The Moravia Ruritans were organized in the early 1970's. Since then, they have compiled an outstanding record of service to the community. One of their best known projects is the annual Groundhog Supper, which is held in the Community Building on Feb 2nd each year. A delicious dinner of pancakes, sausage, and homemade desserts are served for a freewill offering, with a generous side of door prizes donated by area businesses. Proceeds from this annual tradition have been donated to many local causes, including the 2011 proceeds which went toward construction of restrooms at the Depot Museum complex.
One of the most visible and important projects undertaken by this energetic group is placing forty flags along the main thoroughfare through town on every holiday. Residents and visitors from far and wide express appreciation for the Ruritans' patriotic dedication to this task.
The group gives three scholarships to Moravia high school seniors each year at graduation, donated funds to students going to Europe in 2011, purchased eight folding chairs for the recent renovation of the Community Building, participated in highway clean-up projects south of town, put up Christmas lights on the square, and volunteered to erect six signs west of the city limits for the Iowa “Burma-Shave” sign project.
Three annual local blood drives are sponsored by the Ruritans each year, where members call donors to schedule appointments and set up and take down the necessary equipment. Other service projects include contributing to the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the park, serving the ice cream social at the 4th of July fireworks display as well as serving lunch to 500 people at Chariton Valley REC's annual meeting held in Moravia.
The Moravia Ruritans are truly an example of what is good and right and admirable about living in small-town Iowa. And each member feels they receive much more in personal growth than they give in community service.