RURITAN National has nearly 34,000 members throughout the United States, that work to improve more than 1,200 local communities. 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. Further information about Ruritan is available about our history, goals or objectives, executive committee and organization by going to www.RURITAN.com.
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 restrictive with regard to occupation, social position, or any other specific criteria.
The Gainesville RURITAN Club received its charter in 1951. One of its earliest community activities was an annual rodeo held in the Town of Haymarket, later the club founded and sponsored Haymarket Day for 18 years and in 2007 ceded the event to the town. Club members are pleased that the town plans to carry on the Haymarket Day tradition.
Members of the club come together for a dinner meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. After dinner there is usually a short program with a guest speaker followed by the club business meeting. Meetings adjourn by 9:00 p.m.
Membership in the club is open to all members of the community. The club seeks to attract individuals who value the benefits to be derived from Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service, and who are willing to devote some time and effort each year to support club programs and activities. The club also welcomes Associate Members who because of work schedules, travel commitments and other time constraints can’t participate in all of the club’s activities on a regular basis.