South Carolina Civitan

South Carolina Civitan Calendar

Builders of Good Citizenship


January 31 Deadline for Shropshire and District scholarship applications
February 1-8 Clergy Appreciation Week
February 4 Junior Civitan winter service project
March 10-12 Junior Civitan Dance-a-thon, Myrtle Beach
April is Civitan Awareness Month
April 7 Palmetto Civigram article deadline
May 5-7 SC Junior Civitan District convention
May 13 District meeting - Columbia
June 24-27 Civitan International Convention and Centenial Celebration, Birmingham
September8-10 SC District Convention - Location to be announced

Civitan is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities. Civitans help wherever needed and each club determines the best activities to serve others in the community. Activities range from collecting food for homeless shelters, to volunteering at local festivals, to building a playground for children with disabilities, supporting Special Olympic athletes and coaches, and supporting research to cure autism and other developmental disabilities.

The South Carolina District is composed of clubs within the state. As a District we work together to build good citizenship and help our neighbors both in South Carolina and around the world.

Spring District Meeting May 13 in Columbia

Our District Wide Meeting is May 13 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. Look for the registration form in the April Palmetto Civigram.

9:00 am Registration
9:30 Welcome
10:00 Civitan Research Center, Jr Civitan update & other reports
Special Guest Region II Director, Lana Suggs
Noon Lunch
12:45 pm Scholarship presentations, Awards and Club Builders Jacket presentations
3:00 Adjorn
3:15 pm District Board meeting

South Carolina District Convention

Thanks to all that attended. See you at the December 3 meeting

The District Convention was held August 26-28 at the Hilton Garden Inn Harbison in Columbia. Our special guest was Civitan International President Debbie Juhlke from Round Rock, Texas. Other guests included Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Special Olympian, Ashley Workman, Jen Thompson from Lighthouse for Life and International Director Lura Boggs.

South Carolina Civitan Governor's Trophy

Greenville wins Governor's Trophy

Other awards presented were the Otis Jeffcoat Award to Sam Bennett and the John Doudoukjian Lifetime Achievement Award to Johnnie Jerman. James McIlrath was awarded a District Honor Key and Club builders of the new Lancaster and Mauldin Clubs were recognized. Doug McKenzie was installed as the 2016-17 District Governor and Belita Broadus as Governor-elect. Read all the details in the latest Palmetto Civigram.

View the facebook event page.

We are the Key

100th Anniversary

First Civitan Convention

The first Civitan International Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, 1921.

In 1917, a group of business and professional leaders were meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, as a part of a national civic club. They were concerned about their community and world, but they thought that the club focused too much on personal gain. These men wanted to make a difference, and they believed that their actions could help build a better world.

Giving up the charter they had purchased, they set out to make a more suitable club. On March 17, 1917, these men formed a new service organization, Civitan, coined from the Latin word civitas, meaning, citizenship. Builders of Good Citizenship was a natural motto for the civic-minded group and the club grew rapidly in Birmingham.

Why I am Civitan

Members believed good citizenship and the Golden Rule were universal truths and set a goal to expand and in 1920 incorporated the International Association of Civitan Clubs. Civitan Clubs were formed in other cities and Greenville became the first club chartered in South Carolina.

In 1921 the first International Convention was held in Birmingham. Dr. Courtney Shropshire was elected the first International President and the Birmingham Club became known as the Mother Club of Civitan.

Today Civitan has spread to 49 countries around the world and the Civitan ideal of good citizenship, born a century ago, has become a global call for peace, guidance, progress, and unity.

In addition to this centennial celebration, the Civitan International Research Center, solely dedicated to research of developmental disabilities was dedicated 25 years ago in Birmingham. Civitans will again gather in Birmingham this June to celebrate this centennial occasion. Click here for more information on Civitan's Centennial Celebration.

