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2019 Ruritan National Convention

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Informational Booths Found at the National Convention


Ruritan National Foundation


The Foundation Auction is a highlight of all conventions and the 2019 Convention is no exception. This year's proceeds were $12,400.  (Photo 1) Calvin Shelton served as auctioneer with our Rudy Youth of the Year and Ruri-Teen of the Year serving as Runners.  (Photo 2) 50th Anniversary Cake for Reception  (Photo 3)  Shepherd McClenny from the South Norfolk Club donated many lead crystal items which was a major hit of the auction.  (Photo 4) Ruritan Foundation Cake for Reception  (Photo 5) Ron White from the Holland Club won a mystery bag.

During the Business Meeting, Jayson Duncan, 2018 Foundation President reported that the 2019 Build Your Dollar Scholarships would be $600.  The Creeds Club was recognized for their Friends Endowed Fund "Creeds Club Educational Fund" that was reached this past year.  The "Nan York 2017 Holland District Governor Educational Fund" was recognized for being establishing as a permanent Fund.  The Ruritan National Foundation will continue to provide monthly blasts to keep you informed of Foundation News.

 Ruritan Forever Recognition

Dan Daughtrey was recognized for the honor of being made a Ruritan Forever since the last convention.


Meherrin Club Recognized

The Meherrin Club was recognized as being a Blue Ribbon Club.  Will Robinson was recognized for being the Outstanding Club President and Nils Carl Melkerson was also recognized as Outstanding Club Secretary.



The delagates to the convention did not vote in favor of the Bylaw Changes requested by the committee:

Bylaws Issue # 1 - Yes: 168   No:  233

Bylaws Issue # 2 - Yes: 190   No:  211

Bylaws Issue # 3 - Yes 212   No:  186


National Election Results

Foundation Trustee:  Phillip Bradshaw (VA)

National Director:  David Hartgrove (VA), Caroll Lowe (NC), Ken Paugh (WV), Patsy Shelton (TN), Roy Wallen (TN), Mike Wright (OH) & Robert Cleveland Wright (VA)

National Secretary:  James Mills (GA)

National President Elect:  Linward Hedgspeth (NC)


Your 2019 National Board of Directors

The 2019 National Board of Directors


Other Photos of Interest



(Photo 1) Jayson Duncan installs Phillip Bradshaw as Ruritan National Foundation Trustee with his wife, Stella beside him.  (Photo 2) 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.  (Photo 3) 2019 Holland District Governor, Jim Sampson participates in the Flag Ceremony.

Ruritan National Financial Report

District Awards for Communication


(Photo 1)  Guy Cox, National President presents to 2018 Holland District Governor, Phillip Bradshaw the award for best District Website in Ruritan.  The Holland District Website Team is Tim Bradshaw, Martha Byrum, Jim Henderson & Ashlyn Sampson.  (Photo 2)  Guy Cox presents to 2018 Holland District Newsletter Editor, Martha Byrum the 3rd Place Award for District Newsletter.  We appreciate everyones contributors to the newsletter and in ours efforts to improve communication throughout the District.




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