The Rock Springer - October 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Williamsburg Middle School Music Room
Rock Spring Civic Association Annual Meeting
RSCA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday October 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the Music Room of Williamsburg Middle School on Harrison St. Biennial elections will be held for all RSCA positions, and our principal speaker, Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan, will conduct a town hall meeting with residents; so bring your questions for the County Manager! In addition, important votes will be taken on proposed changes to RSCA’s Bylaws, as discussed below, and on the design of Rock Spring neighborhood signs to be installed at four entry points to our neighborhood. Updates will also be given on significant projects and other developments in our area. All RSCA residents/members are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting, vote in the elections, and review in advance the Agenda (attached) and other meeting information, found in the “2011 Annual Meeting Folder” in the Documents section of the RSCA web site: www.rockspringcivicassoc.org .
Nominations and Elections The full slate of candidates endorsed by the RSCA Executive Committee is attached. Additional candidates, who are residents and dues paying members of RSCA, may be nominated by contacting Chair person Sue Gartner (email@example.com or 703-536-6986) or another member of the Nominating Committee, i.e. Judy Wheat or Charlie Flickner. Pursuant to RSCA’s By-laws, all nominations must be completed prior to the Annual meeting; therefore nominations will close on Oct. 20, 2011.
Proposed Bylaws Revisions The RSCA Executive Board is proposing amendments to certain provisions of the Bylaws that now require RSCA to both publish a newsletter and announce key RSCA events in it, e.g Annual Meetings, elections, proposed Bylaws amendments, etc. Since the printed newsletter has become costly to distribute and the electronic version redundant with our website and listserv postings, the proposed amendments (attached) would replace the newsletter requirements with substitute language allowing RSCA the flexibility to use other forms of modern communications media accessible by all members. Approval of these amendments requires a two-thirds majority vote at the Annual Meeting.
2012 RSCA Membership Dues
Please pay your voluntary membership dues (only $10 per household) to:
Alan Geralnick, RSCA Treasurer,
Include your name, mailing address, and email address, so we may verify your membership eligibility and (with your permission) add you to our Listserv -- thus enabling you to receive emails providing timely information about future meetings, neighborhood project developments, local traffic alerts, emergency conditions, and other key neighborhood events/developments. Dues also may be paid at the October 27 Annual Meeting. Thanks.
Two separate projects are currently being designed to beautify and improve Williamsburg Blvd. in the Rock Spring Civic Assoc. area, with a third project being considered to follow at a later stage. Collectively they would redevelop the medians, curbs, gutters, and intersections along Williamsburg Blvd between Kensington and Glebe Rd. For further details see Williamsburg Blvd. in the Community Projects section.
Planning and design work continue for Phase 2 of the ODD Ped. Improve. project, which will extend O
ld Dominion Dr.
For further details see Old Dominion Dr. in the Community Projects section.
sidewalks, gutters, and storm drains into the Rock Spring area from Glebe Road to Williamsburg Blvd. plus
make spot improvements at the intersection of 38th Street North and Edison Street. Phase 2 construction is now projected to begin in early 2013, contingent on obtaining easements from property owners, VDOT approvals and some additional funding.
Message from the President
Significant developments continue to take place in the Rock Spring neighborhood, including planning for the long-awaited Old Dominion Dr. sidewalk, curb and gutter project and two projects on Williamsburg Blvd. to resurface road surfaces and implement storm water bio-retention in the medians. The RSCA Executive Board, which actively monitors and engages on these and other activities affecting RSCA residents, has been blessed over the years with dedicated leaders. To assure continuation of that strong leadership and to broaden its geographic representation. the Executive Board named Judy Wheat and Lynn Pollock to fill interim vacancies created on the Board when long time members Paul Michl and Judy Guerrero resigned during the recent two year interval between elections. Now David Wahl, another member who has actively contributed to RSCA's work for many years, has decided not to seek re-election due to a potential relocation, and the nominating committee has proposed another strong candidate, Lisa Burnett, to replace him.
While an effective Executive Board is essential to guiding developments in our area, there is no adequate substitute for an informed and active citizenry who knows what is happening and able to provide their input. Our most cost effective and timely way of keeping them informed about County projects, important RSCA meetings, community events, traffic and emergency alerts, etc. is RSCAs' Yahoo listserv, used for email distribution. I therefore strongly urge you to subscribe to it. (Your email address will not be shared with others without your further permission.) The easiest ways to subscribe are to:
1) Visit RSCA’s website www.rockspringcivicassoc.org homepage, click on “subscribing to RSCA email updates”, and then supply the requested contact information; or
2) Just give your contact information to Alan Geralnick, RSCA Treasurer, when you pay your dues at the Annual Meeting (see above) and ask him to enter your information in the listserv.
The RSCA Executive Board joins me in inviting you to the Annual Meeting. We look forward to meeting you there.
Rock Spring Civic Association
7:30 P.M., Oct. 27, 2011
Williamsburg Middle School Music Room
II Town Hall discussion with Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan
III Election of Officers and Board members – Sue Gartner, Nominations Chair
IV Approval of Proposed By-Laws Changes – Carl Cunningham
V Approval of Neighborhood Conservation Signs – Lynn Pollock
VI Updates on Developments in the Rock Spring area – various speakers
VII Other business/announcements
Proposed Amendments to RSCA By-Laws
Oct. 27, 2011 Annual Meeting
Whereas “The Rock Springer” newsletter is time consuming to publish, cost ineffective and redundant with other RSCA member communications media,
Therefore be it resolved that By-Laws requirements to publish a newsletter and publish certain activities in it are hereby rescinded and replaced with language permitting RSCA to use various communications media accessible to all members, as outlined below.
By-Laws Section Existing Language Proposed Change
Rock Spring Civic Association
Candidates Endorsed by the RSCA Executive Board
For election at the Oct. 27, 2011 Annual Meeting
Carl Cunningham 3417 N. George Mason Dr.
Mark Luncher 3481 N. Emerson St.
Alan Geralnick 5117 N. 37th St.
Charlie Flickner 3416 N. Glebe Rd.
Executive Board Directors
Mary Cottrell 5530 Yorktown Blvd.
Deirdre Donahue 4844 Rock Spring Rd.
Suzanne Gartner 3420 George Mason Dr.
Lynn Pollock 3659 N. Harrison St.
Sharon Jolly 3790 N. Dumbarton St.
Gregg Kurasz 3465 N. Edison St.
Judy Wheat 4879 Old Dominion Dr.
John Roberts 4906 N. 34th Rd.
Lillian Ulman 3706 N. Albemarle St.
Lisa Burnett 3525 N. Delaware St.
Kevin Scott 5631 Williamsburg blvd