April is the Month of Abundance and annual Food Drive with Loudoun Hunger Relief.  This year we are teaming up with our three High School Interact Clubs to collect 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food and $10,000 for scholarships or work at Loudoun Hunger Relief.
Please volunteer to be a Block Captain and have a donation box at your home or office.  Ask everyone you know to pitch in for a great cause.  Our collective efforts will make for a surprising great event and contribution to those in need.  Even in Loudoun County we have over 11,000 food insecure families.  This basic commodity is the first break in the cycle of poverty. 
Clean out your pantry and make a great impact on our good works and deeds.  Would you like a donation box?  Please write me and I'll make them available  at the meeting on Thursday or the Board of Director's meeting on Friday.
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Ashburn Rotary 2018 Cornhole Tournament 2018-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Clean Water Project 2018-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Ashburn Rotary Blood Drive 2018-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
MARDI BRAS 2018 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Brewers Brunch & Coat Drive 2018-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
Ashburn Rotary Toy Drive to Benefit IT TAKES A VILLAGE, BABY! Tom McGee 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA welcomes Maria Buczek, Director of Events for Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Institute as the guest speaker this week.  Maria will share valuable information on the crime of  human trafficking.
Maria became aware of the magnitude of human trafficking in the spring of 2016. After the realization that this was happening to millions of people around the world, including in Northern Virginia, she felt she could not turn a blind eye to the problem and began to educate herself about the issue and search for ways to help in the battle to end this horrific crime. In April 2017, Maria accepted the volunteer position of Director of Events for Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative where she plans awareness and fundraising events; provides human trafficking awareness training; and manages the speakers bureau for the organization.
Director of Events for the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Institute, Maria Buczek, to speak 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021, as our guest speaker on Thursday, October 26.  Join us to learn about Brian's  experience in non-profit leadership, community building, fundraising, and bipartisan advocacy for state policy issues, to include redistricting in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  
Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 to Speak 2017-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week’s guest speakers Beth Rosenberg and Christine Hillock of the Loudoun County Department of Family Services who will join us to provide an overview of a variety of services offered through the Family Services program.
Loudoun County Family Services Rosenberg and Hillock to Speak 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Brian McGuinness, Vice President, Sales and Business Development for JK Moving.  A leader in the moving and storage industry, Brian will share his personal and professional experience in giving back to the community.  
JK Moving Vice President McGuinness to Speak 2017-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2017

Jim freeman 

The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Jim Freeman, Director of the Loudoun County Department of Community Corrections as a guest speaker this week. 
Freeman, born and raised in Central New Jersey, earned a Bachelor's Degree from Kean University in Union, NJ in 1980 and attended the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University in 1986.  Between 1984 and 1992, Freeman was employed with the New Jersey Parole Board.  In 1992, Freeman accepted a Probation and Parole Officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections, where he covered Arlington County, Virginia until 1994. In 1994, Freeman transferred to Loudoun County, where he served as a Probation and Parole Officer in the 20th Judicial District (Loudoun, Fauquier, Rappahannock Counties) until 2013 when he was promoted to Deputy Chief of the district. Freeman was recognized as the Virginia Probation and Parole Officer of the Year in 2007 by the Virginia Probation and Parole Association. Currently, Freeman serves as the Director of the Department of Community Corrections for Loudoun County, Virginia. Freeman, who is married with two adult children, resides in western Loudoun County. 
Loudoun County Director of the Department of Community Corrections to Speak 2017-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Ricky W. Barker, AICP

The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Ricky Barker is the Planning and Zoning Director for Loudoun County, VA as this week's guest speaker.  With a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and nearly 30 years of diverse planning experience in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia, Ricky has been a National Planning Association conference speaker on transportation planning, building and site design standards, and mixed use development.   Before joining the staff at Loudoun, Ricky spent over 20 years as the Associate Planning Director for the Town of Cary (located adjacent to Raleigh North Carolina) where he assisted the town council to shape, direct, and managed growth and development through innovative planning and regulations.  Ricky lives with his son, Trevor, and his wife, Deanna, in Ashburn, Virginia.
Loudoun County, VA Planning and Zoning Director to Speak 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 17, 2017


The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Captain Priscilla Ramaji, corps officer with The Salavation Army, as the guest speaker this week.  Priscilla, who is one of the Rotary Club of Ashburn's newest members, will share insights on her work with the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army Captain Priscilla Ramaji to Speak 2017-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Felix B. Bighem as this week's guest speaker.  Join us this week as Felix shares his philosophy on being relevant while helping others through good works.  With a practical and humorous style of speaking that combines thorough and precise Leadership Edge principals; Felix Bighem speaks directly to the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life, helping them to discover their purpose and destiny in business and in life. Felix is a highly requested Keynote Presenter in the U.S and beyond.

Felix B. Bighem to Discuss Helping Others through Good Works 2017-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA 3rd Annual Golf Tournament is rapidly approaching.  The Club is looking for players and sponsors.  To eclipse 100 players this year your help is needed!  Come out and join us.  This is a fun event for players of all skill levels.  This tournament is designed for the 'non golfers' and golfers alike! $85 gets you 9 holes, the cart, two drink tickets, heavy appetizers after, goody bag and hugs from Jimmy O! Sponsorships are also available at the very affordable rate of $200! Link below, please register right now if possible so we can best plan ahead and share this link on Facebook and with your friends, family, co-workers, etc.



Third Annual Ashburn Rotary Golf Tournament August 31st 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2017
For the third consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA has had the distinguished honor of receiving the Rotary International’s Presidential Citation.  In order to achieve this recognition in 2017-2018, the Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is endeavoring to make a strong, positive difference in our communities by achieving RI President Riseley’s 2017-2018 strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness. This year’s Rotary Citation will recognize clubs that complete activities that support these priorities. Clubs will have the entire Rotary year — 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 — to achieve the citation’s goals. Help Ashburn once again receive the RI Presidential Citation by “Making a Difference”. Find more information at /presidential-citation.
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA Receives the Rotary International Presidential Citation 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Watch the Rally for Our Kids Recap Video 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week's guest speaker, Davida Luehrs founder of the No.VA Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  Davida, along with Tom Newman, will discuss a partnership between the Lions Club, Rotary, and Interact.  
Davida Luehrs to Speak 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week's guest speaker, Blake Myers, Chief Operating Officer for Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.  
Blake is an Army Veteran who retired in 1999 upon serving 25 years on active duty as a Field Artillery Officer. Upon his retirement from active military service, Blake embarked on a 15-year, second career as a federal government contractor and small business owner until retiring in December 2014. A life-long dog lover and owner, he has been associated with Veteran's Moving Forward (VMF) since its founding, first as a donor and supporter from the business side and more recently as VMF’s Volunteer Coordinator.
Beyond his work with VMF, Blake’s passions include history (particularly colonial American and civil war history) and family genealogy. He is a member of the Bull Run Civil War Round Table and its Executive Committee, and is the Round Table’s Preservation Chair. He conducts tours of civil war sites in the Virginia, Maryland and DC areas, and is actively involved in local preservations efforts.
Blake is a long-time, active volunteer in his Burke Centre community, including serving as the Architectural Review Board Chairman and serving previously as a Board Trustee.
Veterans Moving Forward COO Blake Myers to Speak 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week's guest speaker, Anna Thorner, Founder and Executive Director of It Takes A Village, Baby!

It Takes a Village Baby provides essential baby supplies and gear to families in need in Loudoun County and surrounding areas. Fueled by a network of local volunteers and supporters, the Village is committed to measurably improving quality of life for vulnerable babies and their families. Since its founding in 2014, the Village has reached 700 families and provided over 200,000 diapers, 150 car seats, 100 cribs, and countless articles of clothing and baby comfort items. As a trusted 501c3 non-profit organization, the Village welcomes clients referred by WIC, hospitals, shelters, and churches, as well as through word of mouth referral.  For more information, visit  

Anna Thorner to Speak 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Brewer's Brunch August 29th 2017-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rally For Our Kids 2017-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
In conjunction with this summer's Ashburn Rotary Backpack Project, we are supporting a local student who is also trying to collect 20 backpacks and school supplies for local students. Old Ox will be hosting this Saturday's event in support of the effort! 
Ashburn Rotary Supports Local Student Collecting Backpacks 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2017
Please welcome this week's guest speaker Doug Megill,  Founder and Chairman of Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer, a local Charity Car Show honoring his father’s legacy by raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Megill to Speak 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to announce that Erik Haas, Rotary District 7610 Peadebuilder Chair, will speak to our club on Thursday, June 29.  Erik is dedicated to help build a more vibrant and positively connected to engage clubs in peace-related projects and activities through the District Peacebuilder Club initiative.  
Erik is excited and eager to support clubs that are looking to make contributions to the Peace and Conflict Resolution Area of Focus. Clubs contributing to peace-related projects, support The Rotary Foundation’s Peace Centers and help identify candidates for the Peace Fellowship Program.  Erik will discuss how Clubs may participate in this incredible initiative and earn the unique distinction of being a Peacebuilder Club. 
Erik Haas to Speak June 29 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Gary M. Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court to Speak 2017-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Barbara Mendoza this week.  Barbara will be on hand to discuss the Loudoun Backpack Coalition Program.  
Barbara Mendoza to Speak 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament to be Held 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. David Goodfriend to Speak 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Board of Supervisors Umstattd and Meyer to Speak 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Grace B. Sese to Speak 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Vickie Koth of Good Shepherd Alliance to Speak 2017-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
TRIVIA NIGHT SCHEDULED 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Loudoun County Bluebird Coordinator to Speak 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Feb 20, 2017
Donna Fortier, of Mobile Hope is our guest speaker this week. Please join us in welcoming her and her message of hope for the needy in Loudoun County. 
Mobile Hope, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, support children and young adults (24 years of age and younger) who are precariously housed, homeless, or at risk, living in Loudoun County. We create pathways for this fragile, overlooked, and often unacknowledged population to have access to daily essentials and life-changing support.
Welcoming Donna Fortier of Mobile Hope Linda Carducci 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA extends a big shout out to members of the Girl Scouts for helping with the diaper bank.  Jessica Monte's troop helped sort the 62K diapers from Giant Food and Sharon Wright's troop raised 8604 diapers and 3 packages of wipes.  

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Local Salvation Army Corp Commander to Speak 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Judge Thomas Horne, (Ret.) to Speak 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
No Lunch Meeting this Thursday!
If you show up to 1757 Golf Club for the lunch meeting this Thursday 1/26,
grab a seat at the bar and order the Cheese and Jalapeño Quesadilla. 
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding its "Annual Meeting" on Thursday
and the majority of our members will be attending the event! 
No Ashburn Rotary Meeting Thursday 1/26 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Here's what we've been doing.....

