Community Spotlight: Glen Allen Ruritan Club
Gustav Carle, Glen Allen Ruritan Club
Gustav Carle is the former president and current secretary of the Glen Allen Ruritan Club. Ingrid Lockley recently spoke with him to learn more about the organization and its efforts.
Describe the Glen Allen Ruritan Club and what it does in the community.
The Glen Allen Ruritan club is a nonprofit club located in Glen Allen and established in 1965. There are other local Ruritan clubs throughout Greater Richmond that provide community service for established communities. Our club currently has a total of 30 members that consist of both male and female, and we are looking for new members to join. We have an annual fee that goes towards activities such as fundraising events and charity. Our mission is to help the community with hardships, education, and awareness through means of fundraisers, donations and scholarships.
What has motivated you to be a member and officer in the club?
The opportunity to help the local community in Glen Allen, and the response of appreciation from the community, is what motivates me not to depart from the club. My role as a former president was to involve fellow members to utilize their strengths and ideas to impact the community. The president position is similar to that of a coordinator, in which I would review each project and fellow members would move forward with the project or activity, whether that was assisting a family with rent or sponsoring a parade. My role as a secretary is to introduce and share insight of the club with potential members and participate with activities or projects.
What are some of the projects the Glen Allen Ruritan Club is involved with?
We were able to help a family in need of a heating system to keep them warm for the winter, and we are participating this month in the Mountain Road clean-up day in 2013. In March there will be an auction to raise funds for the Healey Scholarship for Glen Allen H.S., and we will take part with the local schools’ upcoming spring 2013 carnivals. We take part in mentoring juveniles whom are incarcerated and [in addition to the Healy scholarship] offer the McKenna scholarship for Hermitage H.S. Both scholarships help students with great academic grades and provide a helping hand to further their education. We also have given donations to local charities. We continue to ask for support from the community by volunteering on Glen Allen Day held every year; donations; contributions; and ongoing involvement. Our events would not be possible without the Glen Allen community’s support from members and non members.
What other events will the Glen Allen Ruritan Club sponsor in 2013? What are your long term goals?
In mid-spring, our regional office will sponsor the American Patriots Conference, through which local high school students who are interested in history, government and citizenship are taken for a weekend to Washington, D.C. to learn about the history of Virginia and federal governments. These students will visit the state capitol and a presentation will be held by legislators. In June, our club will have its annual picnic, and all are invited and welcome to participate. Our major event will occur the third Saturday in September, which is Glen Allen Day and a major family fun day. The event includes a parade, car show, and entertainment on two stages; lots of fun for little or no cost. Last but not least, our club will host its winter Christmas party to end the year. Our long term goals are to bring aboard new members and continue success with the community services. We look forward to ongoing involvement and feedback from the Glen Allen community.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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