May 2022 Meeting Minutes

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Scott Sklar, AHCA President, called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.

AHCA Update

Scott Sklar thanked everyone for their participation in the civil association, and thanked Jim Feaster and Cynthia Davis for handling food and logistics for the meeting. He also thanked the AHCA executive committee for their work – including outgoing at-large members Cole Deans and Patrick Lueb, as well as incoming members Dave Schutz and David Phillips. Along with Scott, Doug Williams (Treasurer), Jim O’Brien (VP of Membership), Chris Armstrong (Secretary), and at-large members Jim Feaster, Ken Matzkin, David Phillips, and Jim Richardson all comprise the executive committee. 

Scott highlighted the following individuals and their work for AHCA:

  • James Terpstra (Historian)
  • Committee chairs Jack Spilsbury (Development)
  • Christiania  Schultz (Safety & Security, as well as Housing)
  • Matt Hall (Housing)
  • Patrick Lueb (Transportation)
  • Greg Mors and Carline Rogus (Schools)
  • AHCA newsletter editor Amy Miller
  • AHCA newsletter distribution coordinators Bea Camp and Julie Mangis, as well as the volunteers who make distribution possible. 
  • Listserve moderator Betsey Lyon for “herding cats up a hill” 
  • Kids Inc. Entrepreneurs coordinator Anne Felker
  • Brooke Alexander (Tree Canopy and Native Plants)
  • Open Spaces, Playgrounds, and Parks – outgoing representative Brent Burris and Lutz Prager, and incoming chair Chris Horvath
  • Issue leaders Martha Casey (COVID response) and both Martha and Erin Neal (Ad-hoc bar noise group), Polly Hall (Career Center), Stacy Snyder (Arlington School representative), Chris Lewicki (Civic Association Planning for Spout Run Watershed representative), Rita O’Brien (AHCA nominations), and both Dave Schultz and Ken Matzkin (Civic Federation).

Scott also noted and thanked the Arlington County Police Department (and their dogs!) for the long history of support and attendance, and Tracy Wines and Jen London with the Clarendon United Methodist Church for hosting our monthly meetings and special events. 

Scott then introduced Marty Swaim, who led a conversation on racism as a learned behavior, how it became part of our local institutions, and how it can be eliminated. Marty is available for sit down longer conversations with Arlingtonians on the history of racism in Arlington and what we can do to eliminated it. Her presentations include 5 or 6 short 8-10 minutes talks, along with materials, and is a very interactive conversation. She can be reached at mswaim111@verizon.net.

The meeting adjourned promptly at 8:06 PM, and was followed by drinks, snacks and camaraderie.

Respectfully submitted, 

Chris Armstrong

Secretary 

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