Marshall Business Teacher Honored

George C. Marshall High School business teacher Bonnie Thompson was presented the 2002 Walter L. Shell Virginia Business Teacher of the Year Award for her contributions in business, career and technical education, at the Virginia Business Education Association Conference in connection with the Career and Technical Education Conference in Roanoke, which she attended with other Marshall High School business teachers Aug. 7-9. Thompson serves as the legislative chairperson for the Virginia Business Education Association and will serve as the president-elect of the Fairfax County Business Education Association. She has worked at Marshall High School for 15 years.


The Lions Club of Virginia collects old eyeglasses for developing countries. Eyeglasses are sorted by prescription. The Lion’s Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia is located at 212 N. West St. in Falls Church. The recycling center welcomes volunteers to schedule an appointment to come to the center to process glasses. Visit the recycling center Web site at

Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.), a foreign exchange program, is looking for local host families for visiting foreign students. The students are all between 15 and 18, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, and carry accident and health insurance. P.I.E. has programs ranging in length from a semester to a full academic year. Prospective host families are able to review student applications. P.I.E. can fit a student into just about any situation. Families who host for P.I.E. are eligible to claim a $50 charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student. Call 1-800-631-1818.

The EurAupair program is currently seeking community volunteers who can help provide guidance for au pair exchange visitors as they adjust to their new language, family, community and country; help to instill an appreciation for the United States and its people; and work to cultivate tolerance and understanding on a people-to-people level.

Contact EurAupair area coordinator Kirsten Dabelko at 301-513-9215 or 800-618-2002 for a Community Counselor Volunteer Application Packet.

The Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area (HACA), whose mission is to serve people affected by bleeding disorders, is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on its board of directors. In support of HACA’s mission and goals, volunteers work on fund-raising, public relations, education, member services or general organization issues. Call Sandi Qualley, HACA’s executive director, at 703-352-7641.

Heartland Hospice serves terminally ill patients in the Northern Virginia area. It is looking for volunteers to assist patients and caregivers. No experience is required. Training will be provided. Those interested should call the volunteer coordinator at 703-273-8693.

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls needs volunteers on weekends to lead small groups on tours. Experience is not necessary, just an interest in history and the ability to communicate well with children and adults. All training is provided. After the completion of training, the preferred time commitment is one 5-hour shift a month.

Around Town

The Vienna Jaycees are filling backpacks with school supplies for needy children, and need donations of money or supplies. Drive ends August 24; the Jaycees can arrange to pick up donations, or you may drop them off any Saturday morning through the 24th at the Farmer’s Market behind Town Hall. Call Tammy Smith at 703 676-1390 or James Parmelee at 703 502-0161.

The McLean Community Center is looking for new crafts to include in its 2002 McLean Holiday Crafts Show, which will take place Dec. 6-8 at the center. The three-day juried show showcases the work of more than 70 highly-skilled crafters and draws more than 5,000 people shopping for gifts and decorations for all occasions and for the holidays.

Crafters who make original clothing, ornaments, food items, decorative items, holiday wreaths, stained glass, dolls and other toys or who do flower arranging, needlework, weaving, painting, or woodworking are invited to apply. Photographers and other visual artists are also welcome. All products must be 100 percent handmade by the crafter participating. No commercially manufactured items or items purchased from wholesale outlets will be allowed.

Those interested in participating in the show are asked to call the Center at 703-790-0123, or send an e-mail message to for an application packet. Call the Center at 703-790-0123.

Registration has begun for membership in the Great Falls Women’s Club for the 2002-03 club year. New members who live in Fairfax or Loudoun counties are welcome. The club’s many fun activities include cultural tours, Bridge groups, a garden group, a book discussion group, a knitting group that makes blankets for hurt and abused children, and dinner groups that dine together in restaurants or in each others’ homes. Tennis and golf groups are available to start. The club awards scholarships to needy college students and is actively involved in improving the Great Falls Firehouse. Yearly dues are $30; dues for renewing members will be $35. Send checks for dues to Karen Magley, membership chairman. Call 703-430-8488.

Lions Clubs help the sight- and hearing-impaired by collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids. These items are taken to Lions recycling centers, classified, refurbished and given to needy people in this country and around the world. Those with eyeglasses or hearing aids that are no longer needed may drop them off in the collection box at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.

Stalking-safety information is available for Northern Virginia residents from the Fairfax Victim Assistance Network. To order a packet or for victim assistance, call 703-360-7273 (24 hours, Virginia Relay accessible) or TTY 703-799-8253.

Old magazines and paperback books (no hardcovers) are welcomed by detainees at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center through the Literacy Project sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fairfax County Chapter. For those who have donated in the past, please leave publications at the usual location on the third Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. only. (Be sure to remove mailing labels from magazines.) First time donors may call project chairman Florence Roseborough at 703-281-2498.

College Notes

Know something that should be featured in College Notes? Awards? Honors? Special events? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991. Or call Sarah Lucas at 703-917-6440.

Devin Barrett Marks, son of Letitia Marks, received a bachelor of science degree in business from High Point University in High Point, N.C. Marks is an alumnus of the Flint Hill School and a graduate of James Madison High School.

Rachel Speicher, daughter of John and Ramona Speicher, has received a bachelor of science degree in theater from the Northwestern University School of Speech. Speicher is a graduate of Langley High School.

Melissa Ngan of Vienna graduated from Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in applied music. She is a graduate of George C. Marshall High School.

Christopher Scott Celio of Vienna graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of arts degree (cum laude).

Geoffrey Joseph Dubin of Vienna graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of chemical engineering degree.

Brie Anne VanAtta of McLean graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of science degree.

Pat Thomas of McLean, a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School, has been awarded a Longbrake Scholarship from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. He will enter Wooster this Fall. Longbrake Scholarships are awarded each year to students who demonstrate academic achievement, success in extracurricular activities and service to others.