MDC would like to recognize community leaders who go above and beyond.  We may also recognize a neighborhood project or a nice property.  Please send a write up and picture of a community volunteer or project that you would like to recognize to

This Month’s Spotlight is Ellie Ashford of the Annandale Blog who has been awarded the 2011 Citation of Merit by the Fairfax Federation of Citizen Associations.

Pictured here is the Mason District Gang at the Awards Banquet.

See Ellies Acceptance Speech: Citation Award Speech 
and press coverage:

An award-winning editor and writer, Ellie Ashford is the force behind one of the most recognized, local citizen journalism initiatives - the Annandale Blog ( Ashford, a long-time resident of Annandale, tackles tough subjects with clarity and accuracy. Her blog was recently recognized by the Washington Post as a "must read."
Currently an editor for the American Association of Community Colleges, Ashford has received top honors for work from the Society for National Association Publications, the Association of Educational Publications, the American Society of Association Executives, and the International Association of Business Communicators. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and has completed graduate work in international communications at American University.
Ellie has just been awarded the 2011 Citation of Merit from the Fairfax County Federation of Citizen Associations.  A banquet will be held in her honor (details below).  Please mention you are with the MDC so we may be seated together at the event.
Sunday, March 25, 2012 
Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia
Cocktails 5:30 p.m.
 Program 6:30 p.m.

Please click here to register for the Banquet