Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff

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Oct. 15, 2004

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff, Issue Proclamations and Adopt Resolutions

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 18, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments and issue proclamations and adopt resolutions as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

November is Adoption Awareness Month
Raising awareness about adoption
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim the month of November as Adoption Awareness Month in Fairfax County. The primary purpose of Adoption Awareness Month is to educate the public about adoption, adoptive families and children who need adoptive homes. Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services Foster Care and Adoption program works with collaborative organizations such as Kidsave International and the community to expand outreach efforts to recruit adoptive families for children in need of permanency.

Recognizing the Contributions and Achievements of Persons with Disabilities
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate the month of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Fairfax County to heighten awareness of the potential possessed by the millions of Americans with disabilities who currently serve in the workforce as well as those who are ready and willing to join the workforce. For Americans with disabilities, employment is vital to independence, empowerment and quality of life. By providing people with disabilities the opportunities to fully participate in the job market, Virginians with disabilities may continue to make valuable contributions to their neighborhoods, state and nation.

November is American Indian Heritage Month
Recognizing members of the American Indian community
The Board of Supervisors will honor the accomplishments, contributions and culture of American Indians, Alaska natives and native-born Hawaiians by proclaiming November as American Indian Heritage Month in Fairfax County. Our nation’s history is linked to the histories of the many peoples who first inhabited this land, their chronicles speaking to us through the names of our cities, lakes, rivers and the lives of those who retain the cultural, spiritual, linguistic and kinship bonds of their heritage.

Nifty Fifty and Getting Better Every Day
Rose Hill community celebrates 50th anniversary
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate the Rose Hill community on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Created in 1954 on land that was once part of an 18th century plantation, Rose Hill was established by Daniel French, the builder of the historic Pohick Church. For 50 years the community of Rose Hill has demonstrated commitment to community service and foresight to ensure the quality of life enjoyed by all residents.

Fred C. Morin is Fairfax County’s Longest Serving Appointee
More than four decades of dedicated service
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to pay tribute to Fred Morin of Springfield for more than four decades of dedicated service to the residents of Fairfax County and the Lee District, on the Fairfax Water board of directors. During his tenure, Morin oversaw the quality of the water supply in Fairfax County. From 1969 to 2002 he served as chairman of Fairfax Water and as chairman emeritus from 2002 to 2004. Morin has been the longest serving appointee to any of the boards, authorities and commissions of Fairfax County government.

J. Kenneth Klinge Provided Perceptive Perspective
Service on the Commonwealth Transportation Board
J. Kenneth Klinge, of Alexandria, will be recognized for eight years of noteworthy, keen, and insightful service on the Commonwealth Transportation Board serving the residents of Fairfax County and the Lee District. Klinge is known for exhibiting a special brand of understanding during each phase of the Mixing Bowl development plan.

Richard Risk To Be Recognized
Noteworthy service
Richard Risk, of Falls Church, will be recognized for eight years of dedicated service to the residents of Fairfax County on the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, including chairing the commission from September 2000 to August 2002.

October 23 is VolunteerFest® Day 2004
Get involved
The Board of Supervisors will declare Oct. 23 as VolunteerFest® Day 2004. By giving time, talent and personal commitment to the betterment of the community, residents who volunteer also inspire others with whom they serve. Volunteer Fairfax, nonprofit and public agencies and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors join together to promote this annual day of doing good that celebrates and strengthens the spirit of volunteer service.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National awareness program began 20 years ago
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death due to cancer in the United States. An estimated 6,350 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed during 2004 in Virginia.

Be a positive role model
The Board of Supervisors will issue a proclamation to declare Oct. 17 – 23 as CHARACTER COUNTS! Week in Fairfax County. The growing threat of gangs and other unsafe activities requires all residents and employees of Fairfax County to become positive role models for our youth. The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services and the Fairfax Partnership for Youth, with the support and involvement of other county and community organizations and schools, are hosting the first-ever Fairfax County Character Development Forum to increase the use of best practices in character education in an effort to develop effective prevention and youth development strategies

Beginning in 1954
Luther Jackson Middle School celebrates 50 years
The Board of Supervisors will designate the week of Nov. 8 – 12 as Luther Jackson Middle School Week in Fairfax County to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. The school was named for Dr. Luther P. Jackson, a historian and educator, whose nationally recognized writings identified the contributions of African-Americans in Virginia’s history. Accomplishments of the school include: a visit by the then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to chair a televised forum in 1997; selection for national recognition as one of only five schools in the United States to receive the nationally recognized award of “School of Excellence” presented by the Hispanic Magazine and Ryder System Inc.; and since February 1981, the Fairfax County School Board has called Luther Jackson “home,” holding its meetings there.

October 14 is Lights On Afterschool! Day
Building a stronger community
The Board of Supervisors will designate Oct. 14 as Lights On Afterschool! Day in Fairfax County. Fairfax County is committed to quality afterschool programs and opportunities because they provide safe, challenging, engaging and fun learning experiences to help children and youth develop social, emotional, physical, cultural and academic skills. Lights On Afterschool! promotes the critical importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, their families and the community. More than 28 million children in the United States have parents who work outside the home and 14.3 million children have no place to go after school. Many communities across the country are facing funding shortfalls severe enough to close the doors and turn out the lights on afterschool programs.

County Staff Wins National Award
Improved comprehension of budget information
The Board of Supervisors will recognize county staff for outstanding and exemplary work that has resulted in being awarded the Overall Performance Management Award by the Performance
Institute, San Diego, Ca., for strategic planning and budgeting; enabling funding of priorities that directly support the vision goals of Fairfax County; articulating funding decisions to the residents and citizens of the county; and improving comprehension of budget information by organizing it in a user-friendly format. Those staff members to be recognized include County Executive Anthony H. Griffin, Edward L. Long, Molly Cooper, Susan Datta, Barbara Emerson, Marijke Hannam, Christina Jackson, Lauren Kennedy, Jeffrey Malone, Joseph Mondoro, Martha Reed and William Yake.


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