Special Business Meeting, Feb. 19
Greetings to all Providence District Council members.
I am writing to invite you to a special and important business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to discuss whether, and how best, to continue the Providence District Council in 2013 and beyond.
As many of you know, the PDC came very close to closing down last spring, because no volunteers initially stepped forward to take over the board of directors. While that specific problem was solved for 2012, it’s fair to say that PDC scraped along in the last year, rather than truly thriving. Based on conversations I had in December with a number of civic activists in Providence, I was encouraged to keep PDC going, and I also received some very good ideas for broadening PDC participation and keeping the organization relevant and vital for the coming years.
If you remain interested in our community, and believe there is a value in having an independent, nonpartisan forum where concerned citizens can come together, I urge you to attend. We welcome your interest and ideas, but we also welcome your volunteer help to build and sustain the PDC.
The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Administrative Center, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027. Tentatively, I’d like to introduce three topics for discussion, and then open the floor to other topics.
1) Should the PDC continue in 2013? If so, what should its primary purpose be?
2) Creation of a program committee and a year-long meeting calendar. These related ideas, suggested by Flint Webb, would create a program committee of 7-10 people. The idea is to spread the burden of program organizing, by having each committee member plan 1-2 meetings in a year. This also would better tap into our collective expertise, by having, as an example, someone specializing in the environment or public safety organize meetings on those topics.
3) Identifying better models to promote PDC meetings, and the organization as a whole, to individuals and groups that may lack awareness.
If it is the consensus of those attending on Feb. 19 that the PDC should remain in operation another year, we will take time to identify topic volunteers for a program committee and at least create a program calendar through the spring months. If you have particular program interests that you’d like to focus on, please let me know before or during the meeting. Likewise, if you would consider working on the board, this year or next, or to assist with the PDC web site, that also would be helpful to know.
Whatever is decided Feb. 19, there also will be a meeting Wednesday, March 6, when Supervisor Linda Smyth, School Board Member Patty Reed and the county and school budget staffs will discuss the FY2014 county and school budgets. That meeting will start at 7 pm, in Room 111 of the Dunn Loring Administrative Center.
Thank you for your interest in both Fairfax County and Providence District, and I hope to see you Feb. 19.
Providence District Council Chair