Delmarva-New Jersey Ruritan District
Fellowship, Goodwill, Community Service


Ruritan Objectives

To promote fellowship and goodwill among its members and the citizens in the community, and to inspire each other to higher efforts by:
  • Getting together at monthly meetings
  • Working together on committees and various activities
  • Striving to create harmony in the community

To unify the efforts of individuals, organizations and institutions in the community toward making it an ideal place in which to live by:
  • Recognizing the importance of other worthwhile organizations in the community, and encouraging them by:
    • Learning more about their objectives and accomplishments
    • Helping them to reach their objectives when possible
    • Encouraging members of Ruritan to take an active part in other organizations serving the community
  • Encouraging the forming of special purpose organizations such as PTA, Volunteer Fire Department, and Boy Scouts
  • Taking the lead in helping all community organizations work together effectively, and contributing to community development

To work with those agencies that serve the community and contribute directly to its progress by:
  • Studying the role of the different agencies that serve the community (County Extension Service, Vocational Agriculture Department, Social Service Board, etc.)
  • Asking agency representatives to assist in establishing short and long-range community goals
  • Encouraging the community service committee chairs to invite agency representatives to meet with them to help set up yearly objectives
  • Determining from each agency representative how the Ruritan club can best cooperate to be the most effective

To encourage and foster the ideal of service as the basis of all worthy enterprise by:
  • Helping all members of the club and other persons in the community to understand that genuine happiness comes from doing things for others
  • Providing opportunities for club members and others to serve their neighbors
  • Helping individuals understand that, in following their chosen occupations, they are making a contribution to others

To create greater understanding between rural and urban people about the problems of each, as well as about their mutual problems by striving, where possible, to maintain both rural and urban representation in the club membership.
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