“The key to Civitans as it is for so much of life is the benefits of service do not come by joining the club. They come by doing,” said charter President Doug Smith.
Civitan International is an organization of clubs dedicated to serving their communities with a special emphasis on people with developmental disabilities.
Smith said the Johns Creek club will be guided by Civitan’s three purposes: service, knowledge and fellowship.
“Our goals are relatively simple this year,” he said. “To build and increase our membership, to begin our service projects to the community as well as have fun while we do that.”
Another goal Smith mentioned was to start a Junior Civitan Club in Johns Creek High School, Northview High School and Chattahoochee High School.
“Those of course are teen service clubs designed to teach them how important it is to give back to the community through volunteerism,” he said.
The Johns Creek club is also planning to be involved in the Special Olympics and to work with the special needs teachers in local schools.
To welcome the new club, Civitan International Director Mattie Fraser spoke about what Civitan has meant to her.
“I had no idea when I started in 1983 that I would still be a Civitan and do so much, but I’m glad I am and that I did,” Fraser said.
Teamwork is one of the things that makes a club such as Civitan successful, she said, and the Johns Creek club has a lot of motivated members who should get things rolling.
“We can each volunteer on an individual basis, but it’s a whole lot better if you have a group of people that work together and really can make a difference,” Fraser said. “One person can do a little but a group can do so much more.”
Board member Terry Crouch echoed the excitement about Johns Creek’s Civitan members.
“In my opinion, this is the finest assemblage of talent in any Civitan Club or any club I know of anywhere,” Crouch said. “This should carry us a long way.”
Information: Terry Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org.