2024 Ruritan National Convention Program



Ruritan 2024 National Convention Welcome to the 92nd Annual Ruritan National Convention Marriott Conference Center January 11 - 13, 2024

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2024 Ruritan National Convention National President’s Message..................................................... 4 Convention Program Chair’s Message. ...................................... 5 Convention Sponsors. .............................................................. 6-8 Program Sponsors. ........................................................... 9-13 Wednesday Events. .................................................................. 14 Thursday Events. ............................................................ 15-16 First Timer Event ........................................................................16 Opening and Flag Ceremony. ................................................... 17 Rudy Bear Drop for Brenner Hospital ........................................18 Friday Events. ........................................................................... 19 Voting Information. .................................................................... 19 Friday Business Meeting. ..................................................... 20 First Family’s Fellowship Luncheon. ............................................21 Friday Workshops. ............................................................... 22-24 Ruritan Carnival. ....................................................................... 25 Saturday Business Meeting. ............................................. 26-27 Saturday Workshops. ........................................................... 28-30 Saturday Bowl Painting. ............................................................ 31 Saturday Installation Banquet. .................................................. 32 Sunday Worship Service. .......................................................... 33 Exhibitors/Vendors. .............................................................. 34-36 Ballot Items. ................................................................... 37-40 Candidates. ................................................................... 41- 49 Election Results Worksheet. ..................................................... 50 2023 National Board of Directors. ........................................ 51-52 Foundation Trustees. ................................................................ 53 Convention Committees. ...................................................... 54-55 General Information. ................................................................. 56 Official Business Agenda and Standing Rules ..................... 57-59 Entertainment ..............................................................Back Cover


National President’s Message Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed

volunteers,It is with great pleasure and immense gratitude that I welcome each and every one of you to this convention. Your presence here this weekend represents the dedication and selflessness that make such events possible.

Our convention depends on the hard work and enthusiasm of volunteers like you, who generously contribute their time and energy to ensure its success. You are the backbone of this gathering, and your commitment is truly inspiring. As volunteers, you are not just attendees, but the heart and soul of this event. I want to express my sincere thanks for your unwavering support and dedication. Together, we will make this convention a memorable and productive experience for all. Let's work together to make this convention an outstanding success! Welcome, and let's make this convention one to remember! 2023 National President Michael Morrison


Convention Chair’s Message Welcome to Winston Salem!! We welcome all our attendees and guests to our 2024 Ruritan National Convention. We have planned a great opening ceremony, an awesome Friday night carnival and fantastic family entertainment. Our family entertainment includes Tara McClary Reeves, Deanna McClary and the Phil Urban family. We begin with our Patriotic Thursday theme to have a wave of Red, White and Blue to show our pride and enthusiasm for our country and the American Flag. Friday’s theme is R.E.D., Remember Everyone Deployed, by wearing an article of clothing that’s red in color. Friday night we have a carnival of games for your enjoyment. We close the carnival with a magic show. Saturday’s theme is Ruritan Family Day. We have the business of Ruritan to take care of at our business sessions Friday and Saturday. We will hear our candidate speeches, voting to elect our new officers, hear from our National officers and the Foundation auction. Your leadership committee has worked very hard to provide you with workshops. All are informative and educational but you have to attend to benefit from the great instructors they have selected for you. The youth committee has planned a great and interesting time for our future leaders, our youth. We have our history boards, candidate’s tables and your National Board members conveniently located for you to meet and talk too. Take this opportunity to meet and get to know them because we are all Ruritan Family. Meet old and find new friends, enhance your Ruritan knowledge and refuel your Ruritan enthusiasm. Visit Winston Salem if you can, it’s an interesting city!! But mostly, we want you to enjoy your convention. 2024 Convention Co Chairs

Jimmy Bristow, 2007 National President Gary Taylor, 1998 National President


*Convention Sponsors*

Coffee Cart in Exhibit Hall 2000 National President Jim Lafollette and First Lady Janie $350 First Family Favors

sponsored by the King William Club $500

President-Elect Favors sponsored by Josh Adams $1,000

Registration Bags Shumsky

Convention T-shirt advertising sponsor: Pat Davis $1,000



*Convention Sponsors* President’s Reception Goshen Center Ruritan Club $1,000

Table Centerpieces R. Scott Carr, CPM

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Table Centerpieces All Smoked Up Competition BBQ and Pineview Ruritan Club


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*Program Sponsor* Greetings from your APNP!! We are proud of Ruritan’s 95th year and the growth we have experienced!! Congratulations to all Ruritan’s because without you there is no Community Service, Fellowship and Goodwill!! Keep up the good work, your communities needs you!!

