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Civitan International Welcome to the official Facebook home of Civitan International, a worldwide nonprofit group established in 1917. There are over 40,000 Civitans in 49 countries around the world, all dedicated to serving their communities.
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There are over 40,000 Civitans in 38 countries around the world, all dedicated to serving their communities. On an international level, Civitan is devoted to improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Civitan's flagship program is the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the first institution of its kind in the United States to be solely dedicated to research of developmental disabilities.

Mission: The mission of Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

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We are Champions of Service across the globe - including in India, where three new clubs just held their charter ceremon...
10/21/2020

We are Champions of Service across the globe - including in India, where three new clubs just held their charter ceremonies. Welcome to the Civitan Family! Pictured here is the Dr. Kalam Civitan Club in Trivandrum, Kivala.

10/01/2020
Leaders

Happy New Year Civitans! For 2020 – 2021, our rallying word is LEADERS. There are so many ways we can lead throughout the coming year; leading the way in utilizing new technology for communication, leading in how we support our fellow club members, and most importantly, leading by serving our community as Champions of Service. We hope you will be a part of leading the way this year. To learn more about Civitan and how you can lead the way this year go to https://civitan.org/. https://vimeo.com/443124713

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09/30/2020
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Civitans have achieved so much this year, and we are so excited to see what the coming year holds for our clubs! https://vimeo.com/439085855

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The Civitan-Sparks Clinics have been providing evaluation and diagnostic services for developmental, behavioral, and gen...
09/29/2020

The Civitan-Sparks Clinics have been providing evaluation and diagnostic services for developmental, behavioral, and genetic disorders for over 45 years. In the last ten years alone, they have seen more than 25,000 patients. The clinics provide a variety of services for individuals with Autism, learning challenges, hearing loss, medical issues, behavior concerns, and more. To keep staff and patients safe, the Civitan-Sparks Clinic has been utilizing telehealth methods of service when possible. Civitan Clubs have also been making and donating masks for those who must be on-site.

Another achievement for Civitan this year was developing and executing the first Civitan Walk & Roll for Research event ...
09/28/2020

Another achievement for Civitan this year was developing and executing the first Civitan Walk & Roll for Research event held from August 31 – September 7, 2020. This event was held in conjunction with our virtual Breakthru Golf Benefit. For Walk & Roll, clubs held individual walks and fundraisers to support the Civitan International Research Center. While our Civitan Breakthru golfers fundraised and hit the links during the week to show their support. Clubs were able to make these fundraisers their own to better fit local safety guidelines as well as the needs of the club members. To date, both events together have raised over $150,000 and it is not too late to support an event near you! To make a donation to your favorite Civitan team go to www.civitanwalkandroll.com or www.civitanbreakthru.com.

The Civitan International Research Center is home to hundreds of brilliant scientists who work daily to develop better d...
09/27/2020

The Civitan International Research Center is home to hundreds of brilliant scientists who work daily to develop better diagnostic tactics, treatments that will prolong the quality and quantity of life, and cures. They are using groundbreaking techniques and developing catalogs of resources that will be used for years to come. To support the Civitan International Research Center go to https://civitan.org/civitans-at-the-helm/.

How we serve had to evolve this year due to Covid-19, but it did not deter Civitans in supporting their communities. Thi...
09/26/2020

How we serve had to evolve this year due to Covid-19, but it did not deter Civitans in supporting their communities. This year, Civitan created a one-of-kind service project that all clubs have had the opportunity to take part in called the Civitan Beach Bash. Clubs found creative ways to provide local residential agencies with an afternoon of games, food, activities, and fun. Each club made the project uniquely their own – some dressed up, some held donation drives, while others developed boredom buster kits with arts and crafts projects. Many clubs that participated have expressed hope that they will be able to grow the project next year, and maybe even see the residents safely face to face to be able to celebrate with them! To learn more about Civitan go to https://civitan.org/

This year Junior Civitan tackled two new events – the first ever All In Summit and a virtual convention. The All In Summ...
09/25/2020

