Presentation on Cable TV Channel 69
By Community Relations Chair Beth Offenbacker
Cable TV Channel 69
Good evening. I'm Beth Offenbacker, chair of community relations for the Arlington County Civic Federation. I'm here this evening to share with you a brief overview of what the Federation is, our upcoming meetings and activities that are planned for 2005, and how you can become involved.
First of all, what is the Arlington County Civic Federation? Formed in 1916, our purpose continues to be promoting the general welfare of Arlington County and vicinity in a non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-sectional, and non-political manner.
We're open and welcoming to all groups within Arlington, and we firmly believe that participation by a broader range of groups creates better problem-solving outcomes for Arlington and its residents. Today, nearly 90 years after its founding, the Federation has more than eighty member organizations from throughout Arlington that are dedicated to advocacy and community involvement.
Members of the Arlington community -- whether or not they are members of Federation member organizations -- are welcome to attend our monthly Federation meetings.
The meetings are held in the Hazel Auditorium of the Virginia Hospital Center, at 1701 North George Mason Drive in Arlington, on generally the first Tuesday of each month, September through June, at 7:30pm.
Some of the meeting topics scheduled for 2005 include:
- Public Services on February 1st
- Transportation, including I-66 and the update of Arlington's Master Transportation Plan, on March 1st
- The County Budget on April 5th, and,
- Our State Legislature on May 3rd.
We have nearly 20 committees that provide plenty of opportunity to get involved on just about any topics that's meaningful to Arlingtonians.
Our committees cross the full spectrum, from the Airport Issues Committee to Cultural Affairs, from Public Preparedness to Schools.
We also have a terrific website, full of detailed information about our many programs and initiatives, that gives information about upcoming meetings and contact information for our President, Patrick Smaldore as well as all of our committee chairs. We encourage you to find out more about how you can become involved in the Arlington County Civic Federation by visiting us at www.civfed.org.
This page was last revised on: January 18, 2005.