A GLOBAL IMPACT

Civitan International is a global organization impacting lives at the grass roots level through local service clubs. Members of Civitan share a Servant’s Heart and a desire to create positive change for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

A CENTURY OF SERVICE

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 1917, Civitan expanded rapidly into a global force for change. The message of good citizenship rooted in compassion, service, and respect for people in need is just as important today as it was on our first day more than a century ago.

A FOCUS ON RESEARCH

The Civitan International Research Center is the flagship program of Civitan International. Deeply rooted in the core mission of Civitan—serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities—the CIRC conducts cutting edge research in brain-related issues such as autism, rett syndrome, down syndrome and many others. Civitan International is the only service organization dedicated to these issues which affect one in six people worldwide.

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Civitan International2 days ago
Everybody loves a parade, as the saying goes. As towns big and small enter Christmas Parade season, does your club participate? If your town has a parade, do you build a float, walk, serve refreshments or focus on other projects instead?

We'd love to hear your favorite projects for this time of year. Tell us about them in the comments below.
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Civitan International3 days ago
Today's #ThrowbackThursday post is a local news story from Gastonia, NC from last year. It shares the story and photos from the wedding of Past International President Francis Essic to his wife, Mary Lou, at home plate between games at a baseball doubleheader. He played for the Mount Airy Graniteers at the time.

The date is wrong in the story, they were married on July 4, 1947 (her birthday), but we thought it would be an appropriate memory to share. Francis Essic passed away overnight last night.

https://www.gastongazette.com/entertainment/20170708/love-stories-ballpark-wedding-70-years-ago
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Past International President Francis Essic, who passed away overnight. Essic served as International President in 1967-68 and has the distinction of being the youngest person elected to lead the organization. He first joined the Welcome Civitan Club in 1954.

According to another Past International President, Francis Essic led the efforts to update our Civitan Creed twice and was so highly regarded by fellow Civitans he was asked to install 19 subsequent International Presidents.

Essic's theme was "Go!" and he was aware of how technology would play a role in changing the way Civitans would need to adapt to continue to effectively spread our message of good citizenship.

"No longer can we simply be citizens of a precinct, county, city or state because of the shrinking of world borders made possible through more rapid com­munication and transportation. We must be citizens of the world."

Thank you Francis Essic for your service to Civitan.
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Today's #ThrowbackThursday post is a local news story from Gastonia, NC posted last year. It shares the story and photos from the wedding of Past International President Francis... https://t.co/HLcRtGSmyF
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Past International President Francis Essic, who passed away overnight. Essic served as International President in 1967-68 and has the distinction of being... https://t.co/T9qaLZAlfB
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