RCHCA and RCHCI Board Nominations and Elections

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers


Per the RCHCA Bylaws:

Sec 1: A nominating committee of at least two members shall be appointed by the President, with public notification for others to join at or about the time of the October meeting each year or within thirty days thereafter, and this committee shall nominate candidates for the offices of President, Vice- President, Secretary, and Treasurer at the Annual Meeting. Additional nominations for any of the said offices may be made by any member from the floor at the election meeting

I have asked Betsy Kingery to Chair the Nominating Committee.  Please contact her at erkingery@gmail.com for more information. 

Additionally, if you are aware of members of our community not on RCHCAnet who might be interested in running for a position on the Boards and/or in becoming dues-paying members so that they can vote in the election of Board members, please pass along this information to them and invite them to let Betsy know they are interested and/or have questions about potentially running.  

The elections will be held remotely in January or February.

Thank you,

Peter Chatfield, President RCHCA

Composting, anyone?

By | Neighborhood Notices

We have over 60 families who’ve signed up so far. BUT! With about 600 households here we should aim for at least 100!!

Click here to print out (pdf) the following information:

RCHCA is excited to partner with Compost Crew, a locally owned green-business based in Rockville, to make food scrap recycling and composting easier.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?  When we remove organic waste (food scraps) from landfills, the process of composting creates nutrient-rich soil and oxygen. Additionally, this process significantly reduces methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. When food-waste is otherwise trapped in landfills, it decomposes anaerobically and creates methane and other dangerous gasses. We’d like to reduce this problem.

HOW IT WORKS?  Compost Crew gives each participating household an airtight bin and a clean compostable bag each week. Each household just needs to fill the bin with organic waste, and leave it at the curb on Friday mornings. (Many families choose to purchase a smaller bin for the kitchen, and dump that into the larger bin.) The Compost Crew brings the waste to an impressive and nationally praised composting facility in Prince George’s County, MD.  As an additional benefit, each household can request a bag of nutrient rich compost-soil twice per year.

WHAT CAN BE COMPOSTED?  As a rule: anything that grows or is made from the Earth can go in the bin. This includes meat, dairy, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea and tea bags, egg shells, breads and other grains, napkins, paper towels, pizza boxes, dryer lint, etc. A comprehensive list is located here: The List.  

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?  RCHCA has access to an amazing 50% discount from the Compost Crew. The cost is just $16 per month ($4 per week) for weekly pick-up services. One day we hope that Montgomery County will offer this service for free with trash and recycling pick-up (especially as the county pays less for shrinking landfills!). Until that time, we can pay this reasonable monthly fee.


  1. Sign-up for a monthly or annual membership:  https://customers.compostcrew.com/create-account/ (Residents of Rock Creek Hills will automatically receive our community discount.)
  2. Get an email that says your account is finalized – with instructions for curbside collection.
  3. Start Composting!
  4. Feel super proud that you’re taking a small but important step to help reduce methane gas in our environment, while increasing oxygen and creating nutrient-rich soil.

If you have questions you can contact the Compost Crew directly at info@thecompostcrew.com or (301) 202-4450. 

Next RCHCA Meeting: Tues, 2/18/2020 @ 7:30 (Silver Creek MS)

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings, Neighborhood Notices

Dear RCHCA,  
This is a reminder that our winter meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 at the Silver Creek Middle School.  Doors will open at 7:00pm.An agenda is below.

Dues are $40/family/year and are due now.  In order to vote at any meeting you must be up to date on dues.  You can pay online at https://rchca.org/ or mail a check made out to RCHCA Treasurer to:John Robinson9616 Old Spring RdKensington, MD 20895

You can also bring a check to the meeting but come early if you do.
We look forward to seeing you all there.




Silver Creek Middle School

7:30 – 9:00 pm

1.    Treasurer’s Report – John Robinson

a.     Payment 2020 Dues of $40/household are now due. 

b.    Need for better financial and volunteer support from Rock Creek Hills residents for Citizens’ Association to do its work and to support community building activities

2.    Nomination and Re-election of RCHCA Officers and Vacancies to be Filled

a.     President – Peter Chatfield

b.    Vice President — Hill Carter

c.     Treasurer — John Robinson

d.    Secretary — to be determined

e.     Request for volunteers for nominating committee

3.    Review and Update on neighborhood participation in Compost Crew services – Erica Weiss

4.    Update on Beltway Widening – Barbara Coufal from CABE

5.    Special acknowledgement of Laura Dennis for her work with Parks to clear dead trees from Silver Creek, organization of Silver Creek Clean-Up efforts, and volunteered for committee work on getting benches placed along the Creek

6.    Updates on covenant revisions, WSSC water main work, traffic safety restructuring, sidewalks – Peter Chatfield

Annual Halloween Parade/Pot Luck – 10/27/19

By | Social Events

The crisp, fall weather is right around the corner…and so is our annual RCHCA all-neighbors-welcome Halloween party. 
Scheduled for Sunday, October 27, we need volunteers to take the reigns on this annual event, or sadly it will not happen this year. 
Erica Weiss, Randi Wortman and I planned this event for the past three years and have an easy playbook for you to follow so you can maximize the fun — with very little work. 

Email me at jennierose1@gmail.com if you can help keep this tradition going for our neighborhood. Great opportunity for some of our new neighbors and young families to work together to continue this great community event. 
Thanks, Jennie RosenbergWake Drive 

2019 Directories have been Distributed

By | Uncategorized

Thank you to Susan Gerecht and her band of volunteers who delivered the 650 Directories to each household.

Kathy Broadwater
Lori Simon Rusinowitz
Sarah Kagan
Sandi Cave
Tina Kingsberry
Ann Battle
Terrill Marshall
Mary Beth Taylor
Steve Palladino
Anu Venkata
Kathleen Holmay
Suzanne Mintz
Maria Dinger
Chris Hankin
Betsy Sanford
Gail Ribas
Eliana Sachar
(apologies to anyone I missed)

If for some reason reason you have not received a directory, please 
email Susan Gerecht directly with your address and she will deliver one. Or contact our welcome committee who will keep the extras on hand for new folks moving in!