Association News – Friday, January 27, 2023
Upcoming King Farm Board & Committee Meetings
- Architectural Design Trust (ADT)
- Wednesday 02/08/2023 – 4:30 PM
- Applications are due by Wednesday 02/01/22 in order to be reviewed during the February meeting. https://kingfarm.org/design-review-applications/
- Board of Trustees (BOT)
- Wednesday 02/15/2023 – 7:00 PM
- Board of Code Compliance (BOCC)
- Monday 01/30/2023 – 7:00 PM (covenants hearing)
- Monday 02/13/2023 – 7:00 PM (regular meeting)
- External Affairs (EA)
- Thursday 02/02/2023 – 7:30 PM
King Farm meetings are held virtually. Residents can find the Zoom registration links for all upcoming King Farm Board of Trustees and Committee meetings online by visiting King Farm website on the “Zoom Meeting Links” page. To attend the Zoom meetings, you must register in advance. Each meeting will have an open forum for residents to ask questions or make comments (limited to 3 minutes speaking time per resident). If you would like to speak during open forum, please provide the topic you will be speaking about.
**If you need assistance registering for a virtual meeting and for all other questions, please contact Management by phone (301) 987-0122 or by email at email@example.com.
King Farm Resident Meet & Mingle Breakfast – Feb. 4th
Maybe you’re a new resident of King Farm or have been established in your home for years, that’s ok! Come on out for a little coffee, conversation, and light breakfast fare too!
Join us next Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Saddle Ridge Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle). Get to know your neighbors, meet members of the King Farm Management team, the King Farm Citizens Assembly President, and Board of Trustees.
This is a great opportunity to learn about the community committees and have any questions you may have about life in King Farm answered. But most importantly, make new friends, meet and mingle with your neighbors.
Click here to register to attend this fun event! We hope to see you there!
King Farm Resolution Regarding Investments (Amended) Approved During January BOT Meeting
During the January 18th, 2023 Board of Trustees meeting, the BOT voted and approved amendments made to King Farm Investment Policy.
During the February 15th, 2023 BOT meeting, the BOT is expected to review and vote on the following amended resolution:
- AR No. 4 – Due Process Resolution
You can view a copy of any recently adopted resolutions within the FrontSteps Resident Portal under the ‘Internal Documents’. Navigate to the folder 2. Governing Documents / Administrative Resolutions (or Equity Resolutions). To view proposed amendments to existing resolutions or proposed new resolutions, navigate to folder 2. Governing Documents / 1 – Draft Resolutions.
*If you do not have access to the resident portal, please contact Management for assistance or to obtain copies of these documents.
If you have any questions regarding the amended Investment Policy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Annual Meeting and Election – Call For Candidates
The 2023 King Farm Annual Meeting & Election will take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 26th via Zoom meeting. For more information about the meeting and candidate information, please visit the Farm website: https://kingfarm.org/annual-meeting-election/. Additional information will also be included in the next issue of the Chronicle.
*Please note the corrected information to the number of open seats on the board and deadline to submit a Citizen Registration Form.
- There are four (4) open seats for the Board of Trustees (BOT). Three (3) seats are two-year terms and one (1) seat is for a one-year term. For those interested in running in the 2023 Election, please visit the King Farm website https://kingfarm.org/candidate-information/ for requirements and refer to the Candidate Considerations document.
- Complete your candidacy “Statement of Purpose” using no more than one (1) page. The Statement of Purpose must be typed using a font 12-point or higher and double spaced.
- Complete the “Petition For Candidacy Form”, including necessary signatures.
- The completed documents with the necessary signatures must be received by the Management Office [electronically, hand-delivered, or via USPS mail] no later than 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2023.
- Lack of the necessary number of valid signatures will result in an invalid candidacy petition (signatures are invalid if the King Farm citizen is delinquent). We recommend obtaining more than the required number to ensure you have enough.
*If you would like to drop off the documents, you can put the completed documents in the drop-box to the right of the front door of the Management Office (300 Saddle Ridge Circle).
Registering to Vote:
- As a reminder, All Citizen [resident] Titleholders of single-family homes, townhomes, and condominium units, as shown on the Assembly’s records, are automatically registered to vote.
- More information about registering to vote can be found on the website: https://kingfarm.org/registering-to-vote/.
- UPDATE: Please note that non-resident Titleholders are NOT eligible to vote in the election per the governing documents.
