Chessie Chessie Chesapeake junior civitan district newsletter - The 2020 Quarantine and end of school issue

May 2020

Hi Junior Civitans! Hope you all are staying safe.

This year with COVID-19 and schools closed we know that electing next years officers might be a challenge. We still urge you to come up with a creative way to elect your officers while social distancing before the end of the year so that you are able to get off the ground running at the beginning of next school year. Some suggestions on electing officers would be to hold a Zoom or Google Meet where speeches can be given and use a google form to conduct ballot voting. I personally was able to do this at my own club and it was very successful. Remember to let your Lt. Governor, District Chair Ms. Carmen, Junior Civitan International and me know who next years officers are. Good Luck.

I encourage you to work on service projects during Quarantine and over the summer. In this issue, District Secretary Alize and District Sergeant at Arms Oliva share some great project ideas to do independently or in small groups while social distancing.

It has been a pleasure to serve as your 2019-2020 Chesapeake District Governor. I wish all our graduating seniors best of luck in your next chapter and I look forward to seeing our Chesapeake Junior Civitans continue to "Make the World a Better Place!" - District Governor Deven Desai

2020 Junior Civitan International Convention Updates:

In lieu of this year’s international convention, Junior Civitan International is proud to host “Champions of Service: Celebration”– a virtual compilation of some of our favorite convention traditions. These events will be free of charge* and open to all Junior Civitan members!

*All participants for Dance-a-thon: Virtual Prom are required to raise the $50.00 fundraising minimum.

Registration is free and links to register for individual events can be found below.

Celebration Schedule and Registration Links:

The Celebration | Monday, June 22 at 7:00 PM EST

Register Here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIudeChqDwiGtT1tu_iCF2OOL9cgGoNF2gw

Join us as we wrap up and celebrate the 2019-2020 Junior Civitan year in a way never done before! This event will include a message from outgoing International President Victoria Bailey, the highly anticipated announcement of our international awards recipients through a fun program titled–The Civis, and a salute to the service that YOU our Junior Civitans have provided your communities this year.*

*Want your club’s service projects to be included in the program? Submit it here: https://forms.gle/d3AvF7CkBETW3rDs8.

Looking Ahead | Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM EST

Register Here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tcOuorTkiH92HEt6dgSKlqA3jQL33ea3i

Wednesday will be all about looking ahead to the 2020-2021 year. Whether you’re a returning Junior Civitan or a graduating senior, this program will have something beneficial for you! Your new Junior Civitan International Board will be announced and inducted, we’ll showcase our incoming district governors, and unveil the plans for a brand new officer and leadership training program that will launch during the 2020-2021 year. You’ll get the exclusive first look of one of our new leadership training sessions by hearing from a Career Panel of experienced professionals and learn more about their career paths and what led them to where they are today.

Dance-a-thon: Virtual Prom | Friday, June 26 at 7:00 PM EST

Join Team Chesapeake : https://secure2.convio.net/civint/site/TR pg=teamlist&fr_id=1081

Fundraising Minimum: $50.00 USD (talk to Ms. Carmen if you need help fundraising the minimum)

Don’t miss this year’s unique spin of a Junior Civitan tradition, Dance-a-thon: Virtual Prom! A link to join Dance-a-thon: Virtual Prom will be sent to all participants just before the event, make sure to join our team to get the link.

Learn more here: https://www.mediafire.com/file/b3valxqg8wjnsn8/Junior_Civitan_Dance-a-thon_Virtual_Prom.pdf/file

Projects to do at home and over the summer

Hey everyone, Olivia and Mia here! We hope you all are doing well during these challenging and uncertain times. We came up with a list of service projects you all can engage in within the comfort of your own home! Stay safe and stay home!

You can write letters or cards for veterans and military personnel through organizations such as Operation Gratitude, https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual/write-letters-virtual/, and the Red Cross, https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/holidays-for-heroes.html,

You can write letters and cards to your local doctors and hospital staff which can be delivered to hospitals later,

You can make paracord bracelets for our Troops and First Responders which can be used to save lives in certain situations. This can also be done through Operation Gratitude, https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual/paracord-bracelets-virtual/,

You can make blankets for critically ill and traumatized children, these blankets can brighten up a child's day by providing warmth and color. These blankets can be made through Project Linus, https://www.projectlinus.org,

You all may also do online volunteering, https://www.operationwarm.org/blog/25-volunteer-jobs-to-do-from-home/.

To Do Before The End of School

We realize not meeting in person at school has been a challenge for everyone. However, there are still some things you can do to make sure your club ends the year successfully and is ready to start next year off strong.

Hold Elections for 2020-2021 Club Officers

As Governor Deven mentioned, your club can hold elections over Zoom or Google Meet. Electing Officers now will give your club an opportunity to organize over the Summer, and will help our District Board and Junior Civitan International share important information with you so you can start next year strong.

Once you hold your elections, fill out the Officer Report Form http://www.chesapeakejuniorcivitan.org/uploads/1/0/8/5/108575907/club-officer-report.pdf

Email to District Chair, Ms. Carmen at ChesapeakeJrCivitan@gmail.com

Apply for FCIDD New Member Grants

For every new member in your club this year, you are eligible to apply for a $50 FCIDD Grant to be used toward your club's donation to All In Summit and Dance A Thon to support research of intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Civitan International Research Center.

You can also use the grants toward 2021 Junior Civitan International Convention Registration.


  • New member this year
  • Club, District and International dues paid
  • Attended an Induction Ceremony
  • Completed Membership Application on file
  • Attended 4 meetings and/or service projects

How to Apply:

  • Review the Grant Process document
  • Complete an FCIDD New Member Grant Certification Form for each New Member
  • Complete a Grant Application
  • Contact Ms. Carmen for help

All Documents can be found on our district website, under Resources or click the buttons below.


Apply before May 31st

Apply for Honor Club

Receive recognition at the International Level for all of your club's accomplishments this year.

Simply fill out the Honor Club Form and submit to Ms. Carmen before May 31st.

Forms can be found on our District and International websites or click this button.

District Convention: Rewind

The 2020 Chesapeake District Convention was a huge success! On March 29th, we held our Convention on Zoom. Over 50 people attended including Chesapeake District Junior Civitans from 7 of our 9 clubs, Club Advisors, Sponsor Club Liaisons, Junior Civitan International President Victoria Bailey, International Directors Rachel Stripp and Ethan Jeffus and our Chesapeake Civitan Governor Bill Malone and Governor Elect Ginger Malone.

We elected our 2020-2021 District Board of Directors; we celebrated our District Award Winners we had a guest speaker from Project Linus, we finished off the 2020 Convention with a competitive Kahoot game with everyone.

Reminder 1st and some 2nd place winners can submit for International Recognition. If eligible, you should have received instructions in an email. SUBMISSION ARE DUE BY JUNE 1!


We'd like to Thank our 2019-2020 District Board of Directors, Club Officers and Club Advisors for serving our clubs, district and communities in an effort to "Make the World a Better Place".

Best wishes to all our graduating Junior Civitans. We can't wait to see all you accomplish!

Don't forget to register and attend Junior Civitan's Celebration of Service and Dance A Thon Events June 22nd, 24th and 26th!!


Have a great summer!


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