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May
29
Kathy Bentz

John & Ernestine Jenkins to Receive Vision Award

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Contact: Andrea Short, Leadership Prince William

Phone: 571-765-7568 // Email: andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org

 

May 29, 2018

Leadership Prince William to Recognize The Honorable John & Ernestine Jenkins

 

Prince William, VA- On June 22, Leadership Prince William (LPW) will recognize the Honorable John D. and Ernestine Jenkins with LPW’s highest honor, theVision Award. This award will be presented during the organization’s annual Evening of Excellence Gala.

According to Executive Director Andrea Short, “The Vision Award honors an individual — in this case a pair of individuals — who live or work in Prince William County, the City of Manassas or the City of Manassas Park. The recognition is for innovative, strategic or bold leadership that has had a positive impact on a significant portion of our community.” She went on to note that the magnitude and scope of the impact are primary criteria for the award, making the long-serving County Supervisor and his dynamic wife an ideal choice.

Supervisor John Jenkins, Neabsco District

The Jenkins’ will join these past winners: Retired Didlake CEO, Rex Parr; the late Senator Charles J. Colgan; Youth for Tomorrow CEO, Dr. Gary Jones, and Todos Supermarkets Founder, Carlos Castro. 

Mary Colgan Finnigan, the Chair of LPW’s Board of Regents, added, “Together John and Ernestine Jenkins have crafted a lifetime of service to their country, their family and their local community. They embody a vision of tireless service and set an example for all to see what leadership means; igniting and inspiring everyone in their presence to join them in bettering our community.”

Neabsco Supervisor John D. Jenkins and his wife Ernestine moved their family to Dale City in 1973, where they still reside today. Together they have raised a large family while continuing to lead this community.

John was a two-tour Vietnam Veteran, who earned the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. He then worked in the Fairfax County Public School System until his retirement in 2003.

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins have been active in community affairs in Dale City since 1973.  Together, while raising their children, they have served in the Dale City Little League, the Dale City Sports Club, the Boy Scouts of America,the Dale City Civic Association, the Gar-Field Senior High School Athletic Boosters Club and several veterans’ organizations including Dale City VFW Post 1503.

Mrs. Ernestine Jenkins

 

In 1982, Jim McCoart resigned from the Board of Supervisors and endorsed John Jenkins for the vacant Neabsco Supervisor’s seat.  Mr. Jenkins was appointed by the Board of County Supervisors to fill the vacancy in October of that year.  Supervisor Jenkins has served eight consecutive, four-year terms, making him the most senior member of the Board of County Supervisors in length of service and the longest serving Supervisor in the history of Prince William County, twice serving as Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, twice as State President of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions, once as State President of the Virginia Association of Counties, and twice as Chairman of the Virginia Railway Express Operations board. Governor Mark Warner appointed Mr. Jenkins to serve as a member of the Virginia Geographical Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board in 2002.  He was reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine in 2007. In addition, Supervisor Jenkins has served on numerous boards and steering committees:the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Counties, and the National Association of Counties; he also represented the County on the Quantico Marine Corps and Fort Belvoir Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) advisory committees.  He currently serves as a member of the Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board, the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board, and is past Chairman of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

During their active-duty military career Ernestine, affectionately known as Ernie by her husband and all her know her well, was active in many NCO and Officer Wives’ clubs. She became widely known in army circles for her social activities and service in leadership positions for programs and activities relating to the support and welfare of army troops wherever they served.She currently serves(and has for many years) as Chairman of the Dale City 4th of July Parade Committee; Chairman of the Dale City Civic Association Awards Banquet Committee; Education Co-Chairman of the Bel Air Woman’s Club; life member of American Legion Post 364 Ladies Auxiliary; Vice Chairman and Board of Directors member for Project Mend-A-House; and member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.  She enjoys working as a youth mentor, a proponent of literacy campaigns,a community activist, and preparing and serving meals at the River Run Senior Home in her community.

Ernie’s service has not gone unnoticed. She received the Prince William County Human Rights Community Service Award in 2003; the Catherine Spellane Dale City Civic Association Citizen of the Year Award in 1993; and the Dale City Civic Association’s Life Time Volunteer Achievement Award in 2005.

The public is invited to join with Leadership Prince William in celebrating the contributions of John and Ernestine Jenkins. Tickets for the Evening of Excellence are available for purchase online at leadershipprincewilliam.org or by calling 571-765-7568. 

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Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. Our graduates have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs. We serve Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is simple but powerful—to make our community a better place through collaborative leadership. We offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org.

