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February 25, 2019

Southern Fauquier business group will disband by July

Realtor Carl Faller (standing), the late Bob Niles and others spearheaded the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association’s founding in 1996.
The Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association logo.
We are working on something where the southern part of the county will still have a committee to raise funds and help the community.
— Michelle Colvin, SFBOA president
Founded more than two decades ago, the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association will dissolve by June 30.

Association President Michelle Colvin made the announcement in an email Friday afternoon.

In a phone interview Monday, Ms. Colvin cited changes in the business community and the proliferation of social media as contributing factors in the SFBOA board’s decision, made in January.

“People are just not as involved,” she said. “It’s really become a challenge to get the membership to participate.

“Back when Bob Niles, Carl Faller and others formed the association, business owners and their spouses came to (monthly) meetings; there was just a lot more one-on-one interaction.”

The group adopted this mission statement: “The SFBOA seeks to empower and transform Southern Fauquier Businesses to increasing levels of success, influence and prosperity through education, community involvement, and collegial support.”

Since its founding in 1996, the SFBOA has raised and contributed tens of thousands of dollars for scholarships to Liberty High School graduates, hosted candidate forums for local elections, helped organize the Bealeton Christmas Parade, supported the Remington Fall Festival, participated in other community events and contributed to causes such as construction of the new playground at M.M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington.

But, the frequency of and participation in regular meetings have dwindled. Its membership held steady at about 120 businesses and individuals for most of SFBOA’s history.

The nonprofit organization still has about 50 members and more than $10,000 in its treasury, Ms. Colvin said.

SFBOA will host a “reunion and farewell” event in April, with a venue and other details yet to be finalized. Ms. Colvin said the organization at that meeting will announce a plan to carry on much of SFBOA’s work.

“We are working on something where the southern part of the county will still have a committee to raise funds and help the community,” she added.

The Bealeton-based organization’s directors voted to donate $10,000 remaining in its treasury to scholarships at Liberty High.

Ms. Colvin’s emailed announcement:

February 22, 2019

Dear SFBOA Members:

In regard to the well-being of the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Officers, Directors and Members, both past and present, for all your dedicated service and your support of the SFBOA for the past 20+ years.

As the acting President, I am to inform you that in January 2019 the Board of Directors voted to dissolve the SFBOA by June 30, 2019. The Board feels the association has met its purpose and has voted in accordance with our Bylaws to bring it to a close.

Along with the motion to dissolve, the Board of Directors has, in accordance with the Bylaws, unanimously voted and approved the disbursement of $10,000 to Liberty High School Scholarships for the 2019 year.

I look forward to a reunion and a final farewell. Please mark your calendars and join us on April 23, 2019, at 6:00 pm. We invite all Officers, Directors and Members, both past and present, to join together to celebrate the SFBOA’s successes and fond memories. We will also introduce an exciting option going forward for our faithful Members. This will be a no cost event and additional details of venue and menu will be announced.

Again, thank you for your support.

Michelle Colvin
President for SFBOA
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