This year Junior Civitan tackled two new events – the first ever All In Summit and a virtual convention. The All In Summit was held in Birmingham, Alabama this past February, with student leaders from all over the country coming together to take part in leadership training, fellowship, and service projects that benefitted many local non-profits. Over the course of the year, Junior Civitans from around the world raised over $100,000 to benefit the Civitan International Research Center. We are so proud that these students are a part of Civitan and cannot wait to see how they will go out and make the world a better place for everyone! To learn more about Junior Civitan check out https://juniorcivitan.org/

One of the “firsts” for many clubs and districts this year was attending and hosting virtual events. Throughout the spri...
09/24/2020

One of the “firsts” for many clubs and districts this year was attending and hosting virtual events. Throughout the spring, Civitan International hosted virtual club meetings that all Civitans could attend covering topics like mental health amidst a pandemic, how to continue serving safely from a distance, and how to host your own virtual meeting. Clubs and districts jumped at the chance, becoming Zoom experts! In July, Civitan hosted its first ever virtual convention with over 300 people in attendance. Highlights included hearing from CIRC Director, Dr. Craig Powell, and recognizing the Opelika Civitan Club for becoming our first “Beacon of Light” donors. To learn more about Civitan, go to https://civitan.org/

09/23/2020
Opening Philanthropy Video

Over the past 30 years, Civitans from around the world have been fundraising for our flagship project, the Civitan International Research Center. Our efforts have been meant to fulfill a pledge of $20 million dollars promised when the doors opened many years ago. This year, we will finally fulfill that promise and plan to continue raising funds to support research on a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities including Autism, epilepsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, Rhett syndrome and more. To support the work being done at the CIRC go to https://civitan.org/civitans-at-the-helm/. https://vimeo.com/443116821

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Civitan was founded in 1917. Over the past 103 years our organization has faced a variety of obstacles and adapted to an...
09/22/2020

Civitan was founded in 1917. Over the past 103 years our organization has faced a variety of obstacles and adapted to an ever-evolving world. Through everything, we have maintained the pillars upon which we were founded, service, knowledge, and fellowship. We experienced many firsts this year and know there are many more in the year to come. As we look to the future, we know there is more good work to be done and hope you will take part as a member of our storied organization. For more information on Civitan International, check out https://civitan.org/.

09/21/2020
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Civitans rallied behind the theme of “Achievers” for 2019 – 2020. Although our plans may have been derailed by everything happening in the world, our spirit was not dampened. We continued to serve as Champions of Service tackling each challenge thrown our way with our goal always to be builders of good citizenship. As we count down to the Civitan New Year on October 1, we want to look back at all that we have achieved this year. To learn more about Civitan, you can check out https://civitan.org/. Watch the video below to see highlights of some of our Civitan achievements from this year. https://vimeo.com/443501123

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Join us for the 1st Annual Civitan Walk & Roll for Research event!  Proceeds from this event support life-changing resea...
08/13/2020

Join us for the 1st Annual Civitan Walk & Roll for Research event! Proceeds from this event support life-changing research at the Civitan International Research Center. Register today at https://civitanwalkandroll.com.

Missed our virtual convention or want your fellow club members to view it too?  Recordings of all three sessions are now...
07/31/2020
2020 Convention Milwaukee | Civitan International

Missed our virtual convention or want your fellow club members to view it too? Recordings of all three sessions are now on our website. Check it out:

2020 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2020 Virtual Convention Events Civitan International will hold the 2020 Virtual Convention on July 23-25, 2020. This event is open to all Civitans to attend free of charge. The event will include a modified Opening Ceremony combined with the Business Session, a Philanth...

We are just a few hours away from the kick-off of the first-ever Civitan International Virtual Convention! TONIGHT at 6:...
07/23/2020

We are just a few hours away from the kick-off of the first-ever Civitan International Virtual Convention! TONIGHT at 6:00pm CDT join us for our Opening Ceremony & Business Session. Look forward to updates from our International President, EVP, Finance Committee, Junior Civitan President and European Division Director. Registered participants received Zoom invitation information by email this morning. If you are missing the email make sure it didn't filter into your spam folder first. If you still can't find it call the main office line 1-800-CIVITAN (248-4826) or email [email protected]. Registration will close for tonight at 5:15 PM CDT.

