Ruritan holding annual stew dinner


By Dean Palmer



The Pilot Mountain Ruritan Club will be hosting the fall edition of its biannual Chicken and Oyster Stew and Hot Dog Supper on Saturday evening, bringing much of the surrounding community together for an evening of food and fellowship.

The club will invite area residents to the Whitaker Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 5-8 p.m. Attendees may share one of the several dining tables made available or take advantage of take-out service.

Patrons will have a choice of oyster stew, chicken stew, hot dogs or any combination accompanied by drinks and homemade desserts. Tickets for the meal will be offered for $8 each or 10 tickets for $50.

At the end of the evening, a winning ticket will be drawn for a $50 cash prize.

Expectations are high for the evening, thanks to the success of advance ticket sales.

“Ticket sales so far have been outstanding,” noted group Treasurer Wanda Fulk. “Local merchants have been great with most purchasing a book of tickets. With the start we’ve had, this should be the best we’ve done in a number of years. We’ve had some great community support.”

The meal is one of two similar “stew” fundraisers held by the club each year, with another event planned for the spring. Fulk estimated that the club has hosted the meals for “probably at least 25 years.”

Proceeds from the evening are returned into the community through various projects and the funding of a Surry Community College scholarship through The Pilot Center.

“We also support the Pilot Mountain Outreach Center,” Fulk noted, “and help any individuals with need, especially the elderly. We try to help wherever we see a need.”

Organized in the mid-1970s, the club has 16 active members. The stated purpose of the Pilot Mountain Ruritan Club is “to enhance the quality of living for the total community.”

By Dean Palmer

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