WOODLAWN — The Woodlawn Ruritan Club’s “energetic emporium” of food, fun and finds (the Annual Spring Bazaar) marks its 20th Anniversary this year. The group celebrated this on January 16 at the Mt. Olivet Methodist Church with the bitter cold lessened by the warmth of the gravy, biscuits and sausage prepared by long-time Ruritan cooks Bill and Mary Ruth Lundy.
Tentative plans call for the event to return on March 3. It will be held in the VFW Post 1115 building from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Interested persons may reserve a table by calling 276-233-5038. Proceeds go to support the group’s scholarships and community projects. Last year, the event featured 90 tables.
Club members said the club has been around for 50 years and currently has a roster of 26 members. Bill Lundy’s sausage gravy especially has been lauded for many years by regular customers to the Bazaar.
“We’ve been really selling tables but we need a lot of people to come,” said Emmy Rotenizer. “Last year, it was wonderful. This year will be greater.”
According to Ruritan Club spokesperson Emmy Rotenizer, the event continues to grow and offers “something different” by its vendors every Spring. Organizers pride themselves on keeping the vendors unique with no two offering the same items. The early roster of talent indicates more than 60 tables have already been reserved. Admission to the bazaar is free.
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.
The group also supports causes outside of Woodlawn such as the Carroll County Ministerial Association Food Pantry (through the Woodlawn United Methodist Church), individuals and needy families at Christmas.
While the bazaar is one in an number of traditional fundraisers for the Club, including bean dinners and concessions, 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.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.