New Rotary Year 2019/2020
We're a fun, diverse group, with club members from around the globe.
We meet at 6.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, for family-style Chinese dinner at Harvest Moon Restaurant & Lounge (only $15).
Other Thursdays, you'll find us out in the community volunteering or enjoying a happy hour in the area. Guests and visiting Rotarians --- and prospective members -- always welcome!
Check our website Speakers Calendar for our meeting program schedule.

Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Our April 4 meeting was our annual Middle School Essay Contest dinner honoring our student winners and their families and teachers. The essay topic was Rotary’s #FourWayTest.
Pictured (left to right): Club President Stephanie Arnold, students Serenna Semonsen, 1st place awardee Laura Zhang, and Peyton Walcott, withthe club's Youth Service Chair Rex Hayes.
Laura, a student at Longfellow Middle School, read her winning essay at the meeting. 2nd place awardee Peyton attends Shenandoah Middle School, and 3rd place awardee Serenna attends Longfellow. Kudos to Laura, who was selected for the 3rd place award in the district contest at the Rotary District 7610 Conference on April 6!
Cancun Raffle Trip Winner!
Congratulations to club member Joe Akkara, winner of the Rotary Club of Falls Church VA Cancun raffle drawing last night 😎 ⛵🌞 🏊‍♀️ 🇲🇽 🍹 🌞 !
He is pictured at center holding the winning ticket with Club President-Nominee Rene Calandria (left) & President Stephanie Arnold (right). Club member Patrick Sisk won 2nd prize -- a $100 Visa gift card.
A huge thank you to Rene, who donated the trip, which enabled our club to raise over $4,500 for our local & international service projects. Thanks to everyone who supported our fundraiser <3
Packing Party: Welcome Kits for Refugees
What a great turnout on Saturday, Feb. 23 --Rotary International #WorldPeaceAndUnderstandingDay 🕊️ -- at our Packing Party for Refugee Welcome Kits, benefiting Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area! Thanks to all who attended in person at the Thomas Jefferson Library in Falls Church that morning -- as well as those who donated the supplies ☮️ 🕊️ ☮️
Thank you to PP and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Erica Brouillette for planning and organizing this heartwarming community event!
Training Leaders of Action!
D 7610 #Rotary Club Presidents Stephanie Arnold of Rotary Club of Falls Church VA & Engie Mokhtar of Alexandria West Rotary Club
on a break from the #MegaMembershipSeminar at  the 2019 Chesapeake Presidents Elect Training Seminar (#CPETS19) in Chantilly, VA. 
Other Falls Church participants and attendees at the 2019 CPETS included: PDG Horace McCormack, who served a 2nd and final year as Chair of the CPETS Planning Committee; PP Diane Hill, who serves as lead for CPETS
Publicity and PR; and PP and AG Elect Erica Brouillette, there for AGE training and to staff the District 7610 Peace Committee exhibit table. 
Official #CPETS19 photo album is here: Faceboook public album is at this link, for impromptu and photos shared by attendees:
"Small Club, Big Impact"
"Small Club, Big Impact" -- Our club and activities were featured in the March 2018 issue of the Rotary District 7610 newsletter! We are proud to have been named "Best Small Club" of 7610 once again for RY 17/18 Read all about it. Image below and newsletter pdf is at:
Raffle: Win a 6-Night Stay in Cancun!

Brrr .... it's cold outside! Doesn't a trip to sunny warm Cancun sound really great? 🇲🇽  🍹 🌞  ⛱ 

Even better: how about the chance to ...

Win a 6-Night Stay at the The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa in Cancun, Mexico! 🍹 🇲🇽

Rotary Club of Falls Church VA is hosting a fundraiser Raffle!

Tickets are just $20 & only 300 will sold ... pretty great odds, right?!

Download Raffle Flyer (pdf) >

Drawing held March 7, 2019 at our club's early St. Patrick's Day dinner. Need not be present to win!

Purchase your winning tickets from any FC Club member, via cash or check payable to Falls Church Rotary Club. Send us an email to to reserve yours -- and we can make arrangement to get your payment.

== Grand Prize ==
6-night hotel accommodations at The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas and Spa in Cancun, Mexico. Property accommodates up to 4 people, including children. May be used any time in calendar year 2019, subject to availability of reservations and excluding holiday blackout periods. (Airfare and other amenities not included.)

