Who we are?
We are the Kempsville Ruritan Club, located on the corner of Witchduck and Kempsville Road. Made up of 15 members from throughout the Hampton Roads area. As an individual chapter of the Ruritan Club we continue to help with Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service throughout the Hampton Roads and surrounding areas.
The History of Ruritan Club
The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia. Since that first club, Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of America, and in doing so, has become “America’s Leading Community Service Organization.”
Tom Downing of Suffolk, Virginia, and Jack Gwaltney of Holland, Virginia, are known as the co-founders of Ruritan. Gwaltney and Downing recognized the need for an organization where community leaders could meet and discuss ways to make their community a better place in which to live.
The name “Ruritan” was suggested by Daisy Nurney, a reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and the club’s charter members unanimously adopted “Ruritan” as the organization’s name. The word is a combination of the Latin words for open country “ruri” and small town “tan,” interpreted as pertaining to rural and small town life.
is to create a better understanding among people and through volunteer community service. Making the Hampton Road’s communities better places in which to live and work. The slogan of the Ruritan Club is “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.” Club membership represents a cross-section of the community in which the club serves, and is not restrictive with regard to occupation, social position, or any other specific criteria.
The Ruritan Mission
As a national organization, is dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through our Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.
Join the Ruritan Club
help us to continue making the Hampton Roads a greater place to live and work, by joining us today. Click the button below, to inquire how to ecome a Ruritan member.