- Non-titleholders must register ANNUALLY!
- All other persons who wish to vote, including tenants and other occupants of a King Farm residence who are not the record owners of the residence, are required to complete a Citizen Registration Form in order to register as Citizens with the Assembly and to vote in elections (registration forms can be found on the website).
- Citizen Registration Forms must be submitted by 12:00 pm, Monday, March 27th, 2023. You can submit your form to the Management Office via email at email@example.com or by placing it in the drop box to the right of the front office door (300 Saddle Ridge Circle).
- All forms will be verified (signed lease, state issued driver’s license, and/or owner verification).
Please note: If you are NOT a Citizen Titleholder and have not registered by the deadline you are not permitted to vote in the election.
City & County Updates:
Rockville’s Lunar New Year Celebration
Happy Lunar New Year! Join us this Saturday, January 28th, for a free celebration with performances, to-go activities and snacks. The celebration will take place from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Wootton High School.
Organized in partnership with Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force, the Lunar New Year celebration is a source of pride for the city’s Asian community and an educational opportunity for neighbors to learn about Asian culture. Read more here.
Montgomery County Parent Forum on Fentanyl:
At Clarksburg High School on Saturday, Jan. 28, the advocacy group Montgomery Goes Purple is hosting a fentanyl awareness forum for families to provide tools to prevent drug use and help protect our children. It is free and will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. This forum will also be live streamed on the MCPS homepage. The County also has made it easier for families to reach the school to attend the forum in person by making bus fare free on routes 10 and 75 Saturday morning and early afternoon.
Earlier this month, a 15-year-old overdosed and died. It is one of eight recent overdose deaths in Montgomery County this winter. Data provided by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service shows an additional 38 people would have likely been killed since December if not for the life-saving drug known as Narcan.
Make it a priority to talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs like fentanyl. You can find information on identifying drug use and symptoms of an overdose by visiting the Save A Life section of the County website courtesy of our Department of Health and Human Services.
Commission Recommends Changes to Voting Age, Size of Mayor and Council and City Elections
Lowering the voting age to 16, expanding the size of the Mayor and Council, term limits, representative districts, and consideration of ranked-choice voting were among recommendations presented to the Mayor and Council in December. The Mayor and Council are scheduled to discuss, during their Monday, Jan. 30 meeting, whether to adopt any of the recommendations. Read more here.
FY 2024 Budget Survey
Public participation in the budget process is a high priority for the Mayor and Council and city staff. A budget survey available at www.rockvillemd.gov/budget allows community members to identify their budget priorities and options for maintaining a balanced budget.
King Farm Neighbors Village News (KFNV)
Solicitation: King Farm Neighbors Village Seeking New Members for Board of Directors:
The King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) seeks individuals to serve as members of the Board of Directors. The Board is a volunteer managing entity for the KFNV and works to develop, implement, and sustain activities that support the KFNV mission to help King Farm residents who would like to remain in their homes throughout their lives and age in place. The KFNV coordinates services such as friendly visits, check-in phone calls, social events, health and safety events and transportation.
Board members must be residents of King Farm and members of the KFNV. We are seeking individuals who are interested in the KFNV and its mission, who have experience germane to serving on the KFNV Board, and who are willing to commit a level of effort necessary to complete the duties of a KFNV Board member. Term of service for Board members is two years, beginning at the Annual Meeting held in April of each year.
If you are interested in joining the KFNV Board, please send a statement of interest and a brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the KFNV see the website at www.kfnv.org.
King Farm Neighbors Village News (KFNV)
The last KFNV event of the month was on Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 4:00-5:15 pm, where Maureen Charlton, Director of Memory Support Services and Programming at Ingleside at King Farm presented, Brain Health Is for All Ages! Participants learned about evidence-based strategies and practical tools to boost their brain health.
