Irene Luck, the Rapidan District’s 2016 District Governor, is pleased to provide the following links to directions/patterns for the chemo cap project that is one of her favorite community service projects that she has been encouraging the District’s clubs to participate in. The directions/patterns, are from the Headuggers website that has many different patterns for chemo caps (including patterns for children,) and these three patterns have been chosen by Irene as her favorite ones:
Irene hopes to have the Rapidan District Clubs bring completed caps to the Rapidan District’s convention this upcoming November, and she plans to transport them to the Ruritan National Convention next January.
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.)
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.
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 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.