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Rockingham Luncheon

 Virginia’s 1st Ruritan “Luncheon” Club was chartered on August 19, 2008.
What a 1ST Year
for the Rockingham Luncheon Ruritan Club

In August, 2008, the Rockingham Luncheon Ruritan Club was chartered.  We knew we were off to a good start with the support of the 2008 National Director, JoAnn Wenger and the sponsoring club, Broadway-Timberville.  A memorable Charter Meeting included an inspirational speech by the 2008 National President, Wayne Outlaw, who also inducted members and installed officers.


The Luncheon Club is the first Ruritan Club in Virginia to provide daytime meetings for those who cannot or prefer not to attend evening meetings.  We wanted to find areas to serve that were not already being met.  Over the past year, some of those areas included:  1) cleaning up at the Lincoln Homestead Cemetery; 2) supporting Naturalization ceremonies for new citizens; 3) donating historical documents to James Madison University to preserve records of Dorothy L. Baugher, a local artist, writer, and teacher.  The Club supported programs for local schools, and a high regard for patriotism was evident with participation in the Harrisonburg Veteran’s Parade and other patriotic opportunities throughout the year.


What better way to serve than to make sure Rudy Bears are provided for children during hospital stays?  Christine Delaughter, Director of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Volunteer Services received twenty-four Rudy Ruritan Bears from Bobby & Lorraine Good, members of the Rockingham Luncheon Club.  The Bears will be used to "comfort" children during tests, treatments, emergency care, and before and after surgery. 

Members agree that the highlight of our first year was providing hot dogs and beverages for the Bridgewater Challenger Baseball athletes and their families, buddies, coaches, and friends.  Bridgewater Challenger Baseball is part of the Bridgewater Little League program affiliated with Little League International.  Challenger Baseball is for children and youth who have physical, developmental and intellectual conditions which prevent safe participation in regular little league programs. 


A fundamental goal of Challenger Baseball is to give everyone a chance to play.  As one of the Challenger baseball web sites puts it, “A chance for kids to come together as a team and be cheered.  We don’t count outs and we don’t count runs.  Everybody plays.  Everybody scores.  Everybody wins.”


Approximately 300 hot dogs and beverages were prepared and served.  Happy faces and smiles from the athletes made it a great time for everyone, especially members of the Luncheon Club.  Vickie Heschl served as the club’s 2009 President.


As we reflect on our first year, we look forward to the year ahead and more opportunities to “Spread the Goodness”!

Rockingham Luncheon Ruritan Club held a meeting on May 25 at Oakdale Community Park in Bridgewater.  Following the meeting, a hot dog cookout was provided for the Challenger Baseball athletes, families, and program participants.  Approximately 250 hot dogs were served and enjoyed by program participants and members alike.  A time of fun and fellowship was shared by all in attendance.
2014 Club Officers

President:                Larry Huffman
Vice-President:        Bruce Harvey
Secretary:                JoAnn Wenger
Treasurer:                David Grimm

Chaplain:               Vickie Heschl
Sargeant-at-Arms:     Ken Elkins
Song Leader:            Ron Smith

Past President:          JoAnn Wenger

            Winston Wenger (2012-2014)
            Ron Smith (2013-2015)
            Maria Blair (2014-2016)
pictures to be attached soon

Rockingham Luncheon
Ruritan Club



Monthly lunch meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday every month at 11:30 a.m at Pano's Restaurant, Harrisonburg.




Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday at The Thomas House Restaurant.