Sunday Supper Club Meeting September 11

We hope you will be able to join us for our quarterly SSC meeting this Sunday, September 11, at the home of Whitney Petrilli. I’m sure there will be some lively discussion about the upcoming elections, as well as some catching up with folks we’ve not seen for a while.

We will meet for our usual potluck supper at 5:30. If you can’t bring anything for the potluck, please come anyway; there is always plenty of food and good conversation. If anyone wants to speak, make an announcement, or bring up an item for discussion, please let Whitney know. Otherwise just enjoy being with other like-minded folks.

Member Penny Perry will not be able to attend the meeting and has asked us to pass on this announcement from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy:

“Forum on Juvenile Justice, November 16, Warrenton Community Center, Sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

— Why does a youngster’s disruptive behavior lead to criminal activity?

— When does this antisocial behavior begin?

— What is the current state of the juvenile justice system in our community?

— What is the role of parents, schools and a faith community to reverse the course?

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will explore these questions and others on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Avenue.

Dr. Andrew K. Block, Director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, is the keynote speaker. Joining him are experts from the juvenile courts, the public schools, the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County, the Piedmont Dispute Resolution center as well as the Fauquier sheriff’s department and Warrenton Police Department, the Boys and Girls Club and the Department of Social Services. The evening, from 7 to 9:30 pm will include panel discussions, video clips and handouts.”

We hope to see many of you on Sunday.

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Sunday Supper Club Gathering on June 12

The next quarterly meeting of the Sunday Supper Club will be June 12 in Warrenton. Melissa and David Wiedenfeld will host at their house on Fishback Court, just off of Old Alexandria Pike. Directions will follow in the invitation next week.

Our guest will be Jane Dittmar who is running for Congress in the 5th District. We look forward to meeting her and hearing her views. If you can’t attend the SSC meeting but would like a chance to talk with Jane, Linde Pranke will be hosting a meet-and-greet on July 8.

Please join us–newcomers are welcome!

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Sunday Supper Club Gathering on March 13

The Sunday Supper Club will meet on Sunday, March 13, for the quarterly meeting.  The weather should be beautiful, so the beginning of Daylight Savings Time may actually feel like spring.  Jim and Lynn Chinnis will host the meeting in Warrenton. Directions will be posted later in the week.

If anyone would like to speak, raise a topic for discussion, or even invite someone to speak, please let us know. 

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Sunday Supper Club Holiday Gathering

We hope you will be able to join us at 5:30 this Sunday, December 13,

for our annual holiday gathering.  We will be hosted by Bob Zwick at Dondoric Farm,

west of The Plains on Dondoric Farm Road.

Please bring a dish to share and whatever you would like to drink,

and join us to celebrate the holiday season.

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September 2015 Sunday Supper Club Meeting

Please join us this Sunday, September 20, at 5:30, for our quarterly meeting. As always, it will be a potluck supper, and will be at the home of Penny Perry and Chris Bonner.

Since we are now a mostly social group, the schedule will be fairly unstructured with plenty of time to chat with old and new friends.

Sara Townsend, Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 31 House District, is scheduled to join us.

 As always, if anyone has information that will be of interest to the group, please speak up at the meeting.

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“A Place at the Table”: An Interfaith Event on Ending Hunger

The Northern Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Germanna Presents! invite you for an afternoon of information and inspiration as we seek to end hunger in our community. This event will challenge stereotypes, provide education on the main causes of hunger, and inspire participants to work to end food insecurity in our community. The program will feature a panel of interfaith religious leaders, clips from the movie “A Place at the Table”, and lively discussion with area organizations already fighting hunger in our neighborhoods.

This event will be held on Oct. 11, 2014 at Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Dr, Culpeper, VA 22701. Registration and Refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the program from 4:30-6pm. For questions leave a message for Pastor Kate Costa at St. Luke Lutheran Church at 540-825-8358. Or, contact Barbara Taylor at 540-834-1096,

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Sunday Supper Club Meeting this Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Sunday Supper Club will meet this Sunday, June 14 2015 at Whitney Petrilli’s house at 5:30pm.  The speaker will be Sarah Yakel, the Executive Director of Leadership Fauquier (

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SSC – September Meeting

September 14, 2014

Our speaker will be Andrew Patrick of Virginians for Responsible Guns Laws (VRGL). He will talk about what VRGL is, how they were  founded, and what they hope to accomplish, including Universal Background Checks on all gun sales and stronger laws that will prevent Domestic Abusers from easy access to firearms.

