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Ruritan President
Jerome Rodes

2010 President’s Fall Message

Executive Director
Michael Chrisley

2010 Executive Director's
Fall Message

Foundation President
Richard Keener

2010 Foundation President's
Fall Message


Make Plans Now for the 2011 National Convention in Knoxville, TN

The convention dates are Thursday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, January 30, 2011 Choose either the Holiday Inn (closer to the convention center) or the Hilton Inn - a two block walk using a covered walkway that crosses safely above the busy Henley Street intersection.

Reservation # for Holiday Inn is (865) 522-2800 (24 hrs. a day) Say you are with Ruritan National and use code "RNC" to get the Ruritan rate. Ruritan room cost at the Holiday Inn: $89 plus tax/single, double, triple, quad.

For the Hilton call (865) 523-2300 or direct (865) 251-2578 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or call toll-free (800-Hiltons). Use code "RUR" to get the Ruritan rate. Ruritan room cost at the Hilton: $92 plus tax/single, double. Click here for the Ruritan Reservation Page

Don’t miss this good news from the Silk Hope, NC, Ruritan Club!

online member management system

Would you like to learn more about Ruritan’s online member management system? You can watch a short video on You Tube at


Or you can view the two documents listed below:



Ruritan Magazines on the Web

Spring 2009 RURITAN magazine
Summer 2009 RURITAN magazine
Fall 2009 RURITAN magazine
Winter 2009 RURITAN magazine
Spring 2010 RURITAN magazine
Summer 2010 RURITAN magazine


You can now get fillable Microsoft Word versions of the Member Change Form and the quarterly Attendance and Activities Report. You can find them here.

Clubs may use any of these versions of the Community Service Report as fillable forms on their computers. Please print the completed report for your District Governor.

Community Service Report in Excel
Community Service Report in Word - option 1
Community Service Report in Word - option 2

New Club Officers for 2011

Remember to nominate and elect new officers this fall for 2011. When you have your new slate of officers elected, send their names and other information to your district governor, lt. governor, zone governor, and the Ruritan National Office using the form in your Secretary’s Handbook (found between October and November forms) or use the fillable Word form you can download here. Share this information by November 10, if possible. You can also download one of two Excel spreadsheets landscape or portrait to enter your club officers. Save it with your club’s name in the title and email to office@ruritan.org


Clubs will feel Impact of IRS 990 Reporting Changes

Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations like Ruritan clubs, that previously were not required to file returns, are required to file some kind of return - even if it is only the annual electronic notice, Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations not Required To File Form 990 or 990-EZ. This filing requirement applies to tax periods beginning after December 31, 2006. Organizations that do not file the notice will lose their tax-exempt status. See the IRS ad on this page for complete details.

Many Ruritan clubs, whose gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less, were not required to file Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, or Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. With the enactment of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), these small tax-exempt organizations will now be required to file electronically Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, with the IRS annually. Samples of the e-Postcard are not yet available but when they are, Ruritan National will make copies available to Ruritan clubs.

IRS Small Organization Flyer  PDF Format

Rudy Bear Coloring Pages

The Ruritan National mascot, Rudy Bear, was created by the Publicity & Public Relations Committee in April 1988. Jerry Walker, chairman of the committee, presented the first “Rudy” teddy bear to then National President Willis Overby. Other committee members were Joe Pancione, Sr. and Wayne Bettis. All three of these committee members would go on to serve Ruritan as National President. To use this Word document print it out (use landscape setting) on white paper and share with your favorite child. You can also download each page individually as a jpeg.
Illustrator: Randy Shelton

Download forms

Rudy Bear Coloring Pages (Word Document)
Rudy with envelope (jpeg picture)
Patriotic Rudy(jpeg picture)
Rudy and his country (jpeg picture)
Rudy and his ABCs (jpeg picture)
Rudy at home (jpeg picture)

Don't forget to enter the 2008 Rudy Bear PublicityContest - Click HERE for your entry blank!


See the lists of these two distinguished groups below, in both Microsoft Word and PDF.

2009 Outstanding Club Presidents (Word)
2009 Outstanding Club Presidents (PDF)
2009 Blue Ribbon Ruritan Clubs (Word)
2009 Blue Ribbon Ruritan Clubs (PDF)