We're delighted to be back with our friends, meeting in person at 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month (the other Fridays are held virtually). Please join us for these in person meetings at the Hilton Dulles Airport, located at 13869 Park Center Rd, Herndon, VA 20171.
On Friday May 20, 2022, we met in person at the Hilton and heard from Brigadier Gen. Fritz Urbach, Military Advisor of the European Union to the United States and Canada. He gave a briefing on the differences on structure and goals between the EU and NATO. There is some overlap, but generally work in a very different capacity. The EU has many funcitions including helping with the security in varying African countries. Both the EU and NATO are head quartered in Brussels. He had insightful comments about how the transatlantic partnership is as strong as ever as well as all EU partners working together in the face of what is happening in Ukraine since February. We appreciate our own Rotarian, Colonel Joerg Dronia, setting up this presentation.
The 5th Annual Scholarship/Wine Dinner was a resounding success! We easily surpassed the goal of $10,000. There was a crowd of close to 70 people. This was the first large event held at Casanel Winery in over two years. They appreciated the business for sure. Rotarians, guests, co-workers, and friends had a fun night. The music, food, and of course, the wine, exceeded all expectations. This truly was a team effort by the entire club. Good work team!
This past Friday we had a special treat! John Holler and Johnny Chapman each gave a Fireside Chat to share their perspectives on Rotary, why Rotary is important to them, and their experiences as Rotarians. What a great opportunity to tap into the accumulated knowledge of a couple of long-term Dulles Rotarians!
The Dulles Club is also stepping up efforts to assist with the situation in Ukraine. We are accepting funds, as a club, through April 15th. Several people have already donated. The goal is $1,000 per District 7610 Club. This is tax deductible, since we are accepting funds in our club’s non-profit/501c3, the Dulles Foundation Club.
Check payable to: Dulles Foundation Club
Memo: Ukraine Disaster Response
Dulles Foundation Club
c/o Jim Church
6205 Farnham Cluster
Centreville, VA 20120
**Or give to Jim at one of the meetings, BEFORE April 15.
Wow. This past Friday we hosted Len Shapiro from the Washington Post. He regaled us with journalism stories from the last fifty years; in fact, Len was in the press box when the underdog United States beat Russia in hockey, otherwise known as ‘The Miracle On Ice’ on February 22, 1980. What a treat! Thanks to Rich Langguth and Tony Denk for making the visit happen.
We had a blast celebrating the 80th birthday of the owner of Casanel Vineyards and Winery! Happy birthday Nelson. We're looking forward to the annual Wine Dinner in May!
At our latest Rotary meeting we welcomed our District Governor and awarded Kathrin Schroeder her Paul Harris fellowship!
We enjoyed a terrific social at Joerg’s house on St. Patrick’s Day. There was also the surprise announcement that Joerg not only proposed but married the love of his life, Jeannette. We are excited about the two of them, and the fact that Dulles Rotary will be a part of one of their journey. Congrats! Many Rotarians brought items for the Embry Rucker Shelter to the Colonel's house. Lou Pack delivered an SUV full of supplies. Thank you to everyone that pitched in and those that sent goods and couldn't make the event. The quarterly service project was a resounding success!
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Congratulations to Colonel Joerg Dronia and Sue Butler on their Paul Harris Fellow recognition!
This past meeting we enjoyed the new member induction of
Colonel Joerg Dronia followed by his classification talk. The love of his life, Jeannette, is still in Germany, but should be arriving soon. The Colonel is in his last tour of duty as the Commander, German Armed Forces Command, in Reston VA. Since they have family here in the United States already, they fit right in. You may also see the Colonel out on the golf course while he is stationed here. We are excited to have Joerg and Jeannette with us until September of 2025 and welcome them to our Rotary family.
On Friday, February 4th we held a brief Club Assembly on Membership, Service, and Socials. Many Clubs are finding creative ways to embrace interest in Rotary for existing and new members. We discussed that it may be easier to invite folks to more hands-on Service Projects, rather than taking up a collection of goods. Starting the 4th quarter of the Rotary year (April to June) we are looking at gathering and working together at a place like the Ellmore Farmhouse at Frying Pan Park. Another service project we are looking at trying again is the Rise Against Hunger, where we gather for a morning and work on an assembly line for thousands of meals. This is a great program and an easy event to invite people to. Lastly, our Club currently has a hybrid meeting system: 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month are in-person and the other two or three Fridays are on Zoom. Then, we throw in a Social once a quarter. We also endorsed a monthly social beginning April 7th. This will be the second meeting of the month and will replace the second Zoom meeting each month. The Social Committee, led by Tim Murray, will work out the details. We might visit a few places before settling on a venue. The consensus among members was that this new format might attract new members because of the social component and the new service component. As changes are made, please look for weekly emails, usually on Mondays. If you have questions or comment please contact John Ohrnberger (Pres. Elect Nominee), Lou Pack (Pres. Elect), and Andrew Wade (Current President).
On Friday February 4, 2022, we met in person at the Hilton. We swore in our latest newbie, Sue Butler. Sue also just had a birthday. This seems to be a theme with our new members being sworn in on or close to Birthdays. Sue is the in the business of Executive Search. She lives in McLean and has still decided to
make the trek out to the Dulles Hilton twice per month for our meetings. We are happy to have Sue on board and she is already anxious to help Georgia Graves on Membership. Welcome Sue!
Dave Humphries gave a talk this morning on tales from his childhood. He has confirmed that they are truthful and can be corroborated. One of the characters names was ‘Firewood’, if that tells you anything. If you would like more details, we're sure Dave will be available to share, as long as you are willing to listen!
