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Ruritan National News - 1930
Ruritan National News - 1930

Year begins with Chuckatuck Ruritan Club organizing in January, joining the 3 existing Clubs: Holland-1928, Boykins-1929, Wakefield-1929. Inquiries from nearby communities together with the success of organizing Ruritan Clubs, create a need for some kind of plan uniting all Ruritan Clubs. To organize this unity, a joint meeting of Clubs is held Feb 26, foIlowed by a second meeting March 19, which includes the new Windsor Club. The result is a unifying organization named "Ruritan National", chartered on July 7 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Ruritan's success spreads, lvor and Surry Clubs organize. The first Ruritan Club outside Va organizes May 27 in Taylorsville Kentucky, but never affiliates with Ruritan National. Before the year ends, these Ruritan Clubs demonstrate the common good that community people can provide through unselfish and public-spirited cooperation.

Ruritan National - Then/Now (excludes Ruri-Teen)
  1930 2011
Charter Club Membership - minimum 20 16
New Club Charter Fee $10 $50
New Member Initiation Fee $1 $5
National Dues Annual $0.50 $40
New Clubs Organized 4 7
Ruritan Natl - total clubs 7 1060
Ruritan NatI - total members 207 28963

Ruritan National - 1930 Winners Circle
  • Ruritan Founder......................................................................JJ Gwaltney
  • Ruritan Organizer (151 Club).............................................ET Batten
  • Ruritan Builder.........................................................................TV Downing
  • National President (Boykins)..............................................Dr JM Bland
  • National I sl Vice President (Chuckatuck)......................WT Bain
  • National Secretary (Holland)...............................................JJ Gwaltney
  • National Treasurer (Chuckatuck).......................................FB Everwine
Ruritan National - The Days Of

With new Fann BilI, income taxes reduced, over one million Model A Fords built in past 2 years, most US leaders still insist that economy is basicaIly sound. However with many investors losing fortunes in 1929 Stock Market crash, unemployment rising above 7 million, and a terrible drought causing much suffering in farm communities, the working people are in a downwardly spiraling economic depression. Although Ruritan offers the most promising means for rural people to meet in the spirit of felIowship and goodwill in planning and working for better tomorrows, difficult times lie ahead.

The Big News of 1930

Byrd and men cheered in New York parade on return from Antarctic Polar Expedition. Old Ironsides, 1797 US frigate, reconditioned and relaunched in Boston Mass. Former President Coolidge dedicated dam named in his honor in Globe, Arizona. Miss Elinor Smith established women's altitude record by flying over 30,000 feet.

How It Was in 1930
  • Population........................................123,188,000
  • 3-Bedroom House.........................$4,525
  • Average Income..............................$1,552
  • New Car Price...................................$550
  • Gasoline, 1 gallon...........................$0.20
  • Bread, 1 pound ...............................$0.09
  • Milk, 1 gallon ...................................$0.56
Oval Office

President.....................Herbert C. Hoover
Vice President...........Charles Curtis

Winners Circle
  • Best Movie...................All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Best Actor................................................George Arliss
  • Best Actress...........................................Norma Shearer
  • Radio...........................Singin' Sam, The Barbasol Man
  • Painting..........................American Gothic by G. Wood
  • World Series.............................Phil. A's over St. Louis
  • Rose Bowl.............................So. Cal. 47, Pittsburgh 14
  • Boxing (hvywt)..........................................Max Schmel
  • Future Best Club................................................Ruritan
The Days of 1930

Greta Garbo starred in her first talking film, ANNA CHRISTIE, advertised with slogan- "Garbo talks .... Bobby Jones won grand slam for all four major golf titles .... Lowell Thomas, called Mr. Radio, began nightly broadcast .... Ethel Merman debuted on Broadway in CRAZY GIRL. ... Renown daily comic strips BLONDIE and MICKEY MOUSE.

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