Rapidan District Represented at 2016 Ruritan National Convention

Irene Luck Delivers Chemo Caps to National Convention 2016 (photo Linda Bradshaw)

Irene Luck Delivers Chemo Caps to National Convention 2016 (photo Linda Bradshaw)

Members of the Rapidan District attended the Ruritan National Convention from January 6-10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jacksonville Florida. The National Convention provided the opportunity for all Ruritan members to attend interesting and helpful training workshops, vote on important policy modifications, elect the 2016 officers, celebrate Ruritan accomplishments during award ceremonies, and plenty of opportunities for fellowship with other Ruritan members from around the country.

Several Clubs and Districts held Hospitality Rooms several afternoons and evenings, with free food and beverages, and fellowship available to all who dropped in.

Rapidan District Members that attended the convention were (in alphabetical order): Linda Bradshaw (2015 Rapidan District Governor & 2016 Rapidan District Publicity Chair,) Dorothy Duerson (Louisa Ruritan Club,) James Duerson (2016 Rapidan District Growth & Development Chair) Don Hackler (2016 Rapidan District Secretary,) Steve Hicks (Culpeper Ruritan Club,) Irene Luck (2016 Rapidan District Governor,) Perry Marshman (Past National Director & 2016 Rapidan District Foundation Promotion Chair,) Emily Payne (2016 Rapidan District Leadership Development Coordinator,) and Fulton Payne (2016 Rapidan District Lt. Governor & Fundraising Chair.)

Irene Luck Delivers afghan blocks to National Convention (photo Linda Bradshaw)

Irene Luck Delivers afghan blocks to National Convention (photo Linda Bradshaw)

Plastic bags filled with Hygiene items (total number donated by the District unknown at this time) for the local homeless shelter, 175 hand-made chemo caps, 14 blankets, and 91 hand-made afghan blocks donated by the local clubs of the Rapidan District were delivered to the convention. Other Ruritan Districts and Clubs also brought donations, and the total collected for the convention were: 360 hygiene bags, 670 chemo caps, 93 blankets, and 1030 afghan blocks. In addition, over 250 Rudy Bears were donated by clubs and Districts, for donations to hospitals, the Red Cross, and the local homeless shelter.

Linda Bradshaw led a workshop on creating Facebook Pages and Websites for Ruritan Clubs and Districts the afternoon of Thursday January 7. Perry Marshman was the song leader for the singing of America during the Opening Ceremonies the evening of Thursday, January 7, and assisted National Director Sarah Kelly with the presentation of the Flag Ceremony. Irene Luck carried the Arkansas flag during the ceremony.

Steve Hicks helped with the technical aspects of the voting booths during the elections Friday, January 8. New to National conventions this year, was the opportunity for delegates to use their laptops from their hotel rooms to log into MMS to vote instead of physically standing in line to vote. Those choosing to vote from their rooms, using their laptops, reported no issues in the process.

Certificate of Appreciation from Hunters for the Hungry (photo Linda Bradshaw)

Certificate of Appreciation from Hunters for the Hungry (photo Linda Bradshaw)

Laura Newell-Furniss, Director of Hunters for the Hungry, presented a certificate of appreciation Friday, January 8, to the Rapidan District for their participation in Hunters for the Hungry over the past twenty years. Over the course of twenty years, twenty-one clubs in the Rapidan District have donated $34,722 to Hunters for the Hungry. That translates into 305,994 servings of venison to needy families! Accepting the certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Rapidan District were Linda Bradshaw (2015 Rapidan District Governor) and Irene Luck (2016 Rapidan District Governor.) Ms. Newell-Furniss also gave certificates of appreciation for the local clubs to Irene Luck, for distribution to the local clubs.


Holly Grove Ruritan Honors Citizen of the Year, Installs New Officers for 2016

L-R Susan Anderson, Dianne Montgomery (photo provided by Holly Grove Ruritan Club)

L-R Susan Anderson, Dianne Montgomery (photo provided by Holly Grove Ruritan Club)

Holly Grove Ruritan honored Susan Anderson with the Citizen of the Year award at their December 8, 2015 meeting at their club house in Bumpass, VA. The Holly Grove Ruritan President, Dianne Montgomery presented Susan with a commemerative plaque.

Susan has lived in Holly Grove most of her life and has always given back to her community. She teaches kindergarten at Jouett Elementary School and has been a teacher there for 15 years. Susan packs backpacks with food at Hopeful Baptist Church each week to take to Jouett for children who may not have enough to eat over the weekend. She teaches Sunday School at Hopeful Baptist Church and helps with Bible School and other committees at the church. Susan is also a volunteer with the Louisa County High School Future Farmers of America and helps out with the Louisa Agriculture Fair every year. This year Susan was voted “Best EMS Provider” in the Louisa County “Best of 2015” campaign. She also received regional honors as the “Best EMS Provider.” Susan is a family and community minded person whom the Holly Grove Ruritan Club was proud to honor with this annual award.

