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Big Yard Sale coming up in Spring 2014

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Mark your 2014 Sierra Club calendar for the week of Monday, May 12 through Saturday, May 17th, when FOJG members, friends and family will once again engage in the ultimate recycling event on the UR campus.

We will be ramping up collections during the several weekends before graduation weekend and we will need a couple of crews to cruise the campus collecting the early discards. We’ll be asking for volunteers for the weekend scavenger crews in the next Fall Line. John Zeugner will be coordinating this and his number is 804-288-5005.

Monday, May 12th is the biggest collection day and we will need as many volunteers as possible. Think about inviting your family members, neighbors or young men you know who could use a day’s work and offer to pay them for their help. If you can afford it, it would benefit us all.

We will have two options for signing up to volunteer for the festival:

  • Fill out our online form by clicking here!
  • Look for the sign-up sheets in the April-June newsletter, reserve your spaces and help us maximize our efforts and help the group!

Sierra Club Slave Trail Walk - Sunday, March 30!

Richmond Slave Trail

Ralph White, former Director of the James River Park System, and long time Sierra Club volunteer, will lead a walk of the historic and sacred Slave Trail as follows:

DATE: Sunday, March 30, 2014 (Rain Date Sunday, April 6)
TIME: 9:30 am (Tour is 2 to 2.5 hours followed by lunch)
GROUP SIZE: Limit of 25 people
FEES: Free to Sierra Club Members; $5 for non-members (waived if you join!)
MEET: Ancarrow’s Landing Parking Lot on Bander Street
DIRECTIONS: Click here
RESERVATIONS: Email Carolyn Crighton -, or call at 804-382-8275. Please include your name, email address, and best phone number. The first 25 people will be scheduled.

More information about the slave trail is available in this flyer.

April 2014 General Meeting

Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Action

Please join us on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus for "Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Power" presented by Dr. David Kitchen.

Dr. Kitchen, associate dean for strategic planning and professor in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond teaches courses in geology and climate and in 2013 published a textbook on climate change, Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Action. The book summary reads as follows: the science of climate change is a complex subject that balances the physical record and scientific fact with politics, policy, and ethics - and is of particular importance to the geosciences.

Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, Dr. Kitchen examines not only the physical science, but the social, economic, political, energy, and environmental issues surrounding climate change. His goal: to turn knowledge into action, equipping citizens with the knowledge and critical skills to make informed decisions, separate facts from fiction, and participate in the public debate.

No Stadium in the Bottom Petition

Reclaiming Our Food

Please sign the We Are Boycotting Flying Squirrels/Shockoe Stadium Proposal Petition.

There are many reasons to oppose a stadium in Shockoe Bottom: the questionable finances of the developers' plan, parking, traffic, leaving the best and most accessible site for baseball in the city and disrespecting the incredible history of what once was the largest slave-trading district north of New Orleans. Some of us are county residents who do not want to travel into the Bottom for a baseball game.

Upcoming FoJG Activities

April 2014 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Apr 16, 2014, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topic: Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Power
Presenter: Dr. David Kitchen
Contact: John Zeugner (

Big Yard Sale at U of R

Date/Time: Mon, May 12 to Sat, May 17, 2014
Location: U of R Campus
Description: Volunteers will be needed to collect discards starting several weekends before graduation weekend. Monday, May 12th is the biggest collection day and we will need as many volunteers as possible.
Contact: John Zeugner (

Volunteer Appreciation & Member Picnic

Date/Time: Wed, May 21, 2014
Location: Carrilon Shelter at Byrd Park
Description: Potluck picnic to celebrate all of the great work done by our volunteers. Details TBA.
Contact: John Zeugner (

Additional information on upcoming events available in the The Fall Line Newsletter

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 -
Mary Beth Mains -
Stefan Bogdanovic
Scott Burger
Eric Vrabel
Ralph White

FoJG Committee Chairs & Administrative Positions

Bike-Ped -
CAFO Chair -
Eric Vrabel
Chapter Delegate -
Conservation Chair -
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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