The VAFRE e-news 

July, 2017



From the President   

I am thrilled and honored to serve as your VAFRE President for the 2017-18 year. This is such an exciting time for VAFRE. We have a new strategic plan - click here to see the plan. We held our annual VAFRE Board of Directors retreat a couple of weeks ago and focused on ways to implement this new plan. I was so impressed with the number of creative smart ideas that our group came up with in one short afternoon! We will be providing more information on all of this as we move into the year and we welcome your input! I encourage you to consider joining a VAFRE committee. A number of you noted your interest in the recent annual survey and our committee chairs are following up now. If you did not complete the survey but would like to help out on a committee, please contact Mary Kidd.

Let me take a moment and share a bit about my background. I have been a member of VAFRE since 2001 and have enjoyed getting to know so many of you over the years. I am Director of Development for Northstar Academy which is a k-12 school for students with disabilities. If you have never been to visit us, please stop by - I would be delighted to show you around our school!

Best wishes to you for a wonderful rest of your summer! I look forward to seeing you at our September meeting. Please let me know if you have any thoughts, suggestions, concerns or if you just want to say hello!



Lynne Berkness
2017-2018 VAFRE President                      

Welcome, New Members  

  • Barbara Barlow, Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center
  • Miriam Blackmon, University of Richmond 
  • Winnie Canup, St. James's Children's Center
  • Emily Lowry Millhiser, Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation
  • David Sams, The Community Tax Law Project
  • Devin Wilson, VCU Development & Alumni Relations

Log in to the Member Directory for new member contact information. 


Seeking Member Ambassadors

The Ambassadors program is an effort to engage new members in VAFRE. So far more than 22 VAFRE veterans have been paired with new members for a three-month period to help them get acquainted with other members and become involved in the life of VAFRE.

Both 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 membership, contact Scott Lyons at 540-809-9373 or Will Glasco at 804-648-1889 ext. 303.



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Mark Your Calendar! 

The Program Committee is busy working to put together the sessions for our upcoming meetings. 

Program dates for the remainder of 2017 are:

  • August 1 (Brown Bag Luncheon, limited space available)
  • September 12
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5  

Details will be posted on the Events page of the website as they become available.


Get Your Season Pass Now 

This is a great time to purchase your Season Pass for 2017-2018. A Season Pass covers the cost of all meetings, September - June, for a VAFRE Member at the reduced cost of $220. That's like getting to attend the Awards Luncheon for free!

In addition, Season Pass holders can bring a guest to one regular meeting during the year at no additional charge.

To get your season pass, log in and visit the Events page of the website. Questions? E-mail admin@vafre.org



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P3 Sponsor

We are pleased to recognize Allegra Print & Imaging, E.L. Freeman, LLC, Great American Insurance Group/RCMD, the Institute on Philanthropy, and Warren Whitney as our Annual Sponsors, and West Avenue Associates as our P3 Sponsor.

Their support will help VAFRE continue to provide meaningful educational opportunities, as well as scholarship support for our members and guests. 

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