The Rotary Club of Leesburg is a part of the world-renowned service club organization, Rotary International, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs across the globe. This club is renowned for its commitment to community service and its members have been involved in a variety of projects to help those in need. On Saturday, December 17, the Rotary Club of Leesburg will be participating in Wreaths Across America, an event that honors fallen veterans and their families by placing wreaths on their graves. Kent Knowles introduced the members of the Rotary Club of Leesburg to falconry and to two wonderful feathered friends.
Valerie Beaudoin spearheaded the club's initiative by organizing donations from club members to LAWS (Loudoun's shelter for battered women). The Rotary clubs of Panama Norte and Westchester (Los Angeles) organized a global grant with the goal of bridging the digital divide in Panama. This project provided each school with 30 laptops for students, an interactive whiteboard and other technologies, as well as training for local teachers. The Rotary Club of Leesburg is also hosting a variety of networking opportunities this summer. Speaker Amy Owen, executive director of the Piedmont Community Foundation and former president of the Rotary Club of Charles Town (West Virginia), gave a very welcome presentation on the value of community foundations (there are more than 700 across the country) and how they act as catalysts, drivers and administrators of charitable giving to meet the changing needs of a community. The fascinating story of John Thon Majok was a program of the Rotary Club of Leesburg that will be remembered for a long time.
Following Rotary traditions, John Tattersall, from the Rotary Club of Sterling, and Deputy District Governor led the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States. Charlie Bowden from the Rotary Club of Leesburg delivered the invocation and Lynde Scheffer from the Rotary Club of Ashburn led the four-way recitation of the test. The prestigious Rotary Club of Chefs, Pickers and Cleaners of Leesburg prepared 180 meals in Deli South in almost record time. Master of Ceremonies and President-elect Chuck Reavis opened up the honor with a sincere and humorous vision. Dr.
Ernie Carnevale then introduced four couples who competed in the Not-So-Newlyweds Game at the Rotary Club of Leesburg on Thursday night. The Rotary Club of Leesburg is an organization that is dedicated to making a difference in their community. From organizing donations to providing technology to schools in need, this club is committed to helping those around them. To learn more about this amazing organization and all that they do for their community, visit their website today.