Participation Survey

UPDATE: We’ve had input from 5 clubs – but we’d like to hear from YOU TOO!
Thanks Arlington Rotary, Zonta, Host Lions, Optimists and Arlington Kiwanis for responding.   If you haven’t already filled out the survey, NOW is the time!

We know your time is precious, but if you could take a moment to answer these 8 quick questions, it will help the Inter-Service Club Council. WE NEED YOUR INPUT! As a member of your service club, you are invited to participate in the Inter-Service Club Council. Unfortunately, our numbers are dwindling, but we’d like to reinvigorate the ISCC and get more participation.

Arlington Northwest Lion Loss

It is with sadness that we write about the loss of William “Jack” Glass.  Jack was a member of the Arlington Northwest Lions club, he passed away on March 20, 2012 at the age of 81.    Jack was a member of the US Coast Guard and volunteered for St. Paul’s as well as the Lions, he also enjoyed working in his yard and traveling.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Arlington Northwest Lions Club Scholarship Fund.  He will be missed by our Service Club Community.

Happy New Year!

Our first meeting in 2012 will be on January 27th and we will meet on the 4th Friday of each month from 12:00 – 1:30.  Bring your own lunch, or purchase lunch from the Sequoia Cafe on the first floor.
Meetings are at the Arlington Dept of Human Services Building – 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204.  PLEASE CALL TO RSVP so we know to expect you! 

Mark your calendars:

Jan 27
Feb 24
Mar 23
Apr 27
May 25
Jun 22

Please invite members of your clubs to join us!

2011 Man and Woman of the Year Announced!

Lavern J. Chatman-Brown

Mrs. Chatman-Brown has been involved with philanthropic efforts to benefit youth, education, healthcare, and arts in the Northern Virginia area.  Immediate past President of The Arlington Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; President/CEO of Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) since 2004; Board of Directors — Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; INOVA Alexandria Hospital; National League of Cities; Northern Virginia Community Foundation, Inc.; WETA Public Broadcasting and Chair, Diversity Council AARP for Virginia, to provide examples; in all, she is a member or serves on 16 boards.

She began her career as a marketing representative with IBM Corporation.  She has served as general manager, Washington, DC gospel radio station (WUST-AM) and was also an associate producer for the renowned talk show “Petey Greene’s Washington” on WDCA Television.  Mrs. Chatman-Brown served as a full-time volunteer for various charities and non-profit organizations, including America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth.  An organization dedicated to improving the lives of the nation’s at-risk youth, then chaired by General Colin Powell.  She and her late husband, James I. Chatman, established the Chatman Fund with a $400,000 donation to the Northern Virginia Community Foundation to support youth.  The Grandfather’s Group, is one of its main programs where African-American men act as surrogate grandfathers to boys living in single-female households – four monthly contacts with mentee.

Mrs. Chatman-Brown spearheaded the NOVAUL’s building of the Freedom Slave Museum.  Under her leadership in a two year period the project raised $300,000 to build, design and create a permanent memorial to tell the story of domestic slave trading in Alexandria.  The NOVAUL has made 1315 Duke Street its home.  Educational tours to the Museum are available without cost.

She has implemented a successful five-point strategy Empowerment Program in Northern Virginia:  Education and Youth, Economic, Health and Quality of Life, Civic Engagement and Leadership, and Civil Rights and Racial Justice.  “College Survival” was implemented in 2010 where 82 students and their parents benefitted from the one-day workshop.

Mrs. Chatman-Brown is a visionary person, always thinking outside of the “box”.  She has implemented 17 community-based partnerships which came from her vision as to making the NOVAUL and The Arlington Links community resources.  Examples:  Hoffman-Boston Elementary School – “Girls on the Run” curricula couple physical activity with a whole person philosophy to provide positive benefits without increasing the risk of unhealthy attitudes about body images and eating, donated books for School Library; “Book Buddies” to second grade students (reading); Hammond Middle School – “Hammond Links Girls Program” taught social graces, etiquette and protocol, teambuilding and arts; Youth Offenders Project – During 2010, 112 offenders were served; World Vision Dangler Project – Party with a Purpose where with matching funds $38,000 for Africa and Haiti for food, shelter, long term educational support and teacher training;  Go Red Connect  – over 150 community citizens in attendance of educational program on heart disease; Scholarships – Northern Virginia Links gave $20,000 and $70,000 from NOVAUL in 2010; Census and Voter Empowerment – coordinated 31 non-profit and non-partisan to increase census count; provided more than 1500 volunteers hours in 2010.

Thomas W. Grantham

Tom has been very active in every aspect of the Club’s activities since joining in February of 2010. He serves on the Board of Directors, is the current President-elect, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club’s Foundation. Since becoming a Kiwanis member he has rejuvenated the Swanson Middle School Builders Club, which is now a very active middle school Club in Arlington.

