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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bailey's Rotary Club raises over $100,000 with car raffle

Susan Lydick (right), president of the Bailey's Crossroads Rotary Club, presents the Mustang keys to raffle winner John Veldhuis.
John Veldhuis has won the 1966 Mustang convertible raffled off by the Bailey's Crossroads Rotary Club Oct. 13 at the Mason District Open House

The club has been conducting the “Classic Mustang Raffle" for 27 years, reports Rotary spokesperson Robert Polson. Gross ticket sales for the 2012 raffle exceeded $100,000, Polson says, which will enable club to help local and international communities through the Rotary’s “Avenues of Service”—community service, international service, vocational service, and new generations (youth service).

Veldhuis has been an educator most of his adult life, has taught just about every level from kindergarten to graduate school, and has served as a principal, superintendent, and in other education administrator positions.

He also founded two universities, in Haiti and Uganda. He has raised money for those programs by taking “extreme” bicycle trips, including a ride around the perimeter of the Unites States and from Copenhagen to Gibraltar. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Fort Myer and is currently its director of international programs.

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