Charleston, SC—Phillip Bradshaw, Clay and Martha Byrum represented the Carrsville Ruritan Club at the 87th Annual Ruritan National Convention, held January 18-21, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center. They joined Ruritan members and other delegates from 24 states that represent over 25,000 Ruritan volunteers across the nation who gather to participate in self-improvement workshops, organizational business sessions, and the election of Ruritan National Officers for 2018.
Ruritans attending the 87th Annual Ruritan National Convention, brought hundreds of Rudy Bears - the Ruritan mascot. The stuffed bear is given to children in crisis situations in an effort to distract or calm them. Since 1988, Ruritan Clubs have provided hundreds of thousands of Rudy Ruritan teddy bears to fire, rescue, police and children’s agencies to comfort children in times of illness, accidents, or other crises. The bears were presented to the North Charleston Police, Fire and Rescue Squads.
The Ruritan National Foundation hosted a Birthday Celebration reception in honor of their 50th Anniversary. In addition, a silent and live auction were held to raise money for scholarships. The Carrsville Club representatives donated items for the silent auction. In addition, Phillip Bradshaw was recognized for membership; he brought ten new members into the Carrsville Club.
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 Privott as well as a variety of educational workshops. The Installation Banquet on Saturday night featured a special performance by the Rocky Hock Opry. Many of the performers were from the Rocky Hock Ruritan Club and the Opry’s chief goal is to raise funds for Cancer Research and to date have donated over $500,000.
Ruritan National is the parent organization of all local Ruritan clubs, organizations devoted to improving America’s communities through fellowship, goodwill, and community service since 1928. For more information about Ruritan and the Carrsville Ruritan Club, please contact club president, Tim Rife at 757. 371.6671.