  • Applied for a $2,500 grant from the National Diaper Bank to provide dollars to support fundraising for the NOVA Diaper Bank of the Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA Foundation. 
  • Gathered with fellow Rotarians and kids to make 80 sandwiches to help feed the homeless in Washington, DC. (A monthly activity and open to all!
  • Packaged 2,614 diapers for 86 children for the NOVA Diaper Bank of the Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA Foundation.
  • Three (or is it more?) new members approved for induction in February/March.
We've been busy... 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by mlm on Dec 24, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome our first guest speaker of 2017, Karen Knobloch, Executive Director for the Loudoun Symphony Association.  Ms. Knobloch is scheduled to speak at the Club's January 5, 2017 meeting.  We hope you will be able to join us for an enjoyable presentation. 
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Posted on Dec 16, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn and Old Ox Brewery present
to benefit The Good Shepherd Alliance 

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance here -->

One ticket includes breakfast catered by The Wandering Chef (scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, chicken and grits, breakfast pastries, fruit, orange juice, coffee), plus one delicious Old Ox beer of your choice.
Brewers Brunch - Ticket Information Tom McGee 2016-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Please note the lunch meeting schedule changes in December...
December 15th
Annual Holiday Party @ Dulles Hilton from 11:30 - 1:30
Buffet, Cash Bar, Live Music & Stuff Stockings for Local Families
Optional: "White Elephant Game", Bring Wrapped Gift for Exchange (value up to $25)
RSVP Required @ by 9:00pm December 14th
December 22nd
No Meeting Due to the Holiday
December 29th
No Meeting Due to the Holiday
December Meeting Schedule 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Wayne Chiles to Speak on Shelter Boxes 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, Virginia is pleased to welcome Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman as our special guest speaker Thursday, December 1.  Join us to learn more about the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the services LCSO provides to Loudoun County.  
Loudoun County Sheriff to Speak 2016-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
It's Giving Tuesday!  Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving and celebrating generosity.  What a better way to show your support but through a gift to The Rotary Foundation but on #GivingTuesday.
District 7610 will offer matching points on #GivingTuesday to anyone who donates $100 cash or more online to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund-SHARE on Tuesday, November 29.  So, take advantage of this ONE DAY offer.  Working together we can exceed last year's contribution of $170,000. 
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District 7610 Governor Janet Brown to Speak 2016-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week's second special guest speaker, Former Rotary International (RI) Scholar Katherine Mackey who will lead an informal discussion about her Rotary experience.  Join us Thursday, November 3 for an interesting discussion on what she learned and how Rotary deeply influenced the woman she is today.  
Katherine Mackey to Speak 2016-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Kent A. Corso, mediator for BMC Associate, to Speak 2016-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is excited to welcome fellow Rotarian Shauna Olevson as this week's guest speaker.   Join us for an discussion on engaging autistic students in gardening to get them excitd and interested in nutrition.  
Shauna Olevson to Speak 2016-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Month - Angela Koczan! Angela has done a great job of getting involved in club activities, committees, projects, and lead the effort to make our 1st Annual Trivia Night happen! Thank you, Angela!
Congratulations to Angela Koczan 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
President Jimmy Olevson offers up a giant thank you to our partners at Giant Food for their hard work on the Diaper Drive. New member My Pham (inducted today) and Tams Baer from Giant Food were on hand to announce that the drive exceeded its goal and they collected 61,000 diapers. Another big thank you to member Susan Mullen the Northern VA Diaper Bank project lead. A great partnership and a great project!
Diaper Drive a Great Success! 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week's guest speaker Oliver C. Carter, Lt. Colonel, USAF, (Ret.).  A decisive strategic thinker and proven leader who consistently delivers outstanding results, Carter diverse career has spanned all phases of Air Force Security Forces, including a multiple year special assignments to the Air Force Central Adjudication Facility (AFCAF), where he served as the acting Deputy Director of the AFCAF.
Oliver C. Carter, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Ret.) to Speak 2016-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7610 Governor 2016-2017 Janet L. S. Brown to Speak 2016-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Support Northern VA Diaper Bank Diaper Drive 2016-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week’s guest speaker, Tim Sargeant, Manager, State and Local Government Affairs for Dominion Resources Services, Inc. 
Tim Sargeant to Speak 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ashburn is pleased to welcome this week's guest speaker. Maria Elena Vasquez-Alvarez, Executive Director of INMED Partnerships for Children.  INMED Partnerships for Children rescues children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect, violence or instability and prepares them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. INMED’s vision is to transform the future for generations of children by building continuity of support from infancy to adulthood.
Maria Elena Vasquez-Alvarez, INMED Executive Director to Speak 2016-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Diaper Drive Kickoff to be Held mlm 2016-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
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No Club Meeting on Thursday 9/1 2016-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by mlm on Aug 23, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, Virginia is pleased to welcome Virginia Delegate Tag Greason as this week's guest speaker.
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Posted by MLM on Aug 13, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn is pleased to welcome this week's guest speaker, Bruce McBarnette.  McBarnette, a member of the Tysons Rotary Club,  will join us for an enlightening discussion on memory techniques, including tips and ideas on how we can improve our memory.  
Rotarian Bruce McBarnette to Speak MLM 2016-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by MLM on Aug 01, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn is honored to welcome this weeks guest speakers, Assistant Governor Jim Gates,  Area PI/Membership Advisor for Area 12, Doug Corbett, and Tom Bowman the Area Foundation Advisor for Area 12.  The discussion will center around a "Rotary Update for 2016-2017." This presentation will cover the annual theme, 100th Foundation anniversary, grants, membership goals, public image efforts, youth programs, Presidential Citation, and other activities/opportunities.  Join us for an enlightening discussion on Rotary!
Interested in learning more about The Rotary Foundation Centennial, check out the following  
Assistant Governor Jim Gates to Speak MLM 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by MLM on Jul 25, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn is pleased to welcome our guest speaker Past District Governor Sandy Duckworth this week.   
Sandy Duckworth to Speak MLM 2016-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Candidate LuAnn Bennett to Speak MLM 2016-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by mlm on Jul 03, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to host Norman K. Styer as this week's guest speaker.  Join us in welcoming, Styer, editor and publisher for Loudoun Now, who will share his experience covering Loudoun County since the 1980s.  
Norman K. Styer, Loudoun Now Editor and Publisher to Speak mlm 2016-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 27, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Kathy Davin, of the Greater Washington Reading Council as our guest speaking Thursday, June 30.  Hope you can join us.  
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Posted on Jun 21, 2016
The Rotary Club of Ashburn is pleased to welcom Rabbi Amy Sapowith as this week's speaker.   Join us as Rabbi Sapowith shares her story!
Rabbi Amy Sapowith to Speak MLM 2016-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome Ms. K. Lynn Tadlock, the Deputy Executive Director for the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, as our guest speaker this week.  
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This week, Susan Khalil of Loudoun Cares will be the guess speaker for our June 2 weekly lunch meeting at 1757 Golf Club. Loudoun Cares’ mission is: Building and strengthening the Loudoun community by strengthening its nonprofits.
The Rotary Club of Ashburn meets from 12:00pm - 1:15pm at 1757 Golf Club on Waxpool Road. Lunch costs $20, please go to our Evite page if you’d like to attend.
Come learn more about and the club! We are are an energetic group of about 50 working professionals who enjoy serving the community and doing business together.
This Week's Guest Speaker: Loudoun Cares' Susan Khalil 2016-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Two speakers from Loudoun Youth Inc. will join The Rotary Club of Ashburn during our weekly lunch to explain their work in developing youth programs and opportunities for young people in the county. To learn more about the meeting, visit our Meetup page. The meeting takes place from noon to 1:15 p.m. at 1757 Golf Club (45120 Waxpool Road, Dulles, VA).
Rotary Lunch Meeting w/Loudoun Youth Inc. Dusty Smith 2016-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

CEA, Who we are & What we do

Loudoun’s farming roots go deep—there’s a reason this county was called “The Breadbasket of the Revolution”—and no one is more in touch with those roots than the Virts family, who have lived and farmed here since 1797.  

Owner Donald Virts comes from 12 generations of Virginia farmers. He keeps those traditions close to his heart even as he changes the game of Loudoun agriculture through forward-looking innovation.  With development and high land prices presenting new challenges to Loudoun agriculture, these 12th-generation farmers are spearheading innovations to preserve a time-honored tradition.

This is CEA Farms. And it’s what Loudoun farming will look like from here on out.

We meet this week at 1757 Golf Club for lunch from 12:00pm - 1:15pm. Lunch is $20. Please let us know if you'd like to attend (we do need an accurate head count for lunch) and learn more about Rotary and the Ashburn club!

This Week's Guest: Donald Virts, CEA Farms 2016-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Apr 30, 2016

Meet Chair Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

Phyllis J. Randall was elected Chair of the Board of Supervisors in November 2015. She serves on the Board’s Finance/Government Operations and Economic Development Committee, the Joint Board and School Board Committee, and the Transportation and Land Use Committee. She also serves as one of the Board’s representatives on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Dulles Area Transportation Association, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission. She also serves as the Board's representative on the Community Policy and Management Team.

Randall's commitment to public service began with her volunteer work in the Loudoun County Public Schools. At the state level, Governor Tim Kaine appointed her to be the citizen representative on Virginia’s Fair Housing Board in 2009. Governor Bob McDonnell retained her position on the Fair Housing Board where she eventually served as Chair. In March of 2014,  Randall was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia State Board of Corrections, where she served as Chair.

By profession Randall is a mental health therapist working with substance abusing offenders in a local Adult Detention Center; a position she enjoyed for over fifteen years. Her emphasis areas are substance abuse and offender services. She and her husband Thaddeus, (T.W.) are the parents of two sons, Ashon and Aaron. The family attends Capital Community Church in Ashburn.


We meet at the 1757 Golf Club on Thursdays, starting at noon.
All meetings are open to the public. Guests and Members are urged to notify Ken Courter of attendance intentions. 

Phyllis Randall, Chair of Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Linda Carducci 2016-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Apr 24, 2016

The "Spring Fling Field Trip" continues this week.

Please join us for lunch at Old Ox Brewery. Our host and brewery owner,Chris Burns, will be there for a casual conversation about craft beer and to take us on a tour of the brewery.

Lunch will be catered by The Wandering Caterer. Lunch is $20.

(703) 729-8375

'Spring Fling Field Trip' Continues Linda Carducci 2016-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Apr 18, 2016

Mary Corey, DVM joins us on Thursday, April 21,2016 at Clydes of Willowcreek. Join us at noon. Bringing a guest? Please let Ken Courter know. 


Mary Corey, DVM Linda Carducci 2016-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Apr 11, 2016

Roger Zurn, Treasurer

Loudoun County
Join us for our annual visit from the Loudoun County Treasurer. 
Interested in budgets, assessments, process and procedure? Want to understand the County finances? Join us at noon on Thursday at 1757 Golf Club. 
Let Ken Courter know if you are a guest or plan to bring one. 
Roger Zurn Linda Carducci 2016-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Apr 04, 2016

Our guest speaker for April 7, 2016 is Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, representing the 10th District. Please join us for lunch at noon at 1757 Golf Club to meet the Congresswoman. 

If you are bringing a guest, please contact Kenneth Courter at 571-201-3877
Barbara Comstock Linda Carducci 2016-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Mar 28, 2016

March 31, 2016, is a Club Service day.

We will meet as usual for fellowship and collect canned goods for Loudoun Interfaith and school supplies for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Please support our local and world community with your donations. The lists of requested supplies follow. 

 Canned Food for Loudoun Interfaith Wish List

1.  Cereal
2.  100% Juice
3.  Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
4.  Canned Meats (tuna or chicken)
5.  Mac and Cheese
6.  Peanut Butter
7.  Hearty Soups

Gifts cards to area grocery stores and monetary donations help support our mission and are greatly appreciated.

School Supplies for Syrian Refugees in Turkey Wish List
1. pencils
2. pens
3. composition paper
4. notebooks
5. Old, wiped laptops
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” 
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free
Club In-Service Day March 31, 2016 Linda Carducci 2016-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Mar 18, 2016

Please join us in welcoming Robert W. Lazaro, Jr. as our guest speaker on March 24, 2016. Bob serves as Director of Regional Energy and Sustainability Policy for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC). 

Bob has a long history of public service in the community elected first as a Town Council member of the Town of Purcellville, Virginia and four terms as Mayor. During his service, the Town was recognized in a number of areas for environmental protection and sustainability winning the Governor’s Gold Medal for Environmental Excellence (2010), the Historic District Design Excellence Award (2011 & 2012) and the prestigious Siemens’ Corporation National Sustainable Communities Award (2012). He has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the NVRC and actively participated in the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue with colleagues from Germany and Canada. 

For more information about the purpose and projects of the NVRC, please go to
We invite and encourage guests. Please call Ken Courter at 571-201-3877 to register yourself or your guests. 
Meet Robert (Bob) Lazaro Linda Carducci 2016-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Join us for our monthly 2nd Tuesday Professional Development meeting on Tuesday March 8th from 8:00am - 9:00am.
Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department
20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA
Guest Speaker: Modern Mechanical CEO Shawn Mitchell, "Networking through Rotary"
Note: Only Water is Allowed in the Training Room, No Other Beverages
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Posted by Linda Carducci on Mar 06, 2016



Jennifer Montgomery, Executive Director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief 

is our guest speaker on March 10, 2016.

Please join us to hear about hunger in Loudoun County and how Loudoun Interfaith Relief is working to meet the food needs of our neighbors. Guests are welcome. Please contact Ken Courtner at 571-201-3877 to register. 

Jennifer Montgomery of Loudoun Interfaith Relief Linda Carducci 2016-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Feb 21, 2016

Geoff Arnold is the Broadcasting/PR Manager for the Frederick Keys, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

In this role he serves as the radio play-by-play announcer for Keys home and road games and works as the team's primary liaison to the media. He also assists with team marketing initiatives. Prior to joining the Keys, Geoff held similar roles with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals Advanced-A) and Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers Double-A). During the offseason, Arnold broadcasts basketball for Mount St. Mary's University  and calls college football on television for the SportsFever Television Network.
Please join us on Thursday and hear what insights Geoff has to share. 
Spring is coming...can Baseball be far behind? Linda Carducci 2016-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Feb 15, 2016

Lou Scheffer joins us this week to discuss Our Carbon Footprint. 


