Jack McMurchy, Area III VP
Jack McMurchy, Area III Vice President

A westerner from Montana, Jack was raised on a small ranch, graduated from the University of Montana (Western) and was an Army counterintelligence agent during the Vietnam War. He married Sandy Bell, and they now have two grown children and two grandsons. He received a master’s degree from Montana State University and then taught senior high school biology and civics. He began his federal career working summers as a range aid for the Bureau of Land Management and later as a forestry and range aid and research technician for the U.S. Forest Service. He became an education and training intern at the U.S. Army Logistics Management University, Ft. Lee, VA and remained there the rest of his federal career. After a 2- year internship he developed, administered, and inspected Army intern programs and taught interns. During his last 10 years, as a supervisory instructional systems specialist, he supervised Ft. Lee civilian training staff, college librarians and the registrar’s office staff; taught a college instructor training course; and was educational advisor to the college commandant and deans. He also served on an Army training board for 5 years. Elected to the Ft. Lee Civilian Welfare Fund Council, he served as both vice chairman and chairman during his tenure.

After retirement Jack joined the Petersburg NARFE chapter. He was the national legislative chair (1 year); and continues as state Legislative chair (9 years) and Newsletter Editor for 6 years. He was chapter vice-president for 2 years and president for 4 years, and chapter treasurer (1 year). He again serves as the chapter president for the last 5 years. He also was the Area 3 Newsletter Coordinator for one year, on the VFC Nominating Committee for 2 years, and finished a 3-year term on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He completed four years as Area 3 vice president and after a 3 year absence was again elected Area III Vice President.

Area III is small in area and includes 6 chapters in the Richmond metropolitan area, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and to the tri-cities and beyond. Most of the land area is in the Petersburg chapter and includes the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell, Franklin, Emporia, (and spillover from Colonial Heights, and Chesterfield County) and the counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex, Southampton, and Brunswick. Expect for Petersburg, members of the other chapters travel short distances to attend their meetings. Federal agencies in the area employing large numbers of federal employees include Fort Lee, the Bureau of Prisons, the McGuire Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and Defense Supply Center – Richmond, and numerous Federal agencies in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

The area is rich in history and includes the earliest settlements, plantations, factories and mines. Scattered battles were fought during the Revolutionary War, but, major action occurred during the Civil War. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, and many battles were fought in the area concluding with the ten month siege of Petersburg. Hopewell (City Point) was a huge supply depot for Union forces and later became the chemical capital of the state during and after World War I. Fort Lee was a major Army training post during both World Wars and has since become a major logistics training facility for all military services. The Defense Supply Center Richmond has become important to the growth of the area as a key defense logistics agency. Richmond, the state capital, continues to prosper due to diversity of business, government and industry.

Area III

Area III is small in area and includes 6 chapters in the Richmond metropolitan area, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and to the tri-cities and beyond. Most of the land area is in the Petersburg chapter and includes the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell, Franklin, Emporia, (and spillover from Colonial Heights, and Chesterfield County) and the counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex, Southampton, and Brunswick. Except for the Petersburg chapter, members travel short distances to attend their meetings. Federal agencies in the area employing large numbers of federal employees include Fort Lee, the Bureau of Prisons, the McGuire Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and Defense Supply Center – Richmond, and numerous Federal agencies in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

The area is rich in history and includes the earliest settlements, plantations, factories and mines. Scattered battles were fought during the Revolutionary War, but, major engagements occurred during the Civil War. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, and many battles were fought in the area concluding with the ten month siege of Petersburg. Hopewell (City Point) was a huge supply depot for Union forces and later became the chemical capital of the state during and after World War I. Fort Lee was a major Army training post during both World Wars and has since become a major logistics training facility for all military services. The Defense Supply Center Richmond has become important to the growth of the area as a key defense logistics agency. Richmond, the state capital, continues to prosper due to diversity of business, government and industry.

Virginia Area III Chapters

  • 28 PETERSBURG
    Meets 3rd. Wednesday at l0:30a.m. except July & August and 2nd Wednesday in December, at the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1769 S. Sycamore St. in Petersburg.
  • 60 RICHMOND
    Meets 3rd. Monday at 1:00 p.m., except July and August at the River City Diner North, 803 E. Parham Rd, Henrico, VA. Lunch is eaten before the meeting.
  • 1472 COLONIAL HEIGHTS
    Meets 3rd Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. except July and August at the Colonial Heights Public Library,1000 Yacht Basin Drive, Colonial Heights.
  • 1510 IMPERIAL PLAZA
  • Meets 11:30 a.m., monthly, 3rd. Friday except July, August and December for a luncheon meeting in the Virginia Room, 1717 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond.
  • 1727 TUCKAHOE
    Meets 1st. Tuesday monthly at 1:30 p.m.., except July and August, at the Welbourne United Methodist Church, 920 Maytbeury Dr., Richmond, VA. Note social is at 1:30 p.m.; the program begins at 2: 00 p.m.
  • 2265 MIDLOTHIAN
    Meets monthly, 2nd. Wednesday (except for the Annual Picnic and Holiday Luncheon) at 9:30 a.m. for the Social and 10:00 for the Business Meeting in the Fellowship Hall of Hopewell United Methodist Church, 6200 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA.