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.


Thanks To All Who Worked to Put On the Rapidan District Convention

Rapidan District Convention Sign for Website

Rapidan District Convention Sign for Website


From the Desk of the 2015 District Governor of Rapidan District:

Words cannot describe how anxious and excited I was to be “in charge” of the Rapidan District’s convention. Truth be told, I was as nervous as a squirrel in a room full of dogs! People kept reassuring me that so many people would chip in and help, and let me tell you, to my great delight, people actually DID chip in and help – a lot! Seems as if every time I turned around, someone was asking how they could help! A lot of seasoned Ruritan members just “knew” what needed to be done, and did it without being asked.

It would be impossible for me to list off the names of everyone that helped, because I am sure that many people just did what they saw needed to be done, and did it, silently, in the background. Parts of the day are a blur to me, with so many people coming up and helping, I know that I will forget some names, (especially who all helped me prepare the table centerpieces!) and I am sorry for that. If I remember more names, I will add them as I remember them.

L-R Greg Payne, Irene Luck, Sarah Kelly, Linda Burton, Bobby Burton, Linda Bradshaw, Shirley Houck (photo by Jefferson VA Ruritan Club)

L-R Greg Payne, Irene Luck, Sarah Kelly, Linda Burton, Bobby Burton, Linda Bradshaw, Shirley Houck (photo by Jefferson VA Ruritan Club)

Here is a partial list of names, and thanks, to people, for all they did this past year, to help me perform my tasks and duties:

Michael Urbanek, my hubby, for being supportive of my Ruritan activities, and helping when he can.
Hank Smith, my friend, and frequent driver.
Donna Smith, Hank’s wife, for lending her hubby to me when I needed a driver!
Bobby Burton, our National President, for being our featured speaker.
Linda Burton, Bobby’s wife, for her support of all things Ruritan, and for her support of her hubby.
Fred Creasy, mentor, and original Zone 1 Governor, and original Convention Committee Chairperson. You will be forever missed.
Perry Marshman, mentor, final Convention Chairperson, sounding board, and the reason I agreed to get involved in the District Cabinet.
Al MacDonald, mentor, sounding board, final Zone 1 Governor, and the 2014 District Governor. And for all the physical help at the Convention.
Bob Houck, my frequent driver to Cabinet meetings, mentor, sounding board, and the MC of the Awards Banquet and Installation Ceremony last night.
Emily & Fulton Payne, for their massive amounts of hours dedicated to the Cabinet and the Convention. And for listening to me vent, and for their frequent reassurances that things will come together.
Sarah Kelly, for helping me to adjust my perspective from time to time, helping to hand out the door prizes, and for her never-ending enthusiasm.
Irene Luck, for being my Lt. Governor this year, and for the exceptional amount of help at the convention with the set-up and break-down at the Convention.
Coral Losinski, for helping with the set-up and break-down at the Convention, and for overseeing the Christmas Cards for Vets at the Convention.
Greg Payne – great job being our chaplain, and great job doing our candlelight ceremony for the memorial service!
Culpeper’s Boy Scout troop 196, for doing our color guard presentation for the opening flag ceremony at the Convention.
Forrest Whorton, and his horse Zeke, for your service as an inspirational tribute to our veterans at the Convention. Inspirational!
John Jewell, of Jewell Tone Music, and his students Melody and Jeremiah, for their musical entertainment at the Convention. Awesome!
Lori Horton, for help at the convention doing whatever I asked her to do to help out, and helping to keep me laughing so I could get through it all. 😉
The Lignum Ruritan Club, for providing the snacks and beverages for the convention prior to the banquet.
The Monticello Ruritan Club for making our Convention an important part of their fund-raising efforts, and for providing the youth for our closing Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
Susan Greitz, Glen Broadwater, and Pat Davis, for coming to our Convention as guests.
Andy Anderson, for helping with the Silent Auction and Ham Raffle.
Special thanks to the clubs that created exhibit tables!

Hundreds of photos have been taken of the convention, and hopefully, in the near future, those photos will be shared on this website on a special page dedicated to those photos. It will take weeks to sort through them, crop, and resize them to be able to be put on the site. Thanks to all who have submitted photos! A few of them can be seen below (details of the photos can be viewed by hovering your mouse over the photo):


Guest Speaker Suggestion – LifeNet Health

Life Net Health Logo

Life Net Health Logo

From the Desk of the 2015 Rapidan District Governor, Linda Bradshaw:

We received a message through our contact form on this website from an organization that I think may be worthy of consideration for possible guest speaker(s) at our local Ruritan Clubs. Below is the copy and paste message from the contact form.

Hello, I am the Community Education Coordinator for LifeNet Health for this region. LifeNet Health is the federally-designated Organ Procurement Organization for most of Virginia and part of West Virginia. LifeNet Health is also one of the largest, most respected tissue banks in the country. We are responsible for all of the organ and tissue donations in our service area. As such we are also responsible for providing education about organ and tissue donation to correct the many myths and misconceptions about donation that exist in our community.

I’m writing to let you know about our speaker’s bureau. Our speakers are donor family members and transplant recipients who share their personal stories about donation as well as providing the facts about how the donation process works.

We would love to provide a speaker for an upcoming Ruritans Rapidan meeting. Please contact me at patricia_dean@lifenethealth.org or by phone at 804-317-4811 to arrange a speaker.

Thanks for your consideration.

Patti Dean

Here are two YouTube videos about their organization:

Their website is can be accessed by clicking the following link: Life Net Health Website


Belmont Ruritan Hosts Station 9 VDF Fire and Rescue Team

Captain Jeff Foster (third from right,  holding cup) and members of Station 9 VDF fire and rescue team with Belmont Ruritan President Bobby Goodwin (second from right)

Captain Jeff Foster (third from right, holding cup) and members of Station 9 VDF fire and rescue team with Belmont Ruritan President Bobby Goodwin (second from right) (Photo provided by Belmont Ruritan Club)

News release provided by the Belmont Ruritan Club

The Belmont Ruritan Club meeting held April 7th featured a visit and presentation by Captain Jeff Foster, “T.C. Waddy Station 9” VDF, Spotsylvania County.

Captain Foster, accompanied by five station members, were guests of the Club as a continuing thank you for their time and sharing their expertise in protecting our community. The presentation centered on reminding residents to “shut doors” in the event of a fire, check smoke alarms on a monthly basis and change batteries every 6 months, and to be aware of the open burning guidelines within the county especially during the high danger fire seasons as posted along our highways.

The Ruritan Club and the Belmont Club of Women provide support for the station and crew facilities through the sharing of funds raised by the annual Ham and Oyster Dinner.