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.


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.


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.






Civitan International
Civitan International
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
Civitan International
Civitan International
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!
Civitan International
Civitan International
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.
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