About Us

The Northern Virginia Volksmarchers were founded in 1983 by Ralph Hibler and Tom Ogles, US Army officers, recently returned from Germany and who lived in Burke, Virginia. Originally called the Burke Centre Volksmarchers, the club's first walk was on the April 30 and May 1, 1983 weekend in Burke; we had 1,137 participants. After holding 3 volksmarches in Burke, the club decided to broaden the location of events and changed its name to the Northern Virginia Volksmarchers. The club's events were held mainly in Fairfax County, Virginia, until we decided to cross the county line and hold a walk in Winchester, Virginia, during the Apple Blossom Festival in April 1988. Since then, the club has held walks in the total northern Virginia area.

The Northern Virginia Volksmarchers have always been known for the selection of interesting places to walk in and the careful marking of their trails. The club's mascot, Charging Charlie, has appeared on many of the club's awards and sales patches in many different activities and costumes. The Northern Virginia Volksmarchers were the first club in the AVA to offer a t-shirt award -- Charging Charlie directing the Wolf Trap Animal Symphony. This shirt can still be seen on the trail.

Northern Virginia Volksmarchers club members have been very active in the national, state, and local volkssporting arena. It was the Northern Virginia Volksmarchers who led the effort to win the 1991 AVA Convention for the Atlantic Region. The convention committee was chaired by Mary Lou Benzel and Northern Virginia Volksmarchers club members held many of the club chair positions. Northern Virginia Volksmarchers have held positions on the state level in the Virginia Volkssport Association, serving as President and Vice-President.

Numerous club members have been awarded Certificates of Service, Meritorious Service awards, and a special President's Award at the AVA conventions.

We meet on the second Monday of the month, except for July, August, and December. You are welcome to attend our meeting. Our meeting location is: Daniels Run School, 3705 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. Locate on a Map.

Club Contacts

Club Officers:
Office Person Phone Email
President Helen Garamone 703-360-5692 hkgaramone@hotmail.com
Vice-President Jack Jeter 703-360-1991 jeterjh@gmail.com
Treasurer Barry Plott 703-352-5135 barry.nvv@verizon.net
Recording Secretary Mary Lowe 540-219-8611 mimix05@comcast.net

Other Club Functions:
Responsibility Person Phone Email
Corresponding Secretary Karen Plott 703-352-5135 secondhorse@verizon.net
Membership Margaret Wagner 703-278-8005 margaretwagner@aol.com
Sales Bob McLean 703-455-1878 rmcmamc@aol.com
Awards Chair Cheryl Eavey 703 243-7339 ceavey@Verizon.net
Website Roy Wagner 703-278-8005 roywagner@aol.com

Year Round Event Contacts:
YRE Location Contact Phone Email
Alexandria - Dyke Marsh Helen Garamone 703-360-5692 hkGaramone@hotmail.com
Alexandria - Historic Old Town Robert Grunewald 703-303-5543 grunware@yahoo.com
Burke - Burke Centre Barry Plott 703-352-5135 barry.nvv@verizon.net
Burke - Burke Ponds Sandy Koontz 703-239-1073 shkrgk@gmail.com
Fairfax Barry and Karen Plott 703-352-5135 barry.nvv@verizon.net
Reston Dave Ackerman 703-860-2025 ackermands@aol.com
Springfield - South Run Pat Hyland 703-971-6468 pathyland@verizon.net
Vienna Bonnie Recore 703-591-6579 recoreb@gmail.com

"Walking will get us where we want to be!"