The Rotary Club of Alexandria and The Alexandria Rotary Foundation hosted the annual Rotary Scout Award Luncheon on May 15th, 2018. The event was held at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, VA. Attended by over 120 people, the program honored the achievements of two local high school students and awarded them scholarships for their pending college experience. Additionally, the program honored the lifelong achievements of an Alexandria businessman who is also an Eagle Scout.
The scholarship recipients are Owen M. Biesada and Ian Peverall. Owen is an Eagle Scout in Troop 129 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria. He is a graduating senior from T.C. Williams HS. For his Eagle Scout project, Owen spearheaded an effort to repair and maintain trails, picnic tables and facilities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale. For this and his many other achievements, Owen was awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the Rotary Club of Alexandria as he continues his education at Texas Christian University.
Ian Peverall is an Eagle Scout in Troop 4077 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He is graduating from Mt. Vernon HS. For his Eagle Scout project, Ian led the effort to fund, manufacture and deliver 35 blankets to Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. The blankets are used to comfort the children as they receive treatment at Shriners Hospital. For this and his many other accomplishments, Ian will receive a $1,500 scholarship as he continues his studies at the College of William and Mary.
During the 2018 Alexandria Rotary Scout Award Luncheon, the Rotary also honored Alexandria businessman, William (Bill) F. Vosbeck, Jr. for his lifetime achievements and contributions as an Eagle Scout.
Bill achieved his Eagle Scout rank while growing up in Mankato, MN. He enlisted in the Marine Corp during World War II, putting his career goals hold. After completing his obligations to the Marine Corp and his architecture degree at the University of Minnesota, Bill moved with his wife, Betty, to Northern Virginia. In Alexandria, Bill founded his architectural firm VVKR, Incorporated. VVKR worked varied and substantial projects like the Alexandria Hospital and numerous Alexandria schools, as well as the Gannet building and USA Today in Arlington to name but a few.
Active in numerous community programs, Bill is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He has served as the President of the Alexandria Hospital Board, Trustee on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Trustee on the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. His work with people with physical and cognitive disability earned him the Citation for Meritorious Service from the President’s Committee for the Handicapped. As such, The Rotary Club of Alexandria is proud to award Bill Vosbeck the 2018 Cliff Dochterman Award for his life time of contributions.