James Little, Area IX Vice President
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1971, Jim began his federal career with the United States Department of Agriculture as a GS-5 staff accountant with the Rural Electrification Administration. Thirty-five years later he retired as the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Executive Vice President of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he presided over the agricultural programs that ensure the production of an adequate and stable supply of safe and affordable food supplies in our country’s grocery stores, as well as conservation programs that protect and preserve our nation’s natural resources. During his tenure at USDA, Jim also held the position of FSA’s Chief Financial Officer; CCC’s Controller; USDA’s Associate Chief Financial Officer; and several other staff and leadership positions.
Jim has been a NARFE member since his retirement in 2006 and was its first and only (so far) webmaster; he also coordinated the chapter’s Annual Dale City 4th of July Parade float for several years and held the position of Vice President and President for two year terms in each position.
Since his retirement from USDA in 2006, Jim has provided professional advisory services to several large information technology consulting firms. He has also served as Treasurer and Webmaster for the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association He also donates his time to the Prince William Area Habitat for Humanity; the September 11 Memorial Trail; and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge and was a member of the Mission Team’s first mission trip to Zambia in 2006.
Area IX is the home of nearly 4,000 members from a large segment of Northern Virginia, including portions of Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Stafford, and Prince William Counties. The chapters in Area IX are 232, Alexandria; 356, Manassas; 401, Falls Church; 893, Springfield; 1159, Annandale; and 1270, Woodbridge. While the Falls Church Chapter is in the process of being closed, Falls Church’s members will be transferred to chapters of their choice, including the E-Chapter, or reassigned to a chapter designated by their Zip Code. All Area IX Chapters look forward to welcoming Falls Church members into their community.
Virginia Area IX Chapters
- 232 ALEXANDRIA
Meets 3rd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. except July and August at Beth El Hebrew Temple, 3830 Seminary Road. Special luncheons are planned for June and December, usually beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The Temple is located midway on Seminary between Inova Alexandria Hospital and Quaker Lane on the same side as the hospital (south side). It is a white building set back from the road and has separate exit and entrance lanes, one on each side.
- 1159 ANNANDALE
Meets 1st Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. except June, July, August and December at Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike. Social luncheons are scheduled for June and December at local restaurants.
- 356 MANASSAS
Meets 3rd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Hibachi Grill and Sushi Bar Buffet, 8121 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109
- 893 SPRINGFIELD
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month except for July and August at the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield, Virginia 22152. Social hour starts at 12:30 p.m. followed at 1:00 p.m. by a business meeting and program. The June and January meetings are the annual picnic and annual holiday luncheon, respectively.
- 1270 WOODBRIDGE
The monthly meetings will be held generally on the 3rd THURSDAY of each month. The meeting place will be the Holiday Inn Quantico Center, 3901 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025. The Sit Down Lunch ($18.50) begins at 12:00 noon, meeting at 12:45 p.m. sharp.