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:

Albemarle
Culpeper
Fluvanna
Goochland
Greene
Louisa
Madison
Orange
Spotsylvania


2021 Rapidan District Convention

The Rapidan District Ruritan’s convention is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Best Western Inn at 791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA, 22701.

The morning sessions will include training classes, and will run from 10:15am to 11:15 am. The Business Meeting will start at 11:30, and end at 12:30.

The banquet, which will include a meal, silent auction, memorial service, club awards, installation of officers, entertainment, and door prizes, will begin at 12:30pm.


Reaching Out To Today’s Teenagers

teenagers (free clip art)

teenagers (free clip art)

By Linda Bradshaw, Past District Governor (Rapidan District, 2015):

As I traveled to the various local Ruritan Clubs in the Rapidan District, to Leadership Conferences, AVR fellowship meetings, and National Conventions and talked with members of other community service organizations, I’ve found myself discussing the needs of all Community Service Clubs to become attractive to a younger demographic. Whether we like it or not, if our clubs are going to survive much longer, all of our clubs are going to need to find ways to recruit and retain younger members.

Most of the people I’ve listened to tell me that they are convinced that the younger generation, the teenagers, and the young adults in college are too self-absorbed, are too deeply engrossed in their iphones, ipads, and other electronic devices to be interested in performing community service.

My reply, to this statement, has been “I understand what you are saying, and why you are saying it, but I disagree.” I firmly believe that today’s youth are extremely interested in performing community service. We just need to find a way to reach these younger people, become attractive to them, recruit and retain them.

Doing this is a multi-step process.

First step is “reaching” the younger people. One of the best ways to do this, using today’s resources, is through Social Media. Smart, efficient use of the Internet, by creating a blog-style website, (using the right formats and Search Optimization practices) that will cross-post to a Facebook page is a cheap (as in free, or almost free) way to make ourselves easily found by anyone who is looking for our clubs.

In the recent past I found myself discussing that situation with my 28-year-old son. He has always been interested in, and involved in, community service projects through his schools, and his life. I asked him for some insights and suggestions on the subject, and he gave me a lot to think about, which I have shared with the Ruritan organization in various ways during the past several years.

Shortly after the discussion, he sent me an email, suggesting that I read this blog post about 5 ways to inspire teenagers to take an interest in community service. I just finished reading it, and felt that the article certainly has enough good points and value that it is worth sharing here. Please click on this link to read the article: 5 Ways To Take An Interest in Community Service.

Reading the article may be helpful as you consider ways to appeal to the younger generations that our clubs would be wise to include in our membership.

In the near future I hope to provide a post that discusses ways to make our Ruritan Clubs attractive to another demographic group – the empty nesters. In the mean-time, please consider the fact that almost every one of your friends, family, and neighbors is someone who can provide some type of value to a community service club. Please don’t just dismiss them because their skill set is different from your own.

The world, and our clubs, need a variety of people to survive. Creating and running a community takes a lot of different people.

We need to find ways to embrace the differences, include the variety, welcome the unique individuals, not exclude them, scorn them, shun, or curse them!


Keep Track of Community Service Project Hours Using MMS

This tip came from Rudy Bear’s Facebook Page:

Keep Track of Service Hours on the MMS

Did you know that the Member Management System (MMS) has a method for tracking your service hours? Club projects can be set up by one club member and then under each club member’s information and hours can be tracked.

NOTE: Create the project ONE TIME under ONE member and it will show up under all the other club members. The member can personally enter the data or club officers can go into each member’s records and update the information.

Later – the club officers can pull a report of projects and hours (on the main club page) based on any date range. The key is to get all of the hours into the MMS under each volunteer/members’ name


A Challenge – Easy, Free, and Painless Way to Donate to Ruritan National Foundation

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

From the Desk of the 2015 Rapidan District Governor

It is with great pleasure that I am sharing with you the news I received today that the Ruritan National Foundation has signed up to participate in the Amazon Smile program!

I would like to challenge all Ruritan members that shop on Amazon dot com to sign up for the Amazon Smile program and designate their chosen charity as the Ruritan National Foundation. The Amazon Smile program is a way to shop through Amazon, and have a percentage of the price of your “eligible purchases” be donated to your designated charity. In this case, Ruritan’s National Foundation!

This is a no-cost method for the Amazon shopper way to get money to the Foundation! What are you waiting for? Here are details about how it works, taken from the Amazon dot com’s website:

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