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Posted by Richard Kaplar

High Jumper:  Few Rotary clubs can boast a world champion among their ranks, but we’re fortunate to have one at Tysons Corner.        

Our own Bruce McBarnette is a world-class athlete and record holder who won two major championships in the month of March alone.

Bruce won the gold medal at the USA Masters Track and Field Championships in Boston on March 15, competing in the high jump for men 55-59. Bruce jumped 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters) and also took second in the triple jump the next day at 36 feet (10.94 meters).

Only two weeks later, at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Bruce again took gold in the high jump. Bruce, who is the current world record holder for his age group in this event, jumped 5 feet 8 inches (1.74 meters) on March 29 for his 11th win in a World Masters Championship.

Bruce beat out 26 competitors in a grueling three-hour competition at Syma Stadium in Budapest to take the world crown. “I felt honored to represent the United States,” said Bruce, who started high jumping as a college freshman and never stopped.

Bruce already has his sights set on the national championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., this July, and the next world championships in Lyon, France, in August 2015.

Congratulations, Bruce! (Below: Bruce after taking the gold in Budapest.)

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Posted by Huong Van

accountingJust in time before we have to file our tax returns. . . . . Greg Meacham, highly recommended by Ross Anderson, is going to talk about Forensic Accounting. 

Mr. Meacham has over thirty years of investigative experience first as a Police Detective and then for twenty five years as an FBI Agent. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). After retiring from the FBI, Mr. Meacham took a position as Vice President for Homeland Security for Nextel Communications. Mr. Meacham now provides investigative and consulting services for MDB International on a wide range of complex white-collar crime and financial fraud investigations.

Mr. Meacham retired from the FBI as Chief of the Technical Programs Section where as a Senior Executive Service employee he managed and executed an annual budget of over $100 million to support the technical programs of the FBI including technical training, wireless communications networks, technical security countermeasures, and intrusion detection systems.

Mr. Meacham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Management Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He maintains membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Forensic CPA Society, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and ASIS International.

Posted by Huong Van

ImageWe've invited El-Shafei Dafalla Mohamed, a local artist and human rights activist, to come speak on Thursday about his experiences in the Sudan, about his refugee adventure, and how he's rebuilt his life, personally and artistically, in the US.  He'll share his perspective on the Sudan, and the hope for its recovery from war.

Elshafei has participated in more than fifty exhibits worldwide, and his work is part of public and private collections in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. He continues to lecture and to exhibit his work, holding artist residencies, participating in community building activities, and creating performative installation events around the U.S. and internationally.

Posted by Richard Kaplar

Enjoy fine wines, meet some of the country's top wine experts, savor gourmet food, and dance the night away at our Spring Wine Gala on April 5!

"Rotary on the Vine" will take place at the Gannett Building in Tysons Corner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is one of the area's most striking venues and serves as the perfect backdrop for a panoply of wines from around the world. Even if you're not sampling, you'll enjoy the lavish selection of gourmet food and the big-band sounds of the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble. You'll have a chance to meet and learn from these experts:

  • Craig Hedstrom – Colene Clemens Vineyards,Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Ted Plemons – Owner, Cass Winery, Paso Robles, California
  • Steve Monsoon – Winemaker, Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison, Virginia
  • Barbara Frank – Consulting Winemaker & Grand Daughter to Founder Konstantin Frank, Finger Lakes, New York
  • Jon Bruno – PortoVino Imports, New York and Italy
  • Louis Cinelli – Vineyard of McLean, McLean, Virginia

In addition, we'll be raffling a one-week vacation at a gorgeous villa in Spain. This could be your lucky night!

Admission tickets are $75 each and sponsorships are available from $175 to $2,500. Proceeds will support the charitable projects and scholarship programs of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased through the "Rotary on the Vine" website. 

Visit www.RotaryOnTheVine.org for all the details. Get your tickets today!

Posted by Richard Kaplar

Rotary Leaders:  RCTC Past Presidents Suzanne McDougall (left) and Ingrid Parris-Hicklin (right) had an opportunity to meet Rotary International Past President D.K. Lee (2008-09) at a reception in his honor March 12 at the Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant at Tysons Corner.  Mr. Lee now chairs The Rotary Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  The gathering of local Rotarians was orchestrated by Virginia Delegate Mark Keam, a member of the Rotary Club of Vienna. The governor of District 7620 attended along with Rotarians from the Vienna, Bailey's Crossroads, Dunn Loring, McLean, and Tysons Corner clubs.

