From the Desk of the 2015 District Governor of Rapidan District:
Words cannot describe how anxious and excited I was to be “in charge” of the Rapidan District’s convention. Truth be told, I was as nervous as a squirrel in a room full of dogs! People kept reassuring me that so many people would chip in and help, and let me tell you, to my great delight, people actually DID chip in and help – a lot! Seems as if every time I turned around, someone was asking how they could help! A lot of seasoned Ruritan members just “knew” what needed to be done, and did it without being asked.
It would be impossible for me to list off the names of everyone that helped, because I am sure that many people just did what they saw needed to be done, and did it, silently, in the background. Parts of the day are a blur to me, with so many people coming up and helping, I know that I will forget some names, (especially who all helped me prepare the table centerpieces!) and I am sorry for that. If I remember more names, I will add them as I remember them.
Here is a partial list of names, and thanks, to people, for all they did this past year, to help me perform my tasks and duties:
Michael Urbanek, my hubby, for being supportive of my Ruritan activities, and helping when he can.
Hank Smith, my friend, and frequent driver.
Donna Smith, Hank’s wife, for lending her hubby to me when I needed a driver!
Bobby Burton, our National President, for being our featured speaker.
Linda Burton, Bobby’s wife, for her support of all things Ruritan, and for her support of her hubby.
Fred Creasy, mentor, and original Zone 1 Governor, and original Convention Committee Chairperson. You will be forever missed.
Perry Marshman, mentor, final Convention Chairperson, sounding board, and the reason I agreed to get involved in the District Cabinet.
Al MacDonald, mentor, sounding board, final Zone 1 Governor, and the 2014 District Governor. And for all the physical help at the Convention.
Bob Houck, my frequent driver to Cabinet meetings, mentor, sounding board, and the MC of the Awards Banquet and Installation Ceremony last night.
Emily & Fulton Payne, for their massive amounts of hours dedicated to the Cabinet and the Convention. And for listening to me vent, and for their frequent reassurances that things will come together.
Sarah Kelly, for helping me to adjust my perspective from time to time, helping to hand out the door prizes, and for her never-ending enthusiasm.
Irene Luck, for being my Lt. Governor this year, and for the exceptional amount of help at the convention with the set-up and break-down at the Convention.
Coral Losinski, for helping with the set-up and break-down at the Convention, and for overseeing the Christmas Cards for Vets at the Convention.
Greg Payne – great job being our chaplain, and great job doing our candlelight ceremony for the memorial service!
Culpeper’s Boy Scout troop 196, for doing our color guard presentation for the opening flag ceremony at the Convention.
Forrest Whorton, and his horse Zeke, for your service as an inspirational tribute to our veterans at the Convention. Inspirational!
John Jewell, of Jewell Tone Music, and his students Melody and Jeremiah, for their musical entertainment at the Convention. Awesome!
Lori Horton, for help at the convention doing whatever I asked her to do to help out, and helping to keep me laughing so I could get through it all. 😉
The Lignum Ruritan Club, for providing the snacks and beverages for the convention prior to the banquet.
The Monticello Ruritan Club for making our Convention an important part of their fund-raising efforts, and for providing the youth for our closing Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
Susan Greitz, Glen Broadwater, and Pat Davis, for coming to our Convention as guests.
Andy Anderson, for helping with the Silent Auction and Ham Raffle.
Special thanks to the clubs that created exhibit tables!
Hundreds of photos have been taken of the convention, and hopefully, in the near future, those photos will be shared on this website on a special page dedicated to those photos. It will take weeks to sort through them, crop, and resize them to be able to be put on the site. Thanks to all who have submitted photos! A few of them can be seen below (details of the photos can be viewed by hovering your mouse over the photo):