Jefferson VA Ruritan Club Awards Two Scholarships to Students

L-R Caroline Steimel, Shana McMeans (photo provided by Jefferson VA Ruritan Club)

L-R Caroline Steimel, Shana McMeans (photo provided by Jefferson VA Ruritan Club)

Press release by: Paul Oesterreicher
Publicity Chair, Jefferson Ruritan Club

At their July 2016 meeting and annual scholarship awards ceremony held in the Jeffersonton Community Center, the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club and the Jefferson Foundation of Culpeper awarded the Thomas Rosenberger Memorial Scholarship for $1000 to Caroline Steimel of Jeffersonton and the Allen Ellett Memorial Scholarship for $1000 to Shana McMeans, of Culpeper. Caroline is attending James Madison University and Shana is attending Shenandoah University.

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.

Ten Month Anniversary of the Rapidan District’s Online Presence

From the Desk of Lt. Governor and Publicity Chairperson of the Rapidan District:

Ten months ago today, the Rapidan District went “online” with a temporary, unofficial website and associated Facebook page to “test the waters” to see if such a website would be of value to Ruritans. As of this writing on December 3, 2014, 1:57 pm there have been 5166 “hits” on that unofficial website.

On August 22, 2014, the “official” website (this one) went online and the content of the original website was copied over to this site. As of today, there have been 1842 “hits” on this new website. Combined, that is a total of 7008 “hits!” Not bad, if we say so ourselves!

We would like to thank our readers for coming to visit our website(s) and encourage everyone to sign up to be a “follower” of this official website. You can do so by entering your email in the “Follow this by email” text box in the right sidebar near the bottom of this website. By “following” (or subscribing) new posts will automatically appear in your email inbox. Doing this will give you the convenience of being able to keep up-to-date on what is going on without having to physically come to the website every few days to see what is going on! We would like to encourage our readers to “bookmark” or “save” this website and use this one to keep abreast of what is happening in the District.

We would like to discontinue using the original one in the near future. We have noticed, however, that the original one is continuing to be used frequently by our readers, so we will not be de-activating it until we are more confidant that people have become comfortable with coming to this new one instead of the old one. We have posted on the original website a notice urging the readers that arrive there to come to this website.

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage all of the twenty-four local Ruritan Clubs in the Rapidan District to send us press releases and notices about their events and meetings before AND after they are held so we can help spread the word about our great clubs! This is a great opportunity to help promote awareness and increase attendance and membership in our clubs!

Rapidan Ruritan District Governor Elected

Linda M Bradshaw

Linda M Bradshaw

Linda M Bradshaw, of Jeffersonton, VA has been elected to the position of District Governor to lead the Ruritan Club’s Rapidan District in 2015. Linda Bradshaw is a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club and has served as the Lt. Governor of the Rapidan District in 2014 and Secretary of the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club in 2013.

The election of the new District Governor came during the Rapidan District Convention held on November 29, 2014 at the Holiday Inn on Emmett Street in Charlottesville, VA. Also taking office in 2015 are Lt. Governor Irene Luck of the Louisa Ruritan Club, District Secretary Donald Hackler of the Louisa Ruritan Club, and District Treasurer Robert Houck of the Lignum Ruritan Club.

The Rapidan District serves nine counties in Virginia: Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, and Spotsylvania.

Ruritan Clubs have been improving communities and building a better America through fellowship, goodwill, and community service since 1928. Today there are more than 1,100 local Ruritan Clubs in 25 states across the United States. The Ruritan National Home Office, the headquarters of Ruritan, has been located in Newbern since 1965.

For more information about Ruritan membership or upcoming Ruritan activities in the Rapidan District, please leave a message through this contact form below, or use the form located on our “contact” page.

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