Andrew is a VRGL organizer in Northern, Central, and Southwest Virginia.  He is a native of Asheville, NC and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2006.  He has been in the Washington, DC area since 2007 where he has worked on Capitol Hill and organized for various campaigns.  Andrew has been with VRGL for one year and will continue to work on stronger gun laws in the Commonwealth.  He lives with his wife of four years, his newborn son, and his beagle mix in NW Washington.

Information on VRGL can be found at: or

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Summer Hiatus

Due to the lack of a host for June and the problem of conflicting summer schedules, we will not have meetings in June, July, and August. Please check back for information on our fall schedule.

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SSC – March Meeting

March 9, 2014

This meeting will be held at the home of Jim and Lynn Chinnis, 29 Brookshire Drive, Warrenton.

Our speaker will be Laurel Schaepmann of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, which has recently expanded into Fauquier County.  CASA is a network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

For more information on CASA click here

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SSC – February Meeting

February 9, 2014

We will meet at the home of Whitney Petrelli,  7122 Baldwin Ridge Road, Warrenton

Our speaker will be Maggi MacQuilliam of the Piedmont Environmental Council.

Maggi is a native of Fauquier County where she grew up on Wildcat Mountain, surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland and forestland under permanent conservation easement. Her surroundings inspired her to pursue land-use and planning issues and she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Geography and Urban and Regional Studies from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

She worked for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program performing environmental review before first joining the PEC in 2008 as the Land Conservation and Stewardship Coordinator. Maggi worked for PEC in this capacity until she left for graduate school to pursue a MA in Community Development and Planning from Clark University’s School of International Development, Community, and the Environment in 2011.

After completing her master’s, Maggi returned to PEC in April 2013 as the Southern Fauquier and Culpeper Land Conservation Officer, where she works with landowners, counties, and conservation organizations to protect critical land and resources in the region.

Maggi will talk about the conservation successes that Fauquier County, and our portion of the Piedmont overall, has experienced and what the landscape for future conservation will look like. PEC’s effort not only encompasses work to preserve our open spaces, historic resources, and farmland, but also includes  issues such as wildlife habitat, working farms and forests, transportation solutions, clean air and water, and thriving communities. There are several Fauquier specific projects that PEC is working on, namely the Thumb Run Wildlife Habitat Corridor Project, assisting with the expansion of the Warrenton Branch Greenway trail to trail, and the expansion of our Fauquier Land Conservation Fund to now assist landowners in western Fauquier with the expense of working through a conservation easement project on their property.

She will also provide an update on the current status of the Bi-County Parkway if there is interest.

For more information click on the links below:

Thumb Run Wildlife Habitat Corridor ProjectThumb Run Wildlife Habitat Corridor Project

Warrenton Branch Greenway Expansion

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SSC December Meeting Cancelled

In view of the dismal weather forecast, we have decided to cancel the holiday gathering scheduled for December 8.

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SSC November Meeting

November 10, 2013

We will meet at the home of Whitney Petrelli,  7122 Baldwin Ridge Road, Warrenton

We are pleased to welcome Brian Roeder who will be speaking on the two topics described below.

Winery ordinance.  After almost a decade of community discussion and conflict and now that we are a year out from passage of the ordinance, what effects have there been upon the community and upon the vineyards and wineries?  Brian will bring some facts –and biases—to be discussed by all attending.  We all have our opinions on this issue, so be prepared for an animated and engaging conversation!  BTW, here are a couple of links that may be of interest in advance:


2.      Fauquier Citizens for Balanced Growth PAC.  This is a new citizens grassroots political organization seeking to recruit and fund candidates for local office as well as engage our community in an ongoing dialogue  about the future and how to make our community one of the best places to live and work in the nation.  According to Brian, this organization is “focused upon pursuing well thought-out and established best practices to manage future growth pressures facing our community.  We are for agriculture, tourism, business development and the tax revenue benefits derived from a thriving business sector, and we are for residential development located primarily in the service districts.  We support a professionally managed government structure where staff are empowered to consistently do their very best to represent our residents and business owners.  Finally, we support the pervasive and thoughtful preservation of our community’s natural and historic beauty.”  Brian will ask for your thoughts and views on this initiative and he will be prepared to answer questions.

