03 Apr

The Forecaster for April 6, 2021

A most interesting meeting with Pastor Elijah Mwitanti giving the invocation, Newscaster Lindsay telling us that Allison Silberberg plans to ppose Mayor Justin Wilson for mayor in the next election, Jim Aldige reporting on Tammy Mann’s appreciation for our club raising $26,000 for the Campagna Center, Mary Lee Anderson giving us latest news on Senior Services of Alexandria, Gant Redmon leading the induction of Pastor Elijah Mwitanti, Nancy Van Gulick Cooper updating us on activities of our International Committee, and...

27 Mar

The Forecaster for March 30, 2021

After a normal meeting of news, announcements, and birthdays, we had a speech by Thomas E. McNamara about the Atlantic Community and its role in the strength of American thought and influence. He set the scene in the early years of our nation when the Atlantic was used as a barrier between European monarchies and emerging republics in the Western Hemisphere and later, safe as Great Britain’s navy protected these Western republics from occupation by the monarchies. Then under leadership...

20 Mar

The Forecaster for March 23, 2021

An interesting meeting with an Irish blessing for invocation and a video of an Irish leprechaun with Patrick O’Brien’s face dancing a jib for St. Patrick’s Day. Mary Lee Anderson thanked those who’d submitted short videos about Meals on Wheels and also reported on the recent Gala of the Senior Services. Birthdays of Jim Carmalt, Jodi Blood, Mary Lee Anderson, Steve Wharton, and Christine Friedberg were reported by Charlie Ballou. Marita Alabaster’s daughter, Alexandra Roolsenberg was our speaker who gave...

13 Mar

The Forecaster for March 16, 2021

This was a busy and interesting meeting with a slew of announcements: we’re inducting Pastor Elijah Mwitanti later in March, a new Montessori school is being opened in Alexandria, we were provided information on how to donate to Polio Plus and use a combination of donated money and points to raise our Paul Harris membership level, and that discussions have begun about the eventually once again have in person meetings at Belle Haven Country Club. Our speaker was retired FBI...

06 Mar

The Forecaster for March 9, 2021

An interesting meeting with Mary Lee Anderson requesting that those who had helped with Meals on Wheels to send her a short (45 sec) video as to their MOW experience, Denny Kuhns reporting on an international effort to fund a Covid-19 testing lab for a Bangladesh transplant lab, and Martha Kelley Gordon updating us on the levels of our club giving to various RI and club charity projects. Our speaker was Hal Wackman, retired engineer and author of “The Carbon...

27 Feb

The Forecaster for March 2, 2021

Our meeting on February 23rd was an interesting one with information from President John Moorman that our previous member, Eileen Longstreet, was active on our recent Trivia Pursuit Zoom evening and sent her greetings to everyone, Denny Kuhns updated us and showed photos on the community in Haiti we’ve been helping, and Drew Carroll recognized birthdays of John Moorman and Martha Kelley Gordon, and Donna Wilson recognized Frank Fannon as Rotarian of the Month for February. Our speaker was Karen...

21 Feb

The Forecaster for February 23, 2021

Frank Fannon reported on the great success of the food and clothing drive recently (3 truckloads of food and clothing), we learned of the recent death of Roy Gravatte, Denny Kuhns told us of the Cambodian Water Project that supports over 500 families, Rick Bailer reminded us that next week’s speaker will provide an update on the Strategic Water Alliance, and Sharon Meisel told us to be prepared for the Trivia Pursuit on Saturday. Our speaker, Rachelle Bernstecker provided us...

13 Feb

The Forecaster for February 16, 2021

We had a great speaker, Sandy Markwood, from Dementia Friendly America to inform us of the many activities that are ongoing throughout the nation to both inform and support us about the details of dementia and activates that support both the individual with dementia and their caregivers. She told us about the groups of Dementia Friends, Dementia Friendly America, Dementia Friendly Communities, and Dementia Friendly Alexandria. Her presentation used a most interesting set of PowerPoint slides that were later sent...

08 Feb

The Forecaster for February 9, 2021

After announcements by President John Moorman, our newest member, Venera Anderson gave us a short version of her classification talk when she told us of her travels from place of birth in Russia, living in many lands, ending up married to an active duty US Marine with a young daughter after completing degrees from several schools including Harvard Business School and having Rotary relations in many places as well. Jeff Kohne gave us his reclassification talk: local boy born in...

30 Jan

The Forecaster for February 2, 2021

This was a busy meeting concentrating on club business. Our fund raising campaign for the Campagna Center is ending and doing well, largely thanks to the super donors who were matching donations from others. We heard about the success and enjoyment of the recent Trivia Night (won by teams led by Rick Endres and Marita Alabaster) and having another Trivia Night scheduled for Feb. 7th starting at 7 PM. We approved the slate of officers for both the club board...

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