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The Tower Club in Tysons Corner has been awarded ClubCorp’s 2003 Gold Circle of Excellence.

The award acknowledges performance goals and achievements including membership, operating profits and efficiency, and is ClubCorp’s most prestigious performance recognition award. It was presented this year to 20 of the company’s nearly 200 clubs.

"We worked hard this past year, and I am thrilled that our club is being recognized," said John Nicholas, general manager of The Tower Club. "I commend my entire staff, who operated together as a team to reach our club’s goals."

The Tower Club is on the 17th floor of the Towers Crescent Building, colloquially known as “the shopping bag building” because of its distinctive arches at the roofline.

From its location on top of the tallest building in Tysons Corner, The Tower Club offers views of the Tysons area, all the way to the Blue Ridge and past the Potomac.

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

Program and Special Events Committee. Thursday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., in the Chamber Office, 1437 Balls Hill Road.

Marketing Committee meeting with Membership Committee. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m., in the community room of the Governmental Center.

Rise 'n' Shine Networking Breakfast. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, meet 7:30-9 a.m., at Cafe Oggi, 6671 Old Dominion Drive. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Payment must be made in advance or at the door. No-shows are billed unless reservation is canceled 48 hours in advance. A $25 fee is charged for returned checks.

Education Committee meeting. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m., at Gannett Co. Inc., 7950 Jones Branch Drive.

Business Mixer. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., meet at Danner & Associates, 1364 Beverly Road, Suite 101. Members and guests are welcome. No fee.

Technology Committee meeting. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., in the community room of the Governmental Center.

Brown Bag Lunch with the President. On Friday, Feb. 20, at 12 p.m., come to a nonprofit roundtable in the community room of the Governmental Center. Open to the public. No fee.

Membership Orientation. On Tuesday, March 2, meet at 7:30 a.m., at Moorenkos Ice Cream Cafe, 1359 Chain Bridge Road. No fee.

The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce calendar of upcoming events is as follows:

Valentine Breakfast. On Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30-9 a.m., bring a sweetheart and introduce him/her to the VTRCC at Anita's New Mexico Style Food Inc., 521 Maple Ave. E. Networking is at 7:30, breakfast at 8 a.m. Reservations required, call 703-281-1333. Cost is approximately $12.

Evening Mixer. On Thursday, Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at a location to be determined, meet more area business owners and fellow chamber members. Bring a friend and enjoy. R.S.V.P. to 703-281-1333. Cost is $5.

11th Annual Casino Night and Taste of the Town. Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities still available. Cost is $45 per person. Purchase a ticket by Feb. 28 and receive bonus "Chamber Cash." For tickets and more information, call 703-281-1333.

Youth and Education Luncheon. Show support for area schools on Thursday, March 11. See student exhibits and presentations. Meet future business leaders. 11:30 a.m. networking and preview of student exhibits, 12 p.m. lunch, event ends at 1:30. Cost is $25 for members with reservation, $30 for nonmembers and walk-ins. Sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power. To R.S.V.P., call 703-281-1333.

A free seminar to address different retirement account rollover options will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Legg Mason; 8444 Westpark Drive; Suite 100, McLean.

Sponsor: Legg Mason Wood Walker. No charge, but registration is required. Contact Doug Smith, 703-245-2906, dgsmith@leggmason.com.

For Acumen Solutions Inc., a management and technology consulting firm in Vienna, 2003 was an eventful year of community service activities including multiple events to feed the homeless, participation in a marathon day of service and continued support of the Make-A-Wish foundation through raffles, triathlons and other fund-raising activities. Acumen Solutions was once again recognized this year as a finalist for the Northern Virginia Leadership Award in the category of Community Trustee and named one of Washington’s 50 Great Places to Work by The Washingtonian magazine. In 2003, Acumen Solutions’ employees contributed 1,265 hours of service to the community.

Acumen Solutions partnered with numerous socially responsible organizations in 2003, with a focus on providing aid to children and young adults. For the fourth year, Acumen Solutions participated in and volunteered at the Make-A-Wish Sea Colony Triathlon in Bethany Beach, Del., and sponsored the bike course for the event. In addition, it sponsored a local Wish Child and raised funds, totaling over $21,000, to support her wish and the wishes of numerous other children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Also in 2003, Acumen Solutions continued partnerships with both George Mason University (GMU) and Share Our Strength. For the third year, Acumen Solutions funded five $1,000 scholarships to benefit undergraduate students of the GMU School of Management. For the fourth time, Acumen Solutions worked with Share Our Strength to produce a corporate anniversary event, with all of the proceeds going directly to support Share Our Strength’s mission to end hunger in the United States and abroad.

Acumen Solutions’ community service also included collecting canned goods and monetary donations to support Food for Others of Northern Virginia and volunteering at So Others Might Eat in Washington, D.C., to feed the less fortunate in the area during the Thanksgiving season. Additionally, Acumen Solutions held its annual holiday drive to support Kristi’s Christmas and the Fairfax County Women’s Shelter. Throughout the year, employees of Acumen Solutions donated cell phones to Call to Protect, a domestic violence prevention program that provides wireless phones to those in danger.

Cochran & Owen LLC has opened its law offices in the Tower Club building in Tysons Corner. Founders Deborah Donick Cochran, CPA, and Amy Sandborn Owen are joined by Patrick Kennedy, Benje Allen Selan and legal specialists, paralegals and administrative assistants Dawn Hitchcock, Melanie LeTourneau, Vera Schleeter and Courtney Watson.

Before founding her own firm, Cochran was a partner at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. She designs estate plans and advises family-owned businesses on a variety of issues. Area certified public accountants and financial planners selected her as a top estate planning lawyer in the December 2002 issue of Washingtonian Magazine. Owen, formerly of Richards McGettigan Reilly & West PC, focuses her practice on employment law and commercial litigation, including litigation involving intellectual property, financial institutions, real estate, insurance and business torts. Both are members of the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia bars. For more information about Cochran & Owen, call 703-847-4480 or e-mail info@cochranowen.com.