CJCA News: March meeting notes; April meeting preview- Church updates; CAll for Officers

March Meeting Notes – CJCA held its monthly meeting at the CBNRC on Wednesday, March, 20.  In addition to the approval of February’s meeting minutes, we had a fantastic slide show and update from the Minnie’s Island Community Conservancy (see “What is Minnie’s Island?” in this issue) and a discussion with the team that publishes the Village News (VN).  

Did you know that the Village News is published 10 times a year, and has been published since 1967?  It is currently produced by editor Shelly McKenzie, layout editor Joan Roskosh, and business manager Marcy Harrison.  Each edition of the VN takes well over 40 volunteer hours to produce, and annual costs for printing and mailing run $12,000-$13,000, with about 75% funded by the wonderful advertisers who support the paper; the balance is covered by CJCA dues. The VN has a slate of regular columnists who help provide content, but is always looking for writers, photographers, illustrators, a dedicated reporter to gather neighborhood news, and curious people who would like to interview the many interesting neighbors we have in Cabin John.  Please reach out to editor Shelly McKenzie at vneditorial@gmail.com if you want to help out or just want to find out more.

The April CJCA meeting will feature a panel discussion with Rev. Dr. Evalina Huggins of Scotland AME Zion Church; Rev. Edgar S. Bankhead of First Agape AME Zion Church at Gibson Grove; and Rebeccah Ballo, the Historic Preservation Supervisor for Montgomery County Planning. See the story on the front page for more information.

Call for Candidates–CJCA is a volunteer organization run by and for our community of 750 or so households, and it remains vital because so many Cabin Johners have stepped up to serve as officers for a year or two (or slightly more…). Cabin John keeps its small-town feeling because the CJ ethos is passed from old neighbor to new, and there is no better way to get to know the old timers and newcomers, the old ways and the new ideas, than to take on a role in CJCA. Anyone interested in becoming an officer (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer), or even vaguely curious about what each does, can email cjcapresidents@gmail.com.  At the April CJCA meeting we will put forth the names of all who are willing to stand for office for the 2024-2025 term, with elections held at the May meeting.

Curious About Construction Activity at First Agape/Gibson Grove and Scotland AME Zion Churches on Seven Locks?

Join us at our next CJCA Meeting on April 24 to learn more!

Scotland AME Zion Church, built by hand by Black congregants and opened in 1924, has literally been lifted off the ground and set down on its new waterproof foundation. The original wood-frame structure, one of the last of its kind in the region, was nearly destroyed by floods and intense storms over the last five years. 

First Agape AME Zion Church at Gibson Grove, built in 1898 on land donated by Sarah Gibson, the founder of the African American community of Gibson Grove (also known as No. 10), was almost completely destroyed by a devastating fire on Ash Wednesday, 2004. Stormwater erosion, a felled tree, the close proximity of the Beltway, and other challenges have long thwarted restoration of this historic treasure.

Our special guests will share plans and progress for renovation of these cherished historic resources, both of which are part of Montgomery County’s Master Plan for Historic Preservation. 

CJCA looks forward to welcoming:

  • Rev. Dr. Evalina Huggins of Scotland AME Zion Church
  • Rev. Edgar S. Bankhead of First Agape AME Zion Church at Gibson Grove
  • Rebeccah Ballo, Historic Preservation Supervisor for Montgomery County Planning

April 24 at 7:30pm, Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center

All are welcome. 

Please use this link to join this meeting virtually if you are not able to attend in person:

https://meet.google.com/nkb-aphd-rgw

By Heidi & Scott Lewis

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