The Jefferson Ruritan Club held its Christmas dinner recently at the Hilltop Presbyterian Church in rural Toronto with Robert Meyer honored with the Ruritan of the Year award.
It was presented by club President Don Clarke.
Meyer serves as the group's chaplain and is a board member. He was applauded as being a dedicated member who does much for the organization.
Club President Don Clarke, left, and Robert Meyer,
Ruritan of the Year
Clarke gave the welcome and Meyer the invocation.
Guests at the dinner were Marge Burns, Ruby Haught, Phyllis Patterson, Lisa and Joe Bruzzese, John and Sandy Corrigan and Lamont and Esther McCoy.
A representative from the Toronto Coalition of Revitalization, a group that the Ruritans support, spoke about its progress. He passed around pictures of the trails and walkways around Toronto and those to be completed north to Empire and Stratton. There will be 16 miles of trails when the work is completed, he noted.
When the Toronto High School is torn down, the area will be turned into a parking area with a kiosk there. Volunteers cleaned up an area of the trail and walkway and there were nine no-dumping signs installed along the way.
Plans are to have a bicycle safety rodeo in the near future.
Karen Meyer was presented a Christmas arrangement in honor of her Dec. 5 birthday. Poinsettia were given as door prizes to six guests.
Bill Bray noted there is a Congressional Medal of Honor member in the area, William Pittenger, who was born in Knoxville. He was a school teacher who enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 21 and served in the 98th OVI Co. C.
Pittenger was discharged Aug. 14, 1863, on a certificate of disability. He wrote a book, "Daring and Suffering" that same year. His Congressional Medal of Honor was presented Oct. 31, 1864.
Pittenger is a survivor of Andrew's Raid on April 12, 1862, and was captured at Big Shanty, Georgia. He was held captive in Tennessee and transferred to prisons in Knoxville, Tenn., and Richmond, Va., then exchanged in March 1863.
Patty Morgan played the piano for the group singing of Christmas carols.
Fred Ramsey was acknowledged for his many years of service as club secretary.