The Rockingham Luncheon Ruritan Club met March 21 at Panos Restaurant. The meeting was called to order by President Bruce Harvey, with Ron Smith leading the first verse of “America” and Vickie Heschl providing the invocation. The February minutes, read by Secretary James Driver, were approved.
Vice-President JoAnn Wenger called on committees for reports. Finance has signed the club up for the Red Front Hot Dog stand fundraiser. Citizenship & Patriotism reported 63 new citizens were naturalized at the March 19 ceremony. Publicity noted the district website is updated and an updated directory was distributed. Environment is waiting on the status of the Virginia Lincoln Society’s option on land at the homestead and cemetery. Trash has also been picked up on Eversole Road. Public Service will decided where to distribute Rudy Bears. It was also noted that it was time to apply for the club’s Build Your Dollar Scholarship. Social Development reminded members of the Challenger Baseball cookout in May, a pregnancy bottle fundraiser in June and Project Read at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.
Executive Director of Skyline Literacy Elizabeth Gervin was introduced as guest speaker. She noted the need for volunteers to help tutor potential new citizens and legal residents. Help is given to those with needs including limited proficiency in English. The organization is celebrating 25 years of operation.
Zone 3 Governor Sue Funkhouser encouraged the club to get one new member this year. She also shared several announcements, which included Zone 3 Ruritan Sunday May 20, the Zone 3 Convention Oct. 13, and “Nourish Your Community Food Drive” promoted by Ruritan National.
With a pledge to the flag, the meeting adjourned.
The New Market Family and Community Education Club met April 10 at the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church. President Tiny Jenkins presided. Ten members attended and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Lois Coon gave a devotional. All reports were approved. Members contributed to Luke’s Backpack, Coins for Friendship and brought 36 food items for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Service reports included 235.5 volunteer hours, 21 visits and 108 cards sent.
Members were encouraged to attend the April 23 Shenandoah County Council meeting. The Area VII meeting is May 2.
The New Market Garden Club will join members for the Christmas Luncheon at the Fort Valley Nursery.
The club will plant a tree at the New Market Park in memory of former member Donna Perkins.
Lois Coon was the auctioneer for the club’s spring auction. A potluck lunch followed the meeting. The club will meet May 8 at 10 a.m. at the church. The show and tell program is about members’ families. Bring donations for organizations sponsored by the club, as well as a bag lunch.
At the April meeting, Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Club received another Blue Ribbon Award, its 38th since 1974. The annual recognition is given to clubs that have exceptional attendance, maintain or exceed their January membership, and meet other criteria judged to be characteristic of outstanding Ruritan Clubs. Additionally, 2011 President Tim Proctor was awarded an Outstanding President’s Pen for his leadership. Rockingham District Governor John Case made the presentations.
Member Emily Dick gave a presentation reviewing the process of hydrofracking and some of its side effects. She also showed a water quality-monitoring buoy that her class used in the North Fork of the Shenandoah River to gather base-line water quality data.
Membership applications from Phillip Hoover and Richard Jackson were approved. They will be inducted at the May meeting.
Vice President Larry Jones distributed a list of activities for the spring and early summer. It included highway trash clean-up for the club’s 6 miles of roads, a Vidalia onion sale, a community canned food drive to benefit the Daily Bread Food Pantry, three chicken barbecues, a Memorial Day observance at Broadway High School and flag displays in Broadway and Timberville. The club-sponsored blood drive will be June 2.
Ruritan Sunday, open to all, is observed May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren. The event recognizes the anniversary of the founding of the Ruritans May 21 in Holland, Va.
Reports were given on the club’s turkey-oyster supper and the April 7 chicken barbecue. Plans were provided for a food sale at the April 14 Bob Wade Auto Show and the Gary Post Memorial Fish Day May 12.
Three high school seniors were recognized for being on the Broadway High School honor roll. Darnice Pettigrew was applauded for being selected by the local Chamber of Commerce as their Citizen of the Year, and club president Tim Reamer was acknowledged as the second highest earner for the Cottonwood Commercial reality company.
A schedule for members to mow the Village Library lawn was collected.
Prior to the club’s May 14 meeting at the rescue squad building, a new member orientation is at 6 p.m. The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. President Tim Reamer will moderate a panel of associate members who own and operate local businesses.
The Fulks Run Ruritan Club met April 10 at the Fulks Run Elementary School. A chicken dinner was served by the women’s fellowship of Mountain Grove Church. The meeting marked member Sue Funkhouser’s official visit to the club as current Zone Governor. She reminded members that May 20 is Ruritan Sunday and will be held at Linville Creek Church, with Ronnie Fulk speaking. May is Ruritan Awareness Month, and Funkhouser read a list of suggestions from Ruritan National about how to interest people in Ruritan. She also announced that the golf tournament is June 16 at Heritage Oaks Course.
Judging for the essays for the annual elementary school essay contest is next month. Old flags replaced at the park were given to the VFW for cremation. A couple dozen volunteer hours for helping the elderly were tallied; more than 100 volunteer hours were reported for the Easter egg hunt and Sunrise Service, reading and tutoring at the school, work for Habitat for Humanity, and the barbecue fundraiser for the softball team. Also, there were more than 100 hours for recycling, trash pick-up and trail work.
The club welcomed Jim McCue in absentia as a new associate member. Funds were approved for Massanutten Regional Library’s program to help parents encourage their children to read. The club voted to donate funds for new equipment for the school’s playground structures, which need to be replaced.
Fundraising barbecues are May 5 and June 2. Barbecues for other organizations are on all other Saturdays through the summer except for Memorial Day weekend. A Doyle Moats Family concert at the park is June 23, 7-9 p.m.
The May meeting is the club’s semi-annual food drive for the Bergton Food Pantry. The pounds of food collected at the meeting can be counted as part of National’s Nourish Your Community Food Drive in May, and the club is listed as a participant.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Chaz Evans-Haywood updated the club on his activities preserving legal records since his last presentation in 2008, shortly after his election. At that time, records could be found in “every nook and cranny” of the courthouse, often in very poor condition. All these records, including wills, deeds, licenses, military records, minutes of the Court, Register of Free Negroes, and many other important historical documents have now been cleaned, deacidified and placed in protective coverings. Most have also been digitized and indexed, making the necessary research done by lawyers and others less time-consuming and more accurate.
On April 16, the Shenandoah Valley Phi Delta Kappa Chapter celebrated the 40th anniversary of the chapter’s charter at a dinner at Blue Ridge Community College. Dr. John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, welcomed the group and special guests.
Foundation representative Pam Bailey presented scholarships to two future teachers, one of whom was Anahely Cruz of Stonewall Jackson High School. She is the daughter of Marcelina and Alberto Cruz. Cruz plans to attend Eastern Mennonite University and become a special education teacher.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Selah Sprinkel, retired Rockingham County educator who was not present because she is currently working as principal of a girls’ school in Dubai.
Dr. Kathleen Andresen, PDK International president, gave the keynote address.
Officers were installed for 2012-13 including Barbara Bean (Spotswood HS teacher), president; Karen Whetzel (retired Shenandoah County educator), vice-president; Peggy Dunstan (Stonewall Jackson HS), secretary; Dale MacAllister (retired Rockingham County educator), treasurer; Pam Bailey (Pendleton County HS), foundation representative; Mark Keeler (JMU), research representative; Larry Huffman (JMU), advisor.
For more information, call 740-8589.
The Timberville Lions Club met April 19 at the Town and Country Restaurant in Broadway. Lion President Don DeLaughter convened the meeting. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Lion Kay Showalter gave the invocation. Lion Don DeLaughter then welcomed Lions George Vaught, Ron Bowers and Pat Nemmers from other area Ruritan clubs.
White Cane Days were April 13 and 14 at the Food Lion in Timberville and Lions collected a total of $492.05. The funds will be used to provide eye examinations and eyeglasses to area residents. Lions Roger Baker, James Branner, Tom Cline, Bill Crouse, John Jackson, Wayne Long, Dick Pierce, Kay Showalter, John Spitzer, Ron Wampler and Jennifer Whetzel participated in the collection drive. Lion Robin DeLaughter was chairperson and coordinated the schedules, prepared and delivered the materials used, and totaled the collections.
Another 102 eyeglasses were collected from the eyeglass recycling collection bin and were in good condition. Eyeglasses collected to date, will be delivered to the Roanoke Eyeglass Recycling Center April 21.
May 15 is being considered for another pork tenderloin sandwich sale. More information will be supplied as it develops. Brooms are available at the Timberville Exxon and Broadway Drug Center.
Six Lions of Virginia Raffle books are still outstanding and must be returned at the May 3 meeting.
McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions member and district hearing chair Pat Nemmers spoke on the activities occurring at the Lions of Virginia Hearing and Research Center in Charlottesville.
Formed in 1978, the center has received approximately $1.5 million dollars from Virginia Lions to provide support for their endeavors.
The next meeting is May 3 at the Town and Country Restaurant. Social time begins at 6 p.m. and the meal and business meeting follow at 6:30 p.m. The Timberville Lions Club welcomes anyone 18 or over with an interest in supporting the community and especially sight and hearing projects.