The Fairfax Federation COY
County Federation of Citizens Associations
request the pleasure of your company at the
Sixtieth Annual Awards Banquet
2009 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year
Citation of Merit Honorees
Harrison A. (Harry) Glasgow
James B. (Jim) Southworth
The Honorable Robert McDonnell
Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
Sunday, the Second of May
Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia
Cocktails 6:00 p.m.
Program 6:30 p.m.
$65 per person in advance
$70 per person at the door
Table Sponsorships Available
RSVP by 25 April 2010
Tickets will be held at the door.
After 25 April please follow these instructions
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Attention: Citizen of the Year Banquet
3706 Prado Place
Fairfax, VA 22031
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Clark Tyler, the 2009 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year
Clark Tyler was selected as the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations 2009 Citizen of the Year by the selection committee comprised of representatives from several county-wide organizations.
Mr. Tyler was nominated for his leadership as chair of the Tysons Land Use Task Force from 2006 to 2010. The Task Force comprised of 36 members representing citizens, landowners, developers, environmentalists, and bicyclist and art community interests among other stake-holders. The Task Force held over 60 public meetings and Mr. Tyler attended numerous additional meetings throughout the county to engage citizens and discuss the future vision of Tysons created by the Task Force. Mr. Tyler was instrumental with his patience, humor and leadership skills to the development of extraordinary consensus among the members of the Task Force. A self-described citizen activist, Clark has been the president of his homeowners association for the past ten years. Mr. Tyler was nominated by one-third of the members of the Task Force.
A little more than a year after its creation, Clark Tyler was appointed chair of the task force. Under his dedicated leadership, the task force developed an extraordinary consensus on a comprehensive plan to restructure and revitalize Tysons Corner, transforming the sprawling, unwieldy, rapidly growing area of Fairfax County into a livable, walkable, and affordable urban center. Consensus was not an easy feat; the task force was comprised of members representing extremely diverse interests and concerns. Among them were current Tysons Corner residents as well as those from neighboring communities, stakeholders with an interest and investment in the area, including land and business owners and developers, and environmentalists and members representing the arts and bicycle/pedestrian community. Each supervisor appointed a representative, and countywide organizations, such as the Fairfax County Federation and the Chamber of Commerce, were also seated.
The task force experienced a major surge in, and change of, activity under Clark’s direction. It engaged in an unprecedented program of public outreach, participating in more than 60 meetings. In addition, Clark himself attended and spoke at countless additional meetings, making himself available to every individual or group interested in the proposed task force plan. His representation of the task force gained devotion and respect from everyone who has been involved in the plan development and who will be affected by its implementation.
Clark formed six committees to provide detailed recommendations on issues such as affordable housing, transportation, amenities, and plan implementation. He encouraged the full engagement of all task force members in the review and discussion of data and encouraged them to study successful models of urban planning from across the country, leading by example as he also invested personal time to become knowledgeable on emerging concepts in urban planning. Throughout his chairmanship, he remained dedicated to the promise to create a stellar example of transit oriented development, doing so with patience, humor, and confidence.
The Task Force submitted its vision to the Board of Supervisors in September 2008. Since then, Clark has continued his leadership, guiding the Task Force Draft Review Committee as it works with the Planning Commission and county staff to develop draft plan language.
He continues serving as president of Hallcrest Heights Homeowners Association, a position he has held the past ten years.
Because of his dedicated leadership as chair, his unwavering commitment to the mission of the Tysons Land Use Task Force, and his vision for current and future generations of Tysons Corner residents and visitors, the Federation is honored to recognize Clark Tyler as the 2009 Citizen of the Year.
Citations of Merit Recipients Citizen Activists Harrison A. (Harry) Glasgow, James B. (Jim) Southworth and Drew Tener
Mr. Harry Glasgow
Mr. Harry Glasgow was selected as a Federation 2009 Citation of Merit Awardee in recognition for his 15 years in cultivating increased public understanding and support for preservation and protection of the county’s rich natural resources.
Born in Chicago and raised in the northern suburbs. Educated in Illinois public schools, and the University of Illinois. Following college, Glasgow joined the Army and served three years in intelligence duties in the Middle East and the Army Intelligence Training Center in Massachusetts. At the conclusion of his enlistment, Glasgow became a civilian employee of the Intelligence Training Center and served there until 1989, when he moved to Virginia. In Virginia, he served in various intelligence positions with the Army and national agencies until his retirement in July 2001.
Glasgow has devoted his retirement years to the conviction that we must protect our natural world. To this end, he has associated himself with local government agencies whose mission most closely aligns to this end. In Fairfax County government, these agencies are the Park Authority, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. He serves in some position with all of these, as well as other groups, in the hope of making some small difference in the environmental wellbeing of his community. Harry seldom passes an opportunity to take a walk in a park – his favorite is Huntley Meadows – with those who want to know more about nature and the world around them – birds, trees, insects, plants, soil – and how they all work together.