For more than two decades Louis Scheffer has been working to improve the design of microchips, figuring out how to connect hundreds of thousands of electronic transistors in a single device. At Janelia, he is now applying similar design principles to understand another type of “wiring”—the intricate interconnections that neurons make in the brain.

Neuroscientists want to map the flow of electrical signals in the brain to understand how it turns signals from the eyes into images, for example, or instructs arms and legs to move. But these neuronal circuits are difficult to map, especially when dealing with billions of neurons as in the human brain. For each neuron, researchers have to follow its long projections—the axons and dendrites—and determine which other neurons they connect with. Tedious and time-consuming work that marries engineering with biology. 

Lou is a faithful friend of Rotary. Not only does he return to update us on his work, but he supports our Foundation, our Exchange programs and participates in most events.  Thank you, Lou, for your ongoing support of our club and its goals of Service Above Self. 

We meet at noon on Thursdays at 1757 Golf Club. The cost is $20.00 and RSVP are required. 

Lou Scheffer & Our Carbon Footprint Linda Carducci 2016-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Feb 08, 2016
Our Guest Speakers on February 11, 2016
Learn about Loudoun Museum 
Liz Whiting, President, Loudoun Museum Board of Trustees
Alana Blumenthal, Curator/Collections Manager and Director of Administration, Loudoun Museum
Ms. Blumenthal will address the breadth and depth of the Loudoun Museum’s collections and research library, highlighting how artifacts help tell the stories of Loudoun County and its inhabitants. (e.g., slave rebellion-Virginia law requiring freed slaves to leave within 12 months-Lucas-Heaton letters:  the emancipation and American Colonization Society.  Leesburg dog money-printed in the window between secession and joining the Confederacy.  USS Alabama breastplate-Billy Mitchell and the invention of modern naval air power.)  Ms. Blumenthal will also review Loudoun Museum programs (1st Fridays, scouts) and recent initiatives (off-site exhibits, website capabilities).   
Loudoun Museum memberships and the Museum’s “Lure of Loudoun” history book will be available for sale. 
Loudoun Museum Linda Carducci 2016-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Feb 01, 2016

About Ed Starzenski, our speaker at this week's meeting: 

I am beginning my 12th year as the principal of Briar Woods High School. I began my career in the Loudoun County Public Schools in 1989 as the principal of Loudoun County High School. I was the principal there for 15 years. Prior to coming to Loudoun County, I served as the principal at Washington High School in Washington, Pennsylvania for 6 years.

I received my undergraduate degree from California University in California, Pennsylvania. I received my master’s degree in educational administration from West Virginia University.

I live in Leesburg with my wife Ann. I have 2 children. My daughter, Laura graduated from Duke University. She will be going on to med school at UVA. My son, David is a sophomore at Virginia Tech.

Please join us to meet Ed and hear about Briar Woods High School, home of the first Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA Interact Club. 

RSVP by 6:00 PM Wednesday, February 3, 2016. 

Ed Starzenski from Broad Run High School is our guest this week Linda Carducci 2016-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
DEA Special Agent to Speak to Rotary March 17; DEA Traveling Exhibit Now in Leesburg Dusty Smith 2016-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Jan 26, 2016

Our special guest this week is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority,  Mr. Paul Gilbert. 

Do you like the outdoors?  Have you visited a park lately?  Are you a history buff?  Do you fish, canoe, kayak or play golf?  Come out this Thursday and hear from Paul.  He manages 11,000 acres and parks throughout Northern Virginia.  The following story appeared in Patch and gave the details on the Beaver Dam Reservoir Park in Ashburn.  This makes Ashburn the center of recreation in Loudoun County, Virginia.

"Loudoun Water Board Chairman Johnny Rocca, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Parks Executive Director Paul Gilbert announced Friday that Beaverdam Creek Reservoir will temporarily reopen to the public on June 1.

The next phase of construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016, at which time public access will be restricted again. Planners anticipate that the facility be open to the public permanently in 2018.

“We are pleased with the amount of work our team has accomplished over the past several months on the reservoir,” Rocca said in a statement. “We have a much better sense of the integrity of the infrastructure and the character of the reservoir as a whole. While the overall project schedule remains unchanged, this clarity provides us with a window of opportunity for the public to safely enjoy the reservoir and its surroundings.”

Come join us in welcoming Paul Gilbert. 

Meet Paul Gilbert, our speaker this week Linda Carducci 2016-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2016
Christina Morelli’s fiancé, Matthew Nuar, will be racing IRONMAN Lake Placid this July is support of two organizations that offer a great deal of support to those battling cancer—The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.   Follow the link below to read the story of his brother, Phillip’s, journey & to support his fundraising efforts.   Thank you!
Link to
Link to
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation Admin 2016-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christopher Little on Dec 28, 2015
Dear Club Member:
I hope I find you well today - have you heard the news?
It would seem that through a series of meetings featuring our own Bryant Stone, Tony Howard and Sharon Wright, in conjunction with a rather large local grocery store chain, we very likely have secured most, if not all, of our school supplies for our second annual Rally for our Kids Backpack Project.
The grocery representative has made a verbal commitment, and all concerned, feel confident it will indeed happen.  (I should go to Miami more often)
While initial estimates were that up to 600 backpacks would be donated from our friends at the Leesburg Costco, we realize that the final approved amount by the Regional Costco will be anywhere from 200 to 600.   
Smile a little larger this week knowing that, regardless the final number, there will be full backpacks going to the LCPS in the fall of 2016 for at-need students.
Please join me in thanking the members of our club mentioned above (when you see them next) for their time and effort put forward to making this happen.  It's a bit of a Christmas miracle, so job well done.
Keep pushing everyone! 
And Another
It looks as if our club effort struck a chord with our Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman.
After the success of our inaugural event (which highlighted the community need /desire) our contract PR representative Sharon Wright campaigned to the Incumbent Sheriff, and it seems that Loudoun will be reinstitution funding for training local sheriff's deputies for car seat safety checks in our county.  Sharon stated that the need we exposed was too great to ignore and that she leveraged her daughters Girl Scout Troop project to help make this change a reality.
The training will be taking place in the spring for our county so that the newly certified deputies will be ready for the fall of 2016. A Policy shift, check, go Rotary Club of Ashburn!
There will also be an opportunity for training for five non-law enforcement types as part of this spring effort.  Therefore, if you are interested in volunteer training, please let me know so that I may direct you to Sharon Wright.
As an FYI, Linda Watkins at INOVA Trama has been kept in the conversation as well and is very excited about this opportunity and our spring event.
As a club, we are on slate for a second effort (I believe in May 2016) in conjunction with our friends in Prince William. After my term as President, it appears we will have options between Loudoun and Prince William moving forward.
Great job and special thanks to Justina Dee, Mary Maguire, Sharon Wright, Linda Watkins (and INOVA Trama team), our dedicated volunteers from Prince William County and all our Rotary Volunteers from the Inaugural Car Seat Safety Check!

Yours in Rotary Service,


Christopher J. Little 

Ashburn Rotary Club





Letters from President Chris Little Christopher Little 2015-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Dec 07, 2015

Amy E. Conway, store manager, and Renee Young, the Customer Experience Manager, both of Nordstrom Dulles Town Center will be our guest speakers on December 10, 2015. Both are interested in knowing the expectations of the community served by the Nordstrom Dulles Town Center store. 

We will also conduct elections for Club Officers and two Directors during this meeting. Results will be announced at the meeting. 

Please RSVP no later than 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Please come vote and hear from Amy E. Conway Linda Carducci 2015-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ashburn has some very exciting news! The board of directors has overwhelmingly approved a new meeting portfolio that increases the value proposition for members, and provides meeting flexibility for community and business leaders who might be unable to regularly attend lunch meetings. While the club will continue its focus on serving the community, fellowship, and great programs, the addition of two new meetings will allow Ashburn Rotary to expand its focus to include professional/leadership development, mentoring, and networking.
We are adding two new regular meetings each month in addition to our lunch meetings, service projects, and other events.
2nd Tuesday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am - Professional Development Meeting
at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department on Ashburn Rd.
4th Tuesday Beginning at 5:30 pm - Networking Happy Hour 
at Top Golf at One Loudoun
As for your commitment in joining Ashburn Rotary, we ask that you attend at least 2 - 3 meetings per month that includes all meetings, events, and service projects. The morning and evening meetings have no dollar commitment. But as Rotary members, you will still pay Club, District, and RI dues that amounts to approximately $25 per month. Joining Rotary connects you with 2,000 District members, 30,000 Zone members, and 1.2 Rotary International members worldwide. With a global organization behind us, we can indeed change the world.
Please contact Membership Chair Doug Corbett with questions at or at 703 415-6149. 
Ashburn Rotary Adds to Meeting Portfolio 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Nov 30, 2015

Please join us in welcoming

Kelly Marrocco and Sarah Coyle-Etro at this Thursday's meeting. 

Kelly is the Housing Development Program Manager for Loudoun County.  She manages the County’s largest affordable housing program called the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program that manages over 2100 purchase units and more than 320 rental units.  Kelly also oversees the management of units delivered through the County’s proffer system for Unmet Housing Needs Units (UHNU) and the County’s home improvement programs.  She manages the non-profit requests for the County’s Housing Funds Application and is staff liaison to the Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board (ADUAB).  In the recent past, she managed the County’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  Before coming to the County, Kelly was a senior loan officer for 18 years specializing in FHA loans.  She is a graduate of George Washington University with a BA in Economics and has a Master’s Certificate in Local Government Administration from Virginia Tech.  She lives in Loudoun County with her husband of 20+ years and two children.

Sarah is the Assistant Director of the Loudoun County Department of Family Services (DFS). She oversees two large divisions of the Department—Adult and Family Services and Housing and Community Development-- comprised of 92 staff positions that support more than 30 programs in Housing, Benefits, Adult Protective Services, Career Support and Emergency Services. She is a 25-year employee of the County, having served as Assistant Director at DFS since 2007 and previously managed the County’s Comprehensive Planning Division in the Department of Planning. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Washington College and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She has lived in Loudoun County since 1991 with her husband and two daughters.

Please let us know to expect you by Accepting or Declining this invitation no later than 6:00 PM

 on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. 

Kelly Marrocco & Sarah Coyle-Etro from Loudoun County Linda Carducci 2015-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Nov 16, 2015
Our speaker this week is Dr. Ali Eskandarian of The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus. Dr. Eskandarian has a distinguished and notable career as a theoretical physicist, within the collegiate system and as an entrepreneur. He is active in the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and works to expand partnerships with Virginia's Community College system.  Before joining GWU, Dr. Eskandarian worked at James Madison University, served with the National Research Council and as advisory to the Army Research Laboratory's Technology Assessment Board and worked on scientific satellites developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for several space missions. Dr. Eskandarian's current research focused on the foundations of quantum theory, quantum computing/information, and astrophysics. 
We anticipate a lively, thought-provoking and engaging meeting and encourage your attendance. 
Welcome Dr. Ali Eskandarian of GWU-VA Campus Linda Carducci 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Nov 09, 2015

It is that time again....Elections for Officers and Directors for the year beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016. Over the next weeks, you will have an opportunity to present your nominations, either by voice or in writing for the VP/President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Sargeant at Arms and two Director positions. Robert Brown is the chair of the nominating committee and welcomes your participation. In the Weekly Ashburn Hub, the election process is explained, and the job duties of the open positions are described. Now is a perfect time to step up into a leadership role within the Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA. 

