Burleith Citizens Association
Who We Are
The Burleith Citizens Association (BCA) serves all Burleith residents and property owners through advocacy and activities that benefit the community. We publicize our endeavors via the quarterly Burleith Bell newsletter, our website and listserv, and periodic emails to BCA members. Membership is open to all, upon payment of annual dues. Please join us.
Board officers and at-large directors are elected for 1-year terms at the November community meeting by BCA members with voting privileges (i.e., resident households and non-resident owners). As required by BCA bylaws, a slate of officers is developed by the nominating committee, submitted to the president, and approved by the board before presented to members for a vote. The bylaws also spell out procedures for additional nominations. Click here for bios of Board officers and at-large directors.
The BCA represents the neighborhood to the DC government, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, and other organizations. Board members serve on the Georgetown Community Partnership steering committee and its six working groups. In 2016, board members testified before the DC Zoning Commission in support of the 2017–2036 GU Campus Plan; participated in discussions about the temporary relocation of Hyde-Addison elementary school, construction at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the upcoming renovation of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and DC Water's green infrastructure project; financially supported our membership in the DC Fair Skies Coalition to help combat aircraft noise; conducted a walk-through of neighborhood infrastructure with city officials; attended monthly ANC-2E meetings; represented Burleith at the MPD's National Night Out and GU's Georgetown Community Day; organized the annual meeting as well as special meetings to consider renaming Ellington Field and exploring historic designation; and responded to countless emails and phone calls from residents.
BCA-sponsored community activities give residents a chance to meet and renew acquaintance with neighbors and local officials. The gløgg party, a Scandinavian-themed event hosted by Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper, helps stave off winter blues. The June picnic at the Whitehaven Green Lot attracts Burleithians of all ages with free food, drinks, live music, a raffle, face painting, petting zoo, and fun games for kids. Popular children’s events like the Halloween party at the Tot Lot and Santa’s “house calls” foster friendships and create memories for the youngest members of our community. Organized spring and fall clean-ups keep Burleith looking its best, while the holiday decorating contest encourages friendly competition in outdoor aesthetics. The Burleith Special Interest Groups bring together BCA members with shared interests in Burleith history, dining, gardening, hiking, movies, and reading.