Born in Washington, D.C., Tom grew up in Arlington and graduated form Yorktown High School. Tom continued his education at George Mason University while beginning his career in banking. He attended Banking Institution classes for many years while working his way “up the ladder”, becoming a Senior Vice President before age 30. He has been in banking for 36 years, currently serving as Senior Vice President / Market Executive at Cardinal Bank in Arlington, and is held in high esteem by his professional colleagues. He and his wife Elaine live in Arlington and have two grown sons.

Tom has been a stalwart in the Kiwanis Club’s fundraising activities that support the many charities which benefit from the financial grants given by the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Antique Show, Oyster and Pig Roast, Peanut program, bell ringing for the Salvation Army bagging at the Arlington Food Assistance Center each month, and the first Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast this past spring, are a few of the Club’s projects that have benefited from Tom’s enthusiasm and leadership.

In addition, he is involved in other community service programs through his work with Cardinal Bank. Tom serves on the bank’s Charity Foundation which supports the Kellar School in Fairfax County. This school offers a learning experience for children who have social, behavioral or health-related issues that significantly interfere with their ability to learn. Tom is also a leader in organizing and hosting the frequent social events sponsored by Cardinal Bank that bring community leaders together to learn about community activities that make Arlington and the surrounding area a rewarding place to live and work.

The Arlington Kiwanis Club is very fortunate to have Tom Grantham as a member. While Arlington has many citizens who do outstanding work throughout the community, few show the level of dedication and integrity that Tom Grantham brings to service in Arlington. Tom is an outstanding example of what it means to being a true servant to his community.

Annual Luncheon – November 16

Join us for the
ISCC Annual Luncheon & Man/Woman of the Year

Guest Speaker: Honorable William T. Newman, Arlington Circuit Court Judge

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
11:30 Reception, Silent Auction, Cash Bar
12:00 Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
Knights of Columbus
5115 Little Falls Road
Arlington VA, 22207

September Meeting Notes

Hello!  We had a great meeting on Friday, September 16th.  Here are a few things I want to share from that meeting:

The Chili Cook-Off has been cancelled, not enough folks responded or they were going to be out of town.  We may try again with a Gumbo Cook-Off during the Mardi Gras Parade in Clarendon in February – stay tuned!

The Annual Luncheon is on November 16th at 12:00 at the Knights of Columbus.  This is a wonderful event for us all to get together and celebrate the work we do.  If you are interested in helping with the coordination of the event, contact Karen Albert at

Do you want to have a fundraiser that’s easy and fun?  The Civitan’s need your help with their Monthly Markets at the I-66 parking lots near the Education Center.  They need help on Friday evenings for set-up and Saturday’s during the event.   They can pay $10.00 per hour to the hard workers!  Two more this year – October 1, and November 5.  Contact Chris Wahl for further information:

On November 5 at the Garage Sale – Antique Appraisals for only $10.00 – Open to all!

Hope to see you all at the October meeting – October 21 at noon.

May 20, 2011 Notes

Attendance: Pat Kopsel, Virginia McGee, Karen Albert, Kim Durand

Treasurer Report

4 clubs have paid – South Lions, NW Lions, Rotary and Women’s Club

Leadership Arlington Youth Program

$1,000.00 has been committed to the Leadership Arlington Youth Program.  Lions, Zonta, and Civitans have paid $100.00 each.  We need $100 from each of the other clubs.  Send notes to those clubs for their support.

 Members from ISCC are invited to attend the LA Youth Graduation Program in August.

 New Officers

Many clubs are installing new officers this time of year.  Who are your new officers?  Please let us know so we can update our files.

 Chili Cook-Off Committee

The Chili Cook-Off is on September 24th.  We’re starting to work on the details now.  Let us know if you’re interested in participating!

ISCC Luncheon – November 16

It’s not too early to start thinking of your club’s Man/Woman of the Year Nominee!

Attend via Phone!

If you can’t actually attend these meetings, but would still like to participate – we can Conference Call you in!

 Don’t forget the Civitan’s Garage Sales

You can raise money for your club or for the LA Youth Program every month!

Garage Sales are beginning again, the next one is on July 2.  As always, groups are invited to participate and receive $10.00 per hour for their work.

            Friday nights 3:30pm – 7:30pm | Saturdays 5:00am – 3:00pm

Contact Chris Wahl to sign-up:


Do you need help with your Board? On Board Training may be of interest to your clubs –

Launched in conjunction with Arlington County Economic Development, the Black Belt for Nonprofits programming provides in-depth learning on topics related to building nonprofit capacity.  In these 3-month long series, each topic is discussed over 3 sessions (once per month), with four topics being discussed per year.  The Black Belt for Nonprofits Program is designed for the CEO, or senior staff, of a nonprofit organization and a representative of that organization’s Board of Directors.

The Leadership Institute of Northern Virginia’s Black Belt for Nonprofits aims to dramatically increase capacity through education, implementation and peer-to-peer troubleshooting.

The per person registration fee for each series (inclusive of 3 sessions, one per month for 3 months) includes trainings, materials and breakfast at all three sessions in the series.  No more than 3 individuals from each nonprofit organization can be represented in each series.

 Contact Leadership Arlington for details: 703-528-2522