Morning Journal- August 2019
CANFIELD — The Greenford Ruritan Club is running its chicken barbecue dinner concession at the Canfield Fair for the 59th year.
Members, many spouses, and friends of the club join forces every year to run the grills, cut up potatoes for fries, make milkshakes, serve dinner foods, make salads and cole slaw from scratch, and meet thousands of customers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Up to 25 people at a time are needed to staff the operation during peak hours. The club’s dedicated pit crew barbecues chicken halves and breasts in a time-honored fashion over charcoal in long pits immediately behind the dining hall.
The chicken barbecue effort netted the club $25,000 in 2018 to support its many community service projects. The Greenford Ruritans have given $132,000 in high school scholarships since 2000.
Many customers have made enjoying a Ruritan chicken dinner an annual fair highlight for decades. Club members frequently get thanks from scholarship recipients with some student families volunteering to show their gratitude. For the first time, club president Dwayne McGeHee announced Monday the club had received a “pay back” from a 1967 scholarship recipient in the amount of $1,000.
The Greenford Ruritan dining hall at the Canfield Fairgrounds is located on Boardman Drive just west of the commercial building. Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 a.m., with chicken dinners coming to the line at 11 a.m. and continuing as long as the day’s supply lasts. New this year are kielbasa sandwiches and payment by credit card.
March 8, 2017 The opportunity to build new and maintain traditions continues to become more and more of a reality for the South Range Schools with the installation of the new stadium. This is all due to the support of the community. The South Range Stadium Project received another generous donation from the Greenford Ruritans for $5,000. “We so appreciate all the support that the Ruritans have given us. This donation will help us continue to purchase the items we need for the stadium,” said Stadium Project Chairperson Don DeChellis. “All the money that we raise throughout the year goes directly into our community. We are so glad to be able to make this donation to the South Range Schools and the stadium project,” said Greenford Ruritan President Jeff Guy. The Greenford Ruritans hold numerous fundraisers to support the community such as pancake breakfast, chicken dinners at the Canfield Fair, baskets for the needy and raffles. Pictured are, from left, Denny Hawk, Ruritan treasurer; Fred Hoff, Ruritan board of directors; DeChellis, Guy, Jim Komara, Ruritan vice president; Dan Szolek, South Range Middle School principal; and Mike Hudak, Ruritan board of directors.
Ruritans Donate to Local Girl Scouts
Dear Ruritan Members,
I would like to take this time on behalf of Girl Scout Troops 80086, 80099 and 80114 to thank you for your recent donation. The girls had a wonderful time at the zoo and earned two patches because they learned so much about animals. We know how hard you work to raise money and without the generosity of the Ruritan our troops would not have been able to attend the zoo sleepover. We hope that you enjoyed the Girl Scout cookies that we delivered to the parade.
The girls, parents and leaders of Girl Scout Troops 80086, 80099 and 80114
Greenford Ruritan Club donates to the South Range Stadium Project
State Champs South Range Baseball Recognized at Ruritan Meeting
Photo from Ruritan July meeting 7/23/18
The Greenford Ruritan Club again this year honored township volunteer fire fighters, EMT personnel, and police at their September meeting. Presenting checks of support was club president Jeff Guy (left) to Todd Baird (center), chief, Green Township Volunteer Fire Department and Steve McDaniel, chief of the Goshen Police District, which continues to provide coverage in Green Township on contract. The chiefs updated the club on recent purchases and other improvements to their departments, reporting good cooperation among the safety forces and Green Township Trustees.
Greenford Ruritan barbecue remains staple at the fair
2018 Ruritan Scholarship Winners Recognized at Ruritan Meeting: 2018 Greenford Ruritan Scholarship Recipients: Brennan Toy, Madison Weaver, Lexia Borton, Ashley McKee.
Photo from Ruritan July meeting 7/23/18