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Builders of Good Citizenship

2020 Highlights

January 31 Deadline for Shropshire and District scholarship applications
February 1-7 Clergy Appreciation Week
April is Civitan Awareness Month
May 16 District meeting - Online via Zoom
July 23-25 Civitan International Convention Online via Zoom
September 18-20 SC District Convention - Hilton Head Island
December 1 Deadline for Honor club and International awards
December District meeting - West Columbia

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.

South Carolina District Convention

Fountain Park

September 20-22, 2019

Rock Hill

The SC District Civitan Convention will be held this year September 20 - 22, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rock Hill, South Carolina. A special rate of $119 has been negotiated with the hotel for this event but can only be honored by using the link below for the reservation. The rate will include breakfast. Click here to book your room on the hotel website.

Columbia wins Governor's Trophy

Columbia Club take home the Governor's Trophy!

The registration fee for the Convention is $75 per person which includes the banquet Saturday night. Banquet tickets only are $50 per person. Please send your registraion information to the District Treasurer by September 10, 2019. Please make checks payable to South Carolina District Civitan.
The mailing address is
South Carolina District Civitan
139 Lincoln Inn Road
Columbia, SC 29169-5102

Please read the Palmetto Civigram for all the details for the weekend.

We will be collecting donations for Safe Passage in Rock Hill during the convention. Safe Passage provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in York, Chester, Lancaster and Union Counties. Please bring your donations and help those in our host city. Here's a list of items that are needed.

  • Cleaning Supplies (cleansers, cloths, etc.)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • New Bath and Kitchen Towels
  • New socks, shoes, clothing
  • Toilet Paper/Paper Towels
  • Diapers
  • Baby Supplies
  • Children's toys
  • Child-friendly DVDs

Agenda Highlights

Friday, September 20
1:00 Board of Directors meeting
3:00 Business Session 1
5:00 Free time for dinner
Saturday, September 21
7:45 Breakfast
9:00 Business Session 2
12:15 Free afternoon
6:00 Governor's reception
6:30 Banquet & Officer Installation
Sunday, September 22
7:30 PIGs breakfast
8:45 Devotion
9:15 2019/20 Vision presentation
9:30 Board of Directors meeting
2019 Convention 2018-19 theme Champions of Service

Reviewing the 2018 District Convention

Greenville Civitan Club wins Governor's Trophy

Greenville Club wins Governor's Trophy

Other awards include Civitan of the Year to Mike Taylor, Honor Key to Wanda Flathers, Otis Jeffcoat Award to Anna Smith and John Doudoukjian Lifetime Achievement Award to Steve Doudoukjian.

2018 Otis Jeffcoat Award Greenville hosts 2018 convention

The convention was held August 24-26, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville. Our special guest was Civitan International Executive Vice-President Scarlet Thompson.

The fun began Friday afternoon at the first "business" session and continued with music, food and adventure on Greenvill'e Main Street. During business sessions on Saturday Misty Komow was elected Governor-elect for 2018-19. At the closing banquet Gary Finley was installed as 2018-19 Govenor of the District.

Lura Boggs

Lura Sperry Boggs, April 20, 1945 - March 3, 2018

A look back at 2017 Convention

South Carolina District Convention

September 29-30, 2017

Columbia Civitan Club wins Governor's Trophy

Columbia Club wins Governor's Trophy

Other awards include Civitan of the Year to Kevin Davidson, Honor Key to Sevi Rendaris, Otis Jeffcoat Award to Misty Konow and John Doudoukjian Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike Taylor.

Mike Taylor presented John Doudoukjian Lifetime Achievement Award

Harbor Town Lighthouse.

Harbour Town

The convention was held September 29-30, 2017 at the Beach House Holiday Inn Resort located at 1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. Postponed by hurricane Irma, Civitans' patience was rewarded with a great weekend. The Civitan room rate was $159 per night plus taxes and fees. Registration fee for the full convention was $75.00. Banquet tickets only are $49.

100th Anniversary

Our special guest was Civitan International President Duane Capps.

The fun began Friday afternoon at the first "business" sessionand continued with a happy hour, sunset cruise Friday evening. The theme for the convention was "Island Life". Hilton Head is perhaps the best example of great island life. From wildlife to nightlife you'll find it all on Hilton Head Island. For the banquet on Saturday Civitans dressed in the style of their island of choice. Anything from the Hawaiian Islands, a favorite caribbean island to Gilligan's Island, Treasure Island or even Manhattan Island. Read all the details in the latest Palmetto Civigram.

Salty Dog Happy Hour cruise boat will sail Friday, September 29 at 6:00 and cruise around Calibogue Sound. The boat is a 63 foot powered catamaran with upper and lower decks, and a full bar that serves your favorite beverages plus an island inspired food menu.

The boat is docked at 232 South Sea Pines Drive, just a few miles from the convention hotel. Click here to learn more about the Salty Dog boat.

For more information about the hotel and area visit Beach House pool

We are the Key

A look back at 2016 Convention

The 2016 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.

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 Palmetto Civitan Club

Civitan International, South Carolina District Governor Douglas W. McKenzie and Columbia Civitan Club President Steve H. Cox are happy to announce a new club for men and women::

Palmetto Civitan Club

Charter Number 4178

Charter Date: June 20, 2017

Celebration: July 18, 2017

Mediterranean Cafe
327 West Main Street
Lexington, South Carolina 29072
6:30 PM

Scarlet Thompson installs Charter 


Scarlet Thompson installs Charter Officers

Palmetto Civitan Club Charter

Governor-elect Belita Broadus presents Charter to Emily Wright

Please send congratulatory messages and donations to:

Emily Wright, MST, President
Palmetto Civitan Club
331 Cedar Road
Lexington, South Carolina 29073

The Columbia Civitan Club is sponsoring the new club. The Club Builder is Emily Wright and the Certified Club Builders are Bill Tolleson, Steve H. Cox, James L. Stiver and Archie G. Moore.

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
139 Lincoln Inn Road
Columbia, SC 29212

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