RECOGNIZING NORTHERN VIRGINIA FAMILY SERVICE'S 2013 COMMUNITY CHAMPION AND LEGENDS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 61
(Extensions of Remarks - May 03, 2013)

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RECOGNIZING NORTHERN VIRGINIA FAMILY SERVICE'S 2013 COMMUNITY CHAMPION 
                    AND LEGENDS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA

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                        HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                          Friday, May 3, 2013

  Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize George Lizama as 
this year's Northern Virginia Family Services Community Champion and 
also to honor Earle and June Williams who have been named the 2013 
Northern Virginia Family Services Legends of Northern Virginia.
  Since its founding in 1924, Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) 
has addressed the growing needs of families throughout our region. NVFS 
works to improve its clients' lives through a variety of programs in 
five mission initiatives: housing, child and family enrichment, health 
access, emergency assistance, and workforce development. Today, 33,000 
individuals and families receive assistance each year.
  The Community Champion Award is a recognition given each year to 
someone who has made immeasurable contributions to children and 
families in Northern Virginia. More than 25 years ago, George Lizama 
founded Production Solutions and PS Digital, one of the country's 
largest mail and digital marketing firms providing services to numerous 
nonprofit organizations, such as the American Heart Association, Heifer 
International, Habitat for Humanity, Capital Area Food Bank, and Human 
Rights Campaign.
  Whether he's in a march for the homeless or cleaning up a park, 
George carries a strong sense of duty and gains a great deal of reward 
in volunteering. He embodies passion around the clock. In fact, one 
cannot distinguish the ``business George'' from the ``volunteer 
George.''
  During his 14-year involvement with NVFS, George served on the Board 
of Directors for 11 years and chaired the Gala Sponsorship and Auction 
Committees. George is receiving NVFS' Community Champion Award this 
year in recognition of his unwavering sense of excellence in service to 
his company, his industry, his community, but most of all because 
George is ``passion personified'' and one of the most dedicated 
volunteers you will ever encounter.
  Mr. and Mrs. Williams have lived in Northern Virginia since 1970 when 
Earle's company, BDM International, Inc. relocated to McLean. In 1972, 
he became President and CEO of BDM, where he served until his 
retirement in 1992. Under his leadership, BDM's employment grew tenfold 
to 4,300 and annual revenue grew 550% to $424 million.
  Earle is an Emeritus Director and Past Chairman of the Wolf Trap 
Foundation for the Performing Arts, Emeritus Director and Past Chairman 
of the Business/Industry Political Action Committee, past Chairman of 
the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, past Chairman of the 
Naval Research Advisory Committee, a Permanent Director and Past 
International Chairman of the Armed Forces Communications and 
Electronics Association, and former member of the Virginia State Board 
for Community Colleges.
  In addition to being involved in her husband's work at BDM, June 
became deeply involved in the community. She participated in a major 
way in the George Mason University annual Arts Gala, joined the Capital 
Speakers Club, became involved in P.E.O. (a philanthropic educational 
women's organization), joined Achievement Rewards for College 
Scientists, and served on the Board of the Fairfax Symphony.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in commending NVFS for 89 
years of service to our region's most vulnerable families and 
congratulating this year's deserving honorees. I also thank the staff, 
volunteers, sponsors, and community partners for their dedication and 
ongoing support of NVFS.

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