Connected, Informed & Involved

June 8

Our next meeting will be at Willow Oaks Country Club Wednesday, June 8, at noon. For our last luncheon of the season, we will hear from Michael Paul Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A man who has seen the city of Richmond and his newspaper undergo radical changes since he joined the T-D in 1982. In 2021, Williams won the Pulitzer for Commentary for his writing in the days and weeks when the Black Lives Matter movement morphed into a drive to rid Richmond of its Confederate memorials.

We also will honor a beloved longtime member, Dr. Rayford Harris Sr., at the June meeting. Several of his family members will attend.

We will also vote on the next Richmond First Board for the 2022-2023 year.

Also, we are planning a Richmond First social on Sept. 22. Please mark that on your calendars.

Here is the schedule for the 2022-2023 luncheon meetings:

Sept. 14

Oct. 19 (couldn't get the second Wednesday)

Nov. 9

Dec. 14

Jan. 18

Feb. 8

March 8

April 12

May 10

June 14

Founded in 1919, when Richmond was in need of leadership during its rapid expansion, the Richmond First Club (RFC) began a long tradition of informing members and the public about important community concerns.

RFC provides an opportunity to connect with political, community and business leaders on a broad spectrum of current issues in the Richmond regional area.


Monthly luncheon meetings are held at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at Willow Oaks Country Club. Excellent speakers have long been the centerpiece of RFC's work. Known as a knowledgeable, informed group, our membership attracts respected, well-known leaders.

Speakers include educators, candidates for office, government officials, political analysts, and specialists in transportation, tourism, regional cooperation, health care, housing, and other matters of public interest.


Membership is open to all who want to stay well informed about community and governmental issues.

If you're looking for an opportunity to learn and to contribute to our region, RFC is the right choice.


No, RFC strives to be nonpartisan in the selection of speakers and topics for meetings. Balance has always been a hallmark of the club and its leadership.


RFC joins with like-mined organizations to advocate for good government and community development:

  • • Redistricting-Ending Partisan Gerrymandering of Political Districts

  • • Transparency in Government
       www.opengovva.org and transparencyvirginia.wordpress.com


Please check our Membership page for additional information.