The Meadows of Dan Ruritan Club recently installed officers for 2020. They are, (from left): treasurer Andrea Frazier; secretary Angela Dancy; vice president Martha Nyquist; and president Debra Shelor. Installation was conducted by Dan River District Governor Charlie Bowman (far right.) Not pictured are directors Melissa Bowman, Rob Shelor and Pat Stanley.
Ruritan National has nearly 25,000 members throughout the United States, that work to improve more than 900 local communities. Since the organization’s beginning in 1928, Ruritan Clubs have served America with fellowship, goodwill, and community service. Ruritan is a civic service organization made up of local clubs in urban areas, small towns and rural communities.
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 and work. 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.
Unlike most civic service organizations, Ruritan rarely has national programs. Rather, each club surveys its own community as to the needs of that community and then works to meet some of those needs. Nearly all clubs work locally with FFA, 4-H, and other organizations serving youth. Nearly one in every three Ruritan clubs sponsors a Boy or Girl Scout unit.
The Meadows of Dan Ruritan Club supports the local community. The club has raised funds the last 54 years by working with the Meadows of Dan Fire Department and the Vesta Rescue Squad by serving all you can eat pancakes in October. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit a variety of community causes and organizations including the local volunteer fire department, rescue squad, college scholarships, local schools, public park, food drives, blood drive, area clean up and beautification, and community building maintenance and improvements.