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.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORMS ARE ONLINE!
2017 graduating seniors of Gloucester High School or a Home School Program in Gloucester County are eligible to apply for one of two renewable Abingdon Ruritan Club scholarships. Visit our Scholarship page! (Note: Children of club members are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.) Applications are usually due around the end of April. See the application for this year’s exact date.
Spring Seafood Festival Tickets will go on sale on March 1, 2017, and they will be available until they sell out or midnight, May 6, whichever comes first. The festival date is Wednesday, May 17.
Please note that we no longer allow pop-up tents/canopies to be brought in and erected during our seafood festivals. Our ticket holders are still welcome to bring in folding chairs. Get some tickets, bring some friends, and enjoy the music of the Feature Attraction Band (FAB) along with delicious food and beverages. Please see our Seafood Festival page for all the details.
LOOK FOR OUR NEXT CLAM CHOWDER SALE ON MARCH 4th
The Abingdon Ruritan Club’s final fundraising clam chowder sale for the year will be on Saturday, March 4th beginning at 9:00. The sale will be in the Club’s parking lot in Bena. Funds raised from this event will benefit the Club’s Relay for Life team. This is also the date of WXGM radio’s Home and Garden Show which is held inside our building.
Club president Mike Davis (left) and Ruritan National Past President Elliott Hogge were busy ladling out steaming chowder at the February sale.
The next American Red Cross Blood Drives at our club house will be on March 28 and November 28, 2017.
Plan now to join us to “Give the gift of life” ❤️
In 2016 we celebrated our club’s 60th anniversary and the men from various faiths and occupations who joined together dedicated to making our community a better place to live and raise families, applying the values of fellowship, goodwill, and community service. During 2016 our club donated approximately $62,000 and provided many hours of community service. Our club is 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. Here’s a Quick Peek at some of the things we do!
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.
And Much, Much, More – Visit our Community Services Committees pages to learn more.