Election for 2015-2016 are just around the corner Linda Carducci 2015-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Nov 02, 2015

Our speaker this week is 

Doug Brammer of Verizon Communications

Doug is currently the Manager of Government Affairs. However, during his time with Verizon Communications, he has held numerous position and served the community in many ways. Please take a moment to check his 'credentials' by going to his LinkedN account.
The link is:
November 5, 2015 Meeting Linda Carducci 2015-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Nov 02, 2015

November 12, 2015 Meeting

Meet Eddie Mason

Founder of MASE Training, an eight-year NFL veteran linebacker playing with the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Washington Redskins whose long list of accomplishments includes:

  • Voted Special Teams MVP, 1995

  • Nominated for Pro-Bowl 5 out of 8 seasons

  • NFL Unsung Hero Award, 2001

  • Received 2008 Cambridge Who’s Who Award

  • Member of Virginia Home School Football Association Board

  • Youth Football USA Certified Football Coach

  • NFLPA Retired Players Member

  • NFL Alumni Member

  • Awarded Muscular Dystrophy Award in 2010 as a Community Activist in Fitness

  • Currently works as a Certified Life Transition Coach NFL Player Engagement

RSVP by 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
Need to be Inspired & Motivated? Linda Carducci 2015-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Oct 25, 2015






Rotarians are action oriented, dedicated to

Service Above Self.

We dedicated  our meeting on October 29, 2015 to Service by putting together bags of perishable items for Thanksgiving baskets for designated families of Steuart Weller Elementary families. 







Club Service Day Linda Carducci 2015-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Oct 18, 2015

Thank you for joining us to learn about protecting personal identity. There were lots of questions....and lots of interest in the area of Cyber Security. 

Jaynarayan H. Laia, Sc.D. Technical Director for Cyber Security 

 Dr. Lala is an internationally-recognized expert in real-time and mission-critical systems. His focus is on research & development, system architecture and design, with special emphasis on mission assurance properties such as fault-tolerance and cyber-resilience. His credits are too numerous to list here, but we look forward to hearing from him this Thursday. 
Thank you to those who responded to the RSVP. 
Jaynarayan H. Lala, Sc.D. from Raytheon was our Speaker Linda Carducci 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Oct 11, 2015

Ross Dayton, Store Manager of the Dulles Wegmans Food Store joined us on October 15, 2015 to share his experiences as a member of the Wegman's team. Wegmans is a family owned food store operating since 1916. A leader and innovator in its field, it is truly not your everyday grocery store. Come learn how & why Wegmans has made Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work list in each of the last ten years.  



Not your everyday grocery store--Wegmans Food Market Linda Carducci 2015-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Oct 05, 2015

Club Assembly Day

Hope your questions were answered during the Club Assembly Day. If not, ask! 

This was scheduled for October 1, 2015. 

Club Assembly Day Linda Carducci 2015-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to  joining 
The Rotary Club of Ashburn
State of the Commonwealth
presented by
Senator Jennifer Wexton
Virginia State Senator
33rd District
Click here for a link to
Senator Wexton's bio.
Thursday, October 8th at 12:00pm
Senator Wexton came to visit 2015-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Sep 28, 2015

Our guest speaker last week was Brian Canon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021. The organization's mission is "to advocate for the adoption of an amendment to the Virginia constitution that will establish an independent, impartial commission to apply a fair and transparent process in drawing political districts after the 2020 census."

Thanks to those who joined us for an engaging discussion of redistricting that will impact education, transportation and, indeed, the political process within the Commonwealth. 

The meeting was scheduled for September 24, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at 1757 Golf Club. 

Brian Canon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 Linda Carducci 2015-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Sep 21, 2015

September 17, 2015

A Meeting with DG Janet Brown

& Area 5 Leadership 

​An energetic and engaging Janet Brown, along with The First Gentleman, Felton Brown joined our club as we honored our new members, our new gold badge members, a new Paul Harris Fellow, and other club accomplishments. Jim Gates, an Honorary Member since we were chartered wore two hats--Assistant DG for Area 5 (Loudoun area) and a club member. Thanks, Jim, for all you  do. 

VIP Day Linda Carducci 2015-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Sep 07, 2015

What is the Rotary Foundation and How does it Work? 

Hope you were able to join us on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the 1757 Golf Club at noon to hear Jim Gates will answer all your questions about how our Club contributes to Rotary Foundation. Your contributions are combined with others to make HUGE differences around the world, within our nation and within our communities. 

September 10th is Foundation Day Linda Carducci 2015-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

Fun Facts About Labor Day: 

  • Labor Day was declared a National Holiday in 1894.
  • "Don't wear white after Labor Day" probably began with upper-class citizens. It was fashionable to wear white on summer holiday, and upon returning to the city for fall, people wore darker, heavier clothing.
  • Who founded Labor Day? No one is really sure. Some sources indicate it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Recently, Matthew Maguire, a machinist and secretary of a local International Association of Machinists in New Jersey has been credited with creating the holiday
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Posted by Linda Carducci on Aug 31, 2015

There will be no regular meeting on September 3, 2015. The BOD will meet at the regular time of noon to 1:15 or so at 1757 Golf Club. The BOD meeting will be followed by the Golf Charity Event. Everyone is encouraged to join the tournament.....duffers included. 

September is a busy Event month for our Club and we will exchange the meeting on the 3rd for one or more events during the month. There are many opportunities to participate and many different types of events. Should be something for everyone. 

Please check the Events Calendar for a complete list of opportunities to serve your club and your community this month! 

September 3, 2015 Linda Carducci 2015-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Aug 24, 2015

Chairman Scott K. York

Thanks to Chairman York for joining us. We appreciate that he is a very busy man and appreciate that he took the time to speak with us about transportation in Loudoun County. As he said, the good news is that there is lots of building of roads and infrastructure going on. The bad news is that there is lots of building of roads and infrastructure going on and getting around will continue to be frustrating through this year and next. 

Thanks to Chairman Scott York! Linda Carducci 2015-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Aug 14, 2015

Kudos to Talmar for a rousing presentation.

Clarify your purpose and make sure your activities support that purpose. 

August 20, 2015 Meeting..

Join us to be inspired to Turn Vision into Action with 

Talmar Anderson

Talmar Anderson is a woman on a mission  -- to help small businesses beat the high failure rate! Her mantra that “Business is NOT innate. It is learned.” helped shape her operations and management consulting company, Talmar It Up, LLC. Talmar enjoys Turning Vision into Action and finds that working with business owners is the juice that gets her excited. If you have ever met her, you know that her energy and optimism are infectious! She easily and quickly applies her insights to helping clients obtain their business visions. Talmar consults to help bridge the gaps in operations and management education or experience while helping to define clear and singular steps to effect change NOW.

And.........Christina Morelli will give her classification talk.

Volunteers are needed to Greet (be able to arrive at 11:55) and to sell 50/50 tickets. Please let me know you are volunteering by making a comment when you register. 

Talmar Anderson Shared her Vision Linda Carducci 2015-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Aug 07, 2015

Welcome to Ralph Buona

Ralph M. Buona h as represented the Ashburn District on the Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County since his election in November 2011. He chairs numerous committees and serves in many others. In addition, he is a Senior VP of Corporate Business Development for Telos Corporation. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy he also earned an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. When he isn't working, Ralph plays piano and trumpet and relaxes on the water at Lake Anna.  He describes himself as 'driven'--a trait shared by many of our members. We look forward to hearing from him. 

Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 for this meeting.  


Thank you, Ralph Buona for a rousing & relevant presentation Linda Carducci 2015-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Jul 31, 2015

August 6, 2015 Club Meeting



Bob O'Such

Loudoun Salute for Military, Veterans and Families

Bob will be speaking in support of the Loudoun Salute for Military, Veterans and Families to be held 9/20/15 at Stone Bridge HS in Ashburn (see atch Flyer).  The purpose of my presentation is both to solicit participation by your members and the Rotary (can provide a Partner Display Table at the event) and also the Rotary’s consideration of financial support (100% of funds collected go to our Patriotic and Needy Veterans/Families programs). American Legion Post 2001 developed this Loudoun Government sponsored event with an inaugural program in 2014…we expect it to be an annual event, with ~30 local organizations all who support Veterans and Military. Look forward to meeting your members!
Danni Keith will be our Greeter. Please be sure and say 'hello' as you come into the meeting!
RSVP by Wednesday August 5, 2015 at 5:00 PM. 
Don't forget. Avoid a fine.


August 6, 2015 Club Meeting Linda Carducci 2015-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 30, 2015

Join us for a fun Club Service Day this week.

We will be packing backpacks for students at Steuart Weller Elementary School. 


Danni will be our Greeter. 

Club Service Day July 30, 2015 2015-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Carducci on Jul 23, 2015

Thanks to 

Frank Mullen, Greeter

Ravi Bhatia, Classification talk presenter

Shawn Mitchell, Foundations presentations


Our own Honorary Member, Assistant Governor Loudoun County

Jim Gates

for an informative meeting today. We appreciate everyone's contribution! 

Next week is a Club Service Day--we will be packing backpacks for the Rally for Our Kids Backpack Project.  All invited to help. 


Service Above Self

July 23, 2015 Meeting Notes Linda Carducci 2015-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2015

Last week Danni Keith shared her Classification Talk wih the club at our  meeting. Danni is one of our newer members and we enjoyed hearing her 'story'. In addition, Nancy Pav & Dusty Smith brought us up to date on the

awesome Backpack Project. There are many ways to help with this effort.  Please don't forget to RSVP for the live TV shoot at the Loudoun County Chamber offices on July 29th. 

This week Ravi Bhatia will share his Classification Talk and Frank Mullen will be our Greeter.

We will be joined by our own Honorary Member and Club Sponsor, now known as ADG Gates. That is none other than Jim Gates.  Can't wait to hear what Jim has to share with us about our Club and its role in District 7610. 

July 23, 2015 Meeting 2015-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
The Ashburn Rotary Gala was held on June 6th to celebrate a successful year and to install the incoming president, officers and directors. Attendees enjoyed a "Taste of Loudoun" beer and wine tasting, hand-rolled cigars, dinner and dancing. Photos below courtesy of Jeff Leach.
The Gala Committee is recognized for all of their hard work!
President Doug Corbett presents the "Light Up Rotary" award to Sgt at Arms Todd Meloy for all of his hard work and energy
Jimmy Olevson is awarded the "Rotarian of the Year" for his dedication to membership and to working tirelessly to infuse "Fun!" into the club.
Incoming President Chris Little was on the Road Warrior Foundation Ride, somewhere in NH but sent in a video acceptance speech.
The new board was installed by Lt. Gov Shawn Mitchell (pictured l to r) Jimmy Olevson, Ken Courter, Doug Corbett, Todd Meloy, John Casamiquela, and Dusty Smith) Not pictured Nancy Pav, Robert Brown, Michael Schimmel, and Bryant Stone)
Dinner was followed by Dancing!
Ashburn Rotary Gala and Board Installation 2015-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
We are cancelling our weekly club meeting on June 4th in light of numerous Ashburn Rotary events occurring at the same time. Any of the three will count as weekly attendance or a make-up if needed. 
June 4th 4:00p - 5:00p      Final 2014 - 2015 Board of Directors Mtg @ Old Ox
June 4th 5:00p - Until      Happy Hour @Old Ox to Celebrate a Great Rotary Year
June 6th 6:00p - 11:00p      Ashburn Rotary Gala
So come on out to Ashburn Rotary's Happy Hour at Old Ox Brewery on June 4th beginning at 5:00p. The happy hour will follow the final 2014 - 2015 Board of Directors meeting which is, by itself, a great cause for celebration. We've worked hard this year and it's time to let loose.
Old Ox is located at 44652 Guilford Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147
Important Schedule Changes and Additions 2015-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
We will be meeting at Clyde's on May 28th, program starts at noon! Our guest speak will be Brandon Cosby with OAR of Fairfax. See you there!
May 28th Meeting at Clyde's! 2015-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
The Membership Committee will be meeting at Clyde's on Tuesday at 4:00pm. If you're interested in shaping our direction this year, leading an innovative and flexible club, and connecting with members of our Loudoun community then we want you there!
I'll be sitting somewhere below!
Membership Committee Meeting - We Want You! 2015-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Help support a great event for a great cause! The deadline to become a Sponsor at the Ashburn Rotary Gala on June 6th at 1757 Golf Club is just a few days away - May 23rd! We'll need to close out these opportunities and head to press! Gala and registration info is at 

The event supports the Road Warrior Foundation founded by friends, veterans, citizens and patriots looking to do more for their fellow soldiers in need. And also supports the Ashburn Rotary Foundation and service projects in the local Ashburn community.

We're looking for...

One Event Sponsor - $500
1-minute Intro of Company/Business
Introduce Road Warrior Foundation
Large logo on banner
Named in program
Thanked at beginning and end of the program

And Become One of Three "Taste of Loudoun Wine Tasting" Sponsors
-8 Chains North Winery - $350
-North Gate Winery - $350
-Corcoran Cidery - $200
Standard size logo on banner
Named in program
Logo, promotional items, etc displayed at tasting table
Thanked at the beginning and end of the program

If interested, please contact Doug Corbett @!

Last Days to Sponsor at the Ashburn Rotary Gala! 2015-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Don't be a party crasher and show up at 1757 Golf Club this week. We're meeting at Clyde's on May 14th and it's going to an awesome always!
Andrea Tassan with the USO is going to be our guest speaker and we're inducting our 11th member, Danielle Keith.  It's going to be a blast so you should be there!! Lunch is $20 so come on by and learn more about Rotary but more importantly, just have some fun!!!
Buffet Menu
Pasta: linguine with asparagus, English peas, Vidalia onions, mushrooms, basil pesto and Pecorino Romano
Salad: mixed greens, arugula, starwberries, blueberries, feta cheese, toasted sunflower seeds and roasted strawberry vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken: over sauteed greens with herbed jus


May 14 Meeting at Clyde's 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) was held in Fairfax on Saturday March 14th and attendees from Zones 33 and 34 attended the one day training. RLI is multi-district sponsored interactive leadership training covering deeper dives into Rotary areas like Foundation, Membership and Public Image as well as leadership topics. RLI consists of three parts, each a prerequisite for the next.
Ashburn Rotary has 3 RLI graduates or members who have attended all three RLI parts. Mary Maguire, pictured 1st row left below who graduated on Saturday, Ray Repage and Linda Carducci. Way to go Ashburn Rotarians! Your  commitment to Rotary is awesome!
Information regarding future RLI training is included below!
Ashburn Rotary Produces Three RLI Graduates 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
You can register now for Part 4 of 5 in the Membership Matters! webinar series. This webinar will focus on member engagement as a path to member retention. Clubs that keep existing and new members involved in club leadership, decisions, and activities are much more likely to have members that feel connected to the club and as a result, have higher retention rates. You can register by accessing the link below. You can also access Parts 1 - 3 in the "On Demand" section using the same link.
Member Engagement Webinar 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Registration is open for The Rotary Leadership Institute Parts I, II, and III on March 14th in Fairfax, VA! Registration is at 8:30a and the training runs from 9:00a - 4:30p. The Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute offers leadership and Rotary education training for new Rotarians and prospective Rotary club leaders. You can sign up by accessing the link below.
Rotary Leadership Training on March 14th 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to everyone who purchased Door Prize tickets at the Ashburn Rotary Bowl.
Thank you to the wonderful businesses who donated prizes!!
Door Prize Winners
Brew LoCo "Pail of Ale" - Lauren Deigh
Cupcakes Actually Gift Box - Nancy Pav
The Zone $50 Game Play Gift Card - Lynde Scheffer
Eggspectations $25 Gift Card - Ryan Houlihan
6-Pack of Chardonnay - Eddie Batten
Under the Olive Tree Gift Basket - Eddie Batten
Modern Concepts Salon Gift Basket - Adam Benware
Ashburn Rotary Bowl Door Prize Winners 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to everyone who sold and/or purchased Ashburn Rotary Bowl raffle tickets.
We sold over 450 raffle tickets raising just over $2,300!
Ashburn Rotary Bowl Raffle Prize Winners
60" LG Flat Screen TV - Patti Houlihan
Go Pro Camera - Shauna Olevson
Beats Wireless Headphones - Adam Benware
Ashburn Rotary Bowl Raffle Prize Winners 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Lt. Gov. and Past President Shawn Mitchell presented Nancy Pav with the Rotarian of the Month Award for December. The club wanted to thank and recognize Nancy for stepping into the Service Committee chair role and quickly working to schedule projects for the rest of the Rotary year and into next year. Nancy has also agreed to serve at Service Committee Chair in 2015 - 2016. A huge thanks to Nancy and congratulations!
Nancy Pav, December Rotarian of the Month 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Ashburn Rotary's Fifth Thursday Happy Hour this quarter was held at The Zone in Ashburn. At the event, four members were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows and they are Eddie Batten, Meredith Schimmel, Ashley Mitchell and Shauna Olevson. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who stopped by The Zone, it was a great evening!
Pictured (l to r) President Doug Corbett, Lt. Governor Shawn Mitchell, Eddie Batten, Meredith Schimmel, Ashley Mitchell and Shauna Olevson.
Family Members Recognized at The Zone Happy Hour 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ashburn is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win...
1) 60" Flat Screen TV, or 
2) Beats Headphones, or 
3) a Go Pro Camera
Tickets are only $5.00 per chance and proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Ashburn Foundation to fund Interact Club scholarships (at Stone Bridge, Briar Woods, and Broad Run high schools) and the eradication of polio through the Rotary International Polio Plus program. For raffle tickets, contact or Chris Little at The drawing will take place at our Ashburn Rotary Bowl event at King Pinz on February 25th! 
Ashburn Rotary Sells Raffle Tickets to Benefit Scholarships & Polio Plus 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
On January 9th, the Ashburn Rotary Board of Directors approved the elimination of the First Thursday Evening Meeting citing low attendance and the confusion it caused. All regular club  meetings wil be lunch meetings going forward.
Membership will continue to lead the effort to schedule monthly opportunities for optional evening activities that will count towards attendance for members. 
For questions, contact Doug Corbett at or Jimmy Olevson at
BoD Votes to Eliminate First Thursday Evening Meeting 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
This Thursday's meeting will be our "First Thursday Evening Meeting" at 1757 Golf Club from 6:00p - 7:15p. Lou Scheffer and exchange student Bernardo will be our guest speakers! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Evening Meeting on January 8th 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Nov 16, 2014
Ham, turkey, cheese and festive music on a Saturday morning in November! Thank you to the members of Ashburn Rotary who came out on Saturday to make sandwiches for the DC Food & Fellowship Mission that delivers food to the homeless at Franklin Park in Washington, DC. The club will continue to support this service project monthly through June 2015, the sandwiches made by club members are only a small contribution to the overall effort.  
John Casamiquela and Linda Carducci Preparing the Sandwich Fixin's
Doug Corbett, Todd Meloy, Linda Carducci, and Salim Saherwala
Club Members Come Together to Make Sandwiches for DC's Homeless Doug Corbett 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Nov 16, 2014
Bringing the gift of happiness and warmth to children in need in Ashburn, this year's holiday project is focused on donating coats to area students in need. The club has already distributed half of the coats purchased from Operation WARM and the club will continue to work with school officials to distribute the remaining coats. Operation WARM was founded by the Rotary Club of Longwood. 
Ashburn Rotary Distributes Coats to Area Students Doug Corbett 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Nov 09, 2014
District 7610 held its Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday evening in Fredericksburg, VA. The event recognized clubs for their 2013 - 2014 foundation giving at various levels including 100% EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year), 100% Sustaining Members, PolioPlus Certificate Clubs (Clubs who gave at least $1,500 to the cause), and the top giving clubs in the District including $300+ Per Capita Clubs and the Top 3 Per Capita Clubs. The Ashburn Club was awarded the 100% EREY banner at the event. The District also recognized 20 Rotarians, out of over 2,000, for their advocacy for and/or giving to the Rotary Foundation including our own John Casamiquela. 
The key note speaker was Sana Saeed, Rotary Peace Fellow. As a Rotary Peace Fellow, Sana has had the opportunity to live in Tokyo, Japan at the International Christian University working on a degree in Peace Studies. Sana is currently being hosted by the Crystal City-Pentagon Rotary club. 
Ashburn Represented at Rotary Foundation Banquet Doug Corbett 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Nov 07, 2014
To support our club's fundraising efforts, club Secretary Linda Carducci is selling raffle tickets to football's biggest game! The Grand Prize includes... 
  • 2 tickets to the Super Bowl,
  • 4 night lodging in Phoenix, AZ, and
  • $1,000 Cash
Second prize is $1,000 cash and third prize is $500 cash. The Grand Prize drawing is on December 14, at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. The raffle is a great way to raise money for our club and heck, you may be heading to Arizona for the Super Bowl! Tickets make great gifts for family and friends and if you're looking for a reason to re-connect with your clients, send them a thank you and raffle ticket!
Win Tickets to Football's Biggest Game Doug Corbett 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 30, 2014
Stop Hunger Now is delighted to announce that meals from the October 15th joint meal packaging event have been shipped in a container with 285,120 meals from our National Capital warehouse, in Ashburn, VA. The meals will be received by their in-country partner Reach Now International - Zambia. Ashburn Rotary packaged 10,000 meals along with students from Freedom High School and members of the Gainesville-Haymarket and Leesburg Evening Clubs and members of the soon to be charted South Riding Club. 
Stop Hunger Now meals serve needy children in Zambia through Reach Now and Mission Touch Ministries. Missions Touch Ministries (MTM) was formed in 2008 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) and brings in containers of food, medical supplies and other goods to benefit 35+ community schools, orphanages and other feeding programs. Missions Touch and Reach Now support approximately 10,000 children with a hot meal each school day in and around Lusaka, Zambia. Many of the children served are drawn into the schools from the streets because of the provision of food. The enrollment at the schools often doubles when the feeding program is introduced, brightening the future of countless impoverished children. The addition of Stop Hunger Now meals enables Missions Touch and Reach Now to provide for the nutritional needs of the children enrolled in their program. 
Stop Hunger Now Sends Meals to Zambia Doug Corbett 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 26, 2014
The Ashburn Club held a great "Rotary Day" on October 23rd with special guest Cindy Chambers. Cindy was presented with a check for $2,200 that will go to purchasing "Beamer Learns About Fire Safety" books. The books will be distributed to children in the community and will teach them about fire safety. The grant was made possible through the Rotary Foundation.

Also on hand were Loudoun Co Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jose Salazar, District Rotary Foundation Chair Chuck Davidson and about 30 guests and prospective members. Chuck Davidson presented Shawn Mitchell, John Casamiquela, Chris Little, Lynde Scheffer, and Todd Meloy with their Paul Harris pins. And Finally, Past President Shawn Mitchell presented Adam Benware with the September Rotarian of the Month award for his great contributions to the club!
Rotary Day - A Great Success Doug Corbett 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 26, 2014
On October 23rd, Ashburn Club member Adam Benware was recognized as September's Rotarian of the Month.
Adam's many contributions to the club include, assisting with cleaning-up and ensuring accurate information in ClubRunner, enhancing and improving weekly meeting surveys and establishing a "comment database" to track results, created a weekly announcement Powerpoint to keep members informed of Ashburn Rotary and District events, and created the Liberia Amazon Wishlist for St. David's Episcopal Church to make it easier for community members to shop for items that will be shipped overseas to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.  
Thank you to Adam for all of his contributions to the club and community!
Doug Corbett (l) Listening on as Shawn Mitchell (r) reads off Adam's (c) many accomplishments to date.
Adam Benware - September Rotarian of the Month Doug Corbett 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 19, 2014
Over 50 volunteers including Freedom HS students, DG Nominee George Tyson, and Rotarians from the Leesburg Evening, Gainesville-Haymarket, and Ashburn clubs, and the soon to be chartered South Riding Roundtable packed 10,000 meals on October 15th for Stop Hunger Now. Ashburn Rotary also dontaed $1,000 to the cause. Thanks to all the volunteers that made it out to the event!
10,000 Meals Packed for Stop Hunger Now! Doug Corbett 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 05, 2014

A leadership seminar for Interact Club Members of Briar Woods, Broad Run, and Stone Bridge High Schools will be held on October 26 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm at the Ashburn Library. Topics will cover various student leadership areas and will be a great day of learning and interaction. Space is limited so signing up early is encouraged. Interested students should send their name, contact info, and high school name to


Interact Leadership Day October 26th Doug Corbett 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 05, 2014
Teaming with the Leesburg Evening and Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Clubs and seniors from Freedom High School, Ashburn Rotary will be participating in the Stop Hunger Now food bagging project on October 15 from 10:00a - 2:00p.  The event will take place at Arcola United Methodist Church, in the old chapel at 24757 Evergreen Mills Road. Anyone interested in participating should contact Ashburn club member Scott Miller. 
The church is also the host site for the Dulles South Food Pantry. Participants are encouraged to bring a small non-perishable food donation for the pantry when attending as a token of thanks for its influence in obtaining the use of the chapel. The pantry is very low on pasta sauce, tomato products of all kinds, cooking oil, nonperishable milk or milk substitutes of all kinds, canned fruit, pancake mix, baking mixes, and personal supplies such as soap, toothpaste, and shampoo.
Support Stop Hunger Now on October 15th Doug Corbett 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 05, 2014

We learned last Thursday from guest speaker Rev. Mary Kay Brown that St. David's Episcopal Church is collecting items to be shipped to Liberia in the effort to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. The "Liberia Wish List" of needed items is available to view and purchase at the attached link. Please take a moment to consider donating and thank you to member Adam Benware for creating the list on!



