Jefferson VA Ruritans Install New Officers and Initiate Four New Members

L-R: Paul Oesterreicher, Berthel Watkins, Buddy Williams, Perry Cabot, Evelyn Caroline, David Rowe, Al MacDonald (photo by Jefferson Ruritan Club)

L-R: Paul Oesterreicher, Berthel Watkins, Buddy Williams, Perry Cabot, Evelyn Caroline, David Rowe, Al MacDonald (photo by Jefferson Ruritan Club)

The families and guests of the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club celebrated the installation of the new club officers, and the initiation of four new club members. The celebration was held during the club’s December 2015 Christmas dinner/meeting at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton, VA. Al MacDonald, the Rapidan District’s Zone Governor for the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club performed both ceremonies.

L-R: David Rowe, Betsy Dovell, Jennifer Caroline, Tamara Dovell, Troy Dovell, Al MacDonald (photo by Jefferson Ruritan Club)

L-R: David Rowe, Betsy Dovell, Jennifer Caroline, Tamara Dovell, Troy Dovell, Al MacDonald (photo by Jefferson Ruritan Club)

The 2016 Jefferson Ruritan Club officers installed were: David Rowe, President, Perry Cabot, Secretary, Evelyn Caroline, Treasurer, and directors Paul Oesterreicher, Berthel Watkins, and Buddy Williams.

The new members installed were: Jennifer Caroline, Betsy Dovell, Tamara Dovell, and Troy Dovell.


Monticello Ruritan Club Honors Military Veteran and Welcomes Two New Members

Linda Bradshaw, Samuel Thacker, Wayne Shifflett (photo credit Hank Smith)

Linda Bradshaw, Samuel Thacker, Wayne Shifflett (photo credit Hank Smith)

Samuel Thacker, a military veteran of the Monticello Ruritan Club was honored August 11, 2015 at the Monticello Ruritan’s July meeting in Scottsville, VA, with a certificate of appreciation from the Rapidan District Cabinet during a visit by the Rapidan District Governor, Linda Bradshaw. The presentation of the certificate is part of the Rapidan District’s plans to thank, appreciate, and honor all of their local club’s veterans. The Monticello Ruritan Club further honored Thacker by presenting him with a “veteran” tab that fastens to the back of his Ruritan Membership lapel pin. The tab was presented by the Monticello Ruritan Club’s president, Wayne Shifflett.

During the same meeting, the Monticellow Ruritan Club welcomed two new members, Tim and Rhonda Scovill. The membership induction was also performed by Linda Bradshaw. Said Bradshaw “It is always an honor to be invited to welcome new Ruritan members to the clubs!”

Tim Scovill, Rhonda Scovill, Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Hank Smith)

Tim and Rhonda Scovill induction to Monticellow Ruritan, performed by Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Hank Smith)


Local Ruritan Leaders Attend National Conference

L-R: Sarah Kelly, Linda Bradshaw

L-R: Sarah Kelly, Linda Bradshaw

Sarah Kelly and Linda Bradshaw attended the 2015 Ruritan National Summer Leadership Conference June 18-20 at the New River Community College in Dublin, VA. While they were there, they learned about new programs to improve America’s communities and revitalize the community service organization.

The conference was sponsored by the Ruritan National Office in Dublin, VA. as part of the organization’s ongoing training program for volunteer leaders.

Sarah is a member of the Stonewall District Ruritan Club in Winchester, and is the National Director of the Rapidan and Rockingham Districts.

Linda is a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club in Culpeper and is the Rapidan District’s Governor and Publicity Chair.

Attendees of the conference included Ruritan District Governors, Lt. Governors and Area Governors from Districts and Areas across 25 states, as well as other District leaders along with a host of volunteer speakers and seminar leaders.

At the conference, participants also met with national volunteer leaders and Ruritan staff members to discuss current issues and activities that affect Ruritan clubs and Ruritan members in their districts and areas. Some of the topics discussed included growth and development, leadership training, publicity, the Ruritan Foundation, and legal issues.

Conference participants represented 28,000 Ruritan members in over 40 Ruritan Districts and Areas that reach from the tidewater area of Virginia to the corn belts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.