Posted by Richard Kaplar

Members of the Rotaract Club of Northern Virginia pitched in at Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria on March 8 and made a big difference. Led by Yani Arica and Lauren Rose, their major project was cleaning out and reorganizing the toiletries closet - which took a lot of work! Carpenter's Shelter, located on North Henry St. in Alexandria, is Northern Virginia's largest homeless shelter, serving more than 1,000 homeless and formerly homeless adults and children every year.  RCTC Youth Service Chair Suzanne McDougall, who serves as our Club's liaison and adviser to the Rotaract Club, was also there to help. 

Posted by Richard Kaplar

Joyful Noise:  James Maloney (left) and Tony Rounds (right) take a turn at the Salvation Army kettle outside Macy’s at Tysons Galleria on Dec. 14.  The veteran bell ringers were among many Tysons Corner Rotarians who volunteered for one-hour shifts on a brisk day.  Many thanks to everyone who participated in this great Club tradition!   

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The Fairview Park Marriott was transformed into a casino, big-band ballroom, and auction house on Nov. 8 for the 16th Annual Monte Carlo Night.  The evening featured a tempting buffet, dancing to the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble, silent and live auctions, and casino table games.  Above, Ronnie Chantker (center) tries her luck.  Thank you to event chair Burt Heacock and the many volunteers who made Monte Carlo Night a success!   

Posted by Richard Kaplar

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Our Newest:  Fairfax County Fire Captain Will Bailey (center) became the newest Tysons Corner Rotarian on Nov. 7 when he was inducted by President Tim Long. Sponsor Ingrid Parris-Hicklin looks on at right.  The Firefighters’ Coat Drive organized by Will distributed 2,400 children’s coats (most made in the U.S.A.) on Oct. 30.  Congratulations and welcome, Will!

Posted by Richard Kaplar

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Warm Coats, Warm Kids: The Fairfax County Firefighters’ Annual Coat Drive on Oct. 30 distributed hundreds of coats to area children, including these happy kids in Alexandria. Volunteers from our Club included Laurie Kent (who took this photo), Burt Heacock, and Michael San Juan. Our Rotary Club of Tysons Corner Foundation donated $800 to help buy coats.

Posted by Huong Van on Oct 17, 2013

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Check out our Board hard at work yesterday evening. We are excited about planning fun events for the next several months.

Pictured from L-R: Campbell Maloney, Publicity Chair; Tim Long, President; Richard Lanier, President Elect; Suzanne McDougall, Youth Services; Michael San Juan, Community; Ronni Chantker, Rotary Foundation; and Richard Kaplar, Sergeant-at-Arms

Posted by Richard Kaplar

Help for Zambia: The Walk for Water at Burke Lake Park on Sept. 29 received major support from RBC Wealth Management.  At left, Becky Parker of RBC presents Club President Tim Long with a $500 check to fund water projects in Zambia.  She was joined by RBC colleagues Laurie Kent (our Tysons Corner Rotarian) and Beth Rafferty, with daughter Katherine.  The District 7610 Strategic Water Alliance, a group of area Rotary clubs co-chaired by President Tim Long, sponsored the walk.  The Alliance already has been responsible for drilling more than a dozen wells and constructing latrine facilities in the copper belt region of Zambia.
Posted by Richard Kaplar

It's Official:  The new Rotaract Club of Northern Virginia was formally chartered on April 27 at a regional conference of three Rotary International districts held in Arlington, Va. Rotaract clubs are geared for college-age and young adults who would like to participate in Rotary-style "Service Above Self." The Northern Virginia Rotaract Club has been supported throughout its formative stage by the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner. The chartering ceremony took place during "DISCON, 2013," an annual conference for Rotary districts 7610, 7620, and 7630, which featured activities for Rotaract members from all three districts. (Northern Virginia is part of District 7610). Pictured from left to right: P.J. Maddox (Vice President and District 7610 New Generations Chair); Lauren Rose (President, NOVA Rotaract); Yani Arica (Vice President); Carlisha Jennings (Secretary); and Suzanne McDougall (New Generations Chair, Rotary Club of Tysons Corner). ("New Generations" is the area of Rotary service that reaches out to young adults.)

Posted by Mary Edwards

Young Professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 have a new opportunity to contribute to the Fairfax County community, develop leadership skills, and make lasting professional connections.
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Directors
President Tim Long
President Elect Richard Lanier
President Nominee Richard Strean
Secretary Tony Rounds
Treasurer Brian Mansir
Club Administration Huong Van
Program Chair Katherine Barnett
Sergeant-at-Arms Rick Kaplar
Tower Talk Dave Young
Tower Talk Rick Kaplar
Tower Talk David Danner
Membership Richard Lanier
Publicity Campbell Maloney
Service Projects Michael San Juan
Community Service Michael San Juan
Youth Service Suzanne McDougall
Rotary Foundation Chair Ronnie Chantker
Immediate Past President Mary Edwards
RCTC Foundation Chair Mary Edwards
Historian Rick Kaplar
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