JANUARY 31, 2003



Summer Fluid Drive - August

Members of the Club purchased and donated bottled water and Gatorade to benefit a local food bank.

Number of Members:  5.  Man-hours:  10.  Value of donations:  $200

Beneficiary:  Capital Area Food Bank, 6833 Park Hill Drive, Lorton VA 22079, (703) 541-3063.



National Kidney Foundation Chili Cookoff – September 21

The Club entered four member-prepared chili recipes and one salsa recipe in Virginia’s qualifying contest for the National Chili Society Championships, held in Alexandria.  In support of the regional chapter of the Kidney Foundation, Club members in attendance cooked and served over 25 gallons of chili (at members’ own expense), served almost 2 gallons of member-made salsa, and passed out tropical leis (for donations) for over 2,000 attendees of the day-long food and music festival.  In addition, several Club members designed and set up a 20-foot-long, 6-foot-wide and 15-foot-high pirate ship in Oronoco Bay Park along the banks of the Potomac River.  The Club was responsible for collecting $1,186 through the day, all of which is donated to the Foundation.  The Club was awarded first place in both the Showmanship and People’s Choice contest, a testament to team spirit.   Service for the day-long event began before 8am with setting up a cooking area, a serving area and a display area for Club information, and lasted until materials were packed up at 6:30.  Over 40 competition chilis and salsas were entered for judging; although no cooking awards were won, it was an honor to participate in this event, which raised approximately $75,000.

Number of members in attendance:  23.  Man-hours:  160.  Money raised:  $1,186

Contact:  National Kidney Foundation of National Capital Area (; Meredith Kirchner, (202) 244-7900.



PaceSetter Walk - September 21

Members of the Club participated in a 5-mile recreational walk in Chevy Chase, MD to help raise money for the regional chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, which raises research dollars for the study of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative Colitis.

Number of members:  10.  Man-hours:  20.  Money raised:  $530.

Contact:  Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation  (; Sarah Columbia, (703) 739-2548.



Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk - October 5

Members of the Club participated in a celebration and a 5-mile recreational walk in Fairfax, VA to help raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association of the National Capital Area.

Number of members:  24.  Man-hours:  75.  Money raised:  $1,380 from registration fees and donations.

Contact:  Alzheimers Association (, Sandra Fields, (703) 359-4440.


Clothing Drive – October and November

Club members donated and collected used clothing and personal items for donation to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (men’s) and the Arlington County Thrift Shop (women’s) for homeless and needy individuals.

Number of members:  35.  Man-hours:  50.  Value of donations:  approximately $1,500.



Turkey Drive – November 23-24

In response to a news report on a lack of turkeys received by the largest homeless shelter and food kitchen in Washington within a week of Thanksgiving, Club members organized a Turkey Drive to support them, so that needy individuals and families would have food for a good holiday meal.  Members solicited friends, businesses, local radio and local television stations for support of the food collections, which took place over the course of a weekend in Northern Virginia.  Members’ efforts led to the collection and donation of over 160 frozen turkeys and 1,000 pounds of additional food and drinks over two days.  Each day’s collections were delivered to the food bank. 

Number of members:  24.  Man-hours:  120.  Value of donations:  approximately $2,000.

Contact:  Community for Creative Non-Violence and D.C. Central Kitchen, Terri Bishop,



Holiday Food Drive – November & December

Members purchased, collected and donated an additional 90 pounds of canned goods for Northern Virginia’s Capital Area Food Bank.

Number of members:  15.  Man-hours:  10.  Value of donations:  approximately $150



U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Campaign – December

Members collected and donated over 100 toys for distribution to needy individuals and families in the area.

Number of members:  15.  Man-hours:  10.  Value of donations:  approximately $300.



Tropical Voyage New Year’s Eve Cruise – December 31

Members began planning in July for the Club’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Cruise, which was held on the Cherry Blossom, a Mississippi-River-style paddlewheel steamship, in Alexandria VA.   The benefit event, which raised $4,900, was attended by 240 members and friends of the Club.  Advertising for the event began in September through ads on our website, in local newspapers, on internet sites and with businesses in the area.  Two tropical music bands from the area were booked in August.  The food menu was finalized with the caterer in August.  A pre-trip party was held at a hotel near the dock, which offered discounted room rates for cruise guests, offered their lounge for a welcome party, paid for a local guitarist to play, provided the use of shuttle vans to transport guests to the dock, provided a substantial breakfast buffet, and granted guests late afternoon checkout privileges.  Decorations for the boat were purchased, reservations were taken and collected, raffle activities were organized, and guests were treated to a 3-hour party and a 4-hour cruise that everyone enjoyed.  Proceeds are scheduled for donation to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in February 2003.

Number of members:  70.  Man-hours:  350.    Money raised:   $4,900.

Contact:  Chesapeake Bay Foundation (, Elizabeth Buckman, (410) 261-2036.