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The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce upcoming meetings are as follows:

Aug. 28, Membership Committee meeting, 11:30 a.m., in the Community Room at the Governmental Center. Call 703-356-5424 for more information.

Retirement Plans for Small Businesses. On Aug. 28, from 5-6 p.m., this educational seminar will address the different employer-sponsored retirement plans available for small businesses. At Legg Mason, 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 100, McLean. No charge, but registration is required. Contact Jerry Booth at 703-761-7686 or jrbooth@leggmason.com

Business and Professional Women of Greater Fairfax will host Kate Hanley, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman, to discuss "The Importance of Local Government" at its monthly dinner meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost is 425. For information and reservations, call Elyse Galik at 703-471-4604.

Charles B. Gibson Jr. of Bankers Insurance in Fairfax was installed to the board of directors of the Virginia Financial Services Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia (IIAV) for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Gibson has served on the board of the IIAV and on many of the committees throughout his career.

Charles F. Bullington of McLean/Academy Commercial Insurance of McLean was installed as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Bullington began his career in insurance in 1966 in life sales, then moved to property and casualty in 1970 with INA/CIGNA. He became an agent in 1980 and joined the McLean Agency in 1988.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, a business law firm, will now offer its CoverGard Business Insurance Review Program, an effort to simplify the task of analyzing and amending property and casualty coverage for businesses. The service allows Womble Carlyle attorneys to help clients understand their existing property and casualty insurance coverage and plan accordingly to change policies to maximize coverage benefits.

PRA International of McLean has been experiencing continued success in its ability to conduct oncology clinical trials for its clients worldwide. Oncology trials currently represent PRA’s largest therapeutic area. At this time, PRA is conducting trials at approximately 3,000 sites with 14,000 patients on six continents.

Out of Asia, a new restaurant serving Japanese and Thai cuisine, is now open at Vienna Shopping Center. Located between Bread & Kabob and Ultima for Hair, Out of Asia is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 5-9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Vienna Shopping Center is located at Maple Avenue and Courthouse Road in Vienna.

The Craftmark Group was ranked 48 out of 100 on the list of the largest privately held companies in the Washington metropolitan area. The annual revenue for 2002 totaled $247 million. The McLean-based home builder, consisting of Craftstar and Craftmark Homes, was the top residential home builder to be featured on the list. The list of largest private companies is published annually by the Washington Business Journal and focuses solely on businesses in the Washington metropolitan area.

Golfdom has joined forces with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society to take part in the Freddie Mac Longest Day of Golf. Throughout the months of September and October, area golfers have the opportunity to play golf all day free at 42 local sponsoring host courses. The golf clubs donate the green fees while participants commit to raising money to help people affected by multiple sclerosis. When anyone registers for Golfdom’s Very Important Golfer (VIG) program, $20 of his $25 VIG initiation fee will be donated to the National MS Society. Additionally, Longest Day of Golf participants who reach certain fund-raising levels will earn Golfdom gift certificates ranging from $25 to $350. All certificates will be redeemable at Golfdom, located at 8203 Watson St., McLean. To register a foursome or to learn more about the National MS Society, call 202-296-5363, or visit www.MSandYOU.org.

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<cl>John McGeehan, left, receives the gavel from immediate past President George Taylor.

<lst>John McGeehan of Great Falls, a past chairman of the Fairfax County 4-H Association, is now the president of the Rotary Club of Fairfax. He is a principal with McGeehan & Associates, PLC, attorneys at law, in Fairfax.

Todd Roy has been added to the Pinnacle Design and Consulting team. Roy received his master's in architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and comes to Pinnacle Design and Consulting from Devereaux and Associates of McLean.

Re/Max Gateway president Scott MacDonald announced that Patrick Jablonski has been named chief operating officer. Jablonski will be responsible for company expansion, agent development, recruitment and training.

On July 25th, Meta Carta announced that it had promoted Randy Ridley to the position of Vice President and General Manager, Federal Systems. In this capacity, he will have overall responsibility for management of the MetaCarta team in the federal sector.

Excedent Technologies of Vienna a global leader in business email outsourcing, anti-virus and Spam filtering solutions, today announced a partnership with SonMedia Online, a provide of dial-up Internet access and integrated safety solutions for families across America. Excedent will provide all SonMedia customers with email access that is free from the nuisances on the Internet such as Spam, viruses and pornography.

<lst>The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce schedule is as follows:

Every Tuesday, a lunch and lead tip group allows members to meet and network, share leads and mingle, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt DoubleTree Hotel at Tysons, 7801 Leesburg Pike. R.S.V.P. to Harvey Silverman, 703-319-8806.

Every Friday, a business-to-business tip group meets, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula's Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike, in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Jodi Scholes, 703-255-1500.

Aug. 28 – Business Development Committee. R.S.V.P. to Joan Fletcher at 703-273-9299.

Sept. 4-7 – The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the public to enjoy the fun and excitement of a carnival for the whole family. The carnival is an opportunity for all ages to enjoy an outing together, with children’s rides and games plus grown-up thrills.

Oct. 29 – The 57th annual Vienna Halloween Parade. Participants will have the opportunity to salute local volunteerism with the theme “Celebrate Our Volunteers: 100 Years of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.” Former Chiefs from the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will serve as Grand Marshals. Volunteers are needed to help with organization, crowd control and constructing a Chamber float. Anyone interested in helping or in serving on the committee should contact the Chamber office.