Ruritan National and its members are dedicated to creating a better
understanding among people, and through volunteer community service,
make Americaís communities a better place to live and work. Ruritan
members across the country represent a cross-section of the
communities they serve.
Ruritan National has about 30,000 members throughout the United
States, that work to improve more than 1,200 local communities.
Since the organizationís 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 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 restrictive 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. Nearly one in every three Ruritan clubs sponsors a
Girl Scout unit.
Many clubs provide and supervise community recreational centers, sponsor
Little League and other athletic programs, involve themselves in anti-litter campaigns, help the sick and needy, and perform a wide range of services to help their communities.
Sixteen members are required to form a Ruritan club, usually with the assistance of an existing club. When a club applies for membership in Ruritan, it submits a charter application along with a charter fee. Upon chartering, the club receives supplies and assistance necessary for its organization and continuance.
Of special interest to young people are two growing, expanding Ruritan programs: The
Ruritan National Foundation and the Ruritan Student Program.
The Ruritan National Foundation
each year provides
financial assistance to students to further their education past high school.
In addition to scholarship programs, Ruritan has two other
and the Ruritan Student Programs.
Ruri-teen establishes teen Ruritan clubs and programs. The purpose of the
Ruritan Student Program
is to introduce students of all ages to the Ruritan spirit of Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.
Many Ruritan clubs select two or more high school students and pay
their entire membership (including meals) in the club for one year.
Further information about Ruritan
and clubs outside of Blacksburg, Virginia is available
Ruritan National website