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February 2015 General Meeting & Program

Please join us on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus for "Efforts to Minimize the Use of Consumer Plastic Bags in VA" with State Senator Chap Peterson.

Chap Peterson State Senator Chap Peterson, from the 34th District (Fairfax and Loudoun counties) will speak on the efforts to get Virginia's General Assembly to address the many problems associated with plastic bags, and he will explain strategies they have considered to move consumers beyond throw-away plastic bags.

Glen Besa, the State Chapter coordinator, will also brief us on environmental and energy bills, good and bad, working their way through the legislative process.This is a double bill you won't want to miss.

Location and Day for Membership Meetings

Our meeting place and meeting day remain the same as the last year: Jepson Alumni Center on the University of Richmond Campus, on each SECOND Wednesday!

2012 Holiday Gala A few notes about this location:
  • Official Jepson Alumni Center written directions and link to map:
  • If you Google "U of R Jepson Alumni Center" you will be sent to a different building and be given incorrect addresses: 101 College Road and 28 Westhampton Way -- these are incorrect! The Jepson Alumni Center's correct street address is 49 Crenshaw Way, Richmond, VA 23221. On GoogleMaps it will show up as Alumni Relations, U of R, near College road. Use Keller Road to enter campus, then take right. Alumni Center will be to your right; there is plenty of well-lit parking to your left, directly across from the Jepson Alumni Center.
  • In Google Maps, the building is labeled "Alumni Relations".
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.

2015 RVA Environmental Film Festival

On Monday, February 2nd through Sunday, February 8th, the Sierra Club - Falls of the James Group, the Enrichmond Foundation, the Capital Region Land Conservancy and EarthCraft Virginia will partner to present the Fifth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival.

This year the festival has expanded to several locations: The Byrd Theatre in Carytown Henrico County Public Library – Tuckahoe Branch, Richmond Public Library - Main Branch, Science Museum of Virginia, University of Richmond - Jepson Hall, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, and the Visual Arts Center.

The multiple-day event will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. Scheduled films include A River Changes Course, With My Own Two Wheels, Forest Man and Musicwood.

This event is free and open to the public!

Additional information about the films, guests and speakers, and specific show time schedules is available on the RVA EFF website:

FOJG Grants

The Sierra Club Falls of the James Group periodically awards grants to worthy organizations. Grant applications will be evaluated twice a year: in the Spring (deadline June 1) and in the Fall (deadline December 1). For more information about this process please see our Grant Application Form and our Funding Guidelines.

Good luck!


The VA Chapter of the Sierra Club is forming a team to attend local events with petitions to gather as many signatures as we can in support of these Guidelines. To join us, sign up on Meetup at RSVP to the events that you can staff and we will supply you the necessary clipboard, pen and petition. It’s a great way to start conversations with people about carbon pollution and climate disruption.


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


Feb 2015 issue of the FOJG eNewsletter is now available

The February eNewsletter is packed full of updates, including:
  • FoJG Executive Committee Results
  • Video tribute to John Zeugner

Upcoming FOJG Activities

February 2015 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Feb 11, 2015, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topics: Plastic Bag Bill & General Assembly Update
Presenters: State Senator Chap Petersen & Glen Besa, the State Chapter coordinator
Contact: John Zeugner (

March 2015 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Mar 11, 2015, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topic: Frogs and their Importance
Presenter: Brian Munford
Contact: John Zeugner (

April 2015 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topic: Mosquitoes - Life Cycle, Habitat, Threats and Benefits
Presenter: Charles "Wes" Robertson
Contact: John Zeugner (

Big Yard Sale

Kick Off Date: Mon, May 11, 2015
Public Sale Date: Sat, May 16, 2015
Location: Millhiser Gym - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: John Zeugner (

Post-BYS Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Date/Time: Wed, May 20, 2015, TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: John Zeugner (

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!

Join the Sierra Club today

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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