The Richland Ruritans met at Calvary Methodist Church in Richlands for their monthly meeting.
The success of the annual family picnic in July was announced with the attendance of over 60 members and family. Thank you notes from the 4-H campers who received summer camp scholarships were read to the members. The club voted to give $200 to the winner of the recent stock judging competition.
The meeting speaker was Anne Tuckwiller, the Development Director for the Carnegie Hall Foundation in Lewisburg. Tuckwiller discussed the art education program (Carnegie Classrooms) provided to public schools in Greenbrier and Monroe counties by Carnegie Hall. Over 3,000 students were involved in this education program, which was taught by 20 local teaching artists.
The Foundation also sponsored an astronomy experience for 1,463 students at the indoor planetarium (The Cosmodome). The Foundation helps organize Taste Of Our Town (TOOT) as a fund-raising event. There were 17 live performances featuring 176 world-class artists in addition to local artists and performers. Five thousand visitors viewed 15 art exhibits at the Carnegie Hall galleries. New lighting was installed in the Old Stone Room and Board Room galleries to enhance the viewing experience in these galleries. These are a few of the many educational and exhibition programs sponsored by Carnegie Hall.
The Richlands Ruritans club meets on the second Wednesday of each month for a dinner meeting at the Calvary Methodist Church on Route 60W.
The Ruritan Civic organization is a national network of clubs working together for a stronger America. The Ruritan focus is to support community services in small towns and rural communities across America. The Ruritans were founded in 1928 in Holland, Virginia and will celebrate their 90th year this May. The Richlands Ruritan Club provides scholarships to local college students and 4-H campers and maintains Tuckwiller Park.