Welcome! The Radnor / Ft. Myer Heights Civic Association (RAFOM) serves the residential community in Arlington, Virginia that includes much of Rosslyn, Courthouse, and Ft. Myer Heights. The area is bounded Wilson Boulevard on the north, the Potomac River and National Park Service land on the east, Arlington Cemetery and Fort Myer on the south, and Courthouse Road on the west. Check the Geographical Boundaries map to see if you live in the area. RAFOM is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. A member of the Arlington County Civic Federation and Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, RAFOM plays an active role in representing the interests of neighborhood residents. All members of the community are welcome to attend RAFOM's regular meetings and/or join as members.
Message from RAFOM President Stan Karson:
On June 9, 2014 RAFOM had another successful Annual Meeting, our 15th, at Top of the Town, with approximately 170 people present. For those of you who were able to attend, I trust you enjoyed the evening, including our well-received speaker, Senator Tim Kaine, the refreshments and the spectacular view. If you were not able to be there, following is a summary of the event.
We heard welcoming remarks from Jay Fisette, County Board Chairman; Colonel Fern Sumpter, Commander of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Michael McMenamin, president of the Arlington County Civic Federation. Other guests included Delegate Bob Brink, Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson, Fire Chief JIm Schwartz and Fire Station 10 officers, Second District Police Captain Brian Gough with four other members of the 2D team, Carol Hoover with the County Parks and Rec Department and Rosslyn BID officers.
Accorded RAFOM's deep appreciation were the Byrnes, Top of the Town owners, for continuing to make the unique venue available to us, and Patrick Morrogh of The Quarterdeck restaurant, who once again helped out immeasurably by providing the drinks, soft and otherwise.
I gave a brief report on the active year we have had, dealing with such diverse community issues as County planning and development, rooftop signs, the future of the Wilson School site, the Rosslyn Sector Plan Update, parking and bicycle challenges, as well as hosting two Candidates Nights and our popular Holiday Party for area low-income families.
Our 2014 speaker, Senator Tim Kaine, was introduced by his friend Paul Ferguson. The Senator thanked RAFOM for inviting him. He said the nation was in a "period of national soul searching" with the end of one of the most severe recessions and our longest war, in Iraq and Afghanistan. He discussed his efforts on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as Chairman of the Middle East Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee. stating that the United States can play a critical global role as an "exemplary nation." He concluded his prepared remarks by citing the importance of "civic dialogue."
Senator Kaine responded to audience questions regarding the Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl release, compulsory military or other national service, confirmation problems facing Foreign Service nominations, fuller disclosure of political contributions, the President's recent "greenhouse gases" initiative, stimulating the U.S. economy and U.S. relations with Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The Senator was thanked and presented with RAFOM's Certificate of Appreciation and a U.S. Marine Corps Anniversary Silver Dollar. The meeting was then adjourned, but Senator Kaine remained about 30 minutes more, discussing matters directly with RAFOM members.
Our heartfelt thanks go as always to those who helped make the event another success story. First and foremost, RAFOM Vice President Patricia Darneille did prodigious work again by obtaining the food and overseeing the setting up and decorating of the room, She was helped by RAFOM Board members as well as by RAFOM members Peggy Irving, Danielle Fredrickson, Nicole Campbell and Larry Reed.
Finally, our thanks go also to our accomplished pianist, Milton Nelson, who once again entertained us throughout the evening, and we were pleased to welcome his wife Mae as well. RAFOM will hold its next regular meeting in September. We hope you spend a very enjoyable summer.