The RCHCA annual meeting will be held Thursday, February 27, at 7:30 at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Avenue, in the multi-purpose room. This is an important meeting for two reasons. First, your board will present a new slate of officers, including Jim Pekar for president, Vince DeCain for vice-president, Maria Marzullo, incumbent treasurer, and Ken Sanford, incumbent secretary. The board is not wedded to this slate and welcomes any additional suggestions. Other nominations may be made at the meeting, but earlier notice would be helpful. As the ex-president John Robinson will continue to serve on the board and will be primarily responsible for any legal or regulatory matters.
Second, the meeting will address what community activities the members wishes to pursue and other matters of community wide concern. For example, do we wish to improve our landscaping and we expand or enhance our present social activities such as the Mother’s Day and Halloween Festivals? If so, who will staff them? We should appoint a committee for a new directory as the current one is outdated. There are also numerous things going on around us such as transportation improvements and the expanded development of Kensington, Chevy Chase Lake, NIH, and Wheaton. The updated zoning code now before the Council has important implications for our community and the covenants that sustain its character. For example, there is likely to be increased pressure for subdividing the existing lots, which requires prior approval under the covenants, continued pressure for home based businesses that exceed the minimal levels permitted under the County zoning ordinance, and the possibility of increased traffic and sidewalks. There will be an update on the current school situation, but it is time to spend more of our time and administrative resources on these other long term concerns affecting Rock Creek Hills’ future. For this reason I urge you to remain involved and to volunteer to define and to advance those concerns.
A more extensive message will follow about two weeks before the meeting to provide you with updated details on these and other matters.
John M. Robinson