Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records, 1958-2008

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Fulks Run Ruritan Club
Title:
Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records
Collection No.:
SC 0198
Date:
1958-2008
Extent:
2 boxes, 2 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records, 1958-2008, consist of two boxes (2 cubic feet) of meeting minutes, rosters, community service reports, treasuer notes, receipts, correspondence, and handbooks documenting this Fulks Run, Virginia organization.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records, 1958-2008, SC 0198, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Administrative History

Founded in 1958, the Fulks Run Chapter of the Ruritan National organization is a community service group in which members work together to improve their neighborhoods through fundraisers, social events, blood drives, pet vaccinations, trash pick-ups, essay contests, guest speakers, and other efforts to aid needy community members. The club has also strived to support students in the area by sponsoring school-related trips and providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

After attracting thirty-eight members, Fulks Run natives and charter members Garnett Turner and Andrew Thomas orchestrated the first Ruritan club meeting in March 1958. The Ruritan club developed a close working relationship with Fulks Run Elementary School, aiding in its construction in 1961 and providing funds and supplies to support the school's Weekly Religious Education (WRE) program. On behalf of the community, the Ruritans presented a vocal opposition against the proposed Brocks Gap Dam during the mid-1960s and 1970s and wrote various letters to government officials and attended hearings. The club's annual Fulks Run Lawn Party has become a profitable event held every summer in late July with musical acts, games, carnival rides, and a beauty pageant attracting large crowds from surrounding communities. After thirty-five years as a male-only organization, the Fulks Run Ruritan Club membership grew to include women in 1993.

For more on the history of the Fulks Run Ruritan Club, see Chris Bolgiano's The Fulks Run Ruritan Club, 1958-2008: A Documentary History Fulks Run, Va.: Fulks Run Ruritan Club, 2008.

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Scope and Content

The Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records, 1958-2008, consist of meeting minutes, rosters, community service reports, treasurer notes, receipts, correspondence, and handbooks documenting this Fulks Run, Virginia organization and is arranged in two series, Administrative Files and Printed Material.

Series 1, Administrative Files, 1958-2008, consists primarily of monthly minutes from Ruritan club meetings and is arranged chronologically. Records of members' meeting attendance are documented as well as guest speakers, community service efforts, fundraisers, and financial records. Correspondence between Ruritan club members and local schools (particularly Fulks Run Elementary), organizations, businesses, and community members is also present, as well as records pertaining to the annual Fulks Run Lawn Party and July 4th festivities. Loose receipts document local businesses such as Fulks Run Grocery, Neff Lumber Mills, Rhodes Candy Company, Valley Bowling Center, and Mac's Superette for many years prior to 1980 when the club began utilizing a formal treasurer's handbook. The folder containing the year 1960 includes only a single roll sheet with a list of members' names. Two legal sized documents, one dated 1966 and one dated 1977, have been pulled from their original folders and placed in a legal sized folder in Box 1.

Series II, Printed Material, 1962-2008, includes convention and banquet programs and club handbooks, though not every year is represented.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:

1. Administrative Files, 1958-2003

2. Printed Material, 1962-2008

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.Revised by Angela L. Walthall 2013-11-21November 2011

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Fulks Run Ruritan Club member Chris Bolgiano in March 2009. In August 2011, Chris Bolgiano donated a number of handbooks, meeting calendars, and convention programs.

Accruals

May receive accruals; the organization retains recent records.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5020.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Material

For further information regarding the 1985 flood and its impact on the Fulks Run Ruritan Park see Ron Turner's videorecording 1985 Flood: Fulks Run and Bergton, Va. Ron Turner Video Productions, 1985.

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Index Terms

Subject

  • Fulks Run Ruritan Club (Fulks Run, Va.) -- History
  • Ruritan National
  • Fraternal organizations -- Virginia -- Fulks Run
  • Fraternal organizations -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources

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Bibliography

Bolgiano, Chris. The Fulks Run Ruritan Club, 1958-2008: A Documentary History. Fulks Run, Va.: Fulks Run Ruritan Club, 2008.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1958-2003

Title/Description Instances
1958-1959 box 1 folder 1
1960 box 1 folder 2
1961 box 1 folder 3
1962 box 1 folder 4
1963 box 1 folder 5
1964 box 1 folder 6
1965 box 1 folder 7
1966 box 1 folder 8
1967 box 1 folder 9
1968 box 1 folder 10
1969 box 1 folder 11
1970 box 1 folder 12
1971 box 1 folder 13
1972 box 1 folder 14
1973 box 1 folder 15
1974 box 1 folder 16
1975 box 1 folder 17
1976 box 1 folder 18
1977 box 1 folder 19
1978 box 1 folder 20
1979 box 1 folder 21
Part A, 1980 box 1 folder 22
Part B, 1980 box 1 folder 23
Part A, 1981 box 1 folder 24
Part B, 1981 box 1 folder 25
1982 box 1 folder 26
1983 box 1 folder 27
1984 box 1 folder 28
1985 box 1 folder 29
1986 box 1 folder 30
1987 box 1 folder 31
1988 box 1 folder 32
1989 box 1 folder 33
Part A, 1990 box 1 folder 34
Part B, 1990 box 1 folder 35
Oversize Documents box 1 folder 36
Part A, 1991 box 2 folder 1
Part B, 1991 box 2 folder 2
Part A, 1992 box 2 folder 3
Part B, 1992 box 2 folder 4
1993 box 2 folder 5
Part A, 1994 box 2 folder 6
Part B, 1994 box 2 folder 7
Part A, 1995 box 2 folder 8
Part B, 1995 box 2 folder 9
Part A, 1996 box 2 folder 10
Part B, 1996 box 2 folder 11
1997 box 2 folder 12
Part A, 1998 box 2 folder 13
Part B, 1998 box 2 folder 14
Part A, 1999 box 2 folder 15
Part B, 1999 box 2 folder 16
Part A, 2000 box 2 folder 17
Part B, 2000 box 2 folder 18
Part A, 2001 box 2 folder 19
Part B, 2001 box 2 folder 20
Part A, 2002 box 2 folder 21
Part B, 2002 box 2 folder 22
Part A, 2003 box 2 folder 23
Part B, 2003 box 2 folder 24

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Series 2: Printed Material, 1961-2008

Title/Description Instances
Convention Programs, 1961-2008 box 2 folder 25
Handbook, 1965-1980 box 2 folder 26
Handbook, 1981-1995 box 2 folder 27
Handbook, 1996-2007 box 2 folder 28

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