St. David's Collects Donations to Fight Ebola Spread Doug Corbett 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 21, 2014

Ashburn Rotarians & Friends of Rotary took some time on Saturday September 20th to provide help for a Purcellville resident in need. The team completed some yard work, painting and general clean-up. It was a beautiful Saturday and we're looking forward to more opportunities to serve.

Pictured (l to r) Jeff Perry, Dominick Carducci, Linda Carducci, Adam Benware, and Jonathan Peters (picture by Doug Corbett).


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Spring Clean-Up in September Doug Corbett 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 21, 2014

President Doug Corbett awarded the August Rotarian of the Month to Lisa Svendsen on September 18th. The award is presented to a club member in recognition of their contributions to the Rotary Club of Ashburn and in appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the club. Lisa was recognized for her role in the successful Ronald McDonald House dinner service project on August 4th. Lisa planned the dinner and worked with other project members once they were on site to prepare meals. Her enthusiasm and desire to serve set the tone for the evening!


Lisa Svendsen August Rotarian of the Month Doug Corbett 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 14, 2014

Join us for Rotary Day on October 23rd from 12:00p - 1:30p at 1757 Golf Club. Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang has urged all Rotary members to Light Up Rotary and organize and host a Rotary Day in 2014 - 2105. Our special guests will be Beamer Book author Cindy Chambers and Loudoun County Fire & Rescue Chief Keith Brower, Jr. Members are also encouraged to bring a prospective Ashburn Rotary member as a guest. The meeting will be our club's opportunity to showcase Rotary and talk about all of the great things Ashburn Rotary is doing in the community.


Rotary & Guest Day October 23, 2014 Doug Corbett 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
District 7620 Offers Training / Supports Polio Plus Doug Corbett 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 07, 2014

You are invited to attend Rotary Day at the United Nations on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:30a - 4:00p (Registration opens at 8:00a). Each year at Rotary UN Day, more than 1,300 Rotarians including many Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, past Senior Leaders, and guests come together at UN Headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the United Nations.

Additional details and registration information can be found at


Rotary UN Day November 1, 2014 Doug Corbett 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 07, 2014

President Doug Corbett awarded Ashburn Rotary's first "Rotarian of the Month" award on September 4th. The awarded is presented to a club member in recognition of their contributions to the Rotary Club of Ashburn and in appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the club. Our first award winner, Linda Carducci, was July's Rotarian of the Month and the first award recipient. Linda was recognized for all of her hard work both at the board level and behind the scenes preparing for the 2014 - 2015 Rotary year.

Pictured below are Linda Carducci and Doug Corbett


First Ashburn "Rotarian of the Month" Awarded Doug Corbett 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 25, 2014

The District Conference is scheduled for March but you can book your room now! The "Family Friendly" conference will be held March 26 - 29, 2015 at the Hyatt Chesapeake in Cambridge, MD and the District has negotiated a rate of $135/night (call 410 901-1234 for this reduced rate). Check out the link below to learn more about the resort and all of the activities the venue has to offer.


District Conference Room Reservations Open! Doug Corbett 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 17, 2014

Ashburn Rotary's own Jodi Daniel and Keith Reeve were married Friday at Ocean Pines Yacht Club in Ocean Pines, MD. Congratulations to Jodi and Keith and we hope the new couple finds some time to stop by a club meeting or event soon! 


Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Reeve Doug Corbett 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 06, 2014

DG Rich Storey made his official visit to the Rotary Club of Ashburn on August 7th. Rich attended a board meeting and presented at the regular club meeting. Rich emphasized the importance of growing membership, enhancing our public image and Rotary Day, a priority for Rotary Clubs all over the world this year. Rich challenged the club to "Light Up Rotary" this year! Also in attendance were Rich's wife Carol Storey, Past District Governor Jerry Evans, and Assistant Governor John Tattersall.

Pictured (l to r) Past President Shawn Mitchell, Assistant Governor John Tattersall, District Governor Rich Storey, and President Doug Corbett


District Governor Rich Storey Visits Ashburn Rotary Doug Corbett 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 03, 2014

On August 4th, members of the Rotary Club of Ashburn prepared a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Fairfax Hospital. Great fun and a great way to serve! Thank you to Lisa Svendsen, Kelly Yost, Marc Benezra, Peggy Durbin, and Linda Carducci for volunteering their time. 

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Ashburn Rotary Volunteers Prepare a Meal at the Ronald McDonald House Doug Corbett 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 03, 2014

The United Bank Diaper Drive came to a close on July 31st. Ashburn Rotarians collected the donated diapers, wipes and cash donations throughout the weekend at United Bank branches throughout Northern VA. Many thanks to United Bank, Serve a Village, The Rotary Club of Ashburn and The Northern Virginia Diaper Bank.


Diaper Drive Comes to a Close Doug Corbett 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Jul 31, 2014

August is Membership Month in Rotary and it's a time to celebrate our club, our members and the good work they do in Ashburn and Loudoun County. Some things club members can do to promote membership and Ashburn Rotary this month is to...

  • Invite a prospective member who enjoys contributing and serving in the community to a club meeting
  • Invite a family member to attend a meeting or participate in a service project 
  • Engage young leaders through Interact
  • Promote membership through social media and their networks

I'm looking forward to a great year where members are engaged and active and we have the ability to tell an awesome Ashburn Rotary story to our community. ​Let's have fun and get the word out this month!


August Is Membership Month Doug Corbett 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Jun 29, 2014

Save the date!

Ashburn Rotary will host the next Loudoun Rotarians First Network (RFN) event on Tuesday July 15th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at The V Eatery and Brewhouse in Ashburn on Waxpool Road. RFN events are a great opportunity to get to know fellow Loudoun Rotarians, to do some networking and establish relationships, and to invite guests and meet prospective Rotary Club members.

Please RSVP by Friday July 11th to or text your RSVP to 703 415-6149. 




Next Rotarians First Network Event July 15th Doug Corbett 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Jun 25, 2014

New Ashburn Rotary President Doug Corbett installs the 2014 - 2015 board.  

(l to r) Sgt at Arms Todd Meloy, Membership Chair Jimmy Olevson, Past President and PR Chair Shawn Mitchell, Community Service Chair Kelly Yost, Secretary and Fundraising & Administration Chair Linda Carducci, Youth Protection Officer Peggy Durbin, RI Foundation Chair Michael Schimmel, VP / President-Elect Chris Little, and Past President Mary Maguire. (not pictured) Treasurer John Casmiquela.


2014 -2015 Board Installed Doug Corbett 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on May 07, 2014
In early May we delivered diapers to the Ronald McDonald House.  The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA and Serve a Village partner in The Northern Virginia Diaper Bank to bring diapers to those in need in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. 
Pictured are Claudia Lewis (Director of Community Relations), Rebecca Probst (Director & Secretary Serve a Village) , Barbara Clark (House Operations Manager) and Ronald himself.  
Pictured are Claudia Lewis (Director of Community Relations), Rebecca Probst (Director & Secretary Serve a Village) , and Linda Carducci (Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA) 
Ashburn Rotary Delivers Diapers to Ronald McDonald House Doug Corbett 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on May 06, 2014


Don't forget, tomorrow is our very first Evening Meeting at 1757 Golf Club! The meeting will run from 4:30p - 6:00p. Weather permitting, we'll meet on the patio. 

This will be a great chance to change things up a bit and provide another opportunity for family members and guests to attend who normally can't make our lunch meeting.


May 8th Club Meeting will Meet in the Evening! Doug Corbett 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on May 01, 2014

A great chance to network with fellow Rotarians and prospective members May 14th!  If you donate a door prize or WIN a door prize, you'll be able to captivate the room with your Elevator long as it's about 45 seconds!


Network With Rotarians! Doug Corbett 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Apr 06, 2014

Ashburn Rotary held its first ever Family Member Induction Ceremony on April 12th at Buffalo Wing Factory in Ashburn.  The club approved the new member program last fall and inducted five new members.  The new family program is in line with Rotary International President-Elect Gary Huang's vision of growing Rotary membership and inviting spouses and family members to join the club!  The new members are: Eddie Batten, Ashley Mitchell, Shauna Olevson, Meredith Schimmel and Adam Benware. Welcome!



First Ever Family Member Induction Ceremony April 12th Doug Corbett 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Apr 06, 2014

Members of the Ashburn Rotary Club took to the streets, well Croson Lane in Ashburn anyway, to pick-up roadside trash on Saturday. The effort is part of VDOT's Adopt-a-Highway program where organizations or individuals can "adopt" a designated part of a Virginia road and clean-up roadside trash. 

Thank you to Tony Howard, Jake Howard, Shawn Mitchell, Ken Courter, Scott Miller, Todd Meloy and Doug Corbett for spending Saturday morning keeping our roads clean!


Roadside Clean-Up Day with Ashburn Rotary Doug Corbett 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Bowling Event to Raise Funds for Polio Plus May 19th Doug Corbett 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Mar 01, 2014
Join the Loudoun County Rotary Clubs on March 13th to thank retiring Superintendent Dr. Ed Hatrick for his dedication and hard work shaping the education of Loudoun County's children as we honor one of our own.  A member of the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club, Ed has been involved in many community activities through Rotary in addition to leading our public school system for more than 20 years. 


WHAT:  Dinner and Program

WHEN:  Thursday, March 13, 2014

TIME:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE:  River Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd, Leesburg, VA 20176

COST:  $30.00 per person (cash/check/MC/Visa at the door). Please RSVP For Meal Count

ATTIRE:  Business

RSVP:  Chuck Reavis, by Monday, March 10th

Upon arrival at the River Creek gatehouse, tell security that you are with the Rotary Club.
Checks should be payable to:
Rotary Club of Leesburg
Dinner to Honor Retiring Superintendent Dr. Edward Hatrick Doug Corbett 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Feb 11, 2014

Due to the expected EPIC storm tomorrow, the Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA will not meet on Thursday February 13th.  Stay warm, be safe, and have a great weekend!

Rotary Meeting on 2/13/2014 Cancelled Doug Corbett 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Feb 04, 2014

Join the Rotary Club of Ashburn as we celebrate Fat Tuesday at The V Eatery and Brewhouse and support "Free the Girls".  Free The Girls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking.  We will be collecting cash and gently used bra donations at the event for the organization.  

Free the Girls then provides an opportunity for women rescued from sex trafficking to earn a living selling second-hand clothing while going to school, getting healthy, and caring for their families.  Selling clothes allows them to work as much or as little as their school schedule permits.  The women in their program receive their starting inventory as a donation, and are then able to buy additional inventory from Free The Girls for below wholesale value to help maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace.  Revenue from inventory sales helps subsidize overseas program costs.  Check out for more information about what they do. 

When:  March 4th from 5:30p - 8:00p

Where: The V Eatery and Brewhouse in Ashburn

What:  Socializing, Networking & Fun - Appetizers Provided / Cash Bar

Admission:  $10 at the Door or Bring a Bra to Donate


"Free the Girls" on Mardi Gras Doug Corbett 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Feb 04, 2014

RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."  

Huang also encouraged clubs to host a Rotary Day in their community in the coming year to get the word out about Rotary and how clubs serve their community.  He added a focus on membership with a goal of increasing the number of Rotarians to 1.3 million worldwide stating, "We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members."  

For full remarks and a video of the theme presentation, visit      


RI President-Elect Announces 2014 - 2015 Theme Doug Corbett 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Network with Fellow Rotarians & Meet Prospective Members Doug Corbett 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Nov 20, 2013

Since we're into the holiday season, 

here's the weekly meeting schedule through December!

Thursday December 19th - Club Holiday Party

12:00 - 2:00

Bar Louie@One Loudoun, Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, VA


December 26th - No Club Meeting

Ashburn Rotary Weekly Club Meeting Schedule Doug Corbett 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 20, 2013

Members of the Ashburn Rotary Club volunteered at the Sonak Family Chiropractic Family Festival on Saturday September 21st.  Proceeds from the festival benefited the Loudoun Free Clinic.  

