BVSCA Membership Meeting March 2009

Agenda for Meeting Tuesday, 31 March 2009

7:00 PM A. Discussion and planning by officers and representatives until 7:30 pm.

Important Considerations.
Agenda Handouts.

7:30 PM B. Arlington County Police Department Information: Announcements and/or reports concerning law enforcement. Our 1st District police contact: Captain Franz Desamour ,, 703 228 4062. Corporal Chris Feltman, Operations Division, is the liaison to BVSCA. We are free to contact him/her with questions or requests at 703 228 3600 Ext. 9759,

7:45 PM C. Virginia Legislative Developments and Progress. A discussion of issues of interest to our community resulting from the work of the Commonwealth of Virginia legislative session completed through February 2009. Our presenter is Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, representing the 31st District in the Virginia State Senate. Her district includes our BVSCA boundaries, Arlington, VA as well as portions of neighborhood counties.

Introduction of Senator Mary Margaret Whipple. (Senator Whipple Handouts)


Senator Mary Margaret Whipple represents the 31st District in the Virginia State Senate. The 31st District includes Arlington County north of Columbia Pike, the City of Falls Church and eight precincts in eastern Fairfax County. Now serving her fourth term, Mrs. Whipple was first elected to the Senate of Virginia in November 1995. She is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, the Education and Health, the Finance, the Privileges and Elections and is the Chairman of the Rules Committees of the Senate.

Before her election to the Senate of Virginia, Mrs. Whipple was a member of the Arlington County Board from 1983 to 1996. During her years of service on the County Board Senator Whipple took an active interest in transportation issues, serving on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors as member from Arlington in 1985 and from 1988 until her election to the Senate.

Senator Whipple is a member of a number of Legislative Commissions including the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, the Virginia Housing Commission, the Legislative Support Commission and the Virginia Commission on Energy and Environment, which she chairs. Senator Whipple is Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Committee on the Environment, and is a member of the Southern Legislative Conference's Energy and Environment Committee, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Air Quality Committee and the NCSL's Critical Health Areas Project.

A former instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, Mary Margaret Whipple began her career of public service as a volunteer in her daughters' schools. Long active in the Parent-Teacher Association, she was appointed to the Arlington County School Board in 1976, and was Chairman in 1978. She was a member of the Virginia School Boards Association Legislative Committee in 1978-80.

Born in Illinois, Senator Whipple grew up in College Station, Texas. She attended Rice University, received her BA from the American University in Washington, DC, and earned a Master's Degree from the George Washington University.

Senator Whipple is an Honorary Member of the Board of Scenic Virginia. She is a member of the Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Arlington Kiwanis Club, the League of Women Voters, the Arlington Historical Society and the Committee of 100. She is a member of the PEO Sisterhood and of Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority.

A resident of Arlington County since 1964, Mary Margaret Whipple is a member and elder of the Church of the Covenant, Presbyterian. The Senator is married to Thomas S. Whipple and is the mother of two daughters who are graduates of the Arlington Public School system. She is the proud grandmother of three boys and two girls.

Membership and Guest Questions and Discussion. Please state your name and address so we can identify you and your relationship with BVSCA and Arlington.

Possibilities if Time Permits.

8:30 PM D. A planned presentation on the Notable Tree Program was postponed until Spring (perhaps BVSCA May 2009 program).

8:35 PM E. Business Meeting.

Approve the appointment of a Nominating Committee for upcoming elections by vote. Election of officers is deferred until BVSCA's meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Nominations will be accepted from any member in good standing. Self-nominations are encouraged. Present names to me and I will see that they are given to the Chairperson of the Nominations Committee.

9:20 PM F. Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC)

9:25 PM G. New business. Consider any or all of these options and any others proposed:

Comments on activities of the Arlington County Civic Federation: Any ACCF representative who attended can summarize if practical.

Adjourn Meeting. Motion and second needed.

Daniel B. Corts
Monday, March 23, 2009

Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association Information

BVSCA meetings are normally held on the last Tuesday of alternate months. (2009-Jan 27, Mar 31, May 26, Jul28, Sep 29, Nov 24). The location is the public meeting room behind (north of) the Willow Restaurant, northeast corner of N. Utah St. and Fairfax Dr., Ballston Station Building (4301),Arlington. The entrance is the fourth set of green doors, 1000 block on N. Utah St.

BVSCA has parking garage arrangements in the Ballston Station Building, 4301 N. Fairfax Drive. Bring your Colonial Parking ticket to the meeting; we will stamp it with a mark (BVSCA Arlington, VA) that the garage attendants recognize. The parking garage entrance is on the building's east side, 1000 block of N. Taylor St. Elevators will bring you from garage to street level. On arrival, you must exit the building on the ground floor to enter our meeting room on the N. Utah St. side.

Parking Garage: Contacts: Jim Lawlor, 202 295 8210,; Adam Herrera covering for Jim on 17 Mar08, 202 295 8212; Solomon Aklilu, garage manager at 4301 N. Fairfax Dr.

Officers and representatives elected and/or appointed for 2008- 2009:

BVSCA Membership Application

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Dues: $10 per year. Please make checks payable to BVSCA.

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City: _______________________ Zip:_____________


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Mail to: Daniel B. Corts, 1223 N. Vernon Street, Arlington, VA 22201

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