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Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, Maj. Gen. (Ret.), director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Veterans Administration, speaking on “Life After the Military” at its monthly dinner meeting on Monday, Nov. 13 from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost of the meeting is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Sandy Amato at 703-405-2631.

Better Business Luncheon - Building Your Business Plan for Success in 2007 — On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11:45 a.m.-1:30, p.m. the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce offers its monthly business luncheon at the Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr. Enjoy a delicious hot buffet after Mark Slattery (Everest Consulting) gives an informational seminar about building your business plan for success in 2007. Register in advance at www.DullesRegionalChamber.org or call 571-323-5300 or e-mail info@DullesRegionalChamber.org. Fees: $25 member in advance, $30 at the door. Nonmembers $35.

New/Prospective Member Orientation (Chamber 101) — Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon to 1:30 p.m., at ITT Technical Institute, 14420 Albemarle Point Place, Suite 100, Chantilly. Hosting close to 300 events annually makes the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce the most powerful business tool in the greater Dulles area. This monthly seminar teaches how to effectively use Chamber events and programs. Lunch. Free, but pre-register with Membership Director Ellen Kaminsky 571-323-5302 or by e-mail: membership@DullesRegionalChamber.org.

Chamber Mixer — Relax at the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Centreville Road in Herndon (near the intersection with the Dulles Toll Road). $10 Chamber members; $15 nonmembers. Food and beverages included. Advance registration available via Events page of DullesRegionalChamber.org.

This year, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce joins other leading businesses around the country as a Sponsor of the Marines Toys for Tots Program. Toys For Tots is a non-profit organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to needy children during the winter holiday season.

From now until Dec. 17 you may support the Chamber's efforts by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at the Chamber headquarters, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350 or by making out a financial contribution to the Toys for Tots Foundation and mailing it to the Chamber’s office. All toys and monetary donations will be provided to children in our local region. Visit the Web site at www.fccc.org or contact Jason Flanary at jflanary@fccc.org.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announces a new location of the security checkpoint lanes at Washington Dulles International Airport. All lanes previously located at the east end of the Main Terminal have shifted to the west end of the Main Terminal. Passengers should follow the signage to the new security screening area. The move is necessary to continue construction on the Main Terminal station for AeroTrain.

Leadership Fairfax Inc. announces the members of the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) Class of 2007. The ELI Class of 2007 will be the fifth class to complete the nine-month program. This year's ELI program will focus on strategic planning, networking and business etiquette, negotiation and working effectively with others, presentation skills and community stewardship. The class will work on the following community service projects: Brain Injury Services, ADAPT Clubhouse Renovation; Alternative House, Thrift Store Feasibility Project; Reston Interfaith, Embry Rucker Community Shelter Life Skills Program; CrisisLink, Community Outreach & Awareness Building and New Hope Housing, Elementary School Education Pilot Project.

The class members along with their business affiliations and hometowns include:

* Sally Angle, Online Resources Corporation, Centreville.

* Cameron Ballantyne, American Red Cross of the NCA, Chantilly.

* Daniel Figueroa, The Peterson Companies, Fairfax.

* William Garrett, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, Centreville.

AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to electronically complete and file 2006 federal and state income tax forms. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome but ability to use a computer is a must. Evening and Saturday shifts are available. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. Call Patty Callahan at 703-207-0056 or via email at pcallahan@cox.net or call toll-free 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit the Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

The Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter, the metropolitan Washington region’s premier source for Alzheimer’s disease information and support, has received an in-kind donation of six new computers valued at $4,000 from PC Recycler of Chantilly.

Each computer consists of an Intel Celeron D processor 325, keyboard, 15-inch flat panel monitor, and Windows XP Home Edition. The new equipment will allow the Chapter to expand its technology capabilities to improve and increase its programs and services for individuals and families in Northern Virginia, Suburban and Southern Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Construction of the county’s new Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (PSTOC) began recently, with an anticipated completion in the spring/summer of 2008. The center is part of the West Ox complex located at the corner of West Ox Road and the Fairfax County Parkway. The preliminary schedule calls for completion of foundation work this fall with construction of the building beginning in spring 2007.

Manhattan Construction Company of Fairfax has been awarded the construction contract, approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors in June.

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.

Lydia Jane Failing, senior field human resources manager for HMSHost at Washington Dulles, Reagan National and BWI Airports and Leesburg Premium Factory Outlets, has been selected as the first chairperson of the Dulles Area Transportation Association's Employer Council. The Employer Council, comprised of Human Resources Directors from firms throughout the Dulles Corridor and representatives from the Loudoun County and Fairfax County employer/employee outreach programs, will meet quarterly to discuss regional transportation issues as they affect employee productivity and company profitability.

Chantilly resident Bruce Christman, a partner in the Falls Church office of Reed Smith, was recently selected by other attorneys for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2007, The Best Lawyers in the Washington, D.C. Area, as a Super Lawyer in Virginia and as a Super Lawyer in the Washington, D.C. region. Bruce was recognized for his work in commercial real estate development, acquisition, sale, leasing and finance. He represents developers, lenders, and investors and has significant experience in commercial real estate transactions. Bruce lives in the Franklin Farms neighborhood in Chantilly. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors has re-elected Mame Reiley, chairman; the Honorable H.R. Crawford, vice chairman; and re-elected Gregory Wolfe, secretary. Ms. Reiley was appointed to the Board in 2002 by Gov. Mark R. Warner. Ms. Reiley has served as former Gov. Warner's Senior Political Advisor. Previously she headed PGI Washington, an events and communications agency. She has also served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Jim Moran and as a staff member of the House Committee on Appropriations.

Mayor Anthony Williams appointed Mr. Crawford to the Board in 2002. He serves as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Business Administration Committee. Mr. Crawford is the president of Crawford Edgewood Managers Inc., a real estate firm.

Frank D. Spicer Jr. Inc. of Fairfax has been honored as a member of the “Elite” by Erie Insurance. The agency recently received the Homeowner’s Elite Award at the Richmond Branch annual dinner meeting. Erie's Elite awards are agent awards that recognize the efforts of agencies excelling in the area of auto, commercial, home and life insurance sales. Frank D. Spicer Jr. Inc. is one of 10 agencies companywide to win the award.

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly has been named to The Zweig Letter’s Hot Firm 2006 List and is being recognized as one of the fastest-growing design firms nationwide. The Zweig Letter Hot Firm Conference, sponsored by ZweigWhite, recognizes the fastest-growing companies in the areas of architecture, planning, engineering and environmental consulting.