While we enjoy the benefits of freedom, countless men and women are serving in our armed forces in remote locations around the globe. These brave men and women have chosen to serve our country; many of them are away from home, in harm’s way and living each day with very few modern comforts. The members of DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary appreciate the service of self-sacrifice of our military, especially those serving aboard ships and deployed to distant countries. It is our club’s privilege to know a very fine navy officer who is deployed far from home. To express our appreciation we have set up Operation Treats for Troop: A monthly care package to bring a little bit of home to our dear friend Chris and his buddies!
Thanks Chris and company for your service and dedication!!!! We hope you enjoy our personal selection of snacks, notes and memorabilia from home! Until we see you back home in Virginia…our care packages will be coming your way, filled with love and appreciation for all you do!
Our dear friend J. Michael Chessnoe (age 68) passed away in Arlington VA on Saturday November 15, 2014.
Celebration of Life Services were held Saturday November 22, 2014 at the Falls Church Episcopal Church (115 E. Fairfax Dr., Falls Church, VA 22046). A decorated Army veteran, his internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his memory to the Arlington Hospital Foundation or Wounded Warrior Project.
Mike was serving as our club's International Service Chair. We will remember his optimism and enthusiasm for Rotary service projects that aimed to make our community and world a better place!
The annual DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary golf tournament was held June 15 , 2015 at Piedmont Golf and Country Club! As usual, the event was tremendous fund and a hugh success. Thanks go to Barney Goodman the Tournament Chair, Virginia Hottel, volunteer coordinator, Kevin Cook and Kristine Kash sponsorship co-chairs.
With spectacular weather, amidst peak cherry tree blooms, members of DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary took part in the annual Make a Wish Foundation 3 mile 'Walk for Wishes' on Sunday April 12, 2015. We had great fun and great weather while raising money for a really great cause AND we burned a few calories along the way! Check-out the full story on the club Facebook page....don't miss the photos of David and Ed with Redskin cheerleaders!
Rotary clubs are comprised of business and professional leaders who are working to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to advance Rotary Ideals:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Our Rotary club and those in our district and across the globe are using our time, talent and resources to make possible community service and development projects, education and scholarship programs, international projects focused on improving water, literacy, health, hunger relief, economic development and peace-making. Rotary's best known projects include disaster relief, polio eradication, Youth Exchanges, University Peace Centers and ambassadorial scholarships!
Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary's local service projects include scholarships for Fairfax County Adult High School students attending N. Virginia Community College, George Mason University students in the School of Management and the College of Health and Human Services, Assistance League backpack meals for hungry school children, Stop-Hunger Now events, improving facilities for the VFW and projects that benefit Veterans, Alternative House, HomeStretch and more. Our international service projects have benefited projects such as Haiti relief efforts, ShelterBox, water projects and international schools.
Are you interested in making business contacts, serving your community and making new friends? Tour the club website and visit our Facebook page to learn more about Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary! Most importantly, make time to join us for lunch soon!
Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary.. doing our part to 'Light-up Rotary' one community project at a time!
Dr. PJ Maddox (President 2014-2015)
The premise of Rotary, founded almost 110 years ago, is that people can come together in fellowship and service to solve community and even international problems. We work to improve the quality and dignity of life through projects that impact health, education, and vocational support. If you have ever felt like you wanted to make a difference, to be part of the "THEY" that people speak of when defining the empowered, then perhaps Rotary is for you. No more will you see, read about, or hear of something wrong in the world, and wonder why don't "THEY" do something. The problems we face are many. The THEY can't be a small group. Rotary has grown to be over a 1.2 million people, involving more than 33,000 clubs world-wide. Together we are solving problems, not one at a time, but thousands at a time. But you have only to read a newspaper to know that there is still so much that needs to be done.
Proposing a new member is very easy. The process is described in the "View Club Documents" section of "My ClubRunner." Just access "Proposing a New Member" in the documents listing. The document not only explains the process, but lays-out the information needed about the new member. Communication is also needed with a prospective new member to inform them of what we have done, but more importantly, to ask them what they want our club to do for them.