Pictured below are club members (L to R) Shawn Mitchell, Doug Corbett, Sam Wiley, Lisa Svendsen, Loudoun Hounds mascot Fetch, Mary Maguire, Alison Sonak, Scott Miller, and John Casamiquela.


Club Members Volunteer at Sonak Family Chiropractic Family Festival Doug Corbett 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 19, 2013

We've started putting together 500 holiday bags that will be distributed in December to youth in need in Loudoun County.  Collected items should be small enough to fit a child's backpack!

We're looking for donations of...


Small Beanie Babies     Teddy Bears     Toy Trucks & Cars     

Toiletries     Socks     Gloves     Hats     Coloring Books     Crayons

Pencils     Stamps     Ink     Craft Sets     Candies     Granola Bars

Jacks     Jump Ropes     Slinkies     Travel Sized Games


If you're interested in donating, please contact Linda Carducci at


Need Your Help with 500 Holiday Bags! Doug Corbett 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 08, 2013

Club Seeks Outbound Students and Local Host Families for 2014 School Year

Ashburn, VA September 3 – The Ashburn Rotary Club is seeking students between the ages of 15 and 18 who areinterested in traveling abroad as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Students typically live abroad over a 10 -12 month period, attend school, and live with more than one family in their host country.

Rotary encourages students to take their sophomore or junior year abroad. In this way, they return to their American high school for at least one year before graduating. However seniors may apply and defer college one year while they complete the exchange program. Qualified students should not be older than 18 1⁄2 years old when they depart in July or August 2014.

Ideal candidates are young open-minded individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities that enable them to become excellent cultural ambassadors for their country and the Rotary Club that supports them. Applicants are not required to be involved with Rotary in any way before applying.

The application deadline for outbound students is Friday, October 19, 2013.

Ashburn Rotary is also seeking families to host an inbound student for the coming 2014-15 school year. Families commit to hosting one student for a 3 – 6 month period. Involvement with an exchange student challenges a host family to become familiar with another culture, while providing the opportunity learn and grow with your family as the student experiences life abroad . These challenges and opportunities promise to enrich the lives of every member of your family.

For an application or for more information about the Youth Exchange Program please contact Chris Little at


Ashburn Rotary Youth Exchange Opportunities Doug Corbett 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 08, 2013

Sheila Joy, Director of Advancement at Jill's House was our guest speaker.  Located in Vienna, VA, Jill’s House celebrates children with special needs and provides much-needed relief to their families in the greater Washington DC area.  "We serve boys and girls, ages six through seventeen, with intellectual disabilities. Jill’s House provides a safe, fun place full of adventure and tailor-made activities to children with special needs while giving their parents and caregivers desperately-needed time to rest and recharge."  

Sheila Joy added that there are hundreds of families on the Jill's House waiting list.  A night at Jill's House costs about $600/night, but parents pay only $75/night.  The difference is funded through donations.  Community members interested supporting Jill's House can make a donation, volunteer, share their story, or partner with the organization.  If you're interested, get more information at  .

Also at the meeting, Kelly Yost was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ashburn! We're excited to have Kelly onboard and look forward to his contributions to our energetic and dynamic club!  Welcome Kelly! 

If You Weren't at Rotary on September 5th, Here's Some of What You Missed Doug Corbett 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 28, 2013

Loudoun County Assistant Governor (AG) John Tattersall was our guest speaker and he delivered "District Governor Juanita Cawley's Message to the Clubs of District 7610."  The presentation included videos by Rotary International President Ron Burton, District Governor Cawley, and a video on the Polio Plus effort.  

John Tattersall also shared the District's priorities and goals for the coming year:

  • Engage in Strategic Thinking
  • Inspire and Engage Members
  • Increase Membership
  • Support our Rotary Foundation
  • End Polio
  • Support Rotary Peace Efforts

Assistant Governor Tattersall emphasized the importance of engaging members and finding out what members want out of their club.  He also mentioned a new focus on networking among the Loudoun clubs and the creation of a "Rotarians First Network".

See you at the next meeting!  

If You Weren't at Rotary on August 29th, Here's Some of What You Missed Doug Corbett 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 26, 2013

Ashburn, VA August 27 – Beginning this year, the Ashburn Rotary Club will award three area high school seniors scholarships in 2014. One Interact Club member from Broad Run, Stone Bridge and Briar Woods will each receive a $500 scholarship to be used for college, university or vocational/trade school.

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for high school students and are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs. Interactors learn the importance of developing leadership skills and understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work while serving their school and community through a variety of projects and activities.

“Ashburn Rotary is excited about the opportunity to offer scholarships within our community, and is very appreciative of the hard work and dedication our Interact students put into their service projects each year” said Chris Little, Ashburn Rotary Scholarship Chair.

For more information about Interact please contact Chris Little at .


Ashburn Rotary to Award Scholarships to Ashburn High School Students Doug Corbett 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 20, 2013

Members of Ashburn Rotary gathered on Saturday, August 10th to plan service projects and activities for the upcoming year.  President Mary Maguire kicked off the meeting linking the club's activities to Rotary International Guiding Principles and Avenues of Service.  The group then broke into separate teams (Club Services, Vocational Services, International Services, and Community Services) for brainstorming and discussion.  At the end of the session, each group presented its ideas.  Results of the planning session will be presented to the club membership in September.





Ashburn Rotary Holds Planning Meeting Doug Corbett 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Ashburn Rotary Planning Meeting August 10th Doug Corbett 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Jun 26, 2013

On June 27th, Ashburn Rotary Club installed its new officers and directors for the 2013 - 2014 Rotary year.  The team is ready to get to work and is excited about the year ahead.  The ceremony included remarks by District Governor-Elect Rich Storey and a performance by "Love, Hope, & Strength" from the School of Rock.

Shawn Mitchell handing over the gavel to new President Mary Maguire


2013 - 2014 Officers & Directors Installed Doug Corbett 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on May 14, 2013

Serve a Village and Northern Virginia Diaper Bank Collaborate to Collect Diapers for Local Service Organizations

Beginning May 15th, United Bank will host a diaper drive at 20 branch locations in Northern Virginia and Washington DC.  Donations will be accepted through June 30, 2013.  On average it costs $120/month to provide the diaper wipes and 8-10 diapers per day that a baby needs.  Working together, Serve a Village and Northern Virginia Diaper Bank will collect donated diapers and wipes and provide them to local community service organizations that distribute them, free of charge, to mothers and babies in need.


Unopened packages of all sizes and brands of diapers, potty trainers, and overnight diapers for infants and toddlers will be collected. The most requested sizes are size 4-6.  Monetary donations are also accepted and will be used only to purchase diapers and diaper wipes.


Every baby has a basic need to be kept clean and dry by having an adequate supply of diapers and diaper wipes, yet some mothers are unable to pay for this unavoidable necessity and are forced to choose between purchasing diapers and purchasing other basic necessities.  Families in need are unable to obtain assistance with this expense through Federal aid programs such as Food Stamps, The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


United Bank Hosts Diaper Drive to Benefit Local Community Doug Corbett 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Virginia Commerce Bank & Ashburn Rotary Collecting Diapers Through 6/30 Doug Corbett 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Ashburn Rotary 2nd Annual Spring Gala May 10th - See You There! Doug Corbett 2013-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Dec 16, 2012

On December 16th, thirty guests attended Rotary Club of Ashburn's first annual Guest Day.  Identifying a specific day to invite guests, afforded members a focused opportunity to think about active and involved members in the community who would also be enthusiastic Rotary members.    

The meeting's agenda for Guest Day showcased the great programs and activities that Ashburn Rotary supports.  The club recognized its Citizen of the Year nominees including Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk Gary Clemens, Ashburn Rotary Citizen of the Year and nominee at the district level.  Jon Gonzales shared his "Rotary Story" with guests, fondly telling tales of growing up around Rotarians and even better days of finding cash under his dinner plate when Jon's father won the 50/50 drawing at Rotary that day.  And the service committee awarded the last two Bowl-a-Thon awards for the highest and lowest scores presenting the opportunity to talk to the group briefly about the Polio Plus Project.   

Finally, it just wouldn't be the holiday season at Ashburn Rotary without a group activity. To provide some support to local students in need, members and guests had the opportunity to stuff stockings with candy and write notes to the students.  The stockings will go into a drawstring back pack that contains toiletries, snacks, and small toys.  The back packs will be distributed throughout the holiday season.  Group activities like stuffing back packs are a fun and easy way to get everyone involved and gives the guests a tangible example of what Rotary is all about.

By all accounts, the first annual Guest Day was a success.  The club is looking forward to leveraging this ongoing opportunity to raise Rotary awareness in the greater Ashburn community and attract great new members.

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Guest Day at Ashburn Rotary Doug Corbett 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Nov 12, 2012

With the support and cooperation of area organizations, 10,000 diapers and 17 boxes of baby wipes will be delivered to the hard hit northeast in the wake of super storm Sandy.  Ashburn Rotary partnered with Rebecca Probst with Serve a Village in Great Falls to donate diapers and the baby wipes while Bill Paxton, with the Great Falls Rotary Club, is transporting the donations to New York. 

The Ashburn Rotary Diaper Bank was established last year in partnership with Virginia Commerce Bank and is quickly becoming a resource for mothers who often have to choose between feeding their children and putting clean diapers on them.  Diaper bank coordinator and Ashburn Rotarian Linda Carducci (pictured below) said, “It is such a delight to be able to work with others whose notion of service extends beyond immediate family and associates to include the larger community.  These diapers have helped countless mothers and children in Northern Virginia, most particularly in Loudoun County.”

Diaper drives are scheduled at least two times a year, spearheaded by Leah Day, Ashburn Rotarian and manager of the Virginia Commerce Bank Leesburg branch.  One to two thousand diapers are distributed each month to various agencies including INOVA Loudoun, Loudoun Community Health Center, Homestretch, and Loudoun Cares.  To date, over 50,000 diapers have been collected with the hope that continued support from the Loudoun community will enable the club to distribute about 5,000 diapers every month.    

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Ashburn Rotary Donates Diapers to Victims of Super Storm Sandy Doug Corbett 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 29, 2012

On October 25th, members of the Rotary Club of Ashburn joined family and friends for what many members hope becomes a signature fundraising event, the Bowl-a-Thon.  The club participated in the District 7610 effort to raise money for the Polio Plus Project and "by all accounts, the event was a great success and a lot of fun," said Jodi Daniel, membership chair.  Transmission of the poliovirus has been stopped in all but three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan – and the virus is being contained within increasingly smaller geographic areas within those countries.

The event was held at King Pinz Luxury Lanes & Sports Grill in Leesburg, a valued business partner in the community.  The enthusiastic crowd bowled in teams and raised money through per pin and flat amount pledges. With almost seventy participants turning out for the Bowl-a-Thon, the event raised awareness in the community of both the Polio Plus Project and the Rotary Club of Ashburn.  If you're still interested in donating, contact Mike Kipp at 703 858-3614.  Checks should be made payable to "Rotary Club of Ashburn VA Foundation".

Through pledges, the 50/50 drawing, and prize raffles, the club has raised over $4,500 to date. 


Ashburn Rotary Bowl-a-Thon a Success Doug Corbett 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 24, 2012


The Rotary Club of Ashburn has selected Gary M. Clemens as its Rotary District 7610 Citizen of the Year Award nominee.  As Ashburn Rotary's nominee, Mr. Clemens will receive a District Governor Citation and will be recognized at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase Breakfast on November 8, 2012 at Belmont Country Club. The nominee chosen, among the 52 district clubs, will be invited to the District Foundation Awards banquet in November 2012 and will receive a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, one of Rotary's most prestigious recognition awards. 

The Citizen of the Year award recognizes unusually dedicated community leaders who have stood out among the many unsung residents and heroes who have worked so hard serving our youth, our schools, public safety, land use, transportation, the environment and more.

Mr. Clemens has served as the Circuit Court Clerk of Loudoun County since 2000 and is a resident of Ashburn, VA. He has actively served the county's youth volunteering as a coach for various sports, serving on the Advisory Commission for Youth, teaching Sunday School classes, and educating local high school students about volunteering, public service and ethics.  Mr. Clemens has also played a leadership role in a number of organizations including the United Way, Loudoun Destination Foundation, the Patriot Project, and Broad Run Athletic Booster Club.  In 2010, he was elected president of the Virginia Association of Local Elected Officials and continues to serve as Public Relations Chair for the association. 

