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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.
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Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > Read more.

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Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

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At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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