The July 2020 issue of the Civitan Magazine was released yesterday and features a full program for virtual convention yo...
07/16/2020

The July 2020 issue of the Civitan Magazine was released yesterday and features a full program for virtual convention you can print at home! Read the full issue on the Civitan website. https://civitan.org/magazine/

We are so excited to see the Beach Bash projects Civitan clubs are working on! This is a project that gives your club ro...
07/14/2020

We are so excited to see the Beach Bash projects Civitan clubs are working on! This is a project that gives your club room to be creative and adapt to fit the needs of your community.

Last week, Civitan International staff completed a unique version of the Beach Bash project. Several staff members delivered 29 Beach Bash Boxes to the residents of Glenwood, Inc. Although we were not able to have a party on site or interact directly with residents, we are glad to know that our project provided some summer time fun!

If your Civitan club needs help developing your own Beach Bash project email [email protected] for assistance. Be sure to join the Civitan International Members Facebook group for more tips on how to host a successful Beach Bash!

The Civitan Walk & Roll for Research event was created with impact - and social distancing - in mind - as we Civitans un...
06/27/2020

The Civitan Walk & Roll for Research event was created with impact - and social distancing - in mind - as we Civitans unite in our various communities for our cause.

Proceeds from this event support life-changing research at the Civitan International Research Center. Register today at https://civitanwalkandroll.com.

Plan to dress up for virtual closing ceremonies as we come together for a Celebration of Champions! Prior to this event,...
06/24/2020

Plan to dress up for virtual closing ceremonies as we come together for a Celebration of Champions! Prior to this event, we will help you get your “home banquet menu” prepared so we can all celebrate together from the comfort and safety of our homes! Included in this program we’ll present International Honor Keys and North American Awards (competitive club and district).

We’ll share a special thank-you to President Perkal, recognize our Governors and Governors-Elect, and hold the installation of President-Elect Frank Kelley. President-Elect Kelley will then take a few moments to address membership as we make plans for the coming year.

Register for virtual convention events by visiting: https://civitan.org/convention/

Congratulations to all of our graduating Junior Civitan International members! Do you know a graduating Junior Civitan? ...
06/16/2020

Congratulations to all of our graduating Junior Civitan International members!

Do you know a graduating Junior Civitan? Give them a shout out in the comments!

Congratulations to our graduating Junior Civitans! Tag a graduating Junior Civitan and let them know how proud you are of them for their accomplishments.

Graduating seniors, stay connected with the Junior Civitan family by joining the Junior Civitan Alumni group on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2318710954831395/?source_id=41118801976

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/63-6052990 and Amazon donates to Civi...
06/15/2020

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/63-6052990 and Amazon donates to Civitan International.

Amazon Smile is now available in the Amazon app too! Just go to your settings to turn on smile and choose Civitan International.

06/11/2020

We’re excited to announce the International Signature Service Project that will take place during the week of virtual convention events – the Civitan Beach Bash! Join fellow Civitans from around the world on July 25th by taking part in this special Champions of Service project.

Every year, several residents in various group homes take time to relax by going on vacation. However, due to COVID-19, many group homes have had to cancel their annual trips. By hosting a Civitan Beach Bash, you and your club can work together to bring the beach to them!

There are several different ways to carry out this project! Check out the full toolkit by visiting https://civitan.org/beachbash. Here you will find everything you need to get started.

Need a little help or have questions? Join us next Tuesday, June 16, on Zoom for a live Q&A with Civitan International staff. Links for the calls are available on the Civitan Beach Bash webpage.

Who's ready to party? Tune in tomorrow for the full reveal.
06/10/2020

Who's ready to party? Tune in tomorrow for the full reveal.

Our philanthropy session is one of the favorites of convention. This year’s virtual session will include a special treat...
06/09/2020

Our philanthropy session is one of the favorites of convention. This year’s virtual session will include a special treat from the Civitan International Research Center, a Q and A with Dr. Craig Powell, Director of the Civitan International Research Center, and the recognition of several philanthropic accomplishments including Fellows awards and the Candy Box program’s HOPE award.

Visit https://civitan.org/convention to register for virtual convention events today!

