Culpeper Ruritan Club Installs Officers for 2016

Back row: L-R Robert Houck, DonShuman, Dave Lockridge, Oliver Lohr, Aaron Martinak, Tim Rinker, Front row not identified (Photo credit Skip Price)

Back row: L-R Robert Houck, DonShuman, Dave Lockridge, Oliver Lohr, Aaron Martinak, Tim Rinker, Front row not identified. (Photo credit Skip Price)

The Culpeper Ruritan Club installed their Club Officers for 2016 on December 7, 2015, during their Annual Christmas Dinner and Spouses Night Party held at the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Home in Culpeper, VA. Rapidan District Treasurer, Robert Houck installed the new officers. The club officers will serve as the leaders of the Culpeper Ruritan Club from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

The officers installed were: Don Shuman, President, Dave Lockridge, Vice President, Oliver Lohr, Treasurer, Aaron Martinak, Secretary, and Tim Rinker, First Year Director. Also in attendance during the dinner was the Zone 1 Governor of the Rapidan District, Al MacDonald.

Douglas Schmitt (photo by Skip Price)

Douglas Schmitt (photo by Skip Price)

Musical entertainment was provided during the dinner by Douglas Schmitt.

Culpeper Ruritan Club Veterans – In The News

The awarding of certificates of appreciation to the Culpeper Ruritan Club’s veterans were mentioned on the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star’s website on September 27, 2015.

Culpeper Ruritan Veterans Mentioned in the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

Culpeper Ruritan Veterans Mentioned in the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

Rapidan District Cabinet Honors Culpeper Ruritan Club Veterans

John Croft. Posey Howell, Linda Bradshaw, Don Shuman (photo credit Hank Smith)

John Croft. Posey Howell, Linda Bradshaw, Don Shuman (photo credit Hank Smith)

The military veterans of the Culpeper Ruritan Club were honored September 12, 2015 at the Culpeper Ruritan’s annual picnic in Culpeper, VA, by presenting them with certificates of appreciation from the Rapidan District Cabinet 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.

The veterans honored were Curtis Brooking, John D. Croft, Craig Dennis, Posey Howell, Donald H. Shuman, Jr., and William D. Sisk.

Culpeper Ruritan Club In The News

The Culpeper Ruritan Club was mentioned in the Culpeper Star-Exponent’s printed newspaper and website dated March 9, 2014. The newspaper article was “above the fold” on Page A1 (front page news!) and continued on to page A4. The online version of the story can be found by clicking on this link: Culpeper Ruritan Club In The News

Culpeper Ruritan’s President Gary Close’s color photograph was part of the printed story on page A1. Following is a copy (sorry you can’t actually read it from this image because of the poor quality…. but the text of the article can be read below the image, and at least you can see that it existed!)

Culpeper Star-Exponent Page A1 March 9, 2014

Culpeper Star-Exponent Page A1 March 9, 2014

This is the text of the story in both the print and online version, copied and pasted from the Culpeper Star-Exponent’s website:

Culture, business higlights of ‘State of Community’

By Jeff Say (540) 825-0771 ext. 115 | Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:00 am

Culpeper County is a vibrant, artistic community that is seeing growth again, according to the “State of the Community” luncheon hosted by the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce Friday.

Fourteen speakers from throughout the business and non-profit community spoke at the luncheon, detailing how Culpeper is continuing to grow and the needs the area faces.

Culpeper’s artistic scene is one of those areas of growth, with the addition of the State Theatre in 2013, and now a possible art center.

Gary Close, of the Culpeper Arts Council, talked about an art center possibly moving into the former Museum of Culpeper History building on South Main Street. The museum will open its new location at the Depot in April.

The seven-person arts council was formed to promote arts in the community and one of the missions of the council was to find a permanent arts center location.

Close said the council is looking very closely at the old museum site as it has “great access and visibility.”

“It would need very little modification for an art center,” he said. “It would be one of three cultural jewels (along with the State Theatre and the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus) of Culpeper.”

The council has also approached the Culpeper Ruritans Club about hosting a juried art festival in May 2015 at Yowell Meadow Park.

Close said prospective businesses will look at cultural impact for places to locate.

Another key proponent to drawing businesses is having a strong retail presence, which Culpeper has on Main and Davis streets. Kelsey Carlson, president of Culpeper Renaissance Inc. and owner of Green Roost, talked about the strength of Culpeper’s retail. “Retail is on an upswing,” Carlson said. “We’re finding consumers are starting to spend again.” She remarked that nationally, online spending is growing but that Culpeper residents are embracing on spending locally.

One of the groups that is spending more online is seniors, which Aging Together executive director Chris Miller said is one of the largest groups in Culpeper. “We’re not planning for the age wave anymore, we’re riding it,” she said.

She said that a study conducted in 2010 showed that 52 percent of residents 50 or older were satisfied with quality of living in the county, compared to a national average of 40 percent.

She said Culpeper’s attention to family caregivers could help position it to draw in more business. Miller said 70 percent of all care giving is done by family caregivers and 45 percent of that number also provide medical care. “Having a community that will address family care giving will strengthen the work force,” Miller said.

John Marshall, Bingham and Taylor, and on the Major Industry Committee spoke about how major industry is impacted in the county and talked about improvements major industry businesses have made. He pointed out Merchants Grocery, which has been in the county since 1917, recently put on a 27,000 square foot expansion.

“There’s a lot going on at major industry companies and there’s no better place to be (than Culpeper County),” Marshall said. Cole Johnson, of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, echoed that sentiment for 501c3 organizations. She pointed out that there will be a day of giving May 6 for non-profits where residents can donate online and non-profits will be eligible for prizes through the foundation. “We want to be a catalyst for charitable growth in Culpeper, Madison, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties,” Johnson said.

The day wrapped up with Chamber CEO Jim Charapich thanking the speakers for coming out and sharing information about the community.

“Let’s keep making Culpeper a great place,” Charapich said.