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Board of Directors Meeting 9 a.m - 1 p.m. Piedmont in Benton Convention Center Registration 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Foyer Vendor Booths

2:30 p.m Rudy Bear Delivery to Brenner Children’s Hospital 3 p.m Fire Station 1 651 N Marshall Street

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Candidate Tables 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Foyer Ruritan Supply

Youth Room 2 p.m - 5 p.m Moravian

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Silent Auction 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Chair Meeting with Thursday Participants 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m Hanes Boardroom Nominating Committee Meeting with Candidates 5 p.m - 6 p.m. All candidates should attend. Moravian Chairs Dinner 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Gaines Ballroom 2 Sgt. at Arms Committee Meeting 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Salem

National Board of Directors Question/Answer Booth 2 p.m - 5 p.m Hearn Ballroom

Foundation Trustee Meeting 8:30 p.m - 10:30 p.m. Hanes Boardroom


2023 District Governors and Outgoing Board Members Breakfast with the President 7:45 a.m - 8:45 a.m. Ardmore 1 (Please grab your breakfast and take it to Ardmore 1) 2024 District Governors Training Breakfast with President Elect. All 2024 Governors must attend. 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Ardmore 2 (Please grab your breakfast and take it to Ardmore 2) At 9:00 a.m. training will start. APNP Meeting 9 a.m. Piedmont Registration 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Foyer Vendor Booths THURSDAY Breakfast for ALL Marriott guests in Gaines Ballroom 1 and 2 6:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m



If you would like your photo taken, please go to the Ruritan Information Booth to reserve your time-slot.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Candidate Tables 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Foyer Ruritan Supply

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Silent Auction 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom



National Board of Directors Question/Answer Booth 9 a.m. - 5 p.m Hearn Ballroom

Youth Room 9 a.m - 5 p.m Moravian Flag Ceremony Practice

12 p.m - 2 p.m. Gallery Ballroom

First Time Convention Attendee Welcome Reception 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Bethabara Meet your National

President Michael Morrison and learn how to make the most of your convention experience!

Resolutions Committee to Receive Delegates 2 p.m - 3 p.m Winston Bylaws to Receive Delegates 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Corpening Chair Meeting with Friday Participants 3 p.m - 4 p.m Hanes Boardroom


Opening and Flag Ceremony Gallery Ballroom 6:30 p.m. Presiding: 2007 National President Jimmy Bristow and 1998 National President Gary Taylor

Announcements Juliann Poff, National Secretary Welcome Jimmy Bristow Gary Taylor America David Hogan, National Director Invocation Melody Davis, National Director

Past National Presidents Introduction Frank Guthrie, 1995 National President Presentation of the National President Cassandra Flanagan, National Director The president’s escorts tonight are Slanesville Club member Catelynn Flanagan and Volunteer Club member Elizabeth Greene. Welcome Michael Morrison, 2023 National President Memorial Ron Tomlin Flag Ceremony Jim Lafollette, 2000 National President Janie Lafollette, 2000 First Lady Gail Duncan, 2011 First Lady Vespers Speaker Tara Reeves Pledge Don McNemar

President’s Reception Convention Center Foyer *Immediately following the Opening and Flag Ceremony*


Rudy Bear Drop SUPPORT BRENNER CHILDREN’S Visit Ruritan Supply to purchase Rudy Bears for the


Brenner Children’s is the signature, full-service children’s hospital in western North Carolina. We are passionately committed to saving children’s lives and dedicated to providing the best approaches to healing. Only through the financial contributions of individuals – former patients, families and their friends who know the difference Brenner Children’s has made in their lives – can we continue to provide outstanding patient care, education and research, to serve the medical needs of our region and beyond. Give Today

If you would like to make a gift to Brenner Children’s, contact us, scan our QR code or donate online at Giving.WakeHealth.edu/GiveToBrenner .

Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations PO Box 571021 Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021 336-716-4589 Philanthropy@WakeHealth.edu



Registration 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Foyer Vendor Booths 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Candidate Tables 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Foyer Ruritan Supply

THURSDAY 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom Silent Auction 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hearn Ballroom National Board of Directors Question/Answer Booth 9 a.m. - 5 p.m Hearn Ballroom


Gallery Ballroom Immediately following the First Family’s Fellowship Luncheon. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

All delegates with an email address will receive a link to cast their ballot electronically. If you feel uncomfortable voting electronically, paper Scantron ballots will be passed out and available immediately after the Friday Luncheon in the Gallery Ballroom. Delegates have a WHITE name badge. Non-delegates have a BLUE name badge. Only delegates will be allowed to vote. .


Friday Business Meeting Gallery Ballroom 8:30 a.m. Presiding:Gary Taylor 1998 National President

Announcements Juliann Poff Welcome

Gary Taylor Invocation Perry Marshman, National Director Introduction of the National President (please stand) David Thompson, National Treasurer **The National President’s escorts are first year National Directors John Biery, Roger Carter, Larry Garrison, Billy Hobbs, Merlin Scales, Pearl Underwood, and James Zehr. Credentials First Report Juliann Poff, National Secretary Adoption of Convention Program Michael Morrison Welcome from Winston Salem TBD Nominating Committee Report Glen Broadwater, 2022 National President/Chair

Candidate Speeches Bylaws Ballot Items Bylaws Committee George Brothers, Ron Reid, Billy Hobbs Ruritan National Foundation Phillip Bradshaw, 2023 Foundation President

Presentation of Rudy Youth and Ruri-Teen of the Year Michael Morrison and David Hogan, Youth Committee Chair Presentation of Ruritan of the Year Michael Morrison Recess


