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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.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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