Celebrate Manassas introduces leadership in the community

Contributing Writer: Jose Lopez | Images: Team SFMC —

Celebrate Manassas! was held in City Tavern on Thursday, April 22nd. Team SFMC were guests of the event that included Mayor Hal Parrish and his spouse Cheryl, Sheriff Glen Hill and Delegate Jackson Miller during this evening with speakers and casual networking.

Russ Gestl, Buchanan Partners, a full service real estate development firm, was a guest. Buchanan is the developer for the Manassas City Gateway project.

Community members gathered to celebrate the city and leadership in Manassas.

SFMC Celebrates with Manassas Community Volunteers

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Community spirit was not just a “saying” to the citizens of Manassas, Virginia. It was an action, within their communities, that they generously gave hundreds of hours of their time too.

The spirit of volunteerism was visibly noticed by the plethora of merit badges that filled the sashes of the Boy Scouts Troop 670 and by the “Volunteer of the Year” trophy –that was the take home prize– for the recognized volunteers within the Greater Manassas area. An event to honor the accomplishments of these volunteers was held at the Inter-Service Club Council’s (ISCC) Annual Banquet on Thursday, the 15th of January in Manassas, Virginia.

George Ellis, a founding officer and Principal Owner of SFMC, Inc. came out on that Thursday to show his support for the services performed by the volunteers. George’s primary objective for his company is “service”, that is, their approach to management is a proactive one, which is the same message that these volunteers beautifully demonstrated with their acts of kindness within their communities.

Mayor Parrish spoke about the importance of community volunteerism as a “good dose of medicine during hard times.”
Judge Weimer conducted the installation of the new 2015 ISCC officers: President Ernie Newland, Vice President Chester Smith, Secretary Joseph Angsten and Treasurer Julian Rozzell.

The following outstanding volunteers were awarded for their accomplishments to the
Greater Manassas community: Chester Smith, Manassas Host Lions Club; John Mitchell, Jr., Manasseh Lodge 182; Charlie Fromm, Boy Scouts of America; Xiao-Yin Byrom, Rotary Club of Manassas; Don McCubbin, Habitat for Humanity; Erin Beckman, Historic Manassas, Inc. and Judy Holt, Lake Jackson Lions Club.

Xiao-Yin Byrom was announced as the Volunteer of the Year. Byrom was honored for her selfless and touching contributions to community projects in Manassas as well as her travels to Mexico to deliver more than 50 wheelchairs.

Kisha Wilson-Sogunro, Manassas City Neighborhood Services Manager, Councilwoman Sheryl Bass and Chester Smith were recognized as charter members for the ISCC of Greater Manassas, organized in 2012 as a liaison between the various member organizations of Manassas, Manassas Park and Western Prince William County.

The evening spotlighted the people who help make a community excellent and impressive; the Greater Manassas leaders beamed with pride on that night recognition was awarded to those who deserved it most.

Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe