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January 2018

New Members

Laura Pond, VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Megan Schowengerdt, Virginia Hemophilia Foundation

Ellen Stack, Randolph-Macon College

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Upcoming Events
Save the Date - VAFRE Social

Mark your calendar for the spring VAFRE Social on April 12th. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

Message from the President

Last week at Northstar Academy, we held our annual faculty vs. students basketball game. It is a highlight of the year and everyone, especially the students, gets super amped up. Our mini pep-rally began at 2:00 with pep squad, player introductions and, of course, our mascot, Navi the Navigator. The game began at 2:15 with a full house of cheering fans!.

Around 1:55, I glanced at my desk and all I could see were half finished projects, emails that needed a response and reports that needed to be written. I pushed myself away from my desk and headed to the gym. For about 45 minutes, I was fully in the moment, immersed in the heartbeat of our school, watching parents watch their children on our no cut squad where every student has playing time.

One of our youngest students, and certainly the very smallest, stole the ball and positioned himself near the foul line where he tossed up an underhanded throw and the result was "nothin' but net"! As you can imagine, the place erupted with whistles, cheers and high fives. I will never forget the shining face of that young man - pure joy and pride.The only thing that might have matched it was the look on his dad's face. It took me a minute to realize I had tears streaming down my face.

Then it was time to head back to my desk - with my to do list right where I left it.

Here are my thoughts to share in this new year: We will always have unfinished projects, email to return and reports to write. Certainly, these are important but let's remember that, every so often, we need to push ourselves away from our desks, immerse ourselves with those whom we serve and take the pulse on what it's really all about. It is invigorating, affirming and so very precious.


Lynne Berkness,
2017-2018 VAFRE President

Congratulations to VAFRE's 2018 Award Winners!

Lisa Tait of the Community Idea Stations has been selected as 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 Luncheonon 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.

Board Nominations Sought

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.  Nominations are due February 28th. 

  • Click here for a copy of the Nominating Form.
  • Click here for a general description of the Board qualifications, nomination process and manner of conducting business as defined in the Policy Manual.

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