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Latest from Vale Club's President:  

Welcome to spring and a new beginning. Everything is coming back to life: flowers, trees, grass, and most important, Vale Club members gathering together.
April was a busy month. Joanne Walker hosted another Virtual Break Out Room Social Hour. Our Hiking Group and Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Book Clubs were well attended and enjoyed. Our Tuesday, April 13 General Meeting had a record number of members attend (46). We were quite fortunate to have one of our Vale Club favorite speakers, Bob Poczik, who certainly entertained and educated. On Friday, April 23, the Vale Schoolhouse door and shutters opened. How wonderful that Charlene Willess secured such a perfect gathering place for the April Birthday Dessert Celebration. On Saturday, April 24, 13 members gathered for yard and shed cleanup. Pam Guffain and Julie McGraw, what a mammoth shed task you and your team accomplished with smiles and stamina. Elizabeth Fribush, your expertise and organization certainly were beneficial. I applaud and APPRECIATE all of you that devoted your Saturday morning to help with the cleanup. Thank you to those who volunteered: Nancy Bruther, Priscilla Bezdek, Helen Cramond, Hilary Lofink, Rita Perre-Davis, Carole Nicholas, Lynn Roepe, Julie Wolff, Consuela Woodford, and Anne Zimmer. Tracey Henderson and Mary Braun, thanks for getting up early and delivering beverages and food. DELICIOUS!
We welcome two member volunteers who will serve the remainder of this year, as well as the next fiscal year. Rita Perre-Davis (our new Seasonal Decor Coordinator), we look forward to enjoying all of the outdoor decorations you design and select. Marilyn Parks (our new Mobile Flora Coordinator), glad you could join us. The arrangements soon to be in the four pots located by the school house are sure to delight all who visit and view from Vale Road and Fox Mill Road. As the end of the year approaches, there are still a few people who need to fulfill the two-hour commitment.
If you have not completed your hours, watch for emails describing varied occasions where assistance is needed. Of course, there is an optional buy-out for members who are unable to fulfill the two-hour volunteer commitment. Make your $40 check out to Vale Club, make note in Memo Section ofVale Club President Check for Two Hour Buyout, and mail to Susan Wrigley 3214 Fox Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124. Although much of our activities have been virtual rather than in person this year, the monthly bills and maintenance and improvements to our cherished and historic schoolhouse and grounds do not stop.
May and June offer lots more activities for you. Please refer to Vale Club calendar. Again I want to encourage you to SAVE THE DATES: On Wednesday, June 9 will be our annual Vale Club End-of-Year Luncheon. On Saturday, June 19 will be our annual Vale Club Happy Hour (spouses invited). Both events are outdoor settings. Hope to see many of you at our annual and LAST general meeting on Tuesday, May 11, at 9:15 AM via ZOOM. The Nomination Committee will announce the slate of Vale Club Officers for the 2021-2022 year, ask for additional nominations from “the floor,” and conduct voting. Should you have any questions, recommendations, or creative ideas, do not hesitate to contact me.

Fondly, Susan Wrigley Vale Club President
 

Latest from Friends of Vale Schoolhouse:  

History Highlights: “a place to tie to”
A Poem for Spring
The poem below was written by Mary Virginia Miller Wampler. Read it and see if you don’t agree that it applies as much today as it did over 85 years ago.
 
Vale
Vale is in the country
With trees and flowers fair
The birds sing unmolested
And there is plenty of fresh air.
Sympathetic interest is here
When anyone is ill
Cheery words and kindness are shown
And hearts with gratitude fill.
The Sunday School and church
Furnish our religious life
They help to create peace
And take a way the strife.
At the Community House on the hill
We have our fun and glee
We are quite happy here
And feel so fresh and free.
With all these pleasures ‘round us
In this peaceful little dale
It is no wonder that
We like to live in Vale.
 
Mary Virginia Miller Wampler, who grew up in Vale, attended school at the schoolhouse, and her mother was the first president of the Vale Club. Her family home was at 3006 Fox Mill Road. Our building remains as the heart of our community; it remained in the heart of its students as the beginning of their educational adventures.
 
Darlene Williamson
Chair of the Historical Preservation Committee

Vale Club

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
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Vale Schoolhouse

A brief history of The Vale Schoolhouse as recorded by the Fairfax County Public Schools of Yesteryear and Todayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUOCcwvqBB0

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

 

Contact Us

  • The Vale Schoolhouse is located at the corner of Vale Rd and Fox Mill Rd in Oakton, VA
  • P.O. Box 6, Oakton,VA 22124
  • For other information contact our President at Pguffain@tfi.org