The Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club held its annual Charter Night dinner on Monday at the Lightfoot restaurant, celebrating a year that culminated with a total of $100,000 in community fundraising and the celebration of the selection of Stilson Greene as the club’s Citizen of the Year and Bradley Gable as Rotarian of the Year.
Edgar Hatrick introduced Greene, the longtime graphic artist, marketing specialist, editorial cartoonist, business leader and concert promoter, as “someone I believe truly to be one of the most important people in Leesburg.”
A Leesburg native and Loudoun County High School graduate, Greene recalled that his public service started on the day he returned home after graduation from Radford College.
“When I came back to work here in 1976, I was here one day and got a phone call from Stanley Caulkins. He and my father were best friends. He said, ‘you’ve got to come see me.’ I said, ‘OK.’ I was in town one day. He said I volunteered you for the Bicentennial Committee.’ That is how it started,” Greene said.
He went on to serve on the Vietnam Memorial Committee, the George C. Marshall Committee, and as a leader of Leesburg Renaissance, the Downtown Improvement Association and the Downtown Leesburg Business Association, among many more.
Greene also shared a guiding piece of advice he got from an uncle who was a successful businessman just before deciding to start his own graphic design business in downtown Leesburg in 1980.
Greene showed his uncle his business plan and a list of potential clients and other well-thought-out launch strategies. His uncle said: “You don’t need any of that. I’m going to give you one direction. That is this: If you do good, you’ll do good.”