JRA’s Annual Meeting
We hope you can join us!
James River Association’s Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, October 17 at 5 PM at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s West Creek location. We are excited to return to our friends at Hardywood this year for a complete take-over of their West Creek property!
We look forward to this special celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 50th Anniversary! We will be featuring stories from across the watershed to highlight our Stories by the James project and will have live musical performances by Høly River and Elizabeth Wise.
We will be sharing exciting updates on James River Association’s work and plans for the future, honor this year’s James Changer Award winners, and cheers to the successful completion of our three-year, $25 million dollar James Changer Campaign. As a special feature, we will be joined by our friends at The Good Road who will be sharing a sneak preview of their upcoming episode focusing on Richmond.
Hardywood’s best libations and delicious offerings from local food trucks will be available for purchase:
Our entire river community is invited to join us for our annual meeting! To encourage all of our James Changers to gather with us, there is no fee for entry. A requested donation of $50 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act is encouraged.
JRA is providing a few special options for the evening:
- A $2,500 donation will reserve a table for 8, on the main lawn in front of the stage where the evening’s program will be hosted.
- A $5,000 donation will reserve a gazebo for 10 to include oyster shucking and a taste test by our very own CEO, Bill Street.
- A $5,000 donation will reserve space for two guests under the Celebration Tent and those funds will go toward our new James A. Buzzard River Education Center.
Bill Street was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up camping at the mountain headwaters of the James River and spending summers on the Chesapeake Bay. As a child, Bill remembers following his father as he waded in lush underwater grass beds dipping for soft shell crabs. But by the time he came of age to dip for crabs himself, those vital grass beds were gone because pollution had wiped them out. Now with two sons of his own, his personal mission is to ensure that his sons are able to enjoy healthy Virginia waters that are closer to what his father experienced growing up than the degraded ones of his own childhood.
Bill has been with the James River Association since 2005, and finds it thrilling to see the progress made over that time, not only in the programs the James River Association is implementing but also in the river itself. “Every time I see a sturgeon breach, an eagle soar or see people swimming in the river right downtown, it fuels my fire to keep the James River comeback coming.”
Prior to serving as CEO of the James River Association, Bill worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as an environmental consulting firm, Malcolm Pirnie, in Newport News, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duke University Wetland Center, and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. He is a double Hoo and a Dukie too with degrees in Commerce and Urban and Environmental Planning from Virginia and Environmental Management from Duke.
Craig Martin is an experienced visual storyteller, film-maker and writer with more than 30 years of experience. As a video/film producer, director, writer and editor, Craig has
produced hundreds of projects. He produced the feature length docudrama The Insanity of God distributed internationally by Word Films and screened on more than 500 theaters through Fathom Events.
Currently, Craig is the co-host and producer of a Daytime Emmy nominated TV docu-series called The Good Road. This series explores the world of philanthropy and Season Three airs through American Public Television and World Channel in Fall of 2022. Craig has also produced a podcast called Philanthropology and written a book, Confessions of a Philanthropologist. And, he is publisher of Philanthropy Journal.