State Line Ruritan Club

About The State Line Ruritan Club

     The origins of the State Line Ruritan Club dates back to the early to mid 1950's when a group of local people saw the need for a community organization to help unify the different interests of the community. With Ruritan being a civic organization with the goal of creating a bond between the local agricultural communities and other business professions, it was felt that such a relationship would benefit the State Line Community. 

     Ruritan as a national organization began May 21, 1928 in Holland, VA. Tom Downing and Jack Gwaltney formed an organization to provide " Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service" for local communities. Today Ruritan serves 1100 local communities through 30,000 members. Ruritan is Americas leading community service organization. The name " Ruritan " was suggested by Daisy Nurney, a reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper. The word is a combination of two Latin words: " Ruri " meaning, " Open country " and " Tan " meaning, " Small town ".