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Civitans discuss new fundraiser

July 3, 2014

By Donna Summerall

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club met at noon Wednesday at the North Mississippi Medical Center Education Room. Program Chair Alvin Quinn brought a Civitan International (CI) DVD for the club to watch during the meeting.
“Sometimes we get away from what Civitan means,” Quinn said. “Many of our members have never attended a district or international meeting and lose sight of what Civitan does outside of our area. The fun and fellowship we all share as part of the organization is our bond.”
Quinn said what Civitan does within a community, a state or nationwide can only be done through a team effort. Club members don’t get paid for what they do, but the compensation for making a difference is priceless, he said.
“The Civitan International Reasearch Center (CIRC) located on the campus of the University of Alabama Birmingham, is totally funded by local clubs all over the U.S. and overseas,” Quinn said. “CIRC does research for the treatment of brain related injuries and disabilities. Local Civitan Claxton Fruitcake sales and revenue from candy boxes make the research facility possible. To be a Civitan member means to be part of that research.”
Civitan Club President Jay Jackson, mentioned other uses for CI DVDs. Jackson said he would like to set aside a club meeting for such instructional tools to be used to introduce new and prospective members to what Civitan does, not just for the community but in a broader scope. He said the question is often asked “What do Civitans do?” and this would be a perfect answer for those who want more information on what the service club is all about.
“People know we sponsor pancake breakfasts, sell vidialia onions and sweet potatoes,” Jackson said. “I want people to know CI does a lot more. Yes, we make donations to Bright Horizons and other local partners, but we are part of a organization that funds a world-class research and development center and that’s something to be proud of.”

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