It can be so frustrating to speak up with ideas at the local monthly Ruritan meetings that I have managed to attend this past year or so, only to be shot down time after time. I was told that this well-known “service club” was in need of some fresh blood and some newer, younger faces, after attending these many boring meetings I can see why they aren’t growing as they should. I swear a couple of the members look and act old enough to be one of the original Ruritans that started back in 1928 with the goal of achieving Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service. They certainly mean well but times have changed and the needs and interests of the community are always changing so they need to be way more flexible and open minded than from what I’m seeing.
They want to start up their yearly “Yard Sale” that they stopped doing three years ago because of several factors that hindered the success, which caused them to just stop holding this possible money making event. Part of the argument(s) is how to get the word out about this yard sale that is supposed to be held over the Memorial Day Weekend. I suggested that we look into postcard printing options and take advantage of the opportunity through the post office to send out a massive and inexpensive postcard mailing to each resident in our small town of just over 2,000. As soon as the suggestion was out of my mouth the “old farts” started in with their negativity without giving me a fair chance to finish what I was saying with all the facts that I had gathered to share with them. I had to catch my breath, count to ten and keep my cool. I plan on talking with a few other members in the next week or so before I stand up and say another word and keep attending these meetings.No Comments »