SFCC NEWSLETTER / Jan-Feb 2017
SAVE THE DATE!
SFCC Spring Members Mixer
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Embassy Suites, Garfield Room
8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, VA 22150

You won't want to miss the SFCC Spring Members Mixer!
Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres and Cash Bar
Attendance is free for Chamber Members and their guests

Special Thanks to our Sponsor
KM Builders, Inc. 

SFCC Kicks Off Thirsty Third Thursdays


SFCC held the inaugural Thirsty Third Thursday get-together on January 19th at Glory Days Grill.  This casual meet and greet event will be held every third Thursday of the month at a local area gathering spot.  Come as you are, bring a friend or co-worker, network and enjoy the cash bar or order items from the menu.  Join us on February 16th, 6:00-8:00 PM, location to be announced.
Chairman's Note
Thomas W. Repczynski_  SFCC Chairman
Thomas Repczynski SFCC Chairman

Inauguration craziness now behind us, who's got the "over/under" on when Campaign 2020 gets officially underway?  In the meantime, your SFCC Board and I have been hard at work making south Fairfax a great place to do business and SFCC the forum of choice for local business decisionmakers.  As you know by now, we are not your average Chamber - and have no intention of ever being so!  From our unique fee structure to our atypical meetings, we're getting noticed and business connections are happening!  New members are joining us and longtime members are re-engaging as our offerings expand and our approach becomes more well-known. 

We've added a monthly event expected to move from one member watering hole to the next.  Our inaugural "Thirsty Third Thursday!" was held fittingly (and not coincidentally, I might add!) this past week at longtime member Glory Days Grill in Lorton, and attracted a formidable Inauguration Eve contingent.  These "TH3" events--as I hope they will come to be known!-give us an opportunity to thank some of our members directly by steering a little business their way and doing so with no pretext or agenda.  Just come out for a quick drink or linger for dinner.  We hope you'll come to think of them as coordinated happy hour events with like-minded and similarly-spirited (pun intended!) current and future business partners. 

We plan to continue our Member Mixer events with quarterly gatherings, bringing recognition to Chamber members willing to sponsor a Mixer in exchange for a spotlighted and promoted opportunity to make members aware of the products and services they offer.  Plans are coming together to have KM Builders, Inc. sponsor our first 2017 Member Mixer on March 9th at the Embassy Suites.  In addition, we'll be holding our Annual Meeting on April 6th at the jewel of Fairfax's county-owned golf courses, Laurel Hill Golf Club. We hope you'll consider participating in the SFCC-sponsored Teen Job Fair being held April 29 at South County High School.  Employer registration for the Job Fair is now open and free of charge. I hope you'll save the dates, plan to join us and not wait to register to participate!  Looking ahead to the Fall, we are planning a Chamber golf event, and invite you to let me know of potential interest in participating.
 
2017 Teen Job Fair Update

Due to a conflict with SAT testing on the original date, the 2017 Teen Job Fair has been rescheduled for April 29, 2017 at South County High School

The event will be open to current Fairfax County students and recent graduates looking for part-time and full-time summer, or permanent employment. Representatives of local businesses, County government, and not-for-profit organizations will be available to meet with attendees seeking employment opportunities. In the coming weeks SFCC will provide information for Chamber members interested in participating in this event, and an online registration form for participants.

Event Sponsors: South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, South County Federation, Supervisor Pat Herrity, and Supervisor Dan Storck.  SFCC's liaison to the Job Fair Committee is Candice Bennett.  INOVA's Tonia Suber will present a student resume seminar at the Job Fair.
SFCC Votes to Nominate Attorney Douglas Kay for Civilian Review Panel

Chairman Sharon Bulova recently requested nominations for Fairfax County's new Civilian Review Panel (CRP). This police oversight panel is being created in response to a recommendation of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.   The SFCC Board of Directors has voted to recommend the nomination of Fairfax native, Douglas Kay, to serve on the CRP.  

Mr. Kay, an equity shareholder in the Tysons Corner office of Offit Kurman, has served as a Naval JAG officer, and as a prosecuting attorney in the Commonwealth Attorney's Office here in Fairfax.  In his more than 20 years of private practice, Mr. Kay has done a fair share of criminal defense work, as well as representing police officers involved in fatal shooting incidents.  Mr. Kay is the immediate Past President of the Fairfax Bar Association, served on the aforementioned Ad Hoc Commission.  He currently serves on the Virginia State Bar's Standing Committee on Professionalism, and the VSB's Council for 19th Judicial Circuit [Fairfax].  Mr. Kay's impressive breadth of experience, both in the public and private sectors, and his familiarity with the issues to be faced by the CRP, coupled with his confirmed willingness to serve the community in this capacity, make him a perfect choice.

