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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

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

CAT Theatre opens 51st season Oct. 24


CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. The play is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted by Steven Dietz, and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The story follows Holmes, whose career as the world’s greatest detective seems to have reached its end until he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer, Irene Adler, Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re in the mood for a little music this weekend, you won’t be disappointed! Pete Peterkin, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, will present a musical tribute to the legendary Ray Charles at CACGA tomorrow. Fans of gospel music can head to Sandston Baptist Church for an Eastern Henrico FISH benefit concert. Richmond native and American Idol Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin will perform at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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