Established in 1953, the Burkittsville Ruritan Club is dedicated to promoting goodwill, fellowship, and community service. We welcome all people who want to better their community to join us in achieving this mission.
Schedule of Meetings:
In the interest of the health of our membership and community, the Burkittsville Ruritan Club has suspended monthly club meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely monitoring the conditions as well as local and state gathering guidelines and restrictions and hope to announce the resumption of modified club meetings in summer 2021. Our Board of Directors continues to meet in order to maintain the business of the club.
Trout Fishing Derby
The annual Burkittsville Ruritan Club Fishing Derby is returning this spring and will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Burkittsville Town Pond. This event is for children ages 1-15, and they must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups. Children must bring their own bait and tackle. Everyone attending must wear face masks and socially distance. No food or drinks will be served at this event.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock the pond with rainbow trout prior to the event. After the event, adults and children (age 16 and older) are welcome to fish but must have a fishing license, trout stamp and keep no more that five fish.
What is Ruritan?
Ruritan is a civic organization whose objectives include creating a greater understanding between rural and urban people on the problems of each as well as on their mutual problems and working with those agencies which serve the community and contribute directly to its progress. It is similar to the service organizations of the cities but designed to meet the needs of rural people and rural communities.
Ruritan was founded in 1928 in Holland, Virginia, where it has grown from the Tidewater area of Virginia to the foot hills of the Rockies: from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and in doing so, has become the largest rural civic organization in America.