Meetings Archives

December 2, 2021 Meeting (Includes Audio)New

Posted December 6, 2021 at 9:26 AM

Our speaker was Bernadette Gilmore from the Chesterfield County Agency on Aging. She discussed available resources for disability services and mobility services along with the volunteer groups associated with these services.

June 3, 2021 Meeting (Includes Audio)

Posted June 4, 2021 at 12:01 PM
Our June 3, 2021 Zoom meeting was presented by our former president, Commander Fred Carter USN. He presented “Sailor’s Sea Stories” about his experiences over his illustrious career in the U.S Navy that includes his first tour of duty aboard the Zellars to his tour as commanding officer of the nuclear attack submarine USS Haddo.

March 5, 2020 Meeting (includes audio)

Posted March 8, 2020 at 10:32 AM
Katie Hood

Katie Hood is the Development Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter.

Prior to joining the Greater Richmond Chapter, Katie worked as the Vice President of Development for the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter for 7 years. Katie grew up in Southside Virginia and attended Old Dominion University.

Audio from the meeting.

December 5, 2019 Meeting (includes Audio)

Posted December 7, 2019 at 11:06 AM
Martha Gilliam

Martha Gilliam spoke on “Helping Seniors Remain Active at Home.”

Gilliam is the marketing director for Seniors Helping Seniors of the greater Richmond area. Seniors Helping Seniors is a nationally known company, providing in-home services to seniors who can benefit from a helping hand and a friendly smile.

Gilliam is a 40-year resident of Chesterfield County, with a background in marketing communications.

Originally from the Midwest, she held advertising and public relations positions in Chicago and Buffalo, as well as in Richmond. Additionally, she edited the first two editions of “By the Good People of Virginia,” the first textbook on Virginia government.

Audio from the meeting.

November 7, 2019 Meeting (includes Audio)

Posted November 8, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Ron McNeil

Our November speaker was Lt. Col. Retired Air Force Pilot Rick Rohas.

Rick was born and raised in a small town in southern Delaware on the Nanticoke River. When he was about five years old he remembers seeing a biplane above his house and knew he wanted to be a pilot someday.

Eventually while attending Virginia Tech and working for DuPont he was able to pay for flying lessons at a local grass strip. This led to being inducted into Air force active duty service in January 1973. After training with three different types of jets, Rick was assigned to fly the C-130 Hercules in and out of Clark Air Base in the Philippines from 1974 to 1978. His most exciting missions were hauling Vietnamese refugees from Saigon to Clark Air Force Base. rick also had many other missions in southeast Asia, including Korea’s DMZ to keep North Korea in check.

In 1988, after moving to Richmond, Rick transitioned to support duty as a liaison officer for the Air Force Academy and ROTC, a position he continues to hold today. Some of his high school students went on to other ROTC programs, some went into the Air Force and some became pilots themselves.

In 1990, Rick flew support transport for he Virginia Air National Guard until he retired in 1996. He continued flying as a commercial pilot until retirement in 2014.

Audio from the meeting.

October 3, 2019 Meeting

Posted October 6, 2019 at 11:13 AM
Ron McNeil

Ron McNeil was a Marine Corps officer for 20 years, serving as an artillery officer, an infantry officer, and lawyer for 14 years in the field of criminal law. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he became a federal drug prosecutor with the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. For the first ten years there, he focused on prosecuting leaders of domestic drug trafficking organizations. For the last ten years, he focused on prosecuting leaders of international drug trafficking organizations.

Audio from the meeting.

September 5, 2019 Meeting

Posted August 29, 2019 at 8:55 AM

Audio from the meeting.

April 4, 2019 Meeting (includes audio)

Posted April 7, 2019 at 2:13 AM

The guest speaker for our April 4, 201 meeting was Mr. Randy Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator for Central Virginia, Office of the Attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Randy DavisRandy Davis is a native of North Carolina, but has spent most of his life in Richmond. He worked for local radio and television stations for 28 years before becoming a state employee. He has been with the Attorney General's Office since 1999. Randy has served as the Attorney General's Director of Communications and later a his Director of Programs since 2009, when he transferred to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Today, he serves as the Unit's Community Outreach Coordinator for Central Virginia, where he spreads the word about the growing crimes of healthcare fraud and elder abuse. Randy and his wife, Jane, have been married 43 years, raised two children, and immensely enjoy playing with their six grandchildren.

December 6, 2018 Meeting (includes audio)

Posted November 4, 2018 at 9:01 PM

The guest speaker for our December 6, 2018 meeting was Mr. David A. Potter, Community Recreation Manager for Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. The topic of Mr. Potter's presentation wa An Overview of Chesterfield Parks and Recreation and the Exciting Programs Offered.

David PotterMr. David A. Potter grew up in the Appalachian Mountains along the Kentucky and Virginia border. Actively involved in sports and outdoor activities, he developed a love for parks and recreation. In high school he noticed some of his friends getting in trouble and heading down the wrong road. He began to realize that it was his involvement in extracurricular activities that helped him to build character and created the spark to pursue a career in parks and recreation.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Park and Recreation Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.

David and his wife Dena relocated to Chesterfield in 2005 when he began working for Chesterfield Parks and Recreation as the supervisor of Bensley Recreation Center. Today he is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and serves as Community Recreation Manager, where he oversees the department's recreation centers, historic sites, special events, older adult programs, therapeutic recreation, and community-based programs.

David is a dedicated public servant who is passionate about improving the lives of our citizens. Earlier this year David was featured on the cover of the Chester Village News in an article titled Engaged Individuals Who Made a Difference in our Community.

November 1, 2018 Meeting (Includes Audio)

Posted October 7, 2018 at 9:57 AM

Our guest speaker for the November 1,2018 meeting was be James Howard, Capt. U.S. Army, retired. James presented an update on the non-profit organization he founded, VAU, Veterans and Athletes United. He also highlighted the recently completed VAU Fallen Heroes Memorial, a travelling memorial that honors 6940+ heroes who have fallen in the War on Terror.

Capt. James HowardJames Howard, retired Army Captain, grew up in Lynchburg, Va and graduated from VMI in 2002. He had the privilege to earn his Ranger, Sapper and Airborne tabs while serving 2002-2010 in the 82nd airborne and Special Forces training. Serving overseas he was fortunate to dodge some close calls in combat with minor injuries and at the end of his career suffered a tragic diving accident while exercising that left him paralyzed as a quadriplegic. His injury has been a blessing by misfortune which led him to start 2 all volunteer non-profits, REACHcycles ( and VAU Veterans and Athletes United ( to support children and veterans with disabilities. He also works and volunteers for many other non-profit organizations that support the veteran and disabled community:

  • SOCOM Care Coalition mentor
  • Quality of Life Foundation Family Case Manager
  • Chris Reeve Foundation Military Veterans Program MVP Coordinator
  • Paralyzed Vets of America volunteer