Join us in congratulating Civitan International Research Center researchers Dr. Farah Lubin and Dr. Matthew Alexander fo...
05/29/2020

Join us in congratulating Civitan International Research Center researchers Dr. Farah Lubin and Dr. Matthew Alexander for winning 2020 Dean's Excellency Awards. These awards were established by the School of Medicine at UAB to recognize significant contributions from both junior and senior faculty in a variety of areas.

Dr. Farah Lubin received a Diversity Award. Dr. Lubin's research focuses on investigating the molecular and genetic basis of learning, memory and its disorders. To learn more about Dr. Lubin's work, visit: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/news/latest/item/2143-lubin-named-2020-dean-s-excellence-award-winner-in-diversity

Dr. Matthew Alexander received a Research Award. Dr. Alexander is a CIRC researcher focusing on treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. To learn more about Dr. Alexander's work, visit: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/news/latest/item/2145-chatham-named-2020-deans-excellence-award-winner-in-service

Are you registered for convention virtual events? The Opening Ceremony and Business Session, which usually occur on the ...
05/27/2020

Are you registered for convention virtual events? The Opening Ceremony and Business Session, which usually occur on the first full day of convention, typically includes the latest updates on the organization’s mission, health, and future. This year’s virtual session will feature a report from President Patsy Perkal, a finance report, a report from the organization’s Executive Vice President, updates on the Junior Civitan and International programs, and a board round table where general membership can ask questions on any topic. Don't miss this Free virtual event. Visit https://civitan.org/convention to register today!

Some communities across North America are seeing restrictions lifted in regards to stay at home orders that were put in ...
05/22/2020

Some communities across North America are seeing restrictions lifted in regards to stay at home orders that were put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of that, we issue some considerations for club leaders as they make decisions to resume in-person meetings. Please find that information by clicking visiting https://civitan.org/hqupdates.

Overall, we urge club leaders and individual members to always adhere to guidelines provided by the Centers of Disease Control as well as abide by any restrictions in place by local governing and health authorities as they serve and gather in their communities.

Congratulations to this year's Shropshire Scholarship recipients!
05/19/2020

Congratulations to this year's Shropshire Scholarship recipients!

Congratulations to the fourteen Junior Civitans who have been awarded a Shropshire Scholarship for their hard work and dedication to their communities, to our organization, and to their studies throughout their time as Junior Civitans. Please join us in wishing them the best in all their endeavors.

The May 2020 issue of the Civitan Magazine came out last Friday! Read about some of the amazing projects Civitans are do...
05/18/2020

The May 2020 issue of the Civitan Magazine came out last Friday!

Read about some of the amazing projects Civitans are doing to support their communities during this time and how you can host a virtual meeting with your club to stay connected.

Read the full issue here: https://civitan.org/magazine/

The UAB Civitan Sparks Clinics need your help! The Civitan-Sparks Clinics is in need of masks for the children being see...
05/15/2020

The UAB Civitan Sparks Clinics need your help!

The Civitan-Sparks Clinics is in need of masks for the children being seen at the clinic and their families. Donations of bandanas or other face coverings, like no-sew t-shirt masks, are also being accepted.

Visit https://civitan.org/facemask to learn more

#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to come together to support the Civitan International Research Center in a way that...
05/05/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to come together to support the Civitan International Research Center in a way that allows for social connection while practicing social distancing. Like this special day of giving, the Walk & Roll for Research event will be a special moment in Civitan history where we will all be able to unite and share our Civitan spirit with the entire world!

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity that is open to every Civitan across the globe. Register today and make a gift to celebrate this momentous event and start your fundraising! Visit www.civitanwalkandroll.com today to get started.

We’re excited to announce the itinerary for the 2020 Virtual Convention. The event will include a modified Opening Cerem...
05/01/2020

We’re excited to announce the itinerary for the 2020 Virtual Convention. The event will include a modified Opening Ceremony combined with the Business Session, a Philanthropy Session, an International Signature Service Project, and conclude with a Celebration of Champions where we will honor International Honor Keys and North American Awards. President Perkal will address membership through a special thank-you on Saturday evening and we will install President-Elect Frank Kelley. Events will take place Thursday July 23rd through Saturday, July 25th. For more details and how to register, visit www.civitan.org/convention.

For updates to the Junior Civitan Convention, visit www.juniorcivitan.org/convention.

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