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August 19 Social at Midnight Brewery

Join the Virginia Pond on August 21 for it’s annual summer social, this year at Midnight Brewery in Rockville, VA. Family members and industry guests are invited to this event!

Midnight Brewery is located at 2410 Granite Ridge Road in the Rockville Commerce Industrial Center off Ashland Rd. – just minutes from Short Pump. The large indoor and outdoor spaces will allow for fellowship at a comfortable social distance.

The social officially starts at 5:30. The cost is $30/pp when paid in advance or $35/pp at the door. Included are 2 craft beverages of choice and an entree courtesy of Braise N Smoke food truck. A vegan option is available with advance notice (by 8/12).

Please reserve early and no later than August 17.


VA Pond 20th annual Charity Golf Recap

We would like to thank the dedicated golfers and sponsors who came out for the Pond’s annual charity golf tournament on Thursday, June 25th. It was a great day, in spite of late afternoon thunder storms that cut some teams’ games short by a hole or two.

Proceeds from this event will be distributed to local charities like those listed on the Pond’s charity page.   

Congratulations to our tournament winners:

  • Team: Rainbow International
    • Steve Roane
    • Kevin Ayscue
    • Tyson Clary
    • Aaron Fisher
  • Closest to the Pin: Larry Glidwell and Mile Blitz
  • Longest Drive: Keith Strohecker

We would also like to recognize the generous sponsors who supported this event:


H. F. Bulifant & Sons, Inc.
Belfor Property Restoration
Rimkus Consulting Group
U.S. Financial Group, LLC
Midkiff, Muncie & Ross, PC
Robson P.C.
ERS of Central VA & Tidewater
Piedmont Claims Services LLC
Rainbow International
Peerless Restoration Services
Art Recovery Technologies
Forcon International

Door Prizes
Doug Zahniser
Burton Claims
*All Hole Sponsors listed above

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Register Now for the Pond’s annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 11

The Virginia Pond will host its 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on  June 11th.  Proceeds will benefit local charities like those listed on the Pond’s charity page.  Here are the details:

      • DATE:    Thursday, June 11, 2018
      • TIME:     1pm Shotgun Start
    • PLACE:  Brookwoods Golf Course in Quinton, VA

Use the below form to register online, or click the following link for a printable version to register by mail. 2020 Tournament Entry Form

Registrations are due by Monday, June 8.  No late registrations will be accepted!

Contact one of the following individuals for more information:

  • Keith Srohecker, Tournament Chair (
  • Mary Kay Marchetti (

New dates for the 114th Grand Nest Convention

The 114th Grand Nest Convention in Hartford, originally scheduled for July 2020, is now scheduled to take place July 23, 2021 through July 28, 2021.

Event registrations remains in place, and the price paid remains honored for next summer’s event.  The Hartford Marriott is also honoring the 2020 published room rates for July 2021.  Please know that we have added more rooms for this event as we expect a great turnout!  Convention updates will be posted here:

We thank you all for your excitement to attend the Grand Nest Convention in Hartford, CT and we look forward to gathering again for fellowship and charity very soon! Stay safe until then!  

Fraternally yours,  

The Blue Goose Hartford Pond 202ONE Convention Committee!

Register for the Grooviest Grand Nest convention ever!

Registration is open for the 114th annual convention of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, from July 18-21 in Hartford, CT.  There’ll be Plenty in 2020 – plenty of:

  • Blue Goose Tradition
  • Connections
  • Adventures
  • Laughs
  • Work to be Done
  • Amazing Meals
  • Friendly Faces
  • Giving Back
  • … and EVERYTHING!

Details and registration links may be found here.   Sign up by 4/15 and save!



  • Grand Nest Officer’s Meeting
  • Grand Nest Spouse Activity & Luncheon
  • Optional Private Dinner for 20 @ V’s Trattoria
  • Grand Nest Officers’ Reception & Dinner


  • Golf Outing at Tunxis Country Club
  • Parents & Youth Meeting
  • Optional Brignole Winery Tour
  • Youth Welcome Party
  • First Timer Meeting
  • 1960’s Groovy Welcome Party


  • Opening Ceremony and Memorial Service
  • Model Initiation
  • Youth Tour @ USA Ninja Challenge & Nomad’s Adventure
  • Spouse/Guest Tour – Mark Twain’s Home & Capital Grille for lunch
  • All Industry Luncheon
  • Caribbean & Calypso Family Dinner Cruise
  • Hospitality