The Strategic Plan is intended to be a 5-Year profile of general Goals and Action Items, while the Planning Guide treats specific Annual Goals and Activities planned for this Rotary Year. Both documents treat the Club's objectives for membership growth, and support for the Rotary Foundation.
The Budgets address "Administration," "Service Projects," and "Fundraising." Each represents Board Approved income and expense profiles for this year. With Board Approval, projects can be initiated without further Board action. Changes in Budget allocations must be further approved by the Board.
So What Do We Do With the Money We Get from the Above Fundraisers? Every dollar raised goes to projects - No administrative costs are considered. We divide our project efforts into Rotary Service categories, e.g. International, Community, Vocational, and New Generations. A listing of our projects includes the following…
Our International Service projects include supporting “Bridges to Prosperity,” “Gift of Life,” Water Projects in Zambia, “Arlington Academy of Hope (Uganda Clinic Supplies),” Rotary’s “Polio Plus,” Jamaican Education Support projects, Haiti Medical Supplies, “Stop Hunger Now,” and “Free Syria” Humanitarian Aid.
Community Service projects include supporting “Alternative House,” “Homestretch,” “Shelter Home,” the Assistance League’s “Weekend Food for Kids" program, the “Potomac Conservancy Group,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Conservation4Youth,” and the “National Network for Domestic Violence.”
Perhaps our club’s signature source of funding support is providing college scholarships to deserving students in Fairfax County’s Adult High School (formerly focused to Pimmit Hills High School): Over the past decade our club has offered over 80 student scholarships. The theme of scholarship support has also been extended to include George Mason University’s College of Health & Human Services, and their School of Business, helping needy students achieve their educational goals.
How do we select the projects we support? Opportunities are made known to our club by guest speakers, news events, and expressed areas of interest by our club members. If you have a charity of interest, or a special event that serves the community, consider becoming a speaker or a member of our club. Our program chair this year is Ms. Lee Corey, who can be reached by e-mail at Lee.Corey@morganstanley.com, or by telephone at (703) 535-8375. Our membership chair this year is Mr. Ed Hogg, whose e-mail address is email@example.com, and can also be contacted by telephone at (703) 862-8168.
Some of the projects we have supported in the past are described in the follow-on stories.
Every year, the Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield offers college scholarships to deserving adult high-school students of Fairfax County, Virginia. Amounts can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. This past year, two students (Benjamin Lane, and Ivy Crosier) received scholarships, totaling $6,500. Through the years, more than $80,000 has been provided to almost 70 students, often enough to pay tuition for a full year at NOVA.
The selection process is rigorous, involving detailed applications and interviews – reviewed by school counselors, teachers, Fairfax County Adult High Schools administrator’s staff, and our Club’s Scholarship Committee. Shown in the photograph above (from left to right) is Robert Landon (Assistant Administrator of Fairfax County Adult High School, Jeannette Nelson (School Counselor), Benjamin Lane (Scholarship Recipient), Virginia Hottel (Club Scholarship Chair), Ivy Crosier (Scholarship Recipient), Nicole Low (School Counselor), and David Eakin (Club President).
We coordinate our efforts with other Rotary Clubs (McLean and Tysons), and the Apple Federal Credit Union, who also have provided scholarships to Fairfax County Adult High School students. For more information about our scholarship program, contact Virginia Hottel on firstname.lastname@example.org.
42 children benefited from the event with new school clothing.
Title 1 schools have free or subsidized lunches during the school year, but what about the weekends? Working through the Assistance League, we sponsored their program that offers packaged food for weekend use, helping insure that at-risk kids are able to study during the weekend and to come to school on Monday's ready to learn. The picture shows a $4,000 check being offered. This donation last year, together with an earlier contribution, raised the total giving to $7,000 - enough to support Pine Spring Elementary for a year. This year we will raise our level of support to $9,000, with involved food packaging that takes place each month of the school year.
How would you feel if you were a parent in a third world country and your child was going to die for the need of an open-heart operation? How would you feel if people from another country that you never met, offered to transport your child and family to the United States to receive the life-saving surgery? All at no expense to you - enabling you to return to your country with the joy of a new year filled with life’s opportunities.
