Welcome to Arlington Rotary Club

    Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world?  Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service, fellowship and networking. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of people who share your drive to give back.  
    We are part of Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotarians are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Speakers, Events and News

Thursday lunch meetings are currently Zoomed from 12:15 to 1:30 (room opens at noon).  

Thursday, August 5th: Paloma Martinez of La Cocina

    Paloma Martinez joined the La Cocina team in December of 2018. She traded the palm trees of Miami, Florida for the metropolitan area of the DMV. Despite having studied Veterinary Technology in South Florida, Paloma’s career path has taken her through a human-oriented non-profit journey from Miami-Dade to Arlington County. In the first of these non-profits, Paloma developed workshops in both English and Spanish ranging through topics that interested women within Miami-Dade County; professional skills, basic English, and healthy living habits are some examples. Furthermore, Paloma helped organize forms of collaboration with local volunteers for the greater benefit of refugee women, female victims of domestic violence, as well as at-risk young ladies.
    More recently. Paloma did community outreach targeting the needs of a wider audience which encompassed seniors, men, and women in need, children, and majorly recent immigrants of Miami. 
    Paloma is interested in furthering her education within the non-profit world especially regarding management. Social work is something that also interests her a lot but more specifically early childhood development as she had the chance to work with children in the Miami-Dade school system as well. 
   During her free time, Paloma likes to listen to music, go shopping, and when possible travel back to Miami. Paloma grew up in New Jersey but has Peruvian-Cuban heritage and loves to embrace both cultures and learn more about them whenever possible—especially the power of their food! 

Arlington Rotary President Named Northern Virginia “Rotarian of the Year”

   District 7610 of Rotary International has named Arlington’s Chelsi Dildine “Rotarian of the Year” for 2020-2021 for her leadership of the local club in community service. District 7610 consists of close to 60 individual Rotary Clubs. Rotary International connects 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries dedicated to humanitarian causes at both the local and international levels.

   Dildine led Arlington Rotary in quickly adapting to challenges during the pandemic, shifting to virtual weekly meetings and special events – including fundraising for relief efforts to help county residents in economic distress.  In September 2020, the District previously honored the Arlington club with a Golden Award for Service “during difficult times.”

   Despite the pandemic, Dildine also recruited over 200 Arlington residents for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January 2021, who assembled 250 “no- sew” blankets at home for children from low-income or homeless families. The project received regional television news coverage and led to a special recognition award for the club.  “I am humbled by this” Dildine said. “It actually reflects the dedication of all our club members to Rotary International’s mission of ‘Service Above Self.” 
   Tony Weaver, who succeeds Dildine as club president for 2021-2022 said “Chelsi will serve as an example for me on how to lead, with commitment and good cheer. I am also grateful that she has agreed to serve as chair of the club’s Community Service Committee in 2021/2022 and I know the Arlington community will continue to benefit from her hard work and dedication.”
   Arlington Rotary partners with AHC, Inc., AFAC, Key Elementary School and other non-profit organizations serving the community. It awards a total of $18,000 annually in college scholarships to two graduating Arlington high school students.

* "Classification Talks" are an opportunity for new members to tell the club about their personal background, profession ("classification") and experience.