First Family’s Fellowship Luncheon Gallery Ballroom 12:30 p.m. Presiding: Zack McCallie National Director Announcements Juliann Poff, National Secretary Welcome Zack McCallie **The First Family’s escorts are Upper West Virginia District Governor Sandra Timbrook, National Director Cassandra Flanagan, and Slanesville Club member and 2022 Rudy Youth of the Year Catelynn Flanagan. Invocation David Hogan, National Director Introduction of DRM’s Zack McCallie DRM’s Kevin and Pamela Smith for Stuart Club Kevin and Pamela Smith for Woolwine Community Club Glen and Linda Broadwater for Riders United Club Juliann Poff and Sarah Kelly for Floyd Community Club Introduction of Ruritan, Ruri-Teen, and Rudy Youth of the Year Zack McCallie


Introduction of Former First Spouses Paula McCallie, Smoky Mountain District Youth Coordinator Entertainment Deanna McClary Pledge Sandra Timbrook, Cassandra Flanagan, and Catelynn Flanagan



American Flag Etiquette 11 a.m - 12 p.m. Piedmont Wally Hudson

This workshop encompasses everyday household knowledge of common courtesies and measures of respect for “Old Glory”, commonly known as the Flag of the United States of America. It will give a brief and basic history of how the Flag became known as the primary symbol of the United States of America and the best-known symbol of freedom all over the world. It will enhance your knowledge of the known and many unknown aspects as to what is respectful and that which is not to our Flag. Risk Management & Ruritan Finances 11 a.m - 12 p.m. Winston Sarah Kelly, David Thompson, Budget & Finance Committee Protecting the things that we hold important by identifying and then managing threats that could severely impact our organization and our reputation and a conversation about the 2023 Financial picture as outlined in the Annual Report. Future Candidates: Paving the Path to Service 11 a.m - 12 p.m. Corpening Glen Broadwater & Danny Privott Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? Are you considering running for an office but want to understand the expectations and responsibilities involved? Join our workshop to gain valuable insights and prepare yourself for a successful journey into leadership. Who – What – Where - When and Why of Project Planning 11 a.m - 12 p.m. Salem Starr Birx, Donna Poulton Everything you always wanted to know about projects and how to make them a success.



Your Temperament – What Color Are You? Part 1 of 2 11 a.m - 12 p.m. Note: This is a two-session workshop – session 2 will be Saturday at 3 p.m Larry Bowman Bethabara Do you know your temperament? Do you know what a temperament is? We all have one and it defines who we are at our core. Join us in this workshop for a fun journey together as we find out our temperament. You will want to come back for session 2 to discover the characteristics of your temperament color and how to use this information to improve your communication with others. Youth Room open 9 a.m - 5 p.m 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Moravian Escape Room David Hogan, Perry Marshman, Pearl Underwood Club Directors 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Piedmont Roger Davis Club Director Involvement - You're a Club Director, now what? Join us for a discussion of the roles and responsibilities of a Club Director and how you are an important piece of the success of your Club.



Zone Governor & Lt. Governor 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Winston David Thompson & Ron Reid

Serving as a vital link between Ruritan National, your District Governor, Zone Governors and most important the Clubs within your District can sound intimidating. It’s NOT! In fact, you should be looking forward to a year of learning, fun, meeting fellow Ruritans who live within the communities where assigned clubs are located and doing what you came on board to do: spread Fellowship, Goodwill and promoting Community Service. As Lt. Governor, you’ll conduct meetings, visit Clubs, promote adding members and building new clubs, and, yes, completing reports. These reports are spread throughout the year and are vital for the health of Ruritan National, your District and the Clubs within your District. You’ll be amazed at how easily they can be done and all while you are working to promote and grow Ruritan. Step UP and Stand Back! 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Salem Pearl Underwood Both the President and Vice President provide guidance, direction, and inspiration to their club. As leaders, they exhibit compassion, commitment, and ambition to the club. Learn how to nurture the strengths and talents of your members and build a

club committed to achieving a common goal. Chair Meeting with Saturday Participants 3 p.m - 4 p.m Hanes Boardroom Foundation Live Auction 5:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m Hearn Ballroom


See you at the Ruritan Carnival! Friday 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Gallery Ballroom

With games , a photo booth, a scooter parade , a magician, a cake walk , and face

painting , there’s no shortage of fun activities to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to test your skills, capture memories, be entertained, or transform your appearance, the carnival has something for everyone. Let’s create

wonderful memories!


Saturday Business Meeting

Gallery Ballroom 8:30 a.m. Presiding: Michael Morrison 2023 National President

**The National President’s escorts are second - year National Directors Roger Davis, Lynn Fillers, Cassandra Flanagan, Zack McCallie, Perry Marshman, Donna Poulton, and Ron Reid. Announcements Juliann Poff Welcome Michael Morrison Credentials Second Report Juliann Poff, National Secretary Introduction of the National Board Michael Morrison Recognition: Members Years of Service Recognition: Ruritan Forever Participants Recognition: Golden Key Recipients Recognition: Gold Community Service Clubs Recognition: Outgoing Board and Committees Membership Awards

District Growth Awards Communication Awards Other Awards Ruritan National Foundation Phillip Bradshaw, Foundation President National Treasurer’s Report David Thompson National Secretary’s Report Juliann Poff Executive Director’s Report Sarah Kelly Resolutions Committee John Biery, National Director Bylaws Committee Report George Brothers, National Director


