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<lst>The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce December events are as follows:

Dec. 17 — Business mixer. 5:30-7:30 p.m., at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Open to members and their guests.

The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce calendar of upcoming events is as follows:

Every Tuesday and Thursday — Lunch and Lead tip group, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Harry Silverman, 703-319-8806. Dutch.

Dec. 11 — Holiday luncheon. Events will include a performance by the James Madison High School Madrigals and a holiday raffle, featuring a jewelry item donated by Boone and Sons Jewelers, with tickets costing $1 for one ticket, $2 for three tickets and $5 for 10 tickets. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Sponsored by Goodman and Co. Members with reservations, $25; nonmembers and walk-ins, $30. Reservations not canceled 48 hours prior to the event and no-shows will be billed at the nonmember rate.

On Thursday, November 20, , Northern Virginia Family Service presented its 11th Annual Companies As Responsive Employers (CARE) Awards at a breakfast at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Former WJLA news anchor Paul Berry announced the award winners, and J. Knox Singleton, president and CEO of Inova Health System, served as keynote speaker. An audience of over 300 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate this year's award winners:

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, small company winner, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents 160,000 educators from across the globe. ASCD addresses all aspects of effective teaching and learning and its members span the entire profession of educators. Among ASCD's favorable employee benefits are flexible work arrangements, adoption assistance, EAP, transportation subsidy, credit union, and savings bonds for the birth or adoption of a child. Employees enjoy wellness programs including subsidized on-site massage therapy and aerobics classes, and free gym access. Employees report that ASCD is a fun place to work, with a caring staff, plenty of employee involvement opportunities, and an organizational mission to which they have a strong connection.

Datatel, mid-size winner, has provided integrated software and professional services to the higher education industry for the past two decades. Datatel meets its employees' needs for continuous learning, financial security, income protection and health-care coverage and treats them to numerous benefits that add more pleasure to their lives. Datatel offers tuition reimbursement, and two or three employees are chosen each year to participate in an all-expense-paid IT master's program at George Mason University. Employees also enjoy an on-site fitness center, $130 per year to spend on any health or fitness-related item, and $75 per year entertainment reimbursement. Datatel also provides near-site child care and adoption reimbursement of $2,500.

Wachovia, large company winner, is the fourth largest financial services institution in the United States. Employees enjoy flexible work hours, telecommuting, compressed work week, and job sharing. Wachovia offers on-site child care, as well as help with finding child and elder care, and help with parenting, adoption, college planning, and life management. Wachovia employees receive free checking, preferred interest rates on consumer loans, credit cards, mortgage and home equity loans. Wachovia Learning Connection provides continuing education through traditional classroom learning, self-directed workbook or video, and online learning opportunities and offers a variety of leadership training options for their employees.

The annual Torchbearer Citation was awarded to SRA International Inc., a leading provider of information technology services and solutions. The Torchbearer Citation is awarded to former CARE Award winners who have continued to enhance and expand their family-friendly policies and programs.

In 1992, Northern Virginia Family Service enlisted the support of the business community to help initiate positive change in the workplaces of Northern Virginia. The annual CARE Awards program was established to recognize companies that are leaders in providing family-friendly benefits and policies for employees and that are committed to helping employees maintain a healthy work/life balance.