The Northern Virginia (NOVA)
CFSupport Meetings: Location, Guidelines, etc.
News and Notes
2016 Meeting dates & times are 3rd Saturday of month, 2 pm, at
Sully District Government Center & Police Station
Sully Community Room #1 - The James McDonnell Room (Except Jan and Apr)
Though we ask often, sometimes people show up wearing scented products. If you are the wearee - please be ok with it if we ask you to sit a little farther away or try to wash off hand lotion. If you are the sensitive type, if this is too great a risk for you, consider taking care, staying home, and participating instead in one of our orthostatic intolerance - nervous system symptoms or gratitude group conference calls. See Events.
Overview of Meetings
NOVA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME,
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Orthostatic Intolerance
3rd Saturday of every month
2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
(sometimes it goes later!!)
Sully Governmental Center
Room 1 - The James McDonnell Room
4900 Stonecroft Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
Go to Directions Page for Sully Center
(Out of date GPS maps may show building too far up Stonecroft.
Review our map & directions!)
Meetings have been here since January 2009
(We've met previously at Inova Fairfax Hospital and
Mason Gov'tal Center in Annandale, VA.)
Members often linger longer or go out to eat together. We ask your assistance to make meetings uplifting, civil, informative, and fragrance free! See meeting guidelines below.
is plentiful, very close and
free. There are no stairs or hills. It is the same building as
District Police Station. Help with chairs and tables is appreciated
before and after
meetings. Chairs are to be stacked along the outside walls. Tables
folded and lifted. For upcoming individual meeting details, see
our Events and Speakers pages. For previous events see Events archives found on the Events page, Newsletters, and Prior
Yes, though it is far out for some, this place is in Northern VA, it is part of in Fairfax County!
We have an infrequently used rideshare list at our Yahoo Group for members with Yahoo ID's. We sometimes post emails from individuals about certain meetings. If you can offer a ride, need a ride, or just want to share the ride with another member, please Email Us or go to the rideshare database on our Yahoo! Groups. You will need to sign up or sign in as a member of our CFSupport Yahoo! Group to do this.
Alternatively, one could report interest in meetings, connect to other attending members via our CFS Nova Facebook Page. Please be mindful that it is a public page and use private Facebook messages to finalize rendezvous details.
Also, some of our Members arrive via Metro Access - a reduced cab fare program for
With a Medicare card, you may qualify for half price metro fare cards,
and discounts on some bus routes. Senior/disabled fare cards are only
available at special stations.
Metro Access Eligibility
Metro's Reduced Fare Program
There used to be Metro bus stop at the building, but there doesn't seem to be any weekend service, not any weekday service anymore either (3/2011). See WMATA or the Metro Area Transit Customer Information 7 days a week at 202/637-7000 (TTY 638-3780) to check if this has changed.
Please keep in mind these meeting guidelines for our monthly support group meetings:
Meetings Ups ands Downs
Support group meetings can be quite wonderful. We connect with people in similar situations, glean advice from others, share tips and tricks, and offer written materials. However, meetings involve mental and physical activity: listening, interacting, getting there and back, being around stimulation of all sorts. Meetings can also be stressful since stressful topics come up and because attendees often have a lowered stress threshold.
Attendees often end up being very tired for the next day or two. Some have reported relapses afterward. Sometimes it is worth it and sometimes it is not; sometimes you won't know until after you've been there.
Each meeting has its own personality, influenced by who happens to be there on a given day and how they are feeling. Make the best decision about attendance for you, whether it be to come to all meetings, come to one, attend none, or visit us in person only one meeting a year.
The majority of meetings are uplifting, or at least informative and supportive in varying ways. Occasionally, they or small portions of them can be awkward, even unpleasant.
We hope you'll visit us more than once. You don't have to let us know when you'll be stopping by or if you'll be late or need to leave early. All are welcome anytime, for whatever time that is manageable. Review the Meeting Guidelines.
Some of our leaders and members also lead other related support groups in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, which meet at various times and places throughout the month. For information about these groups, please see our Other Groups page. The two most closely affiliated with us with their home pages with this website are Elly's Gratitude Group and the NOVA MVPS/D & OI Support Group.
Can you help out at Meetings? In other ways?If the group helps you and you are up to it, please help the group. At meetings, we need people who arrive a little early (1:45 pm) to set up chairs and tables. After meetings, we need help stacking the chairs and wheeling the tables away. It would be wonderful to have someone greet attendees and help them with name tags, to be a guide to where the bathrooms and vending areas are. It is nice to have a volunteer who wants to coordinate dinner after the meeting for those interested, in need of refreshment for the trip home.
Unrelated to regular meetings, there are many opportunities to help the group. Choose only something you are motivated to do and offer as much or as little as feels possible to you. Examples include arranging a time and restaurant to meet others between meetings, submitting helpful and relevant newsletter/email items, making copies of handouts, sending in speaker and practitioners list ideas, returning phone calls from people inquiring about the group or CFS/FM/OI, and sending in meeting notices to newspapers.
Contributions to our petty cash fund are appreciated and allow us to do some copying, send materials to those in absolutely desperate need, and to keep up our service. Donations to our informal group are NOT tax deductible since we are NOT incorporated in any way, never mind as a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. See About Us for address to mail us or stop by the basket at meetings. Postage stamps are welcome as is ink jet and copier paper.
If you see a need not being met and can volunteer to make it happen, your rewards could be greater than you imagine. Helping others heals!
Some Nearby Restaurants & AttractionsVery nearby restaurants
Sully Station Shopping Center on Westfields Blvd
Chipotle, Pho Aura, Ledo Pizza, Popeyes, Subway,
Around Westone Plaza
Texas Roadhouse, Eggspectations, Foster's Grille, Moe's, Appleby's.
Very close Hotels
Hyatt Place Chantilly / Dulles Airport South
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
See also Sully Station Directions Page
G-Street Fabrics, shopping and dining at Fair Lakes, the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport, historic Sully Plantation, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Bull Run Regional Park and the Dulles Expo Center.
How to get Meeting Reminders
The Northern VA CFS/ME, FMS, &OI Support Group and CFSupport are an informal support group and website led by volunteers. Its representatives are people with the experience of chronic illness, not medical, counseling, or legal professionals. Please seek qualified physicians and other Practitioners for diagnosis, treatment, and legal advice.