This week - December 1:

Jay Fisette, Vice-Chairman of the Arlington County Board
Long-term County Board member Jay Fisette will address some of the key challenges facing the community, the evolution of the County and how things have changed. He will discuss the County's priorities and respond to questions from members and guests.

ALSO THIS WEEK: Happy Hour Thursday evening, December 1, at The Front Page in Ballston.

Salvation Army
Hope you have signed up for a shift at the Washington Blvd. Giant on December 10-11, to support this oldest and most-loved club community service activity. If not, check with Colleen re slots available.

Holiday Celebration – Just Two Weeks Away!
Our annual festive event to ring in the holiday season will be held December 15, 6 – 9 pm, at the William Jeffreys Tavern, 2301 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Validated parking in the garage under the building (enter from the side street beside the building). All members have received an e-mail with details of the arrangements. Please RSVP to David Sutfin with the names of your guest(s) AND your menu choices for each person in your party. Please note this dinner replaces our lunchtime meeting on December 15.
 

Upcoming Events and Meetings

  • Dec 8 - 11:00 AM Board Meeting.  Regular meeting at 12:15 will feature District Governor Janet Brown, + ARC Business Meeting – Election of Officers. 
  • Dec 15 – Evening – MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Our Annual Holiday Get-Together for members, partners, and guests, and the last club meeting of 2016. Details to follow.
  • Dec 22 – No Meeting
  • Dec 29 – No Meeting
  • Jan 5, 2017 – Lunch Meeting at (TBD) Emily Yeiser Stepp, “Dairy Farming in the Mid-Atlantic Region”
  • NOTE: WGCC is closed for their annual downtime for the first three weeks of January.
  • December 10-11, 10:00 – 4:00 each day – Club members help man the Salvation Army kettle.  If you’re not signed up for a shift, drop by for a chat.
  • Dec 15 – Evening – Annual Holiday Get-Together for members, partners, and guests, and the last club meeting of 2016. Six to nine PM, William Jeffreys Tavern. 
  • Dec 22 – No Meeting
  • Dec 29 – No Meeting
  • Jan 5, 2017 – Lunch Meeting at (TBD)  Emily Yeiser Stepp, “Dairy Farming in the Mid-Atlantic Region” NOTE: WGCC is closed for their annual downtime for the first three weeks of January.
  • Jan 5:  Reconnect! Happy Hour at The Front Page in Ballston.
  • Jan 12 – Lunch Meeting at (TBD): Doug Hemming, C-SPAN
  • Jan 19 – Lunch Meeting at (TBD): Toby MacIntosh, author of a book on art in the Arlington Post Office
  • 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, book on Alexander Shepherd, Commissioner of the District of Columbia; ALSO, Happy Hour at The Front Page, 6-8 pm.
  • Feb 9 – Lunch Meeting at the WGCC:  TBD
  • Mar 19 – 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”


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."