LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WVDN) – Members from Greenbrier County Ruritan clubs held a Zone Meeting on Saturday, February 25, at Shoney’s in Lewisburg.
Ruritan Clubs from Zone 2 (Smoot, Clintonville, Richlands and Muddy Creek Mountain) and Zone 7 (Frankford, Maxwelton, Renick nad Williamsburg) discussed common goals for all the clubs in the area — membership growth and retention.
Zone 7 Governor Debbie Bowman was the facilitator for the meeting. She suggested that clubs utilize social media and local newspapers to market the clubs as a business. She stated that Ruritans need to make the public aware of the different community service projects undertaken by each local club.
Members suggested identifying service projects that all members would work together for Greenbrier County. Those present discussed the Ruritan Roundup that was held for several years starting in 1997. All 11 Ruritan clubs in Greenbrier County during that time came together for a fundraiser for the community college. Current Greenbrier County Ruritan clubs will be surveyed to see if they would like to begin the tradition again. Plans were made to celebrate May as Ruritan month in Greenbrier County and ideas for the Lower West Virginia District Convention were also discussed.
Lower West Virginia District Governor Patty Hamilton thanked each club for their contributions to the community. She encouraged clubs to continue to recruit new members, so that communities will continue to see the impact that Ruritan clubs have in Greenbrier County.
Club officers were trained for their elected positions as required by Ruritan National. Those attending were encouraged to attend the leadership conference in Dublin, Virginia, starting August 4.
Ruritan a community service organization that was founded in Holland, Virginia, in 1928. Currently there are 25,000 members throughout the United Stated who work to improve more than 900 local communities. Members are dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through fellowship, goodwill and community service.
For more information about the Ruritan clubs in Greenbrier County, contact Debbie Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.