DunnLorring-Merrifield Meeting On-Line via Webinar

Until further notice, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary meetings are being held virtually.   Visitors and guests are invited to attend.  Please contact Conrad Heer, ConradHeer@aol.com, to receive a ZOOM invitation to the meeting. 
DunnLorring-Merrifield Meeting On-Line via Webinar Conrad Heer 2021-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

2020 Adventures In Wine with The Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary Club

Support the Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary Club's Fundraising event benefiting local Community, US & International projects. 
Attendance is not required to get your wine trio package and support us.
Join us Friday 11/20 from 630-800 pm and get 3 bottles of wine shipped in advance of our VIRTUAL Wine Tasting Event*
*All ticket orders by 11/4 are guaranteed delivery before the event
2020 Adventures In Wine with The Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary Club Ed Hogg 2020-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

District Conference

Rotary Strong! We had hundreds of leaders from clubs across the DMV, PA & DE attending our District Conference in Chantilly VA. We are making a difference!
District Conference Ed Hogg 2020-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade Ed Hogg 2020-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation Ed Hogg 2020-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Abena Dokua Educational Foundation Ed Hogg 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Learning Life

Our club welcomed Paul Lachelier, Founder & Director of Learning Life, devoted to innovating education and citizen engagement with programs like Family Diplomacy Initiative and International Mentoring Program. Visit http://learninglife.info/aboutus/ to learn more.
Learning Life Ed Hogg 2020-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Chesapeake Conservancy

Our club welcomed Susan Shingledecker, Vice President & Director of Programs at Chesapeake Conservancy.  Susan shared how the Conservancy is protecting and restoring the land and waterways of the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.  Visit www.chesapeakeconservancy.org to learn more

Chesapeake Conservancy Ed Hogg 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

2019 - What A Year - 18000 Weekend Meals Packed

What a YEAR! 18,000 weekend meals packed supporting 6 Title One area Elementary Schools Thank you to the Assistance League of Northern VA, Dominion Energy, our own Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary and a host of companies and volunteers. Without the community support we could not do it Help us make 2020 even better with any sized donation https://lnkd.in/e3zyvUc

2019 - What A Year - 18000 Weekend Meals Packed Ed Hogg 2019-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Courtney Burkey

Our club welcomed Courtney Burkey, Jamaica Rotary club member, who updated us on the various local and international projects their club has been involved.
Courtney Burkey Ed Hogg 2019-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Terry Monaghan

Posted by Ed Hogg on Dec 06, 2019
Terry Monaghan, with Organizing For Your Life LLC dba Time Triage spoke to our club about leveraging their time, talents, and efforts to produce results far beyond what was thought possible – both in businesses and in their personal lives. Visit her Linkedin page linkedin.com/in/terrymonaghan
Terry Monaghan Ed Hogg 2019-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

INMED Partnerships For Children

Posted by Ed Hogg on Nov 08, 2019
Jennifer Lassiter Smith, Director of US programs provided our club an update of the many US and International projects being provided by .  To learn more, volunteer or donate, visit https://inmed.org/.  To learn more, volunteer or donate, visit https://inmed.org/
INMED Partnerships For Children Ed Hogg 2019-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Second Story

Posted by Ed Hogg on Nov 01, 2019
Lauren Witherspoon, Development Director at Second Story spoke to our club about the tremendous work being done in our local community.  Our club is proud to volunteer and provide financial support as well.   Visit https://www.second-story.org/ to learn more, donate or volunteer Visit https://www.second-story.org/ to learn more, donate or volunteer
Second Story Ed Hogg 2019-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rise Against Hunger Ed Hogg 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Helping Haitian Angels Ed Hogg 2019-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Assistant Governor Visits Our Club

Posted on Sep 20, 2019
Our club welcomed Assistant Governor Erica Brouillette from District 7610.  Erica updated our club on the Governor's visions for the 2019/2020 Rotary year.  
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Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Posted by Ed Hogg on Sep 13, 2019
Club President, David Eakin welcomed Evelyn Grievie, President & Co-Founder and Lindsey Kellogg - Communications Specialist of Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.  Friends is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and not a part of the Fairfax County government.  They help every pet find a forever home.  Learn how to adopt or support their programs www.ffcas.org
Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Ed Hogg 2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
School Backpacks for Needy Kids 2019-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on the Vine Tickets 2019-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Food for Others

