Now I’m Publicity Chair of the Ruritan Rapidan District too!

photo of Ruritan PSA fire truck in parade
photo of Ruritan PSA fire truck in parade
Looking over the Officer’s Handbook from the Ruritan Club, I saw that there is supposed to be a Publicity Chair on the District Board. Looking at last year’s directory, I saw that there wasn’t even a listing for that chair! So I called the District Governor, and asked him if he already had someone to fill that position, and he said that he had not yet filled the spot, and did not have anyone in mind. So I volunteered to fill that spot, and he agreed. So now I am also the Publicity Chair for the Rapidan Distric! One of my first actions as Publicity Chair, was to reach out to local radio and television stations, to see if any of them are willing to run free Public Service Announcements for any of the clubs in the District.

I was extremely gratified that most of the stations contacted have agreed! One television station, a local access television station in Spotsylvania County (CVTV) even designed this great video spot, based on a script that I provided for them (from a radio spot on the National Ruritan website) and they are running it for the Ruritan Club! I am so grateful for the positive response I have had from the community!

I’ve posted a copy of the Ruritan PSA video on the unofficial website that I designed for the Rapidan District, and am providing a copy of it here as well.

Here is a copy of the PSA – what do YOU think of it?

A Change of Focus

Ruritan Flag logo
Ruritan Flag logo

In August of 2012 I joined the local Ruritan Club – the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club. For those of you who may not have heard of the Ruritan Club, it is a large civic organization dedicated to community service. Within the organization there are several levels of hierarchy – the first level is National, the second level is District, the third level is Zone, the fourth level is the local club.

Within the District level there is a “Cabinet” that consists of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary, treasurer, growth and development chair, foundation & promotion chair, four zone governors, a fundraising chair, two past governors, and a national director. (I may have this mixed up a bit, but that seems to be what my book says….)

There are twenty-four clubs in the Rapidan District, one of them being the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club. Yesterday afternoon, at the Rapidan District convention business meeting in Charlottesville Virginia, I was elected the 2014 District Lieutenant Governor! During the installation banquet following the business meeting, I was installed by the 2004 Ruritan National President John L. Hancock, a very gracious man who took kindly to my teasing him that he was the first “Real John Hancock” I had ever met!

My term starts January 1, 2014. The term is one year. Typically the Lieutenant Governor serves for one year and then the next year becomes the Governor! I had the opportunity to meet the current Lieutenant Governor Alexander MacDonald, who was installed as the 2014 Governor during the same ceremony. Al is also a very gracious man, and I am looking forward to learning a lot from him.

I am humbled by the faith that the District has shown in me, and thrilled to be given the opportunity to visit the clubs in the District in the upcoming years. I hope to be able to assist all of the clubs in their continuing efforts to attract and maintain new members, find new ways to serve the community, and explore new possibilities in the area of fund-raising. I thank my husband Michael Urbanek for coming with me to the convention, sitting with me during the installation banquet, and for his pledge of support for my upcoming duties.

I am also very grateful for the numerous well-wishers that came forward immediately after the election, and those who came forward after the installation ceremony. Your kind words are deeply appreciated. I am looking forward to performing the duties of Lieutenant Governor to the best of my abilities. According to what I’ve read, and been told, I will be a very busy person over the next two years! Meetings, conferences, training sessions, and conventions – there is little chance I’ll be bored!

And from now on, when people call me “Linda-Lou” I won’t bother to say “that’s not my name.” At least from now until December 31, 2014, I’ll wear that name as a badge of honor! But I’ll be spelling it “Linda-Lieu” from now on!