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?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



October 25th -- A Night of TRIVIA!

Funds raised benefit the Arlington Rotary Education Fund
* Prizes   * Cash Bar  * Wings & Sandwiches  * Raffles
Click HERE for More Info


Thursday September 19th - Lunch Speaker: Catriona Macdonald of Linchpin Strategies

Catriona Macdonald leads the Linchpin team in assisting clients in the areas of health, education, and disability to communicate their priorities and needs to audiences at all levels of government. Since founding Linchpin in 2004, she has led successful efforts to establish new medical research funds; protect small business opportunities from federal agency overreach and multi-million dollar competitors; and secure increases of more than $4 billion for early childhood education.

Catriona’s experience on Capitol Hill includes working for Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Labor Committee; staffing domestic social issues and appropriations for Congressman Steny Hoyer, the current House Majority Leader; and serving as the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, the current Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Her experience in the executive branch includes working as a budget and policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

She received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.



We had the pleasure of welcoming two new ARC members on August 29th!  (left to right) President Raquel Neumann inducted Lisa Bellamy, sponsored by Gary Long, and Bob Carolla, sponsored by Robert Martinson (David Sutfin substituted.)


It's time for another picnic, for members, family and friends. President Raquel has reserved the picnic area at her apartment building on September 15th 4:00 to 7:00 PM (after the Redskins game). If it rains, there is an indoor facility for backup.  RSVP by September 8th; contact info is in your ARCLight.


Bagging Oats for AFAC

This service event happened on July 29th, one day after the Arlington County Board proclaimed July 28thas Service Above Self Day in Arlington (In honor of Arlington Rotary's 90thanniversary.)  

ARC members, spouses and friends bagged oats at Arlington Food Assistance Center.  (AFAC receives oats in bulk. Volunteers bag manageable portions for AFAC clients.)

Backpacks for Students—Delivered!

We have met our goal of 20 backpacks, filled with school supplies. Special thanks to David Sutfin who personally handled all – yes, all – the logistics.  Julie Booth, APAH Volunteer Program Manager joined us at our last meeting, and departed with the well-stuffed backpacks. Some of them will be delivered to school kids in early August. 


Service Above Self Day in Arlington

On July 8th, Christian Dorsey, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, proclaimed July 28, 2019 as SERVICE ABOVE SELF DAY in Arlington County, in honor of the 90thAnniversary of the Arlington Rotary Club, Virginia; … (Board Vice Chair Libby Garvey is an honorary member of Arlington Rotary Club.)
Rotarians Patricia Borowski, Gary Long, Mark Mooney, Libby Garvey, Raquel Neumann, Sue Pyatt
Board Members Matt de Ferranti, Katie Cristol, Chair Christian Dorsey, Erik Gutshall

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