Melody Davis and Kathy Long attended Ruritan National Summer Leadership Conference held in Roanoke at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. While they were there, they learned about new programs to improve
America’s communities and revitalize the organization. The conference was sponsored by the Ruritan National Office in Dublin as part of the organization’s ongoing training program for volunteer leaders.

Davis and Long are members of Aaron’s Creek Ruritan Club. Long serves as Zone 8 Governor for the Dan River Ruritan District. Davis serves as Lt. District Governor for Zones 5 - 8 for the Dan River Ruritan District, and as a National Ruritan Director for the Peaks of Otter District and the Roanoke District.

Attendees included leaders from all levels of Ruritan including club, 
zone and district officers as well as a host of volunteer speakers and seminar leaders.

At the conference, participants also met with national volunteer leaders and Ruritan staff members to discuss current issues and activities that affect Ruritan clubs and Ruritan members in their districts and areas. Some of the topics discussed included growth and development, leadership training and legal issues.

Conference participants represented over 20,000 Ruritan members in 38 Ruritan Districts and Areas that reach from the Tidewater area of Virginia to the Corn Belt of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

Since 1928, Ruritan Clubs have been improving communities and building a better America through fellowship, goodwill and community service. Today there are more than 850 clubs in 24 states across the United States. The Ruritan National headquarters of has been located in Dublin since 1965.

Contact Davis at 434-222-4026 or Long at 434-579-3538 for more information about Ruritan membership or upcoming Ruritan activities. There are seven clubs in Halifax County and club members would love to have others join them in building a better America one community at a time.