at Kings Park Library Meeting Room
Pohick Library reopened on January 7, 2017 so that the
BWSSCWoW Thursday Line Dance Classes will move from
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church as of February 2, 2017.
Many Thanks to Abiding Presence Lutheran Church!!!
Please note that the Zumba class has lost Pilgrim Church
so the winter season will be at Connor's Pest Service.
We are also expanding our programs that would require
more new spaces in the future. Qigong will be available
thanks to Carol Ritter who will be teaching the class
as a volunteer without requiring any teacher fee.
Square dancing is also another program that we
would like to add to BWSSCWoW selections,
depending on finding more fitness space.
Clearly, the Springfield Community Center at South Run Park
is needed by seniors in our Burke/West Springfield area.
2. Kingstowne Travel Club offers great trips for seniors:
April 1, 2017 Spirit of Washington Cherry Blossom Festival Lunch Cruise
$55 Members and $65 Non-Members ($1 Fastran)
Payment deadline: Thursday, March 2,, 2017
3. International Folk Dancing Performances
2. Thank you for the kind notes of sympathy for the illness
of my husband, Mike Foley, who was hospitalized from
December 27, 2016 through January 2, 2017
for congestive heart failure problems. It was a health scare
for both of us as I slept in the hospital during his stay and
found myself as sleep-deprived, confused and dazed as he was.
Mike is getting better but still on oxygen and home bound.
His illness convinces me even more of the need for
the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park
that would provide facilities for social interaction and
fitness programs, particularly for senior men who,
like my husband, find that McDonald's is the only place to go
in our Burke/Springfield area -- that is good for coffee/conversation
but not for games and other intellectually stimulating programs.
I hope to get Mike to agree to join the Tai-Chi program this winter.
3. It is with a sad heart that I share with you the death
of Joanne Tibbs, daughter of Mrs. Dolores Dennie (80+)
who has been a Living History of our Burke/West Springield
Senior Center Without Walls and has been featured in my
book "Burke Vignettes, 1728 - 2015: In Honor of Good Neighbors."
Mrs. Dennie's son John Colbert passed ahead of us in September 2016.
The memorial service for Joanne Tibbs will be held on
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1PM at the Greater Little Zion
Baptist Church, 10185 Zion Drive, Fairfax VA 22032.
4. International Folk Dancing Performances
donated as FREE community service
by Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls
BWSSCWoW Seniors Giving Back to Community:
Facebook Video1 and Facebook Video2
and Photos at 11/5 LRGSC ommunity Day and 11/17HerndonSC
and photo collage from several performances:
and photos/video of December 9 and December 10 performances:
12/9 FCSCC Luncheon and 12/10 Irving MS Holiday Party.
Thank you to Ceola Grant of Pimmit Hills Senior Center
for her kind understanding of the difficult situation
with my husband's illness -- that forced us to cancel
our planned international folk dance performance
at the Lunar New Year celebration on January 27, 2017.
May the Year of the Rooster bring us good health and prosperity.
5. Letter to Churches Supporting BWSSCWoW senior fitness/health programs:
4. We ask that the supporters of the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls
join BWSSCWoW in requesting fair payment for churches and community facilities
(NCS pays $37 per hour for BWSSCWoW use of Fairfax public school facilities)
-- and in our coalition for the FY2020 Bond Referendum for the
Springfield Community Center in South Run Park that has been approved in
the Fairfax County Capital Improvements Plan. During the 2016 election,
Fairfax County voters approved $37 million bond for two Community Centers
- Lorton and Sully Community Centers.
5. Please send a message supporting BWSSCWoW
to Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova who initiated the project for
the bond referendum for the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park
during our meeting on Apriil 13, 2016.
Below is the history of the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls
(BWSSCWoW) starting with the 2007 petition by Corazon Sandoval Foley,
who has served as the BWSSCWoW Founding Chairman.