Also during the December meeting, Ruritan National Director Sarah Kelly installed the incoming club officers for 2016: Alex MacDonald, President, Dianne Montgomery, Vice President, Sue Sheridan, Secretary, Kenneth Gammon, Treasurer, and Lesa Welton, Director. The new officers will serve in their positions from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, with the exception of the Director, who serves a three year term.


Greene County Ruritan Club Officers for 2016 Installed; Military Veterans Honored

L-R Back Row Roy Dye, Andrea Wilkinson, Dick Early. Front Row Paul Harrington, Joanne Burkholder, Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Michael Urbanek)

L-R Back Row Roy Dye, Andrea Wilkinson, Dick Early. Front Row Paul Harrington, Joanne Burkholder, Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Michael Urbanek)

The Greene County Ruritan Club’s Officers for 2016 were installed on December 17, 2015, at the Rosebrook Inn in Stanardsville, VA, during their Annual Christmas Dinner. The 2015 Rapidan District Governor, Linda Bradshaw, installed the new officers. The club officers will serve as the leaders of the Greene County Ruritan Club from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

The officers installed were Roy Dye, President, Andrea Wilkinson, Vice President, Paul Harrington, Secretary, Dick Early, Treasurer, and Joanne Burkholder, First Year Director.

After the installation, Bradshaw explained to the Greene County Ruritan Club the awards that the club had won for Community Service at the Rapidan District, and handed them to the club President, Andrea Wilkinson. The club won a “Silver” award for Public Service, and a “Gold” award for Social Development.

L-R Frank Wilczek, Steve Smith, Floyd Wilkinson, Norm Slezak, Carl Schmitt, Linda Bradshaw, Bob Burkholder, Dick Early, Bob Doerr, Tom Dean, Jerry Gore (photo Michael Urbanek)

L-R Frank Wilczek, Steve Smith, Floyd Wilkinson, Norm Slezak, Carl Schmitt, Linda Bradshaw, Bob Burkholder, Dick Early, Bob Doerr, Tom Dean, Jerry Gore (photo Michael Urbanek)

After the Community Service awards were given, Bradshaw honored the military veterans of the Greene County Ruritan Club with certificates of appreciation from the Rapidan District Cabinet. The presentation of the certificates was part of the Rapidan District’s efforts to and honor all of their local club’s veterans in 2015.

The veterans honored were: Robert Burkholder, Billy Caldwell, Tom Dean, Robert C. Doerr, Richard Early, Jerry Gore, Robert H. Grassi, James Ron Michael, Carl A. Schmitt, Norm Slezak, Steven S. Smith, Floyd Wilkinson, and Frank Wilzcek.

Greene County Ruritan Display Board (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

Greene County Ruritan Display Board (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

The Greene County Ruritan Club Display board that was used during the Rapidan District’s Convention in November 2015 was set up during the meeting for the members to enjoy. Plans are for the club to continue using the board at meetings and events to showcase their club’s events.


Lignum Ruritan Club Installs Officers for 2016

L-R Rozelle Amick, Tommy Gaulden, Deborah Gaulden, Jaycen Creasy, Sandra Ruthorford, Irene Luck (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

L-R Rozelle Amick, Tommy Gaulden, Deborah Gaulden, Jaycen Creasy, Sandra Ruthorford, Irene Luck (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

The Lignum Ruritan Club installed their Club Officers for 2016 on December 10, 2015, during their Annual Christmas Dinner held at their clubhouse in Lignum, VA. The 2015 Rapidan District Lt. Governor, Irene Luck, installed the new officers. The club officers will serve as the leaders of the Lignum Ruritan Club from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

The officers installed were Debroah Gaulden, President, Rozelle Amick, Vice President, Jaycen Creasy, Secretary, Tommy Gaulden, Treasurer, and Sandra Rutherford, First Year Director.

L-R Deborah Gaulden, Pam Harris (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

L-R Deborah Gaulden, Pam Harris (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

After the installation, Deborah Gaulden presented Pam Harris, the 2015 Lignum Ruritan Club President, with a Past President’s lapel pin.

Rev. Stan Mulford (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

Rev. Stan Mulford (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

The guest speaker at the meeting was Rev. Stan Mulford, pastor of the Hopewell and Richardsville United Methodist Churches. Rev. Mulford provided the club with an entertaining and informative presentation about the origins of Christmas celebrations.