The White Hall Ruritan Club is a member club of Ruritan National, one of the country’s major community service organizations. Ruritan was founded in 1928 as a rural and small-town counterpart of urban civic organizations, and one of its first missions was to foster understanding between city and country communities. Ruritan is nonsectarian and nonpolitical, and seeks a membership representing a cross-section of its communities, with no restrictions on occupation, race, religion, or gender.
Who We Are and What We Do
WHRC has over 50 members. We are men and women, old timers and newcomers, young and old, living in or connected with the greater White Hall area, including Crozet. Our members include farmers, cattle breeders, airline pilots, university faculty and staff, local political officials, small businessmen and businesswomen, and more (including retired-but-active). All members make a commitment to support our community service mission and be active in Club meetings and activities.
We provide service and return over $10,000 to the community annually by:
Maintaining the historic, century-old White Hall Community Building. Providing the Community Building for community use.
Hosting events that bring the community together.
Providing funds for local nonprofits, such as the local Fire & Rescue Squads. Providing annual scholarship grants for area students. Honoring local elementary students with achievement awardsContributing to local educational groups such as Imagination Nation.
Twice-yearly roadside cleanup along White Hall roads. Hosting annual Christmas Party for White Hall children. Providing community Christmas creche
We raise funds for these efforts by:
Making and selling apple butter. Holding community plant/bake/yard sales. Holding the annual Sugar Hollow Bridges Run and Pancake Breakfast. Selling tickets at the Albemarle County Fair. Other fundraising activities that vary from year to year.
We have gatherings beginning at 6:30 p.m. with dinner meetings at 7 p.m. usually on the fourth Thursday of every month at the White Hall Community Building (see calendar for exact monthly dates). In addition to food, fellowship, and business, most monthly meetings include a formal program with an invited speaker from our area who share their experiences, interests, and work (see the newsletter).
We actively encourage new members interested in meeting their neighbors and in community service. Even if you’re new to the White Hall area or don’t know any current members, you’re welcome as a guest at meetings; please contact us for information. Go to our contact page to get in touch, or to our How to become a member page to learn more about membership.
Officers – 2019
- President: Sandy Hodge
- Vice-President: Bill Baer
- Treasurer: Curt Peterson
- Secretary: Dirk Petersen
- Trustees: Diana Drake, Bob Hodge, Cleve Campbell
- Honorary Director: George Huckstep