The Community Service Committees of a Ruritan Club are:
- Business and Professions
- Citizenship and Patriotism
- Public Services
- Social Development
At the beginning of each calendar year, the newly elected club president appoints each member to serve on one or more of these committees. Each committee plans its focus and activities for the year and works together with each other and with all club members to achieve its goals. Activities for 2017 are numerous!
The Abingdon Ruritan Club recently painted the outside north wall of the Boys & Girls Club located in the Hayes Shopping Center. This community project was organized and coordinated by Bunny Ekdahl, the club’s Public Services Committee Chair.
The project involved scrapping off old paint, pressure washing and the actual painting. Paul Rivers of Paul the Painter provided technical advice, donated the use of a pressure washer and painting tools and even assisted in pressure washing and scrapping along with Club members. The representative of Valspar Paints, Jamar Jones, donated 10 gallons of paint. Brian Hudgins of The Other Moving Company loaned the Club the use of a fork lift for painting the top part of the wall.
Club members participating in this project by determining what needed to be done, obtaining the paint and community support, preparing the wall by pressure washing, scraping and painting were, Bunny and Mike Ekdahl, Sid and Ann Dugas, Frank and Selena Collins, Glen Aycock, Mike Davis, Rick Taylor, Allen Scales, Doug Johnson, Tony Dziadul, Roy Snowden, Jimmy Leiffer and Roger Dick.
Glenn and Allen pressure washing
On October 14, Environmental Committee Chairman Allen Scales led 17 club volunteers participating in the Fall Clean Gloucester Day. Despite drizzle and rainy conditions, they picked up 43 bags of trash along Guinea Road, Tidemill Road, and Kings Creek Road.
Environment Committee members and friends planted 735 marsh plants along the shoreline near a residence on Sarah’s Creek. This was their second marsh grass planting event held on a chilly morning in Spring. They are pictured below.
Social Development Committee
The Abingdon Ruritan Club’s Social Development Committee, co-chaired by Mike Ekdahl and Mitch Dunston, partnered with the Gloucester Salvation Army to collect and donate gently used coats to the Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg. Bill Parks coordinated the Salvation Army’s effort. A total of 115 coats were donated with 53 coming from the Ruritan Club and 62 from the Salvation Army. Charlene Foster, Chaplin Bill Sirmans and Melissa Evans, staff members of the hospital, accepted the coats from Ekdahl.
Pictured from left are Foster, Sirmans, Evans and Ekdahl.
Citizenship and Patriotism Committee – collects grocery coupons to send to military families stationed overseas, and is continuing a drive begun in previous years to collect patient care items for the VA Hospital. It continues a Flag Watch program to ensure that the flags in front of our building are handled with respect and that they are raised and lowered to half staff as directed by the President. It also maintains a drop-off receptacle for American Flags that need to be honorably disposed. This committee sponsors a Random Acts of Kindness drive among club members, and it invites everyone everywhere to participate!