July 13 2014 Update on Ruritan National President Elliott Hogge posted on “I am Ruritan” Facebook Page

Taken from the “I am Ruritan” Facebook Page, originally posted by Sandra Hogge on July 13, 2014 approximately 8:42am:

Thank you all for your continuing prayers and outreach to us. Every single day a card, a phone call, or a visitor has arrived to show Elliott some love! Elliott has made a remarkable physical recovery in the last 7 weeks. He still has three sessions a week with a speech therapist, and he is doing his speech “homework” as well. He is working very hard! Sometimes I get tired just watching. The stroke caused two speech-related conditions: aphasia and apraxia of speech. His intellect is intact, he can read, he can do math, and his thought processes are fine, but the problem is the spoken word, in that he sometimes has difficulty saying the word he wants to say. He is still early in the healing process, so please continue to pray for his complete recovery.

Veterans To Be Honored at the Ruritan National Convention in January 2015

The following is copied and pasted from the Facebook Page “I AM Ruritan.” It is being copied here to accommodate Ruritan members that do not use Facebook. It is our hope to use this medium to spread the word (about the announcement) so that other Ruritan members that are veterans will learn about this event, and ask your club secretary to go into MMS to ensure that your military status is correct in the MMS records.

Are you one of Ruritan’s many Veterans? Are you planning on coming to Greensboro to the 2015 Ruritan National Convention? Remember that our members’ military records pull directly from our Member Management System (MMS). Make sure your veteran status is up to date in the MMS so we can properly honor you in Greensboro. If you aren’t sure how to use the MMS – one of your club members or the national office staff will be happy to help you. There are two important items: whether you are active or inactive; and which branch of the military you served in.

Are you one of Ruritan's many Veterans? Are you planning on coming to Greensboro to the 2015 Ruritan National Convention? Remember that our members' military records pull directly from our Member Management System (MMS). Make sure your veteran status is up to date in the MMS so we can properly honor you in Greensboro. If you aren't sure how to use the MMS - one of your club members or the national office staff will be happy to help you. There are two important items: whether you are active or inactive; and which branch of the military you served in.
Note: if you are a member of the Rapidan District AND a veteran, if you are not already listed on our web page “Honoring our Veterans” we would love to include YOU on that page.  We want your name, the branch of the service you were in, the year you started, the year you ended, and which Ruritan Club in the Rapidan District you are in. We would also love to have a photograph of you to include in the the listing (preferably in uniform at the time you were in the service.) You can give us the required information by using this contact form below (if you have a photograph, let us know how to contact you so we can make arrangements to get a copy of the photograph from you):

Prayer Request for Ruritan National President Elliott Hogge

Prayer Request

Prayer Request


Prayers are being requested on behalf of Ruritan National President Elliott Hogge, who suffered a stroke Sunday, May 25, 2014.
From a notice posted on Facebook:

2014 First Lady Sandra Hogge has released the following update on 2014 President Elliott’s condition.

She confirmed that he did have a life threatening stroke Sunday around 6 p.m. and had lifesaving care both by the rescue squad that responded and at Riverside Regional Hospital’s stroke unit, where they were prepped and waiting for him when he arrived. Clot busting drugs were administered and a “life and death” surgical procedure was used to remove a clot from a major vessel in his brain. They were able to get to the clot from his groin so no open-head surgery was required. By the grace of God, a very well-known, Harvard educated neurosurgeon was on site and performed Elliott’s surgery. The staff told Sandra that Elliott had the “Super Bowl” surgical team.

Sandra said since that surgery Sunday night, Elliott has gradually gained the ability to use the right side of his body. He can stand. He can hold both arms up in the air. He can hold both legs up. He sat up this morning and fed himself sausage, eggs and toast for breakfast. He was using utensils and holding a cup.

Sandra and Elliott Hogge May 2014 Founders Day celebration

Sandra and Elliott Hogge May 2014 Founders Day celebration

He has been in ICU but they are weaning him off his IV meds and getting him back on his oral meds so he can be moved to a regular room later today. The challenge that remains is speech therapy as he is still struggling with being able to express himself – although he can say some words. The clot affected the speech center in his brain.

Saundra has asked that we continue to hold him in prayer – praying for successful speech therapy efforts and a complete recovery. She is very positive and has lots of family with her. Friends and neighbors are pitching in to help get in the rest of Elliott’s hay. She appreciates your thoughts and prayers and said Elliott would very much enjoy getting cards from his Ruritan family.
Those can be sent to their home or to him in care of the hospital. Both addresses are provided below:

Elliott Hogge
c/o Riverside Regional Hospital
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601

or

Elliott and Sandra Hogge
9625 Line Fence Rd
Hayes, VA 23072

Both President-Elect Bobby and Executive Director Mike have been in steady contact with Sandra and are covering Elliott’s engagements. If you have questions or concerns, please contact one of them.

National Ruritan Policy Regarding Youth Photographs on Websites and Facebook

This was originally posted on the “I am Ruritan” Facebook page:

Does your Ruritan club have a Facebook page or periodically add club pictures to Facebook (including this I Am Ruritan site)? Remember that there is a youth protection policy in place for Ruritan that includes the following two statements:

• Before taking pictures of youth, members should have a completed photo release form for each youth. Please respect the families that do not wish to have their youth photographed.
• Even with a signed release form, do not put photos of youth on web pages that identify the names or locations of the youth

You may also be interested in knowing more about COPPA (Children’s On Line Privacy Protection Act) an FTC rule that has been in effect since 2000 and was expanded in July of 2013 to include more about social media postings. Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to put parents in the driver’s seat when it comes to information websites collect about their kids under 13. Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.

Simply put – if you do not have the legal guardian/parent’s permission (in writing is best) to post a picture of a child under 13, do not put it on a Facebook page. You certainly don’t want to be in a position of putting a child at risk. If you have posted a picture and the parent asks you to take it down – do so immediately. If you need a copy of a consent form for youth pictures – you can download it from the Ruritan National website at http://www.ruritan.org/library/119.doc.