Group considers founding a Morristown Civitan Club
Local businesses and individuals are invited to attend a meeting of the new Lakeway Area Civitan Club — a charter of the national nonprofit group that performs community service projects in an effort to make their community a better place to live.
During the building process of the new group, there will be weekly meetings each Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in the private room at Shoney’s Restaurant on Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown.
Once 20 members are recruited — enough to charter the club — the meetings will take place on the first and third Mondays of each month. Attendance at all meetings is not required.
There is a one-time $22 initiation fee and ongoing club membership dues of $10 a month or $30 per quarter.
Civitan Clubs are designed to have fun while helping people. Other clubs around the nation have participated in projects designed to benefit people with special needs in their communities. For example, the Neapolitan Civitan Club of Naples, Fla. Holds an annual Valentine’s Day Dinner-Dance for people with developmental disabilities.
When the series of devastating tornadoes swept across the Southeastern U.S. in April 2011, the North Bay Civitan Club of D’Iberville, Miss. held a collection drive for water, nonperishable food items and other items for victims in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
A Civitan Club in Seoul, South Korea organizes the Handicapped Children’s Festival, which is attended by hundreds of children with disabilities.
The group was organized in 1917 by a group of businessmen seeking to make a difference. In the 1950s, the group adopted a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities and is one of the major supporters of Special Olympics International.
Civitan Clubs are found in dozens of countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Jordan, India, Russia, Nepal, Ghana, Pakistan and more.
For more information about the new Lakeway Area group, email Kendyl Massey at email@example.com or call 205-533-2028.
-By Denise Williams, Tribune Staff Writer