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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:

August 21 Social at Isley Brewing

Join the Virginia Pond on August 21 for it’s annual summer social, this year at Isley Brewing Company in Scott’s Addition, Richmond. Family members and industry guests are invited to this event!

Isley Brewing Company, located at 1715 Summit Ave., was the first craft brewery to open in Scott’s Addition and was listed in 2017 as one of the world’s best travel-worthy breweries in the world by USA Today.

The social officially starts at 5:30. The cost is $27/pp when paid in advance or $30/pp at the door. Included are 2 craft beverages/samplers of choice, food, live music, and (as always) great fellowship! Please reserve early and no later than August 19.


Meet your 2019/20 Grand Nest Officers

The following Grand Nest officers were elected and installed at the 113th annual Blue Goose convention held in Indianapolis, IN (L-R):  Most Loyal Grand Gander Dan Rick of the Hartford Pond; Grand Supervisor of the Flock Linda Meik of the Texas Pond; Grand Custodian of the Goslings Wendy Knizek of the British Columbia (BC) Pond; and Grand Guardian of the Nest Steve Carson II from the Michigan Pond Pond.  We look forward to great things in the coming year!

Many thanks to PMLGG Kim Bilbrey of the Dayton Pond for her service this past year and for a wonderful convention!

A Note of Appreciation for our Golfers and Sponsors!

It was a beautiful day for the Pond’s 18th annual charity golf tournament on June 6th.  Check out the photos here.

Congratulations to this year’s tournament winners:

  • First Place Team – Bob Minor, Bobby Miner, Bryan Lynch, JW Thomas
  • Closest to the Pin – Joe Cole and Buddy Ballard
  • Longest Drive – Mark Jakobowski

A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all the golfers and the following sponsors who made the event both possible and successful:

  • Sedgwick (Food and Beverage)
  • Robson PC
  • US Financial Group, LLC
  • HF Bulifant & Sons, Inc.
  • ERS of Central VA & Tidewater
  • Belfor, Inc
  • Piedmont Claims Services LLC
  • Midkiff, Muncie & Ross, PC
  • Beacon Forensic, P.C.
  • ART Recovery Technologies
  • Rimkus Consulting Group
  • Wilton Construction
  • CRDN of Virginia

Mark your calendars!  The Brookwoods course is already reserved for the first Thursday in June of next year (6/4/2020).

Register Now for the Pond’s annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 6

The Virginia Pond will host its 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 6th.  Proceeds will benefit local charities like those listed on the Pond’s charity page.  Here are the details:

      • DATE:    Thursday, June 7, 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. 2019 Tournament Entry Form

Registrations are due by Monday, June 3.  No late registrations will be accepted!

Contact one of the following individuals for more information:

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

VA Pond Annual NCAA Tournament

2019 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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Rev Up for the 113th Grand Nest Convention in Indy!

Registration is open for the 113th annual convention of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, from July 16-19 at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.  Lots of great activities are included in the registration fee (see agenda below).  Details and registration links may be found here.   Sign up early and save!



  • Grand Nest Officer’s Meeting
  • Grand Nest Spouse Activity & Luncheon
  • Optional Golf Outing
  • Pre-Con Water Park Activity
  • St. Louis Pond Sponsored Hospitality
  • Chef JJ’s Interactive Iron Chef Dinner Activity
  • Grand Nest Officer’s Reception & Dinner


  • Optional Indy Motor Speedway Tour
  • Volunteer Giveback Interactive Experience
  • Parents & Youth Meeting
  • Youth Welcome Party
  • First Timer Meeting
  • Race to Indy Welcome Party


  • Opening Ceremony and Memorial Service
  • Model Initiation
  • Youth Tour of Children’s Museum
  • Spouse/Guest Local Brew Bus Tour
  • All Industry Luncheon
  • Punch Bowl Dinner
  • Cincinnati Pond Sponsored Hospitality


  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Grand Nest Meeting & 2020 Convention Presentation
  • Youth Tour of the Zoo & Splash Pad Activity
  • Spouse/Guest Axe Throwing Experience
  • Convention Luncheon
  • Youth Dinner Banquet (14 and under)
  • Grand Nest Banquet