In the Beginning
In 2019 the Lucketts Ruritan Club celebrated its 40th year serving our community. Lucketts was not the first community in Loudoun County to establish a club however. In 1977, then County Agricultural Extension Agent, Bill Harrison of the Hamilton Ruritan Club, undertook an effort to establish a club in Lucketts. His primary local contacts were Buddy Moreland and John Adams who enlisted the aid of Buck Lawson and Walt Zeitfus in early 1979. These four were quickly joined by Lloyd Fry and James McKimmey and by March the group had grown to eleven, but less than that required for a Ruritan Charter. Lucketts was already changing from a purely farm community to a place where Washington, DC commuters settled to take advantage of the Point of Rocks commuter rail station. Through heroic efforts, the critical number of sixteen was reached in April and included both the “Rus” from the local farms and the “Urbs” who spent their day laboring in “town.” Their charter meeting was convened on May 8th and the work of the Lucketts Ruritan Club began in earnest. During the balance of 1979 the Club focused on identifying community needs, marshalling member talents, defining objectives, assessing fund-raising opportunities and just surviving.
State Corporation Commission Document
In order to obtain a corporate charter and 501(C)(3) designation the Club members needed to identify the organization’s initial objectives. “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service” was not specific enough to meet State and Federal criteria. The following initial objectives were established by this group of 16 Charter Members:
- Support the needs of the Lucketts Volunteer Fire Department. At the time, Loudoun County did not have a combined Professional and Volunteer organization.
- Support the restoration of the Old Lucketts School and preserve it as a Community Center for the residents of Lucketts. (Our current Lucketts Elementary School had replaced the Old Lucketts School building in 1972.)
- Establishment of a Lucketts Agricultural and Forestal District to protect and promote the economic health of established family farms.
- Provide community-based trash collection for the hundreds of families with no local service. These families had to cart their trash to the south side of Leesburg to access the County’s Landfill operation.
- Promote and fund youth activities and assist the needy in Lucketts.