The Armuchee Ruritan Club announced it will host the Ruritan District Cabinet meeting on April 25, 2015 at the Armuchee Park pavilion to highlight our club’s efforts with the park's ongoing maintenance and cleanup. The Armuchee Ruritan Club undertook the park maintenance project in 2014 when the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority announced that budget issues would no longer permit them to perform maintenance at the facility. The club recognized that the park was still being utilized by a large number of residents for ball practice and family recreation, so we met with county leaders and agreed to step up and help out.
Applications were accepted for the 2015 Ruritan National Foundation Scholarship and 2015 Freeman Shelnutt Scholarship awarded annually by the club to college bound students in the Armuchee community.
The Ruritan National Foundation notified the club that the educational fund established in the memory of Armuchee Ruritan Club Charter Member Spencer Diden had achieved permanent status, meaning it will always retain its identity and perpetuate the name of the individual.
The Armuchee Ruritan Club presented the first of two scholarships at the club's April meeting. The Freeman Shelnutt Scholarship was established in 1999 in memory of the long-time educator in the Armuchee community and is awarded annually. Scholarship Committee chair Bill Teat announced that the Armuchee Ruritan Club has now been responsible for providing over $40,000 dollars to deserving students to further their education beyond high school.
Armuchee Ruritan Club President Lewis Evans presented the family of Spencer Diden with a plaque from the Ruritan National Foundation declaring the educational fund established in the memory of the late charter member had achieved permanent status, meaning it will always retain its identity and perpetuate the name of the individual. The purpose of the Ruritan National Foundation is to manage and maintain a trust for the encouragement, promotion, and financing of the charitable, educational, and benevolent principles and activities of Ruritan Clubs and of Ruritan National.
The club held its first smoked meat sale to diversify our fund raising efforts. Over 100 tickets were pre-sold for this event. The club smoked and packaged the Boston butts for pickup on May 22, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend and local graduation ceremonies.
The Armuchee Ruritan Club presented the second of two scholarships at the club's May meeting. The Ruritan National Foundation Grow Your Dollars Scholarship is awarded annually. Scholarship Committee chair Bill Teat and Armuchee High School Counselor Tammy Drumm are pictured with the 2015 scholarship winners.
The club voted to have the Scholarship Committee develop criteria for a third scholarship to be awarded by the club each spring. The scholarship will be named in memory of Justin Johnson, a 2000 graduate of Armuchee High School who was killed on April 10, 2004 while serving with the United States Army in Baghdad, Iraq.
The club hosted two events in the fall, the 14th Annual Classic Car Show and the annual Tribefest community celebration. Entry fees and sponsorships from the car show were supplemented with BBQ sales and the live auction at Tribefest. These funds help support the community service projects throughout the year.
The club closed out 2015 by installing the new officers for 2016. Club members attending the annual Christmas party brought new unwrapped children's toys to be donated to the Swan Lake Mission project of New Armuchee Baptist Church. The club also aided a local family with a payment toward a delinquent electric bill to keep their power on.
The club approved funding for our scholarship programs during 2016. The Ruritan National Foundation Build Your Dollars scholarship would be funded at $1200.00 while the Freeman Shelnutt and Justin Johnson scholarships would be funded at $1000.00 each. Applications for these three scholarships are available from the counselor at Armuchee High School and are due on March 15. In addition, the club approved funding for ten local children to attend Winshape Camps to be held at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church campus the week of July 4. Information about this camp will be distributed through local schools.
The club awarded three scholarships to Armuchee High School seniors at our April meeting. The Ruritan National Foundation Build Your Dollars scholarship was presented to Kallie Cothran. The Freeman Shelnutt Memorial Scholarship was given to Jamie Armstrong. The Armuchee Ruritan Justin Johnson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Caitlin Brownlow.
Students at Glenwood Primary and Armuchee Elementary Students participate in the Character Education program. The Armuchee Ruritan Club believes that the character traits of respect, responsibility, perseverance, caring, self-discipline, citizenship, honesty, courage and fairness are essential traits in the development of our children. Our club is happy to partner with our schools in this program by providing t-shirts in recognition of those students who best exemplify these traits.
The club held its second annual smoked meat sale on the Friday before Memorial Day. Over 100 tickets were pre-sold for this event. The club smoked and packaged the Boston butts as one of the club's fund raising activities for 2016.
The Armuchee Ruritan Club held three fund raising events on October 15: our annual BBQ sale and live auction at the Tribefest Community Celebration at Armuchee High School. In the afternoon, the club hosted the Cars On Broad car show on Broad Street in downtown Rome, in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority's Fiddlin' Fest. Over $4000 was raised for club projects.
The Armuchee Ruritan Club voted to make a $2000 donation to the Armuchee-Glenwood Education Foundation at their November meeting, or $500 for each area school.
The Armuchee Ruritan Club collected toys at the December meeting to support the Christmas mission project to the Swan Lake community by New Armuchee Baptist Church.
The Armuchee Ruritan Club announced the winners of the three scholarships awarded annually. The Armuchee National Foundation Build Your Dollars Scholarship was awarded to Anna Kail McBurnett; the Freeman Shelnutt Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Emma Trotter; the Armuchee Ruritan Justin W. Johnson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kiana Mata.
The club held two fund raising events in May. On May 13, we held a car show in conjuction with the Roman Roast BBQ competition. 35 vehicles were registered for the show. We also held our third annual smoked meat sale on May 26. Over 100 tickets were pre-sold. The club purchased, prepped, smoked and packaged the Boston butts as a fund raiser for 2017. The date coincided with Floyd County High School graduation parties and Memorial Day festivities.