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GOCA Awards Ceremony – March 10th 2019

Mark your calendars now.  Come celebrate the 2018 GOCA Award Winners on Sunday, March 10th at Good Counsel High School.  A catered reception starts at 2:00 pm followed by the ceremony at 3:00.  All are welcome to attend.

2019 Officer Election Results

At the February 2019 GOCA Meeting Officer Elections were held.  Below are the results, these positions are held from March 2019 to Feb 2020.  Congratulations to all the newly and re-elected officers!

President- Matt Quinn
Executive Vice President – Dave Miller
1st Vice President – John Blachere
2nd Vice President -Hilary Phillips-Rogers
Treasurer – Bob Hambrecht
Correspondence Secretary  -Ryan Martin
Recording Secretary – Carol Frenkel

February 2019 GOCA Meeting Materials

January 8, 2019 Meeting Draft Minutes – for approval during the January Meeting

February 12, 2019 Meeting Agenda

Montgomery Council Seeks Applicants for County Committee to Recommend Funding for the Public Election Fund (Deadline February 6 at 5 p.m.)

GOCA Board:  See the below article from Montgomery County’s website 

Montgomery Council Seeks Applicants for County Committee to Recommend Funding for the Public Election Fund (Deadline February 6 at 5 p.m.)

Montgomery Council Seeks Applicants
for County Committee to Recommend Funding
for the Public Election Fund
Deadline for Applications is Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m.

ROCKVILLE, Md., January 9, 2019—The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants for positions on the Committee to Recommend Funding for the Public Election Fund. Letters of interest must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

The Council enacted Bill 16-14 in 2014 that established a voluntary public campaign financing system for candidates for County Council and County Executive. Beginning with the 2018 election, a candidate for Council or Executive could seek matching funds for small dollar contributions of $150 or less from a Public Election Fund. The Council must appropriate funds for the Public Election Fund as part of the annual County government operating budget.

The legislation created the Committee to Recommend Funding for the Public Election Fund to estimate the funds necessary to implement the public campaign finance system and recommend an annual appropriation by the Council for the Public Election Fund.

The Committee to Recommend Funding for the Public Election Fund will be composed of five County residents appointed by the County Council for four-year terms beginning on May 1 of the first year of the new Council’s term of office. The term of this committee will begin on May 1, 2019, and end April 30, 2023. No more than three members can be from the same political party. The Council will designate the chair and vice chair. The committee must issue its report to the Council on or before March 1 each year.

All five positions are up for appointment. The committee, once it is formed, will determine how often it will need to meet. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time.

Letters of application expressing interest, including a resume listing professional and civic experience, should be addressed to: Council President Nancy Navarro, County Council Office, Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Applications can also be submitted via email to county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Letters of application and resumes are made public as part of the appointment process and are available for public review. After the closing date, the Council will review the applications and resumes and will select applicants for interview. The Council anticipates making the appointments in April 2019.

For more information, call 240-777-7925.

2019 GOCA Awards

Olney is such a special place because it is filled with so many people who care about Olney and are willing to “get involved” and give something back to the community, each in their own way.

Each year Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) says thank you to the many individuals, businesses, and other organizations that the community has identified as having made a notable contribution to the greater Olney community. GOCA seeks nominations from its members and from the community. A ballot is compiled and voted on by GOCA delegates. The awards will be presented on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Over the years, the categories for which awards are presented have changed some. The current categories of awards are:

Howard J. Garber Citizen of the Year Award

This award is named for a previous GOCA Vice President who exemplified the kind of participation in the community that results in a significant contribution this award recognizes. Among his many accomplishments during the few years he was involved with GOCA before his untimely death in 1989 was leading the effort to eliminate a dangerous s-curve on Georgia Avenue near Greenwood Park, north of Rte. 108.

Contribution to Community Award

This award is presented to individuals, groups, or businesses that have made a noteworthy contribution to the quality of life in Olney.

Youth Contribution to Community Award

This award is presented to a student in grades K – 12 that has made noteworthy contribution to the quality of life in Olney.

Ron Berger Heritage Award

This award recognizes significant contributions made during the early years of Olney’s growth from a small rural community or long-term contributions that have helped shape the development of Olney into the distinctive, satellite community and maintain the quality of life that makes Olney such a special place.

GOCA Worker of the Year Award

This award recognizes the outstanding work of a member of GOCA or a committee member on behalf of GOCA.

Special President’s Award

Each year, GOCA’s President acknowledges and expresses his personal thanks toan individual or group of his or her choice.

Nominations

To nominate a person or group, please send an email (message or an attached word document) explaining who you are nominating and why to gocapresident@gmail.com.  Please include your contact information so we can contact you if there are any questions.  Nominations need to be received by February 10, 2019.