The community joined together last Saturday evening at the South Westfield Community Building, enjoying a shared evening of food and fellowship hosted by the South Westfield Ruritan Club.
“This was a night for us to give back,” explained longtime club member Fred Venable. Venable was originally a member of the Flat Rock Ruritan Club which helped to organize the South Westfield club in 1962.
“This gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation,” he continued, “and we’ve had a wonderful turnout and show of support tonight. But that’s not unusual in this community. Even this is surpassed by their support and generosity whenever we have a benefit event.”
“And it gives us a chance to meet new people in the community,” he continued. “We’re a small club and we’re looking for members. We’d love to find people who are interested in their community and interested in becoming a Ruritan.”
Residents were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade ice cream throughout the evening. While some would come and go, many lingered to join in conversations with new or familiar acquaintances. Club members would join in, sometimes moving from table to table to greet neighbors and share in the social atmosphere.
“I think this is wonderful,” noted Glenda Riddle, a community resident who is currently not a club member. “It’s a nice gesture for them to do this just to show how much they care about the community. It’s such a community-oriented group and they do so much in and for our neighborhoods,”
“An evening like this isn’t something they’re required to do,” she continued, “but these are people who are always willing to give their time and energy to help others. Like so much of what they do, this night just shows they care.”