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, 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 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 thre former members – Judy Grigg, Betty Morris, and Judee Lane.
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.”