Posted by Ed Hogg on Mar 08, 2019
Our club welcomed John Golden, Director of Development & Outreach from Food for Others.  Every day up to 90,000 people go hungry across Northern Virginia, one of the nation's wealthiest regions.  Learn how Food For Others is helping.
Visit https://www.foodforothers.org/
Food for Others Ed Hogg 2019-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

The Promise Docuseries

Posted by Ed Hogg on Feb 15, 2019
Our club welcomed Donna Spedhard, creator of The Promise docuseries chronicling the experiences of children with cancer and the myths of childhood cancer.  Visit https://www.thepromisedoc.com/
The Promise Docuseries Ed Hogg 2019-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
XXIII Annual Golf Tournament DBE 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

Free Syria

Posted by Ed Hogg on Feb 08, 2019
Our club welcomed Rafif Jouejati Co-founder & Director of Free Syria, a mission about Education, Empowerment & Equality of women in Syria as an integral part of human rights. Visit to learn more 
Free Syria Ed Hogg 2019-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Veteran's Next Mission

Posted by Ed Hogg on Jan 18, 2019
Bob Luckett founder of Veteran's Next Mission (VNM) spoke to our club about the work they are doing which helps veterans successfully transition from military service to civilian life by providing effective training for trades in the construction industry.  VNM is looking for donated warehouse space in Northern Virginia as well as an attorney that can provide pro bono legal services.
Visit https://www.veteransnextmission.org/
Veteran's Next Mission Ed Hogg 2019-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Vadym Guliuk Photography

Posted by Ed Hogg on Jan 04, 2019
Vadym Guliuk presented to our club about the many facets of his photography and aerial photo work. 
Specializing in Head Shots, Wedding, Commercial, Aerial (drone) & Video, Vadym's style is extraordinary. 
 Visit his website at https://www.vadymguliuk.com/
Vadym Guliuk Photography Ed Hogg 2019-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

$7000 Donated To Food Packing Events

Posted by Ed Hogg on Dec 13, 2018
Over 1600+ Meals Packed. Over $39,000 donated Another successful food packing event helping 6 Title One area Elementary School Children have weekend meals. 106 volunteers gathered on 12/13/18, spending 1 hour to pack gallon bag meals. Thanks to many of our partners: The Assistance League of Northern Virginia for planning and hosting the event Our next event is Thursday 1/17/19 from 10-11 am https://lnkd.in/eu4Hm6U Dominion Energy for providing the space and trucks to deliver the meals. Quadrant Inc., who donated $33,000 to allow each child to have an extra $20 grocery card from this event https://lnkd.in/eQnxiJs My Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary who donated $7,000 https://lnkd.in/eU-XERd All the volunteers from these groups and many other companies and individuals that participated. We can use your help to EXPAND this program. We are looking for donations & if you're in the Northern Virginia area, we are looking for volunteers & Company's that want to participate. Go to the AL website https://lnkd.in/e3zyvUc
$7000 Donated To Food Packing Events Ed Hogg 2018-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Shelter Box

Posted by Ed Hogg on Dec 07, 2018
Our club welcomed Wayne Chiles, fellow Rotarian working with Shelter Box.  Our club as well as Rotary International has a strong partnership with Shelter Box, which responds to disasters worldwide.
Learn more at https://www.shelterbox.org/rotary-international
Shelter Box Ed Hogg 2018-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Award - Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary

Posted by Ed Hogg on Dec 07, 2018
Susan McDougull  Assistant Governor of District 7610 proudly announced our Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary achieved 100% annual participation from members contributing to the Rotary Foundation.  Donna Ivey, past President and current President Virginia Hottel accepted the awards.
Annual Award - Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary Ed Hogg 2018-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust

