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Support James River Park

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  • This is not a Meetup with a time, place and event to attend.  It is an invitation and a request for you to help the James River Park.

    Some Meet-up groups charge a fee for participating in events. I have never done that and don't intend to.  I would however like each of you members to consider making a contribution to the James River Park System.

    Your contribution could be in the form of a James River Park System license plate.

    Here's mine:

    DMV informs that, "As a revenue-sharing plate, after the sale of the first 1,000 qlalifying plates, $15 of the $25 fee is transferred to Friends of the James River Park and used to support its programs. The first 1,000 have been achieved, and therefore your registration will in effect be a $15 donation which will be repeated annually upon renewal.

    You'll find details on ordering the plates here:

    Another is to become a member of "Friends of James River Park".  Annual dues are $15.  Here are those details.

    One of the benefits is you'll get to attend the "Friends of James River Park" annual summer party in the dance hall of the 1882 Pump House.  I will schedule the party as a meet-up when the date, probably in June 2014, is announced.

    Better yet, why not do both?

    If you have already done one or both of these things, please let others know by your YES RSVP to this meet-up.

    If you do both, please indicate that by including yourself plus a "guest" in your RSVP (as I have).

    How about join Ralph White, former manager of the James River Park System and me in becoming a Friend of James River Park and get yourself the coolest license plate in the state?

    Ralph White and Dennis Bussey, May 19, 2013

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  • David L.

    I had the pleasure of touring this lesser-known Richmond treasure years ago. It's amazing that just above all that pumping equipment on the ground level was/is a beautiful ballroom with a long balcony overlooking the river. Pretty cool that we'll have the opportunity to dance and party in the same ballroom as our fellow Richmonder's from the 1800's, too.

    April 30

  • Marcel

    Perfect timing. Need to get plates in the next two weeks.

    April 28

  • bronwen

    Dennis, I"ve had my sticker on my truck for a while now, but I'd like to send you one last check of the year for The James River Hikers, but I've misplaced that PO Box you use. Can you please publish it again? Thanx much.

    January 10

    • Dennis B.

      Thanks. The address is James River Hikers c/o Dennis Bussey, 413 Stuart Circle, PL-F, Richmond, VA 23220

      January 10

  • wolf c.

    If I owned a vehicle, I would and will be sorry to miss out on the party, but I do feel pretty good about helping my lovely river by not owning a car. Make one for bikes!

    October 12, 2014

  • Debbie L.

    Birthday next month; just ordered my new plate!

    July 30, 2014

  • Cindy H

    Ordered my new plate today.

    July 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dennis at your suggestion I did both today! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

    1 · July 1, 2014

  • Pamela T.

    Hi Dennis, I joined about 6 weeks ago and also I got my license plate GOHIK is me!

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Deborah

    Hi Dennis, I did join - should I bring my sticker as proof or will there be a list?

    May 31, 2014

    • Jeff

      Dennis with her mischievous smile she should bring proof.. :-)

      June 5, 2014

    • Deborah

      Now Jeffrey, don't be startin' nuthin' Sir!

      June 5, 2014

  • Pamela T.

    Just purchased plates and already a friend!!!!

    June 5, 2014

  • Yvette

    Dennis I became a member of FOJR the day you posted this sorry for not putting on.

    June 3, 2014

  • Ivelina

    I joined as a member of FJRP and changed my RSVP by adding a friend.

    June 3, 2014

  • Pam Kelley B.

    I joined but didn't get the license plate. I added a plus one before I read that you have to do both to add an extra person. I'll try to fix my RSVP.

    June 3, 2014

  • Mary O

    Dennis - I joined some time ago; thought I had messaged you but I don't see it. I've got my sticker!

    June 3, 2014

  • Mary K.

    uploaded a photo of mine!

    October 27, 2013

    • Mary K.

