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Knox Ruritans hold annual meeting and Christmas party

The Knox Ruritan Club installed officers and directors at the December meeting. From left, Roy Johnson, director; Jim Ramsey, president; Zane Ziegler, director; Mel Albrecht, secretary; Dennis Cameron, treasurer; Terry Blickensderfer, director; and Ted Benner, director. (Submitted photo)

Knox Rutitan Club held its annual meeting and Christmas party Dec. 9 at Bethel United Church of Christ.

President Jim Ramsey called the meeting to order and led the singing of “America” followed by the invocation by Zane Ziegler.

Following dinner, club members introduced themselves and their guests.

Secretary Mel Albrecht announced the club received five community service awards that included: Citizenship and Patriotism, Business and Professions, Environment, Public Service and Social Development. Charter member Terry Blickensderfer had 47 years of perfect attendance through June 2021; Roy Johnson, two years; Aaron Hawk, Hayden Hawk and Jim Ramsey, all three years; Bill Blair, four years; Zane Zigler, eight years; Dexter Sams, 11 years; Ted Benner, 12 years; Dennis Cameron, 17 years; Loren Shaver, 18 years; Mel Albrecht, 27 years; and posthumously, George Sheen, 35 years.

Ruriteen members were presented with their 25-year anniversary certificate.

Minutes and treasurer’s reports of the previous directors and regular meeting were accepted.

The club’s annual calendar fundraiser is being held. Anyone who wishes to order a calendar listing birthdays, anniversaries and memorials may contact Albrecht, Cameron, Blickensderfer or any member of the club before Feb. 1, 2022.

Installation of officers for the upcoming year was led by Dave Freshley, past national Ruritan president. Officers are as follows: Ramsey, president; Ziegler, vice-president; Albrecht, secretary; Cameron, treasurer. Directors include Johnson, Benner and Blickensderfer.

The music ministry of the church presented “The Story of Christmas.”

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