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Richard Downer
Rotary Club of Herndon
PO Box 321
Herndon, VA  20172
Club Number 5809
District 7610
Zone 33
Meets Every Wednesday
7:30 - 8:30AM
at the
Amphora Diner Deluxe
1151 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170
Enjoy The Madrigals
Carol of the Bells
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I'm A Train
LEESBURG TODAY - Purcellville Police Chief Darryl C. Smith will retire April 1.
Recent Events:
 Pumpkin Patch - Rest of October - Next to Subaru - Downtown Herndon


He has lead the town police force for the past nine years, helping it to achieve state accreditation and winning numerous for awards for its youth engagement and outreach programs.
“The town was blessed when we were able to hire Chief Smith over nine years ago,” Town Manager Robert W. Lohr stated in announcing the retirement plans. “It is rare that someone can have such a positive impact on an organization and community that he has served in such a short period.”
“Chief Smith’s leadership has transformed the Purcellville Police Department into the community focused organization it is today,” Mayor Kwasi Fraser said. “Programs such as the Homework Club, Back to School Picnic, and End of School Picnic were led by Chief Smith and have been instrumental in connecting our young people and their families to our police force in a meaningful way. While I do not have a tremendous amount time working with Chief Smith, it has been my observation that he is a dedicated public servant and has worked tirelessly to secure our citizens and garner community trust. Chief Smith has provided us with a template as to what traits and capabilities we must expect and require from a new police chief. I thank Chief Smith for his service to our community and wish him and his family all the best during his retirement.”
In 2007, the police department won a Virginia Municipal League Achievement for smith’s youth engagement and outreach programs and in 2008 the department’s work received the Webber Seavey International Award given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Motorola.
Smith also is credited for leading the department through a period of rapid growth and a recession that required creative ways to expand the police station to meet program needs and state recommendations and regulations. In addition, he worked to update the entire fleet of vehicles and equipment issued to all officers while implementing a progressive staffing model.
“To Chief Smith, this was not just a job but a love and a passion for the community and his officers.” Lohr said. “In a period where administrators tend to spend too much time behind their desk, he was constantly in the community working with our youth, residents and businesses. Chief Smith will be greatly missed and will leave some mighty big shoes to fill in this department and on our management team.”

Doug Downer was honored on Feb. 26 as the 48th recipient of the Citizen of the Year award presented annually by the Rotary Club of Herndon.  
Doug Downer was honored on Feb. 26th, as the 48th recepient of the Citizen of the Year award presented by Rotary Club of Herndon.
Doug has continued the tradition of a successful family business with its roots in Herndon.  He is also an exceptional volunteer who has given of himself on behalf of many organizations within the Town and throughout Northern Virginia.  Among those have been Leadership Fairfax, Volunteer Fairfax, and the Herndon Chamber of Commerce, of which he became their youngest president.  In 2000, he was named Distinguished Volunteer of the Year by the Town of Herndon.

The Herndon High School Band performed in front of the USS Missouri on Dec. 5, 2013. Here they are pictured in front of the Mighty Mo. The Rotary Club of Herndon was instrumental in sending the band to Hawaii. They took the GRAND CHAMPION honor at the Parade. Congratulations to all!

The Herndon Rotary supported Computers For Students program at Herndon Middle School is shifting into high gear again with another $2,000 grant from the Virginia Star program to upgrade and refit donated CPU's.  The next event to give away free computers to students and their families will be on November 23rd and the plan is to have about 30 complete systems ready to go and distribute.  Please let Signe know if you are interested in volunteering for this great activity.

The 2013 Herndon Rotary Golf Tournament was a great success with the support of our title sponsors Agro Sevilla and Choice Hotels, the many hole spsonsors and all of the volunteers and players.  Mother nature cooperated with picture perfect weather and over 100 golfers had a rowdy and enjoyable round netting over $22,000 for the Club and designated charities.  We cannot wait to do it again next year!

Herndon Rotary with the cooperation of Jolly Shows put on a carnival September 26th through September 29th in Downtown Herndon.  The carnival consisted of food, games and rides.  The carnival will provide funds to the Herndon High School "Pride of Herndon" Marching Band for their trip to Hawaii for the parade on December 7th, 2013.  Herndon High School will be Virginia's sole representative to the parade commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The carnival raised $15,000.

In one of the largest donations in Club history, the Ruth and Hal Launders Chartiable Trust today donated ten thousand dollars to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and guarantee the continued growth and stability of this early childhood reading program as we grow it past five hundred monthly recipients.  Our thanks to Trustee Jeff Fairfield and all of the other trustees who are helping to support this great program within the Town Of Herndon and all of the 20170 and 20171 zip codes.
You can find more information on the trust here: Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust
You can find more information on the reading program here: Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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An announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, set the stage for a bold new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication.  
“Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018,” said Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s chief executive officer, in a prerecorded video address shown during the convention’s plenary session on 25 June. “If fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.”  
The Herndon Club supplied and installed new shelving today in a trailer at Herndon Middle School that is used for the Computers For Students program.  This new shelving will help the students get organized for the upcoming year and sort the large amount of donated systems into more managable groups.  

The Herndon Festival was an outstanding success.  The Club supplied over 300 man-hours of service providing Marshall support  and manning  the beer booth.  Income for this event was $14,500.  A record year since Rotary has been involved with this event.