Connected, Informed & Involved

March 8

Our next meeting will be at Willow Oaks Country Club Wednesday, March 8, at noon. Our three March speakers will address the pertinent question: Would Richmond be better off with a strong mayor or city manager form of governance?

John Conrad, a former Richmond vice mayor and city council member, will speak in favor of a strong city manager. Dr. Thad Williamson, assistant professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond, and Rachael Deane, the Education Law Center's director of legal state policy support, will speak to the strong mayor approach.

John Conrad is an attorney who has practiced law for over 45 years and represented local governments and their employees for over 23 years.

Thad Williamson is the co-author or co-editor of eight books, including the upcoming The Making of 21st Century Richmond: Politics, Policy, and Governance, 1988-2016.

Rachael Deane's career has been dedicated to legal and policy advocacy for racial equity and economic justice at the local, state, and national levels.

We encourage you to arrive early at 11:30 a.m. for socializing and lunch at noon, and the program runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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

Sept. 14

Oct. 19

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.