  • Grand Nest Meeting & 2021 Convention Presentation
  • Youth Tour @ Connecticut Science Center
  • Spouse/Guest Ballroom Dancing & Mimosa Flights
  • Convention Luncheon
  • Youth Dinner Banquet (14 and under)
  • Grand Nest Banquet


  • Grab & Go Muffin/Coffee & Departures
  • Grand Nest Officers Post Convention Meeting

VA Pond Annual NCAA Pool

2020 NCAA


Fund Raiser Supporting the Virginia Pond

Total Squares = 64

$10 per Square

Cash collected by the time the squares are drawn

Names and Regional Numbers picked at March 20th meeting

Payouts will be as follows:
Reach the Sweet 16                 $   5
Reach the Elite 8                      $ 10
Reach the Final Four               $ 15
Reach the Semi Finals             $ 20
Win National Championship    $ 50
                          Total Payout = $310
Payouts by Team Accumulates until Team Loses (Except National Championship)
Reach the Sweet 16      $     5
Reach the Elite 8      $   15
Reach the Final Four     $   30
Reach the Semi Finals     $   50
Win National Championship    $ 100
All participants will receive email of bracket and notification of winners.
Game Coordinator
Keith Strohecker 804-334-2045
US Financial Group, LLC
9327 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 1D
North Chesterfield, VA 23225-4965

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2019 Christmas Social on 12/18 – Reserve early!

Reservations are now being accepted for the Pond’s 2019 Christmas Social, which will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at the Virginia War Memorial.  Family members and guests are welcome!!!

The event cost is $45/pp when paid by the RSVP deadline and $50 thereafter, and includes food, beverages (wine, beer and soft drinks), access to all exhibits, plus great fellowship!  RSVP’s are requested by 12/13 in order to make sure we have enough food and beverages!

The venue will be closed to the public during the event.  An optional private group tour of the memorial and new renovations is being offered at 5:30 pm, just prior to the social.  For those who have not visited the memorial, it is a wonderful monument to the men and women who have defended our Country from WWII to the present. Its location offers a beautiful view of the James River and Richmond City skyline, which will be decorated for the holiday season.  

December Charity – As is our holiday tradition, attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the USO center at the Richmond Int’l Airport.  The USO provides hospitality to thousands of troops and their families during the holiday season.  Needs include individual size snacks and beverages, travel size toiletries, and cash/gift cards.

Prize raffle tickets will also be sold at this event with all proceeds going to the USO.  Raffle prize donations are welcome!

We hope you and your guest(s) will join us!

Another Shuckin’ Hit for CZC

We are very pleased to report another successful October social and charity fundraiser!

The weather unfortunately did not cooperate and forced us to move inside.  But the room was very spacious and comfortable, and provided a cozy atmosphere for the event.  The Richmond  Country Club did an excellent job with the food and service.  Our musician, Bethany Gates, is very talented and gracious.  All in all, it was a wonderful evening and a very successful fundraiser for Comfort Zone Camp (CZC).  Check out the album on our photos page.

We would like to thank everyone who came out for the evening and especially the event sponsors.  Thanks also to the event coordinator, Rick Bulifant, who did an awesome job with the arrangements.

We are already looking forward to next year!

Below is a list of the generous who stepped up to support this event.  Click the logo to visit a sponsor’s website.

October 16 Shuckin’ & Jivin’

The Virginia Pond’s 2019 Shuckin’ & Jivin’ event will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at the Richmond Country Club in Henrico, VA. Proceeds will benefit Comfort Zone Camp (CZC), a safe place for grieving kids.

Join us for an evening of fellowship, oysters and other items off the grill, and live music – all for a great cause!  Our entertainer this year is Bethany Gates, whom Style Weekly readers voted one of this year’s best musicians in Richmond!  Photos from last year’s event are online.

This event is open to family, friends and industry professionals.  The cost is $32 when paid by October 12 or $35 at the door, which includes food and entertainment. A full cash bar will be available.

We hope you will plan to join us, along with your guest(s).  Make your reservation now!

SponsorsRegister online now or via mail using this downloadable form.

Below is a list of sponsors who have stepped up to support this event.  Click the logo to visit a sponsor’s website.

August 21 Summer Social Fun

This year’s summer social at Isley Brewing was a great success! It was really nice to see so many new and returning faces.

The venue did a great job of hosting our group, giving us the entire venue. JW Thomas did an awesome job with the music. Many raved about the food provided by Gourmet Meltz. And everyone clearly enjoyed the fellowship. Check out the album on our photos page!

MANY THANKS to Jet Thomas to coordinating the event and to our generous sponsors who made it all possible: