Outgoing District Governor Remarks

Linda Bradshaw

Linda Bradshaw

From the desk of the 2015 District Governor, Linda Bradshaw:

In the interest of keeping my remarks as brief as possible during the Rapidan District Convention, I decided to post some of the information that is normally verbalized during a convention, and post it here on our website instead. That way, only the people really interested will take the time to read it, instead of being “held hostage” to a long-winded speech at the convention. According to the guidelines in the handbook of what an outgoing Governor is supposed to say (how many meetings I attended, how many miles I travelled, and special accomplishments) during a speech at the awards banquet, here are the highlights of what I “would have” said.

This past year, so far, I have managed to attend the meetings, and be the featured speaker, of 20 local Ruritan Clubs. I have attended, 3 club picnics, and the 75th anniversary party of the East Orange Club. In addition, I have gone to the Ruritan National Convention in Greensboro last January, the Ruritan National Leadership Conference in Dublin last June, and all four of the Rapidan District’s Zone meetings. Doing that, I’ve travelled over 3,588 miles. I would like to thank my friends (Hank and Donna Smith) and family (husband Michael Urbanek and sister Lori Horton) for helping me to get to and from all of these meetings and events.

Special accomplishments during my leadership over the past two years include getting a free PSA commercial designed, produced, and aired, on a local public television station in Spotsylvania, designing and maintaining a website and Facebook page for the District, and offering online club officer training here at today’s convention for the first time in this District’s history.

I have researched, to the best of my ability, who the military veterans are in this district, honored them on our website, and personally presented them with certificates of appreciation from the Rapidan District when I was allowed to visit their club.

I have reached out to several of the area’s Governor’s Schools and Boys and Girls Clubs and got them to agree to consider a mutually beneficial relationship regarding introducing the concept of youth involvement and membership in Ruritan, with local Ruritan clubs if the local clubs will contact them to make arrangements.

I have put forth several innovative ideas about increasing membership, such as reaching out to Home Schooling families, and offered my support in pursuing those ideas to the clubs.

I have taught a workshop to interested local clubs on creating websites. I have offered to teach local clubs on a one-to-one basis, how to create websites. That offer still stands – if your club wants to meet with me, at my house, to learn how to create a website, call or email me, and we will schedule a date.

I held a short workshop about the benefits of creating club websites at last year’s National Convention, and I will be holding a more intensive workshop where we will actually create websites at the National Convention in Jacksonville in January 2016.

I would like to thank the Cabinet members who have stood with me over the past two years. They have helped me with their much needed advice, listened to me vent on numerous occasions, and rolled up their sleeves and worked to keep the District running. They had an enormous role in putting on this convention. I cannot stress enough how I could not have done much of this without their support.


Monticello Ruritan Club Honors Military Veteran and Welcomes Two New Members

Linda Bradshaw, Samuel Thacker, Wayne Shifflett (photo credit Hank Smith)

Linda Bradshaw, Samuel Thacker, Wayne Shifflett (photo credit Hank Smith)

Samuel Thacker, a military veteran of the Monticello Ruritan Club was honored August 11, 2015 at the Monticello Ruritan’s July meeting in Scottsville, VA, with a certificate of appreciation from the Rapidan District Cabinet during a visit by the Rapidan District Governor, Linda Bradshaw. The presentation of the certificate is part of the Rapidan District’s plans to thank, appreciate, and honor all of their local club’s veterans. The Monticello Ruritan Club further honored Thacker by presenting him with a “veteran” tab that fastens to the back of his Ruritan Membership lapel pin. The tab was presented by the Monticello Ruritan Club’s president, Wayne Shifflett.

During the same meeting, the Monticellow Ruritan Club welcomed two new members, Tim and Rhonda Scovill. The membership induction was also performed by Linda Bradshaw. Said Bradshaw “It is always an honor to be invited to welcome new Ruritan members to the clubs!”

Tim Scovill, Rhonda Scovill, Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Hank Smith)

Tim and Rhonda Scovill induction to Monticellow Ruritan, performed by Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Hank Smith)


Rapidan District Cabinet and Brightwood Ruritan Club Honors Brightwood Ruritan Club Veterans, Welcomes Two New Members

Photo credit Andy Anderson. Left to right: Bill Heflin, George Sedner, Linda Bradshaw, Richard Fletcher, Jim Gaines

Photo credit Andy Anderson. Left to right: Bill Heflin, George Sedner, Linda Bradshaw, Richard Fletcher, Jim Gaines

The Rapidan District Ruritan Cabinet honored the military veterans of the Brightwood Ruritan Club April 27, 2015 at the Brightwood Ruritan’s Clubhouse in Brightwood, VA, by presenting them with Certificates of Appreciation during a visit by the Rapidan District Governor, Linda Bradshaw. The presentation of the certificates is part of the Rapidan District’s plans to thank, appreciate, and honor all of their local club’s veterans.

In addition to the certificates, Bradshaw presented the veterans with a “veteran” tab that fastens to their Ruritan Membership lapel pin. The “veteran” tab was provided by the Brightwood Ruritan Club, and was procured from Ruritan National.

Photo credit: Hank Smith. Left to right: Linda Bradshaw, Bill Heflin, Sandra Youmans, Donny Nicholson

Photo credit: Hank Smith. Left to right: Linda Bradshaw, Bill Heflin, Sandra Youmans, Donny Nicholson

During the meeting Bradshaw also inducted two new members, Donny Nicholson and Sandra Youmans into the Brightwood Ruritan Club.

More information about the Brightwood Ruritan Club can be found on our Madison County Ruritan Clubs page.


Fluvanna County Ruritan Club Participates in Fluvanna County Volunteer Fair

Burgess Jordan (left) and Roman Bakke at Volunteer Fluvanna Fair (photo provided by Florence Bakke)

Burgess Jordan (left) and Roman Bakke at Volunteer Fluvanna Fair (photo provided by Florence Bakke)

The Fluvanna County Ruritan Club participated in the first Fluvanna County Volunteer Fair March 21, 2015 at the Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, VA. The Fluvanna County Leadership Development Program organized the Volunteer Fair. The free fair showcased forty-six non-profit organizations serving Fluvanna County Residents, providing an opportunity for local residents to learn more about services offered in Fluvanna County.

Fluvanna County Ruritan Club sent Burgess Jordan, Roman Bakke, George “Ty” Cobb, and Florence Bakke to represent the club at the fair. The members used this opportunity to get their name out to the community by setting up a table with an eye-catching display. They distributed informational Ruritan brochures and many “Ask a Ruritan Member about Ruritan!” booklets. Contact information stickers had been added to the booklets, to help interested people to remember how to contact the club. They kept busy speaking with prospective members and other interested parties.

“The fair did provide us with lots of exposure and ability to inform community members of what we do and why we do it!” reports Fluvanna County Ruritan Club Secretary Florence Bakke.

More information about the Fluvanna County Ruritan Club is on the Fluvanna County Ruritan Clubs page.