December is often the time people reach out to friends and families and share highlights of personal events during the past year. Holiday updates may include travel to various locations, special events, visiting friends or relatives, accomplishments for the year and more.
January began a new year – 2018. The winter weather has been a topic of conversation for many people. For now, it would be appropriate to give a “shout out” to THANK the
community who provided support to the Herndon Woman’s Club in 2017. A second “shout out” goes to the Herndon Woman’s Club (HWC) members for their time spent volunteering to support the local community as well as several fund raising events during 2017.
Last year you may have noticed HWC members volunteering to sell T-shirts at the Herndon Festival, working at the Chamber’s Friday Night Live!, taking charge of the Herndon Labor Day Festival, hosting the Annual Fashion Show fundraiser, greeting guests on the Herndon Holiday Homes Tour, marching in the Herndon Homecoming Parade with their specially designed and built float to represent Wreaths Across America followed by the National Day of Remembrance Ceremony at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in December to honor the 790 veterans laid to rest.
Members also volunteered to work at the Closet, worked for LINK, held clothing and diaper drives, participated in MS Walk in Reston, elementary school reading book club, collected items for hypothermia project, collected supplies for recycling and used medical items for use by medical missionaries. Small donations were also made to various groups during the year, some in conjunction with fund raisers. (Arts Herndon, Camp Easter Seal, HOBY, UNICEF, Shot for Life, HEIFER Foundation, Herndon HS and Hugh O’Bryan Youth Leadership Scholarship, Caring Angel’s Luke’s Wings.)
Herndon Woman’s Club Members will be continuing some of these projects this year and are looking for more ways to support and become involved with the local community where we live and/or work and play.
Hopefully you are enjoying those lazy, hazy days of summer. Although there are no monthly meetings held during July and August, community involvement and activities continue for members of the Herndon Woman’s Club.
Members enjoy the chance to get away and chill out with family and friends. Vacation time is a chance to recharge and hopefully relax. Thanks to posts on Facebook, members share photos of time spent vacationing at the beach, spending time with children and grandchildren, showing off new babies and various activities during the summer. There are even pet photos of those lovable four legged family members to enjoy.
Members are busy in Herndon during the summer. Despite the heat, many members enjoy helping out at Friday Night Live! There are planning meetings taking place with several committees and sub-committees and departments. A few of the upcoming events that keep members involved and busy with behind the scene planning include the Herndon Labor Day Festival (Sept 4), the 59th Annual Fashion Show (Nov 11), and Wreaths Across America at Chestnut Grove Cemetery (Dec 16) to name a few.
Many people are looking forward to August 21 in anticipation of a total solar eclipse which will be visible in a narrow band from west to east coast across the entire contiguous United States. Schools will begin in some areas in August so vacations will be welcomed.
On September 4 the Herndon Labor Day festival will take place in downtown Herndon from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine tasting, craft beer tasting, craft show, live music all day, great food. For more information visit: www.HERNDON-VA.GOV/LABORDAY
As everyone looks forward to various activities during the summer months, the Herndon Woman’s Club elected a new slate of officers to replace the outgoing officers. About two thirds of the members enjoyed a social hour followed by dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to celebrate. New members in attendance were welcomed, and a few members were recognized for their years of service. The outgoing officers were thanked for jobs well done prior to the installation of the new officers. There were many things accomplished during the past year to make all members of the club proud.
Although no monthly meetings will be held until September, Herndon Woman’s Club members will be involved in several behind the scene committee meetings and many activities this summer. Ladies will be involved in Friday Night Live! Planning and coordination of upcoming events for the Labor Day Wine Festival, the Fall Fashion Show, and Wreaths Across America will be ongoing. Along with the newly elected officers, department chairs and committee chairs, each member will continue to contribute their ideas, as well as time and energy to raise money to support local, state, national and international causes.
Everyone have a safe and happy summer.
After numerous changes in the weather, as the month of May comes to an end in our area, it is time to look forward to summer. It should be noted that HWC members can feel good as they look at accomplishments the latter part of May.
The Kendra Scott fundraiser at Reston Town Center to benefit Wreaths Across America at Chestnut Grove Cemetery was successful. Several members enjoyed spending time with the staff. Everyone appreciates the efforts of those at Kendra Scott who served the customers and assisted in giving back to the community. Additional thanks go to all the individuals who purchased some of the beautiful items during this fund raiser.
Other members again provided the USO at Dulles with small bags for young children. Various military families pass through the USO lounge when traveling to new locations. Travel can be tiring for anyone when making connections or waiting for a flight. The members placed several small items in colorful bags to share with boys and girls.
