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Volume 4, No. 8

News from our last meeting – July 11th Ruritan members, their families, and special guests were welcomed to the Club’s Annual July Family Picnic by President, Martha Moyers on Monday, July 11th, 2011 at the Ruritan shelter. 31 of our 42 regular members were present. Elmer Michael led the group in one verse of “America”. Invocation was offered by David Nankivell. Special guests for the evening were Polly Frye and Patsy Smith. Martha Moyers presented Jennifer Shomo, daughter of Alan and Rebecca Shomo with the Second Annual James Shomo Memorial Scholarship Award. Jennifer is the granddaughter of James Shomo and to commemorate the award, the club also recognized the contributions that Allie Shomo, James’s wife, made to the club. Jennifer received an engraved stainless steel bowl and a check for $750. The Bowl symbolizes the 1000s of cakes baked and lbs of coleslaw mixed, by Allie. Jennifer will graduate from JMU this winter with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Nutrition. Jennifer’s name has been engraved on the James Shomo Memorial Plaque which is hung at the Ruritan Hall. – Club Business – Martha thanked Public Services Committee Chairman, Rodney Miller, and committee members for planning and coordinating the evening buffet. Rodney thanked Elmer Michael for furnishing the drinks. Also, special thanks to David and Mary Nankivell

Chartered February 5th 1940 Serving the community for 71 years

for the lovely picnic table decorations. Tim Long reported that several youth from our area are members of the 2011 Shenandoah Valley Babe Ruth League Team of 16-18 year olds. Games start on July 14th at Monger Park in Mt. Crawford. Tim and his son Jeffrey are assisting with the coaching and son, Jeremy is a team member. Tim has team roster and game schedules available. Meeting was adjourned with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The History of Ruritan The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia. Since that first club, Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of America, and in doing so, has become "America's Leading Community Service Organization". Tom Downing of Suffolk, Virginia, and Jack Gwaltney of Holland, Virginia, are known as the cofounders of Ruritan. Gwaltney and Downing recognized the need for an organization where community leaders could meet and discuss ways to make their community a better place in which to live. 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.

August 2011

~ Next Meeting ~ Next regular club meeting will be September 12th at 7:00.

Club Activities in August Support the club by helping to make these events a success.  Monthly Meeting – 8/1  Fair Week – 8/15 – 8/20  Board Meeting – 8/24  Chicken BBQ – 8/27

Thought of the Month You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Come join us and help make a difference in your community. To find out more about Keezletown Ruritan, Contact: Club President Martha Moyers (540) 433-3765 via email email@keezletownruritanclub.com or at www.keezletownruritanclub.com also Find us on Facebook


August 2011 Newsletter