== 2nd Prize ==
$100 American Express gift card.


Please help us spread the word!

Club Holiday Party - Dec. 20


Join our club for our HOLIDAY PARTY on Thursday, December 20!

We’d especially like to see some of you who haven’t attended a meeting recently.  We miss you!  


Wear your ugliest holiday sweater, bring a gift valued at no more than $10 to exchange and donations of non-perishable food items and cold-weather gear (including hats, scarves, gloves and socks) for the Veterans Pantry and other local charities.


Please RSVP to PP Carlota at by Friday, Dec. 14.


Click here for our invitation flyer >


We’re expecting some special guests!  It will be a fun evening!

Message from Club President Stephanie Arnold  9/5/18

Dear Falls Church Rotarians,
I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  I look forward to seeing everyone at our club meeting tomorrow at Harvest Moon at 6:30pm. We will have a club assembly to discuss our initial plans for the year in the different avenues of service, fundraising, membership, etc.  We’ll keep this a fairly informal discussion over dinner, and look forward to everyone’s input.
It’s hard to believe – especially with this heat wave we’re having – that summer is pretty much over now that it’s September.  Did you know that September is Basic Education and Literacy Month on the Rotary calendar? 
Education and Literacy is one of Rotary’s six causes.  Why is this so important?  That’s because more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate – that’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population!  Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy rates.  Rotary supports education and literacy for children and adults.
One of the projects we’re undertaking as a club this year is in support of basic education in Chantal, Haiti, which will build on our previous successful work in this community.  We’re participating in a district grant with a number of other clubs under the leadership of Dr. Sarah John and the Rotary Club of Centreville and Chantilly.  The project is to build a school library and science classroom and laboratory in a village that is rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew.  I’ll tell you more about the project tomorrow and the in-kind donations we can collect as a club between now and mid-November.  Our club will also be contributing $240 toward this project and our club’s portion of the district’s match.  Interested club members will have the opportunity to travel to Haiti from January 20-27, 2019 to see the project site and volunteer.
Looking ahead, the DG will be making his official visit to our club on September 20!  Mark your calendars!
See everyone tomorrow!

Rotary Coffee & Conversation  - 9.13.18

Join members of Rotary Club of Falls Church VA in a casual setting to learn about Rotary & to find the opportunity you're looking for: service, leadership, networking & much more:
   Thurs. Sept. 13  -   Stop by for a beverage on us! Between 7 - 9 pm
All welcome -- fellow Rotarians from other area clubs too!
Location:  Starbucks Falls Church City, 344 W. Broad St., Falls Church VA 22046 (plenty of free parking in shopping center)

Upcoming Club & District 7610 Events


Upcoming Club and District 7610 Events Rotary Year 2018/19:


Sept. 8 – End Polio Now Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs 7 PM (Sat.) - $41/ticket

Sept. 15, 9:00-11:00am (FREE) – District 7610 Northern Virginia Regional Membership/Public Image Summit, Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA (register at

Sept. 20 – Rotary Times Taping, 3:15 PM at Fairfax Public Access Studio, Merrifield, VA

Sept. 22 – Rotary District 7610 Foundation Seminar, University of Mary Washington-Stafford Campus-South Building, 121 University Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22406 (register at

Sept. 28-30 – RYLA, Prince William Forest Park

Oct. 24 – World Polio Day

Oct. 27, 9:00am – District 7610 Peace Conference, University of Mary Washington-Stafford Campus-South Building, 121 University Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22406 (register at

Nov. 1 – Application deadline for Global Grants Scholarships to District Chair

Nov. 10 – 2018 District 7610 Foundation Recognition Banquet, Riverside Center, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA (cash bar begins at 6:00pm; dinner at 7:00pm) – SAVE THE DATE (register at

Nov. 19 – Rotary Times Taping, 3:15 PM at Fairfax Public Access Studio, Merrifield, VA

Jan. 26 – Pre-PETS Training (details TBA)

Feb. 23 – Rotary Peace Day

Apr. 4-7 – District Conference, Rotary District 7610, Virginia Crossings Hotel, Glen Allen, VA

Jun. 1-5 – Rotary International Convention, Hamburg, Germany

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