Saturday Business Meeting

2025 National Convention – Greenville, SC Jim Lafollette, 2000 National President Robin Davenport 2024 President-Elect Greenville SC. Representative Teller’s Report and Election Results Juliann Poff Declaration of Election Results Michael Morrison New Business Pledge


ANCR Meeting 1 p.m - 2 p.m. Ardmore 1


SATURDAY WORKSHOPS Your Temperament: What Color are You? Part 2 of 2 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Session 1 is a pre-requisite to attend this workshop. Bethabara Larry Bowman Now that you have identified your temperament colors in session 1, we’ll reconvene to find out what each color means. We’ll have fun as we analyze each color and how accurate the assessment aligns with our personalities. We will discover which historic personalities share our color and how we can use this information to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of our temperament. Awards Abound 2 p.m - 3 p.m. Piedmont Becky Lane, Cassandra Flanagan, Roger Carter Come join the Advancement Committee to explore all the awards offered by Ruritan National. Have you been Phishing lately? 2 p.m - 3 p.m. Winston Donna Jo Poulton Internet Safety is for everyone. Join us as we explore topics on internet safety - creating strong passwords, phishing, malware and internet scammers-know what to look for to keep your internet journey safe. Community Service Reports 2 p.m - 3 p.m. Corpening Ralph Cantrell Have you ever wanted to improve the time it takes to complete the R-4 report? Well the Chesapeake District has developed an Electronic spreadsheet for you to use. So, if you really want to save time, please come to this workshop.


Your Ruritan National Foundation 2 p.m - 3 p.m. Salem Foundation Trustees What you always wanted to know. Bring the questions that you have always wanted to get answered. Painting a Lasting Picture to End Hunger One Bowl at a Time 2 p.m - 3 p.m. Bethabara Help us to ensure that there are no empty bellies while creating a lasting picture of your help through the "Empty Bowl" charity fundraiser. No sign up is necessary, but space is limited, so get there early! Let Go & Let them Soar 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Piedmont Zack McCallie This workshop will offer ideas and thoughts about how your club could move forward and continue to grow for the future. Do not be afraid to let your club soar, you SATURDAY WORKSHOPS


might be amazed at what it could do! Club Secretary & Treasurer Training: Mastering Efficiency & Communication 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Winston Juliann Poff & David Thompson

The secretary and treasurer roles in a club work closely together and are vital to maintain accurate records and efficiently communicate within your club, zone, district and national. Treasurers hold more than just the keys to a club’s finances. They are looked and counted upon for their honesty and integrity. Whether you are a seasoned officer or just starting, this workshop will review the duties and responsibilities of these two offices, and we will provide you with a toolkit of skills to elevate your role and contribute to the success of your club.



FRIDAY Ruritans fulfilling their mission to support local communities - Join the Project FOCUS committee for a discussion on how Ruritans can help provide relief for communities that are Building Bridges 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Corpening Glen Broadwater & Pamela Smith Learn how to develop relationships and build new clubs. Focus on Project FOCUS 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Salem George Brothers, Roger Davis, Donna Poulton, Cassandra Flanagan, Lynn Fillers

struggling in the aftermath of natural disasters. Painting a Lasting Picture to End Hunger One Bowl at a Time 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Bethabara

Help us to ensure that there are no empty bellies while creating a lasting picture of your help through the "Empty Bowl" charity fundraiser. No sign up is necessary, but space is limited, so get there early! Youth Room open 9 a.m - 5 p.m 2 p.m - 3 p.m Bowl Painting in Bethabara 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Moravian Wood Car Building David Hogan, Perry Marshman, Pearl Underwood


FOR A BOWL PAINTING ACTIVITY to support Second Harvest Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser during the 2024National Convention

How painting a bowl helps fight hunger:

Paint a bowl at the 2024 National Convention Your painted bowl will be donated to the annual Empty Bowls event in April The attendees of the Empty Bowls event in April will receive your donated bowl as part of their experience All proceeds from the annual event go to help combat food insecurity in the community Second Harvest can provide up to 7 meals for each dollar they receive

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For more information about how this activity benefits the local community, please visit: https://www.emptybowlsnc.org/ https://www.secondharvestnwnc.org/




Gallery Ballroom START TIME: 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.) PRESIDING: Sarah Kelly Executive Director Saturday Installation Banquet

Welcome Sarah Kelly Presentation of 2023 National President Sarah Kelly The National President’s escorts are third-year directors George Brothers, Melody Davis, David Hogan, Joe Jaynes, Steve Kidwell, Rebecca Lane, and Paul Lewis. Invocation Melody Davis DINNER Presentation of Head Table Sarah Kelly Outgoing President remarks 2023 National President Michael Morrison Installation of 2024 Officers

2000 National President Jim Lafollette Ruritan National Foundation Remarks 2023-2024 Foundation President Phillip Bradshaw Installation of 2024 National President Jim Lafollette Address of 2024 National President

Robin Davenport Announcements National Secretary Juliann Poff Pledge Juliann Poff Introduction of Entertainment 1998 National President Gary Taylor Entertainment Phil Urban



Worship Service Gallery Ballroom 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Welcome 2007 National President Jimmy Bristow Hymn (all stand) National Director Donna Poulton Invocation National Director Melody Davis Sermon Peaks of Otter Zone Governor Ron Tomlin

