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 the 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 annual 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 being presented to members for a vote. The bylaws also spell out procedures for additional nominations. Click here for bios of 2019 board officers and at-large directors.
In 2019, board meetings will be held on January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, August 22, September 19, October 24, and November 14 (no meetings in July or December). Meetings begin at 7 pm and are hosted by members of the board. The annual meeting will be held on November 7, 2019. These dates have been added to the website calendar.
The BCA represents the neighborhood to the DC government, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, and other organizations. Board and other BCA members serve on the Georgetown Community Partnership steering committee and/or its six working groups. In 2018, board and BCA members participated in ongoing discussions with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and GU regarding hospital construction and helped negotiate a temporary GUTS bus route change to avoid a key Burleith street. The board also organized historic designation (HD)-related public meetings in April and May, conducted an online survey on whether Burleith residents and owners wanted HD for Burleith, and declared that HD warranted no further BCA discussion based on the overwhelmingly negative response; continued notifying neighbors of special exception requests to the Board of Zoning Appeals; forged an agreement with S&R Foundation and ANC 2E on future maintenance of the Tot Lot; continued our membership in and financial support of the DC Fair Skies Coalition to help combat aircraft noise; joined the DC Water’s Stakeholder Alliance and monitored impacts from green alley improvements conducted by DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project; discussed possible one-way streets on congested S and T Streets; increased outreach to Stoddert, Hyde, Hardy, and Ellington public schools; attended monthly ANC-2E meetings; staffed a table with literature from the BCA and local institutions at the Glover Park-Burleith farmers market; conducted preliminary discussions in preparation for Burleith’s centennial in 2023; participated in a BCA profile by The Georgetowner newspaper; published four issues of the Burleith Bell, provided new website content throughout the year, and maintained a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter; 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. In 2018, the seventh annual gløgg party, a Scandinavian-themed event hosted by Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper and attended once again by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans, helped stave off the winter blues. Burleith’s first “green” picnic in June at the Whitehaven Green Lot attracted Burleithians of all ages with free food, drinks, live music, raffle, face painting, petting zoo, and fun games as well as information tables sponsored by the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project, and GU’s Office of Neighborhood Life. Popular children’s events like the Halloween party at Washington International School 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, books, dining, gardening, and hiking.
Governance and Related Documents
Certificates of Appreciation
2017 Summer Picnic (temporarily unavailable)