Mr. Jim Southworth
Mr. Jim Southworth was selected as a Federation 2009 Citation of Merit Awardee in recognition for his years of volunteerism and leadership with Fairfax Public Access.
Senior Technologist, GSA St. Elizabeth’s DHS HQ Consolidation Team, Jim is the Chief Technology Consultant on the elite team for the US General Services Administration’s project in South East DC. The DHS Headquarters Consolidation project is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the US Government since the Pentagon was built in 1941 and this project is even bigger than that. When completed it will house the headquarters and strategic operations/command centers of the entire US Department of Home Security and all its subdivisions. Just prior to accepting this new national role, Jim supplied consulting services to many diverse and worldwide projects for private industry, government agencies, including the law enforcement/security sectors, Venture Capital, and the broadband industry with “Hands-On” technical experience, not just management.
In his over forty years in the all forms of the telecommunications and computing industries, Jim has held technology management and technologist positions with several industry leaders. His professional experience spans everything from operating system software and computer security to high-speed digital transmission facilities for the telephony, digital video and TV networks.
Jim also serves his industry and closer to home his community on various Board of Directors and Advisory Boards for not-for-profits such as serving on the Board of Directors of the Broadband Forum for four years. As chairman of the board of Fairfax Public Access Television he helped refinance, restructure and start the almost explosive growth that FPA has experienced since he joined their Board 8 years ago. Jim is known for his visionary technology leadership and strategy and has been recognized in EE Times Magazine as one of the twenty-one key “architects of the next generation of the Internet”.
Jim has also served on the board of directors and as an officer of numerous community and civic associations and corporations. His leadership, management, and diverse cutting edge creative technical skills have won him several awards and honors locally and internationally. He was the very first recipient of the International Broadband Forum “Circle of Excellence” award for his work in deploying “High-Speed” internet world-wide.
Mr. Drew Tener
Nineteen year-old Andrew “Drew” Tener is the third generation of his family to take an active role in the volunteer life of the County. Concerned about national statistics showing declining rates of high school and college graduation among boys, Drew started the Easy Readers program at the Oakton Library in 2007. After consulting with Fairfax County Library Director Sam Clay and Oakton Branch Manager Jerilyn Polson, Drew developed an innovative curriculum that uses hands-on activities and male role models to spark interest in reading among struggling first and second grade boys. The program teaches boys to read while going on treasure hunts, building Lego models, and making Dirt Cake. Now in its third year at Oakton Library, Easy Readers has served over 70 first and second graders and trained over two dozen high school volunteers. In 2008, Easy Readers was recognized by Volunteer Fairfax as the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Group and by Acacia Federal Savings Bank as the first-ever Horizons Award winner. Also in 2008, Drew received a copyright on the Easy Readers curriculum, which is available to the public at no charge.
A National Merit Finalist, Drew graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology last June, where he was honored with the School Board’s 2009 Character Award and scholarship. He is now at Stanford University studying for mid-terms. Drew said he would much rather be here with you all tonight to celebrate the good work of the County’s citizens and the Fairfax County Federation of Civic Associations.
Alarmed by national statistics showing declining high school and college graduation rates among boys, Andrew “Drew” Tener decided to do something. He spent the summer of 2007 designing an innovative curriculum aimed at engaging young boys in structured reading activities, obtained a grant, met with library officials, and recruited ten volunteers from area high schools - and the result is the Easy Readers program, launched at the Oakton Library in 2007.
Easy Readers is a hands-on, reading reinforcement program for first- and second-grade boys struggling to learn to read. It matches 20 boys with male high school volunteers for a six-week, free-of-charge program lasting 45 minutes. The hands-on activities appeal to the interests, energies, and developmental skills of six- and seven-year old boys.
Participants tackle projects requiring reading instructions, deciphering rhymes and clues, and answering questions to make “Dirt Cake”, build Lego models, construct costumes for story and comic book characters, and hunt for treasure around library grounds. Now in its third year, Easy Readers has sparked an interest in reading for over 70 boys from six elementary schools and trained over two dozen high school volunteers. Parental feedback notes marked improvement in their sons’ reading skills and overwhelming support for the program.
Drew obtained a copyright on the Easy Readers curriculum, available at no charge. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology last June, where he was honored with the School Board’s Character Award.
Despite his youth, Drew Tener already embodies a true spirit of citizen volunteerism. For his dedication in leading efforts to change the lives of young boys just beginning their academic careers, and also instilling an ethics of citizenship in young men like himself who continue the Easy Readers program, the Federation is honored to recognize Drew with a Citation of Merit.