Welcome to our Abingdon Ruritan Club web site, where we invite you to get to know us by browsing our pages. Our club is located in the Bena area of Gloucester County, in coastal Virginia.
What is Ruritan? 61 years ago, men from various faiths and occupations joined together dedicated to making our community a better place to live and raise families, applying the values of fellowship, goodwill, and community service. Today our club remains vibrant, vigorous, and robust, with men and women of the community working together to continue the vision of our founders by continuing to work hard for our community throughout 2017. Ruritan National does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, color, political affiliation, handicap, or gender.
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We have a Can Cottage on our grounds that benefits The Giving Garden, a local charity serving cancer patients. Why not bag up your empty aluminum cans and bring them to the Can Cottage?
2017-18 College Scholarship Application Forms are posted on our Scholarship Opportunities Page. Share them!
Visit our Community Services Committees page to see photos and details about our activities, or scroll down for a quick overview.
Our club participated in the Middle Peninsula Detachment #1317 Marine Corps League’s wreath laying ceremony at the Gloucester County Courthouse on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Yvonne Scales of the Citizenship and Patriotism Committee laid the club’s wreath.
Membership in a Ruritan Club is by invitation. We welcome anyone who is interested in working and giving time to our community projects to let us know of your interest. We meet monthly for dinner and a program. Our programs showcase organizations that our local club supports as well as topics of interest in our community. Some of our recent programs are highlighted below.
Mark Cook, a member of the local Shriners, was the guest speaker at our September membership meeting. He told us about the Shriners’ transportation program for children needing transportation for treatment at one of their childrens’ hospitals that provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
In August, our Gloucester County Director of Planning and Zoning, Anne Ducey-Ortiz, gave a very detailed and comprehensive report on the future siting of solar energy farms in the county. She pointed out that both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors have held public hearings and that additional public input will be sought as applications to site solar farms are received.
At our July meeting, club president Mike Davis presented a check for $1,000 to Master Deputy Bill Davis for the Gloucester County Project Lifesaver. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.
We are a working club! Have a quick look below:
Spring and Fall Seafood Festivals – We give back to the community over $60,000 each year.
Clam Chowder Sales – Offered in winter months with profits going back to the community.
College Scholarships – The Club awards $6000 in renewable Scholarships each year.
Gloucester Schools – We support Ruriteens, Boys and Girls State, Junior Law Cadets, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Little League Baseball, the STAR program, and the back-pack program.
Rudy Bears – “Rudy” distributes Rudy Bears to Children and Senior Adults. Bears are given to the Sheriff’s Office for distribution to children in accidents or in vulnerable situations.
Support Veterans – We participate with Veterans groups and Gloucester County on Memorial and Veterans’ Days and deliver care packages to VA Hospitals.
Support for the Homeless – Our Club participates with Community Churches in the GUEST program by providing meals and hands-on assistance for homeless individuals.
Christmas for Kids – Every December we host a party for all children, ages 8 and under, followed by a special party for Foster Kids of all ages. Santa and Mrs. Claus preside over both parties with lots of food, entertainment, fun, and presents. We also sponsor an Angel Tree for needy children with their personal “wishes” including clothes and shoes by size.
Protecting the Environment – We participate in Gloucester County Clean Up and help plant Sea Grass to save shorelines from erosion.
Benevolence – A fund is set up to help Gloucester citizens with special financial needs.
Special Emphasis – We work closely with our local Sheriff’s Office; provide our facilities for Blood Drives and local, state, and national elections; promote and provide a team for Relay for Life; and participate annually with the Guinea Jubilee. We collect and deliver food to local churches to stock their food pantries, make special deliveries to the Laurel Shelter, participate in Meals on Wheels, and donate pet food to the Humane Society.
Teamwork – We send cards and visit members who are sick and honor those with birthdays and anniversaries. All members share in cooking meals for monthly meetings, as well as working the Seafood Festivals to set up, advertise, sell tickets, cook, serve, and clean up. Members also maintain and repair ARC buildings and grounds. Programs for monthly meetings are used to inform, train, and entertain our members.
Visit our Community Services Committees page to learn more.