Founded 1955         Greenford, Ohio

Citizenship & Patriotism Committee

Mark Stepuk  Co-Chairman
Carl Robb  Co-Chairman
George Kyser
Larry Dickson
Rich Snyder
Paul Stepuk
Darin Stratton

Social Development Committee
Dirk Keller  Chairman
Fred Hoff
Larry Bennett
Barney Davison
Clyde Martz
Jerry Ewing
Bill Hively

Environment Committee
Duane Wilt  Co-Chairman
Bud Kells  Co-Chairman
Jack Velk
Jeff Guy
Greg Hammond
Ernie Maenz  Honorary

Business & Professional Committee
Jeff Fishel  Chairman
Steve Matos  Associate
Ed Kurtz
Ralph Witmer
John Fromel
Elmer Lehman
Jim Myers
Greg Bowman

Public Service Committee
G.L. Mears  Co-Chairman
Dwaine McGehee  Co-Chairman
Joe Bush  Honorary
Lou Petit  Associate
Scott Yungen
Jed Chismar

Dennis Hawk
Fred Hoff
Jim Komara


Canfield Fair Committee
Roy Houser  Co-Chairman
Denny Hawk  Co-Chairman
Randy Chismar
Jim West
Jim Komara
Dave Slagle
George Toy
Ed Chismar
Rick Hazel
Shorty Votaw
Rob White
Bill Pitts
Zach May
Mike Hudak




Song Leader



President- Jim Komara
Vice President-

Secretary- Jack Velk

Treasurer- Denny Hawk

Assistant Treasurer-


  • Promoting fellowship and goodwill while inspiring individuals to higher efforts.

  • Unifying individuals, organizations, and institutions in the community to make the community an ideal place in which to live.

  • Working with other agencies that serve the community and contribute directly to community progress.

  • Encouraging and fostering the ideal service as the basis of all worthwhile enterprise.

  • Creating a greater understanding between individuals.
About Our Organization:

Our Key Objectives:

The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia. Since that first club, Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of America, and in doing so, has become 'America’s Leading Community Service Organization."

Tom Downing of Suffolk, Virginia, and Jack Gwaltney of Holland, Virginia, are known as the co-founders of Ruritan. Gwaltney and Downing recognized the need for an organization where community leaders could meet and discuss ways to make their community a better place in which to live.

The name "Ruritan" was suggested by Daisy Nurney, a reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and the club’s charter members unanimously adopted "Ruritan" as the organization’s name. The word is a combination of the Latin words for open country "ruri" and small town "tan," interpreted as pertaining to rural and small town life.

-excerpt from Ruritan National