Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
March 12, 2004
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens, Staff and Issue Proclamations
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, March 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments and issue the following proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
From Library Books to Law Books
Mark Sickles Moves from Library Board to General Assembly
The Honorable Mark D. Sickles, of Alexandria, will be recognized for his service as the Lee District representative to the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees. Sickles left the Board of Trustees for responsibilities as the newly elected 43rd District delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Youth Pave the Way and Set the Standard
Alicia Harder and Alexis Kuiper Named Top Volunteers
Alicia Harder, of Reston, and Alexis Kuiper, of Fairfax, will be recognized for being named in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program as the 2004 top youth volunteers in Virginia. Harder, a seventh grade student at Herndon Middle School, has been organizing an annual holiday cookie drive and fund-raising event for the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston since she was 6 years old. Her volunteer service has provided the shelter with 250 dozen cookies and more than $10,000 in donations. Kuiper, a sophomore at Woodson High School, developed an exposition and training program to encourage Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to consider conservation issues and related occupations. The focus of her project is the shortage of female scientists, and she advocates the recruitment of female scientists to mentor Girl Scouts.
John Shughrue Jr. to Be Honored
Volunteer Service Noted
John Shughrue Jr., of Centreville, will be recognized for more than 10 years of service to the A. Heath Onthank Awards Selection Committee. The Onthank Award was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1966 to recognize accomplishments of outstanding worth in advancing and improving public service by employees of the Fairfax County government and school system.
Sharon Kelso Improves Quality of Life for Many
Community Activist Personified
Sharon Kelso, of Kingstowne, will be recognized for serving on numerous county boards and as the Director of United Community Ministries. Kelso has improved the quality of life for hundreds of those less fortunate by extending her involvement to include the Homeless Task Force, the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia and the Southeastern Health Planning Task Force.
Tuberculosis Awareness Day
Recognizing a Global Movement and Partnership
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim March 24 as Tuberculosis Awareness Day in Fairfax County. This day is set aside each year throughout the world because it is the anniversary of the discovery of the organism that causes tuberculosis, a serious disease that can damage an individualâ€™s lungs or other parts of the body and cause serious illness. More than 25,000 Americans are diagnosed with tuberculosis each year, but because of this breakthrough in medicine, in almost all cases, they can be cured.
Thomas Jefferson Library Anniversary
First Branch Library in Fairfax County Turns 50
The Thomas Jefferson Library, in Falls Church, will be recognized for 50 years of service to the residents of Fairfax County. In fiscal year 2003 the library had a circulation of nearly 272,000 books and items.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Month
Talking About the Problem
The month of March will be designated as Alternative Dispute Resolution Month in Fairfax County by the Board of Supervisors. The county employees Alternative Dispute Resolution program uses internal processes to resolve issues of workplace and interpersonal conflicts. The program also promotes, educates and teaches employees effective conflict resolution skills that can be applied in the workplace.
Co-founder of Our Daily Bread Meets Community
Beth High To Be Recognized for a Life of Service
Elizabeth (Beth) High, of Vienna, will be recognized for a lifetime of active volunteerism. High was a co-founder of Our Daily Bread, a central Fairfax food bank. In 1992, she was appointed to the first Homeless Oversight Committee established in Fairfax County and continues to serve on that committee today.
Note to Editor: A photo and text of each presentation
will be posted on the county's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/presentations.htm
on Monday, March 15, and may be downloaded. These photos will remain on
the Web site until the next meeting on Monday, March 29.