From the desk of the District Governor:
Last week I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending the Louisa County Ruritan Club’s 75th anniversary celebration. What a momentous achievement. Presiding over the event was Irene Luck, Louisa County’s current President. A professional and expertly prepared booklet detailing 75 years of community service was provided to each attendee.
As I sat listening to the program, I began to reflect on how times have changed since 1939. The Louisa County Club was chartered six months before the onset of World War II. The United States of America was basically a rural nation where interstate highways were virtually non¬existent. News and information were gleaned from radios sets, newspapers, and movie reels.
The following years would certainly be tumultuous. Every decade that followed contained wars and unrest. The 1960’s and the 1970’s saw the onset of The Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the onset the Cold War with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The 1990’s brought us the Bosnia Conflict and the first Gulf War. In 2001 with the new Millennia unfolding, we were violently introduced to a new kind of war when terrorism came to our own backyard. Now as we sit comfortably in our homes tonight, the Ukraine and Russia are deeply engaged in an armed conflict.
On the home front, we have witnessed the turmoil of the ‘60’s with upsurges of anti-war and anti-government riots that exploded in our streets.
We also watched as the Soviet Union collapsed and the Berlin Wall was finally dismantled.
We witnessed Presidential and Presidential-candidate assassinations, and the assassination of a major Civil Rights leader. In the ‘70’s, we watched the resignation of one of our Presidents, and in the ‘80’s an assassination attempt on another President, as well the Pope. In the ‘90’s, another President faced censorship, and in 2000’s, we saw the election of our first African-American President.
These have been very mutable decades which have led us to our present situation, which is not without its own challenges. Every day we face an unstable future with economic turmoil.
Believe it or not, this all went through my mind as I compared the past to the present.
Through all of these shifting times, the Louisa County Ruritan Club has been a constant, positive force that persevered over 75 years, to serve her community faithfully. This is a tribute to the caliber of the club and all of its faithful members. Well done Louisa County Ruritans; may you have many more years of tried and true fellowship, goodwill, and community service to come.