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November 2014 General Meeting & Program

Please join us on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus for "Modeling Sea Level Rise Along Virginia’s Coast" with Dr. Carl Hershner.

Burke Beach Dr. Hershner is the Director of the Center for Coastal Resources Management and works with VIMS. His research interests are in tidal and non-tidal wetlands ecology, landscape ecology and resource management/policy issues. His work is presently focused on coastal watershed management.

He has worked extensively on modeling sea level rise along VA’s coast, its impacts on Hampton Roads and other low-lying areas, and is helping develop policies to prepare for these calamitous changes.


3 Ex Comm. Members
Responsibilities: Manage the FOJG in a group of 9, serve a min. of 2 years, and attend monthly Ex Comm. and program meetings.
Qualifications: Thinkers and Doers, energetic and dedicated, plays well with others.

State Ex Comm. Delegate
Responsibilities: Represent FOJG at State Ex Comm., attend bi-monthly Saturday meeting in Charlottesville.
Qualifications: Active member of FOJG, “in the know”, good communicator, some computer skills.

Responsibilities: Chief nagger, keep minutes of Ex Com meetings, help with club communications.
Qualifications: Logical and linear thinker, crisp memory, some computer skills.

Volunteer Coordinator
Responsibilities: Motivator, encourage members to participate in activities, schedule volunteers.
Qualifications: Outgoing and optimistic, strong people skills, clear communicator.

VA Capitol Building Political Comm. Chair
Responsibilities: Encourage club’s legislative agenda, promote environmentally sensitive candidates.
Qualifications: Keen interest in political activities, good group spokesperson, confident public speaker.

E-Newsletter Editor
Responsibilities: Chief communicator, devise efficient method to keep members informed.
Qualifications: Logical and linear thinker, succinct communicator and writer, some computer skills.

University Liaison
Responsibilities: Reach out to VCU, UR, VUU student green groups for mutual support, efforts and successes.
Qualifications: Young at heart, social media user, good communicator.

Social Comm. Chair
Responsibilities: Generate FUN, organize social activities.
Qualifications: Outgoing and flexible, plays well with others.

Transportation Comm. Chair
Responsibilities: Promote alternative transportation options to carbon fueled vehicles, bike and pedestrian advocate.
Qualifications: Passionate about the issues.

If you're interested please CONTACT one of our co-chairs: Adele MacLean or John Zeugner

Falls of the James Group Holiday Celebration

Departing from the format of our usual holiday gala, this year the FOJG has planned a special dinner and activities at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Robins Room. On Monday, December 8th at 7:30 PM we will be seated with fellow members of Falls of the James Group for a sumptuous buffet dinner. A cash bar will be available for alcoholic beverages.

Coneflower of Lights After the meal, our dinner fee allows us to independently tour the illuminated gardens during the Festival of Lights. We may also explore the indoor displays, the Conservatory, library, and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden gift shop, a perfect place to find something unique for that hard-to-please person on your holiday shopping list. All are open until 10:00.

The cost for this evening is only $35 per person and includes all of the above except alcohol and purchases made during your tour. This is an ideal time to treat your friends (and potential Sierra Club members) and relatives to a memorable night out. We often find ourselves wishing to share something special with them and this could be one of the best ways to show them how special they are to you.

Menu to include:

  • Grilled Chicken Breast w/Mustard Herb Sauce
  • Caesar Salad
  • Herb Crusted Salmon
  • Wild Rice Pilaf
  • White and Wheat Rolls
  • Spinach Ricotta Phyllo Casserole
  • Green Beans with Feta and Pine Nuts
  • Cheesecake with Toppings
  • Iced Tea and Coffee

Make your reservation for this holiday event ASAP, since we are capping the registration at 50, so its first come-first serve! Checks must be received by Wednesday, December 1st, made payable to "Sierra Club". Sorry, no credit or debit cards can be processed this year. Mail your check and include info on your name, your guests, etc to: Anne Repp, 2221 Monument Avenue, Richmond VA 23220. Information: or 355-3804.

Update about the Location and Day for Membership Meetings

Our meeting place remains the same as the beginning of the year. However, the regular meeting day has changed! Jepson Alumni Center on the University of Richmond Campus, on each SECOND Wednesday!

2012 Holiday Gala A few notes about this location: One thing hasn't changed: Well Recycle What Your Recycler Wont !! Dont forget to bring your old batteries, CFC bulbs, #5 plastics, cell phones, and other hard-to-recycle goods.

Oct 2014 issue of the FOJG eNewsletter is now available

eNewsletter The October eNewsletter is packed full of updates, including:
  • Fall General Meeting Program Schedule
  • The Falls of the James Group Holiday Celebration to be held on Monday, December 8th, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Upcoming FOJG Activities

November 2014 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Nov 12, 2014, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topic: Modeling Sea Level Rise Along Virginia’s Coast
Presenter: Dr. Carl Hershner
Contact: John Zeugner (

FOJG Holiday Celebration

Date/Time: Mon, Dec 8, 2014, 7:30 PM
Location: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Cost: $35 per person
RSVP: Make your reservation for this holiday event ASAP, since we are capping the registration at 50, so its first come-first serve! Checks must be received by Wednesday, December 1st, made payable to "Sierra Club". Sorry, no credit or debit cards can be processed this year. Mail your check and include info on your name, your guests, etc to: Anne Repp, 2221 Monument Avenue, Richmond VA 23220
Contact: Anne Repp: or 355-3804

What is the Falls of the James Group?

The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It has chapters across the country, including the Virginia Chapter. The Falls of the James Group (FOJG) is one of the fourteen Virginia Chapter Groups.

FOJG is tied to the James River Park System and the communities and the issues that border that river and other critical Virginia rivers. The group's geographical area stretches from Hanover County down to the North Carolina border and from Amelia County east to Surry County.

FOJG celebrates nature and the outdoor recreational opportunities of our diverse region. We are working to preserve and restore our environment through Education, Conservation, and Recreation. Our Strategic Goals are Urban Sustainability, Global Warming Mitigation, Green Solutions, Greenways/Blueways and Parks Protection. We rely on volunteer and member involvement!

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FOJG Executive Committee

Adele MacLean -
John Zeugner -
Catherine Welsh -
Andrew Peacock -
Stefan Bogdanovic
Scott Burger
Mary Beth Mains
Eric Vrabel
Ralph White

FOJG Committee Chairs & Administrative Positions

Bike-Ped -
CAFO Chair -
Eric Vrabel
Chapter Delegate -
Conservation Chair -
Stefan Bogdanovic
The Fall Line Editor -
John Zeugner
Fundraising Chair -
Tamara Smith
Inner City Outings -
Membership Chair -
Outings Chair -
Political/Legislative Chair -
Program Chair -
John Zeugner
Publicity Chair -
Twitter & Meetup -
University Liason: VUU -
University Liason: VCU -
University Liason: U of R -
Volunteer Coordinator -
Website & Facebook -
Eric Vrabel

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