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.


Two Months Old And Going Strong!

Second Month Anniversary! (free clip art)

Second Month Anniversary! (free clip art)

From the desk of the Lt. Governor:

This website was created on February 3, 2014, making today the two month anniversary of the unofficial, temporary, “test the waters” website about the Ruritan Rapidan District!

This is a good time to share some site statistics, to demonstrate the value of a website such as this.

On the one month anniversary of the website, a post discussed some statistics of the site, and shared that there had been 671 “hits” (visits, how much “traffic”) to the website. As of the writing of this post, there have been 1332 “hits.”

Blog stats widget data as of 4-3-14 10:29am

4-3-14 10:29am

Recently a “hits counter” was installed so visitors can see for themselves the number of visitors that have come to the website. This counter can be found in the lower right hand corner of the website. The counter looks like the image to the left of this paragraph.

More statistics provide a variety of information. The following chart documents the all-time most popular pages and posts:

Site statistics top posts 4-3-2014

Site statistics top posts 4-3-2014

Tip: If you have having difficulty reading these charts due to their small size, you can enlarge them by holding down the “Shift,Ctrl,+” buttons. That enlarges everything on your screen. Then to restore back to your original size, hold down “Ctrl,-” keys.

The following chart documents search terms used in search engines, resulting in traffic:

Stats for search terms used  to find Rapidan District website 4-3-14

Stats for search terms used to find Rapidan District website 4-3-14

Did you notice (in the chart above) that twenty-one visitors found our website by trying to find information about the Brightwood Ruritan Club? (Which does not yet have their own website.) Thirteen visitors arrived by searching for information about the Earlysville Ruritan’s Bluegrass Show!

Once the visitors arrived at our website, they got the information they needed! This demonstrates that this website is providing value to the local clubs and the local communities by helping the consumer find out information about their local events!

This also demonstrates how important it is for local clubs to increase the promotion of their events by sending information about their events to the webmaster of this website, with a request to promote their events! That can be accomplished through the contact page.

The following chart shows how many visitors came to the website through referrals from other websites, and what those websites were:

Stats for Rapidan District website for referrers for all days ending 4-3-14

Stats for Rapidan District website for referrers for all days ending 4-3-14

Please note: these charts are for “all-time” and that “all-time Facebook referrals” number 258. This statistic would indicate that Facebook is a very valuable resource for people to find our website, yet it accounts for only 19% of the visitors. This lends credibility to the advice that “Although it is true that all Facebook users use the Internet, not all Internet users use Facebook. Using BOTH is good marketing strategy.”

These statistics show that this website is continuing to provide value to people who are interested in what is happening with the Ruritan Clubs within the Rapidan District. These statistics support the campaign that encourages all local Ruritan Clubs, and Ruritan Districts, to have websites and Facebook pages, too!

So…. Happy Two Month Anniversary to the Ruritan Rapidan District website, and here’s hoping for many more similarly productive months to come!



Before You Enjoy the Ham and Oyster Dinner in Brightwood, Come For Breakfast in Unionville!

People eating pancakes (free clip art)

People eating pancakes (free clip art)

There will be no need for lunch if you dedicate the day to Ruritan meals on March 8th! If at the end of the day, having gone to both of the Ruritan meals, you are still hungry, you have nobody to blame but yourself!

If you are in the Unionville area the morning of March 8, the East Orange Ruritan Club would love to have you drop by for some good food and fellowship!

They will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast Saturday, March 8, 7-10 a.m. at the club’s home located at Rts. 20 and 522 in Unionville. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, apples, sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, coffee, ice tea, water and orange juice. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-10. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 540-854-8814