Help Stop the Spread of a New Species of Water Chestnut (Trapa bispinosa): Localities, pond management personnel and the general public are asked to look for a new species of Water Chestnut (genus Trapa) recently found in the Potomac Watershed. It has been spreading since 1995 so you may have already encountered this floating aquatic vegetation growing over the surface of a pond, lake or other fresh waterbody. This species (http://mdinvasives.org/iotm/july-2019/) is identified by the seed cases having two spines instead of four found in the Eurasian Water Chestnut. Reports of this or other invasive aquatic species can be made via the US Geological Survey Nonindigenous Aquatic Species web page, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/SightingReport.aspx. Water Chestnut (an annual) will sprout in April and May, spread over the water surface and then flower and fruit by July; it drops seeds all season until it senesces after a hard frost. To stop the spread, management by harvesting the plants in July is very successful in eradicating the plants but it may take several years of effort, if some seeds lay dormant. Early detection helps reduce removal costs and ecological impacts.
Distribution map (Trapa bispinosa): https://nas.er.usgs.gov/viewer/omap.aspx?id=f3a647f4-6906-4928-b5b4-1421cd95a211
Also see http://mdinvasives.org/iotm/july-2019/,
Trapa bispinosa profile and distribution maps by Ian Pfingsten (USGS) (https://nas.er.usgs.gov/viewer/omap.aspx?id=f3a647f4-6906-4928-b5b4-1421cd95a211),Virginia or https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/SpeciesAnimatedMap.aspx?speciesID=2974, and The Virginia Plant Atlas (http://vaplantatlas.org/index.php?do=plant&plant=4646&search=Search).
It’s been in the media on ABC7 news https://wjla.com/news/local/invasive-plant-species-potomac-watershed
Founded by local business leaders in March, 1957, we are an organization of volunteers–business people, professionals, government workers, moms and dads, and retirees—dedicated to serving Loudoun County one child and one community at a time.
The club is best known for the annual Halloween parade that it organizes in Leesburg. Every Halloween since 1957 children of all ages watch police, fire, and rescue units, high school marching bands, floats, groups, and politicians parade through town. In recent years, over 100 participating units delight an estimated 5,000-10,000+ people with floats, marching bands, groups of all types, and, of course, candy!
We sponsor Key Clubs in 8 Loudoun County high schools. Students run these service leadership programs under faculty supervision, providing much needed service by sponsoring projects that benefit their schools and the community at large, while receiving valuable hands-on leadership training and experience.
Community service is a big part of Kiwanis—we truly serve the children of the world, first and foremost in Loudoun County. In our decades of service we have supported many different organizations. Our club locally most recently supported INOVA Loudoun Hospital’s pediatric care, Loudoun Hunger Relief, Mobile Hope, the Saint Lucy Project, NIH’s Children’s Inn, a Little Pantry in northeast Leesburg, and youth projects. At Christmas annually we partner with Toys for Tots to deliver toys to pediatric patients. We are developing a reading initiative to help underserved children in the county.
Internationally, the club, through personal philanthropy, contributes to the Kiwanis Children’s Foundation service project to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus (EliMiNaTe), a leading killer of infants in less developed areas of the world.
For more than a century, Kiwanis has created opportunities for children to be curious, safe and healthy regardless of the community in which they live. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed, and thrive, great things do happen.
Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Kiwanis strives to be a positive influence in communities worldwide — so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them, and provide the support they need to thrive. Kiwanis literally is changing the world by serving one child in our community at a time.
Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Our Kiwanis club serves Loudoun County communities through its Kiwanis Community Service Projects: making children happy, improving their reading skills, comforting them in the hospital, and giving them leadership opportunities.
Around the world Kiwanis members stage approximately 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. Our club members team to give thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars to put back into our community.
To reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities, many clubs sponsor a Kiwanis family club — K-Kids for primary school children, Builders Clubs for adolescents, Key Clubs for high schoolers (we sponsor 8 of the 11 in Loudoun County), Circle K clubs for university students, and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities.
By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.
Are you ready to help create opportunities in Loudoun County that let all children thrive, prosper and grow? It’s pretty easy to do! Simply contact us with your questions or apply for Kiwanis club membership.
The kids in your community and the world are counting on you!
Club Promotes Free Diapers
The NOVA Diaper Bank provides tens of thousands of diapers free to income-qualified (e.g., WIC, SNAP, TAMP, Medicaid, Head Start) families in northern Virginia. To help get the word out our club presented the Ampersand Pantry Project with a banner promoting the program and provided fliers to hand out. We're just trying to help our neighbors in need.
Learn more at www.NOVAdiaperbank.org. ... See MoreSee Less
Cleaning Up the W&OD Trail
Braving hot temperatures we picked up trash along a 3-mile section of the W&OD Trail between Leesburg and Paeonian Springs. It was gratifying to find so little trash--good citizen stewardship of this wonderful resource. ... See MoreSee Less
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