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 went 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 be aware that we have a new policy regarding the bringing of pop-up tents/canopies onto into our Seafood Festivals: they are no longer allowed. Please leave them at home.
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” ❤️
__________________________________________________________________________Did you know that we have a Can Cottage on our grounds that benefits The Giving Garden, a local charity serving cancer patients? Giving Garden volunteers collect and sell the aluminum cans that people donate in the cottage, and they use the proceeds to assist cancer patients with unmet financial needs. Why not bag up your empty aluminum cans and bring them to the Can Cottage?
Relay-for-Life Clam Chowder Sale
The Abingdon Ruritan Club’s Relay-for-Life team had a very busy and productive fundraising weekend with its clam chowder sale and its concession at the Home and Garden show on March 4. The chowder sold out very quickly, and the concession stand did a brisk business selling pizza, hot dogs and beverages. The concession was very profitable due to the generous donation of the hot dogs, buns and beverages by Rick Helton of the Gloucester Wal-Mart and the donation of the pizzas by Papa Murphy’s, Yorktown. Their support of Relay-for-Life is greatly appreciated.
Our Relay For Life Team, the Speedy Diesel Mechanics, also sold homemade cedar bluebird boxes as part of the fundraising weekend. They are still available and if you would like to get one, please call us and leave a message for Dave, our team captain. Dave is pictured below holding a blue bird house and a handmade fishing rod donated by Severn Wharf Custom Rods. The rod will be awarded to the lucky ticket holder at the Gloucester Relay in June.
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. Today 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.