Guest Speaker Suggestion – LifeNet Health

Life Net Health Logo

Life Net Health Logo

From the Desk of the 2015 Rapidan District Governor, Linda Bradshaw:

We received a message through our contact form on this website from an organization that I think may be worthy of consideration for possible guest speaker(s) at our local Ruritan Clubs. Below is the copy and paste message from the contact form.

Hello, I am the Community Education Coordinator for LifeNet Health for this region. LifeNet Health is the federally-designated Organ Procurement Organization for most of Virginia and part of West Virginia. LifeNet Health is also one of the largest, most respected tissue banks in the country. We are responsible for all of the organ and tissue donations in our service area. As such we are also responsible for providing education about organ and tissue donation to correct the many myths and misconceptions about donation that exist in our community.

I’m writing to let you know about our speaker’s bureau. Our speakers are donor family members and transplant recipients who share their personal stories about donation as well as providing the facts about how the donation process works.

We would love to provide a speaker for an upcoming Ruritans Rapidan meeting. Please contact me at or by phone at 804-317-4811 to arrange a speaker.

Thanks for your consideration.

Patti Dean

Here are two YouTube videos about their organization:

Their website is can be accessed by clicking the following link: Life Net Health Website

Honorable William Suter Guest Speaker for Belmont Ruritan Club January 2015 Meeting

William Suter (photo from Wikipedia)

William Suter (photo from Wikipedia)

The Honorable William Suter, will be the featured guest speaker January 6, 2015, at 7pm at the Belmont Ruritan Club’s monthly meeting. Suter, a Vietnam War and Gulf War veteran, was the Assistant Judge Advocate of the US Army from August 1, 1985 to February 1, 1991, and the 19th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States from February 1, 1991 to August 31, 2013. His full bio can be read on Wikipedia

This meeting promises to be extremely interesting, and Belmont Ruritan members are encouraged to invite prospective new members (our friends, relatives, and neighbors) to attend this meeting to learn about our club, our community service, and enjoy the goodwill, good food and fellowship.

Greene County Ruritan to Participate in Independence Day Celebration in Stanardsville

Statue of Liberty (free clip art)

Statue of Liberty (free clip art)

Greene County Ruritan members plan to participate in the July 5, 2015 Stanardsville Independence Day parade, and other volunteer duties to assist the Stanardsville Independence Day Committee with their plans for festivities in Stanardsville VA. The Stanardsville Independence Day Committee is raising money to fund the festivities.

Donors, sponsors, and parade float entrants are being sought. A parade is being planned, with prizes for the top three parade entries. Additional events will be determined by level of funding raised. Lots of family activities, local music, some reenactors, local artisans and vendors, and a few surprises are being planned.

The event will be free to the public and the Stanardsville Independence Day Committee hopes to raise enough money to put on a professional fireworks show.

No donation is too large or too small. Naming rights and advertised sponsorships available.

For more information, call Michael at 540-290-8344 or email at

A crowdfunding website and Facebook page will be created shortly.

Everyone is welcome! Come and share in the hospitality of the small town of Stanardsville!