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Neighborhood News

Representing the 1200 households North of East-West Highway, South of Jones
Bridge Road, East of Wisconsin Avenue and West of Columbia Country Club.

President’s Notebook Parks Cleanup:

By Greg Volz, President
Saturday, April
Congratulations. You now have Mr. Madden and his team will
lived through Bethesda's largest
seasonal snowfall in recorded
discuss an overview of the Purple
Line planning process and take
10th, 8 a.m.
history. You endured power your questions and comments on By Kevin Kraus, Vice President
outages, closed work, closed the potential impact on our
schools, empty grocery store community. Please make a note We will be cleaning up
shelves, and mounds and mounds that we will begin the next EBCA Cheltenham, Chase and Lynnbrook
of snow. You also had a chance to General Membership meeting early Parks. Any time you can spare will
meet some new neighbors and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March be most welcome. Groups will
enjoy a gift from Mother Nature 17th to allow for this presentation. gather at Cheltenham and
that we may never receive again in We will also accept nominations Lynnbrook beginning at 8 a.m.,
our lifetimes. Now it is time to turn for the EBCA officers for the next and we will be spreading mulch
our hearts and minds to spring! fiscal year which begins July 1. and picking up trash and brush, so
Check our website,, You may email your nominations bring rakes, shovels and
for details on our spring parks to Kelly Cunningham at wheelbarrows. Please RSVP to
clean-up to be held on Saturday, Kevin Kraus at 301-656-2813 or
April 10th. It is a great way for Finally, Our Lady of Lourdes Advance
students to earn service hours and Catholic School located on Pearl contact facilitates organizing the
to meet your neighbors, too. Street will hold its 2nd Annual groups.
Our nex t EBCA G eneral Lions Roar 5K race at 9 a.m. on This winter has been hard on the
Membership meeting will be held Saturday, April 17th. The race whole neighborhood, including our
on Wednesday, March 17th at 7 route will wind its way through our parks. Many limbs have fallen
p.m. Andy O’Hare has graciously neighborhood. You can get more from the trees and the melting
lined up Mike Madden with the details sign up for the race at their snow has revealed a variety of
Maryland Transit Administration. website, debris on the ground. Your help is
especially needed at this time. On
Saturday, April 10th from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. we will gather to clean the
General Membership Meeting parks of what remains. We will
Wednesday, March 17th, 7:00 p.m. pick up trash, trim broken
branches and clean up flower beds
Lynnbrook Recreation Center in all three parks and the
Lynnbrook playground. Please
8008 Newdale come to the Lynnbrook Recreation
Center and bring rakes, shovels
• Mike Madden from the Maryland Transit and wheelbarrows. RSVP to Kevin
Kraus at 301-656-2813 or
Administration, especially if
• B-CC School Cluster Update you wish to work at Chase and
• The future of Lynnbrook Recreation Center
Continued on page 2...
PAGE 2 Neighborhood News SPRING 2010

THE Pollinating Parks Tips...

Continued from page 1...

GREEN Your Garden The Lynnbrook Recreation center

will be closed in the near future
By Marney Bruce & the EBGC due to low use. As a community we

need to assure that the site does
We can all make our gardens not become a problem. In the past
more inviting to our native bees. few months I have seen neighbor
They are unsung heroes of children snowboarding off the roof,

PAGE pollination and are much more

interested in finding food than
stinging anyone. Of course, reduce
or eliminate insecticides and
skateboarding after dark, drinking
and smoking pot. The parks are an
integral part of our neighborhood
and thus our responsibility. If you
pesticides, plant native nectar have an interest in the park,
GARDENS… producing flowers, and help them playground and center please visit
PLANTS… with homes. They also like a little
mud. Many urbanites keep their .org.
PARKS... yards too tidy for wildlife to find Here are a few things you can do
to keep our parks safe and clean:
homes. But we can help our native
bees by providing houses. Drill • Report any suspicious activity to
the Parks Police at 301-949-3010.

