Welcome to our club’s pages! Our club like everyone else, had to make changes to our normal activities and meetings during the pandemic. We continued to care for our community with as many limited projects and activities as allowed under the restrictions. After more than a year, we recently resumed our monthly in-person meetings and we look forward to completing projects that had to be delayed. Unfortunately, the COVID restrictions forced us to cancel three Seafood Festivals (see announcement below) and to significantly curtail our building rentals as well during the pandemic. Thankfully, we are now at a point where planning is underway to hold the Fall Seafood Festival on October 20, 2021. Details on the Festival will be forthcoming along with other exciting news and events.
The Gloucester Chamber of Commerce and the Abingdon Ruritan Club will present a Murder Mystery Theater, with a Roaring 20’s Theme, on June 5th, 6-9 pm, at the Ruritan Club. Tickets are $60 per person and $100 for a couple. The event will be limited to 100 tickets and sold on pay pal. With the admission ticket, you not only get to attend the theater but to have scrumpous food and 2 tickets each for wine or beer. Additional wine and beer may be purchased. This event is a one of a kind for our Ballroom, and promises to be fun. All ticket holders are expected to wear apparel appropriate to the 1920’s. Club volunteers will join other Chamber members to make this happen. POC is Mary Lou Shepherd
Seafood Festival Announcement:
At the present time, the Abington Ruritan Club is practicing an abundance of caution in its decision to not have its traditional seafood festival in May. This decision was made to ensure the safety of our guests and our members. Planning is already underway for the return to our traditional festivals with the next one being October 20, 2021. The information for that festival will be posted on Facebook and this website as soon as the details are worked out.
BUILDING RENTAL: Our building and our grounds are still available for rentals, so long as all of the Virginia and Federal COVID-19 restrictions are observed by our renters.
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.
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. Programs for monthly meetings are used to inform, train, and entertain our members.
Here’s just a sample of what we normally 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 thousands of dollars in renewable Scholarships each year. For additional information click Scholarship Opportunities
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 – Bears are given to the Sheriff’s Office, Fire & Rescue, and Nursing Homes for distribution to children in accidents or in vulnerable situations, or to adults who need comfort.
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.
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, participate in Meals on Wheels, and donate pet food to the Humane Society.
Teamwork – We care for the environment by participating in Clean Gloucester Days and by picking up roadside and shoreline trash, and we have helped grass for erosion control. 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.
Visit our Community Service Committees page to learn more.