Closing Prayer Donna Poulton


Filamina Jewelry

Jordan Mill Pottery

ANCR Association of North Carolina Ruritans


Lowe Pottery

Exhibitor Booth Hours Wednesday: 1 - 5 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m - 5 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Vida Collective

Larry Sumpter - Real Time Pain Relief

Dreama - Wind Spinners & Tumblers


Ballot Items

Ballot Item One The caption of the National Bylaws ARTICLE I currently reads: “Name/Emblem/Politics”. The Board approved striking the word “Politics” and inserting the word “Principles”. They further moved that the heading politics be replaced with prin ciples in all bylaws and publications. Reason for the motion: The word politics is too narrow of scope as we are non-sectarian and non-partisan in both poli tics and religious affiliations. Principles is a more inclusive word and portrays how we want to present ourselves to our communities. Will take effect immediately upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at the national convention. Ballot Item Two The National Board approved a motion for a $1 per quarter dues increase ($4 per year) for all adult/business org mem berships (not including youth) to take effect April 1, 2024. Reason for the motion: To maintain the solvency of the orga nization. The 2023-2024 Ruritan National operating budget of $1,133,204.00 income and expenses of $1,124,900.83 is based on an anticipated dues increase of $1/quarter, to take effect April 2024, pending convention delegates' approval at the 2024 Ruritan National Convention. If there is no ap proved dues increase, the proposed operating budget for 2023-2024 would be $1,095,226.00 income and expenses of $1,120,904.83, reflecting a deficit budget of -$25,678.83. Will take effect on April 1, 2024, upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at the national convention.



Ballot Items

Ballot Item Three National Bylaws ARTICLE III Membership/Members Section 4. Dues and Fees E. Dues Payment Dates currently reads as follows: “Membership dues shall be billed on the 1st day of each quarter and payable to Ruritan National no later than the last day of January, April, July, and October. Any club which fails to pay its financial obligation to this organization, in accordance with these bylaws, may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension of its charter.” Move in sentence one to strike the word “shall” and insert the word “should” and between 1st and day, insert the word “business.” The sentence will then read “Membership dues should be billed on the 1st business day of each quarter and payable to Ruritan National no later than the last day of January, April, July and October.” Reason for the motion: This allows flexibility to Ruritan National when the 1st day of the quarter falls on a weekend or holiday. Will take effect immediately upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at the national convention.


Ballot Items

Ballot Item Four Amend National Bylaws by creating new Article V Exempt Charitable Organizations. Current Section 5 and subsequent sections will be renumbered. Current Article IV Section 9 Ruritan National Foundation will become part of the new Article V. Text for the new article is below. Reason for the motion: Provide a definitive section for the current and future Exempt Charitable Organizations that are part of Ruritan National. Will take effect immediately upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at the national convention. ARTICLE 5 Exempt Charitable Organizations (IRS 501C3) Section 1. Ruritan National Foundation. A. Establishment of. The Ruritan National Foundation was established in January 1968. B. Purpose. The purpose of the Ruritan National Foundation is to manage and maintain a trust for the encouragement, promotion, and financing of the charitable, educational, and benevolent principles and activities of Ruritan clubs and of Ruritan National. C. Administered by. The Ruritan National Foundation shall be administered by a board to be known as the Ruritan National Foundation Trustees. D. Board of Trustees. Ruritan National Foundation Board of Trustees shall consist of five (5) persons, which shall meet at least three (3) times annually. E. Election. One trustee will be elected at each annual convention of Ruritan National. F. Term of office. Trustees will serve for a full term of five (5) years.


Ballot Items

G. Eligibility. While serving a term of office, each trustee must be and remain an active member of a Ruritan club. A trustee who has been in office for a full term of five (5) years will be ineligible for re-election until after a lapse of one year. H. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board of Trustees caused by death, resignation, or otherwise shall be filled by the BOD until the next Ruritan National Convention and at such convention any vacancy or vacancies shall be filled by election for such unexpired term or terms. I. Removal from office. Should it be desirable at any time to remove a trustee from office prior to expiration of trustee’s term of office, the same may be done at a regular meeting or at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, provided 10 days’ notice is given to said trustee to be removed. Such removal shall be by majority vote of the entire membership of the Board of Trustees voting at said special or regular meeting. J. Relationship with BOD. The relationship between Ruritan National and the Ruritan National Foundation shall be governed by the Ruritan National Foundation Articles of Incorporation and the bylaws of Ruritan National. Section 2. Ruritan National Project FOCUS (Funding Our Communities Under Stress). A. Establishment of. Ruritan National Project FOCUS was authorized in September 2022. B. The purpose of. The Ruritan National Project FOCUS is to soften community suffering with compassion by mobilizing the power of our local Ruritan Clubs with Funding provided by the generosity of our donors.