Announcing Foothills Civitan Club

Civitan International, South Carolina District Governor Douglas W. McKenzie and Spartanburg Civitan Club President Gary Finley are happy to announce a new club for men and women:

Foothills Civitan Club

Charter Number 4155

Charter Date: November 30, 2016
Celebration: December 12, 2016
The Starving Artist Cafe
114 NW Main Street
Easley, South Carolina 29640
6:00 PM
Cost: $25.00

Please plan to send representatives to the charter ceremonies or send congratulatory messages and donations to:
Sara Trinkl, President
Foothills Civitan Club
118 Auston Woods Circle, Apt. I
Easley, South Carolina 29640
Make reservations with Lura S. Boggs, MST, by writing her at P.O. Box 31233, Greenville, South Carolina 29608 or phone her at (R) (864) 558-1240, (C) (864) 385-8979 or email her at
The Spartanburg Civitan Club is sponsoring the new club. The Certified Club Builders are Patsy Finley, MST, Gary Finley, Debra Hiller and Lura S. Boggs, MST.


For more information

South Carolina District Civitan
P. O. Box 31233
Greenville, SC 29608

Past events

Calendar archive


February 1-8 Clergy Appreciation Week
March 11-14 Junior Civitan Dance-a-thon, Myrtle Beach
April Civitan Awareness Month
April 29- May 1 Junior Civitan District Convention, Myrtle Beach
May 14 District meeting, Columbia
June 9 Mauldin Civitan Charter Night, The Seasons Cafe, Greenville
June 23-26 Junior Civitan International Convention
July 12-16 Civitan International Convention, Norfolk
August 2 Civigram article deadline
August 26-28 SC District Convention, Hilton Garden Inn Harbison, Columbia
September 17 Junior Civitan Club Officer and Advisor Training
October 29 Palmetto Civigram article deadline
November 18-20 Junior Civitan Fun-Fest
December 1 Deadline for Honor Club and International award applications
December 3 District Meeting
December 12 Foothills Club Charter Celebration


January 16-17  Governor-elect Academy

January 23  Junior Civitan Sno-Do

January 31  District wide meeting, McGregor Presbyterian Church, Columbia

January 31  Deadline for SC District & Shropshire Scholarship applications (postmark)

February 1-7  Clergy Appreciation Week

February 7  Myrtle Beach Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

February 26-28  Governor's update meeting, St. Louis

March 6-9  Junior Civitan Dance-a-Thon, Myrtle Beach

April 22  Deadline for Civigram articles submission

May 8-10 Special Olympics Summer Games

May 30  District wide meeting, McGregor Presbyterian Church, Columbia

June 1  Club Officer Elections for 2015-16 completed

July 11-15  95th Civitan International Convention, St. Louis, MO

August 1  Deadline for Civigram articles submission

September 12-14  South Carolina District Convention, Rock Hill 

September 19 Junior Civitan Club Officer & Advisor Training, Dutch Fork High School
October 31 Civigram article deadline
November 6-8 Junior Civitan Fun-Fest, Charleston
December 5 District meeting Columbia

JANUARY 10 Articles and Pictures due to Frank for Winter Civigram
JANUARY 17 - 22 Governor-Elect Academy in Birmingham
JANUARY 24 Winter Civigrams Emailed and Mailed
JANUARY 24 – 27 Junior Civitan Sno Do
JANUARY 31 Postmark Deadline for Shropshire Scholarship Applications
FEBRUARY 1 Junior Civitan District Meeting & Winter Service Project In Columbia
FEBRUARY 1 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Myrtle Beach
FEBRUARY 2 – 8 Clergy Appreciation Week
FEB 27 – MAR 1 Governors Update Meeting in Birmingham
MARCH 7 – 11 Junior Civitan International Dance-A-Thon, MYRTLE BEACH, SC
MARCH 8 - Winter District Meeting, Myrtle Beach
MARCH 24 Deadline: Adds & Deletes for April Dues Billings
APRIL Civitan Awareness Month
APRIL 5 Articles and Pictures due to Frank for Spring Civigram
APRIL 19 Spring Civigrams Emailed and Mailed
MAY 2 – 4 Junior Civitan District Convention in Myrtle Beach
MAY 17 Spring District Meeting in Columbia
JUNE 26 – 29 Junior Civitan International Convention (TENTATIVE)
JULY 19 Articles and Pictures due to Frank of Summer Civigram
AUGUST 2 Summer Civigrams Emailed and Mailed
AUGUST 11 - 16 94th Annual Civitan International Convention Cruise
SEPTEMBER 19-21: S. C. District Convention in Charleston
SEPTEMBER 24 Deadline: Adds & Deletes for October Dues Billing