The Westmoreland Ruritan Club was out and about recently handing out Rudy Bears to the Sheriff’s Office, Rescue Squad and Fire Department. These Rudy Bears, or Ruritan Bears, are used to give to frightened children or the elderly in emergencies. They are often given on-scene to calm those involved down. All three departments were appreciative for the donation of the bears and noted that unfortunately, these bears were often used. The Ruritan Club said they will continue to replace the bears when the departments run out.
This is just one of the many things the Ruritan Club does for the community. At their May meeting, the Ruritans were delighted to explain that they were a club made up of members of the community that works to give back to that same community. At this meeting, they also held a cook-out dinner in honor of their scholarship winners. None of the winners were in attendance, but a brief description of each student was given. All three winners from Washington and Lee High School were members of the Ruriteens Club. Those students are Manoa Wurth, Jacinta Ball and Naomi Davis. The scholarship winner from Colonial Beach was Taylor Lee. All four students were awarded $500.
The club also discussed the plans for putting up flags throughout town for Flag Day. On June 14, Flag Day, the club placed 70 flags from one end of Montross to another. This is something they often do for holidays and special occasions. On June 8, they displayed flags throughout Montross in support of the law enforcement run carrying the Special Olympic torch through town. They will put these flags up again for the fourth of July.