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Meet The RCC Board Candidates: Singer, Wingert

by Karen Goff — August 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm 2 Comments

RCC LOGO Reston Community Center will conduct its annual Preference Poll this fall. Four candidates are running for three, three-year terms on the Board of Governors. Reston Now will present information from the candidates’ statements today and tomorrow.

There will be a candidates forum at RCC Hunters Woods on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Voting begins on Sept. 12. Each property in Small Tax District 5 will receive a ballot in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by the counting agent (a pre-addressed envelope is provided with the ballot; postage is required) no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.

Today’s profiles are of Vicky Wingert, a current RCC Board of Governors member and former Reston Association CEO, and Linda Singer, who has been involved in many community organizations as a longtime Reston resident.

Linda A. Singer, Statement of Candidacy

What previous experience or participation in civic activities would you bring to the RCCBoard?

1975-Present (Partial list)

EDUCATION

  • Terraset – First PTO President
  • Langston Hughes – PTA President
  • South Lakes – PTA Board
  • Area III Superintendent’s Council
  • FCPS Boundary Committee

COMMUNITY

  • Town Center Organization Committee – Community member. Decided on how Town Center would look and function.
  • RA (RHOA) – Lakes Committee Chair
  • Bylaws Revision Committee
  • RCA – Transportation Committee Chair. Held first community meeting on rail to Reston and did follow-up.
  • Reston Museum – Member of Reston 20 and 50/100 Committees.

COUNTY

  • Library Board – Chair
  • Community Action Board – Chair
  • Human Services Council
  • Fairfax Water Board – Treasurer, Vice Chair
  • Redistricting Committee

COMMONWEALTH

  • Social Services Board

Linda Singer/RCC Photo How would your leadership enhance RCC’s vision to bring the community together by providing opportunities for enriching leisure experiences and connections that reach out to all and foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging?

My participation and leadership with many boards and organizations gives me a great sense of our community’s need for enriching leisure experiences. My family is a good example of RCC participants. In one week at RCC, I played bridge, participated in a Current Issues Discussion Group, saw my granddaughter in an RCC-produced play and signed up for a Supreme Court class and RCC Senior Trip. My granddaughter has taken swimming, crocheting, and drama classes. She will be taking a sewing class in the fall.

I will be an active Board Member, presenting innovative ideas and collaborating with all Board members, other organizations and individual citizens. RCC will need to expand as our community grows. I want to have input on how RCC will meet the demands of growth.

We moved to Reston because of its inclusiveness in 1975. I will help RCC continue to meet all of our citizens’ needs.

Vicky Wingert Statement of Candidacy

Vicky Wingert/RCC PhotoWhat previous experience or participation in civic activities would you bring to the RCC Board?

I have had the opportunity to live, work and play in Reston since 1973 and have been active in a variety of community organizations. In my younger years, I coached girls’ softball, soccer and basketball teams. For many years, I worked for the Reston Association as Day Camp Director, Open Space Director and as CEO.

I have served as President of the Reston Historic Trust, a founding member of the Friends of Reston Board, and on the Reston Association Board of Directors. Currently, I am completing my first term on the Reston Community Center Board of Governors.

How would your leadership enhance RCC’s vision to bring the community together by providing opportunities for enriching leisure experiences and connections that reach out to all and foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging?

As Reston celebrates its 50th anniversary, we are reminded of the values that shaped this community; a welcoming place for all, a place where beauty is celebrated and cultural and recreational opportunities are accessible to everyone. The mission of the Reston Community Center is closely aligned with these values. I have spent a lifetime in recreation planning and bring that experience to RCC. RCC’s programming must focus on meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population and continue to strengthen its partnerships with other Reston organizations.

Responsible stewardship of tax dollars is the primary role of the Board of Governors. Prudent use of funds today must be coupled with a commitment to meet the demands of tomorrow. RCC has an important role to play in seeing that the next 50 years of growth and development in Reston continue to uphold the values that have made this community worth celebrating.

  • Robert Mowbray

    Candidates should be asked to comment n plans for an indoor pool and tennis courts at Baron Cameron Park. Also on what RCC should do with unspent funds at the end of the fiscal year.

    • Karen Goff

      Those are good questions to ask them at the candidates forum Sept. 8.

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