The leaves and temperature may be falling, but Vale Club members rise above the quarantined lifestyle. We continue to look for the good things, to assist others who are less fortunate, to provide food and caring communication to those who have health concerns, to enjoy a lay-low “staycation” with family and friends, and to be stronger together.
Be sure and let Liz Brouckman (Membership Chair) know how much you appreciate all the time and effort and edits that she, along with Marguerite Choate (Member Development) devoted to our 2020-2021 Vale Club Handbook (directory). Thank you to everyone who has picked up the festive orange directory from Pam Guffain’s (Vice President) porch. If you have a chance, drive by our Vale Club Schoolhouse and look at the colorful decorations of scarecrows and cornstalks that Pam Guffain and several devoted volunteers constructed and displayed. Especially fun is the signage Lee Ellis returned to the fence when we learned that a returning member had seen the banner and contacted Liz Brouckman to rejoin. Welcome back to the Vale Club family, Susanne Skaggs. We are now 151 strong.
There’s comfort in being a part of a strong community and supporting our neighborhood first responders with baked good. The Fair Oaks, Fox Mill, and Rosehaven Fire Stations were delighted. Thank you to the 36 members who baked and to the Hospitality Committee (Chaired by Ann Richardson and Co chaired by Patricia DeTeresa, Susan Reeves, and Katerina Voudouris), who coordinated, repackaged, and delivered the goodies.
Take the time to look over the Calendar of Events on Sign Up Genius (SUG). November provides us with additional opportunities to gather virtually and in-person. Consider the fun virtual TRIVIA Night. November is the month to set back our clocks, elect chosen politicians, honor veterans, and cherish and give thanks for family and friends. Even with all that 2020 has presented, there is still so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
The Vale Club Board and Committee Chairs/ Co Chairs are researching alternatives to our December Holiday Party. Stay tuned. Should you have any questions, recommendations, or creative ideas, do not hesitate to contact me.
Fondly, Susan Wrigley Vale Club President
The Vale Schoolhouse Parking Lot Improvement Project continues moving forward! Many thanks to Lindsey Iacovino and Elizabeth Fribush for their leadership on this effort. On November 4th, the landscape construction work will begin followed by the laying of new gravel. Despite the fact that we are not able to meet in the schoolhouse, we continue to take steps to ensure that the schoolhouse is in good shape. Recently, our handy man has been replacing boards and painting the front porch.
FVS is pleased to announce that Darlene Williamson will Chair the Historical Preservation Committee. Darlene is a long-time member of Vale Club having served in numerous capacities including Vale Club President. She is also a past President of Friends of Vale Schoolhouse. We are grateful for her continued service on behalf of the Vale Schoolhouse. The FVS Board met on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Discussions were focused on Corporate Goals, Buildings and Grounds, Fire Detection system/ FCFRD, and updating and maintaining essential documentation.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Charlene Willess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlene Willess FVS Rep to VC
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
A brief history of The Vale Schoolhouse as recorded by the Fairfax County Public Schools of Yesteryear and Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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
Most Vale Club activities are being held via ZOOM. You can access Vale Club’s zoom in one of two ways—Sign-UpGenius (SUG) from the Welcome page or, by clicking on the link which will be contained in the general meeting notices each month. The Calendar of Events is subject to change depending on the status of COVID-19. We plan to secure speakers for our ZOOM general meetings. If you have ideas on great speakers willing to donate their time, please let me know by phone (202-257-3043) or via e-mail at email@example.com. Thank you, as always, for working through these challenging times with us!
Pam Guffain Vale Club Vice President
Life isn’t always a sunshiny day, but our friendships in the Vale Club help sustain us through the rough times. When you hear of a member who could use a visit, a card, or other help and support, please let me know. As your Sunshine Chair I’ll make sure our members receive the Tender Loving Care they need. Thanks to all for keeping in touch with me on behalf of our members. And may our year be filled with “blue sky and sunshine” days. Sunshine Chair is Diane Durbin.