Crestview Civitan Club sets Thursday charter ceremony

Crestview Civitan Club

Crestview Civitan Club builder Chuck Rice, Treasurer Brian Spicer, President Gloria Jones, club builder Jim Smith, current Alabama West-Florida Civitan District Governor Jacque Hawkins and club director Joe Faulk represent the Crestview Civitan Club during a recent club meeting.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 18:26 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The newly formed Crestview Civitan Club will kick things off with a charter ceremony on Thursday at Coach-N-Four Steakhouse. The ceremony will feature the installation of club officers including President Gloria Jones, President-elect LuAnne Ellison and Treasurer Brian Spicer.

The local club will become part of Civitan International and will belong to the Alabama-West Florida Civitan District. Jacque Hawkins, the district’s 2012-2013 governor, said the club aims "to build good citizenship."

“Civitan’s purpose is to serve the community," she said, adding that the group meets human needs — particularly for developmentally disabled residents — unmet by other organizations or individuals’ efforts.

The club’s 20 members want to assist in any way possible, whether that means funding a wheelchair ramp’s construction or donating clothing, Jones said.

In addition, members plan to award a $1,000 John Simpson Memorial Scholarship to an outstanding junior or senior student in the Crestview area.

Simpson was a longtime member and contributor to the district’s Hilltop Civitan Club. The scholarship comes from his dream to recognize young people who display high morals and practice good citizenship.

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