Rebecca “Becky” Lane (WV) 244 Heishman Lane Delray, WV 26714 Phone: (540) 746-2326 Email: bucateqimax@gmail.com

CLUB: McGaheysville Ruritan Club: Member since 2014; Ruritan Forever; Gold Key Member; Director 2015; Vice President 2016; President 2017 and 2019; Secretary 2018; Treasurer 2016-present; Community Engagement Chair 2018-present; Trustee 2017-present; Club's Ruritan of the Year 2017; Awarded for Outstanding and Meritorious Service 2018; Elkton Middle School Ruri-Teen Club: Advisor 2017 2020; Distinguished Ruritan Member (DRM) 2017; Rockingham Luncheon Club: Member since 2019; Ruritan Forever; Chair of Social Development 2022-present; Slanesville Ruritan Club: Member since 2022. DISTRICT: Rockingham District Zone 1 Lt. Governor 2017 and 2019; Rockingham District Zone 1 Governor 2018 and 2020; Rockingham District Lt. Governor 2018; Rockingham District Governor 2019; Rockingham District Foundation Chair 2020 2022; Rockingham District Foundation Co-Chair 2023. NATIONAL: Ruritan National Director 2020-present; Growth & Development Committee Secretary 2020-2021; Advancement Committee Secretary 2022-present; Advancement Committee Chair 2023; 3rd Year Director Chair/Secretary 2022-2023; Resolutions Committee Chair 2021 and 2022; Tom Downing 2023 EDUCATION: Annadale High School Graduate; Katherine Gibbs Secretary School graduate; Blue Ridge Community College Veterinary Technology, Associate Degree. OCCUPATION: Secretary, Ashcraft & Gerel 1985-1988; Secretary, Fairfax County Public Schools 1988-1989; Legal Assistant, Office Manager, Bookkeeper, A. Thomas Lane, Jr. 1990-2012; Paralegal, Ashcraft & Gerel 2012-2013; Customer Service Representative, Patchwork Plus 2015-2020. OTHER: Mountain View Fellowship COB 2014-2021; Positions/ Duties: Outreach Team Chair; Produce Monthly Newsletter; Organize bi-weekly ladies’ lunch; Trustee; Worship Team Member; Hospitality Team Member; Leadership Team Member; The Mosby Foundation Board: Member 2016-present; Newsletter Editor 2017-2020; Secretary 2019-present.




National Director

Raymond Cade (LA) 8093 State Line Road Osyka, MS 39657

Phone: (601) 341-0013 (Cell) Email: rccade@icloud.com

CLUB: Mt. Hermon LA Club President 2022 & 2023; Club Director 2017 – 2018; Club Sgt-at-arms 2014 – 2015. DISTRICT: Gulf Area Governor 2023 NATIONAL: N/A EDUCATION: One year of study experience at the Community College level. OCCUPATION: Dairy & beef cattle farmer for 50 years (6 years dairy & 46 years beef); Retired truck driver – 44 years (18 years cross-country and 26 years Wal-Mart); Million-mile safety award accident free; Appointed as driver representative by management to the hiring committee. OTHER: Married to wife, Fairba Russell Cade, for 50 years; Two adult daughters who are married and eight grandchildren; Member of Mount Hermon Baptist Church; Presently serving as Chairman of the Deacons; Personnel Committee Chairman and adult Sunday School teacher; Have also been Pastor search Committee Chairman, Men’s Ministry Director, Nominating Committee Chairman and served as Chairman of the Deacons for four pervious terms; Current member of the Louisiana State Cattlemen’s Association – Washington Parish and President of the Silver Springs Cemetery Association; Previously served as President of the Christian Truck Drivers Fellowship, served as a member and speaker for Gideon’s International – Pike County, MS camp for 12 years; Member of the Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief team for more than 10 years responding to natural disasters and emergencies nationally and internationally most notably: 2002 9/11 Clean-up and Recovery, New York (feeding responders), 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Phuket Thailand (construction and painting), 2005 Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi (feeding volunteers and responders), and 2012 Hurricane Sandy, New York (feeding volunteers and responders); Hobbies include visiting and sharing a cup of coffee with neighbors, gardening; singing in the choir, listening to Southern Gospel music and spending time on my farm.


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Gary Collier (TN) 3089 Lowrance Drive Kingsport, TN 37660

Phone: (423) 480-8676 (Cell) Email: gwandgang@yahoo.com CLUB: Bloomingdale Club President 2020-2022; Club Vice President 2019 and 2023; Club Director 2018; Club Reporter

2021 & 2022; Chair of the Social Development Committee; Chair of the Business & Professions Committee; Chair of Christmas Parade Committee; Co-Chair of the Fall Fest; Club Ruritan of the Year in 2018; currently Chair of the Social Engagement Committee; DRM for Ketron Ruri-Teen club formed in 2022. DISTRICT: Tennessean District Governor 2023; Tennessean District Lt. Governor 2021 & 2022; District Ruritan of the Year three times (2020, 2021 & 2022). NATIONAL: National Recruiter of the Year 2022; National Ruritan of the Year in 2022; Ruritan Forever two times; Attended Ruritan National Leadership Conference in 2021 and 2022; Spoke at the 2022 Leadership Conference on Recruiting; Attended the National Conventions in 2022 and 2023; Co-hosted a workshop on recruiting and retaining members at the 2023 National Convention. EDUCATION: Ketron High School Graduate OCCUPATION: Retired – Over 40 years in the work force with over 20 years in supervisory capacity; I was 28 years in the printing/binding industry; I have worked in auto sales and insurance sales, warehousing and as a field rep/tech. OTHER: Been married 27 years to Loretta; have two children together (Joshua & Gabriel); have two stepchildren (Brandon & Brandy); Have six grand kids and are currently fostering five of those grand kids; volunteered for awhile as a mentor.