Plant Sale
holes about 5" deep in a 2x6 piece
of lumber and hang it (preferably • Dog owners can pick up waste,
in an east facing location) near even from other dogs.
plants you would like pollinated. • Pick up trash around the park;
By Victoria Porter trash left on the ground only
Or take small diameter (1/4" or so)
Gardeners and anyone who loves bamboo cut to about 5" and place attracts further littering.
plants will not want to miss the them around your garden in • Water and weed the plantings;
Bethesda Community Garden bundles. Oh, and stop up one end. every single effort makes a
Club's annual plant sale. The 2010 Here is a page with an amazing difference.
sale will be on Thursday, May 6th, amount of gardening information: • Donate bushes, shrubs, plants
at the Bethesda Farm Women's and bulbs for planting in the
Market, 7155 Wisconsin Avenue, Keepingorchardbees.html. parks.
Bethesda, and will run from 7:00 East Bethesda Garden Club • Join us on the Parks cleanup
a.m. until 1:00 p.m. rain or shine, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second days (next one: April 10th)
so come early. Find wonderful buys Tuesday of each month. For more • Organize neighbors in caring for
on a large selection of perennials info, call Nancy at 301-656-8754. your local park.
grown in members' well-tended
gardens, plus herbs, annuals, Greg Volz, President
native plants and shrubs. Novices Kevin Kraus, 1st Vice President
and experts alike can pose their East Bethesda Citizens Rebecca Fayed, 2nd Vice President
gardening questions to Association, Inc. A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary
Montgomery County Master
Gardeners on site throughout the
PO Box 41020 Jack Hayes, Treasurer
sale. Proceeds benefit various Bethesda, MD 20824 Ilaya Hopkins, Past President
community projects including Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail
landscaping at Bethesda and Davis Monica Hayes, Education
libraries and a Montgomery Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison
College scholarship in landscape Neighborhood News Carmen Abrams, Website
technology. Plentiful metered Jay Briar, Editor Dorian Patchin, Website
public parking is available in the Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets
lot behind the Market. The Sponsorship, Vacant Membership, Vacant
Bethesda Community Garden Club Parks & Playgrounds, Vacant
is celebrating 87 years of
Social Events, Vacant
community service.
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Remembering William Walter Dansie

By Ann Dansie
William Walter Dansie, 98, a children, Allan Gupton (Sonja) my voice and give each student
retired Naval pilot and mechanical Dansie (Beltsville, MD), William enough extra attention so that
engineer died on August 8, 2009 at Grist (Ann) Dansie (Bethesda, every student succeeded”. His
the Bethesda Naval Medical MD), Cynthia (Tom) Dyer (Rural wartime duties included flight
Center. Mr. Dansie was born in Hall, NC), David Robert (Virginia) missions to Kodiak, Attu, and
Cambridge, Massachusetts on June Dansie (Bethesda, MD), and Peter Kiska in the Aleutians Islands,
26, 1911, the youngest of five Joseph (Kim) Dansie (High Point, Alaska. He volunteered as a pilot
children of Thomas and Caroline NC); nine grandchildren; Duane to transport physicians and
Grist Dansie of England. His (Debbie), Marta, Lucas, Katherine, supplies to the leper colony at
brother Charles Dansie and his Allison, Jennifer, William D., Molokai Island, Hawaii. He often
sisters, Dorothy Allen, Betty Hannah Dansie, Gray (Heather) recalled how happy the patients
Hendrickson and Ethel Ayers, Dyer and four great grandchildren; were to receive visitors.
preceded him in death. Scott and Sarah Dansie and Lucy After WWII he worked for
He attended Harvard University and Nate Dyer. Many nieces and Eastern and Pan American airlines
and received a degree in nephews survive him. as a commercial pilot. One of his
mechanical engineering from the During WWII, LtCDR Dansie favorite routes was flying to Cuba.
University of Washington at served in the Navy as a pilot In 1949 Mr. Dansie and his
Seattle in 1936. He married Alta aboard the aircraft carriers USS growing family moved to a new
Duke Gupton of Louisburg, NC on Enterprise (plank owner -original home in Bethesda, Maryland. He
May 19, 1939. She preceded him in crew member) and the USS was employed by the Pentagon and
death on August 7, 1988. He was Saratoga. He was also a flight by the Bureau of Yards and Docks
also preceded in death by instructor at Pensacola, Florida. for many years as a mechanical
granddaughter Denise Dansie in He often remarked, “The secret to
1996. Survivors include five successful teaching was never raise Continued on page 6...
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East Bethesda Citizens

