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Chartered February 5th 1940 Volume 7, No. 2

News from our last meeting – Jan. 6th The January Regular Meeting of the Keezletown Ruritan Club was opened with a welcome from President Cory Guilliams at 7:00 p.m. on Monday January 6th, 2014 at the Ruritan Hall. 31 of our 40 regular members were present as was associate member Twila Showalter. Elmer Michael led the group in one verse of “America”. Invocation was offered by David Nanivell. Our evening meal was prepared and served by the Keezletown United Methodist Women. – Committee Reports – Public Service Committee: Rodney Miller reported that Public Service had forty-seven volunteer hours for transportation and assisting the elderly. Social Development: Tim Long reported that the application forms for the Build Your Dollar Grant are available and should be returned by the March 3rd Regular Meeting. Cal Ripken Baseball sign-ups will be on Saturday’s January 18th and 25th and February 1st, 8th and 15th from 9:30 to 12:30. The new upright freezer in the downstairs hall will be moved to the baseball concession stand. Also, Assistant Scout Master Ken Halverson from Boy Scout Troop 120 has notified the club that the troop will be disbanding due to lack of new scouts joining the troop. Several scouts are currently working towards their Eagle Scout Awards and they will complete their final process

Serving the community for 74 years outside of the troop. Mr. Halverson has requested that he needs a signature from the Keezletown Ruritans in order to disband the troop, since the Ruritan Club is their Charter Organization. Citizenship and Patriotism: Russ Lawrence reported that they had collected cell phones for soldiers. Business and Professions: Marion VanPelt stated that the club supported local businesses and Club Member’s businesses by advertising in the Club Handbook. Environment: Elmer Micheal reported that we intend to participate in the TA Tree and Shrub Sale but are waiting for the flyer and will get them to members as soon as we get them. He also encouraged members to keep recycling at home. Fund Raising: Larry Royer announced that we will host a Deep Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, February 8th from 4-7 pm. Menu will be chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, desserts and coffee and tea. Activities for evening will be cake wheel and 50-50 Raffle. Snow date will be February 15th. Property: Bubba Bailey reported that he has samples for the new roof and asked that members review colors after the meeting and let him know their thoughts. Marion VanPelt reported that recently the Virginia Cooperative Extension in partnership with Virginia Tech conducted the Virginia Household Water Quality Program. Water samples were analyzed and compared to standards established by the federal EPA. Marion arranged for the club’s

February 2014

water to be tested. This cost us $49 compared to approximately $300 in the private sector. The only measure that exceeded any EPA recommended level or range was hardness and ours was ranked very hard. – Club Business – This year the Ruritan National Convention is in Branson, MO and neither Noland or Russ will be attending. Our board met prior to this meeting to address a request from Lexi Campbell the 2012 National Ruri-teen of the Year for assistance to attend the convention. Lexi is the grand-daughter of our member Violet Calhoun and a 2013 graduate of Turner Ashby. She currently attends Blue Ridge Community College and works at Sharp Shopper. Lexi would like to travel with the 2013 Ruri-teen award winner, Katherine Layman, who currently attends Turner Ashby. President Cory opened the discussion to the membership and Rodney Miller made a motion that we give her $500 and Tim Long seconded the motion. Membership voted and approved. Martha Moyers, our Zone 1 Governor reported that Keezletown would be hosting the Zone Meeting on Wednesday, January 8th and asked for volunteers to assist with the serving and clean up. This evening will also be officer training at 6 pm with dinner and meeting to follow. She is expecting approximately 10 guests. Also, this year Keezletown Ruritans will manage the selection of the Zone 1 $1000 Scholarship. Tim Long reported that the Baseball Card Show on Saturday, December 7th, which was organized


by Mike Burtner, for the Baseball Travel Team was a great success. Bubba alerted members about an open recreation commission meeting on Thursday, January 16th at the Rockingham County Parks and Recreation Office. This is an opportunity to come voice your suggestions, as well as, to hear reports and updates on new things happening. Scott Dillard reminded members to save the Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. Cub Run Elementary School collects both and can use our assistance collecting these so that they can purchase needed items. Cory read a thank you note from Jim and Carol Dillard in regard to their being selected as the 2013 Citizens of the Year. Cory announced to the club that Becky Houff has indicated her interest in becoming a member and the board recommends her for membership. Becky was sponsored by Joe Coffman and endorsed by Scott Dillard. Membership approved her membership and she was inducted by President, Cory and assigned to the Social Development Committee. Meeting was adjourned with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Next Meeting ~ Next regular club meeting will be March 3rd at 7:00.

Club Activities in Feb. Support the club by helping to make these events a success.  Monthly Meeting – 2/3  Fried Chicken Dinner – 2/8  Board Meeting – 2/24

Thought of the Month “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher ~

Come join us and help make a difference in your community. To find out more about Keezletown Ruritan, Contact: Club President Cory Guilliams (540) 289-9099 via email email@keezletownruritanclub.com or at www.keezletownruritanclub.com also Like us on Facebook

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