Posted by Ed Hogg on Nov 16, 2018
Our club welcomed Alan Rowsome, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.  The Trust helps communities protect natural and working lands, waters and special places across the NOVA region.  Learn more at http://nvct.org/
Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Ed Hogg 2018-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

The Nature Conservancy

Posted by Ed Hogg on Nov 09, 2018

Briton Camphouse, Associate Director of Philanthropy at TNC & Jill Bieri, Director of the Virginia Coastal Reserve at TNC spoke to our club.  The Nature Conservancy is a global non-profit that works to preserve and protect the land and waters in which all life depends.  TNC spans all fifty states and seventy-two countries..In Virginia, TNC has protected over 346,000 acres spanning from the coast of the Atlantic to the Clinch River Valley in the Cumberland Highlands. 


The Nature Conservancy Ed Hogg 2018-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Second Story - Guided Tour

Posted by Ed Hogg on Sep 25, 2018
Second Story provided our Rotary Club with a guided tour of their facility to learn more about what Second Story 
does for members of our community.  Learn more about Second Story at https://second-story.org/
Second Story - Guided Tour Ed Hogg 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Second Story

Posted by Ed Hogg on Aug 10, 2018
Lauren Witherspoon, Development Coordinator with Second Story (formerly Alternative House) spoke to our club about their
programs and mission, in which all young people are safe, live in a nurturing environment and have the opportunity to reach
their full potential.  Visit https://second-story.org/
Second Story Ed Hogg 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ed Hogg on Aug 03, 2018
Executive Director's Elizabeth Jones Valderrama (Arlington, Alexandria & Falls Church) and Derwin Overton (Fairfax) spoke to our club
about OAR's mission to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime with Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources for offenders and their
families to create a safer community.
OAR Ed Hogg 2018-08-03 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ed Hogg on Jul 27, 2018
Britepaths Director of Development D'Ivonne Holman spoke to our club sharing the mission of Britepaths (Formerly Our Daily Bread).
For 30 years Britepaths has been a leader in developing sustainable solutions that stabilize low-income working families, build financial
literacy and mentoring for Fairfax County residents. https://britepaths.org/
Britepaths Ed Hogg 2018-07-27 04:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Recipient

Posted by Ed Hogg on Jul 20, 2018
Bob Landon, Assistant Administrator for Fairfax County Adult High School, along with club President Virginia Hottel, presented Nuzhat Saleh with our 2018 scholarship award.
Scholarship Recipient Ed Hogg 2018-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

NEW BOARD INDUCTED 2018-2019 Rotary Year

Posted by Ed Hogg on Jun 23, 2018
Our new board came together for an induction party Saturday June 23rd
Virginia Hottel - New President, who has served for her 3rd term was inducted by District Governor - Glenn Yarborough.  
NEW BOARD INDUCTED 2018-2019 Rotary Year Ed Hogg 2018-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Assistance League Fundraiser

Posted by Ed Hogg on May 01, 2018
Ed Hogg (DLM Rotary) attended the fundraiser to benefit the important work of the Assistance League of Northern Virginia.  Thanks go to Karen Amster - VP Resource Development for hosting a GREAT Annual Spring Fundraiser with Keynote Speaker - Tony Perkins - Anchor FOX 5 News.  Donations will continue for many local children services like Operation School Bell, Operation Hugs & Elementary School Food Packing that benefits more than 6000 underprivileged children in our community. 
Assistance League Fundraiser Ed Hogg 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
ARC of N. Virginia...A great community organization 2018-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Service Project: Weekend Food Supplements 2018-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Golf Tournament, XXII Annual Golf Classic DBE 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Service Project 2017

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
On December 8, DLMR club members gathered at the home of Diane and Alan Chase for our annual holiday party and operation Adopt-a-Family Santa workshop!  Rotarians and their families wrapped more than more than 50 gifts for three needy families in Fairfax County!  The family's social workers were thrilled when we delivered our sleigh-load!  We are so fortunate to enjoy the great company of caring Rotarians who find the best part of the Christmas season an opportunity to give back to our community! 
Holiday Service Project 2017 2017-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Did You Miss the 2017 Monte Carlo Night?

