Rotary District 7610  

Meeting Information:  

Marriott Residence Inn - Courthouse
Thursdays at Noon
1401 N. Adams St., Arlington VA 22201
Buffet Lunch $20.00 for Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Business Casual

Park FREE in Hotel Parking Garage 
(Access by ramp from 14th St.)


 

The Four-Way Test  

Rotary's Four-Way Test:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

EVENTS

Thursday, July 18 – Lunch meeting at noon.  Emily Gage of Phoenix Bikes  

Emily Gage is the Executive Director of Phoenix Bikes, an Arlington-based nonprofit community bike shop and youth education program. Phoenix Bikes works with 400-500 middle and high school students each year, teaching them how to repair bikes and providing opportunities for them to go on group rides, race competitively, and volunteer in the community.

Before joining the Phoenix team, Emily served for 12 years at International Justice Mission, the largest anti-slavery nonprofit in the world.  Prior to that, she worked for an international study abroad nonprofit that specialized in engaging students in issues of social justice. As a native of Vermont, she enjoys mountain biking, running, hiking and other outdoor sports. She and her husband currently live in Northern Virginia with their three daughters. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Messiah College, and a Master of Development Management from American University.

 


Thursday, July 11 - Lunch Meeting at noon.  Joe Meadows spoke on Internet Defamation   

Joe Meadows is a former Department of Justice attorney and a current partner with Bean, Kinney & Korman in Arlington, Virginia. He gave a fascinating presentation on Internet Defamation, including false reviews, cyber-attacks, and business dispute litigation.

It is a very active area these days, and quite complicated.  In his 20 years of practice, Joe has tried cases before judges and juries, arbitrated commercial disputes, and argued trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts.

 


SERVICE ABOVE SELF

EMPOWERING ENRICHMENT IN ARLINGTON SCHOOLS
 
The Arlington Rotary Club provided $5,000 in scholarships for Key Elementary School students and Oakridge Elementary school students for the 2018-2019 school year.  The scholarships were used to pay students' tuition for Empowering Enrichment, an after-school program that provides students with learning opportunities on a wide range of subjects, including math, science, dance, slide of hand, and more.  The goal: Assist students who otherwise would not have been financially able to participate in these enriching programs to share these opportunities with their fellow students.  Validated comments below:

 
Dear Rotary,
I cannot express how grateful I feel as a teacher that I’m able to offer scholarship enrichment opportunities to our students. You have been such an integral part of their development and growth outside of the normal school day. The recipients are those who don’t have access to Legos or technology at home, so now they’re able to utilize these resources to build their creative and analytical minds. On a personal level, they are so excited to take these classes. Second graders often need reminders to be responsible for their actions, but my students are fully aware of their schedules. They actually remind me and say, “Today I’m going to take the Minecraft class!” sharing their enthusiasm for all who are willing to listen. So, it is with extreme humility and gratitude that I say, “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!”
-- Key Elementary Teacher
 
Many of our students have benefitted from the Rotary scholarships your group has generously provided over the years. The little girl in kindergarten, who was so obsessed with ballet that she wore skirts everyday and called them tutus, is the 4th grader who still loves dance classes. The shy, new student who came last year is an outgoing artist in the sketching class. The student who told me that she loves sewing and weaving because she learned it from her grandmother, is continuing to grow her skills in the sewing class. Thanks so much for all you do,
-- Key Elementary Teacher

 
“It is very fun to learn new things that you don’t know.  We learned about codes that will control computers and tell them what to do.”
-- Key Elementary Student and Scholarship recipient
 
“I love dancing with Ms. Shona!! Even if you get the steps mixed up, she will always
help you get it right. She really makes sure everyone is comfortable and confident!!”
-- Oakridge Elementary Student and Scholarship recipient

 
When Rotary Club donates to enrichment programs members are funding independence, joy, mentoring, friendships and learning. These scholarships make it possible for a kid to pick her own class, explore what she wants to explore. The support the 2nd grade boy in his magic class receives is invisible to him and to others. They just get a chance to be regular kids instead of recipients of aid, and experience what it’s like to have their own agency and choices. This is a basic human need as children become the adults they are destined to be. Experiences like Enrichment may seem small but they set these young people up for success in life and help them with confidence. And, exploring cooking, yoga, dancing or chess or magic is fun and also a way to learn and interact with interesting adults who can mentor and engage with them in smaller groups. 
-- Jenny Sammis, Oakridge Elementary School PTA President, 2018
 
I have had the pleasure of teaching dance to Empowering Enrichment Rotary Club Scholarship students at both Key and Oakridge Elementary. The Oakridge scholarship student had already been given a PTA scholarship in years past, which meant she was not eligible to take my class through this means again. The Rotary scholarship allowed the student to do her favorite thing - dance! She served as a leader in the class by helping to lead warm ups and by taking a front row spot in the performance dance. I know that her participation in the class boosted her confidence and gave her a real sense of pride in her hard work. At Key, I had multiple scholarship recipients in my dance class. Without the Rotary scholarships I believe we would have been under enrolled, which would have led to the class being cancelled. So, from that perspective the Rotary scholarships, directly and indirectly, helped all 13 students participate in an active, creative arts activity. We had a great group of students who really bonded. They learned a dance using flags as props. We decorated these flags to represent our own personalities and then waved them proudly as we danced. The dancers showed so much enthusiasm and pride for their final performance dance. 
-- Shona Colglazier, Urban Kangaroo Owner

 

Rotary INTERNATIONAL is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

      Promoting Peace


       Fighting Disease


  Providing Clean Water


Saving Mothers & Children


   Promoting Education


Growing Local Economies
Rotary: Be The Inspiration ~ RI President 2018-19 Barry Rassin