Recognition for Buckeye Ruritan Club

I was invited to a dinner meeting of the Buckeye Ruritan Club No. 1521 recently and saw the presentation of two awards from the Ruritan National Organization of Dublin, Va.

The first was for its outstanding and meritorous community service in the field of public service and for its continued and ongoing community assistance in the village.

In 2016, the club repaired an outside light and kept the grass cut at the New Alexandria Grange Hall 1749; repaired loose siding at the home of an invalid; painted the steps at the village mayor’s office; picked up trash along state Route 151 and in and around the village; donated four awards to the 4-H junior fair; held a Halloween and Christmas party for the village children; donated money to the Angel Tree Association; donated money to the Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department for food baskets; put up and removed Christmas lights in the village; and sponsored the second-annual Christmas parade.

The second award was for outstanding and meritorious community service in the field of citizenship and patriotism. The club purchases American flags and places 24 at various places along state Route 151 in the village for public viewing and to honor America. The flags are put in place each May before Memorial Day and removed after Sept. 11. Many club members were present for the dedication by the Brilliant American Legion Post 573 of the flagpole at the Weldon Trucking Co. in New Alexandria and at the Memorial Day services also conducted by the Brilliant Legion post.

There are 17 members in the club, and they always are looking for like-minded, civic-oriented men, women and teens to join them in the beautification of the village and surrounding area.

The club meets at 6:30 p.m. each month on the fourth Thursday at the Grange Hall, beginning with a meal and followed by a business meeting, according to Don Roe, treasurer, who provided the report on the awards received.

The club would be glad to welcome any former Ruritan members. There had been seven clubs, and now it is down to the Bergholz, Buckeye, Dining Fork and East Springfield clubs. The Stanton, Jewett and Jefferson organization have had to disband.

Brian Yanssens was cited for his grass mowing, helping to put up the 24 Christmas decorations on electric poles and for appearing in the Christmas parade. Derek Starr, a younger member, was remembered for setting up the Christmas parade the first and second years. He was still in school at Buckeye Local when he put together the first one. Bill Wheeler was thanked for helping with donations for the Christmas party attended by 44 children, and it was noted that the club had put up Valentine’s Day decorations at both ends of town and are doing the same for Easter.

Derek Starr and Allison Yanssens were taken in as new members. Frank Kinsey, zone governor, asked for suggestions for the Ruritan newsletter. His wife, Janet Kinsey, is the new Ruritan national director.

Officers for the club are Jim DellaPenna, president; Melissa Timko, vice president; Don Roe, treasurer; Jeanne Roberts, secretary; Gretchen Yanssens, one-year director; Jay Peterson, two-year director; and John Wetherell, three-year director.

Peterson was presented a Rudy Ruritan bear for the New Alexandria Fire Department. The bears are given to a child who is in distress over a calamity that has happened in his or her life.

Allison and Gretchen Yassens represented Rudy the Bear in a past Christmas parade.

A tag day was held during 2016 that generated $367 for the organization to use for community work.


Did you know that the thimble will not be in the new Monopoly board games? It was voted out at the Atlantic City campaign.

Little wonder, given few people sew by hand anymore. The thimble was a necessity for older sewers, and it had to be tried on before buying to make sure it fit whatever digit on the hand on which it would be used. It has remained with the game since 1935.

It was said the hashtags, emojis and even a rubber duck could replace the sewing staple.

This will be announced March 19 and will be included in games hitting the shelves in August.

Bye, bye, thimble.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is a staff columnist and food editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at emccoy@heraldstaronline.com.)


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