The 2019 Ruritan National Convention: January 17 - 20, 2019
The 2019 Ruritan National Convention: January 17 - 20, 2019
Ruritans from across the Holland District attended the 88th Annual Ruritan National Convention, held January 17-20, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa. They joined Ruritan members and other delegates from 24 states that represent over 24,000 Ruritan volunteers across the nation who gather to participate in self-improvement workshops, organizational business sessions, and the election of Ruritan National Officers for 2019.

Hampton, VA — Ruritans attending the 88th Annual Ruritan National Convention, brought over 220 of Rudy Bears - the Ruritan mascot. The bears were presented to the Hampton Division – Community Engagement Unit and Hampton Fire & Rescue. In addition, Chemo Caps were hand-made and brought for cancer patients.


Left: Jayson Duncan installs 2018 Holland District Governor Phillip Bradshaw as Ruritan National Foundation Trustee with his wife, Stella Bradshaw beside him. 
Center: Deb Gormley and Rod Mustanski support Linward Hedgpeth by assisting him with his campaign.  It has been an honor and priviledge to have Linward as our assigned National Director to the Holland District.
Right: 2019 Holland District Governor, Jim Sampson participates in the Flag Ceremony.

The Ruritan National Foundation hosted a Birthday Celebration reception in honor of the close of the 50th Anniversary year. In addition, a silent and live auction were held where $12,400 was raised for scholarships.

The Ruritan Convention also featured a range of entertainment beginning with an opening ceremony on Thursday night that paid tribute to flags of the Ruritan states as well as memorialized Ruritans who died in the last year. The convention also featured a luncheon honoring First Lady Linda Cox as well as a variety of educational workshops. The Installation Banquet on Saturday night featured a performance by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr who is the soul and Sinatra-singing season six winner of NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent”.

For more information about the 2019 Ruritan National Convention, including downloads and more pictures, visit the National Convention page on our website or visit the official Ruritan National Website.


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