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.


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):



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)