Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service 

What is the AVR?

The AVR or Association of Virginia 
Ruritans is open to all Virginia Ruritans
and Ruritan National officials.  The purpose
of the association is to support and enhance
Ruritan and Ruritan ideals throughout Virginia,
to encourage fellowship and communications
among Virginia Ruritans and to sponsor an
annual Rally of Virginia Ruritans.

Every Ruritan member in Virginia is a
member of the AVR. There are no yearly 
or monthly dues. Each and every Ruritan
 is encouraged to participate and attend
 the quarterly meetings and the yearly rally. 

The answer to that question is why we exist ...  
Each activity is an event of fellowship.

The Association of Virginia Ruritans 
is made up of the
13 Virginia Ruritan Districts . . .
Appomattox (4)
Chesapeake (2)
Delmarva/NJ (30)
Dan River (32)
Holland (1)
Natural Bridge (7)
New River (34)
Peaks of Otter (5)
Rapidan (39)
Rappahannock (3)
Rockingham (9)
Southwest Virginia (6)
Woodrow Wilson (8)
What can the AVR do to help you better
serve your districts and your clubs?
History of RURITAN
The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928 in Holland, Virginia.  Since that first club, Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of America, and in doing so, has become "America's Leading Community Service Organization".
Tom Downing of Suffolk, Virginia and Jack Gwaltney of Holland, Virginia are known as the co-founders of Ruritan.  Gwaltney and Downing recognized the need for an organization where community leaders could meet and discuss ways to make their community a better place in which to live.
The name "Ruritan" was suggested by Daisy Nurney, a reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and the club's charter members unanimously adopted "Ruritan" as the organization's name.  The word is a combination of the Latin words for open country "ruri" and small town "tan" - interpreted as pertaining to rural and small town life.
Ruritan National has grown to nearly 25,000 members, throughout the United States, that work to improve more that 1100 local communities in 25 states.  Since the organization's beginning in 1928, Ruritan Clubs have served America with Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service.  Ruritan is a civic service organization made up of local clubs in urban areas, small towns, and rural communities.
Ruritan's purpose is to create a better understanding among people and, through volunteer community service, make America's communities better places in which to live and work.  The slogan of Ruritan is "Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service".  Club membership represents a cross-section of the community in which the club serves, and is not restricted with regard to occupation, social position, or any other specific criteria.
Unlike most civic service organizations, Ruritan rarely has national programs.  Rather, each club surveys its own community as to the needs of that community and then works to meet some of those needs.  Nearly all clubs work locally with FFA, 4-H, and other organizations serving youth.  Nealy one in every three Ruritan clubs sponsors a Boy or Girl Scout unit.
The following Pledge was approved by the National Board in August 2018 as the
"We are Ruritans.  We are dedicated to improing communities and building a better America.  By showing goodwill toward others, we are improving the attitudes of many.  Through fellowship, we are gaining friendships that last a lifetime.  Through community service, sharing and caring for those around us, we are striving to reach our common goals together. 
May God Bless the Ruritans!"
(found in the Summer 2019 Ruritan Magazine)

     Rudy Bear    

      2019 President Larry      Making a Difference

       2018 President Guy         Sharing is Caring

        2017 President Danny     Together We Affect Change

         2016 President Calvin     Reach for the Stars

   2015 President Bobby      Walk the Walk       for Ruritan

         2013-2014 President Elliott        Get Excited!

          2013 President Dennie          Be The Reason

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