Holiday Greetings From the Rapidan District Cabinet

Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year (free clip art)

Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year (free clip art)

With Christmas just two days away, we would like to take this opportunity to extend the fondest wishes for you, your friends, your families, your communities, and your Ruritan Clubs to have a very Merry and Safe Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year. May all your days be filled with love, laughter, and lots of good food, fellowship, goodwill, and community service.

Signed with much warmth and fondness to everyone in our Ruritan family,

Al MacDonald, 2014 Rapidan District Governor
Linda Bradshaw, 2014 Rapidan District Lt. Governor
and the entire Rapidan District Cabinet


Holly Grove Ruritan Installs New Officers and Announces Citizen of the Year

Al MacDonald Citizen of the Year 2014

Al MacDonald Holly Grove Ruritan 2014 Citizen of the Year

The Holly Grove Ruritan Club held its 2015 Officer Installation ceremony December 11, 2014 at the club headquarters in Bumpass VA during their regular December club meeting. Rapidan District Governor Al MacDonald did the honors of installing President Dianne Montgomery, Vice President Rhonda Gorman, Secretary Sue Sheridan, and Treasurer Kenneth Gammon.

President Lesa Welton presented the Holly Grove Ruritan’s Citizen of the Year award to Holly Grove Member (and Rapidan District Governor) Al MacDonald.

Congrats to the new club officers, and to Al MacDonald for a job well done!


Salem VA Ruritan Club Installs New Officers

Ruritan logo with flag

Ruritan logo with flag

Salem VA Ruritan Club held their 2015 Officer Installation December 16, 2014 at their club headquarters in Culpeper during their regular December club meeting. Zone Governor Fred Creasy, did the honors of installing President Pat Kennedy, Vice President Robert Thornhill, Secretary Max Weber, Treasurer Barry Beale, and the new 3-year director Phil Hawkins. Two new members, Robert Baker and Douglas Lingenfelter were initiated by Creasy during the meeting. Four members received perfect attendance certificates, and club members were advised that the Salem VA Ruritan Club received a Gold Award for Social Development during the annual Rapidan District Convention held November 29, 2014.

Congrats to the new club officers, and welcome to the new members!


Rapidan District Club Membership Statistics

Statistics (free clip art)

Statistics (free clip art)

From the desk of the Lt. Governor:

Earlier today I received an email from the President of one of the local clubs in the district. The email requested information about membership statistics within the clubs in the Rapidan District. There was no easy way to pull the requested information from MMS, as some of the data was inaccurate. So I ended up combing through the records of each club, correcting obvious mistakes (for example there were many instances of members being identified as male when I know they were female, and vice versa – because I know them personally!) And there were a lot of members that were not identified as either male or female! So I have spent about three hours (more or less) combing through the records, correcting the ones that I knew were inaccurate. Then I was finally able to pull the corrected data for the District from the MMS database.

After all that effort, I decided that the information may be of interest to more than just one club in the Rapidan District, so I decided to post it here. Why re-invent the wheel later on? So…. without further ado, here are the results as of today’s information from MMS:

Number of Clubs in the Rapidan District: 24

Number of Clubs in Rapidan District with female members: 20
Number of Clubs in Rapidan District with male members: 24
Number of Clubs in Rapidan District with business members: 4
Number of Clubs in Rapidan District with youth members: 6

Total number of members in the Rapidan District: 615

Gender statistics:

Number of female members in Rapidan District: 175
Number of male members in Rapidan District: 427
Number of Business members (counted as neither gender) in Rapidan District: 13

Age statistics:

Number of Adult members in Rapidan District: 584
Number of Youth members in Rapidan District: 18
Number of Business members (counted neither as adult or youth) in Rapidan District: 13

I hope these numbers will prove useful to the local Ruritan Clubs as they look towards the future of the membership needs of their clubs!