The Gift of Life program, created within Rotary, is now a stand-alone charity, one that our club supports annually. To-date our one club has saved the lives of three children, and looking for this year to save the fourth. Come help us make the magic happen.
We Helped Build Another Bridge! This one is for Richard…
The Mtilizisa Suspension Bridge was inaugurated this past June. It was the first suspension bridge done in Zambia. The matching grant by “Bridges to Prosperity” was for two bridges in Zambia...both of which now have our club’s name as a sponsor, with one dedicated to Richard Madlener.
The club wanted to dedicate this bridge to Richard, who was a founding member of our club. He passed away during the 2012-2013 Rotary year. Since Richard was a strong supporter of the Bridges to Prosperity program, our club felt it appropriate to have a bridge named after him.
The Kachenjais section is a collection of subsistence farming families living outside the village of Mtilizisa. During the rainy season, the Mtilizisa river becomes impassable, cutting the population off from the rural clinic in the village and from being able to travel on to the district capital in Nyimba, where major markets and government services are located.
Dunn Loring - Merrifield, in cooperation with other Rotary clubs is supporting the construction of the Henry Ngulube Msanzala River Bridge
Project # 091. The bridge will be the first newly designed suspension bridge to be built in Africa. Rain and other delays have delayed completion of the bridge until April or May 2012.
A slides show of the first stages of construction can be view in a slide show on the Bridges to Prosperity web site. CLICK HERE
The bridge is partially funded by Rotary Foundation.Humanatarian Grant 757444. The grant should be open for at least three months if members would like to make a Paul Harris eligeable donation to support the bridge construnction. This can be accomplished using the TRF Global Contribution Form which can be found under Downloads.
The slogan for the year is: Light Up Rotary
Every year a new Rotary International president is selected. For the 2014-2015 Rotary Year, that leadership is provided by K.R. Ravindran, from the Western Province of Sri Lanka: Note his picture above. His biography and monthly messages will be available through Rotary International's website, under "RI President".
Ravindran said his top priority for Rotary will be to increase membership, which he called the bedrock of any organization.
“The emphasis on membership has to continue with focus on the younger generation,” Ravindran said. “Additionally, we must seek to attract the just retired and experienced people into Rotary.”
Creating regional membership plans and realizing that “one size does not fit all” has been a move in the right direction, he said.
“Albert Einstein defined insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ In many ways this has been the story of Rotary’s poor membership advance,” he said. “Thankfully, our approach this time has been studied and altered. We have created 22 different membership regions so that each region would develop and execute a plan that would suit that particular region.”
Ravindran said it’s important for Rotarians to share their stories, especially through social media, so others can see the impact Rotary has had in their lives. He said it’s also important for the organization to speak with a consistent voice. “Our identity must remain simple and be based on our core values. It must be clear and straightforward to both our internal and external audience.”
Ravindran holds a degree in commerce and is founder and CEO of Printcare PLC, a publicly listed company and global leader in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association, the largest antinarcotics organization in Sri Lanka.
As his country’s PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force with members from the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire with northern militants during National Immunization Days.
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served Rotary as a director and treasurer of RI and as a trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He has also served as an International Assembly group discussion leader, district governor, Council on Legislation representative, and zone institute chair. He chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, which rebuilt 25 tsunami-devastated schools, benefiting 15,000 children.
Ravindran has been awarded The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award and the Service Award for a Polio-Free World.
Contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. TRF Global Contribution Form can be downloaded from the Download section of the web page.
You can easily donate to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund online via the RI web page.
Click on Member Access (upper right corner of the page). Register if you have not already registered or enter you user ID password. To register you enter district number: 7610, club number:50266, and your membership ID: it's the seven digit number following #0 on your Rotary Magazine mailing label. When you are in the Membership Access area click Contribute to the Rotary Foundation and contribute.
You can access the Rotary District 7610 Foundation Newsletter and the District Newsletter via links under Club Links