A civic organization dedicated to responsible citizenship and the improvement of government since 1919.

"Hollywood on the James: Film Industry Economic News for Virginia"

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Andy Edmunds, Director of the Virginia Film Office, will cover the latest news about films being produced in Virginia, bringing significant economic as well as entertainment benefits to the Commonwealth. During his 27 years with the Film Office, he has worked with such notable filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Ridley Scott, and Terrence Malick. After studying music at VCU, he produced a music video that was broadcast on MTC. This experience introduced him to the film production industry, later as a location scout and then to a successful career with the Film Office.

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the Richmond First Club Board of Directors awarded the 2023 Richmond First Good Government Award to James E Ukrop on behalf of its members and countless number of citizens of the greater Richmond Area.

Jim Ukrop is a true embodiment of the values of integrity, excellence, and service that we cherish and aspire to. He is a role model for inspired community service and a champion for good government and leadership.

Please join us in congratulating Jim Ukrop on receiving this well-deserved award.

The Richmond First founders shared a common vision of creating an organization that would inform the public and political leaders about a broad range of civic issues, policies and solutions. The spirit of enlightened activism that initially inspired the formation of the organization in 1919 lives on in our current review of and involvement in current issues in the Richmond metropolitan area. During its 104-year history, the organization has provided nonpartisan leadership on a number of issues critical to the quality of governance in the region. Through its work, Richmond First (RFC) promotes responsible citizenship and governance.


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:


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