WOODLAWN — The Woodlawn Ruritan Club will once again bring its “energetic emporium” of food, fun and finds with the Annual Spring Bazaar set for March 4. The event will be held at the Hillsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Grover King Post 1115.
According to Ruritan Club spokesperson Emmy Rotenizer, doors are scheduled to open at 7 a.m. for the event. Breakfast, featuring biscuits, gravy, sausage, eggs and bacon, is slated to begin at 8 a.m. with the bazaar closing the doors at 3 p.m. The lunch menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers and pinto beans. Rotenizer said both meals are prepared by club members and volunteers. She praised the VFW for its support of the yearly fundraiser.
“This is our fourth year with theVFW. We used to use the old Woodlawn School, which was closed,” said Rotenizer. We are so appreciative of them letting us use their facility. This is the biggest thing we have to raise money for our community projects. Last year was our best year ever. There’s always something different (offered by vendors) every year.”
She said one perennial favorite, homemade baked goods from the Woodlawn United Methodist Church, will return this spring. Other vendors include Mary Kay, Pampered Chef and a vendor offering special occasion cards. Typically the bazaar also includes crafts, jewelry, clothing and baby clothing.
“It’s unusual and amazing how many things people (vendors) bring to the bazaar,” said Rotenizer. She said admission is free to the bazaar. This year will mark the 19th season for the event.
The Club has served Woodlawn since 1974. It provides two scholarships for local students, a national scholarship known as the Bob Steele Memorial Scholarship (The late Bob Steele and his wife, Shirley, are members of the club), and a Club scholarship. Both go to local students. Rotenizer said 86 vendors tables have been sold. Persons may obtain information on vendor tables and about the bazaar by calling Melony Snow at (276) 233-5038.
“We try to give to the Woodlawn community but we’re not limited to that,” Rotenizer said. “We’ve giving to the Carroll County Ministerial Association Food Pantry through the Woodlawn United Methodist Church and our group has also aided individuals (and needy families at Christmas). We try to concentrate on those in the community who need help. If there were more things we could do (to raise funds) we could help more. We give away what we earn from fundraising.”
The bazaar is one in an number of traditional fundraisers for the Club, including bean dinners and concessions at the Hillsville Summer Concert Series. It is the group’s biggest fundraiser.
Ruritan’s purpose is to create better understanding among people and make better places to live and work through volunteer community service. The slogan of Ruritan is “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.” Traditionally each club surveys its own community as to its needs and then works to meet some of those needs. Nearly all clubs work locally with FFA, 4-H and other organizations serving youth. The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia.
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