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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

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.


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

2019 Membership Renewal

 To the Members of The Greater Olney Civic Association, Inc.

Dear Member Associations:

The past year has been very busy for “our little town.”  From the installation and town designation on the new water tower, the accompanying Olney Oval, the many transitions of establishments in our downtown metroplex, the County Executive Candidates Forum, the celebration of Olney Days, the visit of the Governor at our Community Night Out, the mixer for our County-wide candidates/officials and the pending site selection for the emergency radio communications tower are all part of the many topics we have addressed.

Although GOCA is without governmental authority for our little town, its mission is to serve as the voice of the community.  Without GOCA, the positive influence on matters that directly effect our community would be silent.  GOCA is a “known quantity” amongst our local officials.

As we enter the year’s end, it is now time to renew your membership.  We ask that you complete the Membership Renewal form and return with payment by January 18, 2019.  Mail the form and check to GOCA at PO Box 212, Olney, MD 20830.

In order to continue GOCA’s efforts for the overall welfare of the Olney community, the renewal of your membership and continued participation are essential.

It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for me to contribute to this mission.  Without any reservation or qualification, I can say emphatically that those with whom I have served are talented, dedicated and simply very pleasant to work with for the enhancement of our little town.

With best wishes for the Holiday Season and a healthy, Happy New Year, I am,



William Francis Xavier (Billy) Becker


Greater Olney Civic Association, Inc.

January 2019 GOCA Meeting Materials

December 2018 GOCA Meeting Draft Minutes – for approval during the January Meeting

January 8, 2019 Meeting Agenda

Montgomery County Meet the Candidates Event

Montgomery County Meet the Candidates Event

Brookeville Beer Farm

Monday, October 22nd from 6:00-8:00PM

GOCA, working to help Olney-area voters to become informed voters, is holding a Meet the Candidates Event at the Brookeville Beer Farm.  County Executive candidates and At-Large County Council candidates have been invited to connect with Olney-area voters. Candidates will be positioned throughout the venue and voters will have the opportunity to engage the candidates while enjoying a local beverage.

County Executive Candidates:  Mark Elrich, Robin Ficker, & Nancy Floreen

At Large County Council:  Gabe Albornoz, Robert Dreyer, Chris P Fiotes, Jr., Evan Glass, Will Jawando, Penny Musser, Hans Riemer, Shelly Skolnick, & Tim Willard

Sponsored by the Olney Chamber of Commerce

10% of beer sales will support Olney Help, who is in need of the following items to fill their pantry:

Pancake mix and syrup, Canned peas, Baked beans, Instant potatoes, Canned chili, Peanut butter, Jelly

For more information, contact Matt Quinn,, 301-325-1057