Working Outside At 27 Degrees To Keep It Green And Pay It Forward

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Outside Temp on 12/11/2010


When I left home yesterday morning to meet a group of fellow Rotarians in Springfield it was 27° according to the exterior thermometer on my car. If there was any good news it was that there was no significant amount of wind.



Adopt A Highway Sign

As you can see we participate in the Virginia Department of Transportation's "Adopt A Highway" program. We are regularly assigned the area of Rolling Road from Old Keene Mill Road south to the Fairfax County Parkway. That section of roadway is one of the busiest in the Springfield area.


Trash Pickup Crew


The first order of business was to meet in the Einstein Brothers Bagel Bakery parking lot (this will play a major role later) and receive our stylish orange vests and trash bags. We "hit the road" in two or three person co-ed teams to different sections of Rolling Road.


Karen picking up trash

Arthur came with me and was assigned the job of photographer. Many of the photos he took will be uploaded to the club's website. Obviously, he snapped this one of me for our own use.

The filled bags are left at curbside for subsequent pickup by VDOT.


Our work is complete and we have returned to Einstein Brothers Bagel Bakery to warm up and enjoy fellowship - after community service it is one of the important benefits of being a Rotarian anywhere in the world.

Trash crew at Einstein's Bagel



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  1. Max Kruschka 12/12/2010 08:34 AM
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Bruce Walter
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Hi Karen, I am so impressed with how Arthur and you are so involved with your community.  What is the most unusual refuse you found along the highway in your years of keeping the highway clean? (or maybe the most common item disposed of?)

Dec 12, 2010 08:34 AM #7
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Debi Boucher
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Good for you Karen! And congrats on being the club president - I am always impressed by the individuals and groups that get involved in roadside cleanup - it's a worthy endeavor!

Dec 12, 2010 08:48 AM #8
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Karen Kruschka
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Bruce  Believe it or not we generally find beer cans, bottles and fast food containers, pieces of paper and tissues - Springfield is not very exciting - no Desperate Housewives shows here

Dec 12, 2010 09:05 AM #9
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Debi  Thank you - it is but one of very many things we do both locally, regionally and internationally

Dec 12, 2010 09:07 AM #10
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Gerry Michaels
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Great project, I have heard some wonderful things about Rotary from some people I greatly respect. I will have to look into it further

Dec 12, 2010 10:13 AM #11
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John Mayer
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Karen - I may just join my local Rotary Club after reading your great post. You are doing a terrific job!

Dec 12, 2010 12:01 PM #12
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Karen,

So nice to seeing you paying it forward even in freezing temps. Good for you!

Dec 12, 2010 01:05 PM #13
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Gerry  It will be a journey and you are the kind of person who will love it

Dec 12, 2010 01:26 PM #14
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John  I have no doubt you will be an asser to a Rotary ckub

Dec 12, 2010 01:27 PM #15
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Lynda  Thank you, but I was prepared for the cold

Dec 12, 2010 01:28 PM #16
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Karen--I have helped with programs like this before, but never in the middle of winter!  It never actually occured to me that volunteers did this in the cold weather!  You never cease to amaze me!!

Dec 12, 2010 03:38 PM #17
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Wayne Johnson
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Karen-You are obviously a well organized person to run a successful real estate operation and be the president of your Rotary Club. I know both take a lot of time to do well. That roadside pick up is so necessary since there are so many people who use the roadside as their personal waste container. Thanks for giving back.

Dec 13, 2010 12:08 AM #18
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Hi Karen, I saw Debi's comment and noticed she congratulated you on being the Rotarian President this year. I re-read the post thinking I missed something. I found it in the comments. Congratulations. This is a wonderful honor and I am sure the Rotarians as well as your community hold you in great esteem. We certainly do!

Dec 13, 2010 01:23 AM #19
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Damon Gettier
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Karen, be thankful you did not have any wind!  We have your wind today!!  27 degrees and that is as warm as it is supposed to get down here in the mountains till late this week!

Dec 13, 2010 01:29 AM #20
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Wayne  Thank you for your comments - as a Rotarian yourself you know the depth of community service clubs participate in as a recurring theme

Dec 13, 2010 02:06 AM #21
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Pat  We are chicken - not again until March - it is impossible on several sections of this very heavily travelled roadway

Dec 13, 2010 02:10 AM #22
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William  Your comment is genuinely appreciated

Dec 13, 2010 02:11 AM #23
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Damon  Please don't send it back  :)

Dec 13, 2010 02:12 AM #24
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Karen, It's always good to participate in community events. Stay warm and Happy Holidays!

Dec 15, 2010 08:20 AM #25
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Jen  I do and Merry Christmas

Dec 15, 2010 08:51 AM #26
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