Posted by David Eakin on Oct 28, 2017


If you missed it you missed a great time!  All proceeds will be going to charities throughout next year!  Come to one of the sponsoring Rotary Club meetings - Watch the magic happen!!!
Did You Miss the 2017 Monte Carlo Night? David Eakin 2017-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

New Meeting Location at Tysons' Marriott

The DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary now meets at the Tysons Corner Marriott, at 12:30 PM! See you at club meetings on the first, second and third Fridays of the month at the Marriott.  Check the website for locations of our fourth week Tuesday evening social and for changes in meeting venue.
New Meeting Location at Tysons' Marriott 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Passing of William A. Shand

The club mourns the passing of William A. Shand, long-standing club member and committed Rotarian. Bill was Club President from 2002-2003. Members attended a memorial service in celebration of his life on July 29, 2017.  Friends and family shared many memories of the contributions Bill made as a dedicated and successful family man, business man and humanitarian.  The members of DunnLoring-Merrifield shared our appreciation of his contribution to the early success of the club!  While we will miss Bill...his legacy lives on through his family and many community contributions.   The made a memorial contribution to the Rotary Foundation in his name.
Passing of William A. Shand 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

DLM Rotary Social at GMU

Posted on Apr 25, 2017
Some people socialize at their favorite watering hole, DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary hangs out at George Mason University!  On a rainy Tuesday evening on April 25, 2017 members of the Rotary toured the new CHHS academic building scheduled to open in December 2017.  We were amazed and impressed at THE latest in higher education design!
DLM Rotary Social at GMU 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
DunnLoring-Merrifield Irish Stew Project a Big Hit PJ Maddox 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
2017 DunnLoring-Merrifield Golf Tournament Registration Open 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

DLM to Join The 25th Project in March

The Rotary Club of DunnLoring-Merrifield to join the 25th Project in serving Irish Stew to N. Virginia Homeless on March 25th!  We cook on the 24th, deliver, serve and eat on the 25th!!!!
The 25th Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless restore their name. We believe that doing One Thing, One Day, One Time (#OTODOT) can make a difference. Our current focus is helping a community of unsheltered homeless in the woods of Northern Virginia by volunteering on the 25th of each month.
DLM to Join The 25th Project in March 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Rotary Club of DunnLoring-Merrifield

Rotary International is the world's oldest service organization with 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries around the world.

Rotary clubs are comprised of business and professional leaders who are working to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to advance Rotary Ideals:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Our Rotary club and those in our district and across the globe are using our time, talent and resources to make possible community service and development projects, education and scholarship programs, international projects focused on improving water, literacy, health, hunger relief, economic development and peace-making. Rotary's best known projects include disaster relief, polio eradication, Youth Exchanges, University Peace Centers and ambassadorial scholarships! 

Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary's  local service projects include scholarships for Fairfax County Adult High School students attending N. Virginia Community College, George Mason University students in the School of Management and the College of Health and Human Services, Assistance League backpack meals for hungry school children, Stop-Hunger Now events, improving facilities for the VFW and projects that benefit Veterans, Alternative House, HomeStretch and more. Our international service projects have benefited projects such as Haiti relief efforts, ShelterBox, water projects and international schools.

Are you interested in making business contacts, serving your community and making new friends?  Tour the club website and visit our Facebook page to learn more about Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary! Most importantly, make time to join us for lunch soon!


Dunn Loring Merrifield Rotary.. doing our part to 'Be a Gift to the World' one community project at a time!



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The Fourth Week We Party!

On the fourth week of the each month we met at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Tyson's Corner, Virginia for a member and guest social hour.  This substitutes for the regular club meeting that would otherwise take place that week (week of the fourth Friday). Join us at Ruth's Chris: 8521 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, 22182!
The Fourth Week We Party! David Eakin 2017-01-22 00:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party and Service Project a Smashing Success!

The DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary Club's annual holiday celebration featured the 'best in ugly' holiday sweaters and an evening of gift wrapping frenzy for our Adopted for Christmas family!  Check out the photos of our holiday fun and the club's generous spirit of caring about those less fortunate!
Holiday Party and Service Project a Smashing Success! 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Monte Carlo Night!!!

