BALLSTON-VIRGINIA SQUARE

Civic Association Newsletter

May/June 1997 - Volume 20, No. 7



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE'S REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP

As the 1996-'97 Membership year draws to a close, it is with great pleasure that your Executive Committee looks back and reports to you on a year, which saw our membership continue at over 300 dues paid members. At the time of publication of this Newsletter, the actual number of dues paid members is 308. This is 12 less dues paid members than we reported one year ago in the May/June 1996 Newsletter.

All individual persons who are residents of the Ballston- Virginia Square Civic Association's area, or who in their individual capacity own residential property located therein, shall be eligible for membership in the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association.

For the purposes of this organization, the boundaries of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association are Kirkwood Rood on the east, Glebe Road on the west, Wilson Boulevard on the south, and the I-66 right-of-way on the north.

Dues are payable when first joining, and are renewable each year on or before the annual anniversary of that date.

New members, and members who have not paid their dues within the three preceding Association years, must pay their dues 30 days before they receive voting privileges. Former members, who have been members in good standing within any of the three immediately preceding Association years, may be reinstated as voting members by paying their dues for that year.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Richard Ellis, Treasurer, for an application form, at "bvsca@dgs.dgsys.com."

All members of the Association are volunteers. Dues are used to help fund the Association's activities and sponsored events. Please join the Association today, or renew your dues paid membership.

On the subject of continuing activities: The Association conducted its fourth annual fall membership survey this past year, which former President, Bob Sherretta, first initiated in 1993. Last fall, we received 78 member responses (13 more than the prior year), which helped guide the Executive Committee's actions and positions on issues throughout the year.

The Association's Newsletter continued to gain accolades, readership, and recognition around the County this past year. Also, many citizens from Arlington and outside the County now read the Association's Newsletter via the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association home page on the Internet World Wide Web ("http://www.bvsca,org"). The Association home page was successfully launched in July 1995, and is updated following the issuance of each Newsletter.

Behind the scenes, keeping all of our records straight, our Secretary of Members Records and Treasurer, Richard Ellis, continues to handle a mountain of bookkeeping and paper work. In addition to President Ragland, our Vice-President Deem Gillmore; NCAC Representative Nancy Iacomini; and Executive Committee Members, Hayden Bryan, David Ryan, and Dorothy Sticken have represented the Association, as our designated speakers, at various Planning Commission and County Board hearings this past Membership year.

Unfortunately, the Association's NCAC Representative, Nancy Iacomini, who has served in that position the past four Membership Years, will be moving out of our neighborhood sometime this summer. On the other hand, the good news is that Nancy and her husband, Dan, plan to stay in Arlington and continue their participation in local community activities. We would like to express our appreciation to Nancy for her outstanding service as (1) the Association's NCAC Representative, and (2) the BVSCA Designated Representative on the GMU/Arlington County Joint Advisory Committee, appointed by the County Board. Nancy has made many contributions to our community and County, as Chairman of the Arlington County Transportation Commission, and for her work and leadership on the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee. Also, we thank Nancy for her many hours of volunteer service.

Hayden Bryan will continue his efforts as the BVSCA Alternate Designated Representative on the GMU/Arlington County Joint Advisory Committee, appointed by the County Board. We expect Hayden to become the BVSCA Designated Representative after Nancy's departure. The Association plans to nominate BVSCA member, Valerie Preiss, to the Arlington County Board, as the next BVSCA Alternate Designated Representative on the GMU/Arlington County Joint Advisory Committee.

The Member Information Line Telephone Number, 528-1887, a.k.a. MILTN, which was first initiated as a four-month test in 1994 by Rohan Samaraweera, a past president of our Association, continues to be an effective communications tool for notifying our members of upcoming events and changes in schedule. Members and other citizens regularly call it to leave messages about matters of concern, and to listen to the many announcements that the Association has made this year. Also, more and more of our members are beginning to use electronic mail to communicate with our Association (e-mail address: "bvsca@dgs.dgsys.com").

The fourth annual Christmas party, on December, 18, 1996, at the Monticello Room of The Jefferson, 900 North Taylor Street, Arlington, Virginia, was a smashing success with 80 members and guests participating. This was 16 more members and guests in attendance than the prior year.

On the subject of issues that we dealt with: The following is a summary of, or an index to, the highlights of your Association's past year's activities, as reported in prior BVSCA Newsletters during the past Membership year. If you have not saved the prior Newsletters, one may download back issues in in ASCII standard form from the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association home page at "http://www.bvsca.org", or one may contact MILTN, the Member Information Line Telephone Number (703) 528-1887, and the Association will try to locate a back issue for you.



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