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August 21, 2018 - Volume 19, Issue 7
This week's program " Grant E. Rissler - Wilder School Public Policy @ VCU"
Dr. Grant Rissler is Assistant Director of the Office of Public Policy Outreach at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.  In his role he oversees the Wilder School Public Policy Poll and manages OPPO’s Translational Research Fellows and Legislative Brief programs.

Rissler received his Ph.D. from the Wilder School’s public policy and administration program in August 2017.  His research focuses on local immigration policy and its intersection with social equity and education.  Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and a bachelor’s degree in history from Goshen College.

Prior to joining the Wilder School, Rissler coordinated fundraising for Mennonite Central Committee – East Coast, directed communications for The Faith & Politics Institute and served two and one-half years in three positions through Mennonite Voluntary Service.  

Locally, he serves on the board of the Richmond Peace Education Center and the advisory council of Hope in the Cities.  Previously he served three years as board chair of Ten Thousand Villages-Richmond.  

Among his proud moments from younger days is the distinction of playing center field for the undefeated (13-0) Rotary baseball team in the 1993 season of the Front Royal, Va. Babe Ruth League.  

CLUB #69 

The FOUR-WAY TEST of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Kelly Keene

Ken Nachman

Mark Christian

Mac Bates (Assisted by John Marriner)

Immediate Past President 
Isabelle Hilliard

Board of Directors
Chris Beach 
Chuck Duvall
Pam Embrey
Toddy Immel
Prudence Justis
Charles Layman
Barry Myers
Alex Muller
Lisa Poe
Paul Shively

Tabasco Editors 
Prudence Justis 
Joshua Barber

Tabasco Photographer
Khizar Wasti

Announcements and Reminders

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By Geoffrey Johnson Illustrations by  Rocco Baviera

Upcoming Meetings

August 21st - Grant E. Rissler - Wilder School Public Policy @ VCU
August 28th - Nancy Wright Beasley - Personal Experience with Polio
September 4th - District Governor Susan Zachensky-Walthall
Official Club Visit
September 11th - Classification Talks

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August Birthdays

Dillon, Andrew G. (ANDY) 22-Aug
Myers, Barry Eston (BARRY) 9-Aug
Orr, S. Marshall III (MARSHALL) 29-Aug
Wilkinson, Edsel A. (ED) 6-Aug

August Anniversaries

Barber, Joshua (JOSHUA) 8/29/2017
Clarke, Jerome (JEROME) 8/20/2012
Hume, Jeffry C. (JEFF) 8/5/2014
Nachman, Ken (KEN) 8/1/198



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