As we get ready to start a new school year and another exciting year of service through our Junior Civitan Clubs, we wanted to share all the fun things that happened at the 2017 Junior Civitan International Convention in Birmingham, AL June 24-27, 2017.
It was a weekend of fun, learning, friendships and celebrating our accomplishments.
We spent our first afternoon, meeting the candidates running for 2017-2018 Junior Civitan International Board of Director Positions, including our very own Chesapeake Governor, Anushe Ashraf; keep in mind, there are only three (3) Director Positions and we had six (6) candidates--exciting!
We learned about and took the pledge for the International Social Cause Awareness Campaign, "Spread the Word to End the Word", and we became Creed Club members.
After we met the candidates, we had a little time to relax.
That evening, we attended the first-ever combined (adult) Civitan and Junior Civitan Opening Ceremonies Celebrating Civitan's Centennial! The Flags represent the Countries of Civitan Clubs in attendance. Did you know Civitan has Clubs in over 47 Countries?
Duane Capps, Civitan International President and Cambron Bice, Junior Civitan International President, ring the respective bells to call the Convention(s) to order. Shropshire Scholarships were presented to 16 Junior Civitans, including our 2016-2017 Chesapeake Governor and International Director, Eowyn Pak.
We ended the night with a Dance Party dressed as our favorite Dr. Seuss Characters.
The morning was filled with Workshops, Club Officer and District Officer Training
We enjoyed a group lunch with our district to share all the ideas we learned in the morning.
Chessie, (our district mascot) joined us; he was very excited about all the creative ideas flowing and can't wait to see how we put them into action in our clubs this year!.
Day 2, Afternoon
We listened to campaign speeches from the candidates running for International Office. Such an impressive group of young leaders!
Day 2, Evening
We joined the (adult) Civitans for a fun Block Party with Carnival games and Food Trucks.
Day 3, Morning
International Business Session: Chesapeake's delegation represented 8 our of our 11 clubs.
We voted on a By Law Amendment and voted for our 2017-2018 International Officers.... and the winners are????
Also, during the Business Session, Pins, Certificates and Patches were presented for the following:
NEW CREED CLUB MEMBERS
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS PROJECTs
SOCIAL CAUSE AWARENESS Campaings
HONOR CLUB OF DISTINCTION
Philanthropy and Fellows Programs
Day 3, Afternoon:
We visited the Civitan International Reserach Center and the new Civitan Neuroimaging Lab; both are dedicated to research for intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Both Sno Do and Dance a Thon fundraising money is donated to research performed at these centers.