WELCOME to Abingdon Ruritan Club’s website. Below you will see some of the things our club is planning and some of the things we have already done. You may click on the various tabs to get more information about specific things such as facility rentals, seafood festivals, scholarships, community service committees, etc. We hope you will visit this site often to see what we have done and what we are doing to serve our community and to help make it a great place to live.


New Officers Installed for 2023

At the annual Christmas Party on December 12, 2022 the Abingdon Ruritans installed the new Officers for the upcoming 2023 year. Mike Morrison, President-elect for Ruritan National inducted the new officers.

President – Tony Dziadul
Vice President – Wanda Sprouse
Secretary – Dianne Woolley
Treasure – Ann Dugas
5 year Director – Gene Midkiff

From left to right, Gene Midkiff 5 year Director, Ann Dugas treasurer, Dianne Woolley secretary, Wanda Sprouse vice- president and Tony Dziadul president, Mike Morrison.


Welcome New Members December 2022

Initiated on December 12, 2022: Raven Cash, Jay Mathieu, Hugh Hornsby, & Brooke Burton


Outstanding Club President Award

Left to right: Don Sandridge, David Onesty, and Mary Lou Shepherd

At the November meeting of ARC, Don Sandridge and Mary Lou Shepherd presented the 2021 Outstanding Club President Award to Dave Onesty for 2021. The award is given to club presidents who have met numerous requirements as required by Ruritan National.


At the November meeting of ARC, Don Sandridge presented the Blue Ribbon Award for 2021 to 2021 President Dave Onesty and 2022 VP Mary Lou Shepherd. The Blue Ribbon award is given to clubs who have met numerous requirements as required by Ruritan National.

Left to right: Don Sandridge, David Onesty, and Mary Lou Shepherd


New Board Officers elected for our upcoming 2023 year at ARC!

Left to right: Ann Dugas, Dianne Woolley, Tony Dziadul, Wanda Sprouse and Gene Midkiff

Incoming 2023 Abingdon Ruritan Officers

President – Tony Dziadul
Vice President – Wanda Sprouse
Secretary – Dianne Woolley
Treasure – Ann Dugas
5 year Director – Gene Midkiff

Congratulations to our new slate of officers for 2023. Their term begins on January 1, 2023.




Thank you for joining us.

November 2022 New members

Vice President, Mary Lou Shepherd welcomes Carl Ray
Will Hale, right, sponsors Rodney Miller

August 2022 New members

Shown above are new members who were inducted at the August 2022 Membership Meeting and their sponsors. James Case (sponsored by Don Sciria not shown); President Frank; Stan McMurtrie (sponsored by Sid Dugas); and Jeremy Shaarda (sponsored by his Mom Liz Simmons).


June 2022 New members

Welcome new members. Top, Mary and Mike Crandall with sponsors, Barbara and Walter priest; Bottom left, Mark Bradford, sponsor Don Sciria; Middle, Cathy Dale, sponsor Mary Lou Shepherd; Bottom right, Jhie Hale, sponsor Bill Hale.

New members with their sponsors.




Rebecca Lane, National Director Chesapeake District, installed our 2022 board members. Frank Gillerlian was installed as president, Mary Lou Shepherd as vice president, Ann Dugas as treasurer, Dianne Woolley as secretary, and Roger Dick as 1st year director.





We are growing -17 new Members in 2021

We welcome you on your special day!

1st row: President Dave welcomes new member Kristen Lochridge at our May Membership Meeting with sponsor, Bunny Ekdahl and new member, Bryan Holland, with sponsor Don Sciria
2nd row: President Dave and VP Frank welcomed four new members at our October
Membership Meeting. Pictured (left to right) are VP Frank; Chris Lamb, sponsored by
Mary Lou Shepherd; David Bowles & Abby Bowles, sponsored by Linda Oast;
Wanda Sprouse, sponsored by Sandra Hogge; and President Dave.
3rd Row: VP Frank; New Members Randy Fisher, Brenda Fisher, John Pendergraft,
Jeanie Pendergraft, Krista O’Neil, Steve O’Neil; and ARC President Dave. August Membership Meeting. Not shown are the new members’ sponsors who are: Marsha Weatherwax (Fishers’ sponsor); Tony Dziadul (Pendergrafts’ sponsor); and Roger Dick (O’Neil’s sponsor).
4th row: President Dave welcomed three new members at our September Membership Meeting. Pictured (left to right): Vickie Roberts, Mary McCracken, Walter McCracken, and President Dave. Vickie was sponsored by Julie Woolley. Mary & Walter were sponsored by Mary Lou Shepherd.

Welcome ARC Members Inducted November 2021!!

Raising us to 16 new members.
President Dave Onesty inducted Tina Lewis (sponsored by Roger Dick) and Scott Olmsted (sponsored by Dave Onesty) at the November Membership Meeting.

Welcome ARC #17 Newest Member Inducted December 2021!!

The Abingdon Ruritan Club recently welcomed a new member, Dean Marzocca. He was sponsored by fellow member Marsha Weatherwax. Pictured is Marzocca (left) with President Dave Onesty.

November 2021 New Member Dinner

Our16 new members and their sponsors met for fellowship, a meal, and discussion on the importance of being a Ruritan.

2021 Abingdon Ruritan Club New members above. New member sponsors below.

The rewards from the fellowship and goodwill among members coupled with the satisfaction of helping make our community a better place to live make membership in the Abingdon Ruritan Club a great choice.

Thank you sponsors!


ARC New Member Sponsors


Abingdon Ruritan Club
marks 65th Anniversary

ARC recently hit another milestone of service to the Community – Chartered on October 8, 1956 – we reached 65 years of continuous service on October 8, 2021. See our “ABOUT US” page for full story.



BUILDING RENTAL:   Our building and our grounds are available for rentals!

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.

Ruritan National does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, color, political affiliation, handicap, or gender.

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 plant sea 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.