A former Rotarian, Mr. Clemens has been a guest speaker at Ashburn Rotary on numerous occasions. The breadth and depth of his commitment to the community he serves in so many ways along with his personal grace and wit is always welcome.

Gary Clemens District 7610 Citizen of the Year Nominee Doug Corbett 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Oct 03, 2012
On October 25th at King Pinz in Leesburg, Rotary Club of Ashburn members and guests will take to the lanes to raise money for the Polio Plus Project.  The club is one of fifty-two participating in District 7610's effort to raise $100,000 for the cause.  Service Committee chair Justina Dee commented, "We're excited about this great event, our partnership with King Pinz, and the opportunity to raise money to eradicate this crippling and potentially fatal disease."  Transmission of the poliovirus has been stopped in all but three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan – and the virus is being contained within increasingly smaller geographic areas within those countries.

Along with Rotary members and their families, we hope to see prospective members and guests come out for this event.  "There's a lot of excitement around this bowl-a-thon, and it's going to be a fun evening with family and friends at a great location." said Doug Corbett Public Relations chair.  The priced of admission includes shoe rental, pizza and soda.  Ashburn Rotary is looking for sponsors, donations, and contributions!  Bowlers are looking for pledges (that's where the "a-thon" comes in) either a dollar or per pin amount.  If you're interested in attending, we need that headcount so please RSVP to  If you're interested in donating, contact Mike Kipp at 703 858-3614.  Checks should be made payable to "Rotary Club of Ashburn VA Foundation".

October 25, 2012
6:00pm - 9:00pm

King Pinz
1602 Village Market Blvd #100,
Leesburg, Virginia 20175

How Much?
Adults - $15
Kids/Teens (Ages 7 - 18) - $10
Kids 6 & Under - Free
To read more about The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and the Polio Plus Project, you can paste this fact sheet link into your browser.

Bowl-a-Thon at King Pinz to Raise Money to Eradicate Polio Doug Corbett 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Sep 24, 2012
Thousands of hours of volunteer service go unrecognized each year.  This year, Ashburn Rotary is participating in a District program to recognize unusually dedicated community leaders through a Citizen of the Year award.  The recipient is to be chosen from the general public through nominations submitted by club members.  This award is intended to recognize an individual who has stood out among the many unsung residents and heroes who have worked so hard serving our youth, our schools, public safety, land use, transportation, the environment and more.  Rotarians are excluded from this award.

The Ashburn Rotary Citizen of the Year will receive a District Governor Citation and will also be submitted as a nominee at the District level.  The individual chosen as the Rotary District 7610 Citizen of the Year will be invited to the District Foundation Awards banquet in November 2012 and will receive a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.  This is one of Rotary's most prestigious recognition awards. 

Nomination Criteria
1.  Nominees name and contact information including email address.
2.  Details of service or activity including specific results and achievements.
3.  Significant position(s) of leadership, responsibility or authority the nominee has held.
4.  Services or activities related to the above - including dates.
5.  Additional biographical or background material that would be helpful to the selection committee including citations, newspaper articles, photographs, or similar materials.
6.  Two letters of recommendation, each addressing the nominee's community service.

The deadline for nominations is October 18, 2012.  Nominations can be sent to Linda Carducci at

Club Looks to Ashburn Area Residents for Citizen of the Year Doug Corbett 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Aug 28, 2012
Members of the Rotary Club of Ashburn delivered over 300 pounds of school supplies to the Inova Loudoun Mobile Hope Bus office at Inova Loudoun Hospital last week.  Backpacks, notebooks, and other basic school supplies along with hygiene products were among the items donated by members of the Ashburn Community. 

Justina Dee, Ashburn Rotary Service Committee Chair said, “We’d like to thank our neighbors and local business leaders who took the time and effort to donate supplies for this worthwhile cause.”  She also noted that, “Mobile Hope is regularly contacted by school officials on behalf of at risk kids for help, and it’s good to know that there will be an inventory of needed supplies when those calls are placed.” 

The Mobile Hope Bus serves Loudoun’s homeless youth by providing food, clothes, hygiene products, school supplies, and medical care.  
School Supply Drive to Benefit Mobile Hope a Success Doug Corbett 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Jul 15, 2012

From now through August 16th, the Rotary Club of Ashburn will be collecting school supplies to benefit kids through the Inova Loudoun HOPE Bus and the Rotary Club of Richlands in SW Virginia. Additional supplies will also be distributed to a group going on a medical and supply mission trip to Honduras.

The Inova Loudoun HOPE Bus provides food, clothes, hygiene products, school supplies and medical care to the over 1,100 precariously housed and at risk youth in Loudoun County. The Rotary Club of Richlands serves a community where greater than 60% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. 

Basic schools supplies and gift cards are needed. A sample School Supply List is available here @

Be sure to lookout for coupons and sales on school supplies in the coming weeks. This week, for example, Staples is selling pads of writing paper for .01 each!

Supplies will be collected at Ashburn Rotary weekly meetings at 1757 Golf Club (45120 Waxpool Rd, Dulles, VA 20166). 

School Supply Drive to Benefit Virginia Kids Doug Corbett 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Maguire on Jun 27, 2012
The 2012 - 2013 Officers were installed on June 28, 2012.  Pictures are located in the Photo Journal.

The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA Board of Directors 2012-2013.

Shawn Mitchell, President
Mary L. Maguire, Vice President
Nancy Pav, Secretary
John Casamiquela, Treasurer
Keith Reeve, Sergeant at Arms
Doug Corbett, Director and Public Relations Chair
Jodi Daniel, Director and Membership Chair
Linda Carducci, Director and Administration Chair
Justina Dee, Director and Service Committee Chair
Michael Kipp, Director and Fundraising Chair
Michael Schimmel, Director and Foundation Chair
Larry Deigh, Director at Large
Sam Wiley, Director at Large
2012 - 2013 Officers Installed Mary Maguire 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on May 10, 2012
Imagine not having diapers for your child!  

Throughout May, Virginia Commerce Bank and the Rotary Club of Ashburn are partnering to collect at least 30,000 diapers. Diapers can be purchased through monetary donations to Ashburn Rotary, ordered online at or, or purchased locally.  Donations can be dropped off at or delivered to the Virginia Commerce Bank branch at 341 East Market Street in Leesburg.  

The project supports Rotary International's Future Vision in the areas of Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, and Maternal and Child Health.  Think about the difference you can make in the lives of these families and act now!

Contact Leah Day at 571 258-0950 for more information.
Virginia Commerce Bank Diaper Drive Doug Corbett 2012-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Feb 19, 2012

Thank you to all who donated hats, gloves, and toiletries for the Inova Loudoun Hope Bus drive.  The bus provides food, clothes, hygiene products, school supplies and medical care to the over 1,100 precariously housed and at risk youth in Loudoun County - the richest county in the country.  According to the Inova Loudoun website, these youth, sleep in cars, in the woods, in abandoned warehouses or 'couch surf' among their friends.     

While this winter wasn't bitterly cold, the over 100 hats and pairs of gloves have been delivered to Inova Loudoun and will be ready when needed.  
Hats, Gloves & Toiletries for the Inova Loudoun Hope Bus Doug Corbett 2012-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Maguire on Jan 04, 2012


Santa paid a visit to the Loudoun Community Health Center. 

Everyone, including Ashburn Rotarians John Warren, Darrin Kafka and Justina Dee had a wonderful time at the event!  A big thanks goes out to all who helped make this a success!

Loudoun Community Health Center Holiday Party Mary Maguire 2012-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Corbett on Nov 29, 2011

The students at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, along with Faculty Advisor Tom Newman, pose during their Interact Club Welcome Social.  Also attending the event, Rotarians Dr. Edward B. Hatrick III, Superintendent Loudoun County Public Schools and Ray Repage, Ashburn Rotary Club President.  
Broad Run Interact Club Welcome Social Doug Corbett 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
First Annual Spring Gala: Rally for Ryan John Warren 2011-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2010

The Rotary Club of Ashburn is looking for a few good men and women, ages 25 to 40, with an interest in world travel and learning about how their vocations are practiced in another country.  No, we’re not recruiting for the Marine Corps.  We’re looking for young professionals who are not in Rotary who would like to participate in a four-week vocational exchange to the Philippines from April 11 to May 9, 2011, with all travel and accommodations paid by Rotary International.  The application deadline has been extended.

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.


In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.

GSE: The Opportunity of a Lifetime 2010-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2010

District Governor George "Ron" Marion visited the Rotary Club of Ashburn on Thursday, Septebemer 23, 2010.  A New York City native, District Governor Ron has been elected to serve as District 7610 Governor during Rotary Year 2010-2011.

Ron completed his undergraduate studies in immunology, biochemistry, and parasitology at Queens College of Rutgers University and his graduate studies in biological sciences at Rutgers University.
Ron served 22 years as an Army officer in Armor and Cavalry, attending numerous military schools and colleges. He served at all staff and command levels up to the field corps and the Army Staff, retiring in 1989 from the office of the Chief of Staff, Army. He was awarded numerous U.S. and foreign decorations throughout his military career. 
Ron’s civilian service included six years as Senior Strategic Planner in the Army’s Office of Plans and Assessments, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Commander’s Award for service as technical advisor to principal members of the Army Staff and Secretariat and for representing Army Staff to NATO and Department of Energy.

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Posted by Linda Carducci

On July 31, 2014 a two month diaper drive at 32 United Bank branches. This drive benefits Northern Virginia Diaper Bank . The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA has partnered with Serve a Village to extend our market past Loudoun County. 

Volunteers are needed to pick up diapers and displays, including Pack 'Plays used to hold diapers starting July 31st after 2:00 PM. 

Please let Linda know of your availability and willingness to help. 


Diaper Drive comes to a close at United Bank Linda Carducci 0
Posted by Doug Corbett


This week's meeting is an evening meeting from 5:00pm - 6:30pm at 1757 Golf Club.  Our guest speaker Toymeika Dingle with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Thursday 6/5 Meeting is an Evening Meeting Doug Corbett 0
Posted by Mary Maguire
The Club will be meeting at the Belmont Country Club on Thursday, May 23 at 12:00 noon.  Belmont Country Club is located at 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn, VA 20147.  The phone number is 703-723-5330.
Club will be meeting at Belmont Country Club on May 23. Mary Maguire 0
Posted by Mary Maguire
Treasurer John Casamiquela honored with Rotarian of the Year award for 2012 by President Ray Repage.  Congratulations, John!

ImageDirector Justina Dee, was also recognized as a Rotarian of the Year for 2012, by President Ray RePage. Congratulations, Justina
FY 2012 Rotarians of the Year - John Casamiquela and Justina Dee Mary Maguire 0
Posted by Mary Maguire


The Club provided Thanksgiving Baskets for the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter.

Thanksgiving Baskets Mary Maguire 0
Posted by Scott Mills

Rotary International Youth Exchange Long-Term Program presents opportunities for high school students to advance their education, become a better person, and contribute to world understanding by allowing them to attend school in a different country. Students live with host families in their adopted land under the sponsorship and supervision of the local host Rotary Club. It is our hope that these students will be able to see firsthand the problems and accomplishments of other people of different colors, creeds, and cultures. Because of the lengthy history of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, our long-term exchange program is the largest in the world. And because arrangements are made by local Rotarians, it is also one of the safest and least expensive youth exchange programs in the world.  Applicants cannot be more then 18 1/2 by July of 2011. Candidates will be abroad for the 2011-2012 school year.  A preliminary, short-form application is due by November 12th.  For more information please go to or e-mail Justina Dee, Ashburn Rotary Club Youth Exchange Officer at

Be a Youth Exchange Student Scott Mills 0
World Polio Day Marks Sharp Decline in Number of Global Polio Cases Scott Mills 0
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Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ashburn helped pass out school supplies and afternoon snacks to families during the Loudoun Community Health Center's Free Health Care Screening Day on August 21, 2010. 

Pictured from left to Right: Justina Dee, Alana Deigh, Larry Deigh and Stephanie Kenyon with the Loudoun Community Health Center.

Ashburn Rotarians Assist Loudoun Community Health Center 0

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.


In each of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, membership provides fellowship opportunities to all members. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. Clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.


As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.  Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.


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