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Debi Davis (NC) 801 Oak Ridge Farm Road Moravian Falls, NC 28654 Phone: (336) 921-3773 (Home) Phone: (336) 927-2612 (Cell) Email: ddruritan@wilkes.net

CLUB: Brushy Mountain Club President 2004,2008,2018 & 2020-21; Club Vice President 2003, 2007,2017,2019 and 2023; Club Secretary 1999 and 2013-16; Club Director; Chairman of the Citizenship & Patriotism, the Social Development Committees; have served on the Scholarship Committee and served as Chairman of the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival; Have been Ruritan of the Year DISTRICT : Piedmont District Governor 2002 and 2023; Piedmont District Lt. Governor 2001 and 2022; Piedmont District Growth & Development Chari 2007 and 2010; Piedmont District Convention Program Chair 2012-13, 2015 and 2017; Zone Governor 2003-05, 2008 and 2016-18; Certified District Trainer. NATIONAL: Have attended 24 National Conventions; Served as the Registration & Credentials Chair and Co-Chair; Worked in the Registrations and Credentials several years; Served on the Publications Committee as a Non-Board Member; Have attended two Summer Leadership Conferences; I am a Ruritan Forever and a Tom Downing. EDUCATION: Graduated from Pitt Community College; Emergency Medical Technician. OCCUPATION: Worked for Lowes Companies for 28 years. OTHER: Attend the Bethany Baptist Church and served on the Missions Committee; Co-Organized Brushy Mountain Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary; Co-Organized the first Brushy Mountain Peach & Heritage Festival in 2019 and have served as Co-Chair for the festival since 2019; Have two sons Travis (Katie) and Jonathan (Chistina) and a grandson named Jarrett.


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Patty Hamilton (WV) 1218 Thompson Avenue Bluefield, WV 24701

Phone: (304) 920 - 2055 (Cell) Email: paahamilton@yahoo.com

CLUB: East River Club President 2010 & 2019, East River Club Secretary 2022-23, East River Club Director 2012-2015; Nemours Club Secretary 2023. Program Chair. DISTRICT: Lower West Virginia District Governor 2022 and 2023; Lower West Virginia District Lt. Governor 2020 and 2021; Lower West Virginia District Fundraising Chair 2010-12 and 2020-21; Zone Governor 2009-10, and 2017-21; Lt. Zone Governor 2013; Lower West Virginia District Convention Chair and Directory Chair. NATIONAL: Have attended several National Conventions, served as an ambassador and assisted with Voting at two National Conventions; and have attended two National Leadership Conferences; Received the Fran Award; Received the Gold Key Award; I am a Ruritan Forever and a Tom Downing. EDUCATION: Graduated Oakvale High School in Oakvale West Virginia; Graduated McLains Business College in Bluefield West Virginia. OCCUPATION: Currently working for the Mercer County Commission (in the County Clerk’s Office in Princeton West Virigina) since 2003. OTHER: I am a second generation Ruritan Member; Adjutant/ Paymaster Mountaineer Marine Corps League Det. #957 in Princeton West Virginia; received the Distinguish Citizen Award from the Marine Corps League Dept. of West Virginia; Former member of the Bluewell Lions Club in Bluewell West Virginia; Pianist to two congregations; Member of the Memorial Church of Christ in Princeton West Virginia; Enjoys music and attending concerts; I am also a avid dog lover having rescued several dogs and cats; the latest is a Yorkie Terrier “Grace Ann” who I adopted from an Animal Shelter.


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Julie J. Marshall (VA) 310 Ravenscroft Drive N. Chesterfield, VA 23236

Phone: (804) 519-4476 (Home) Phone: (804) 393-8444 (Work) Email: jjmarshall2010@gmail.com

CLUB: Club President 2014, Club Vice President 2013, Club Secretary 2012, Club Treasurer 2015-2021, 2023; Chair of Club Bylaws Committee, Public Service Committee and Social Development Committee for Central Chesterfield Ruritan Club. Served as Chaplain for Central Chesterfield Ruritan Club from 2014 to present. DISTRICT: Appomattox District Treasurer 2023; Appomattox District Governor 2022, District Secretary 2015-2019. 2021, and 2023, Zone Governor 2020. Served as Chaplain for the Appomattox District Ruritans from 2016 to present. NATIONAL: Attended Ruritan National Convention in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023; Served as an Ambassador in 2022 and 2023; Attended Ruritan National Leadership Conference in 2021, 2022, and 2023. EDUCATION: Graduated from Midlothian High School; Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree from the University of Richmond; Master of Divinity Degree from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. OCCUPATION: Worked as a secretary/paralegal in the legal field for 29 years. Certified Professional Legal Secretary, Certified Professional Paralegal, Part-time Pastor – Bagby Memorial Baptist Church in Burkeville, VA from November 2018 – November 2020. Certified Clinical Chaplain – Central Virginia VA Health Care Center in Richmond, VA from September 2018 – Present. OTHER: I am a widow and have four grown children and one granddaughter. I have been a member of the Order of Eastern Star since 1984 and served as Worthy Matron for my local chapter in 2004; after which I served as Secretary and Chaplain. I served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for the Richmond Association of Legal Professionals. I served as the State Treasurer and Secretary for the Virginia Association of Legal Professionals. I have been an active member of Central Baptist Church in Richmond, VA since 1992 and served on the Leadership, Cemetery, Personnel Committees and served as Deacon for nine years. I enjoy reading, the outdoors, bowling, swimming and being with those I love.


