Welcome To Ruritan’s Rapidan District

Welcome to the official website of the Ruritan’s Rapidan District! This website is a resource for useful information about Ruritan to Ruritans and the general public.

Ruritan is a National Community Service Club. There are forty-two districts in Ruritan National.

The Rapidan District, formed in 1983, serves twenty-four local Ruritan Clubs in nine counties in Virginia. For more information about the clubs in those counties please click on one of the links below (the name of the county) to take you to the associated page:


Jefferson VA Ruritan Club Awards Two Scholarships to Students

L-R Caroline Steimel, Shana McMeans (photo provided by Jefferson VA Ruritan Club)

L-R Caroline Steimel, Shana McMeans (photo provided by Jefferson VA Ruritan Club)

Press release by: Paul Oesterreicher
Publicity Chair, Jefferson Ruritan Club

At their July 2016 meeting and annual scholarship awards ceremony held in the Jeffersonton Community Center, the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club and the Jefferson Foundation of Culpeper awarded the Thomas Rosenberger Memorial Scholarship for $1000 to Caroline Steimel of Jeffersonton and the Allen Ellett Memorial Scholarship for $1000 to Shana McMeans, of Culpeper. Caroline is attending James Madison University and Shana is attending Shenandoah University.

Fluvanna County Ruritan Club News

L-R Florence and Roman Bakke

L-R Florence and Roman Bakke (photo provided by Fluvanna Ruritan Club)

Florence Bakke, Roman Bakke, Dick Eaton, and Jim Tew of the Fluvanna County Ruritan Club have been busy fund-raising this summer at the Fridays after Five series at the Sprint Pavillion in Charlottesville by selling soft drinks.

Earlier in the year, the Fluvanna County Ruritan Club awarded two scholarships to college-bound graduating seniors from Fluvanna County High School. The Howard Cook Award for Citizenship in the amount of $250 was awarded to Eleanor Sechler, and the Fluvanna Ruritan Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Elisha Nicholas. The scholarships were awarded in May.

Chemo Cap Project Update

Chemo caps (photo Irene Luck)

Chemo caps (photo Irene Luck)

Irene Luck, 2016 Rapidan District Governor, is pleased to report that several clubs in the Rapidan District have been busy knitting and crocheting chemo caps. The Belmont Ruritan Club has donated 150 caps to the chemo cap project! The photo above is of a few of the caps that have been donated by the Belmont Ruritan Club.

Chemo Caps Project Directions

Crochet hook in yarn (photo credit L Bradshaw)

Crochet hook in yarn (photo credit L Bradshaw)

Irene Luck, the Rapidan District’s 2016 District Governor, is pleased to provide the following links to directions/patterns for the chemo cap project that is one of her favorite community service projects that she has been encouraging the District’s clubs to participate in. The directions/patterns, are from the Headuggers website that has many different patterns for chemo caps (including patterns for children,) and these three patterns have been chosen by Irene as her favorite ones:

Easy single crochet chemo cap pattern
Homespun hat crochet chemo cap pattern
One Ball Really Easy Instant Chemo Cap Knit pattern

Irene hopes to have the Rapidan District Clubs bring completed caps to the Rapidan District’s convention this upcoming November, and she plans to transport them to the Ruritan National Convention next January.