In the late 1960’s a group of residents in the Andrews Estates community (Elmendorf, Ladd, Goodfellow) began the move to form an organization that represented the growing community. The first meeting was held in May 1970 at Skyline School, chaired by Dolores Steinhilber, and attended by maybe 100. A lot of ideas were thrown around until Dolores named four men to draw up a charter and by-laws. Several were suggested to be our first president, but we voted for Dolores to take the office.
With a constitution, by-laws and officers, SCA took off running. The first major event was the Skyline Fair on the 10th anniversary, May 24, 1980 at Skyline School. The celebration was from 1 to 5 pm, opening with a flag ceremony (Boy Scouts and Morningside Majorettes), the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner, introduction of distinguished guests, and speakers. There were games, movies, free food, rummage sales, magic shows, live animals, a naturalist, and more. Twenty-six local merchants contributed to the event. The event was a success.
The early years were filled with activity as we went door-to-door asking residents to join and pay the $2 membership. We did a lot of fighting against rezoning issues that ranged from motels, car-repair businesses, apartments, and others things that didn’t fit into the neighborhood. We were often successful. We fought for a left-turn lane at Suitland and Allentown. We encouraged all things that involved recreation and education. We fought loitering, growing drug-use, and sales of alcohol to minors. We had clean-ups, coffee at meetings. We had Block Mothers to keep an eye out for kids coming and going to school. We fought for a park for the community and were included in the ribbon-cutting at Michael J. Polley Neighborhood Park.
We were involved.
1st VICE PRESIDENT
2nd Vice President