ABOUT US

WHO ARE THE RURITANS?

We are a group of community minded citizens joining together to meet community needs while embracing the Ruritan motto of Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service. 

What do we do?

Ruritan’s purpose is to create a better understanding among people, and, through volunteer community service, make America’s communities better places in which to live, work, and raise families. Club membership represents a cross-section of the community in which the club serves and is not restrictive with regard to occupation, social-position, or any other specific criteria. We do this by organizing ourselves into several Community Service Committees, each with specific areas of interest. Every club member serves on one or more committees.

Ruritan Sunday

Each year on a Sunday during May, Ruritan clubs nationwide observe the civic group’s founding.

Members are invited to attend worship service together, usually at a member’s church.

Abingdon Ruritan Club worshipped with Union Baptist Church (UBC) on May 19, 2024.  Pictures are members and spouses who attended.  The service was conducted by the UBC Youth and was very inspirational.  Our group then went to Nick’s Spaghetti & Steak House afterwards for lunch.

Ruritan Sunday

“Except for my family and church, Ruritan is most important to me.”
This expression is heard frequently when Ruritans meet and reflects the kind of persons that make up the membership of Ruritan Clubs. Most are solid citizens with deep religious convictions. When Ruritan started in Holland, Virginia on May 21, 1928, the leaders of that small community gathered with the hope that the fellowship at the monthly evening meal would lead to a spirit of goodwill between the “town folk” and the farmers; i.e. urban and rural. The motto, “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service” indicates a growth in the concept of the club purpose that caused its ideal to grow from the original fellowship to become the most active civic service organization in America in terms of service to the community.
Much of the community service provided by Ruritan Clubs
during their history has benefited churches; particularly small and beginning churches.
It is appropriate, therefore, that this day of worship be designated as “Ruritan Sunday” in honor of these thousands of dedicated persons who have given of themselves to make the churches stronger and the communities better places in which to live and
work.
CREATING THRIVING COMMUNITIES
ACROSS AMERICA

On Ruritan Sunday, May 19th 2024, we also pause to remember our members who passed this past year:

ARC members will meet at Union Baptist Church 9254 Guinea Rd, Hayes, VA 23072 ·

Recognizing Our Members

At the Abingdon Ruritan May Membership Meeting, President Rick Scott presented perfect attends pins to 45 members from 1 year to 59 years as shown in this photograph.  Graham Blake is the member with 59 years of perfect attendance.  The years of service for these members totaled 784 years. 

Listening to Our Community

At the February monthly meeting of the Abingdon Ruritan Club attending members and guests were treated to a wonderful presentation by Thane Harpole. Thane is the Co-Director of the Fairfield Foundation since its founding in 2000. He spoke primarily on the Catlett House and the efforts that have been undertaken to preserve it. His talk captured the fascinating history of early settlers in Gloucester County.

Pictured (right) are Guest Speaker Thane Harpole with Abingdon Ruritan Club Programs Chair Mary Lou Privott.

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January Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Johnny Moore (right) with ARC President Rick Scott (left)

The speaker at the Abingdon Ruritan Club January Membership Meeting was Johnny Moore, Governor of the Ruritan Chesapeake District.  He is a Pharmacist who worked for Kmart Pharmacy 30 years during which time he became District Manager covering Virginia and parts of North Carolina and West Virginia.  He has received numerous awards throughout his career and has always been willing to “give back” to his profession by helping others.  He volunteers as a Pharmacist for the Cheryl Watson Free Clinic for Hanover residents.  He is also a member of the Medical Reserve Corps where he helped at many of the COVID vaccine clinics.  Photo: President Rick Scott and Johnny Moore.

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Thanking our Volunteers

Rachel was recognized as the Abingdon Ruritan Club Volunteer of the Year 2023. She accepted her plaque at the February Membership Meeting from the 2023 President, Tony Dziadul. She has volunteered at every Abingdon Ruritan Club Seafood Festival since the beginning. In addition, she has participated in many functions of the Club, to include the Children’s Christmas Party and other major events. Thank you, Rachel, and wishing you many more years to come.

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Worship in our Community

The Abingdon Ruritan Club celebrated Ruritan Sunday by attending a service at the Union Baptist Church in Hayes Va. Ruritan Sunday signifies the day of worship in honor of the thousands of dedicated people who have given of themselves to make the churches stronger and the communities better places in which to live and work.

Pictured from left to right in front row: Wanda Sprouse, Mary Lou Privott, Jhie Hale, Rose Taylor. Second row: Sandra Hogge, Janet Kyle, Danny Privott, Yvonne Scales, Dianne Woolley. Third row: Graham Blake, David Kyle, Rupert Thomas, Allen Scales, Julianna Woolley. Back row: John Foster and Rick Taylor

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