The Civic Voice
Newsletter of the Arlington County Civic Federation
April, 2001 - Volume 85, No. 9
State Delegation To Visit May Meeting
May 2001 General Meeting
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1st
Arlington Hospital, Hazel Auditorium
1701 N. George Mason Drive
May Meeting Program
This month�s general membership meeting will feature a visit from Congressman Jim Moran and our
State Legislators (all had been invited as of press time). We will also hear a presentation from the Arlington Extension Service. We are hoping to get an update from our Committee Chairs on their plans through the end of the year. This should be a lively program with
plenty of interesting topics for everyone. Latebreaking Note: The Public Services resolution has been postponed until next month.
- Congressman Jim Moran
- Visit With Legislative Delegation
- Extension Service Presentation
Annual Banquet a Big Success!
Those of you unable to make the March 30th celebration at the Ballston
Hilton missed a great evening! Attendance was higher than any in recent
memory (over 115 people showed) with numerous local dignitaries including
State Delegates, County Board Members, the Acting County Manager, Sheriff,
Police Chief and many more. Randy Swart, Awards Committee Chairman, reports
about those we recognized for civic service this year on the following page.
2001 Civic Service Awardsby Randy Swart
Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:
Reid was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding work as
Chair and Co-Chair of the Federation's Housing Committee, and as the
Federation's representative to the Citizens Advisory Commission on Housing
and the Task Force on Affordable Housing.
Terri Prell and Roger Meyer
These two recipients raised the level of the Federation's interaction with
Arlington's schools over the past two years as co-Chairs of our Schools
Jay Jacob Wind
Jay was recognized for his work as co-Chair of the Federation's Parks
Committee and for contributions to our Web page Toolkit for New Delegates,
including a compilation of typical civic association revenues and expenses,
and advice to civic associations on Internet techniques.
The Journal Cup Awarded to Frances Finta
Frances is a mainstay of the Federation who, among many other things, is our
current Treasurer and has been our Membership Committee Chair since 1985.
She has served on the Executive Committee, Schools Committee, Awards
Committees, Audit Committees, Nominating Committees, Special Events
Committee, Banquet Committee, County Fair booth staff and more.
Jean (left) and Frances (right)
Order of Distinguished Meritorious Service for Jean Mostrom
Jean was recognized for sustained and exceptional service as President,
Parliamentarian, Co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee, and service in a variety
of civic organizations beyond the Federation.
Nominations Committee Looking for
The five members of the Nominating Committee elected at the April meeting
are seeking the input of Federation delegates regarding membership on next
year's Executive Committee.
Executive Committee Candidates!
The Executive Committee is responsible for the general supervision of the
Federation's financial and business affairs between regular business
meetings. Membership involves attending one monthly meeting in addition to
the regular monthly general membership meeting.
Please contact a member of the Nominating Committee with the names of
delegates or alternates whom you think would serve the Federation well as a
member of the Executive Committee. You can make your suggestions directly
to Nominating Committee members at the May 1 meeting, or contact them by
telephone before May 4, 2001: Frances Finta (528-2882); Wayne Kubicki
(536-1954); Ann Rudd (536-8270); Tim Wise (243-8345); and Sue Zajac
Neighborhood Day On May 12th
If you get this newsletter by April 28, it�s still not too late to enter a
float for your organization in the annual Neighborhood Day Parade! This
year�s parade will include lots of our neighbors and many interesting
participants of a historical nature and a �Bicentennial Flavor.� If you
aren�t in the parade � don�t miss the opportunity to watch it from Wilson
Blvd � and cheer your neighbors on! The festivitives in the Courtyard and
Parking Area afterward are not to be missed, either!
Arlington Extension Service Visit
Our May 1 meeting will include a presentation on Arlington's partnership
between Virginia's land grant universities and the county's Department of
Parks, Recreation and Community Resources. The Extension's programs and
services provide assistance in such areas as individuals, families and youth
at risk; economic stability; and environmental quality. In Arlington, the
Extension is involved in the County Fair, Farmer's Market, Master Gardeners,
and Community Gardens
Bicentennial Attics Project
As we heard at the March meeting, the Bicentennial Celebration Task Force is
seeking the participation of Civic Federation members. In cooperation with
the Arlington Community Archives and the Arlington Historical Society, we
are encouraging Arlingtonians to search through the letters, photographs,
maps, and artifacts in their homes or offices for items that help to flesh
out the story of our community's past. We hope to expand our rich
historical resources through donations of such items by individuals and
organizations. For more information or to donate, contact Charlene Bickford
at 703-525-7368or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More Neighborhood Day Activities!
Besides the neighborhood activities and parade, don�t forget about these
Columbia Pike Blues Festival goes from noon to 6 p.m. at Patrick Henry
School, 701 So. Highland Street (May 12). Admission is free, and the lineup
features Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson -- plus great food,
free moonbounce, antique cars, swing dancing and an instrument petting farm.
Twilight Tattoo � Fort Myer�s 3rd U.S. Infantry and the U.S. Army Band will
honor Arlington�s Bicentennial with music and military pageantry that is
terrifically impressive. Hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of
Washington on the Summerall Parade Field at 6:30 p.m., this ceremony is free
and open to the public. Contact the Army at (703) 696-4979 for details!
First, at the risk of repeating my self yet again, but I�ll say it once
more � my hat�s off to the Banquet Committee (especially to Kim Smith) for a
wonderful Annual Banquet.
This May�s visit by the State Delegation should be an interesting
evening. With the budget standoff and political redistricting ongoing, I
expect an interesting question and answer period.
- On May 23rd, I�ll be sitting in as a participant at a roundtable
regarding the County�s Task Force on Arlington�s Future -- commenting on
reformulating the County�s vision of a diverse community of dynamic, secure
residential and commercial neighborhoods; a learning, caring participating
community in which each person is important. Contact me if you have
comments on how this vision ought to be reshaped.
- The schools have contacted us seeking input in two areas � first, we
have an opportunity to nominate a Federation member for the Advisory Council
On School Facilities. Second � we may wish to nominate one or more of our
members for the School Board�s Honored Citizen, 2001 award. If you are
interested in serving on the advisory council or wish to nominate someone
for the Honored Citizen award, contact our Schools Committee Co-Chairs
listed on the back cover of this newsletter!
See you on Tuesday!
-- Jim Pebley
p.s.: Public Comment still starts at 7 p.m.!
p.p.s: Don�t forget about our Civic Heroes Program! If you know some truly
worthy Arlingtonian, contact an Executive Committee Member or Federation
Officer about nominating him or her!
President Jim Pebley 703-525-0766 jim+
Vice President Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 dan+
Treasurer Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)
Secretary Tim Wise 703-243-8345 tim+
Chairman - Patrick Smaldore 703-528-3935 - patrick+
Member - Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 - (voice or fax) - (no email)
Member - Darnell Carpenter 703-243-5188 - darnell+
Member - Mileva Hartman 703-841-9287 - mileva+
Member - Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 - dan+
Member - Susan Quinn 703-931-1755 - susan+
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