The Valley View Ruritan Club was chartered on October 18, 1962. Thirty-two men were
present that first night and all became members
Valley View Ruritan wasted no time in helping the Valley View School District and
community. One of its first projects was to pave the road from Highway 49 to Valley View
School. With the paving of the road, other projects had to be done. One such project was
tearing out the wooden bridge that crossed the L’Anguille River and replacing it with two
railroad tank cars. This had to be done in order to have a smooth surface for the paving
process. The project was completed and the Valley View Ruritan Club started a service
program that is well into its fifth decade. The school, teachers, staff, and administration
expressed their appreciation to the club for their dedication in completing the paying
project. The third-grade class presented the Ruritan Club with a scroll with all of the
student signatures expressing their appreciation for the project.
In order to support its projects, the Ruritan Club has held many fundraisers. Most
fundraisers involve the Valley View Community in order to promote community pride and
foster strong relations. Past fundraisers have included donkey ball games, the Redhead
Basketball team, and turkey shoots. For one of its most unusual events Archie Lamb, a
charter member furnished 50-60 raccoons and the club barbecued ‘coon for the
community. Believe it, or not, this was a great success. We have had booths at the
Craighead County Fair, served meals at many Valley View Athletic and Honors Banquets
over the years and done just about anything in between to raise funds for programs to
serve our community!
There are hills and valleys in life and the Valley View Ruritan Club has experienced both. In
1968 a tornado passed through the community leaving death and destruction in its
path. One family that was a vital part of the community was killed. Archie Wimpy, his wife,
and two children were in the eye of the storm with no chance for escape. The Valley View
Ruritan Club started a scholarship in their memory. Another scholarship was added in 1982
when club member Terry Lawman was killed in a farming accident. Both scholarships are
awarded each year to deserving Valley View graduates to help them defray some of the
costs of higher educations.
Many projects have been accomplished over the years because of the relationship the club
has with its members, the community, and the local school. Our annual Christmas basket
project brings all three groups together to provide food baskets for those in the community
who need assistance during the Holiday Season. With the community’s support, the club
distributes 40-50 baskets valued at approximately $250 each to families whose names are
submitted by the school and community.
Valley View School expressed to the club a need for a walking/running track on
campus. The track was to provide a walking surface for the community. It was also to be
sanctioned for track meets and school activities. The Valley View Ruritan club borrowed
$15,000 to fund the initial construction of the track while club members donated time,
materials, and expertise to make the track possible. Although the final cost exceeded
$35,000, the track was completed and the debt paid in full with the help and funding from
the various school and community clubs.
Involvement in school and community has always been the main objective of the Valley
View Ruritan Club. Our goal is to provide needed services to the community while
promoting our club, our community, and our school. The Valley View School and
personnel have always been a vital part of the Ruritan Club. The Club expresses its deep
appreciation to the school for such a positive relationship. We also express our joy and
appreciation to the Valley View School Board for recognizing the importance of our club by
presenting it with a plaque for the contributions we have made to the community over the
years. We also wish to thank the community for the support you so readily give us.
Valley View Ruritan Club is part of a national organization created to promote community
service, fellowship, and goodwill in the local communities in which it exists. We invite you
to join us and be a part of this vibrant organization.
We are currently meeting at the First Community Bank Building on Southwest Drive on the
3 rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.