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The Silk Hope Community Building


  •  About the Community Building

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.

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Ruritan National


  •  The  first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia.  Since that first club, Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of  America, and in doing so, has become “America’s Leading Community  Service Organization.”
    Tom Downing of Suffolk, Virginia, and Jack  Gwaltney of Holland, Virginia, are known as the co-founders of Ruritan.  Gwaltney and Downing recognized the need for an organization where  community leaders could meet and discuss ways to make their community a  better place in which to live.
    The name “Ruritan” was suggested by  Daisy Nurney, a reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and  the club’s charter members unanimously adopted “Ruritan” as the  organization’s name. The word is a combination of the Latin words for  open country “ruri” and small town “tan,” interpreted as pertaining to  rural and small town life. For more information about Ruritan National,  find out more by visiting their website.

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