HOUSTON – The Houston PLUS Civitan Club is headed into the summer season of service and is urging the community help them help others in Chickasaw County.
“We’ve got our fishing rodeo with the local bass club set for June that is also a community service project for kids and we are selling onions as part of our current fundraiser,” said Scott Murphree, of the Houston PLUS Civitan Club. “Civitan is all about serving others and helping people in our community.”
The Houston Plus Civitan Club chartered on Sept. 25, 2012 at a ceremony the Houston Civic Center.
Since that time the club has become the sponsor of the Houston Christmas Parade, offers Elder Check for senior citizens, adopts children at Christmas, adopted a two-mile stretch of highway for litter control and hosts a variety of fundraisers. The club has asked the Chickasaw Development Foundation if it can sponsor the Saturday morning pancake breakfast at the Flywheel Festival.
“A lot of people invested a lot of time and effort to get this club up and going and we are proud of what we have accomplished,” said Murphree. “There are a lot of needs in this community and we do what we can to help others.”
The local club picks its own theme, projects and fundraisers. Meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of each month at the cafeteria of Floy Dyer Manor and last one hour.
“We are always looking for new members and want people who want to serve,” said Murphree. “We have members from all walks of life, all ages and all professions. It really is a great organization.”
The club’s motto is “Builders of Good Citizens.”
Civitan was active in Houston from 1958 to 1978, but disbanded.
“Tupelo once had the largest Civitan Club in the world and the Houston club was the second largest in the state,” said Peggy Goode, a West Point Civitan who helped organize the Houston club. “Tupelo still has several clubs that are very active.”
Civitan have been helping people since the organization’s founding in 1917, by a group of businessmen determined to make a difference in their community.
In the 1950’s, Civitan adopted a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. That theme is still a major focus of the national organization.
But Civitans also help wherever the need arises – from collecting food for a homeless shelter, to volunteering at their local retirement home, to building a playground for children with disabilities.
There are Civitan Clubs in West Point, Starkville, Columbus, Tupelo, Nettleton, Batesville, New Albany and Pontotoc.
Anyone wanting to join the Houston-PLUS Civitan Club can contact Murphree at 456-6859.