Lorena Brennan Castro, Tricycle Urban Ag
Jamie Cooper, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Sara Dimick, OAR of Richmond
Bob Halbruner, University of Virginia
Ann Lovell, LifeSpire of Virginia
Heather Lyne, Embrace Richmond
Rev. Bollin Millner, Jr., Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Susan Robertson, Capital Trees
Sue Speese, Access Now
McKenna Underwood, Make-A-Wish Greater VirginiaMary-Michael Wachur, Virginia War Memorial Foundation
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Save the Date - Spring Social
Mark your calendar for the spring VAFRE Social on April 12th from 5:30 to 7 PM Tentative location: Richmond SPCA. Networking, Facility Tour, Play with the Animals! Watch for complete details soon.
Message from the President
At Northstar Academy, we have monthly themes and our students focus on these themes during daily advisory periods. February's theme is Relationships and our students, K-12, are all learning, sharing, discussing and role playing relationships. Our faculty advisors stress the importance of relationships and how best to make, nurture and maintain lasting, healthy, and fruitful relationships.
As fundraisers, we tend to focus on the donations, gifts, pledges - i.e., making that ever elusive "Goal" - whatever that might be. Of course, making that goal is certainly important (and helps us keep our day jobs, right?), but I strongly believe that the key focus of ours is truly relationships. Like "Field of Dreams", I firmly believe that if you build them, they will donate. So, once again, I take cues from my amazing and talented Northstar Academy students and ask that you join me and carve some time out of our busy days this month to really think about how best to make, nurture and maintain lasting, healthy, and fruitful relationships that will enable us to better our organizations.
See you on March 6th!
Board Nominations Due February 28th
The VAFRE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations to fill vacant positions for the Board of Directors for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Now is the time to take your membership to the next level and make a commitment to VAFRE or to nominate someone else for the Board.
Celebrate VAFRE's 2018 Award Winners!
Lisa Tait of the Community Idea Stations is the 2018 Nina Abady Award winner and Susan Norkus of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is the Rising Star Award winner.
Both honorees will be recognized at the Annual Awards Luncheon on April 17th at the Woman's Club at the Bolling-Haxall House. To read more about Lisa and Susan, or for details on sponsoring the luncheon or purchasing tickets, click here.
THANKS TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR
VAFRE Ambassadors Needed
Do you remember the first person you met when you came to a VAFRE meeting? I bet you do, and our new members will remember you if you volunteer to serve as an Ambassador.
The Ambassador program is an effort to engage new members in VAFRE by pairing them with a current member for the first three months of their membership to help them get acquainted with other members and become involved in the life of VAFRE.
Both the new members and the Ambassadors have been singing the praises of the program. If you are a VAFRE veteran who would like to help new members make the most of their VAFRE experience, contact Scott Lyons at 540-809-9373 or Will Glasco at 804-648-1889 ext. 303.