Apr
30
Kathy Bentz

An Open Letter from Georgetown South

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So should this be a letter of thanks or an account of an outstanding volunteer event? I say both. Let’s call it, “Leadership Prince William partners with Comcast Cares at Georgetown South”. From a perspective of gratitude, we could call it, “ The Georgetown South Community Council says thank you for caring for us as we care for our own”.  No, let’s call it, “This community has a new story to tell” or “Amor equals love in the largely immigrant community of Georgetown South”. So many possibilities for a day of possibilities realized.

My name is Meg Carroll, I am the community manager for the Georgetown South Community Council, a 54-year-old homeowners’ association in the City of Manassas. We are a community of 860 houses, 22 acres, 13 streets, and 4,000 residents, most of whom are Latino. We have returned over the past several years to that which the community espoused in 1964 as a founding principle, “A community that cares for its own.”  In December of 2017, a member of Leadership Prince William Class of 2018 came to me and asked if Georgetown South would like to be part of Comcast Cares Day. All I knew about Comcast Cares at the time was that it would bring a huge volunteer presence to our community so my answer was a resounding yes.

Leadership Prince William then worked directly with the Georgetown South staff to develop the projects for the day. This is a recount of the amazing quantity of work done by over 200 volunteers on April 21stin just four hours.

  • Spread over 300 yards of mulch on 45 play areas
  • Prepped the community garden to cultivate vegetables for the community’s Food Pantry
  • Painted 30 fences on the frontage of the community which is also the southern gateway to the City
  • Painted 43 picnic tables in attractive jewel tones for use in the community engagement areas
  • Planted 24 window boxes at the front entrances to the community
  • Created an AMOR sign to represent this community in the tradition of the “LOVE” signs throughout the Commonwealth, but recognizing our predominantly Latino population
  • Installed unique address plaques on the rear fences of all 860 homes to assist public safety personnel
  • Gave to Georgetown South a sense of belonging to the City of Manassas and the belief that it has much to contribute as “A Community that cares for its own.”

Comcast Cares has been doing these events for 18 years, but this is the first time that Georgetown South was a beneficiary. Far beyond their physical labors, the volunteers also experienced a sense of welcome from a loving community and returned that feeling. The older participants, aware of a much different reality surrounding Georgetown South than they encountered on Saturday, celebrated the transformation they saw in this community. We, the staff, board members, residents and owners of Georgetown South acknowledge with gratitude the work done by the volunteers, which included a great number of our own residents. Georgetown South truly is “A Community with a New Story to Tell”. Thanks to everyone who participated for contributing to our story.

Meg Carroll

 

Apr
26
Kathy Bentz

222 Local Volunteers Show Some “AMOR” to Georgetown South

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For Immediate Release // April 26, 2018

222 Local Volunteers Show Some “AMOR” to Georgetown South

On Saturday, April 21 the 2018 Class of Leadership Prince William, together with Comcast employees and a total of over 200 volunteers, gathered in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South for five hours of service. The massive beautification effort was a part of the 17th Annual Comcast Cares Day, something Leadership Prince William graduates and supporters have participated in for the last 4 years. As a special gift to Georgetown South, Leadership Prince William class members came up with the idea for an AMOR sign, similar to the LOVE signs seen across Virginia; a nod to the roughly 87% Spanish-speaking population of Georgetown South. The sign was made from pallets and will be displayed near the community vegetable garden.

Andrea Short, Executive Director for Leadership Prince William explained why Georgetown South was chosen for this year’s project: “The community at-large has long held a negative perception of Georgetown South. But today that perception is no longer valid. Aside from the beautification and safety improvement projects we did, the real  ‘why’ of this project was to bring attention to the great work that has already been done there. I think our volunteers were very impressed with the community and its people.”

Armed with shovels, paintbrushes, drills and rakes, the volunteers completed a long list of projects in the allotted time, including: 2oo yards of mulch spread over 13 playgrounds; prepping the community vegetable garden for planting; painting and decorating 31 picnic tables; planting 18 flower boxes; and applying a fresh coat of paint to the fences along Grant Avenue—the public face of Georgetown South. The volunteers also completed a unique project to improve public safety.  A small team affixed 860 house numbers to rear fences for every single residence in Georgetown South, enabling police and fire to locate houses more quickly and accurately.

