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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Nine Month Anniversary of Rapidan District Going Online!

9 candle cake (free clip art)

9 candle cake (free clip art)

From the Desk of the 2014 Lt. Governor and Publicity Chairperson of the Rapidan District:

Nine 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 November 3, 2014, there have been 4941 “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 1106 “hits” on this new website. Combined, that is a total of 6047 “hits!”

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!

Club Officer Training Online

Training (free clip art)

Training (free clip art)

From the Desk of the Lt. Governor, Linda Bradshaw

As October approaches, local Ruritan Clubs are preparing to hold their elections for their officers for next year. One of the most important considerations at this point in time is the availability of the elected officers to complete their training. As I have been honored and blessed by the majority of the clubs in the Rapidan District to visit with their clubs this calendar year, I have discovered that some club officers feel that they have not received “any appropriate training” for their position.

As you can imagine, there are a variety of reasons for this situation, but that is not the point of this post. I am using this medium to utilize this opportunity at this time – election and training time, to write about the training for the club officers that is available online, through the MMS website. “MMS” is short for “Membership Management System.” You can access the website by clicking on this link: MMS.

Each club member, upon joining their local Ruritan Club, is added to the MMS database. Each member should have access to their own record in MMS. Each member is assigned a USER ID and password to access their own record. If the member has not been given that information, they should be able to get it by asking one of the club officers for the information.

For some reason the MMS program does not like the Chrome Browser – you can not see the entire record, and you cannot edit and save an edited record using Chrome. The preferred browser for MMS is Internet Explorer. So if you are planning to actually “do” anything to modify the records (like update your email address) you would be well advised to use Internet Explorer.

Once you access your record, if you are interested in taking the online training, look at the upper right hand side of the screen for the word “training.” You may see the word in two places, once in black letters under what appears to be a graduation cap, and once in white letters inside a blue bar (under that graduation cap image) in between the words “Club” and “Fund.” please click on the word that is in the blue bar.

That should open up a screen in the upper right hand corner that looks like the example screen shot below:

MMS training screen example

MMS training screen example

If you click on the link beside the desired training, it will take you to the online training course. It is a self-paced course, like a slide-show. At the end of the training course, there is a short quiz. You can take the quiz as many times as you would like to take it. Upon passing the quiz, your records in MMS will show that you have completed the course.

Ruritan National encourages all club officers to take this training every year – even if they have held their position for many years! Clubs can even become eligible to win an award for having their officers do this training (even as a refresher) every year!

For more information, please reference the PDF file (below) taken from the most recent (rev 8/13) Ruritan Club and District Officers’ Handbook:

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Rapidan District Convention Scheduled for November 29, 2014

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Convention (free clip art)

The Annual Rapidan District Convention is scheduled for Saturday, November 29, 2014 from noon to 9pm. The Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn at 1901 Emmett Street North in Charlottesville, VA.

The Rapidan District Convention is the time that all twenty-four clubs in the Rapidan District come together to vote on important issues that affect all the clubs. We hold silent auctions, and peruse informational exhibits.

All members of Ruritan are welcome to attend the convention! Tickets must be purchased for admission to the installation banquet.

This is an opportunity to meet the Ruritans that are running for a National office and hear what they have to say about their hopes for the future of our club and how they plan to help Ruritan National accomplish our goals on a National level.

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applause (free animated gif)

We learn about what the other clubs in the District have accomplished. We recognize, thank, and applaud the outstanding achievements of the clubs and individual club members during awards presentations and ceremonies.

Examples of the individual club members awards handed out during the District Convention include perfect attendance awards and Ruritan of the Year awards.

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awards (free clip art)

The local clubs are asked to send two delegates to the convention. These delegates represent the clubs during the business meeting when we vote on the issues brought before the District Board. These issues can affect the future of all the clubs in the district.

We elect and meet the next year’s District Lieutenant Governor. We thank the outgoing District Governor for his service.

The convention is when our club officers receive important news and training to help make sure that they are up-to-date on the information they need to properly do the jobs to which they have been elected.

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exhibits (free clip art)

This is also a time for fellowship; to rub elbows, exchange ideas, and break bread with members of other local clubs that you may not have met before!

When attendees arrive at the convention they check in at the registration tables. At that time they are given a program that details what event is happening where, and at what time. We sell advertising space in the program to help defray the cost of holding the convention.

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silent auction (free clip art)

The more ads that we sell, the less expensive the admission tickets will be!

(Note, admission ticket prices have been set at $12.50 as of 10/30/14)

Proceeds from those sales help cut the admission price for the people who come to this very important and fun event.

In addition to helping to defray the costs and reduce the ticket price to the Convention, local clubs receive a 20% rebate from the ads that they have purchased/sold. Selling program ads directly benefit the local clubs! The rebate checks will be awarded to the clubs during the convention.

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speeches (free clip art)

From our District Program Book Chairperson, Fulton Payne: Now is the time for our local Ruritan Clubs to start selling program book ads for our Convention Program Book.

The ads are $80 for a full page, $40 for a half page, $20 for a quarter page and $10 for an eighth page. As an extra bonus and incentive for businesses to purchase ads, any business that purchases an ad will receive a free link to their business website for one year on our official website, http://www.rapidandistrictruritan.com.

Please ask the purchaser of the ad to make the check payable to “Rapidan District Ruritan” and send the check and ad to: Fulton Payne, 855 Deerfield Rd., Louisa VA, 23093. His telephone number is 434-589-8797.  Checks without the ad or ads without the check will not be accepted.

The Cabinet asks each Club to take an ad for their Club, any size, so we could have 100% participation for the District. Please have your ads “camera ready.” Please provide new copies of your ads since we will be unable to use previous ones. Fulton will be glad to assist you with this if you need help. If you would like to e-mail your ads you can send them to Fulton at esp@embarqmail.com. The absolute deadline to submit ads is October 1st.  Ads received after that date will not appear in the 2014 Program Book.

Please plan to attend our convention, and help our Rapidan District have a great 2014 convention and a great year in 2015! If you are planning to attend the convention, please call Al MacDonald, District Governor ASAP at 804-556-5233.