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.


Spelling Bee in Neighboring Rockingham District

Spelling bee logo from Rockingham District

Spelling bee logo from Rockingham District


From the Desk of the Governor, Al MacDonald:

This past Saturday, March 1, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Rockingham District Ruritan Spelling Bee. It took place at the WVPT PBS studio in Harrisonburg, VA. Our national President Elect Bobby Burton and his wife Linda were in attendance, along with Perry Marshman, their National Director. Rockingham District Governor Susan Greisz was a gracious hostess for the event, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

The contestants, along with their supporting family members, were certainly a pleasure to be amongst. I soon realized that I would be hard put to compete in a Spelling Bee with any of these gifted adolescents.

It is a great opportunity when Ruritan Districts can come together and share their experiences. I would also like to mention that our Rapidan door is always open, and we are available to assist other districts in any way we can.

Thanks again to Susan and the entire Rockingham District for a memorable visit, and a job well done.

Yours in Ruritan,
Al MacDonald
District Governor

spelling bee flyer - frontside

spelling bee flyer – frontside

spelling bee flyer - backside

spelling bee flyer – backside