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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!
FVS BOARD MEETING RECAP
It’s amazing that we are half way through our year. I want to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season.
Remember there isn’t a general meeting on Dec. 10, as the Holiday party will serve as our general meeting. I would like to thank Kathy Zichi for hosting our Holiday party on Dec. 10 at her home! I look forward to seeing you all there. In addition, the Vale Club board will meet Dec. 10 at 9:15.
Our membership currently stands at approximately 182. This is great, and I hope everyone is taking advantage of all that Vale Club offers. I hope you will use your membership to GET INVOLVED. We need help in many areas, and I know many of you are very talented. So help us out and put your talents to good use!! The 2019-2020 directory is published, and hopefully you have picked up your copy. If not, it will be available for pick up at the Holiday party. And, for those who joined after the directory was at the printer, there will be a list of names, addresses, and contact information in the January newsletter.
I also want to remind everyone – you sign up, you show up! Our committee chairs go to great length to plan amazing outings. If they have 10 people signed up, and only 2 people show up it’s a problem. Now, on heartbreaking news. I received a telephone call from our membership chairman since 2005 Ronniejean Irvin. Ronniejean will be terminating her duties in January. My heart sank. I have always said some of us won’t be around forever, but I honestly thought Ronniejean would be! She has dedicated so many years to tracking membership, collecting dues, and publishing the Vale Club directory. While her shoes will be hard to fill, I know we wish the very best to Ronniejean and Bill as they begin a more suitable lifestyle. She won’t be far, Ashburn, but she will be so missed. Ronniejean will help us through a transition, but like I said above GET INVOLVED!!! This is a great job for someone who is technically savvy and interested. Susan Wrigley and I will be on the hunt for a new membership chair but it would sure be nice if you’d help us out by volunteering. Call me anytime.
In addition to seeing you on Dec. 10 at the Holiday party, I look forward to seeing you at our next formal general meeting at the schoolhouse on Jan. 14, 2020!! Of course, if county schools are closed due to weather issues, our general meeting will not be held. If any changes due to weather, Susan will notify you. Thank you for a great 2019 and the very best to all of you for a joyous
Holiday Season! Best Regards,
Pam Guffain Vale Club President
The Board of the Friends of the Vale Schoolhouse met on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the schoolhouse to lay out our annual goals and to start a list of associated short-term goals. As one of the major goals is to keep the Vale Club members apprised of our efforts, here are some of our plans for the 2019-2020 year: • As you have seen and heard, our First Vice President, Charlene Willess, has been working together with Vale Club on a fundraising project, namely the Big Dog Pottery items embellished with the schoolhouse logo. • In addition to on-going maintenance, our Building and Grounds Committee is starting to assess the parking lot and potential changes to allow for more effective parking. • Our Governance Committee just finished reviewing and updating our rental policy and will be reviewing our insurance policies and conducting a strategic planning and organizational development session in 2020. • Finally, our Historic Preservation is working to determine what documents should be kept for the long term and where they should be stored, while at the same time keeping the Vale Club history alive with our membership through newsletter articles, artifacts in the schoolhouse, and presentations. Know that our meetings are open to all – if you would like to attend, just let me know. And if any of the above efforts spark your interest, committee members of FVS do not need to be on the FVS Board.
We’d love to have you join us!
Liz Brouckman, FVS Secretary