Association Bylaws
ARTICLE ONE. NAME AND AREA suspension of membership and loss designated to do so will preside at
of voting privileges. the meetings of the Association.
Section 1. The name of the Section 4. Membership dues are Section 5. The Recording
o rg an iz at io n i s th e EA ST on a Fiscal Year basis, (July 1 - Secretary keeps a correct record of
BETHESDA CITIZENS June 30). the proceedings of the Association.
A S S O C I A T I O N , Section 5. The membership dues Section 6. The Treasurer is
INCORPORATED, hereinafter are set annually by the Executive custodian of the funds of the
referred to as the "Association". Committee and approved at a Association. (S)He maintains
Section 2. The area represented General Meeting. appro priate bank accoun ts,
by the Association is bounded on Section 6. Voting shall be by receives dues from members, pays
the west by Wisconsin Avenue, on members present. No proxies are bills authorized by the Executive
the south by East-West Highway, permitted. Committee and submits periodic
on the east by the Columbia reports on the fiscal condition of
Country Club and on the north by ARTICLE FOUR. OFFICERS the treasury. In case of the
Jones Bridge Road. Treasurer's absence, the President
Section 1. The officers of the shall disburse Association funds,
ARTICLE TWO. OBJECTIVES Association are President, two (2) after being authorized to do so by
Vice-Presidents, Recording the Executive Committee.
Section 1. The Association shall S e cre t a ry , A s s t. R e co r d i n g Section 7. Any officer may resign
serve as a means of uniting Secretary and Treasurer. by written notice to the President
residents and promoting the civic Section 2. The officers, the or either Vice President. Any
betterment of the area. immediate past president and the officer may be removed by two-
Section 2. The Association shall chairs of established committees thirds vote, upon reasonable notice,
encourage active involvement of comprise the Executive Committee. at meeting of the general
residents in all civic, Section 3. The President is the membership.
e n v iro n m e n ta l , e d u c a ti o n a l, Chief Executive Officer of the
recreational, social, and A s s o c i a t io n . A s s u c h , t h e ARTICLE FIVE. MEETINGS
development and maintenance President:
matters in and around the area. a. Presides over regular and Section 1. Regular meetings of the
Section 3. The Association shall special meetings of the Association Association are held at least
uphold the principles of good and casts a deciding vote on any quarterly. The day and place of
government while remaining a question in case of a tie. meeting is set in advance by the
politically non-partisan b. With the advice and consent of President and the membership
organization. the Executive Committee, shall receive reasonable notice
determines which committees shall thereof
ARTICLE THREE. MEMBERSHIP be established or dissolved, and Section 2. The annual meeting of
names their chairs. (S)He is ex- the Association shall take place in
Section 1. Any individual who is a officio member of established May. At this meeting all annual
resident in or owner of property committees. reports except the Treasurer's
within the area delineated in c. Appoints delegates and report, are submitted and officers
Article I, Section 2, upon reaching alternates to represent the to serve the ensuing fiscal year are
the age of 18, is eligible for Association at allied organizations, elected. The Treasurer's report
membership in the Association. with the advice and consent of the shall be submitted at the first
Section 2. Membership is obtained Executive Committee. regular meeting after Labor Day.
by payment of dues. Section 4. The Vice-Presidents Section 3. Special meetings may
Section 3. Only members may assist the President in the be called by the President as
vote, become officers and hold discharge of the latter's duties of necessary, with reasonable notice
committee assignments. Failure to office. In the absence of the to the membership. Members may
pay membership dues will result in President, the vice-president petition the President to call a
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East Bethesda Citizens

