Local resident heads Ruritan National
Guinea resident Elliott Hogge may be best known for his extensive work on the Guinea Jubilee and can often be seen volunteering for various service projects to benefit his beloved community; all driven by his passion for service, which ended up awarding him with the honor of the highest leadership position possible with Ruritan National, Inc.
“It’s been an amazing trip,” Hogge said. His journey began with the Abingdon Ruritan Club, Bena, when he joined more than 20 years ago in 1993. One of the organization’s mud bogs won him over.
“I saw people having a lot of fun,” he said. “It was unbelievable the fellowship going on there.”
After attending several of mud bogs, he was asked to help with the organization’s seafood festival, which is held annually. “I felt the hook then,” Hogge said.
One of the things that stood out the most to him was the ability of the Ruritans to give so much back to the community. He gave one example of a woman who needed new flooring for her kitchen. Club members bought the wood and installed it in her kitchen. Another local resident needed medication and the Ruritan club paid for it, picked it up and delivered it to her.
“The club was doing such great things,” Hogge said. “It made a lasting impression on me and I wanted to be a part of that.”
It wasn’t long before Hogge was approached to become president of the Abingdon Ruritan Club, taking the helm in 1996. “That was a great honor,” he said.
The following year, he took the next step and became lieutenant zone governor. Each district within the Ruritan organization is divided into zones. The Chesapeake District, of which his club is a part of, has eight different zones. He said the organization is set up this way so that each club’s needs are recognized and each individual community’s needs are met.