Daily Archive for January 24 2014
The Charleston Area Alliance announces with great sadness the passing of Alliance board member John Ruddick
Ruddick had a long history with the Alliance and one of its predecessor organizations, the Charleston Renaissance Corporation. He served as treasurer for the Charleston Renaissance for many years. He was also on the transition team for the merger of Charleston Renaissance, the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO) and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce.
Once the merger took place, Ruddick continued his service on the Alliance Board of Directors and was active on the Community Development Committee, where he served as the volunteer chair for more than six years.
“John was a steady, consistent advocate for enhancing the Charleston area’s quality of life,” said Susie Salisbury, Alliance vice president of community development. “He was well known for wanting umbrella tables up and down Capitol Street. He always wanted to create a vibrant downtown.”
Ruddick served on several boards, including the WV Public Employees Insurance Agency, the WV State Chamber of Commerce, the WV Special Olympics and the Marshall Artist Series. He was also the past chairman of the Education Alliance board of directors and the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.
Last March, Ruddick’s tireless work was honored with the James R. Thomas Outstanding Volunteer award at the Alliance’s “We Love Our Community” Awards event.
The success of the Alliance today can be attributed to the visionary work of leaders such as Ruddick. We honor his legacy and join with the rest of the community in extending our deepest sympathy to his family at this sorrowful time.
Learn the impact tobacco use has on local businesses this Wednesday at the Charleston Area Alliance.
The interactive lunch and learn titled, “Is Tobacco Use Hurting WV Businesses?” will be held from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Alliance’s offices at 1116 Smith Street.
Bruce Adkins, director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, will lead the discussion. He will focus on the outcomes of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which focused on smoking and business impacts relevant to West Virginia.
This event is the final lunch and learn in January as part of Live Well Charlie West, a month-long Alliance campaign dedicated to workplace wellness.
The cost is $5 to attend. You must pre-register to attend. Click HERE to register.
For a complete calendar of Live Well Charlie West events, click HERE.
For more information, please contact Cullen Naumoff by e-mail HERE or call 304-340-4253.
We’re pleased to have featured Live Well Charlie West worksites including:
- Charleston Area Medical Center
- City of Charleston
- Security America
- Spilman, Thomas and Battle
- St. Francis Hospital
- United Way
Live Well Charlie West is a collaborative effort of many partners including:
- Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement
- Highland Hospital
- Clayman & Associates
- Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center
- WV On the Move
- City of Charleston
- Alzheimers Association
- Wellness Council WV
- Kanawha County Health Department
- Communities That Care
- American Heart Association
- The Counseling Connection
- Mark Wolfe Design
- Dream Creative
- Charming Charleston