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The Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls


Donations are recognized in BWSSCWoW Quarterly Postcards

BWSSCWoW Bylaws and community website:http://scwow.org/

BWSSCWoW Advisory Council for May 2015 - May 2017 (election held on May 19, 2015)
Chair - Corazon Sandoval Foley    (corazonfoley@fairfaxstories.org)        Vice-Chair  -Larry Mark
Secretary - Victoria Sandoval     Treasurer - Sam DiBartolo     Community Liaison - Shirley DiBartolo
BWSSCWoW Hub - David R. Pinn Community Center, 10225 Zion Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Director Ned Barnes)

Older Adult Services -  703-324-7948     (For information on Fairfax County services for seniors)
170317BWSSCWoWUpdate
You can send emails to:
corazonfoley@cox.net, corazonfoley@hotmail.com, or corazonfoley@yahoo.com 
Follow us at http://scwow.org/
or    http://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/BWSSCWoW.aspx
Schedule of Classes/Social Programs Offered by BWSSCWoW:
Advisory Council Monthly Meetings -- Third Tuesdays.
FREE Bingo (Wednesdays from 1-2PM at Pinn Center;
FREE Walking Club (8AM Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
For Walking Club, contact Jerry at walkingseniors@gmail.com.

Donations ($100+) Recognition in BWSSCWoW Quarterly Postcards:

WEATHER POLICY: BWSSCWoW Classes Canceled if Schools are Closed or Delayed.


You are invited to like Facebook Webpage:
Community4SpringfieldCenterSouthRunPark aims to develop a Coalition for the FY2020 Bond Referendum for 
the Springfield Community Center in South Run Park.

1.  Friday, March 24, 2017 (11AM) George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA invites you to a program on “150-Year History of Asian Residents in Fairfax County, VA” with Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova, Author Corazon Sandoval Foley and members of the Fairfax County Asian American History Project. The program is part of the community service of folk dancing and local history seminars of the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls (BWSSCWoW) Seniors Giving Back to Community that was awarded the 2016 Honorable Mention by the Virginia Commonwealth Council on Aging Best Practices Awards.

More information about the Virginia Women in History 2017 -- a recognition of local history seminars presented by BWSSCWoW Founding Chairman Corazon Sandoval Foley -- is in website:   https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2017/


2.  Tight Budget Situation in 2017 has meant that the BWSSCWoW request for rental payments for churches has been postponed.  We have asked NCS to check if the other libraries (Kings Park and Burke Centre) might be willing to partner with NCS like Pohick Library so that we can continue expanding BWSSCWoW programs.  We have also asked if NCS could arrange a partnership with South Run Park for BWSSCWoW senior programs during the time periods 10AM – 2PM when facilities are usually not being used.


A. Letter and Background Information on the BWSSCWoW Project

of FY2020 Bond Referendum for Springfield Community Center in South Run Park

initiated by Chairman Sharon Bulova during April 13, 2016 Meeting:

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/FY2020Referendum.aspx

and 

http://scwow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/170127SpringfieldCommunityCenterSouthRunPark1.pdf
Note:  Because of tight budget situation in 2017, the request for rental payments for churches
has been postponed.  We have asked NCS to check if other libraries (Kings Park and Burke Centre)
could provide facilities like Pohick Library for BWSSCWoW senior programs.  We have also asked
if NCS could partner with South Run Rec Center for use by BWSSCWoW senior programs 
during the 10AM - 2PM time frame when South Run Rec Center facilities are usually not in use.

B.  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 https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Documents/160206BWSSCWoWInternationalFolkDance1.pdf 

and photos/video of December 9 and December 10 performances:  12/9 FCSCC Luncheon 

and 12/10 Irving MS Holiday Party.  We hope that BWSSCWoW “Seniors Giving Back to Community: 

International Folk Dancing and Local History Seminars” will again be recognized in 2017 

by the Virginia Commonwealth Council on Aging for our community service.


More information about the Virginia Women in History 2017 -- a recognition of the local history

seminars presented by BWSSCWoW Founding Chairman Corazon Sandoval Foley -- is in website:

https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2017/



Thank you all for supporting senior health programs and

permanent facility for Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls

and fairness toward Springfield senior taxpayers and families:

other districts have 17 permanent senior centers, Springfield District, NONE!

Best Regards.   Corazon S. Foley

https://www.facebook.com/Community4SpringfieldCenterSouthRunPark/
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170127BWSSCWoWUpdate:


1.    Monday, January 23, 2017 (10AM) Winter Registration

at Kings Park Library Meeting Room

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/BWSSCWoWClasses.aspx


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.

www.facebook.com/Community4SpringfieldCenterSouthRunPark/


2.  Kingstowne Travel Club offers great trips for seniors:

https://www.facebook.com/kingstownecenterforactiveadults/
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

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:

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Documents/160206BWSSCWoWInternationalFolkDance1.pdf

and photos/video of December 9 and December 10 performances:

12/9 FCSCC Luncheon and 12/10 Irving MS Holiday Party.


We hope that BWSSCWoW "Seniors Giving Back to Community:

International Folk Dancing and Local History Seminars"

will again be recognized in 2017 by the Virginia Commonwealth

Council on Aging for our community service.



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A. Letter and Background Information on the BWSSCWoW Project

of Springfield Community Center in South Run Park

initiated by Chairman Sharon Bulova during April 13, 2016 Meeting:

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/FY2020Referendum.aspx

and

http://scwow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/170127SpringfieldCommunityCenterSouthRunPark1.pdf

Note:  Because of tight budget situation in 2017, the request for rental payments for churches
has been postponed.  We have asked NCS to check if other libraries (Kings Park and Burke Centre)
could provide facilities like Pohick Library for BWSSCWoW senior programs.  We have also asked
if NCS could partner with South Run Rec Center for use by BWSSCWoW senior programs 
during the 10AM - 2PM time frame when South Run Rec Center facilities are usually not in use.

B.  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 https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Documents/160206BWSSCWoWInternationalFolkDance1.pdf 

and photos/video of December 9 and December 10 performances:  12/9 FCSCC Luncheon 

and 12/10 Irving MS Holiday Party.  We hope that BWSSCWoW “Seniors Giving Back to Community: 

International Folk Dancing and Local History Seminars” will again be recognized in 2017 

by the Virginia Commonwealth Council on Aging for our community service.


More information about the Virginia Women in History 2017 -- a recognition of the local history

seminars presented by BWSSCWoW -- is in website:

https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2017/



Thank you all for supporting senior health programs and

permanent facility for Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls

and fairness toward Springfield senior taxpayers and families:

other districts have 17 permanent senior centers, Springfield District, NONE!

Best Regards.   Corazon S. Foley

www.facebook.com/Foley4SpringfieldSeniorCenter
and
https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/BWSSCWoW.aspx




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.

www.facebook.com/Community4SpringfieldCenterSouthRunPark/



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."

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/LadyFairfaxBooksTV.aspx

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:

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Documents/160206BWSSCWoWInternationalFolkDance1.pdf

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:

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/FY2020Referendum.aspx

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

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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.

Therefore:
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.


Thank you all for supporting senior health programs and

permanent facility for Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls

and fairness toward Springfield senior taxpayers and families:

other districts have 17 permanent senior centers, Springfield District, NONE!

Best Regards.   Corazon S. Foley

www.facebook.com/Foley4SpringfieldSeniorCenter
and
https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/BWSSCWoW.aspx