WHO WE ARE?
The Junior Civitan International organization is actually a program of Civitan international. It is designed to encourage young people in middle and high schools to become aware citizens and develop as leaders of tomorrow. There are three elements of junior Civitans: service which is the projects worked on by Junior Civitans, knowledge which is the personal and leadership development that is cultivated in members, and fellowship which is the relationships developed beyond the member’s immediate friends. The year runs from July 1 to June 30 to coincide with school calendars.
There are five clubs in Ohio and West Virginia: George Washington, Harding, Jackson, John Adams and Parkersburg. We are looking to grow in clubs!!
We are one of 26 districts in 7 countries around the world with a total membership of over 10,000 young people in middle and high schools all with the goal to “make the world a better place”.
HOW IS JUNIOR CIVITAN LIKE THE CIVITAN ORGANIZATION?
CLUBS: clubs have officers like Civitans. Meetings are usually held twice per month to review and plan projects. School clubs meet at school and community clubs in other locations. Club members pay dues once per year (minimum dues are $12 to international/$2 to district). Membership changes every year since it is a dynamic organization with members reaching the age of 18 and graduating. Each club must have an advisor (adult) and be sponsored by a Civitan club. School clubs require that at least one advisor be a school employee. Community clubs require advisor to be a Civitan.
DISTRICT: district has a board like Civitans with the exception of having a deputy governor vs. a governor elect and lt. Governors. The deputy governor is like a vice president in a club and the lt. Governors are the like the area directors for Civitans. The district holds a minimum of two meetings per year. A fall meeting is usually held in October and the convention is held in the spring. The district also sets up district projects for clubs to participate in during the year.
INTERNATIONAL: is set up like Civitans. There is an international board that is elected at the annual junior Civitan international convention. This convention is one that all Junior Civitans are encouraged to attend since there are leadership and personal development workshops as well as the networking that goes on among the delegates. This is usually held in the USA since the majority of districts are located in North America. The 2015 convention is not finalized yet but it may be in Florida that will be held in June which is the end of the Junior Civitan year. The registration is $225-235 per delegate and includes all workshops, activities, some meals and hotel rooms (4 per room mandatory).
WHAT DO JUNIOR CIVITANS DO FOR PROJECTS?
Like Civitans, Junior Civitans plan club projects based on the needs in their community. However, they are also asked to participate in several International projects each year. These include:
Collection Selection: clubs are asked to collect something that is needed in their community and donate it. Some of the items that have been collected include clothes, DVDs for troops, personal care items for homeless, food for needy, school supplies for needy children, food for animal shelters, the list goes on and on.
Social Cause Awareness: clubs are asked to run a campaign to raise awareness about a social issue that can affect people. For example, some issues campaigned include bullying, cancer awareness, homelessness, drugs/alcohol/tobacco, the need for good nutrition, teen suicide awareness, seat belt usage, to name a few.
Environmental Awareness: clubs are asked to have a hands-on project or campaign to raise awareness about our environment. Past projects include planting trees, cleaning parks and roads, recycling, etc.
Support of Civitan International Research Center: each year two major fundraisers are held. In 2014, over $75,000 was raised for the CIRC. The Governor is asked to raise money through Sno-Do where they will drive a snow-mobile for 3 hours for the donations they receive. Dance-a-Thon is a fund-raiser where the District PRC represents the district and club members can also participate. In exchange for the donations, the participants dance for 12 hours.
Club projects: Junior Civitans put in hundreds of hours in service work each year working on projects in their community, as well as joint projects with their sponsoring Civitan Club (Civitans love their energy!). Projects help so many and range from the young to the old, to the challenged, and everyone in between. Examples are working school carnivals, making cards for troops and others, visiting and putting on events at nursing homes, working with animal shelters, holding parties for the challenged, putting on dinners for the elderly, working at water stations in races, helping at Civitan fund-raisers. The list never ends – whatever is needed is done.
District Projects: there are also projects that the district asks clubs to do each year. Cash for Trash is an ongoing project where clubs collect can tabs for Ronald McDonald House and used ink cartridges for the Children’s Therapy Clinic. This year they are also collecting stuffed animals to give to their local fire stations to give to children who are in accidents and fires.
Check out the website of Junior Civitans at www.juniorcivitan.org for more info on Junior Civitans. For district info, you can contact the co-chairs: Jeanne Jarrett, 304-344-9029304-344-9029, email@example.com or Cheri Tolly, 419-989-2002419-989-2002, firstname.lastname@example.org
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