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Our Guest Speakers on February 11, 2016
Learn about Loudoun Museum 
Liz Whiting, President, Loudoun Museum Board of Trustees
Alana Blumenthal, Curator/Collections Manager and Director of Administration, Loudoun Museum
Ms. Blumenthal will address the breadth and depth of the Loudoun Museum’s collections and research library, highlighting how artifacts help tell the stories of Loudoun County and its inhabitants. (e.g., slave rebellion-Virginia law requiring freed slaves to leave within 12 months-Lucas-Heaton letters:  the emancipation and American Colonization Society.  Leesburg dog money-printed in the window between secession and joining the Confederacy.  USS Alabama breastplate-Billy Mitchell and the invention of modern naval air power.)  Ms. Blumenthal will also review Loudoun Museum programs (1st Fridays, scouts) and recent initiatives (off-site exhibits, website capabilities).   
Loudoun Museum memberships and the Museum’s “Lure of Loudoun” history book will be available for sale. 


About Ed Starzenski, our speaker at this week's meeting: 

I am beginning my 12th year as the principal of Briar Woods High School. I began my career in the Loudoun County Public Schools in 1989 as the principal of Loudoun County High School. I was the principal there for 15 years. Prior to coming to Loudoun County, I served as the principal at Washington High School in Washington, Pennsylvania for 6 years.

I received my undergraduate degree from California University in California, Pennsylvania. I received my master’s degree in educational administration from West Virginia University.

I live in Leesburg with my wife Ann. I have 2 children. My daughter, Laura graduated from Duke University. She will be going on to med school at UVA. My son, David is a sophomore at Virginia Tech.

Please join us to meet Ed and hear about Briar Woods High School, home of the first Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA Interact Club. 

RSVP by 6:00 PM Wednesday, February 3, 2016. 


If the work of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) piques your interest, don’t miss The Rotary Club of Ashburn’s March 17 meeting when Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Washington Field Division, speaks to the club.

Our special guest this week is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority,  Mr. Paul Gilbert. 

Do you like the outdoors?  Have you visited a park lately?  Are you a history buff?  Do you fish, canoe, kayak or play golf?  Come out this Thursday and hear from Paul.  He manages 11,000 acres and parks throughout Northern Virginia.  The following story appeared in Patch and gave the details on the Beaver Dam Reservoir Park in Ashburn.  This makes Ashburn the center of recreation in Loudoun County, Virginia.

"Loudoun Water Board Chairman Johnny Rocca, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Parks Executive Director Paul Gilbert announced Friday that Beaverdam Creek Reservoir will temporarily reopen to the public on June 1.

The next phase of construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016, at which time public access will be restricted again. Planners anticipate that the facility be open to the public permanently in 2018.

“We are pleased with the amount of work our team has accomplished over the past several months on the reservoir,” Rocca said in a statement. “We have a much better sense of the integrity of the infrastructure and the character of the reservoir as a whole. While the overall project schedule remains unchanged, this clarity provides us with a window of opportunity for the public to safely enjoy the reservoir and its surroundings.”

Come join us in welcoming Paul Gilbert. 


Christina Morelli’s fiancé, Matthew Nuar, will be racing IRONMAN Lake Placid this July is support of two organizations that offer a great deal of support to those battling cancer—The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.   Follow the link below to read the story of his brother, Phillip’s, journey & to support his fundraising efforts.   Thank you!
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Dear Club Member:
I hope I find you well today - have you heard the news?
It would seem that through a series of meetings featuring our own Bryant Stone, Tony Howard and Sharon Wright, in conjunction with a rather large local grocery store chain, we very likely have secured most, if not all, of our school supplies for our second annual Rally for our Kids Backpack Project.
The grocery representative has made a verbal commitment, and all concerned, feel confident it will indeed happen.  (I should go to Miami more often)
While initial estimates were that up to 600 backpacks would be donated from our friends at the Leesburg Costco, we realize that the final approved amount by the Regional Costco will be anywhere from 200 to 600.   
Smile a little larger this week knowing that, regardless the final number, there will be full backpacks going to the LCPS in the fall of 2016 for at-need students.
Please join me in thanking the members of our club mentioned above (when you see them next) for their time and effort put forward to making this happen.  It's a bit of a Christmas miracle, so job well done.
Keep pushing everyone! 
And Another
It looks as if our club effort struck a chord with our Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman.
After the success of our inaugural event (which highlighted the community need /desire) our contract PR representative Sharon Wright campaigned to the Incumbent Sheriff, and it seems that Loudoun will be reinstitution funding for training local sheriff's deputies for car seat safety checks in our county.  Sharon stated that the need we exposed was too great to ignore and that she leveraged her daughters Girl Scout Troop project to help make this change a reality.
The training will be taking place in the spring for our county so that the newly certified deputies will be ready for the fall of 2016. A Policy shift, check, go Rotary Club of Ashburn!
There will also be an opportunity for training for five non-law enforcement types as part of this spring effort.  Therefore, if you are interested in volunteer training, please let me know so that I may direct you to Sharon Wright.
As an FYI, Linda Watkins at INOVA Trama has been kept in the conversation as well and is very excited about this opportunity and our spring event.
As a club, we are on slate for a second effort (I believe in May 2016) in conjunction with our friends in Prince William. After my term as President, it appears we will have options between Loudoun and Prince William moving forward.
Great job and special thanks to Justina Dee, Mary Maguire, Sharon Wright, Linda Watkins (and INOVA Trama team), our dedicated volunteers from Prince William County and all our Rotary Volunteers from the Inaugural Car Seat Safety Check!

Yours in Rotary Service,


Christopher J. Little 

Ashburn Rotary Club






The Rotary Club of Ashburn has some very exciting news! The board of directors has overwhelmingly approved a new meeting portfolio that increases the value proposition for members, and provides meeting flexibility for community and business leaders who might be unable to regularly attend lunch meetings. While the club will continue its focus on serving the community, fellowship, and great programs, the addition of two new meetings will allow Ashburn Rotary to expand its focus to include professional/leadership development, mentoring, and networking.
We are adding two new regular meetings each month in addition to our lunch meetings, service projects, and other events.
2nd Tuesday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am - Professional Development Meeting
at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department on Ashburn Rd.
4th Tuesday Beginning at 5:30 pm - Networking Happy Hour 
at Top Golf at One Loudoun
As for your commitment in joining Ashburn Rotary, we ask that you attend at least 2 - 3 meetings per month that includes all meetings, events, and service projects. The morning and evening meetings have no dollar commitment. But as Rotary members, you will still pay Club, District, and RI dues that amounts to approximately $25 per month. Joining Rotary connects you with 2,000 District members, 30,000 Zone members, and 1.2 Rotary International members worldwide. With a global organization behind us, we can indeed change the world.
Please contact Membership Chair Doug Corbett with questions at or at 703 415-6149. 


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