6. Coalition for Springfield Community Center at South Run Park.
BWSSCWoW Advisory Council and other members will be testifying in April 2017
to request interim funding for BWSSCWoW (to pay for community facilities)
while working for the full-fledged Springfield Community Center at South Run Park
that is in the Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) for which Chairman Sharon Bulova
has taken the lead since our meeting on April 13, 2016.
Please email me If you would like to testify during the 2017 budget hearing
-- as well as your suggestions for community groups
(including youth groups, faith communities, civic associations)
that might want to join our coalition for the FY2020 Bond Referendum
for the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park.
Suggestions are welcome for the Facebook Webpage:
that aims to develop a coalition for the FY2020 Bond Referendum
for the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park
that would overcome obstructionism of Chairman Bulova's leadership
to support seniors (including veterans), youth, families and civic organizations
Review by Corazon Foley of BWSSCWoW history and situation as of October 22, 2016:
1. The Foley 2007 petition was for a Senior Center in South Run Park.
2. The Great Recession forced us to a compromise with the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls (BWSSCWoW) because county officials said there was "no money nor staff" for Senior Center in South Run Park.
3. The county problems caused by the Great Recession persuaded churches and private organizations (Burke Conservancy) to help seniors and donate facilities for free for the programs of the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls -- even as the county continued to pay schools their fees for facility maintenance.
4. The churches can donate for a few years but most cannot continue donating facilities for free in perpetuity -- and BWSSCWoW has lost some churches over time with more likely to drop out as well because of the difficulty of donating for free the facilities that they maintain and for which they could charge fees.
5. BWSSCWoW could not expand to meet increasing demand from the growing number of seniors in the area because of difficulties with asking churches and private groups to donate facilities for free for extended periods of time (32 weeks a year regularly) -- even as churches have to pay for facility maintenance with their limited budgets.
6. Rising senior population has meant growing waiting lists in senior centers in other districts.
7. The county's financial situation has changed since the Great Recession, particularly with the NEW Providence Community Center that started operating in 2015 with some $375,000+ annual operating budget.
1. The county should normalize the situation by applying standard operating procedures with payment to schools, as well as churches/community facilities, used by BWSSCWoW, estimated by NCS county staff at some $50,000, starting in 2017.
We understand that the Neighborhood and County Services (NCS) has been paying some $37 per hour
for Fairfax County public school facilities for use by BWSSCWoW senior fitness/health programs.
2. This approach would still be less than the $400,000+ annually for storefront rental arrangements, like Lorton or Kingstowne senior centers (mainly because we still would not be able to expand to provide year-long programs like permanent senior centers nor are we seeking additional paid staff at this time).
3. Meanwhile, we are building the grassroots Coalition for the FY2020 bond referendum for the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park that has been in the approved list for Capital Improvements Project (CIP) for over five years (and was included as a result of the Foley 2007 petition for a Senior Center in South Run Park). The FY2016 Bond Referendum includes $37 million for two Community Centers: Lorton and Sully Community Centers -- that was passed 63% to 37%, including support from Springfield District voters.
4. The county should fund the feasibility study in 2017 for the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park that would provide very important programs for young and old (including needed inter-generational mentoring programs) and assist sports and civic associations needing indoor facilities for their programs.
Note: The senior center without walls is a very successful concept, particularly as an interim solution for needed senior programs when the county has "no money nor staff" as in the Great Recession. The Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls (BWSSCWoW) started the pilot program in 2009 and has supported over 1,000 seniors in the Springfield District, the only district without a permanent senior center. During the 2015 elections, some 19% or 4,228 Springfield voters supported the Foley campaign focused on one issue -- our petition for a permanent facility for the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls). During our meeting on June 22, 2016, Pat Herrity stated his support for the full-fledged Springfield Community Center in the CIP -- but he has not been supportive, particularly with our requests to pay churches/community facilities used by BWSSCWoW, similar to payments to Fairfax County public schools. Many thanks to Chairman Sharon Bulova who has provided active support for our petition since our November 21, 2015 demonstration at the Fairfax County Government Center, particularly in arranging for the use of Pohick Regional Library for BWSSCWoW Thursday classes.