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.
Blue Ribbon Award
The Abingdon Ruritan Club recently received the Blue Ribbon Award for 2020. Several accomplishments must be achieved in order for a Ruritan Club to receive this distinction, which include; having 90% membership attendance at every monthly meeting and at least one project completed by each of the five Community Service Committees.
ARC’s 2020 President, Jimmy Leiffer, also received the Outstanding Club President Award. Johnny Moore (left) , Ruritan Chesapeake District Governor, presented Jimmy Leiffer with both awards at the Club’s June membership meeting.
Ruritan Clubs in observing the founding of Ruritan
Each year on a Sunday in the month of May, our club joins the many other Ruritan Clubs in observing the founding of Ruritan. Members are invited to attend a worship service together. A different place of worship, usually a member’s church, is selected, each year.
You can find news coverage of our activities published in our local newspapers, The Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal, Glo-Quips, and The Daily Press.
Ruritan National’s History
Ruritan National’s web site provides extensive information about our national community service organization. Ruritan is made up of local clubs in urban areas, small towns and rural communities Currently nearly 30,000 members throughout the United States work to improve more than 1,100 local communities. Since the organization’s beginning in 1928, Ruritan Clubs have served America under the motto of “Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service” .
The name “Ruritan” was suggested by Daisy Nurney, a reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and the club’s charter members unanimously adopted “Ruritan” as the organization’s name. The word is a combination of the Latin words for open country “ruri” and small town “tan,” interpreted as pertaining to rural and small town life.
Abingdon Ruritan Club’s History
Abingdon Ruritan Club was chartered in September 1956, with 29 members. It has since grown to over 100 members, dedicating their efforts to supporting the community. Our building was built by members and dedicated on February 27, 1993. It has been the site for rentals for hundreds of functions, such as fundraisers for the Free Clinic, Humane Society, and others, and private uses such as weddings and receptions, birthday parties, and family reunions. The building is provided as a community service to the Red Cross for blood drives and as a polling place for the Achilles precinct. Each year our outdoor festival area is the site of the Guinea Heritage Association’s Guinea Jubilee and is occasionally rented for concerts and other outdoor activities.
Meet our Abingdon Ruritan Club President
Officers and Board of Directors 2021
Back row: Chuck Harris, David Kyle, Mike Ekdhal, Yvonne Scales, Frank Collins Seated: Jimmy Leiffer, Dianne Woolley, David Onesty, Frank Gillerlain , Ann Dugas
Many members of our club serve at the Zone, District, and National levels. Currently serving at the Zone Level are Don Sandridge (Zone 4 Governor) and Rose Taylor (LT. Governor). We are very proud of our member Elliott Hogge who served as Ruritan’s National President in 2013-2014.