Walking around you see trees blooming out and, if you have a window open in the morning, you hear birds singing. We all know we had a relatively mild winter. The two months we met at the Oakton library, January and February, turned out well because the library was warm and the room we use there is very nice. Our Hospitality Committee served us well in spite of the change of location. Then wouldn’t you know that our March Meeting would get snowed out!
Soldier Care Package Day was last Friday, March 24. The schoolhouse was a busy place. Darea M set up a table for members to design and write note cards to go in the soldiers’ boxes. Sharon K and Patti C organized the packing items and members assembled them for the boxes. Patti reported that we sent 24 boxes this year. That represents hours of volunteer work both before and after the packing, as well as the time spent completing the boxes and delivering them to the post office. Everyone who participates, in spite of the hours of labor, say they are happy to do this for our soldiers.
The annual yard sale is scheduled for May 20-21. Maria B and Mary C will be looking for help to organize this event. This is an opportunity to fulfill your volunteer hours if you still need to do so.
A heads-up to all members. Santa Claus will be coming to Vale Club for family photos, including four-legged family members. This will be done in time for holiday greeting cards. We think this will be a first for Vale Club and we expect it to be a success. The artists of Vale Club will sponsor this event.
Vale Club President
Please start saving your “stuff” for our Vale Club Yard Sale!
This year our annual Vale Club Yard Sale will be on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21. Last year’s May date brought record profits for us so we thought we would try it again. As you begin your Spring cleaning please set aside items for our sale. We welcome donations of all kinds of household items, small furniture, tools, children’s items, toys, books, clothing, collectibles, etc. Our schoolhouse is transformed into a bustling store with shoppers coming from the community. All of your donations are tax deductible. For questions please contact Mary Colombi or Maria Barba. Mary.email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten years into this project and we’re still going strong. There continues to be a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment for our Soldier Care Package enterprise. This month we mailed 24 care packages (451 lbs. of goodies) reaching hundreds of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the soldiers say that the exchanges run out of everyday items so your generosity will be appreciated more than you know. This mailing we focused on cards with inspiring messages for the Wounded Warriors recuperating at the Landstul hospital in Germany. The soldiers love receiving notes letting them know how much we appreciate all they have sacrificed to keep America safe.
We'd like to thank the following who helped Vale Club:
Dr. Craig Scimeca’s support to our Soldier Care Package project over the years has been nothing short of amazing. Once again he came through with several boxes each of toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes. Hundreds of soldiers will benefit from his generosity.
Girl Scout Troop 3250, once again donated boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and handmade cards for the soldiers. The cards really help with morale and everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies! Thank you for all of your efforts over the years.
The last few years the Vale United Methodist Women’s group has partnered with us to support the troops. They donated $100 and items for the Soldier Care Package Project. We appreciate their continued support.
We’d also like to send a big thank you to the pre-school students who also made cards for the soldiers
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
Dedication Ceremony in April: Mark your calendars now to join us at a special April meeting for The Dedication Ceremony of Wilma's Tree, our School's Bell and a special handmade table. The table is being crafted from one of our very own school yard's trees and is lovingly being made for us by Chip Bowers, husband of Sue Bowers! We will be joined by a wonderful speaker followed by a potluck luncheon. Details as we get closer to Spring!
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