Letter: Rebecca Kittka, Monroe Technology Center

Editor: Local business owner June Bush of Lothar’s Gourmet Sausages in Purcellville was upset when her almost new freezer unit stopped working. Not only could she have lost a considerable amount of her gourmet sausage meat, but the unit would cost more than $4,000 to replace. Even worse, the company that makes and sells her unit had gone out of business, so parts were not available.

But luck was on her side this time, and it came in a spunky blonde package—

Charlotte “Charlie” McGallicher pictured with Lothar Erbe and June Bush, owners of Lothar’s Gourmet Sausage in Purcellville.
Charlotte “Charlie” McGallicher pictured with Lothar Erbe and June Bush, owners of Lothar’s Gourmet Sausage in Purcellville.

Charlotte “Charlie” McGallicher, a graduating HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) student from Monroe Technology Center. Charlie felt badly for June and Lothar and thought that she could use her skills to help. She asked her HVAC teacher, Marty Park, if she could bring the unit to Monroe as a project, and with the help of some classmates, she delivered it, trouble-shot to determine a replacement compressor was needed, researched to find a compatible part, and then carefully did the work with Mr. Park overseeing her efforts. End result? Voila! Charlie replaced the part for only the cost of the compressor. Then she and her friends delivered the unit back to June and Lothar. It now contains lots of that fresh, yummy sausage that Lothar so painstakingly creates right there at his Purcellville site on 860 E. Main St.

Charlie turned a potential tragedy into an opportunity to share her skills and her kindness—but then, that’s just how Charlie is. She is a great student, a great friend, and a great person. The Monroe Technology Center is proud to have Charlie as one of the Student Ambassadors so she can share her knowledge and experience about the school to parents and any Loudoun County students who are seeking college credit and certificates while still in high school. Charlie will be attending college at the University of South Alabama this fall where she will study nursing. No matter where she ends up, Charlie McGallicher’s character exemplifies the Monroe attitude in a spirited use of her certifications in service to others.

Rebecca Kittka

Learning specialist, Monroe Technology Center