRDC where she developed her love for international business and travel. Following the death of her parents, she worked in the international training field with her own company, Terra Training and Consulting Associates. 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. While in Moscow, she directed two major projects (the ROLL and the Forest projects) as well as numerous small projects that dealt with rural development, energy efficiency and environmental assessment until her retirement in July 2005. 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. In addition to her husband of 45 years, survivors include her son Erik D. Pierstorff (Trish Kaiser) of Sierra Madre, CA and daughter Leah C. Marshall of North Yarmouth, ME, brother John Armitage, and four grandchildren (Eden, Simone, Gabriel and Desmond) whom she adored and who also display Carol's love of music. Carol made deep and lasting friendships wherever she went, and the impact of her death has been felt throughout the country and as far away as Australia and Russia. She had an uncanny ability to recognize hidden gifts and encouraged many people to achieve things they might never have attempted without her influence and support. Carol had a deep love and appreciation for music and for all of the cultural opportunities that the greater DC area had to offer. She was a world traveler, a lifelong learner, and brought great joy to others through her music and knowledge. Carol was a member of the Rotary Club of Falls Church, VA and served as the International Service Director and Sergeant-at-Arms, and she generously gave of her time and financial resources to many organizations and people in need. She will be missed by many. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 9 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Middleburg, VA. A second celebration of Carol's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 15 at the Garrison Players Arts Center in Rollinsford, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ShelterBox, (www.shelterboxusa.org), the Global Fund for Women (www.globalfundforwomen.org/index.php) or the ASPCA (www.aspca.org/). - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=CAROL-PIERSTORFF&pid=169281126#sthash.9mZRWBiO.dpuf

Remembering Club member Carol Pierstorff, 7/21/1948 - 1/5/2014 Diane Hill 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Jan 16, 2014
We had an awesome meeting program on 1/16 with Madison Poche, Southeast Federal Field Associate, atEnvironment Virginia based in Richmond -- about climate change impacts right here in our area. She is an excellent presenter and available to speak at other Rotary clubs: mpoche@environmentvirginia.org. Highly recommended! Pictured at right is Madison with Rotary Club of Falls Church VA President Diane Hill. (photo credit: Dr. John Karickhoff, Renaissance man - !)Image
"Climate Change in Virginia" - Club Meeting 1/16/14 Diane Hill 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Hill on Jan 01, 2014
Here is our Jan. 2014 Club Bulletin - easy pdf download at:http://bit.ly/FCRotaryJan14Bulletin. Includes a list of upcoming speakers on page 2.

Special note for Thurs. Jan. 30: no meeting at Harvest Moon: We will *not* be meeting on Thurs. Jan. 30. Why? Because in months with a 5th Thurs., instead we have an informal meeting on the 4th TUESDAY at Fairfax Public Access studios, for the taping of our TV show "Rotary Times" with producer club PP Ahmed Selim! Rotarians are welcome to join us on Tues. Jan. 28 anytime from 5 pm - 7 pm for pizza + fellowship... and an easy make-up!  Visitors if possible please email us at FallsChurchRotary@gmail.com so we have a count for food.

Special note for Thurs. Feb. 6 meeting:  This meeting is our annual High School Music Contest performances.  We will *not* be meeting at Harvest Moon for that.  Instead will be at club member Carol's house in Falls Church (with her piano!).  Visitors are welcome, but please RSVP to FallsChurchRotary@gmail.com -- so we have a count for the pizza and so we can email you the driving directions.

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January 2014 Club Bulletin + Meetings Diane Hill 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0