January 15, 2015
By Theresa Coates Ellis, Write by the Rails


ISCC Honors Top Volunteers and Installs New Officers


Greater Manassas leaders beamed with pride on Thursday night at the Inter-Service Club Councils (ISCC) Annual Banquet. Mayor Hal Parrish and Judge Carroll A. Weimer, Jr. participated in the volunteer awards ceremony and the installation of the 2015 officers.


City Council member and outgoing ISCC President Sheryl Bass began the event with a call to order.


Signs of a successful community were spotted throughout the Manassas Church of the Brethren recreation hall. Merit badges decorated the Boy Scouts Troop 1670 as they performed the flag ceremony and served the dinner. Framed awards of volunteer excellence and an impressive "Volunteer of the Year" trophy were showcased.


Mayor Parrish spoke about the importance of community volunteerism as a "good dose of medicine during hard times."


Judge Weimer conducted the installation of the new 2015 ISCC officers: President Ernie Newland, Vice President Chester Smith, Secretary Joseph Angsten and Treasurer Julian Rozzell.


The following outstanding volunteers were awarded for their accomplishments to the Greater Manassas community: Chester Smith, Manassas Host Lions Club; John Mitchell, Jr., Manasseh Lodge 182; Charlie Fromm, Boy Scouts of America; Xiao-Yin Byrom, Rotary Club of Manassas; Don McCubbin, Habitat for Humanity; Erin Beckman, Historic Manassas, Inc. and Judy Holt, Lake Jackson Lions Club.


Xiao-Yin Byrom was announced as the Volunteer of the Year. Byrom was honored for her selfless and touching contributions to community projects in Manassas as well as her travels to Mexico to deliver more than 50 wheelchairs.


Kisha Wilson-Sogunro was recognized for encouraging community partnerships in her position as the Manassas City Neighborhood Services Manager.


ISCC provided the detailed descriptions of each volunteer's superior accomplishments



Charlie Fromm is the Cubmaster of Pack 1833, an ASM in Troop 581, District Deputy Chairman of Bull Run District BSA and does anything else anyone ever asks of him.


Charlie is the force behind our District embracing youth with special needs and encouraging Scouters to be accepting of the challenges these scouts face while helping them reach their own personal goals in Scouting.


He is a single Dad and an inspiration to many scouters in Bull Run and the National Capital Area Council.



Since Don's first day on the job, June 9th, 2011, he has volunteered more than 3,000 hours. He has been and still is a mainstay in the Habitat for Humanity Prince William County community.


Don is a constant presence on the construction jobsite, both as a volunteer and as a volunteer team leader. Don is always one of the first people to arrive and greets the rest of the volunteers with a big smile and a "Good morning".


He is willing to tackle any job. In The ReStore he works in the Receiving area to accept donations. Don is affectionately called "The Fan Man" as he is the "go to" guy for the repair and restoration of ceiling fans.



Erin generously gave over 400 hours of her time in the last fiscal year and is a true representation of what we want visitors to remember about Manassas.


She treats each question she is asked with sensitivity and ensures that each person who enters the Visitor Center is treated equally regardless of where they are from or what kind of information they seek. She is a great asset to the HMI staff and is always eagerly waiting to be tasked with an assignment.


Erin helps at many of our annual events and has been able to persuade her husband Kurt and daughter Ava to join our volunteer roster as well.


Erin has quickly become a friend to many within our organization and we are truly lucky to have her. She is a retired FBI agent.



Judy Holt is actively involved in conducting sight and hearing exams at the schools in our service area and is the SPOT coordinator.


She supports the Flea Market fundraiser by working the Lions Table, manning the membership table and helping with parking cars.


She is the committee chairman for our recycling fundraiser. The Lake Jacksons Lions recycle inkjet and toner cartridges and empty pill bottles. She is also the Publicity Chairman.


Aside from Lions, Judy is actively involved in church helping with the bereavement receptions and other parish wide functions. She also works with tallies the Sunday offerings.


Judy is involved with the Honor Flight Network as a greeter at Dulles Airport welcoming the WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans who come to DC to visit their memorials.



Chester Smith has served as a Lion for many years, receiving "Lion of the Year" and the Lions Club International most prestigious award, "Melvin Jones Fellow".


He works tirelessly in our community serving as the Clubs Sight Chairman and has developed a network in the City of Manassas Public School nurses to provide glasses to needy children. He has a "Can Do" attitude and cares about everybody.


Through his singular efforts the walks at Birmingham Green are now covered with benches for the residents.


Chester is active in the Manassas Baptist Church and truly serves the entire community.


He has been the guiding force in establishing the InterService Club Council of Greater Manassas.



John Mitchell "Doc" exemplifies the term concept of service and has a distinguished career as a pediatric doctor....serving the youth of our area.


He is a Kena Shrine Klown "Daffy Doc" and entertains children in local hospitals and performs in the Manassas and other local area parades.


John actively supports the Shrine ChildrenŐs Hospital in Philadelphia and serves as a driver for children who need transportation to their appointments there.


He supports the Virginia Child ID Program put on jointly by the Manasseh Lodge and the Prince William County Sherriff's Office. When he was head of Manasseh Lodge, John instigated many programs that supported the community.


"Doc" also supports the community as an active member of the Manassas Rotary Club and was part of the founding of the ISCC of Greater Manassas.



Xiao-Yin Byrom recently traveled to Mexico to deliver over 50 wheelchairs to people in need in that country. She did this trip at her own expense.


The last two years she has designed and been our chief creator of our Christmas Parade Floats. I have never met a more giving and caring person as this selfless Rotarian.


At Birmingham Green she has solely coordinated a painting day with the residents with her own time and supplies. The smiles on these residents' faces were precious. In addition to the art class, she also held a Valentine's Day party for the residents.


She single handedly did face painting for over 60 kids at the Fall Jubilee in Old Town in October.


The one lasting memory that I will cherish is when she wanted to honor our veterans at our Memorial Day celebration. She set up a table with a place setting for all the soldiers we have lost in war and then had a beautiful video and had a fellow Rotarian play taps for us.


She continues to go out of her way to make special touches not only to our club but to our community.


Each time one of our Rotarians is sick or has lost a loved one then she is the first to make a meal and deliver it to them at their home. Little touches that mean so much to people in difficult times.


In her store, Tang Alterations, she has a jar for donations. Many of her customers want to tip her for the service they are provided. She asked them to contribute to the jar which in turn she donates to our club for community projects.


I know we can always rely on Xiao-Yin to be our initiator, she is the little engine that DOES!