Success just doesn't happen. Every success has a Successor, the one that causes or brings the success. That Successor may be man, nature, Divine Providence. After JJ Gwaltney is removed from Ruritan in the move to Emporia Va, the next person in the "Ruritan Beginning" to become Ruritan's Successor is Tom Downing. It is through Downing's great abilities, talents and major efforts over the years that Ruritan grows into a truly National Organization. However, Tom Downing never prepares another to follow him as the Ruritan Successor. Since Tom Downing's passing, no other person is acknowledged to be the new Ruritan Successor. With no Successor, who causes or brings success to Ruritan?