HONORING THE 1995 GUM SPRINGS AWARD WINNERS; Congressional Record Vol. 141, No. 182
(Extensions of Remarks - November 16, 1995)

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              HONORING THE 1995 GUM SPRINGS AWARD WINNERS

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                          HON. THOMAS M. DAVIS

                              of virginia

                          HON. JAMES P. MORAN

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, November 16, 1995

  Mr. DAVIS. Mr. Speaker, it gives my colleague from Virginia, Mr. 
Moran, and me great pleasure to rise today to pay tribute to some 
outstanding citizens from Virginia. These are the people who have been 
awarded the Gum Springs Community Service Award. The awards will be 
presented at the Gum Springs Community Development Corporation 30th 
anniversary celebration on November 16, 1995.
  The Gum Springs Community Development Corporation, formerly the 
Saunders B. Moon Community Action Association, is a private, nonprofit, 
antipoverty organization founded in 1965 under the Equal Opportunity 
Act originated as a component of President Lyndon Johnson's War on 
Poverty.
  Calvin Ferguson, an idealistic community activist, is being honored 
posthumously for his dedication to the improvement of his community and 
the perpetuation of his neighborhood's history. His contributions 
during his productive life were many. He worked to establish the Martin 
Luther King, Jr. Park, with a swimming pool for use by neighborhood 
families. Mr. Ferguson played a vital role in preserving both the land 
and history of Gum Springs, including the establishment of Gum Springs 
Museum project. In addition, he was instrumental in the creation of the 
senior citizen and youth programs at Gum Springs Community Center.
  Albert J. Triplett, Jr., a native of Gum Springs, has made many 
contributions to the community. He has played an active role in the Big 
Brother Mentoring Group in Gum Springs. He is founder of the Literacy 
for Life program for adults in the Gum Springs Community. He is also 
the coordinator of the male support group of the Gum Springs Children 
Center and the only male serving on the eight-member Gum Springs 
Children-Parent Committee.
  Jube B. Shiver was inspired by a voice in his sleep in 1960 to ``Get 
up--go build a subdivision.'' This dream led to the building of Randall 
Estates, a unique and successful housing development in Fairfax County 
which has existed for more than 35 years. Jube has had a long 
association with Gum Springs. His activities include serving as an area 
member of the board of directors of the Saunders B. Moon Association 
and director of the Saunders B. Moon Community Association. During 
Governor Wilder's term in office, he was appointed to serve as a member 
of the Virginia Small Business Financial Authority which helped create 
jobs and guaranteed loans for Virginia residents.
  Mr. Speaker, we would also like to recognize Ms. Charlotte H. Branch, 
executive director of Gum Springs Community Development Corporation. 
During her 10-year tenure as executive director she has watched the 
community grow and change, and has the respect of everyone in her 
community.
  Mr. Speaker, we know our colleagues join us in paying tribute to 
these fine upstanding 

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award winners for 1995. Their contributions to the Gum Springs 
community have helped all of the residents of that community. Their 
steadfast commitment is another example of the strong volunteer spirit 
which so enriches our country.

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