Franklin, Virginia - Phillip A. Bradshaw, past Governor for the Holland District Ruritans, was elected last month to serve a five year term as a Trustee of the Ruritan National Foundation which provides financial assistance to qualified individuals and groups for educational, charitable, and benevolent activities. Trustees are elected at large by delegates representing nearly 30,000 members at the 88th Annual Ruritan National Convention which was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia this year. The delegates are represent the 38 Ruritan Districts across 24 U.S. States, with over 1,100 clubs improving their communities throughout rural and small town America.
Ruritan is a civic organization made up of local clubs in urban areas, small towns, and rural communities, its purpose being to create a better understanding among people and through volunteer community service make America’s communities better places to live and work. Open for anyone to join, Ruritans have served America with Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service since 1928, when the first Ruritan club was chartered in Holland, Virginia (now part of the City of Suffolk).
Bradshaw, a native of Carrsville, Virginia, has been a Ruritan since January 1980, serving in every leadership role in his local Carrsville Club including Secretary, Vice President, President for five terms, and currently serves as the Treasurer. Phillip is also Chairman of the Annual Carrsville Christmas Parade. He has served as both the Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Zone 5 (Isle of Wight County) as well as both Lieutenant Governor and most recently Governor of the Holland District which is comprised of 53 Clubs organized into six Zones spanning an area from the Tri-Cities and the I-95 corridor to South Hampton Roads and Knott’s Island.
The Ruritan National Foundation is administered by five trustees who each serve five-year terms. The purpose of the Foundation is “to manage and maintain a trust for the encouragement, promotion, and financing of the educational, charitable, and benevolent principles and activities of Ruritan Clubs and of Ruritan National.”
In addition to his nearly four decades of experience with Ruritans, Phillip’s management and financial experience made him the best qualified candidate to serve as Trustee of the Ruritan National Foundation.
Currently the Operations Manager for Paul D. Camp Community College, Mr. Bradshaw is responsible for all aspects of College Operations including Financial, Maintenance, Grounds, Housekeeping, IT, Safety, and Security. His previous tenures include Chief Financial Officer for Isle of Wight County Schools, Business Office Manager for Thomas Nelson Community College, Regional Accounting Manager for Mastec, Inc., and various management and supervisory roles throughout his career at Union Camp, International Paper, and later Nevamar and ATC Panels.
Bradshaw’s leadership experience includes 17 years of public service on the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors where he served as Board Chair and Vice Chair several times as well as the Virginia Association of Counties, serving in various positions including President.
On Saturday, January 19th, Phillip, with his wife Stella by his side, was installed by 2018 Ruritan National Foundation President Jayson Duncan.
With over 25 years of progressive and successful experience as a proficient and dedicated Finance Executive as well as decades of leadership and public service Phillip Bradshaw has the ability, leadership, and motivation to strengthen the Ruritan National Foundation, where he will serve as a Trustee until 2024.