Submitted by the Spring Place Ruritan Club
The Spring Place Ruritan Club has again been recognized by Ruritan National for its 60-plus years of work in its community. An organization in which the entire family can be involved, Ruritan is dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through fellowship, goodwill and community service.
The Spring Place club was organized in 1950 and has played an important part in education and community improvement ever since. In fact, four generations of area residents have now been in Ruritan and attend its monthly meetings. With 40 members, Spring Place is the largest Ruritan Club in the Georgia/Alabama District of Ruritan National, which is headquartered in Dublin, Va.
Ruritan National Secretary James Mills of Dallas, Ga., visited the local group this spring to present two National Service Awards, a bronze in the area of social development and a gold for club activities promoting citizenship and patriotism.
The club’s only fundraiser is a golf tournament held at Indian Trace every spring. Money raised from the tournament is then put back into the community as the club donates to more than 16 community projects and causes each year. Among them are the Alzheimer’s Association, Community Christmas, rescue squad and EMTs, Spring Place Elementary, Bagley Middle, North Murray and Murray County high schools, Salvation Army Food Bank, Boy Scouts, Saturday Snacks, Keep Chatsworth-Murray County Beautiful, the historical society, Spring Place Cemetery, Murray County Fire Department and Murray County Family Connections.
The group recognized Murray County educators on Teacher Appreciation Day last month and recently awarded the annual G.I. Maddox and Carl L. Davis Memorial Scholarships to members Ansley Lancaster and Jacob Howard. It also donated 25 Rudy Ruritan teddy bears to the Murray County Division of Family and Children Services.
Currently the group is gearing up to co-sponsor the 16th annual Spring Place Community Festival with the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. This event is designed to raise money for the continued preservation of the Old Spring Place Methodist Church, an important local landmark.
Ruritan meetings are held the first Thursday of each month except July, usually at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. A covered dish supper begins at 7 p.m. with a short business session following. Officers for 2013 are President Elizabeth Robinson, Vice President David McDaniel, Secretary Tim Howard and Treasurer Vicki Bramblett. Regular dues are $12 per quarter while student memberships are $18 per year. To find out more about the benefits of Ruritan membership, visit www.ruritan.org or call (706) 695-6021.