Many members enjoyed an afternoon with the residents of Arbor Terrace in Herndon for an Ice Cream Social. Entertainment was provided by the Men in Stripes Barbershop Quartet. The Quartet provided enjoyment and smiles, and the ice cream and various toppings were thoroughly enjoyed.
You may see various members of HWC along with spouses helping out at Friday Night Live during the summer and various members will be helping to sell T-Shirts at the Herndon Festival again this year. Be sure and say HI.
On Wednesday 25th of May, at Signature Flight Support at the Dulles Airport the Herndon Woman's Club held a presentations of the Clubs works and efforts in the Herndon Community, which was well received.
Just a reminder that the first Saturday of every other month is an important date. A Simple Gesture, is the all-volunteer non-profit group that will pick up each “really cool, green bag” filled with non-perishable food items by all those participating. An empty green bag will be left for the August pickup. Don’t forget, it is estimated that for every 100 people who participates in filling a green bag, one ton of additional food a month will be collected!
Saturday, June 3, 2017 by 8:30 a.m. is the date to have those cool, green bags filled, and placed outside your home ready for pick up by volunteers. If you would like more information or wish to help, sign up online at: www.coolgreenbag.org
May 21st is our Wreaths Across America Fundraiser at Kendra Scott located in Reston Town Center. Parking is free on weekends. Share the news with your family, friends, and neighbors about this event. REMEMBER: 20% of the proceeds ordered on MAY 21, 2017 between 2:00-5:00 pm purchased at the Reston store and/or orders placed by phone will benefit Herndon Woman’s Club Wreaths Across America at Chestnut Grove Cemetery this December.
Reston Town Center, 11924 Market Street, Reston, VA
The number of veteran gravesites identified at Chestnut Grove is now over 760. Our goal is to ensure a wreath is placed at each gravesite on the National Day of Remembrance to honor each veteran.
Did you know? May Day was Lei Day in Hawaii. Perhaps the reason this came to mind was that many years ago I found Hawaii to be an AMAZING place. It was so wonderful to wake up every morning to a day more beautiful than the previous day. At each monthly meeting, it is AMAZING to hear members share the success of planned events that have taken place this year.
Members are looking forward to the installation dinner in June as the current Executive Board will pass the torch to the newly elected officers. There are no meetings in July and August, but the members will be active. You may see HWC members helping out at Friday Night Live, selling T-shirts at the Herndon Festival, or making plans for other upcoming events and activities as well as fundraising events. Herndon Woman’s Club members continue to bring ideas and energy to the club, and work together to achieve these goals throughout the year.
This year April 23-29, 2017, the National Volunteer Week celebration was observed in the United States to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. The Town of Herndon held their 33 rd Annual Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night on April 23 to recognize 430 individuals from various organizations in the Town of Herndon who volunteered 100 plus hours of community service during 2016.
The Herndon Woman’s Club was pleased to have 33 members join this group of volunteers. As each HWC member looks back at the time spent raising money and supporting various local, state, national and international causes, as well as sharing their passion for community service, they should be proud. Every member brings her ideas and energy to the club in order to achieve their ultimate goals.
All club members are encouraged to submit a monthly form of volunteer hours for department and committee activities throughout the year. Members are also asked to include volunteer hours for other organizations separately. The membership grew from 56 to 65 members by the end of 2016. Adding together the 100 plus volunteer hours of the 33 members brought the total number to 7,500 hours. The total for the entire membership for 2016 was 8,600 hours in 2016.
“You’ve come a long way baby!” In 1917, a devastating fire in downtown Herndon provided the impetus to create the fire department. The first fire chief was appointed in 1920 and the Town Council and the citizens association donated the first fire truck, a Model T, to the fire department. The station was officially recognized in 1929, after a dozen years of fundraising. As the center of service to the community, the Women’s Auxiliary presented the fire department with its first ambulance in 1940.
The old station was repeatedly recognized for its historic years of service. The fire truck size has grown in size since the Model T, requiring considerably more space to house the large trucks. There is also a need for housing both male and female personnel. The station was incorporated into Fairfax County Fire Department in 1976. Fairfax County staff worked closely with the Town of Herndon in planning for Herndon Station #4 to remain at 680 Spring Street where it has resided since 1950. The station is a part of Herndon’s history. It gives one a feeling of service to the community. The old fire pole was salvaged and is displayed in the new station. The newer fire poles are now back in use.
It was wonderful to see so many people come out on a rainy dreary day to celebrate in the re-opening of the new Fire Station 4. The many individuals associated with the fire department were extremely pleased to see the completion of the fire house.
WELCOME HOME to all members of Fire Station 4.