      Am also a paid member of FOJRP

      June 3, 2014

  • Andrew

    I joined and I out my sticker on my bike! Bringing my daughter. She and I had a spontaneous tour of the pump house one Saturday last summer. She enjoyed the stories of the parties held there in the 1890s.

    June 2, 2014

  • Drew G.

    I joined a few months ago but they did not give me a membership card

    June 2, 2014

  • Anita S.

    I joined FOJRP several months ago so we could attend this event.

    June 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I joined FORJP and received my sticker and letter of membership dated March 30, 2014. I have my sticker on the back window of my car. I am officially a proud "friend" of James River Park.

    June 1, 2014

  • Nancy C.

    I also joined earlier this year and have my sticker. I am happy to be a "friend".

    June 1, 2014

  • Kayla

    I joined FOJRP earlier this year; also have the sticker on my car.

    June 1, 2014

  • Jeff R.

    I joined about this time last year, so I'll put my renewal in the mail on Monday.

    May 31, 2014

    • Dennis B.

      Jeff, in that case I need you to RSVP Yes to this "meetup" which is our way or recording and documenting FOJRP members.

      May 31, 2014

  • Dennis B.

    Thank you for your support of the James River Park System.

    You are invited to attend the annual Friends of James River Park (FOJRP) party at the 1882 Pump House next Saturday evening June 7, 2014.

    Check this out:

    I bring this to your attention as I notice that while 33 of you have already RSVP'd yes to the party, but 32 of you haven't.

    Hope you'll all join us for this unique and fun event.


    May 31, 2014

  • Daniel A.

    I joined recently and have a membership confirmation letter from FoJRP. The sticker is on my car.

    May 31, 2014

  • Sue

    Sticker on car!

    May 31, 2014

  • Diana B.

    I joined .. sticker on my car:)

    May 31, 2014

  • Cheryl B.

    Joined March 18, 2014

    May 31, 2014

  • Deborah C.

    Joined last month. Have the sticker for my car!

    May 6, 2014

  • carol

    Just joined-- Blue Heron

    May 4, 2014

  • Pamela T.

    Just joined I'm a Friend of the James

    May 1, 2014

  • Andrew

    Thanks, Dennis, for the reminder and making it easy to support the James River Park!!!

    March 31, 2014

  • Dennis B.

    First I express my gratitude to you supporting the James River Park system by either becoming a Friend of the James River by paying your $15 dues or getting yourself a James River Park vehicle license plate.

    It is important that we record our support for these institutions as it will give James River Hikers - Hiking With History a level of status and respect that we have earned and will pay all sorts of dividends as we increasingly engage ourselves in community activities, discussions and decisions.

    March 28, 2014

  • Dennis B.

    Secondly I remind you that you are eligible to attend the June 7 party at the pump house. It is an annual unique opportunity to explore this magical piece of Richmond's history and have a fun evening as well.

    If you haven't already signed up, how about do it now?



    March 28, 2014

  • martha

    Joined FOJRP. Will get the license plate when my Support the Chesapeake is up for renewable.

    March 28, 2014

  • Dave A.

    I'm a friend of the James River Park! The river and the park are gifts; we are lucky to have them to enjoy!

    March 11, 2014

  • missy

    joined the Friends of James River park system awhile ago

    February 18, 2014

  • Linda P

    Just ordered my new plates!

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Terri

    I'm a friend now :). Thanks Dennis for making it so easy!

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have had this license plate since August of last year, before I joined this group! I'm already ahead of the game...

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    for the hike on the 31st, about how long are you planning the hike to be.. and where, of course if over a mile at this point without a lot of rest sops I will not be attending. yet.. key word yet. :-)

    January 7, 2014

    • Mary P

      Rose, I'll send you an e-mail about this.

      1 · January 10, 2014

  • Glenda D.

    Question I got the Paypal receipt but it never asked me to put in any information did it just take my info from Paypal?

    January 5, 2014

    • Aliyah

      If you paid with PayPal then yes, it took the info you have saved there instead of asking you to fill everything out again

      January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    going to join the membership one now, and when tags are up for renewal will get these tags..

