Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs that focuses on serving those with special needs. The Junior Civitan clubs strive for the same goals and in their creed state that they dedicate themselves “to society and to my fellow man with a commitment to make the world a better place.”
The three new local Junior Civitan clubs at Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Northview high schools have already selected leaders, and now that they are chartered they plan to begin working on projects soon.
Chattahoochee Junior Civitan Co-President Samantha Richardson said she got involved because she wants to help others and her mother, Post 3 Councilwoman Karen Richardson, is already involved in the Johns Creek Civitan Club.
“I just love volunteering,” Samantha said.
The ceremony on Dec. 11 initiated about 120 students from the three schools as charter members for their clubs.
“I was told specifically that the joint mission of these three clubs is to enhance the lives of students with special needs at each school and in the north Fulton community, and I can think of no higher purpose, no higher aim than that,” said Will Rumbaugh, Fulton County Schools Area Superintendent for the Northeast Learning Community. “Intelligence has little meaning if it’s not used to help others.”
Junior Civitan District Governor Stephanie Collins told the new members that what they get out of Civitan is what they put into it, and it has been rewarding for her as a student to be involved.
“In six years I’ve been able to grow relationships through Civitan and it’s been a great experience,” she said.