Damascus Ruritan Club

Officers of the Damascus Ruritan Club: from left, vice president Vernon Palo, treasurer Roger Smith, president Tony Tenzek and secretary Paul Given.

DAMASCUS — Members of the Damascus Ruritan Club met for their January meeting, with the ladies of the Damascus United Methodist preparing and serving the meal.

The club members gave a hearty applause to the ladies in appreciation. Following the dinner the members adjourned to the club meeting room.

President Tony Tenzek spoke of his desires for the coming year, to look for ways the Club to be more of service to the community under his leadership as the president.

The 2019 club officers: Tenzek as president, Vernon Palo as vice president, Paul Given as secretary, Roger Smith as treasurer, Alvin Lutz as a three-year director, Walter Lautzenheiser as a two-year director and Mahlon Griffith as a one-year director.

Tenzek announced the chairmen of each of the Community Service Committees: Citizens & Patriotism chairman Harold Snyder, Public Service chairman Dave Peterson, Environment chairman Sal Salvino, Business and Profession chairman Allan Milliken, Social Development chairman David Denny. Each of the committees met briefly to explore what their projects would be for the coming year.

Given and Smith gave their December reports, which were approved as read.

Members voted to give a donation to the Adopt a Class Project at Robert Bycroft School and a donation to the Special Olympics program.

Lutz was presented the Prestigious Ruritan National Tom Downing Fellowship Award for the work he does for the club.

It was announced the club members turned in 281 volunteer hours for month of December.

Zone Governor John Biery has announced the Winter Zone Six meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All club members are encouraged to attend. The Beloit club will be hosting the meeting at the Mile Branch Grange Hall on Knox School Road.

Given commented briefly on the blood drive that was held Jan. 8. These drives are co-sponsored by the Beloit, Damascus and Goshen Center Ruritan clubs.

The next scheduled blood drive will be 1-7 p.m. March 12 at the Damascus Methodist Church.

The meeting closed with the pledge to the flag.