Future KFNV events for the Valentine month, also known as February are:
- On Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 2:00- 3:00 pm, the Movie Club will discuss the biopic, Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Austin Butler as Elvis. Elvis recently was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and Butler recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. An interesting and engaging conversation from Movie Club participants is predicted as Elvis will most likely elicit much discussion about what is real vs. fiction in this biopic;
- On Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 12:30-2:00 pm, The KFNV Book Club will discuss Lisa Wingate’s novel, The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel. Amazon describes the novel as: “a dramatic historical novel of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives”
- On Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 10:00-11:30 am, Coffee and Conversation participants will keep Valentine activities going by discussing the topic: What is your favorite song and/or memory related to Valentine’s Day? As always, memorabilia are encouraged to explain your memory. Remember a picture is worth 1000 words! ; and
- On Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 7:00-9:00 pm, the KFNV will host its second Games Night. As with the inaugural Games Night in November, all sorts of games will be available to play, such as Scrabble, Scattergories, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Uno. This event is open to all members of the King Farm community. You do not have to be a KFNV member to participate. Because space is limited due to social distancing, please reserve your spot as soon as possible.
**Please note that the KFNV has changed its monthly Movie Club, Book Club, Coffee and Conversation gatherings and highlight events to in-person meetings and has reserved the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville, MD 20850 for these events. In accordance with the policy adopted by the KFNV Board of Directors, people attending KFNV sponsored, in-person events must be vaccinated per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID recommendations. Wearing a mask is optional. In case of inclement weather and if there is time to notify participants, the KFNV may opt for a Zoom presentation for any meeting or event. Therefore, the KFNV will not be offering a hybrid option for any future events. Finally, the KFNV offers transportation to many of its monthly events for KFNV members. Please contact the Operations Coordinator at email@example.com, or leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104 to arrange for transportation.
The KFNV community services are in full-swing with KFNV services such as transportation to appointments and simple household chores being the most popular services. Many requests for transportation have been recently fulfilled. As one grateful recipient for a ride to an appointment raved:
- “Thank you for this information. It’s heartwarming that so many King Farm folks volunteer to help. My experience with (the KFNV Volunteer) was lovely. She arrived on time and got me to my appointment promptly. And we agreed I’d text her when my appointment concluded. She arrived soon thereafter and got me home directly. Beyond that, it was a delight to meet and start to get to know (the KFNV Volunteer) I look forward to meeting her again.”
Please feel free to avail yourself of this service as well as any of the following KFNV community services:
- Simple household tasksFriendly phone callsTransportation to appointmentsFriendly visits
*Please note that services are open to KFNV members only; however, membership is free and an easy process. See below on how to contact the KFNV to schedule any of the services or with any questions that you may have about the services as well as how to become a KFNV member.
Contacting the KFNV
For most of the KFNV monthly events as well as the services, membership is required; but membership is as easy as filling out an on-line or mail-in form with residency in the King Farm Community being the only membership requirement.
Although there is no fee to become a KFNV member, the KFNV does, however, accept. and welcome donations; for these donations help defray the cost of KFNV services and events.
For information on how to register for any of the above events, to request a service or a ride, to become a KFNV member, or to make a donation, please contact the Operations Coordinator by calling (301) 799-8104 or leaving a voicemail, or view the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org.
RCPD News Report: January 17, 2023 to January 24, 2023
Click here to read the Weekly Crime Report courtesy of the Rockville City Police Department.
If you have a crime or concern to report, please contact the Rockville City Police Department at:
2 W. Montgomery Ave, Rockville, Maryland 20850
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
RCPD Crime Tips: BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE HUMAN TRAFFICKING
January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time to rekindle our efforts against forced labor and the commercial sex trade of millions of men, women, and children. You can help simply by learning some possible signs of human trafficking:
- Human trafficking victims can be anywhere, but particularly at restaurants, elder care centers, salons and spas, agricultural fields, hotels, and construction sites.
- You may learn that victims are living with their employer, living with multiple others in cramped or poor conditions, or may have their employer holding their identity documents.
- You may not be allowed to speak to a potential victim alone, or their answers appear scripted or rehearsed.
You can always report a tip to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Learn about human trafficking on the U.S. Department of State’s website by clicking here.
Ways to Help and Other resources:
National Human Trafficking Hotline – 1-888-373-7888
- Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal elected officials to let them know you care about combating human trafficking and ask what they are doing to address it.
- Learn the indicators of human trafficking on the TIP Office’s website or by taking a training.
- Parents and Caregivers: Learn how human traffickers often target and recruit youth and who to turn to for help in potentially dangerous situations. Host community conversations with parent teacher associations, law enforcement, schools, and community members regarding safeguarding children in your community.
- Youth: Learn how to recognize traffickers’ recruitment tactics , how to safely navigate out of a suspicious or uncomfortable situations, and how to reach out for help at any time.