We hope that SFCC members will consider voicing support for Mr. Kay's nomination to Chairman Bulova and your Supervisor by the end of the month.  The Board of Supervisors plan to finalize selections for the Panel in February. 

[Although Mr. Kay was proposed for SFCC Board consideration by Chairman Repczynski, he recused himself from the official vote by the Board.]
Chairman Bulova Seeks Applicants for New Land Use Community Council
 
Beginning in February, Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, will be convening a Community Council tasked with identifying ways to enhance and improve community engagement during the process of planning and land development in Fairfax County.  Meetings of the Council will begin with a review of planning and zoning as it evolved from the early years of the county to the present.  It will conclude with the adoption of a slate of recommendations for how the County can best involve interested and/or affected residents when land use changes are being considered.

The Community Council will meet on approximately four or five Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center.  No previous experience with land use issues is required.  Individuals with a background in communications or interest in community issues are also welcome.  Chairman Bulova is looking for one or two individuals from each district.  If this is something you may be interested in, please contact Chairman Bulova's office at 703-324-2321 or chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov
Welcome these New SFCC Members

Operation Renewal Hope Foundation
SWMP
Fair Winds Brewing Company
Burdette Smith & Bish LLC
Fairfax County Small Business Commission
Meet our Newest SFCC Board Members

We are pleased to welcome Marvin D. Miller, Attorney at Marvin D. Miller and Associates,  Tracey P. Wood, President of Inkwell Duck, Inc., and Ryan Carmen, General Manager of Laurel Hill Golf Club to the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  There are a few slots remaining to be filled on the Board.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Tom Repczynski.

Ryan Carmen joined the SCFC Board of Directors in December.  Ryan and his wife made the move to Northern Virginia from Pittsburgh July 2016 for a fresh start and a new beginning at Laurel Hill Golf Club as the General Manager.  Laurel Hill, a top ranked municipal course in the country, has a growing potential and one that Ryan is excited to continually expand upon.  He is excited to build on his network and interact with local professionals with hopes of increasing awareness of both Laurel Hill GC and all surrounding businesses within the local area and county.  Ryan looks forward to meeting as many chamber members as possible while also aiding in business development throughout the Lorton area.

Tracey P. Wood has been a SFCC member since 2009, and joined the Board of Directors this past fall.  She is Founder and President of Inkwell Duck, Inc., and is currently serving as Fairfax County Small Business Commissioner, At Large. She has her Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University, SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse, NY, and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Howard University in Washington, DC.  Inkwell Duck, Inc. is a business/government relations and communications firm, serving the greater Washington Metropolitan area since 1989. Inkwell provides strategic support to win government contracts and grants.

Marvin D. Miller began serving on the SFCC Board of Directors in late 2016, after being a Chamber member since 2008. He is the founding partner of Marvin D. Miller and Associates, with more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. Marvin is one of the founding members of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. He is active in the organization's efforts to ensure that prosecutors follow the Rules of Professional Responsibility and play by the rules. Additionally, he uses his appellate skills to help VACDL when they file Friend of the Court arguments to aid defendants in very important appellate cases. Marvin is a past director and member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was the recipient of the NORML Legal Committee's Al Horn Memorial Award in 2000.


Upcoming Events of Interest

Jan 28, 2 - 6 pm: 6th Annual Simple Changes Chili Cook Off, Fair Winds Brewery, 7000 Newington Road, Lorton. Tickets $35

Feb. 11,  9 - 11 am: Legislative Town Hall with Delegate Paul Krizek and Senators Scott Surovell & Adam Ebbin at Walt Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria
 
Feb. 11,  1 - 3 pm: Legislative Town Hall with Delegate Mark Sickles and Senators Scott Surovell & George Barker at Hayfield Elementary School, 7633 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria
 
Feb. 11, 4 pm: Gum Springs Community celebrates Black History Month at the Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria

Feb. 11, 4 - 7 pm: Champagne and Chocolates at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck.  Tickets $40

Feb. 16, 6 - 8 pm: SFCC's Thirsty Third Thursday, Location to be announced.

Feb. 28, 7 - 9 pm: NSO at Mount Vernon, Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium, Tickets $65

March 9,  6 - 9 pm: SFCC Spring Members Mixer, Embassy Suites Garfield Room, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield

April 6, 6 - 9 pm: SFCC Annual Meeting, Laurel Hill Golf Club,
8701 Laurel Crest Drive Lorton

April 29, All Day Event: Teen Job Fair, South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton 

May 20, All Day Event: 20th Annual Eagle Festival, Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton
 
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