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Belmont Ruritan Club Members to Speak at January 20, 2014 General Membership meeting

Mr. John Skelly and Mr. Steve Fortner of the Belmont Ruritan Club have agreed to be the Jefferson Ruritan Club’s featured speakers at the January 20, 2014 meeting to be held at the Jeffersonton Community Center.

During the December 7, 2013 Rapidan District convention, Jefferson Ruritan Club’s 2014 President Paul Oesterreicher had the opportunity to meet members of the Belmont Ruritan Club, and became interested in inviting them to the January 2014 Jefferson Club meeting. Upon returning home from the convention, Paul contacted Buddy Williams, the entertainment chairperson, and asked him to invite the Belmont Club to be the January presentation. The official invitation was extended by Buddy via email on December 19, 2013, and the invitation was accepted on December 21, 2013.

According to the reply email from Mr. Skelly, he and Mr. Fortner are looking forward to the meeting as an opportunity to exchange ideas on membership problems and concerns.

Following is a YouTube video about the annual Ham and Oyster Dinner that is put on by the Belmont Ruritan Club and the Belmont Women’s Club. Looks like they had a great turnout!

Local Photographers Featured in Jefferson Ruritan Calendar

Jefferson Ruritan 2014 Calendar

Jefferson Ruritan 2014 Calendar

Local photographers Lisa Crowley of Jeffersonton and Joanie Jenkins of Rixeyville were winners of a photography contest held by the Jefferson Ruritan Club earlier this year. The award was having their photographs published in the Jefferson Ruritan’s 2014 fund-raising spiral-bound wall calendar with a photo credit, and a free calendar.

Copies of the calendar can be purchased for $10 at the Jefferson Ruritan’s Friday Night Turkey Shoots and their monthly Breakfast Buffets at the Jeffersonton Community Center. Proceeds will go to charitable and community service projects.

The calendar features photographs of the Amissville, Jeffersonton, and Rixeyville areas. Photographs were taken by local photographers Cory Carter of Reva, Joanie Jenkins of Rixeyville, and Lisa Crowley, Kim Jefferson, and two members of the Jefferson Ruritan Club who requested their names be with-held from this post, all of Jeffersonton.

Some calendar pages are sponsored by local businesses. Dates are pre-marked with reminders of anticipated Ruritan events such as the Groundhog Day Dinner, monthly breakfast buffets, Turkey Shoots, craft/yard sales, and club meetings.

The calendar, is a result of the club’s efforts to find new fund-raising and community service ideas. The calendar sales may become an annual tradition.

Jefferson Ruritan prepares for 27th Annual Friday Night Turkey Shoots

Turkey Shoot (free clip art)

Turkey Shoot (free clip art)

Community Service Organization Jefferson (VA) Ruritan is gearing up for the 27th annual Friday Night Turkey Shoot competitions to be held this autumn at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton VA.

The Turkey Shoots began in 1986 as a fund-raising activity for the Ruritans. For many years the competitions were so popular they became the primary fund-raising activity for the Ruritans. The funds were used to help maintain the Community Center, for contributions to local charities, and scholarships to local students.

When the Turkey Shoots began, lead shot was used. Due to environmental concerns, the use of lead shot was discontinued in 2010 in favor of using steel shot.

In spite of the name “Turkey Shoot” paper targets are used in the competition. The competition consists of several different rounds. The prizes for the competition vary depending on what round is being played. Some rounds have food prizes, with a first, second, and third prize. Other rounds are 60/40 money rounds, with only one winner taking away a percentage of the proceeds for that particular round. Door prizes are awarded, and raffles are held.

A variety of hot foods are sold at the concession stand during the Turkey Shoots, and a loyal following has developed from local residents that come to the Turkey Shoots to socialize and enjoy a Friday night meal out without having to drive all the way into Warrenton or Culpeper.

Families bring children with them, and the children often play in the large multi-purpose room at the Community Center while the parents are keep a watchful eye, seated at a nearby table while enjoying their meal.

During a typical Turkey Shoot, the competitors provide their own shotguns.

All guns are checked for a modified or larger choke. All guns without a choke must be 0.69 or larger. No barrels over 36 inches are allowed.

This year the targets will be sold for $3 for one ticket, $6 for two tickets, $8 for three tickets. This is a slight increase over last year’s target price and is due to an increased insurance premium.

The first Turkey Shoot of the 2013 season will be October 4th, 2013, and the last competition of the season is planned for December 20th, 2013.

The Turkey Shoots begin at 7pm, and run until the last prize is awarded. Some nights run later than others, but the events are usually over by 10pm.

For more information about the Turkey Shoots, please call Marcy Bade at 540-349-2310.

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