    January 7, 2014

  • Glenda D.

    Friends of James River Park


    I am now a friend ;0)

    January 5, 2014

  • Terri

    I'm a friend now :). Thanks Dennis for making it so easy!

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Traudel M.

    Ordered a JRPS license plate last week!

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    mine says JRHIKE

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Your RSVP YES to this meet up will reflect that you have either ordered a James River Park System license plate or you have paid your $15 dues to become a member of "Friends of James River Park." See details here:

    Your RSVP YES plus a "guest" will reflect you have done both.

    December 1, 2013

  • Dianne L.

    Got one. Says RVRROX. :-)

    May 19, 2013

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  • Dennis B. +1
    Founder, Organizer,
    Event Host

    The raw power, beauty and history of the James River fascinate me, and I enjoy sharing it with... more

  • julie s. +1

    I am a retired IB Biology teacher and enjoy the outdoors and meeting new people. ... more

  • Marcel +1
    Duke 1 Knight I Marcel, CCM

    Brought to you by the letter "U"... Unconventional­, unorthodox, unofficial, unsanctioned..­.

  • Jeanne

    Looking for more outdoor activities in Richmond. Would like to get involved in river conservation.

  • Linda B
    Knightess Linda - Hiked three times at dawn

    I love local hiking and meeting fellow hikers.

  • Lynn D.

    Hello, I'm a native of Richmond who is looking to make new friends who enjoy the outdoors like I do.

  • Jon

    Love the Great Outdoors and gettin' movin'!

  • Kathleen

    I'm Kat, I just moved to the area from NJ and looking to meet to people and explore the area. I... more

  • JC
    Knight JC, Hiked @ Dawn
  • Lee C
    Knight Lee, Hiked at Dawn

    Exercise regularly in gym - but hiking and exploring Richmond on foot sounds like fun.

  • Christine

    Love trekking did so every week in Germany.

  • Cheryl B.
    Certified Cookie Master Crystal Star I Cheryl
  • Jeff R.
    Knight I Star I Jeff

    I've lived in the Richmond area most of my life, growing up in western Henrico, and currently... more

  • Cynthia S

    Hi! My name is Cynthia and I am a native of Richmond. I am interested in making new friends that... more

  • Ed C.

    Outdoor loving single business owner and yoga instructor

  • Don +1
    Knight Don - Hiked @ Dawn & I am not a wrestler - Don

    I like to get outside and do stuff.

  • Rob L.
    Knight Rob - Hiked at Dawn

    I'm retired and love hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Linda P +1
    "If you think you're on time, you're probably late" - Linda

    I'm Linda, exercising and enjoying the scenary is perfect for me.

  • Tracy M.
    Duchess Knightess Tracy

    I love doing new things and would like to meet some new people around Richmond.

  • Alice-Leig­h

    Looking to get back into hiking and would love to get acquainted with areas around the James River!

  • Darsey

    I am new to the Richmond area. I am eager to meet like-minded people and get some exercise. I... more

  • kelly

    I like hiking, biking and kayaking

  • Pamela T. +1
    PAMdoras Box has opened. Here I come! Hero Knightess III - Pam

    Hi, I love to be outside . It does not matter If I'm working in the yard or taking... more

  • Robbin

    Hi, my name is Robbin. I enjoy being active and outside. I am just... more

  • Bill F.

    Interests include history and nature. New to the area and looking forward to exploring new... more

  • Cindy H

    Hi, I am a single retired professional originally from Southwest Virginia but have lived in... more

  • winnie
    Exhilarating & can't wait for the next one! - Knightess Winnie

    I've been "hiking" Richmond for years!

  • Jean S.
    Hiked at Dawn # 11 Jean

    Hello! Just a college student in look of a fun group to hike with!

  • DOUG
    Knight Doug - Hiked at Dawn Three Times


  • Nancy V.

