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.

Speakers, Events and News

Thursday lunch meetings are currently Zoomed from 12:15 to 1:30 (room opens at noon).  

Thursday, July 29th: Emily Gage is going to tell us about Phoenix Bikes

Emily provides overall leadership to Phoenix Bikes, ensuring the successful implementation of the strategic plan through effective administration, programs, fundraising, and community outreach. Emily has spent her entire career working in nonprofits and is passionate about seeing them succeed. Prior to joining Phoenix Bikes in 2018, Emily served in communication and development leadership roles at International Justice Mission, the largest anti-slavery nonprofit in the world. Prior to that, she worked for an international study abroad nonprofit that specialized in engaging students in issues of social justice.

As a native of Vermont, she enjoys getting outside and getting a little muddy–whether mountain biking, hiking or running. She and her husband are proud parents of their three daughters, a squawky parakeet, and one spoiled Havanese pooch. She received a B.A. in English from Messiah College and an M.S. in Development Management from American University, and is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Arlington.

 

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.