The mission of the Silk Hope Ruritan Club is to Build Community through “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service” in bringing the people of Silk Hope together through endeavors that improve the quality of life. Some of our major past Community-Building activities include starting Silk Hope Fire Department and organizing the construction of the
original Silk Hope Community Fire Station and Community Building in the late 1960s.
Creation of the new Silk Hope Fire Station has resulted in the razing of the old Fire Station/Community Building. Since the late 1960s that facility had served the Silk Hope Community well, providing a Community meeting center for the Scouts, wedding and anniversary receptions, senior citizen groups, graduation celebrations, and many other Community-Building activities.
The new Firehouse was not designed to have suitable facilities (kitchen, etc.) or room to serve as our Community Building. The Silk Hope Ruritan Club decided to devote a large part of our Community-Building effort to financing, building, and operating the brand-new Silk Hope Community Building on land purchased by the Club in June 2000.
We need the help of every member of the Silk Hope Community, as well as our many other friends throughout the area and the state, to complete the financing/mortgage payments of this major asset for the Community.
The Silk Hope Ruritan Club gives the recipients of the scholarship awards in the month of July.
Since 1983, the Silk Hope Ruritan Club has provided over $205,000.00 in scholarships to high school seniors. These high school seniors or higher education students have lived at least one year in the Silk Hope Community, attended Silk Hope School, or whose parents or grandparents are active members of the Silk Hope Ruritan Club. Scholarship money may be used to finance any post-secondary education. The total scholarship money varies from year to year. The scholarship award is based on financial need, merit, leadership, academic standing, and the will of the recipient to help himself or herself prepare for a career as a useful and informed citizen. Local High school graduates connected with Silk Hope School and/or community are eligible.