Our Club designated Fairfax County Reston YMCA as a beneficiary of the 2021 Opportunities Open Golf Tournament. On December 9 Jim Church, President of the Dulles Foundation Club (pictured with Sonia Castillo, also a member of the Opportunities Open Committee), presented a $1,550 check to the Caring For Community Campaign at the YMCA Board meeting.
The 20th Annual Cops and Kids event, led by our own John Ohrnberger and Tim Ortwein, was a great success! 108 children in-need received a new winter coat, a homemade scarf, and a new book. The highlight was watching the smile on each child’s face as they were paired with a police officer to go shopping with a $200 gift card – giving some much-needed relief to their parents. Funds from Our Opportunities Open golf tournament helped make this event a success. The Loudoun - Dulles Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 69 and the Dulles Rotary Club have formed an excellent partnership. Many of their people attend our events (like the wine dinner in February) as many of our Rotarians attend their events. We invite you to join us one year. If you have any questions, reach out to John Ohrnberger. https://vafop.org/charity/
We had a terrific speaker on Friday, December 3rd. Meg Crossett, works for the Capital Caring Health & Hospice as a Pediatric Social Worker. She came to us as the current President of the DC Candlelighters. The Candlelighters is a non-profit that is a resource for families that have children that are in various stages of battling cancer. The Candlelighters has been providing this meaningful service since year 2006. http://www.dccandlelighters.org/
More than 70 walkers raised more than $4,000 for the 10th Strategic Water Alliance (SWA) Annual Walk For Water, led by The Rotary Club of Alexandria, Virginia. Clubs and events such as this (which also had walkers in Italy, Portugal, and other VA parks) have raised nearly $500,000 for nearly 50 water and sanitation projects across Honduras, India, South Africa, and Zambia. Discussions are now in place for a project in either Sierra Leone or Uganda.
Thank you to all who participated in the 25th Annual Opportunities Open Golf Tournament - our most successful yet! One hundred golfers enjoyed beautiful weather, an amazing day on the links, a delicious luncheon, a silent auction and awards. The Tournament also offered participants the chance to win highly sought-after deluxe whiskies while supporting our community.
All proceeds benefit people with disabilities, disadvantaged youth, graduating high school seniors and other local Northern Virginia initiatives – specifically, the following organizations: the ARC of Northern Virginia, ServiceSource, the ARC of Loudoun, ECHO, the Reston YMCA, and the Fraternal Order of Police’s Cops and Kids initiative. In 25 years of holding this tournament the Club has donated about $600,000 to local charities.
That was a terrific quarterly social at Ono Brewery. Thanks to Tim, our social chair for setting everything up and making sure everyone had plenty. Thanks to Debby, our Treasurer for paying and thanks to Tony for buying the last call round! Thanks to Jim Church for giving a nice summary about the purpose of our club and the worldwide and domestic impact the Dulles Rotary Club continues to have.
Helmut Frietzsche just returned from Germany. He was glowing as he now has his first beautiful granddaughter, little Frida Rosalie. During Val Walter’s two year term, she selected Helmut as the Rotarian of the Year. Helmut has not only been present all events, but a strong leader. He and his wife Ilona have been hosts to many of our fellowship events. We appreciate their friendship and hard work for others during their tour here in N. VA. Thank you Helmut!
We had a terrific first ‘regular’ in person meeting at the Hilton on July 16th. Mr. David Rodriguez, the Executive Director of the YMCA gave a presentation. The YMCA has played a critical role for children over their long history and especially through the COVID pandemic. The Y was a safe place for the kids to study, get exercise, and grow. We are looking how we may be able to combine our efforts as some of our beneficiaries are similar here in N. VA. Thank you David!
Our annual Installation Dinner swore in incoming President Andrew Wade, who welcomed his new Board and honored Val Walters for two epic years of outstanding service as Club President. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of good food and great company - in-person for the first time in a long time!
Thank you to all the club and community members that contributed to our efforts in the Dulles Diaper Drive to support the Ampersand Pantry Project. On April 3rd we donated $3,000 and a truckload of diapers, wipes, and a diaper changing table!
To learn more about the Ampersand Pantry Project, click here.
Dulles Foundation President, Jim Church, presents the Arc of Loudoun with a donation. The donation was part of the Holiday Matching 2020 Challenge.
Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport President, Val Walters, and Dulles Foundation President, Jim Church, accept a donation from the IT Veterans for their partnership with the Dulles Foundation Club.
Dulles Foundation President, Jim Church, and Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport President, Val Walters, present ServiceSource with an annual donation after touring the Chantilly program.
Lisa Ward, Executive Director of Service Service said, "Thank you for your on-going support. This brings the club's lifetime giving to over $191,000."
We are closely monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19 and continuously assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events, and members.
Currently, our weekly meetings have moved to a virtual format. Weeks that will have a virtual meeting will be listed under the Virtual Meetings section on the right-hand section of this page. Members and guests are welcome to join us in this new meeting format. For meeting log-in info, please reach out to Secretary, Lorie Grooms, listed in the Club Leaders section of the home page.
We look forward to seeing everyone in person soon. Stay well.
Are you interested in becoming a Rotary member? We welcome you to join us for breakfast on Friday morning. Check our Meeting & Speaker Topics or Calendar to ensure we are meeting this week. For membership questions, please send an email via the contact form on the Contact Us page or email a Club Leader listed on the left side of the webpage.
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Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport
P.O. Box 554
Herndon, VA 20172