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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
Congratulations. You now have lived through Bethesda's largest seasonal snowfall in recorded history. You endured power outages, closed work, closed schools, empty grocery store shelves, and mounds and mounds of snow. You also had a chance to meet some new neighbors and enjoy a gift from Mother Nature that we may never receive again in our lifetimes. Now it is time to turn our hearts and minds to spring! Check our website,, for details on our spring parks clean-up to be held on Saturday, April 10th. It is a great way for students to earn service hours and to meet your neighbors, too. Our nex t EBCA G eneral Membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 17th at 7 p.m. Andy O’Hare has graciously lined up Mike Madden with the Maryland Transit Administration. Mr. Madden and his team will discuss an overview of the Purple Line planning process and take your questions and comments on the potential impact on our community. Please make a note that we will begin the next EBCA General Membership meeting early at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17th to allow for this presentation. We will also accept nominations for the EBCA officers for the next fiscal year which begins July 1. You may email your nominations to Kelly Cunningham at Finally, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School located on Pearl Street will hold its 2nd Annual Lions Roar 5K race at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 17th. The race route will wind its way through our neighborhood. You can get more details sign up for the race at their website,

Saturday, April 10th, 8 a.m.
By Kevin Kraus, Vice President

General Membership Meeting Wednesday, March 17th, 7:00 p.m. Lynnbrook Recreation Center 8008 Newdale

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Mike Madden from the Maryland Transit Administration B-CC School Cluster Update The future of Lynnbrook Recreation Center

We will be cleaning up Cheltenham, Chase and Lynnbrook Parks. Any time you can spare will be most welcome. Groups will gather at Cheltenham and Lynnbrook beginning at 8 a.m., and we will be spreading mulch and picking up trash and brush, so bring rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows. Please RSVP to Kevin Kraus at 301-656-2813 or Advance contact facilitates organizing the groups. This winter has been hard on the whole neighborhood, including our parks. Many limbs have fallen from the trees and the melting snow has revealed a variety of 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 parks of what remains. We will pick up trash, trim broken branches and clean up flower beds in all three parks and the Lynnbrook playground. Please come to the Lynnbrook Recreation Center and bring rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows. RSVP to Kevin Kraus at 301-656-2813 or, especially if you wish to work at Chase and Cheltenham. Continued on page 2...


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Pollinating Parks Tips... Your Garden
By Marney Bruce & the EBGC We can all make our gardens more inviting to our native bees. They are unsung heroes of pollination and are much more interested in finding food than stinging anyone. Of course, reduce or eliminate insecticides and pesticides, plant native nectar producing flowers, and help them with homes. They also like a little mud. Many urbanites keep their yards too tidy for wildlife to find homes. But we can help our native bees by providing houses. Drill holes about 5" deep in a 2x6 piece of lumber and hang it (preferably in an east facing location) near plants you would like pollinated. Or take small diameter (1/4" or so) bamboo cut to about 5" and place them around your garden in bundles. Oh, and stop up one end. Here is a page with an amazing amount of gardening information: Keepingorchardbees.html. East Bethesda Garden Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. For more info, call Nancy at 301-656-8754.

Plant Sale
By Victoria Porter
Gardeners and anyone who loves plants will not want to miss the Bethesda Community Garden Club's annual plant sale. The 2010 sale will be on Thursday, May 6th, at the Bethesda Farm Women's Market, 7155 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, and will run from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. rain or shine, so come early. Find wonderful buys on a large selection of perennials grown in members' well-tended gardens, plus herbs, annuals, native plants and shrubs. Novices and experts alike can pose their gardening questions to Montgomery County Master Gardeners on site throughout the sale. Proceeds benefit various community projects including landscaping at Bethesda and Davis libraries and a Montgomery College scholarship in landscape technology. Plentiful metered public parking is available in the lot behind the Market. The Bethesda Community Garden Club is celebrating 87 years of community service.

Continued from page 1... The Lynnbrook Recreation center will be closed in the near future due to low use. As a community we need to assure that the site does not become a problem. In the past few months I have seen neighbor children snowboarding off the roof, skateboarding after dark, drinking and smoking pot. The parks are an integral part of our neighborhood and thus our responsibility. If you have an interest in the park, playground and center please visit www.parkplanningandstewardship .org. Here are a few things you can do to keep our parks safe and clean: • Report any suspicious activity to the Parks Police at 301-949-3010. • Dog owners can pick up waste, even from other dogs. • Pick up trash around the park; trash left on the ground only attracts further littering. • Water and weed the plantings; every single effort makes a difference. • Donate bushes, shrubs, plants and bulbs for planting in the parks. • Join us on the Parks cleanup days (next one: April 10th) • Organize neighbors in caring for your local park.