    Hi, I'm relatively new to Richmond and would love to learn more about the local area.... more

  • Susan
    Call me Mary, Mary - Susan

    Hi, I'm Susan. I am an artist/art teacher who enjoys getting out and enjoying all... more

  • Yvette +1
    1 of the 3 of JRHikers's Finest Ladies - Hikette Yvette

    I'm retired who enjoys, walking, ballroom dancing and hiking and many other source of exercise.

  • Pam Kelley B.

    Grew up in Dumfries, Virginia. Never heard of it? I'm shocked!! My three grown... more

  • jim +1
    King of Popcorn Jim

    Been in Richmond since 5th grade. Graduated from Virginia Tech. Am entrepreneur..­. more

  • Deborah C.

    My name is Deborah and I enjoy the outdoors. I'm semi-retired and looking to use... more

  • Kayla
    I wasn't born in Virginia, but I love this state - Kayla

    Love the outdoors, especially hiking and being on the water. Glad I found this group!

  • Karen R. +1

    Love hiking in my home town!

  • Daniel A.

    Hello my name is Daniel and I love being outside.

  • carol +1
    Knightess Carol -Hiked @ Dawn #2

    Have enjoyed the few hikes I've done with the group a while ago, spring is here so ready to get... more

  • susan
    2nd Original James River Hiker - Susan

    Hi, I love to walk...and talk...and meet new people

  • Debbie Armstrong M.

    I Lost a good amount of weight, so I need to tone up...I enjoy the outdoors seeing all the... more

  • Mary O

    Hi! I enjoy hiking (with or without my dogs) and seeing new parts of Richmond (or... more

  • martha +1
    Star I Martha

    Can't wait to join all of you on walk/tour.

  • Tom B.

    I'm a transplant to Richmond and an avid runner.

  • Melissa P. +1
    Knightess Melissa - Hiked at Dawn Twice

    I enjoy spending time with my dog at the river, especially at Pony Pasture.

  • Anita S. +1

    I am retired and live with my husband in Henrico County. I worked as... more

  • Andrew

    Love the James River Park system and RVa! Leads regular walks along the downtown... more

  • Sue

    Like to get out and see Richmond area up close and personal!

  • Nancy H. +1
    Mud and Blood Hiker Nancy

    Hello! I'm an empty-nester not originally from Richmond. I enjoy... more

  • Theresa +1

    Hi, just moved here and I'm looking forward to everything outdoors in the area.

  • Glenda D.

    I am a young 60yo that takes short hikes and trips by myself and am wanting to change that.... more

  • Jim D.

    Just moved to the city from Nottoway County and love all the things to do here. I really enjoy... more

  • Emily

    Hi, I'm Emily

  • Dave A.
    Duke Knight David I, VI

    I've lived in the Richmond area all my life. I'm looking forward to... more

  • Diana B.
    Cosmic Bowling Queen - Knightess Diana

    My New Year's Resolution is to hike as much as I am able. JRH is making that possible.

  • Lorraine G.
    Knightess Lorraine - Hiked at Dawn

    The nest is empty; time for me.

  • missy

    love the outdoors. have lived in Richmond all my life but there is a lot I have not experienced

  • Mary P
    Hikes after morning coffee not before. She's a duzy Star II Mary

    Seven days without chocolate makes one weak!

  • Zafira
    Fence hopping, rock crossing - Zafira

    I've been in Richmond for quite some time and enjoy anything along the James.

  • Nick
    Knight Nick IV

    Hi, I'm Nick. An outdoorsy kind of guy.

  • Aliyah +1
    "MG" - Dame, Hiked at Dawn 4 Times - Alye

    Hello... I am Alye, Knighted 'MG' by the honourary 'Hike at Dawn' counsel. Out... more

  • Nancy C.

    I am an adventerous empty nester and would love to discover more of the cool things right here... more

  • Anna

    i like to hike and i would like to get out of the house more, even if it may be very cold out!