For more information on the PAC click here or here

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SSC September meeting

September 8, 2013

We’re excited to welcome longtime SSC “member” Michael Rainger as our guest speaker. Michael will be talking about the new,Fauquier -based volunteer organization, the Energized Research- Learning Institute ( Launch day for the organization was Earth Day, 2013, followed quickly by the ER-LI inaugural kickoff Founders meeting in May. At this event, 40 local celebrities including the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Vint Hill EDA, Economic Development, businesses, teachers, students, and members of the public enjoyed 9 local organizations receiving awards and giving details on their accomplishments in energy conservation and sustainability. Check out the article on ER-LI in the Fauqiuer Democrat:

Michael’s presentation will include updates, conversation, Q&A, and details on the next group of award winners- presentation scheduled for September 17th at Vint Hill Craft Winery from 6-9pm (text 540 219 0445 to register for the 25 remaining seats) . Come join us and learn how you can make a difference!

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SSC October Meeting

October 13, 2013

This meeting will be held at the Marshall Community Center

Representatives from Fauquier Hospital will speak to us about the merger with for-profit corporation LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.

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No Meetings July and August

Due to various vacation schedules, we have decided not to have July or August meetings. Please check back for information on our September and later meetings.

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SSC June Meeting

June 9, 2013

We will meet at Dondoric Farm, home of longtime SSC member, Bob Swick. 5098 Dondoric Farms Road, The Plains, Virignia.

Our speaker will be Lee Owsley of Latitudes Fair Trade Store in Warrenton, whose talk has been rescheduled from April. She will speak about the store, her work with artisans from around the world, and her recent trip to Nepal! Latitudes Fair Trade Store specializes in unique, high-quality, handcrafted and fairly-traded products from around the world. Latitudes is about making a positive economic connection between American consumers and marginalized artisans from developing nations. To learn more about Latitudes and Fair Trade in general click here.

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SSC April Meeting Cancelled

Our scheduled April speaker, Lee Owsley of Latitudes Fair Trade Store in Warrenton, has had an unexpected conflict and has been rescheduled to June.

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AILA – National Day of Action April 11

This was sent by Donusia Lipinski a local immigration lawyer and our March speaker. Please email Donusia if you plan to attend.

There is some speculation that a comprehensive immigration bill may be introduced when the Senate and House come back from Spring Break. One of the ways, we can have a positive impact on the dialogue, is by letting our voices and desires be heard. On April 11, 2013, the American Immigration Lawyers Association will once again have their National Day of Action. We have a meeting set up with Rep. Hurt on Thursday morning. I am waiting to hear the meeting schedule for our Senators. It would be great if you could join us. Please let me know if you are available and willing. We can talk strategy after you register. Of course, there is no fee.

To register, please create a nonmember account as follows:
1. Go to
2. Click on “log in” in the upper right hand corner
3. Follow the instructions to create a “Non-Member Account” (enter name, address, username and password)
4. Go to and click “register”

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Immigration Reform – Information and Action

Thanks to Donuisa Lipinski, we had an very interesting and informative presentation on Immigration Reform at our March meeting.

Donna has provided a link to the American Immigration Lawyers Association . The website has information about the issues and links for resources and to other organizations working for immigration reform.

Donna has also passed along the following from Reform Immigration FOR America:

“Our Senators leading the work on immigration reform in the Gang of Eight have been debating for weeks — but have yet to put forward a bill. Every day that they delay, more families are torn apart and more chances at the American dream are denied.

Our communities cannot wait any longer!  So this week, immigrant rights activists across the country are making calls, sending messages, visiting their legislators’ offices and taking action to urge our leaders to support immigration reform for 11 million undocumented Americans.

Send your message to the Gang of Eight and other Senate leaders and tell them that the time is NOW for real reform that keeps families together and creates a roadmap to citizenship!

Send a message for families like Jennifer’s.  Jennifer lost her husband, father of their four young children, when he was deported without any criminal record. She now has to balance working two jobs and raising her children alone. Instead of asking for toys, Jennifer’s kids ask if they can have their dad back.

 If we can deliver a flood of messages to Senate leadership now, we can fix our broken system and save millions of other immigrant families from separation.  

Together, the power of our community is undeniable. Take part in this national week of action and send your message now.


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