East Bethesda Citizens Association, Inc. PO Box 41020 Bethesda, MD 20824
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Greg Volz, President Kevin Kraus, 1st Vice President Rebecca Fayed, 2nd Vice President A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary Jack Hayes, Treasurer Ilaya Hopkins, Past President Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail Monica Hayes, Education Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison Carmen Abrams, Website Dorian Patchin, Website Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets Membership, Vacant Parks & Playgrounds, Vacant Social Events, Vacant


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By Ann Dansie


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


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


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

Roberts Rule of Order, the official procedures employed during EBCA meetings for debates and voting, will be published in an upcoming issue of Neighborhood News.


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Elementary School Update
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) continues to study approaches to relieve overcrowding in the elementary schools in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) cluster and has taken a number of actions. The MCPS Board of Education approved the superintendent's recommendation to reassign the western portion of Bethesda Elementary School (those who articulate to Pyle Middle School and then Walt Whitman High School) to Bradley Hills Elementary School effective August 2013. Capacity studies to determine the feasibility of additions at Bethesda, North Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills Elementary Schools are underway and will be completed in time to inform B-CC Roundtable discussions. The B-CC Roundtable Discussion Group will begin this spring and will submit a report to the superintendent before the end of this school year in June. They will develop approaches to address space deficits at the four elementary schools. Members include representatives from the B-CC Cluster Coordinators, Westland Middle School, and Bethesda, North Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills Elementary Schools. Community members will be invited to comment on facility issues and to provide feedback on approaches. EBCA will present the results of our elementary school survey during public comment sessions. MCPS will provide information on meeting times in the near term. After reviewing input from the BCC Roundtable process, the superintendent will prepare a recommendation for inclusion in the Capital Improvement Program that will b e released in late October. The Board of Education will conduct public hearings and likely take action in late November. Reminder: Student Transfer Application Season ends April 1, 2010. MCPS has re-confirmed that the paired schools transfer policy will be applied for our community for Bethesda Elementary. Paired elementary schools are considered one school for change of school assignment purposes. The Rosemary Hills Elementary School (K–2) and Bethesda Elementary School (3–5) pairing is unique. Approval of any requests to attend Bethesda Elementary School for grades K–2 will be based on the documentation of a unique hardship or an older sibling in Grades 1 or 2. Links to MCPS information on BCC planning activities and the MCPS transfer process can be found on our website,, on the Local Education webpage. Questions? An Education Update will be provided at the March 17th General membership meeting and you can contact Education Committee Chair Monica Hayes at

World War II Navy Pilot Remembered
Continued from page 3... engineer. After retiring from the civil service he worked as a realtor. He was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church for 60 years, where he taught Sunday school and was an active member of the men’s group. He especially enjoyed helping elderly people qualify for social security. He had many hobbies including wood working and building violins, violas and viola d’amores. He had a

passion for nature and was an early member of the North American Bluebird Society, building hundreds of bluebird nesting boxes. He was an active member of the East Bethesda Citizen’s Association and volunteered in the community with projects such as building new playgrounds. His front yard garden was a source of tomatoes for all. “Poppa” was loved as “everyone’s grandfather” by his East Bethesda neighbors and will be dearly missed. Burial with full military honors was held at Arlington National Cemetery in December.


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Have you received your invitation? No need to wait, anyone can register with the EBCA website! If you provided your email address when you paid your EBCA membership dues, you should have received an invitation to register at the EBCA website to receive important e-Alert messages regarding events and important topics. If you haven’t received the invitation, no need to worry. Just go to and provide your name and email in the box on the upper right corner. One of the cool new features on our website,, is the EBCA Message Board. This is a great way for you to share information with your neighbors. There are a variety of categories – restaurant reviews, EBCA-cycle (like FreeCycle in our neighborhood), general information and upcoming events. Anyone is welcome to post on this part of the website. Check out the postings and provide some of your own. Recent postings are also on the home page. 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 20092010. Get your voice is heard!
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Inside This Issue
Parks Clean-Up ........................ 1 Green Thumb Page .................. 2 EBCA By-Laws...................... 4-5 Elementary Schools.................. 7

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