Rotary is happy to have had a talk today by our friend and member Rep. Mark Keam. We appreciate the updates and insights into the operations and priorities of our state government. Lots of info on budgets; legislative evolution for new businesses like Uber; re-districting at the state level vs. the U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision; college life, safety and alcohol; ethics in government; and more. Thanks Mark! ... See MoreSee Less
Another great Vienna Rotary meeting today! Our featured talk today was given by the Town of Vienna, represented by Mayor Laurie DiRocco, Director of Public Works Dennis Johnson and Mike Gallaher, Deputy Director. They had encouraging updates to traffic flow and planning; and discussion of citizen concerns and issues.
We were also very fortunate to be able to make donations to Let's Help Kids, a charity started by a child to help others in need; and to Cunningham Park Elementary School.
Thanks to all of you who attend Viva Vienna! which provides us the funds to make these donations in support of our community. ... See MoreSee Less
Creativity in presentation. That was the entertainment factor in our "Classification Talk" today by Tejas Patel, one of our newest members. Tejas peeled off the uniforms as he told his story. Tejas comes to us as a regional representative for The Boy Scouts of America. He has a past including 11 years with the USMC in Iraq and Afghanistan, and The Peace Corps in Botswana. Tejas is a first generation American, Penn State grad, married father of a 1 year old. He is clearly dedicating himself to making a difference in our world!
Thank you to Matt Flis, Acting Director of Vienna Planning & Zoning, who explained to us the plans for the Maple Avenue Corridor. It's great to see that our town continues to look forward and consciously plan the look, feel and culture of future Vienna. The addition of pedestrian friendly, mixed use and open space planning into a healthy commercial district will do well to maintain the character and feel of the town without losing economic value. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy New Year! And welcome back to all of our Rotary friends! It was good to get back together and start the new year hearing from a new(ish) member and giving away some money. Malik Jaffer shared his interesting story from birth in Nairobi to growing up in California, Army Reserve service, San Diego State University (and many honors at graduation), work for The Red Cross, work in Afghanistan, life in South Africa, and finally a return to Vienna, VA and his new business in mobile marketing, RewardMeVIP. It's fascinating to see how developments in the 3rd world can lead and drive advancement in business in the USA. Great talk Malik, thanks!
We were also very, very happy to share some proceeds from Viva Vienna! with our friends at local charities... George Bergquist CHO (Committee for Helping Others), and Pat Thompson from The Assistance League of Northern Virginia, and Michelle Scott from The Shepherd Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna. ... See MoreSee Less