Welcome to Arlington Rotary Club

    Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world?  Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service, fellowship and networking. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of people who share your drive to give back.  
    We are part of Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotarians are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Zoom Trivia Night - Friday October 22nd

    Third Annual Trivia Night, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday, October 22.  Registration closes on noon that day. 
    Players should enter the zoom room by 6:45 so we can finalize teams and begin the game promptly at 7:00.  
    To sign up for this annual fundraiser, click HERE or on the menu above.
 
Eight to ten players per team, $10 each.  Bring a team or bring yourself and we will add you to a team.
 
 

Speakers, Events and News

      Thursday meetings are currently Zoomed from 12:15 to 1:30 (room opens at noon).  Meetings start with introductions, club business and "Happy Talk".  Our speaker generally starts at 12:30 or a little later. 

 

Thursday, Sept 16th: Speakers Tannia Talento and Shirley Bloomquist of EduTutorVA

    EduTutorVA is a year-old, nonprofit dedicated to reducing the alarming and growing learning loss for vulnerable children in No Va.  We provide free tutoring to families by trained, paid (by us) college students from George Mason U and from NVCC.  Our tutors provide high-impact tutoring meeting with students three times a week.  Our first goal is to reduce learning loss; our second goal is to nurture the shrinking teacher pipeline.
    This school year we are doubling our number of schools in our three school districts:  Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax.  We are more than doubling our number of tutors.  Other districts are seeking our services also.  We are on the move to serve more children!
 
Tannia Talento is the former Chair of the School Board for Arlington Public Schools and served as a member from 2017-2020.  She is a Latina community leader, activist, and a co-founder of ASHPA, the Arlington Schools Hispanic Parents Association.  
 
She formerly worked in corporate law for 15 years as a legal secretary and assistant.  Tannia lives in Arlington with her husband and two dogs.
 
Shirley Bloomquist is a former high school science teacher, school counselor and administrator. Her emphasis has been on social justice and opportunity, leading to her to volunteer in several DC non-profits.
She and her husband founded a family scholarship that has educated several students through college. For twelve years she served on the US News and World Report Secondary Advisory Board.
 

Arlington Rotary President Named Northern Virginia “Rotarian of the Year”

 

   District 7610 of Rotary International has named Arlington’s Chelsi Dildine “Rotarian of the Year” for 2020-2021 for her leadership of the local club in community service. District 7610 consists of close to 60 individual Rotary Clubs. Rotary International connects 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries dedicated to humanitarian causes at both the local and international levels.

   Dildine led Arlington Rotary in quickly adapting to challenges during the pandemic, shifting to virtual weekly meetings and special events – including fundraising for relief efforts to help county residents in economic distress.  In September 2020, the District previously honored the Arlington club with a Golden Award for Service “during difficult times.”

   Despite the pandemic, Dildine also recruited over 200 Arlington residents for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January 2021, who assembled 250 “no- sew” blankets at home for children from low-income or homeless families. The project received regional television news coverage and led to a special recognition award for the club.  “I am humbled by this” Dildine said. “It actually reflects the dedication of all our club members to Rotary International’s mission of ‘Service Above Self.” 
   Tony Weaver, who succeeds Dildine as club president for 2021-2022 said “Chelsi will serve as an example for me on how to lead, with commitment and good cheer. I am also grateful that she has agreed to serve as chair of the club’s Community Service Committee in 2021/2022 and I know the Arlington community will continue to benefit from her hard work and dedication.”
   Arlington Rotary partners with AHC, Inc., AFAC, Key Elementary School and other non-profit organizations serving the community. It awards a total of $18,000 annually in college scholarships to two graduating Arlington high school students.
 

* "Classification Talks" are an opportunity for new members to tell the club about their personal background, profession ("classification") and experience.