by RCA Board Member
Connie Hartke
An all-volunteer organization such as RCA faces the same
challenge as volunteers everywhere. We take vacations, many have day jobs, some
have young folks in their lives; some have eldercare responsibilities. Life
events happen.  Phase II of the Reston
Master Plan comments are due. Life in Reston is not quiet.
So when someone else does a part of our job for us, we
really appreciate it!
In this week’s Reston Connection, John Lovaas, wrote about
the “Changing
of the Guard at Reston Citizens Association
.” He writes an outstanding
farewell to our outgoing Board Members while also giving a synopsis of the 46-year
history of RCA. Be sure to take a moment to read page 5 of the paper version or
the online version here.
Lovaas gives a very clear explanation of the difference
between Reston Association (RA) and RCA – a topic we’ve been planning to turn
into a 411
document. Thanks to John, we now have the outline for it! 
Our three new board members bring a range of abilities that
should serve us well moving into Reston’s next 50 years. 
Dennis Hays will bring some diplomacy that should be useful
as we navigate growth with our local government, Fairfax County.  He is a former ambassador to Suriname and
past president of the Reston Runners
(with 800+ members). He also serves on the boards of Community Living Alternatives and the Friends of Reston Regional Library.
Robin Hogan has been my right arm at Rescue Reston for the
last two years.  Her experience
will serve RCA well as we increase our activities and keep Restonians aware of
who we are and how we can help represent your interests. She is VP of Communications for Rescue Reston.
Hank Schonzeit has always been an active volunteer in the
Reston communities that he has lived in. He has followed the Reston Master Plan
progress, and wrote an insightful article
after one of the Task Force meetings last year. 
As a retired healthcare system executive, supporting the health and
well-being of the community he lives in is second nature.

We welcome your input and queries and hope to soon have an
easy way for you to email your Board
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