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.
Our club is vibrant, vigorous, and robust! Members, both men and women, work together to continue the vision of our founders by working to better our community.
Ruritan National does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, color, political affiliation, handicap, or gender.
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.
2018 News You Can Use
Fall Seafood Festival 2018: If you would like to attend our October Seafood Festival on the 3rd Wednesday in October, check back later this summer when we will post a date when tickets become available for it.
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?
The deadline for submitting 2017-18 College Scholarship Application Forms has passed. However, the forms are still posted on our Scholarship Opportunities Page in order to let rising Gloucester High School/Gloucester Home Schooled seniors know what we look for and to consider applying next year.
On Saturday, June 2, 16 members and 4 guests of the Abingdon Ruritan Club donned their Guinea boots to pick up trash at the public boat landing at Brown’s Bay as part of Clean The Bay Day. The group collected 4100 pounds of trash which was hauled away by B&S Refuse as contributed by Club Member Jim Stevens. Shown here assembled at the river’s edge are l-r: Rupert Thomas, Mike Ekdahl, Guest Billy Wayne Hogge, Mary Lou Shepherd, Walter Priest, Andrea Crawford, Julie Woolley, Rose Taylor; 2nd row, Roger Dick, Guest Thomas Brown (B&S Refuse), Al LaRoche, Allen Scales, Jimmy Leiffer, Dianne Woolley, Rick Taylor, Guest Leslie Bowie (Gloucester Clean Community Coordinator), Pete Shepherd, Glen Aycock, Guest Michelle Turlington and not pictured Yvonne Scales
Visit our Community Services Committees page to see photos and details about some of our activities in 2018, or scroll down for a quick overview.
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.