Association Bylaws
special meeting by identifying the nominating committee will select previous By-Laws of the
purpose of the meeting and members for each elective office Association.
supplying signatures of ten (10) and will submit the names of such Section 2. These By-Laws may be
members to support the petition. nominees to the President for amended or altered as follows:
Only such business as the meeting publication in the notice of the a. Any member may offer a
was called to consider shall be annual May meeting. resolution for amendment in
discussed and be acted upon. Section 2. At the annual meeting, writing at a regular meeting of the
Section 4. At any meeting of the in May, any member may make Association or may mail such
Association a quorum shall be ten nominations from the floor. If more written resolution to the President.
(10) members. than one name is presented for any b. The resolution so offered shall
Section 5. Roberts Rules of Order, office the members present shall be published in the Association
as newly Revised, shall be the elect by majority vote. If no one Newsletter or announcement of
parliamentary guide and shall receives a majority, the nominee next meeting.
govern the proceedings of the receiving the smallest number of c. At the regular meeting following
Association. votes shall withdraw and the same the introduction of the resolution,
Section 6. The Association procedure is followed in each the resolution shall be read and
membership shall not take final succeeding ballot until one discussed and any amendments to
action during a General Meeting on nominee receives a majority of all the resolution considered.
any issue that was not set forth on votes cast. d. The resolution, with
the agenda for such General Section 3. Voting in the elections amendments, if any, shall be
Meeting as published in the shall be by members present. No published in the Association
Association Newsletter. The proxies are permitted. Newsletter or announcement of
Association Membership may Section 4. All officers shall be next meeting.
introduce an issue as is necessary elected to serve for the ensuing e. At the second regular meeting
and appropriate including but not fiscal year or until their successors following the introduction of the
limited to, referring the issue to are duly elected. resolution, the resolution with
the Executive Committee, or any Section 5. Any vacancy in any amendments, if any, may be
other committee of the Association office of the Association shall be adopted by two-thirds of the
for further investigation or setting filled by appointment by the members present.
the issue on the agenda for a future President with the advice and
General Meeting or Special ap prov al o f th e Ex ecu tive ARTICLE EIGHT. DIRECTORS
Meeting. To serve this purpose, Committee. The foregoing does not
published on the agenda for each apply to the office of the President Section 1. The Board of Directors
meeting should be listed the which shall be filled by the Board shall, without election therefore,
opportunity for new business. of Directors. consist of the officers.
Section 7. The Executive Section 6. The President shall not Section 2. Meetings of the
Committee shall meet at least be eligible to serve for more than Executive Committee shall be
bimonthly as directed by the two terms in succession. A portion meetings of the Board of Directors.
President, upon reasonable notice, of a term shall not be considered a Section 3. Two or more Directors
either written or oral. full term. shall constitute a quorum.


