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The Jane Goodall Institute, located in Arlington, has announced that finance and management executive Robert Menzi has joined the JGI staff as chief financial officer. Menzi comes to the institute from Protiveris, a privately financed biosensor and nanotechnology company in Rockville, Md., where he worked as chief operating officer. He also worked as part of the corporate development staff at Raytheon Company and managed an investment partnership in the Middle East. Menzi is a native of Harbor Springs, Mich., and is married with two children. He lives in Chevy Chase, Md.

Community Residences, Inc. (CR), a leading provider of outcome-driven services for people with a wide range of disabilities in the DC-metro area, announced this week that James Monroe Bank in Arlington, presented a check for $21,000 to CR. The donation was raised during the 8th Annual James Monroe Bank Golf Classic held last October at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodridge.

Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women. This course will provide women with information to take charge of their financial future. The course includes five classes:

Jan. 25 -Financial Basics

Feb. 1 -Insurance Basics

Feb. 8 -Investing Basics

Feb. 15 -Investing for Retirement

Feb. 22 -Planning for Future Life Events

All classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. in room 10 at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford Street in Arlington. Cost: $20 (for the accompanying textbook). To register call 703-228-6417.

SOC Enterprises, one of Arlington's largest community rehabilitation centers, received a $5,000 grant from Arlington Community Foundation. The grant will be used to help renovate the computer learning/literacy center and for the purchase of instructional materials. To find out more about SOC Enterprises call 703-521-4441 or visit www.socatwork.org.

Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Fort Myer meets for lunch on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn's Vantage Point Restaurant, 1900 Fort Myer Drive. All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fellowship. Rotary is a community service organization made up of business professionals dedicated to service above self. The Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Fort Myer is currently supporting a literacy project in India. Contact Chris Zabriskie at 240-346-4237 or czabriskie@ix.netcom.com.

The South Arlington Lead Share Association (SALSA) meets for breakfast Friday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Juke Box Diner, 7039 Columbia Pike, Annandale. The first half hour is for networking. The meeting officially begins at 7:30 a.m. Only one business per profession can be represented. Visit salsanetworking.org or call Pat Cardillo at 571-331-8670.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday at noon at 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1030, Arlington. The diverse membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small-business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Visit to find out how Toastmasters can improve skills in all areas of public speaking and communicate more effectively. Call Barbara Hicks at 703-558-2266, or visit www.firsteditiontm.org .

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Arlington Holiday Inn, N. 4610 Fairfax Drive, Arlington. BNI leverages the power of word-of-mouth marketing and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals as they grow their business. Only one person per professional classification or specialty may join a chapter. For more information, contact Greg Brewer at 703-237-2705.

The Northern Virginia Business Referrals group meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Highway, Arlington. The group facilitates networking by limiting membership to one member per profession and has been in existence since 1996. For more information on the Northern Virginia Business Referrals, call 703-312-7117, or visit www.nvbr.org.

DeVry University recently hosted Young Women in Technology, a day program designed to encourage high school girls to embrace tech careers. Over 160 girls and educators attended.