Was Way Fun...yes  All Proceeds are going to Charities!
Took Place November on 4th at the Fairview Park Marriott Ballroom,
  • Live Entertainment and Dancing
  • Unlimited Buffet and one Free Drink
  • Casino Games with Prizes
  • Silent and Live Auctions - Great Deals
  • Free Parking
Monte Carlo Night!!! David Eakin 2016-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

President of RI Message

Posted by David Eakin on Jul 11, 2016


Rotary President for 2016-2017:  John F. Germ
Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.  Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.
After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.
“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”  Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.  When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”
Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.  “People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.  Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”  He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”



President of RI Message David Eakin 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
The Twentieth Annual Golf Tournament was Memorable! David Eakin 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Club Mourns Passing of Dennis Tarnay 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
DunnLoring-Merrifield Prepares for Monte Carlo 2016 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Operation 'Treats for Troops'

Posted by P.J. Maddox on May 02, 2015

While we enjoy the benefits of freedom, countless men and women are serving in our armed forces in remote locations around the globe.  These brave men and women have chosen to serve our country; many of them are away from home, in harm’s way and living each day with very few modern comforts.  The members of DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary appreciate the service of self-sacrifice of our military, especially those serving aboard ships and deployed to distant countries.  It is our club’s privilege to know a very fine navy officer who is deployed far from home.  To express our appreciation we have set up Operation Treats for Troop: A monthly care package to bring a little bit of home to our dear friend Chris and his buddies!

Thanks Chris and company for your service and dedication!!!!  We hope you enjoy our personal selection of snacks, notes and memorabilia from home!  Until we see you back home in Virginia…our care packages will be coming your way, filled with love and appreciation for all you do!   

Operation 'Treats for Troops' P.J. Maddox 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotarians Walked for Wishes

Posted by P.J. Maddox on Apr 12, 2015


With spectacular weather, amidst peak cherry tree blooms, members of DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotary took part in the annual Make a Wish Foundation 3 mile 'Walk for Wishes' on Sunday April 12, 2015.  We had great fun and great weather while raising money for a really great cause AND we burned a few calories along the way!  Check-out the full story on the club Facebook page....don't miss the photos of David and Ed with Redskin cheerleaders!

DunnLoring-Merrifield Rotarians Walked for Wishes P.J. Maddox 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Mtilizisa Suspension Bridge

Posted by David Eakin on Aug 13, 2013

We Helped Build Another Bridge!  This one is for Richard…


The Mtilizisa Suspension Bridge was inaugurated this past June.  It was the first suspension bridge done in Zambia.  The matching grant by “Bridges to Prosperity” was for two bridges in Zambia...both of which now have our club’s name as a sponsor, with one dedicated to Richard Madlener.


The club wanted to dedicate this bridge to Richard, who was a founding member of our club.  He passed away during the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  Since Richard was a strong supporter of the Bridges to Prosperity program, our club felt it appropriate to have a bridge named after him.


The Kachenjais section is a collection of subsistence farming families living outside the village of Mtilizisa.   During the rainy season, the Mtilizisa river becomes impassable, cutting the population off from the rural clinic in the village and from being able to travel on to the district capital in Nyimba, where major markets and government services are located.

Mtilizisa Suspension Bridge David Eakin 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

Weekend Food for Kids

Posted by David Eakin on Aug 13, 2013

Title 1 schools have free or subsidized lunches during the school year, but what about the weekends?  Working through the Assistance League, we help sponsor their Weekend Food for Kids program that offers packaged food for weekend use, helping insure that at-risk kids are able to study during the weekend and to come to school ready to learn.  Our club plans on contributing $4,000 this year, and would like to do more.  We also help with the food packing effort that takes place each month of the school year.


Weekend Food for Kids David Eakin 2013-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Gift of Life

Posted by David Eakin on Aug 13, 2013

ImageHow would you feel if you were a parent in a third world country and your child was going to die for the need of an open-heart operation?  How would you feel if people from another country that you never met, offered to transport your child and family to the United States to receive the life-saving surgery?  All at no expense to you - enabling you to return to your country with the joy of a new year filled with life’s opportunities.

