Wilma Grant, Area X Vice President
Wilma Grant joined NARFE 3 years before retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court as Manager, Publications Dept./Office of Information Technology, in 2014. Her career began as a ladies hairdresser/beautician in Scotland, then she served 3 years at HQ Royal Air Force, UK, handling RAF & NATO Communications and Printing. In 1963, she married a GI, Ted, who later worked for the House of Representatives. Wilma earned U.S. citizenship stateside. She has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren who are her inspiration.
Wilma served 17 years in Commercial Book & Job Printing including the Newspaper Publishing industry, before joining the Supreme Court in 1980. For 34 years, she served all 9 Justices, plus several retired Justices and their staff, incl.: 3 Chief Justices – Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and John Roberts, Jr., plus Associate Justice John P. Stevens who served as Acting Chief Justice after the passing of C.J. Rehnquist. She directed proofreading/ editing and publishing of U.S. Reports, the opinion pamphlets plus the leather-bound law volumes of Court opinions, orders, Journal of the Court, plus all other specialty and in-plant graphics and printing, Print-on-Demand, web data conversion/electronic product delivery via Hermes and web telecommunications. She has extensive graphics, printing and systems technical experience and has also served as systems manager/administrator and helpdesk manager. She earned an MBA degree from George Mason University in 1995 (sponsorship by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor), and studied International Political Economy, Technology and Industry at the University of Oxford, UK and then headed to Paris, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland with her classmates visiting with executives and touring companies there.
She also held several other senior level volunteer positions during her career:
|Chairman of the Board & Secretary – Xplor International||President – Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions|
|1st National V-P & National Convention Chair – Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc.||Member – Hewlett-Packard/Xplor Joint Global Technology Council|
|President – Federal Reprographics Association||Technology Speaker – Xplor Global Conference|
|President – Franklin Technical (Printing) Society||Membership Appreciation Chair – Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad|
|She has chaired conventions in DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and Alaska||Member – VA Governor’s NOVA 8 Disaster Taskforce|
Career honors she received include:
|Honorary Supreme Court Bar Membership, 2014||Supreme Court’s Superior Service Award for Outstanding Service, 1989|
|Supreme Court’s Annual Law Clerk Award was named after her, 2014||Pentagon 911 Award – Logistical Support During a National Emergency|
|Superior Service Award for Outstanding Service Meriting Public Recognition,1989||Distinguished Member of the Year Award & Life Member Award, SVRS|
|Woman of Distinction – Outputlinks/Podi||The Naomi Berber Award Ben Franklin Printing Society|
Wilma has welcomed the challenges of industry leadership; the networking opportunities industry organizations offered for increased knowledge and personal growth; having the ability to make positive impact or change within government; mentoring/developing training opportunities for others; and the ability to bring corporate and government printing sector staff and solution providers together to face and meet industry challenges in the 21 st Century. She believes each of us has the ability to make change and to achieve our goals . . .
first you must believe in yourself!
There are more than 4,000 members in Area X in six chapters in Northern Virginia: Chapter 7 (Arlington), Chapter 489 (McLean-Great Falls), Chapter 737 (Fairfax), Chapter 1116 (Vienna-Oakton), Chapter 1241 (Dulles) and Chapter 1665 (Metro Northern Virginia).
Virginia Area X Chapters
Meets 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 pm except for June and December luncheons with no meeting in July and August at Culpepper Gardens Senior Center, 4435 North Pershing Drive, Arlington, VA. – No meetings are held in July and August.
489 McLEAN – GREAT FALLS
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 12:00 noon for lunch, 1:00 pm for the meetng except July and August at McLean Comm. Center, 1234 Ingleside Dr., McLean
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 11:30 am for social hour, 12:30 pm for lunch meeting at American Legion Post 180, 3939 Oak Street, Fairfax No meetings are held in July and August.
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 180, (Upper level) 330 North Center Street, Vienna, VA. Lunch available in lower level at noon. No meetings are held in July and August. Contact President Ralph Dantinne at 703-938-9757. NOTE NEW MEETING LOCATION.
Meets 4th Monday at 11:30 am, except July and August, at Amphora Deluxe Diner in Herndon No meetings are held in July and August.
1665 METRO AREA OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Meets the 4th Thursday of each month, except in November the meeting is the 3rd Thursday, at the Portofino Restaurant, 526 23rd St., Arlington, VA. Call for directions – 703-979-8200. 11:30 AM, lunch at noon. No meetings are held in July, August, and December.