  • Sally
    Hiked @ Dawn #1 Sally

    I was born into a military family and traveled about until I landed in Richmond. ... more

  • Nina W.

    Hi, I'm Nina. I read about this group... Seems like a good way to learn more about out city, get... more

  • Jennifer

    I enjoy getting outside and exploring different areas.

  • Debbie L. +1
    Hiked @ Dawn - Knightess Debbie

    I enjoy meeting people and scenic hikes.

  • Deborah
    Injured Ballroom Dancing, 2.5 Knightess, Dragon Slayer - Deb

    I'm looking forward to taking up a new hobby; adding variety to my exercise routine; and meeting... more

  • jared
    Duke Knight I, II Jared

    Hello, I'm Jared. To balance working on the computer all day, I enjoy hiking the trails along... more

  • Traudel M.
    Hikes with dogs - Traudel

    I moved to Richmond from No.Va. about 7 years ago. Am now retired and enjoy the diverse... more

  • Jeff
    Hiked @ Dawn x 4 & Built Chapel Island Trails Jeff

    Hi, I'm Jeff

  • Cindy

    Hello, I moved to the area from Pa last Fall. I loved hiking and other outdoor activities in the... more

  • Arax M. +1

    Woman in her middle years

  • Ann W +1
    Hiked at Dawn #9 - Ann

    Hi, I'm Ann and I enjoy walking/hiking­, especially in cooler weather. Looking... more

  • Adriana B.
    Adriana Brown, CCM

    Knightess Adriana - Hiked @ Dawn (Journey #20) :-) Walking is the answer to many... more

  • Mary K.

    I'm Mary and love the outdoors and RVA!

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  • Cindy H.

    Hi, I'm Cindy. I would love to meet some new people to hike with.

  • Rick
    Old Saint Rick

    I'm Rick. I enjoy being out on hikes whether they are urban, in a National/State­ park or just on... more

  • Linda

    Hello, I have been an outdoors person for going on sixty years! Outdoor activities is how I stay... more

  • June T.

    New to RVA and want to explore the great outdoors!

  • Ailene

    I love the outdoors. Trying to live the good healthy life. I hike in other groups north, kayak... more

  • Rose
    Chicken Dance team leader Rose

    I love hiking the outdoors

  • Drew G.
    Knight Drew, Hiked at Dawn

    I am from a land far far away... the Republic of Texas, the Lone Star State, land... more

  • Kim L.

    Just moved into the city after 13 years in Midlothian. Looking forward to embracing all that... more

  • Leslie R

    Hi, I am Leslie. Recently moved back to the Richmond area. Love... more

  • Michael F.

    Long time Richmond resident who enjoys exploring the outdoors.

  • Joe M.

    Hi! I enjoy outdoor activities. I am a long time Sea Kayaker. I also enjoy biking, travel,... more

  • Ivelina

    I work in VCU in the area of innovation and entrepreneursh­ip. Originally from Easter Europe.... more

  • Tony

    Hi, I am Tony.

  • Suzanne

    I enjoy walking in nature.

  • Sue L.

    I am from Richmond. Work for Bon Secours. Have 3 children and 9... more

  • Charleen W.

    Charleen Walters and son Anthony Walters

  • Patti E.
    Knightess Patti - Hiked @ Dawn

    Love hiking and the outdoors.

  • Maryann M.

    Hi, my name is Mary Ann. I live in Glen Allen and work as a Realtor in the metro Richmond area.

  • Dianne L.

    Hello, I'm looking to get out and do a little exploring and get some exercise this... more

  • Terri
    Welcome back Terri, JRHiker #1,357

    Hey, I'm Terri! I love all aspects of the outdoors especially the James River. Kayaking and... more

  • Drew

    Hello, this is my introduction. ;)

  • Larry K.

    Hi, I'm Larry. I am 60 years old and retired, so I can hike most any time.

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