Cropper Ruritan joins convention

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Bryan and Barbara Franklin of the Cropper Ruritan Club attend the 83rd annual Ruritan National Convention at the Branson Hilton Convention Center in Branson, Mo. They joined Ruritan members and other delegates from 25 states that represent nearly 29,000 volunteers across the nation who gather to participate in self-improvement workshops, organizational business sessions, and the election of Ruritan’s national officers for 2014. Members brought thousands of Rudy Bears – the Ruritan mascot – to be given to children in crisis situations in an effort to distract or calm them. Clubs and districts were recognized for donating thousands of pounds of food during the year to local food banks.