The Montgomery Village Foundation Board of Directors Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Below are some highlights from the meeting.
The MVF Board of Directors meets the fourth Thursday of every month, except November and December, at 7:30 p.m. in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road.
John Driscoll, President
MVF Board of Directors
March 31, 2016
Good evening, friends and neighbors, fellow MVF Board members, committee members and MVF staff.
2015 was a great year for Montgomery Village and the Foundation, with many successes and challenges. I would like to report that we are in a strong financial position. Our long-term plans to enhance our pools and facilities are underway, and our committees continue to guide the Board with recommendations. Tonight I would like to highlight several things that I believe are important.
In 2010, the Foundation Board approved the Vision 2030 Plan, which identified areas of the Village that were ripe for redevelopment. As many of you will recall, this was a community planning effort to get ready for the formal County master plan process, which at that time, we thought would begin in 2012. Well, I’m happy to report that we now have a new master plan, which sets a vision for the golf course property, the Village Center, Professional Center and the Lost Knife Road corridor. I realize that the idea of change had been difficult for some residents to accept, but during the many community meetings on the master plan and the golf course redevelopment discussions, I heard more support for new ideas and new development to infuse new life into the Village. When the County Council adopted the new master plan, they lauded the Foundation for the Vision 2030 process, which set the groundwork for the new master plan. I was very proud of our community’s involvement throughout the process.
I would like to highlight a number of major projects during 2015, some that were under construction and some that were in the planning process.
- The Board approved the Apple Ridge Pool and Bathhouse renovation project following community input. This pool will be a “leisure pool,” with shallow water, two slides, and a beach entry with a splash area. Construction will begin soon after the close of the pool this year and will be ready for opening in May of 2017.
- The South Valley Park concession stand and restroom facilities were completed and will be in use for the lawn theater concert series and for the spring and summer sports season. I know MVSA is thrilled with the new facilities, which make our park so much more user friendly.
- The Lake Whetstone dredging project, which I know many residents watched with great interest, took the better part of the year to be completed. The County is now getting the contractor to restore our park, and the Board budgeted funds in the 2016 budget to add some new features that will enhance the park amenities. As some of you know, the County has to make major renovations to the riser structure in the lake this year.
- The Lake Marion Community Center roof was fitted with solar panels that have already yielded considerable energy savings, and I know we are working on another solar project in 2016. The Foundation believes in strong environmental stewardship.
- To improve aesthetics and tree canopy around the Village, MVF has partnered with Montgomery County to replace dead or declining trees. I know we all like to see our tax dollars spent right here in Montgomery Village.
- The new MVF website was launched in November 2015. The new website is much easier to navigate and is much more customer oriented for our members, who can access their individual account information, including assessments and architectural information.
I hear all the time that one of the hallmarks of living in the Village is our events and recreational programs. We not only continue to offer the traditional events, such as our annual Fourth of July Celebration, new resident Welcome Reception, Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting, but we continually add new programs such as Art in the Park during the Summers at South Valley Park series, new specialty camps and classes based on trends and interests of our residents.
The Board was so pleased with the 50th Anniversary Committee’s plans to celebrate this important milestone for our community. The kick-off event, which featured the Nationals mascot, George Washington, a special presentation from our elected officials, and many other fun activities to celebrate our community’s ground breaking 50 years ago, was a great way to start our 50th Anniversary.
This year we said goodbye and best wishes to Willie Parker-Loan and welcomed Dinesh Patil as our new 6th District Police Commander. Montgomery County Police has always worked well with MVF and keeps us informed about important safety initiatives.
In addition, we said goodbye and best wishes to Scott Murphy and welcomed Carol Goddard as the new principal of Watkins Mill High School. The Board continues to look for ways to partner with our local schools to benefit our young residents. Carol participated in the 2015 Pumpkin race and won!
As we go forward, I am optimistic about new possibilities for community and economic growth. We have a great Board, dedicated volunteers, and a strong staff to support our initiatives today and into the future. I have enjoyed being president for the last two years and believe that our organization is strong.
2015 Treasurer's Report
During the meeting, the Board also honored several community members, organizations and staff members for their volunteer efforts, service to the community or years of dedicated employment.
Awards were presented to:
Community Service Awards
- Ian Franke for successful completion of his Eagle Scout Project, which consisted of coordinating volunteers and materials to add landscaping to the entrance sign at William Hurley Park.
- Secure Medical Care for their long-standing professional support and volunteerism for MVF programs and camps.
- Girl Scout Junior Troop 4206 for completion of their Bronze Award Project at North Creek Nature Center. The project consisted of coordinating supplies, volunteers and materials for landscaping at the Nature Center site.
Super Sponsor Awards
- Presidential Heating and Air Conditioning for their superior customer service and quality workmanship, as well as a generous marketing plan that helps subsidize MVF publications and events.
- Georgetown Hill for their sponsorship and participation in MVF events, adding activities for young Village residents.
Outgoing Board Members
- Ricardo Camacho
- Linda Moore
Staff Service Awards
- Humberto Benitez, Sales & Marketing Manager – 5 years
- Juana Hernandez, Executive Assistant to the EVP/CFO – 5 years
- Heather Sharpless, Architectural Standards Administrator – 5 years
- Mike Conroy, Director of Communications – 10 years
- Erika Hottinger, Architectural Standards Administrator – 10 years
- Petra Padilla, Aquatics Manager – 10 years
- Nicole Meads, Office Manager – 15 years
- Rolando Castaneda, Building Custodian – 15 years
- Scott Gole, Assistant Directors of Recreation, Parks and Culture – 35 years
- Diane Stasiewicz, Director of Architectural Standards – 35 years
Employee Recognition Awards
- Mike Conroy, Director of Communications
- Martha Cruz, Architectural Standards
- Scott Gole, Recreation, Parks and Culture
- Mary Holmes, Finance and Administration
- Cristian Juarez, Community Management
- Melanie Maggi, Recreation, Parks and Culture
- Maria Pullifrone, Communications
- Ron Schroers, Recreation, Parks and Culture
- Dana Workman, Finance and Administration