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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 11:19 am

The recently held 71st annual Greensville Ruritan Club awards banquet brought a night of good food and laughter and a lot of awards.

It was not only a night to celebrate the club’s inception more than seven decades ago but also to recognize its accomplishments.

It was also a night to remember. Arnold Vincent was honored for 60 years of service and many other members received awards for their service in the organization and to the community.

This year the club received several awards itself including a certificate for 12 Percent Club Growth, a Gold award for Social Development in recognition of Outstanding and Meritorious Community Service Rendered by the club; a 100 percent Club Officers Trained certificate; a Silver award for Public Service; and a Bronze ward for Citizenship and Patriotism.

Club President Jim Sampson praised the efforts of the club members. Noting that the club had a major growth spurt and received several awards at the District Convention, Sampson said, “This is your club. This is what all of you are doing. Your efforts show.”

He also praised the efforts of Courtney Sampson and Nikki Rineheart, who started REACH, a program for youth in Ruritan. “This club is growing because of their efforts,” he said, noting all the positive publicity on social media and in the newspaper about the new program.

Francis Drummond received his 50th perfect attendance pin and Arnold Vincent received his 60th.

This year the club had two Ruritan of the Year recipients, who were also new members, Nikki Rineheart and Courtney Sampson, who started the very successful REACH program at the club. The program started earlier this year and has been very active. REACH has not only given local youth something to do but brought in several new members, which is very important to the survival of any club.

Rineheart and Sampson were voted Ruritan of the Year because of their dedication to helping the club. REACH held everything from a REACH Day where the community was invited to come fishing and learn about a lot of interesting stuff such as planting flowers. The group held a free community give-a-way of everything from books and clothing to household goods. It was very well attended.

Members held appreciation breakfasts for the local law enforcement and first responders, held a Halloween on the Farm event which drew more than 300 people, and held Christmas on the Farm, which was also free to the public. Kids visited with farm animals, Santa and the Grinch tried to steal Christmas trees. It was a lot of fun for everyone.

Several new members were sworn in; Mark Yeattes, Sarah Yeattes, Sharon Mason, Nikki Rineheart, Billy Rineheart, James Bradley, Amanda Harris and Teresa Welsh.

New officers elected and installed by Past National Ruritan Club President Bobby Wrenn were Jim Sampson, president; Mark Mitchell, treasurer; Troy Watson, Director; Matthew Bullock, Director; Moni Dunkentell, secretary; Mark Owen, vice president; and Dustyn Sampson, director. Wrenn praised the club for their outstanding work in the community and successful fundraisers held during the year. He said that recruiting several new members into the club was only one highlight of several things that the club had accomplished this year.

“Now you have enough people that you can turn the world upside down with these people,” he said noting that the new officers would need the help of all the members.

He said that Ruritan Club members better their communities by all that they do selflessly for others.

“It’s because you are willing to work to make your club and our community a better place to live and work, Greensville Ruritan Club had a great year in 2017,” Wrenn said.

“Your club has great leadership and knows how to work together. I’m proud of you.”

Billy Rineheart was presented with an Outstanding New Club member award for his extra effort such as always cleaning up after dinners, helping with the Virginia Pork Festival and taking the kids on hayrides.

Jacob Myrick was presented the REACH Award of the Year. Courtney Sampson thanked him for the many things he did throughout the year for the REACH program, including community service. “You went beyond the call of duty. You have been a hard worker and dedicated to the club. You deserve this,” she told him.

“Jake not only puts forth his best effort, he balances his time between several different clubs, organizations and Rainbow rescue shelter! He does so much for the group it was an honor to present him with the first REACH Member of the year.”

Garrett Rineheart and Ashlyn Sampson, both teens still in school, received Teen Ruritan of the Year for their can do attitude and making the club a better place. Sampson, who received a Past President’s Award plaque, said he hoped the teen would remain in Ruritan during their college years and adult life.

Receiving perfect attendance pins were: Arnold Vincent, 60. Francis Drummond, 50; Larry Adams, 41; Woody Harris, 35; Gary Otten, 32 Mike Matthews, 31; Mark Owen, 16; Brain Walton, 16; Jim Sampson, 14; Dustyn Sampson, 10; Pauline Jones, 9; Troy Watson, 8; Ashlyn Sampson, 6; Garrett Rineheart, 5; Jacob Myrick, 5; Courtney Sampson, 3; Mark Mitchell, 3; Matthew Bullock, 3.

Greensville was sponsored by the Wakefield Ruritan Club and the Greensville Club, in turn, sponsored the Meherrin and Brink Ruritan Clubs.

After the meeting, Dr. Roger Palmer and Sara Yeattes played Christmas carols following a Christmas trivia contest.

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