The Gift of Life program, created within Rotary, is now a stand-alone charity, one that our club supports annually.  To-date our one club has saved the lives of four children, and looking for this year to save the fifth.  Come help us make the magic happen.



Gift of Life David Eakin 2013-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Why Join Rotary?

Posted by David Eakin on Jun 30, 2013

The premise of Rotary, founded almost 110 years ago, is that people can come together in fellowship and service to solve community and even international problems.  We work to improve the quality and dignity of life through projects that impact health, education, and vocational support.  If you have ever felt like you wanted to make a difference, to be part of the "THEY" that people speak of when defining the empowered, then perhaps Rotary is for you.  No more will you see, read about, or hear of something wrong in the world, and wonder why don't "THEY" do something.  The problems we face are many.  The THEY can't be a small group.  Rotary has grown to be over a 1.2 million people, involving more than 33,000 clubs world-wide.  Together we are solving problems, not one at a time, but thousands at a time.  But you have only to read a newspaper to know that there is still so much that needs to be done.

Why Join Rotary? David Eakin 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Assistance League of Northern Virginia March 17 Service Event David Eakin 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Club Activities for the Year

Posted by David Eakin

So What Do We Do With the Money We Get from the Above Fundraisers?  Every dollar raised goes to charities - No administrative costs are considered.  We divide our project efforts into Rotary Service categories, e.g. International, Community, Vocational, and New Generations.  A listing of our projects includes the following…

Our International Service projects include supporting “Bridges to Prosperity,” “Gift of Life,” Water Projects in Zambia, “Arlington Academy of Hope (Uganda Clinic Supplies),” Rotary’s “Polio Plus,” Jamaican Education Support projects, Haiti Medical Supplies, “Stop Hunger Now,” and “Free Syria” Humanitarian Aid.

Community Service projects include supporting “Alternative House,” “Homestretch,” “Shelter Home,” the Assistance League’s “Weekend Food for Kids" program, the “Potomac Conservancy Group,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Conservation4Youth,” and the “National Network for Domestic Violence.”

Perhaps our club’s signature source of funding support is providing college scholarships to deserving students in Fairfax County’s Adult High School (formerly focused to Pimmit Hills High School):  Over the past decade our club has offered over 80 student scholarships.  The theme of scholarship support has also been extended to include George Mason University’s College of Health & Human Services, and their School of Business, helping needy students achieve their educational goals.

How do we select the projects we support?  Opportunities are made known to our club by guest speakers, news events, our own club members, and recommendations by other Rotarians.  If you have a charity of interest, or a special event that serves the community, consider becoming a speaker or a member of our club.  Our program chair this year is Ms. Virginia Hottel, who can be reached by e-mail at wwdg@aol.com or by telephone at (703) 734-9770.  Our membership chair this year is Mr. Ed Hogg, whose e-mail address is ehogg9@gmail.com, and can also be contacted by telephone at (703) 862-8168.

Some of the projects we have supported in the past are described in the follow-on stories.

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New Membership

Posted by David Eakin

Proposing a new member is very easy.  The process is described in the "View Club Documents" section of "My ClubRunner."  Just access "Proposing a New Member" in the documents listing.  The document not only explains the process, but lays-out the information needed about the new member.  Communication is also needed with a prospective new member to inform them of what we have done, but more importantly, to ask them what they want our club to do for them.

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Scholarships for Fairfax County Adult High Schools

Posted by David Eakin

Every year, the Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield offers college scholarships to deserving adult high-school students of Fairfax County, Virginia.  Amounts can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.  This past year, two students (Benjamin Lane, and Ivy Crosier) received scholarships, totaling $6,500.  Through the years, more than $80,000 has been provided to almost 70 students, often enough to pay tuition for a full year at NOVA. 

