Montgomery Village's "secret ingredient"

by Glenn Gargan, President

I continually emphasize volunteering, as it is (as I always state in my closing remarks within my column) “the secret ingredient in Montgomery Village.” While the so-called “filing deadlines” have passed for the MVF Board and many of the homes corporation boards as well, are you aware that we have many committees, which (like all MVF and community boards of directors) are comprised fully of volunteers?

As such, we are always encouraging our residents to volunteer for these committees as well. Full information on all committees, including what the committee purview is, who is on the committee (including chairperson), and location/dates/times of the committee meetings, can be found at I encourage every resident to have a look…you might be surprised at how your neighbors are contributing.

I enjoyed meeting so many of our neighbors at Bingo a week ago at Lake Marion Community Center; it’s been many a year since I last played, and we had a great time, even though I left empty-handed (Lynda won though). The same goes for the Valentine’s Wine & Paint event.

It has been a while since I mentioned the “‘What’s your Story?” video series, which can be found on the MVF website. Several fascinating stories have been posted; you should have a look.

Some of the upcoming activities scheduled in Montgomery Village include those below. Please see our website ( for more detail, including registration information (where applicable):

Friday, Feb. 8: Ballots for open MVF Board of Directors’ positions will be mailed…check your mailbox. Ballots are due back (in the provided envelopes – “YOUR SIGNATURE REQUIRED”) by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Get to know the candidates with the information in this Village News, and/or watch the Candidates’ Forum online at

Friday, Feb. 8: Daddy-Daughter Valentine’s Dance, 7 to 9 p.m., North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road. Get ready to dance the night away!

Saturday, Feb. 9: Mother-Son Valentine’s Dance, 7 to 9 p.m., North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road. Moms and sons can get in on the dancing action, now too!

Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day….don’t forget your special someone!

Saturday, Feb. 23: Indoor Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue. Free admission for shoppers!

Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10: Art, Craft, & Photography Show, 1 to 5 p.m., North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road. Join the artists at a special Artist’s Reception from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.

Friday, March 15 by 5 p.m.: Complete and sign your MVF election ballot and return in the provided envelope to the MVF Office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road.

March 16: Ballot counting for the MVF Board of Director election commences at the MVF Office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road at 9 a.m. Results will be announced online and in the Village News following the final tally.

Saturday, March 23: Annual Home Show at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue. Come meet with local contractors and service companies to talk about spring projects for your home. Stop by the Architectural Standards table to make sure you have all the information you need for exterior modifications.

Sunday, March 31: Summer Camp Fair, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue. Come check out the fantastic camp options for your children, right here in your own backyard! Get details in the Summer Camp Guide inserted in this issue of the Village News.

Saturday, April 13: Flashlight Egg Hunt, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at South Valley Park, 19003 Watkins Mill Road. Get into the holiday mode with an egg hunt for youngsters (times vary with age, visit for details.).

A tip-of-the-hat to the management/maintenance teams, for a thus-far smooth and prompt clearing of the roads with the winter weather. With the winter weather still in a position to deliver us additional surprises in the weeks to come, a reminder that once the spring arrives, it’s time to start training for our July 4th 5K run.

We can all start anticipating the upcoming Summers at South Valley Park concert series. If you haven’t been to one of our concerts yet, treat yourself and your family and plan to do so. The schedule will be released this spring, and the admission (free) is tough to beat!

Lastly, a reminder that the Montgomery Village News print editions are now distributed monthly. Montgomery Village Foundation updates the website on a regular basis and includes pertinent information published online in the following print edition as well.

As is tradition, I invite you to get involved. Volunteerism is the secret ingredient in Montgomery Village, and the plethora of skills and talents present in our community can only ensure our continued improvement if you and your neighbors volunteer.

Your input and feedback to me at is welcome.

Best regards,


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