Holland District Ruritans

Fellowship. Goodwill. Community Service.

Born:  Apr. 3, 1882

Died:   Sep. 11, 1958


Ruritan National

  • First National President – 1931
  • He attended every National Convention (1932-1957)

Boykins Club (2nd Club formed in Ruritan National)

  • Charter Member 
  • President – 1928

Severn-Pendleton Club (NC)

  • Transferred his membership when Boykins Club ceased to exist during World War II.

Branchville Club

  • Honorary Member


  • Chairman of the Southampon County Board of Supervisors
  • Member of the Boykins Methodist Church
  • Member of the Masonic Order
  • Boykins Magisterial District


  • Aberdeen Academy
  • P.I. Graduate – 1902
  • Medical College of Virginia – 1905
  • A Year of practice in his home community of Shacklesford in King and Queen County


Professional Experience

  • Almost 50 Years of Continuous Medical Practice


  • A historic marker was unveiled in 1978 in front of the Beechwood Cemetery where Dr. Bland was buried.  This was apart of the Ruritans 50th anniversary by National President Bob Wrenn.  The marker was sponsored by the Branchville Ruritan Club to recognize Ruritan’s first National President.


[Source:  The Ruritan Saga – A History of the First Fifty Years of Ruritan by Robert H. Bailey, Russell Burgess & H.M. (Kit) Shaver, Jr. © 1983; Reprint 2003]