The selection process is rigorous, involving detailed applications and interviews – reviewed by school counselors, teachers, Fairfax County Adult High Schools administrator’s staff, and our Club’s Scholarship Committee.  Shown in the photograph Imageabove (from left to right) is Robert Landon (Assistant Administrator of Fairfax County Adult High School, Jeannette Nelson (School Counselor), Benjamin Lane (Scholarship Recipient), Virginia Hottel (Club Scholarship Chair), Ivy Crosier (Scholarship Recipient), Nicole Low (School Counselor), and David Eakin (Club President).

We coordinate our efforts with other Rotary Clubs (McLean and Tysons), and the Apple Federal Credit Union, who also have provided scholarships to Fairfax County Adult High School students.  For more information about our scholarship program, contact Virginia Hottel on wwdg@aol.com. 

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Club Planning Documents are Available

Posted by David Eakin
Our club has prepared a Strategic Plan, a Planning Guide, and budgets for the year - all available to members by logging-on to the members portion of this website, and accessing the "View Club Documents" menu item. 

The Strategic Plan is intended to be a 5-Year profile of general Goals and Action Items, while the Planning Guide treats specific Annual Goals and Activities planned for this Rotary Year.  Both documents treat the Club's objectives for membership growth, and support for the Rotary Foundation.

The Budgets address "Administration," "Service Projects," and "Fundraising."  Each represents Board Approved income and expense profiles for this year.  With Board Approval, projects can be initiated without further Board action.  Changes in Budget allocations must be further approved by the Board. 
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Henry Ngulube Msanzala River Bridge Project # 091

Posted by David Eakin


Dunn Loring - Merrifield, in cooperation with other Rotary clubs is supporting the construction of the Henry Ngulube Msanzala River Bridge
Project # 091.  The bridge will be the first newly designed suspension bridge to be built in Africa.  Rain and other delays have delayed completion of the bridge until April or May 2012.

A slides show of the first stages of construction can be view in a slide show on the Bridges to Prosperity web site. CLICK HERE

The bridge is partially funded by Rotary Foundation.Humanatarian Grant 757444.  The grant should be open for at least three months if members would like to make a Paul Harris eligeable donation to support the bridge construnction.  This can be accomplished using the TRF Global Contribution Form which can be found under Downloads.

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Beatrice Tierney on Women Talk Business

Posted by Richard Madlener
 On Monday, September 21, Bettina Lawton interviewed Beatrice Tierney on her Channel 10 Program: Women Talk Business.  Click Here to see this excellent program and learn a little bit about our President. (Note: the program stars about 12 seconds into the recording.)
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From Ken Frantz, Founder, Bridges to Prosperity

Posted by Richard Madlener
We are thrilled about the wonderful feedback and support we have received from our Parade article published on March 7th. To keep our momentum going, we have just posted a fabulous new video on our website highlighting the work Rotary International has done in Ethiopia. We wanted to personally invite you to view the video.
Sebra Dildey - Click Here to Watch Video!

Thank you for all your continued support and we hope you are just as proud of this and we are.

Ken Frantz, RC Newport News
Volunteer & Founder
Bridges to Prosperity, Inc.
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Local Rotarians Meet

Posted by Richard Madlener
Harry Rauner thought that club members would be interested in a Talk Loudoun article that features: Ashburn Rotary Club, www.meetup.com/Rotary-Club-of-Ashburn/; Dulles International Airport Rotary, www.dullesairportrotary.org; Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary, www.leesburgdaybreak.org; The Rotary Club of Leesburg, www.leesburg-rotary.org; Purcellville Rotary, www.purcellvillerotary.org; or Sterling Rotary, www.sterlingrotary.org.

It's great PR for Rotary and for these clubs.  Click Here to see the article.

