Damascus Ruritans name officers

Pictured are the 2019 officers of the Damascus Ruritan Club, from left, Vice President Vernon Palo, Treasurer Roger Smith, President Tony Tenzek and Secretary Paul Given. (Submitted photo)

DAMASCUS — During the January meeting, Damascus Ruritan Club 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 president.

He announced the chairmen of each of the Community Service Committees: Citizens and 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.

In addition to Tenzek, the new 2019 officers are Vernon Palo, vice president; Paul Given, secretary; Roger Smith, treasurer; Alvin Lutz, three-year director; Walter Lautzenheiser, two- year director; and Mahlon Griffith, one-year director.

Given gave the December report and Smith gave his December report, which were both approved as read.

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

Al 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 announced the Winter Zone Six meeting was held Feb. 12. The Beloit Club hosted the meeting at the Mile Branch Grange Hall on Knox School Road. Given commented briefly on the blood drive that was held Jan. 8 and co-sponsored by the Beloit, Damascus and Goshen Center Ruritan clubs. The next blood drive is slated from 1 to 7 p.m. March 12 at the Damascus Methodist Church.