AND AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS Roberts Rule of Order, the
Section 1. At the meeting official procedures employed
preceding the annual meeting of Section 1. These By-Laws shall during EBCA meetings for
the Association, the President shall become effective when adopted by debates and voting, will be
appoint a nominating committee, two-thirds of the members present published in an upcoming issue
composed of a minimum of three at a regular meeting of the of Neighborhood News.
(3) active members. The Association and shall supersede all
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World War II
Elementary Navy Pilot
School Update Continued from page 3...
engineer. After retiring from the
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair civil service he worked as a realtor.
He was a member of Bethesda
Montgomery County Public sessions. MCPS will provide United Methodist Church for 60
Schools (MCPS) continues to study information on meeting times in years, where he taught Sunday
approaches to relieve overcrowding the near term. school and was an active member
in the elementary schools in the After reviewing input from the B- of the men’s group. He especially
Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) CC Roundtable process, the enjoyed helping elderly people
cluster and has taken a number of superintendent will prepare a qualify for social security. He had
actions. The MCPS Board of recommendation for inclusion in many hobbies including wood
Education approved the the Capital Improvement Program working and building violins,
superintendent's recommendation that will b e released in late violas and viola d’amores. He had a
to reassign the western portion of October. The Board of Education
Bethesda Elementary School (those will conduct public hearings and
who articulate to Pyle Middle likely take action in late
School and then Walt Whitman November.
High School) to Bradley Hills Reminder: Student Transfer
Elementary School effective Application Season ends April 1,
August 2013. 2010. MCPS has re-confirmed that
Capacity studies to determine the paired schools transfer policy
the feasibility of additions at will be applied for our community
Bethesda, North Chevy Chase, for Bethesda Elementary. Paired
Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills elementary schools are considered
Elementary Schools are underway one school for change of school
and will be completed in time to assignment purposes. The
inform B-CC Roundtable Rosemary Hills Elementary School
discussions. The B-CC Roundtable (K–2) and Bethesda Elementary
Discussion Group will begin this School (3–5) pairing is unique.
spring and will submit a report to Approval of any requests to attend passion for nature and was an
the superintendent before the end Bethesda Elementary School for early member of the North
of this school year in June. They grades K–2 will be based on the American Bluebird Society,
will develop approaches to address documentation of a unique building hundreds of bluebird
space deficits at the four hardship or an older sibling in nesting boxes. He was an active
elementary schools. Grades 1 or 2. member of the East Bethesda
Members include representatives Links to MCPS information on B- Citizen’s Association and
from the B-CC Cluster CC planning activities and the volunteered in the community with
Coordinators, Westland Middle MCPS transfer process can be projects such as building new
School, and Bethesda, North Chevy found on our website, playgrounds. His front yard garden
Chase, Chevy Chase and Rosemary, on the Local was a source of tomatoes for all.
Hills Elementary Schools. Education webpage. “Poppa” was loved as “everyone’s
Community members will be Questions? An Education Update grandfather” by his East Bethesda
invited to comment on facility will be provided at the March 17th neighbors and will be dearly
issues and to provide feedback on General membership meeting and missed.
approaches. EBCA will present the you can contact Education Burial with full military honors
results of our elementary school Committee Chair Monica Hayes at was held at Arlington National
survey during public comment Cemetery in December.
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Have you received your invitation? No need to wait, One of the cool new features on our website,
anyone can register with the EBCA website! If you, is the EBCA Message Board. This is a
provided your email address when you paid your great way for you to share information with your
EBCA membership dues, you should have received an neighbors. There are a variety of categories –
invitation to register at the EBCA website to receive restaurant reviews, EBCA-cycle (like FreeCycle in our
important e-Alert messages regarding events and neighborhood), general information and upcoming
important topics. If you haven’t received the invitation, events. Anyone is welcome to post on this part of the
no need to worry. Just go to and provide website. Check out the postings and provide some of
your name and email in the box on the upper right your own. Recent postings are also on the home page.
corner. Comments are always welcome:

Our Lady of Lourdes

Catholic School
2nd Annual Lionsroar
5K Race & 1K Fun Run
Saturday, April 17th at 9am
to register
It is a new year in EBCA! Time to
renew your membership for 2009-
Inside This Issue
2010. Get your voice is heard! Parks Clean-Up ........................ 1
Please support our neighborhood activities, this
newsletter, and the community activism that
Green Thumb Page .................. 2
makes East Bethesda one of the most desirable
places in which to invest and raise a family. $15 EBCA By-Laws...................... 4-5
per member, but additional contributions are
always welcome. Elementary Schools.................. 7
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Bethesda, MD 20824
year yet? Clip the coupon
Members _____________________________________ and mail it today!
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EBCA will not share your contact information with March 17th at 7 p.m.
anyone outside of the organization.

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