Ruritans Claim Rural Virginia Needs Industry

Ten rural needs committees of the Ruritan National, meeting at the Hotel Richmond, made sweeping recommendations yesterday for improving conditions in rural Virginia.

After three hours of conferences, attended by approximately 100 committeemen from Ruritan clubs in the State, the committees made public the proposals which will be submitted to the national convention here January 17 and 18.

The committee on business enterprises resolved that rural communities were sadly in need of industrial plants--canneries, lumber factories, and similar processing concerns--and suggested that local clubs campaign toward bringing such enterprises into their territory.

REA Aid Sought

The health committee recommended that clubs strive to have a health unit established in each community.

The electrification committee urged co-operation between Ruritan and the Rural Electrification Administration to obtain funds for rural electrification in Virginia and proposed that clubs assist "in every way possible" the extension of electric power lines into rural communities.

The agriculture committee proposed a plan whereby deserving young men and women who are too young to have credit ratings would receive financial help to enable them to get a start in their life work.

The education committee recommended the establishment of more five-year high schools like one established at Wakefield last year through Ruritan's efforts providing a curriculum arranged to give students who expect to attend college a different type of training from others.

Preference to Local Youth

The recreation committee emphasized the importance of properly supervised recreation and urged co-operation with other community organizations to work out balanced recreational programs.

The safety committee recommended special efforts to obtain safety education in schools, safety-conscious school bus drivers and first-aid training.

The rural youth committee proposed that business men of each community give local youths preference in employment and a survey to determine what employment is open to youth and what employment may be created for youth.