FBA Membership Meeting Tues., March 31, at 7:00 pm to Discuss the Application of the River Inn for a Substantial Change to its Liquor License

The Foggy Bottom Association will convene a membership meeting on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:00 pm to discuss the application of the River Inn for a substantial change to its liquor license. The River Inn is requesting the liquor license change in order to open a sidewalk café at the Inn’s location in the Foggy Bottom Historic District. Representatives of the River Inn are invited to the meeting, and will present information on their plans.

Regulations of DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) require the FBA to hold a full membership meeting to vote to protest the substantial change request. By protesting the license change, the FBA secures standing in any negotiations to arrive at a settlement agreement covering the operations of any proposed café. A protest does not necessarily imply opposition to the café, but it does ensure that the FBA can participate in any negotiations regarding the café’s hours of operation, trash management, noise mitigation, and other impacts on the neighborhood.

Following the discussion on the River Inn sidewalk café, stay to hear members of the Kennedy Center staff discuss expansion plans which will increase performance, rehearsal, and administrative space at this federal monument to the late President John F. Kennedy. There will be plenty of time for audience questions.

According to the FBA Bylaws, voting is limited to members whose dues payments are current, and who live or own property within the geographic boundaries of the FBA. Members will be required to sign in at the meeting. If you have questions regarding your membership status, please email membership@foggybottomassociation.com or president@foggybottomassociation.com as soon as possible.

Location: West End Interim Library conference room, 2522 Virginia Ave NW
(Location subject to change – any new location will be posted here)

FBA to Welcome DC Council Chairman

DC Council Chairman Phil MendelsonDC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will address the February meeting of the Foggy Bottom Association on Tuesday, February 24, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the 2nd Floor Dining Room of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2430 K St NW. Chairman Mendelson will discuss his plans for the Council for the coming year, and will answer audience questions. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Foggy Bottom West End Village Selected to Participate in National Evaluation of Villages

Foggy Bottom West End VillageThe Foggy Bottom West End Village (FBWEV) has been selected as one of 20 Villages nationwide to participate in a National Evaluation of Villages Feasibility Study, conducted by the University of California Berkeley in partnership with the Village to Village Network Research Committee.

The 18-month study is being funded by the Retirement Research Foundation.

The purpose of the evaluation is to launch and test a national system for gathering information describing Villages and the impact they have on their members. Combined data from many Villages is an essential tool for demonstrating the value of Villages to both policymakers and funders. The Evaluation also provides useful information for individual Villages aiming to improve programs or demonstrate their impact on members.

The data to be collected will include: an organizational profile, annual member surveys, new member intake questionnaires, and reporting of services and activities provided by the Villages on a monthly basis.

The criteria used for selecting the participating Villages were to include a variety of Village models, geographic regions, Villages serving diverse groups as well as Villages who had the commitment and capacity to collect data.

FBWEV is a Washington, DC volunteer/membership organization that provides services and social activities to help residents live independently for the long term and is uniquely positioned to participate in this evaluation.

A wealth of data has been collected in FBWEV’s 15 months of operation. Since its grand opening in October 2013, the Village has grown to 139 members and a force of 75 volunteers who have provided more than 500 hours of volunteer services to members.

“We are very excited to be chosen to participate in this national endeavor,” said Bob McDonald, Executive Director of FBWEV. “Our Village’s data will help provide the basis for demonstrating the benefits of belonging to a Village. The broad scope of Village services, including social and cultural events and programs, educational forums, health and wellness sessions, and volunteer services, provides our members with an enhanced quality of life.”

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