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.
As of 2018, WHRC has 36 members. We are men and women, oldtimers 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 attend monthly meetings.
Raising funds for local nonprofits· Contributing to the area food bank· Contributing to the Santa Fund· Providing annual scholarship grants for area students· Providing riding scholarships to disabled children· Honoring local elementary students with achievement awards· Twice-yearly roadside cleanup along White Hall roads· Hosting annual Christmas Party for White Hall children· Providing community Christmas crêche
Making and selling apple butter· Holding community plant/bake/yard sales· Selling tickets at the Albemarle County Fair· Other fundraising activities that vary from year to year
We have dinner meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at the White Hall Community Building (third Thursday in November and December; and the June meeting is a barbecue at Crozet Park). In addition to food, fellowship, and business, most monthly meetings include a formal program with an invited speaker from our area. In recent months we have heard presentations on such varied topics as radio astronomy; one family’s year-long cruise in the Caribbean; putting land in conservation easements; gun safety; macrobiotic cooking; and a neighbor's experience in a German prison camp in WWII.
We actively encourage new members interested in community service. New members need to be sponsored by two existing members, so the best introduction to the Club is to come to a monthly meeting as the guest of a member. If you're new to the White Hall area or don't know any current members, you're still welcome as a guest at meetings; please contact us for information. Club membership does involve commitment to regular attendance at meetings and participation in community service events, so we encourage potential members to spend some time learning about our activities before seeking membership.