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Lester Owens (VA) 4598 Lee Highway Marion, VA 24354 Phone: (276) 759-4876 (Cell) Email: scout09mtm@yahoo.com

CLUB: Atkins Club President 2014-2018; Club Vice President 2013 DISTRICT: Southwest Virginia District Governor 2019 & 2020; Southwest Virginia District Lt. Governor 2018 & 2023; Southwest Virginia District Ruritan of the Year in 2022. NATIONAL: Attended Ruritan National Convention in 2017, 2020 and 2023; Attended Ruritan National Leadership Conference in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023; Became a Ruritan Forever in 2019. EDUCATION: Graduated from Marion Senior High School; Served six years (1977-1983) in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Cape May NJ, Kodiak AK, Yorktown VA, Portsmouth VA and Norfolk VA. OCCUPATION: ASE Master Tech; Medium-Heavy Duty trucks. OTHER: I have three daughters; I am team trainer for my church security team; Service Commander-VFW; American Legion Chief Financial Officer; Volunteer usher at the Lincoln Theater.


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Jeff Roadcap (VA) 11647 Turleytown Road Broadway, VA 22815

Phone: (540) 896 -1164 (Home) Email: JDRoadcap@gmail.com

CLUB: Linville-Edom Club President 2009-10. Club Vice President 2022-23. Club Treasurer 2007, 2015 – 2019. Club Director 2013, 2014 and 2021. Chaired Citizenship and Patriotism Committee.

DISTRICT: Rockingham District Governor 2015 and 2023. Rockingham District Lt. Governor 2014, 2021, and 2022. Rockingham District Youth Coordinator 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2017. Zone Governor 2013. Coordinated and executed numerous District sponsored (Scripps) Regional Spelling Bees, several with Ruritan National Presidents in attendance. NATIONAL: Have attended eight National Conventions, served as an ambassador at several, and have attended four National Leadership Conferences. EDUCATION: Graduated from Turner Ashby High School in Dayton, VA. Completed BS Degree in Computer Networking from Strayer University. Completed Associates Degrees from Community College of the Air Force in Avionics Systems Technology and in Space Operations Technology. OCCUPATION: Currently working at James Madison University in Classroom Technology (18-years). During my 20-year Air Force career I received Meritorious Service Medals, Commendation Medals, and many other accolades. OTHER: My wife, Cherie, and I have been married for 24 years and we have no children. A huge joy for my wife and I is caring for my mother, Mary, who has lived with us for the past 6 years. Have served as American Legion Commander and currently as Finance Officer & Adjutant. Volunteered for many roles with American Red Cross including serving on the Board of Directors for Chapters in Fairbanks Alaska and Harrisonburg Virginia, where I also served as Board Chairman. The last few years I have served as an Election Officer. Hobbies include golf, gardening, and evidently mowing since I spend a lot of time doing it.



Alex Sowers (WV) 4752 Bloomery Pike Augusta, WV 26704

Phone: (304) 496 - 9706 (Home) Email: asowers1969@gmail.com

CLUB: Alex is one of the original charter members of the Slanesville Ruritan Club. The club was chartered in 1991, and Alex served as the club President that same year. Since then, he has served in various capabilities for the club. He’s been on the Growth & Development Committee, the Maintenance Com mittee, and Fundraising Committee. He’s also served as the Committee Chair of Social Development for several years and currently holds that position in the club. He is also serving as the Club’s President. Over the past thirty years, he's been responsible for hosting several fundraisers to provide schol arships for graduating seniors and others. DISTRICT: In 1993, Alex served as Lieutenant Governor, and then in 1994, he served as District Governor. Over the years, Alex has assisted with organiz ing several District Ruritan Conventions that have been held in Hampshire County. Alex has also served on the Growth & Development Committee as the District Level, and he ash played a crucial role on the Finance Committee. NATIONAL: Alex and his wife attended the 2023 National Convention in Kingsport, TN. He is currently serving on the Budget & Finance Committee. EDUCATION: Alex graduated from Hampshire High School in Romney, WV. After that, he decided to continue his education at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He graduated with two Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. He also recently completed the WV Bankers Training. OCCUPATION: For the past thirty-two years, Alex has been a farmer and business owner in Augusta, WV. Currently, he serves on the Board of Direc tors at FNB Bank in Romney, WV, and he is Past Chairman of the Board for Eastern Bancshares, Inc. Alex was recently nominated as Ruritan of the Year for the Slanesville Ruritan Club, and he is past recipient of the Tom Downing Award. He is also one of the few Ruritan Forevers in the club. OTHER: Alex has been married to his wife, Marsha, for twenty-eight years and they have three children that been brough up in Ruritan. They attend Little Capon Baptist Church, and they are both charter members of Haiti Hope Missions, Inc. This is a Not-for-Profit Organization that Alex started. He cur rently serves as President of the Mission, and he is responsible for forty-seven employees in the country of Haiti. Alex is also an FFA Alumni member of the Hampshire County FFA chapter and serves as the Class President for the Class of 1987 from Hampshire High School.


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