January 19 - Toby MacIntosh, Author of "Apple-Picking, Tobacco Harvestin, and General Lee"
Location: AHC, 2230 N. Fairfax Drive


“What’s the (New) Deal with Those Murals in the Clarendon P.O.?”

Toby McIntosh is a Washington reporter who semi-retired in 2014 after 39 years as a reporter and editor at Bloomberg BNA. He has a special interest in freedom of information and runs FreedomInfo.org, a nonprofit website covering international transparency laws. He lives near the Clarendon post office and collects WPA travel guides.

Mr. McIntosh will share information from his recent book “Apple-Picking, Tobacco Harvesting, and General Lee” on the depression-era murals in the historic Arlington (Clarendon) Post Office. He describes the stories depicted in each of the seven colorful murals and talks about Auriel Bessemer, the intense and spiritual artist who painted them.

  • Jan 19 – Happy Hour at The Front Page in Ballston
  • Jan 26 – Lunch Meeting at the WGCC: Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere, “Kidneys and Livers and Lungs, Oh My!” - on living organ donations
  • Feb 2 – Lunch Meeting at the WGCC: John Richardson, author, biography of Alexander Robey Shepherd, Commissioner of the District of Columbia, “The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital;” ALSO, Happy Hour at The Front Page, 6-8 pm.
  • Feb 9 – Lunch Meeting at the WGCC: Tony Brock – “Managing Information for Effective Decision-Making”
  • Feb 16 – Karyn Ewart, Founder of The Sycamore School
  • Mar 9 – Lunch Meeting at the WGCC: Linda Billings, Consultant to NASA's Astrobiology Program and Planetary Defense Coordination Office, National Institute of Aerospace, on “Travel to Mars”
  • Mar 30 - Lunch Meeting at the WGCC: Brian Karns, Director, and Courtney Morris –The Kitchenaid  Senior PGA Championship

Arlington Rotary Club Warms Children’s Hearts with Winter Coats

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 7, 2016 –  More than 75 children enrolled at Homestretch were all smiles last week as members of the Arlington Rotary Club distributed new warm winter coats in the perfect size, color, or that featured their favorite character.

"Ninja turtles?" said one parent as she picked up a coat featuring the cartoon characters. "My son is going to be so happy when he sees this. You just made his life!"

“As many parents here tonight have expressed, Homestretch, too, is grateful for the generosity of the Arlington Rotary Club,” said Christopher Fay, executive director of Homestretch. “Children now have something new to call their own, and more importantly, a means to stay  warm as the temperature continues to drop.”

Homestretch is a Northern Virginia-nonprofit  that empowers homeless families with children to move from crisis to long-term stability and financial independence. It makes a long-term investment in its clients, through a two-year comprehensive, individualized program. These parents work hard to improve their lives and build a future for their children, and ultimately  graduate with a job, an affordable home, no debt, and savings in the bank.

The donation of the coats was made possible by a grant from Rotary International, which was matched with proceeds from  Arlington Rotary’s first-annual Wine Helps! event, held in September.

"Funds raised from Wine Helps! are a gift that keep on giving," said Shannon Prendergast, president of Arlington Rotary. "The smiles on all of these children's faces were made possible because of the support we receive from the community.  And that is something that should make everyone feel a little bit warmer this winter."