Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records, 1958-2008
- Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
- Fulks Run Ruritan Club
- Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records
- Collection No.:
- SC 0198
- 2 boxes, 2 Cubic Feet
- Language of the Material:
- 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.
[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Fulks Run Ruritan Club Records, 1958-2008, SC 0198, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
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.
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.
The collection is arranged in two series:
1. Administrative Files, 1958-2003
2. Printed Material, 1962-2008
Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.Revised by Angela L. Walthall 2013-11-21November 2011
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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.
May receive accruals; the organization retains recent records.
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.
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.
- 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
Bolgiano, Chris. The Fulks Run Ruritan Club, 1958-2008: A Documentary History. Fulks Run, Va.: Fulks Run Ruritan Club, 2008.
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1958-2003
|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|
Series 2: Printed Material, 1961-2008
|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|