Salem VA Ruritan Club Installs New Officers

Ruritan logo with flag

Ruritan logo with flag

Salem VA Ruritan Club held their 2015 Officer Installation December 16, 2014 at their club headquarters in Culpeper during their regular December club meeting. Zone Governor Fred Creasy, did the honors of installing President Pat Kennedy, Vice President Robert Thornhill, Secretary Max Weber, Treasurer Barry Beale, and the new 3-year director Phil Hawkins. Two new members, Robert Baker and Douglas Lingenfelter were initiated by Creasy during the meeting. Four members received perfect attendance certificates, and club members were advised that the Salem VA Ruritan Club received a Gold Award for Social Development during the annual Rapidan District Convention held November 29, 2014.

Congrats to the new club officers, and welcome to the new members!


2014 Rapidan District Convention Message From National Director Candidate David Thompson

National Director Ad David Thompson

National Director Ad David Thompson

The following is a message from National Director Candidate David Thompson from the 2014 Rapidan District Convention:

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David Thompson Bookmark


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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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.