Latest from Vale Club's President
As this is my last newsletter as president, I want to thank you all for the wonderful times we’ve had over the past year. We certainly finished up strong! In our last General Meeting of the year, we voted in next year’s club officers and then heard Vale Club’s own, Trecia B. and her son, Grant provide us meaningful tips and recommendations for life and financial planning. After the meeting I was able to attend the wonderful Past President’s luncheon at Clyde’s at Willow Creek, a real treat for me. Not only was the food delicious, but I got to socialize with several past presidents, recent and not-so-much. The stories of Vale Club Past were fascinating.
Unfortunately, the nasty and rainy Spring weather prevented us from getting our updated Club Photo. I know that you all would have looked gorgeous! But there’s always next year. (We only get better with age, right?) However, despite dire forecast threats, the weather did not prevent us from enjoying a fun, very well-attended Happy Hour at Shohreh K’s lovely home. As usual, the food and company was fabulous. I’m very glad so many of you made it. It was wonderful to see all of you who attended, particularly those members who are often unable to participate in daytime club activities.
The club finished up Travel Dialogue for the year with an informative evening at the home of Nancy D.. Nancy, Anne S., and Chris L. described their adventures in New Zealand, three very different journeys into Kiwi Country…Hearing stories from Shire hopping to bird spotting proved very entertaining.
As preparations were underway, the outlook for our Annual Yard Sale fundraiser looked bleak. We were facing another wet and dreary weekend. Saturday, the day of the sale, was to be, literally, a wash-out. Surprise! It seems that we were the only sale in the area NOT to cancel that day. As the only game in town, the sale was packed. The money raised for the schoolhouse doubled last year’s. Bravo! A big congratulations and thank you goes out to Mary C. and Maria B., the organizers, as well as the many volunteers who helped make this such a success.
Yes, it has been a good month and a terrific year. I have been honored to serve as your president but I am looking forward to stepping back a little, letting Flossie D. and Robin T. take charge. I’ll be around though. In June we still have the June 3rd trip to National Harbor, and of course our end-of-year luncheon on June 14th at Wildfire. See you there. After that… vacation time! Have a great summer!
Clare Fennessy, Vale Club President
Vale Club is dedicated to enriching the lives of women in the Vale community. Our goal is to provide our members with a variety of social, educational, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The majority of our members live within the Oakton community. We have multiple member activities each month, primarily scheduled from September through May, with a few Special Interest Groups meeting during the summer months ...s
Vale Schoolhouse, at the corner of Vale and Fox Mill Roads in Oakton, VA, was built c.1884 as a one-room public school. A second room was added in 1912. The school closed in 1931 when many Fairfax County schools were consolidated ...read more
Friends of Vale Schoolhouse, Inc. is Vale Clubs 501(C)3 charity for the maintenance and preservation of the historic Schoolhouse property which was placed on the VA Landmarks Register and the National Register ... read more