GCA News July 2017

Hello Neighbors,

I’d like to thank the 2016-2017 GCA board for a fun and productive year. I know they’ll continue to contribute to the community when their school and work schedules allow.

And welcome to our 2017-2018 board! This administration combines a lot of the same faces, a blast from the past, and some super block captains who stepped up when the call for district representatives went out. (The district 3A seat is still open … it’s not too late to join the board!) It’s going to be another wonderful year where we’ll concentrate on more parties and activities that bring the community together. We’ll continue to celebrate 50 years of Greenbriar and 50 years of the GCA and work to recapture that close neighborly feel that started it all and that makes Greenbriar the great place to live that it is today.

June overflowed with amazing events. Hope you had a chance to check out some of them. GCA sponsored a series of yoga classes that were an immediate hit. Rajeswari and Michael Tress are amazing instructors who donate their time and talents; all they want in return is a healthier, happier Greenbriar. The classes will continue into July and beyond. We have two trivia nights on the calendar and hope to add more if it catches on. Check greenbriarfairfax.nextdoor.com/events often for these and other great GCA events.

The June 3 Concert in the Park was a smash! The C.A.I.S.O. Steel Drum Band played an array of tunes that entertained the large crowd of folks of all ages.

I couldn’t believe the size of some of the displays during the GCA community yard sale on June 10. I’m sure plenty of people either made some money or found some treasures that day.

Our June 6 GCA annual meeting not only introduced our new board but also recognized a couple Greenbriar residents we can all be proud of — this year’s Citizen-of-the-Year and the GCA scholarship winner:

  • Sarah Woessner helped a local family in need who lost their home to fire just before Thanksgiving last year. Sarah did not know the family before the tragedy, but her son being a classmate of the affected boy was all the motivation she needed to act. Not only did the Woessners make room in their home for the displaced family, Sarah also helped promote a successful GoFundMe campaign to raise money and collected items to get the family back on their feet again. Sarah’s efforts saved the holidays for the mother and son. Sarah’s selfless generosity — helping in so many ways — is the true spirit of Greenbriar and is the reason why the committee selected her as the community’s 2017 Citizen-of-the-Year.
  • Ava Sharifi, the GCA scholarship winner, has an amazing list of activities and awards, lofty goals and impressive attitude toward volunteering and giving of herself to the community and around the world. Ava’s outstanding academics and drive to give back combined to create or participate in learning opportunities for others at home and abroad. Not only is she smart and accomplished, she’s bringing others up with her! In her scholarship application, Ava says, “I don’t set concrete goals for myself because I never want to be done.” We can’t wait to see where your drive and talent take you, Ava!

The GCA Scholarship Committee reviewed a number of applications from teens and young adults of GCA members, each an impressive example of the caring and bright young people in Greenbriar. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

And if that’s not enough, we celebrated one of the most decorated Eagle Scouts in history. George Blackwell III completed 142 merit badges — something less than 400 Boy Scouts have ever achieved! Read the whole story of his accomplishment on page 13 of the Greenbriar Flyer.

We had our run of foxes, baby bunnies and even a couple bears. Best advice: Stay out of their way, and they’ll stay out of yours. Bear sightings should be reported to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries through the Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline at 855-571-9003. Unless the animal is sick or injured or poses a threat to public safety, the Fairfax County Animal Protection police officers do not take action to remove critters from a neighborhood. Black bears have a natural fear of humans and, in most cases, they would rather flee than encounter people. Don’t pet the bunnies … and don’t feed the bears! Give them space to grow and move on. Let the wildlife be wild!

Okay, party animals — be safe and enjoy your 4th of July!


Rebecca Gotwalt

President, Greenbriar Civic Association