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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.

Common Sense for the Commonwealth: Rally for Clean Energy - Wednesday, November 19

On November 19, hundreds of Virginians from across the state will converge on Richmond to sound the alarm for climate action in the Commonwealth. The big polluters and their allies in the General Assembly have called a hearing to question the costs and need for the Clean Power Plan, and we will not stand by while they ignore the benefits of clean energy, and put the profits of dirty fossil fuel companies over the health and future of our families.

Climate Protest Together, we will reject the false choice between a healthy environment and strong economy, hold a moment of silence for those already being affected by climate disruption, and then sound the alarm to demand action from our state leaders. Climate change is already starting to impact our families and communities, posing grave risks to coastal communities and agriculture, and the promise of clean air and water for future generations. It’s time for our leaders to get serious about clean energy solutions, and take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the U.S. Clean Power Plan.

Help us pack the room at the Virginia General Assembly Legislative Hearing on the Clean Power Plan, and then rally for clean energy in front of the State Capitol!

Please click here for additional details and to register.

VA Pipeline Presentation - Thursday, November 20

Pipeline Image In September, Gov. McAuliffe announced his support of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through parts of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, calling it "a game changer" for the Commonwealth. Environmental and citizen-led organizations throughout the states agree that the addition of the pipeline would indeed be a game changer for the Commonwealth, but for different reasons. Come join the Falls of the James Group and the VA Chapter of the Sierra Club as Kirk Bowers, Conservation Chair of the Piedmont Group, discusses details about the pipeline at 6PM the in the Fairfield Library meeting room in Henrico located at 1001 N Laburnum Ave. Please contact Abby Kemp,, (540) 950-1826.

Virginia Climate Fever

Meet the Author Event: Virginia Climate Fever - Thursday, December 4

A new book, Virginia Climate Fever, documents the impacts of climate change across Virginia. Come and hear the author, Stephen Nash, talk about his book--which explains how climate change is affecting and will affect Virginia, not just in low-lying coastal areas but all across the commonwealth. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and then a book signing. Depending on availability books will be available for purchase ($20, including sales tax, which is 25% below retail price). Come join the Falls of the James Group and the ' VA Chapter of the Sierra Club at 6PM at the North Park Library meeting room in Henrico located at 8508 Franconia Rd. Please contact Kendyl Crawford,


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.


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


Nov 2014 issue of the FOJG eNewsletter is now available

The November 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

Common Sense for the Commonwealth: Rally for Clean Energy

Date/Time: Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 9:00 AM
Location: Virginia General Assembly Building, House Room D
Cost: FREE and Open to the Public
RSVP: click here

VA Pipeline Presentation

Date/Time: Thur, Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 PM
Location: Fairfield Library meeting room, 1001 N Laburnum Ave, Henrico, VA
Cost: FREE and Open to the Public
Contact: Abby Kemp,, (540) 950-1826

Virginia Climate Fever Book Talk!

Date/Time: Thur, Dec 4, 2014, 6:00 PM
Location: North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd, Richmond, VA
Cost: FREE and Open to the Public
Contact: Kendyl Crawford,, (757) 268-8810.

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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