Georgetown South Community Manager, Meg Carroll, and her staff committed time and resources to extensive prep work so that volunteers could achieve the maximum amount of results on event day. In addition to the support of Leadership Prince William and Comcast, the project was made possible by the following donors and sponsors: Washington Gas; Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center; The Bodai Group;  PRTC/OmniRide; Pitkins ACE Hardware; Cardinal Management Group; Todos Supermarket; MICRON Technology, Inc.;  Property Service Group; Sherwin Williams Paint Store: Manassas #5151; Wolseley Industrial Group; Creative Landscape, LLC; Prince William County Landfill; WEISCO; Chris & Lexi Jewell; Katy Keegan; Virginia Cooperative Extension;  Crayons to Perfume; William Paz; Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn; Shannon Willet, Long & Foster; Loyal Hygiene Solutions; Grace United Methodist Church;  Platinum Property Management; The City of Manassas; QMT Windchimes;  Shining Sol Candle Company; Potomac Nationals; Manassas Mall; Jirani Coffeehouse; Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center; El Garage; Metro Sign & Design; and Mariachi’s Tequileria &  Restaurant.

What is Comcast Cares Day?

Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 to celebrate a commitment to volunteerism. This day mobilizes Comcast employees, their families and friends to work alongside community partners like Leadership Prince William and public officials to revitalize, refurbish and beautify communities and neighborhoods. Leadership Prince William partnered with Comcast for the fourth consecutive year of volunteerism in the Greater Prince William area. 

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Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. Our graduates have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs. We serve Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is simple but powerful—to make our community a better place through collaborative leadership. We offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org

Mar
16
Kathy Bentz

Volunteers Sought for Comcast Cares Day

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Comcast Cares Day 2017 at ACTS

Contact: Andrea Short, Leadership Prince William

Phone: 571-765-7568

Email: andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org

Web: leadershipprincewilliam.org

 

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2018

Volunteers Sought for Comcast Cares Day

For the fourth year in a row, Leadership Prince William and Comcast are partnering on a local community service project for the 17th Annual Comcast Cares Day. On Saturday, April 21, from 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., close to 300 volunteers are needed to carry out large-scale community beautification efforts in the Georgetown South subdivision in Manassas, Virginia. Volunteer registration is available online at www.leadershipprincewilliam.org. All volunteers are provided with a commemorative t-shirt and lunch, courtesy of Comcast. This event takes place rain or shine.

Georgetown South Community Manager, Meg Carroll, and her staff have committed time and resources to extensive prep work so that volunteers can achieve the maximum amount of results on event day.

Andrea Short, Executive Director for Leadership Prince William explained how Georgetown South was chosen for this year’s project: “Each year the members of our Adult Signature Program work in teams to propose various projects for Comcast Cares Day. Then we submit the proposals to Comcast for a final decision. The team that put together the Georgetown South project proposal had such a passion for the community that it really stood out. It wasn’t so much that they needed our help; it was the fact that this community has already come so far on their own. We get the chance to simply showcase their progress and help propel their efforts even further forward. The community at-large has a perception of Georgetown South as being riddled with crime and violence. But today that’s no longer the truth. So aside from the beautification and safety improvement projects we will be doing, the real work is in bringing attention to the great work that has already being done there. The Georgetown South community motto is, ‘The Community That Cares for it’s Own.’ On Comcast Cares Day, we come together and we all become that community caring for our own.”

On April 21 volunteers will complete several large projects that will benefit the 4,000+ residents of Georgetown South, over half of which are children.  Projects are available for volunteers ages 10 and above, and groups from local businesses, churches, scouting groups and even families are encouraged to participate.

Day’s Agenda:

ALL event volunteers must check in at the registration/check-in area at the Georgetown South Community Center (9444 Taney Road, Manassas, VA 20110).

8 am – 8:30 am: Registration/Check In (Pick up your event shirts and lunch tickets.)

8:45 am: Kick-Off Rally

9 am – 1 pm: Volunteer Projects

1 – 1:30pm: Lunch/Closing Celebration including raffle prizes

What is the impact of Comcast Cares Day?

Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 to celebrate a commitment to volunteerism. This day mobilizes employees, their families and friends to work alongside community partners and public officials to revitalize, refurbish and beautify communities and neighborhoods. Leadership Prince William is partnering with Comcast Cares Day for the fourthconsecutive year to host a day of volunteerism in the Greater Prince William Area.

How can you help? 

SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER or make a donation of supplies or funds to purchase supplies. Contact Andrea for details: 571-765-7568 // andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org

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Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. Our graduates have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs. We serve Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is simple but powerful—to make our community a better place through collaborative leadership. We offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org.