The Richmond, Virginia Chapter 141 was created on May 27, 1967 at The Jefferson Hotel with 40 charter members. This chapter was established largely due to the efforts of Margaret Watkins, now deceased, of the Richmond Builders’ Exchange. Eva Poling was the installing National Officer, and her chapter, Greater Washington, DC Chapter #67, in Region One, was our sponsoring Chapter. Chapter 141 was incorporated in 1969 as a nonprofit corporation. The Richmond Chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary on April 28, 2017 at The Jefferson – back where it all began.
The Richmond, Virginia Chapter is a part of the South Atlantic Region (formerly known as Region 11). The South Atlantic Region encompasses Western and Central Virginia (Roanoke Valley, Richmond, and Greater Tidewater), North Carolina (Durham, Raleigh, Piedmont, Charlotte, Asheville, Fayetteville, Greater Greenville), and South Carolina (Greenville, Columbia, and Palmetto Chapter). The Richmond Chapter is one of the largest chapters in our Region. The Richmond Chapter currently meets at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
The Richmond Chapter has chartered 3 other chapters in Virginia. Under the leadership of one of our past Charter Members, Augusta Nash, the Roanoke Valley and Tri-City Petersburg Chapters were established. Susan States was instrumental in chartering the Manassas-Bull Run, Virginia Chapter on January 27, 1990. Susan worked with women in the Fredericksburg and Charlottesville areas that were trying to establish new NAWIC Chapters in 2004-2005. Former member, Cynthia McGee, continued the process in Charlottesville for the 2005-2006 NAWIC year. These other chapters have since relinquished their charter with the exception of the Roanoke Valley Chapter which is still active today.
The accomplishments of our members are constantly increasing. Many of our members have served on committees at the Regional and National levels. At the 2013 Annual Meeting & Education Conference (AMEC) held in Seattle, our own Amanda Jenkins won the National Award for Rookie of the Year for her outstanding volunteerism to enhance our Chapter, she is also on the National “Young Professionals Advisory Committee (YPAC).
The Richmond Chapter participates in WIC Week each year, which is a learning experience for all our members. During this week, which is the first week in March, our Chapter plans construction-related programs, community service activities, membership drives, and socials. Construction-related programs, education and service are the key objectives for the association’s projects.
We have given out many scholarships throughout the years. The funds for these scholarships are obtained from earnings at our Annual Golf Tournament, which is held each year on the first Thursday in May. Over the years, the Scholarship Committee has grown to the current scholarship program increasing the quantity and amount given. Special scholarships are awarded each year in memory of two former members – Judy Grigg, and Betty Morris. A new memorial scholarship was formed in 2017 after the passing of Judee Lane on February 8.
Our annual golf tournament tradition began in 1979, and thus far, we have successfully continued the tradition every year since. The very first tournament was staged by Betty Morris and Wanda Davis. In recent years, our golf tournaments have continued to be successful by many chairpersons – and have surpassed the fundraising goals each time. This committee is referred to as “Ways & Means.”