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McBride Named Citizen of the Year

Gala Planned for April 23

The Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations (MVCCA) has just announced that Neal McBride has been selected as its 2005 Citizen of the Year. He will be honored at the 2005 Annual MVCCA Gala, which will be held on April 23 at the Fort Belvoir Country Club.

McBride was selected because he has been active in community affairs within the South County Region since the late 1980s. He has served as chair or coordinator of many civic and community groups dedicated to improving Fairfax County. These include the South Run Coalition, South County Schools Alliance and most recently the Laurel Hill Development and Arts center and the Cold War Museum.

In 2003, McBride was honored by the Board of Supervisors with the title of “Lord Fairfax.”

“He brings to every activity in which he is involved a balanced approach to the mission, deep knowledge of the Mount Vernon District, and a temperate and courteous manner,” said Al Bornmann, MVCCA co-chair.

A retired health care management specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, McBride has lived in South Springfield since 1981.

McBride has also served as an officer with the Federation of Lorton Communities and Newington Forest Community Association; director-at-large of the Occoquan Watershed Coalition; member of the Lorton Heritage Society; Lorton Arts Foundation Advisory panelist; and member of the Laurel Hill Planning Task Force.

“Neal McBride is definitely deserving to be honored as our 2005 Citizen of the Year,” Bornmann said.

For more information on the MVCCA Gala, visit its Web site @ http://www.mvcca.org/mv/home.mv.