Ruritan needs community it serves to give some back

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 01:39 PM

A Texas transplant in small-town Cedar Grove, Kenny Slater knows the importance of being part of something bigger.

In a former school house on Efland Cedar Grove Road, Slater serves as president of the local Ruritan Club.

“We are a civic group that gives way more than we receive,” Slater said. “Our mission is to give back to the community and serve the place we live.”

Among other philanthropy, the group provides scholarships to Orange County high school graduates.

“We give a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating kid as long as they are in college, for each of the four years they are in school,” he said.

The group invites speakers to talk at monthly meetings, on topics ranging from wildlife to genetic farming to the role of local social services.

On July 13, the club plans to hold a barbecue chicken fundraiser to bring in funds to replace stolen air conditioner units.

“There was a rash of air-conditioner thefts that occurred at local churches and homes, and they also took two of our units,” Slater said. Club members discovered the thefts around Memorial Day.

“It is tough,” Slater said. “Our members have been angry and disappointed, and then we rallied around each other and have resolved that the thefts would not dissuade our efforts to give back to the community.”

Soon enough, members had planned how they would raise the funds and set forth to commit to the time and effort needed to see the work done.

“We have members that take personal vacation days from their work to do work for us,” Slater said. “Our people are very committed and they receive great satisfaction in giving back to the community in which they live.”

The fundraiser is from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets for the meal are pre-sale, with a very limited amount of walk-up availability. To purchase tickets, contact Slater at 919-732-1959.


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