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 our website, quarterly issues of the Burleith Bell, periodic emails to BCA members and Yahoo listserv, and Facebook and Twitter accounts. 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 2018 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 2017, board members testified before the DC Zoning Commission in support of the 2017–2036 GU Campus Plan; participated in discussions regarding the upcoming renovation of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; participated in the Ellington Community Partnership, Ellington Construction Management Committee, and the high school's ribbon cutting ceremony in August; authorized creation of the Neighborhood Study Group to discuss aspects of managing neighborhood change and conduct an online survey; organized "managing change" meetings on zoning and custom zoning/neighborhood survey; began notifying neighbors of requests to the Board of Zoning Appeals (special exceptions) and Zoning Commission (variances); financially supported our membership in the DC Fair Skies Coalition to help combat aircraft noise; attended monthly ANC-2E meetings; represented Burleith at GU's Georgetown Community Day; conducted a successful annual meeting; and responded to countless emails and phone calls from residents.
BCA-sponsored community activities gave residents a chance to socialize and renew acquaintance with neighbors and local officials, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, who attended two events in 2017. Also in 2017, the BCA sponsored two launch parties to celebrate the completion of Burleith, a new book in the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing written by Ross Schipper and Dwane Starlin. The gløgg party, a Scandinavian-themed event hosted by Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper, helped stave off winter blues. The June picnic at the Whitehaven Green Lot attracted 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 (cancelled in 2017 due to inclement weather) at the Tot Lot and Santa’s “house calls” fostered friendships and created memories for the youngest members of our community. Organized spring and fall clean-ups kept Burleith looking its best, while the holiday decorating contest encouraged friendly competition in outdoor aesthetics. The Burleith Special Interest Groups brought together BCA members with shared interests in Burleith history, hiking, dining, books, movies, and gardening.