All events at Willow Oaks Country Club at 12 noon. Register online at bottom of center column.

Dec. 14
Jeff Schapiro, political columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, on why what happened on election day and what's ahead for Virginia voters in 2017

Jan. 18*
Former Del. Shannon Valentine, of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, addressing the state's strategy for rebuilding its infrastructure * Note: This meeting is on the third Wednesday of the month.

Feb. 8
Jon Lugbill, executive director of Sports Backers

Mar. 8
Dels. Chris Peace & Jennifer McClellan, Co-chairs, Richmond region legislative caucus

Apr. 12
Levar Stoney, mayor of Richmond

May 10
Reggie Gordon, Director, City Office of Community Wealth Building.

Jun. 14
John Vithoulkas, Henrico County manager

Welcome to the Richmond First Club. Join our members and guests for our series of speakers, the second Wednesdays of the month, at noon at Willow Oaks Country Club, see calendar at left. The club's purpose is to generate conversation among knowledgeable regional leaders and residents on current topics of civic and public affairs.

Luncheon Speaker Dec. 14 - Jeff Shapiro, political columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, on why what happened on election day and what's ahead for Virginia voters in 2017.

Luncheon Speaker Dec. 14 - Jeff Schapiro

Jeff Schapiro writes twice-weekly columns regularly in the Richmond Times-Dispatch to tell us what is really going on in Virginia politics.

He has been working at his craft covering state government and campaigns for nearly 35 years, during which Virginia has emerged as a decisive swing state prized by the national political parties.

Schapiro joined the Times-Dispatch in 1987 after reporting from the state capitol for United Press International and Virginia Business magazine. He has covered nine gubernatorial campaigns, 10 governors, every session of the General Assembly since 1981, 10 presidential primaries and conventions, and dozens of congressional and legislative elections.

Since 1991, he has been a correspondent for The Economist, the British newsmagazine, covering Southern politics and culture. Schapiro is also a political analyst for WCVE-FM, the Richmond public radio station, and has discussed Virginia politics on numerous national and regional television and radio programs.

The Virginia Press Association has recognized his coverage of the Bob and Maureen McDonnell corruption scandal, attempts to dismantle the state's monopoly on liquor sales, the political influence of the tobacco industry, and the historic renovation of Jefferson's state Capitol.

In 2015, he was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame at VCU.

Unlike most ink-stained wretches, he does all of it with a strong sense of fashion and a wicked sense of humor--which may be the best ways to deal with Virginia politics as a steady diet.

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Richmond First Club
Monthly Luncheon

Dec. 14 - Jeff Schapiro, political columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch

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