Morrison Ruritan brought home the gold from the recent Ruritan Convention in Cleveland.
Morrison Ruritan is a member of the Cherokee District. The club earned four gold awards and one silver award for work done by its various service committees.
The club won gold awards in environment with Randall Harrell as chair, social development, Shirley Driver chair, public service, Lavell Whitehead chair, and citizenship and patriotism, Mike Holland chair. The club missed gold by only one point and captured silver for business and professions with Todd Shewmaker as chair.
Morrison Ruritan is looking for new members to inject fresh ideas and new energy into the organization.
“We are looking for trustworthy people who are willing to work and give back to the community,” said club president Sue Anderson.
Ruritan National has nearly 32,000 members throughout the United States who work to improve more than 1,200 local communities. Ruritan’s purpose is to make America’s communities better places to live and work by providing community service. The slogan of Ruritan is “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.”
Morrison Ruritan provides many services, including a Fourth of July celebration in downtown Morrison, Christmas food boxes to those in need, a scholarship to a graduating high school senior, money to the eighth-grader at Morrison elementary with the highest GPA, a health fair, a Morrison firemen’s banquet and recognition of Morrison Fireman of the Year, and a citizenship banquet and recognition of Morrison Citizen of the Year.
The organization also holds various benefits for those in the community who are in need. The Morrison Ruritan building can be rented by anyone who needs a place to hold reunions or get-togethers.
The Ruritan is a partner in education with Morrison Elementary School. The Ruritan provided $5,000 to help pay for blinds at the new school. The club also gave $500 to the Morrison Elementary Sister Act Club.
The Ruritan is in charge of the Morrison ballparks where over 500 children registered to play T-ball and softball this past summer.
Fundraisers the club has in order to raise money for the aforementioned projects are sponsoring a fair food booth at the Warren County A&L Fair, Morrison ballpark concessions, and holding a Little Miss Valentine pageant.
The Ruritan has in recent years sold Christmas ornaments depicting historic buildings in the community as a fundraiser. Past buildings portrayed on ornaments are the Morrison Mill, Morrison School, Morrison Library and the Morrison Depot.
This year’s ornament was going to be the old Rogers’ House. However, the ornament will not be sold this year due to the manufacturer not being able to finish them until after the new year. The Rogers’ House ornament will be sold for Christmas 2013 beginning Oct. 1.
Morrison Ruritan will be recognized at the National Convention which will be held in January.