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

Meeting Date

NOTE: Due to December schedules at Willow Oaks, our meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12th rather than our usual Wednesday.

"A Very Consequential Election"

Speaker headshotBack by popular demand, Richmond Times-Dispatch political columnist Jeff Schapiro will add his witty and wise analysis to Virginia's significant election results.

Virginia is the new bellwether state for trends in national politics as well as for state and local issues. All eyes were on the Commonwealth on the night of November 8.

Jeff has covered campaigns and government in Virginia for nearly 45 years. Before joining the Times-Dispatch in 1987, he was a politics and policy reporter in the Richmond bureau of United Press International and for Virginia Business, a monthly magazine.

He came to Richmond in 1979 following work with newspapers in Louisiana and New Jersey. A graduate of Georgetown University, Jeff has the great distinction of being a contributor for 30 years to The Economist, the highly regarded British news magazine, covering Southern politics and culture.

Since 2001, he has done a weekly review of state government and politics for Virginia Public Radio. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Also, during our December meeting, we will announce the recipient of the 2023 Richmond First Good Government and Leadership Award. This award has been given 45 times in our 104-year history to outstanding forerunners in our community. The last was presented in 2019 before COVID.

Please arrive around 11:30 a.m. to check in, with lunch served at noon. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude around 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Willow Oaks Country Club, 6228 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond 23225.

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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