Office of Elections

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
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12000 Government Center Parkway Suite 323
Beth Dixon Methfessel
Clerk to the Electoral Board

Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

Picture of Barbara Varon
Barbara Varon

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announces its annual Barbara Varon Volunteer Award. This award is given annually to a Fairfax County resident whose dedication to improving the community through volunteer service honors the memory of Barbara Varon, former Chairman of the Fairfax County Electoral Board. 

Barbara Varon, a native of Germany, emigrated to America as an adult. She was devoted to her adopted land. As a world traveler who could speak several languages, she worked as a translator. Joining the Fairfax County Office of the General Registrar, she was committed to a voter registration outreach program to high school students. Using her linguistic skills, she wrote brochures and designed pamphlets to inform the voting public. Appointed to the Fairfax County Electoral Board, Barbara served as Vice Chairman and Chairman. Barbara and her husband Ben generously donated their time to many volunteer organizations and frequently made generous anonymous donations to those in need. Barbara fought for the rights and privileges of all citizens to participate in the electoral process. Friends, colleagues, and admirers recall Barbara as courageous, elegant, gracious, caring, beloved, and unselfish. The Board of Supervisors has memorialized her accomplishments through the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award to recognize volunteer efforts enriching Fairfax County. 


Beth Henson Tudan Awarded the 2019 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

In recognition of her years of exemplary community and volunteer work in Fairfax County, Beth Henson Tudan was presented with the 2019 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' Oct. 29 meeting.


Who Should Be Nominated

Nominees must:

  1. Be an individual who lives in Fairfax County.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of our community's population.
  3. Exhibit patriotism by participating in the electoral process by educating others about all voters' rights and privileges and/or by performing voter registration outreach.

In order to be considered, nominees must perform all of the above activities in a voluntary capacity.


How to Apply for the Award

Applications must specify, in 350 words or less, the nominee's qualifications and the length of time dedicated for any/all applicable volunteer work. Please include the nominee's name, address, telephone number, and email address on the application. Nominations must be received no later than December 4, 2024. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and the award will be presented at a future meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Presentations are open to the public.

Nominations can be emailed to Please include Barbara Varon Volunteer Award in the subject line.

Or, you can mail your application to:

The Barbara Varon Volunteer Award
Fairfax County Office of Elections
Attn: Clerk To The Electoral Board
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035


Nomination Form

Download a fillable, PDF nomination form. Then select "save as" or "save target as".

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