Tawny Hammond was president of the Springfield Civic Association in Fairfax County for ten years. That’s a long time to do all the meetings, newsletters, phone calls and complaint listening that the heads of these civic groups somehow, bless ‘em, volunteer for.
She’s decided to step down, and on Tuesday the Fairfax Board of Supervisors honored Hammond not only for her service, but for making her community group accessible to the disabled. She also successfully tackled the tough neighborhood issues of boarding houses and hoarding, and a host of Fairfax’s political heavies turned out at Crestwood Elementary School last week to honor her, according to James Cullum in the Kingstowne Patch.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, the former Fairfax board chairman, entered a resolution in her honor into the Congressional Record. Current Board Chairwoman Sharon Bulova called Hammond “the mayor of Springfield” and said Hammond “has a sense of adventure, she’s inventive and always finds a solution to things.” Supervisor Jeff McKay said, “Tawny is a rock star of civic involvement in Fairfax County. She has a reputation countywide. She’s built the civic association from nothing to the one that draws the largest crowd in my entire district.”
Hammond told the group she’d stay involved. “I’m not quitting and I’m not retiring, because I don’t believe in those things. My faith and my community are tied and you don’t retire from things that are responsibilities and privileges.”