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Rotary E-Learning Center

Posted by Richard Madlener
Rotary International provides training opportunities for all Rotarians. The Rotary E-Learning Center is your online resource for the independent study of Rotary, particularly for new members and club officers. Rotary International also produces training resources for a variety of training seminars held throughout the year for district leaders and for club leaders and members. Click on E-Learning Center and see what you can learn.
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The New RI President

Posted by Richard Madlener
The new RI President is John Kenny from Grangemouth, Scotland.  He is the first President to come from Scotland in Rotary's 104 year history.  His motto for the year is: The Furure of Rotary is In Your Hands.  You can read all about John and his wife June HERE

You can also click the second link under Rotary Links in the upper left corner of the DLRC web page.
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Dunn Loring Hascienda Bridge in Honduras

Posted by Richard Madlener
Funds from the Dunn Loring Rotary Club helped fund the Bridges to Prosperity La Hacienda Bridge in Honduras.  Click on this link to the La Hacienda Bridge Project to see a slide show that chronicles the construction of the bridge from start to finish.  There is also a set of photos in the Photo Journal section of the web page.  This is the second bridge DLRC has helped to build.  The firs was the Marye Bridge in Ethiopia
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May 15 - Jim Southworth

Posted by Richard Madlener
Jim Southworth, producer of The Inside Scoop and board member of Fairfax Public Access Channel 10, is a recognized expert on using TV combined with "new" media to reach and promote interaction on issues between community leaders and viewers.  He told us how we can tap into this process to get out our (Club or personal) message to the audience we want to reach.  He also presented a fascinating look at the advances in technology at Channel 10.
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Dunn Loring's Honduras Bridge

Posted by Richard Madlener
"For too long members of the community of La Hacienda de las Sabanas have been crossing the river on a thin cable to get to and from their farmland on the other side of the river. When the river floods, which it does for more than 6 months of every year, they cannot cross at all."

To see a slide show and Google map location for the La Hacienda Suspended Bridge Dunn Loring helped to build  click here.
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Scholarships Awarded to Pimmit Hills High students

Posted by Richard Madlener

On April 21 the Dunn Loring Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to six Pimmit Hill High School students in the amount of $4200.  The recipients will be presented their scholarships by Conrad Heer at the Pimmit Hills graduation ceremony which will be held at Annandale High School at 7PM on June 17. 

The recipients will visit the club for lunch on May 14.
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Scholarships Awarded to Pimmit Hills High students

Posted by Richard Madlener

On January 6 the Dunn Loring Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to four Pimmit Hill High School students in the amount of $3500.  The scholarship recipients are Nita Kumar, Abdi Mahamed, Moon Shin, and Jaime Monterroso.  The recipients were presented their scholarships at the Pimmit Hills graduation ceremony which was held at Marshall High School on February 11. 

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Oct. 31 - Brady P. Walkinshaw

Posted by Richard Madlener

Update & Photos: Proyecto Villa Nueva:

Founded in 2006 by a group of recent university graduates, Proyecto Villa Nueva (click here to see their informative web site) is a small U.S. based non-profit developing innovative approaches to youth leadership, information access, and health education in schools for the urban poor in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  A update & follow-on to the earlier presentation by board member Kendall Turner, Proyecto's director Mr. Walkinshaw of the World Bank will discuss the best practices model & its successes to be shared with national government & other education-focused NGOs.

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Dunn Loring Wins Two District 7610 Awards

Posted by Richard Madlener
At the recent District 7610 Conference the Dunn Loring Rotary Club was awarded third place for its web site and second place among small clubs for its weekly eBulletin.  The awards were presented to P.J. Maddox by ADG Horace McCormack at the club's weekly meeting on May 12.
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DLRC Wins the Community Partnership Award

Posted by Richard Madlener
Dunn Loring Rotary Club won the Community Partnership Award for the work the club has done providing scholarship, volunteer, and financial support to Pimmit Hills High School.  The award was presented to the club at the Partners in Education and MentorWorks Awards ceremony at Falls Church High School, May 25, 2006.
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Rotary Foundation Contributions

Posted by David Eakin

Contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. TRF Global Contribution Form can be downloaded from the Download section of the web page.

You can easily donate to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund online via the RI web page.
Click on Member Access (upper right corner of the page).  Register if you have not already registered or enter you user ID password.  To register you enter district number: 7610, club number:50266, and your membership ID: it's the seven digit number following #0 on your Rotary Magazine mailing label.  When you are in the Membership Access area click Contribute to the Rotary Foundation and contribute.

You can access the Rotary District 7610 Foundation Newsletter and the District Newsletter via links under Club Links

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