The Gate City Civitan Club was chartered in 1946. Over the years the club has provided a variety of community service to Gate City and to Scott County, helping anyone who has a legitimate need and cannot help themselves. Emphasis has always been on serving our youth in an effort to become " builders of good citizenship."

The club meets each Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at The Jackson Street Diner.

Listed below are a few of the projects we support on an annual and on an " as need " basis as well as some of our fund raisers used to support these and other projects.


Civitan International Research Center for the prevention and cure of handicap causing diseases.

Sponsor Junior Civitan Clubs: Rye Cove, Twin Springs, Gate City high and Gate City middle school.

Support the Drug Abuse Resistance Program ( D. A. R. E. )

Civitan Internationals' "Clergy Night" honoring area clergy for their contributions to Scott County.

Old time Fiddlers convention.

CIVITAN playground at Grogan Park.

Support Boy Scouts of America.

Sponsor a Little League Baseball team. Civitan is the only continuous sponsor left in the league.

Provide financial support to County Special Education Classes for Christmas parties and gifts.

Annual cash contribution to the Gate City High School Band.

Gate City High School band uniforms since 1946.

Band instruments for needy students in all county schools.

American flags for the town of Gate City.

Appalachian District Scholarship Program (ASAP) for mentally or physically challenged students.

Support the efforts of Children's Miracle Network.

Assist in Junior Civitan Projects (Sno-Do and Dance-a-Thon), which support the Research Center.

Provided banner poles for the revitalization project in the town of Gate City.

Provide "Good Citizenship Awards" to winning seniors of all three county high schools.

Annual "Coaches Night" honoring the coaching staff of Gate City High School.

Major Fund Raisers:

Football Programs (advertising).

Peanut sales.

Candy boxes.

Claxton Fruit Cake sales.

Football Program sales.

Individual Donations and Special Fund Raisers.


The Gate City Civitan Club is a member of the Appalachian District of Civitan International which is made up of 34 clubs, one in North Carolina and the rest in East Tennessee and the Western portion of Virginia. The Appalachian District has approximately 1400 members. The main emphasis of the District is the same as Civitan International, toward helping people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities (MR/DD). The District has three District wide meetings annually to conduct business and elect officers. These meetings are very educational and provide fellowship and training for the District membership.

The main projects of the District at this time are to support the Civitan International Research Center and the Appalachian District Scholarship Assistance Program (ASAP). This program provides a $1,000.00 Scholarship each year to a graduating high school senior in the Appalachian District who has mental retardation or a developmental disability. The scholarship is to be used to go further in their education at a school of their choice. The Gate City Civitan Club along with the Appalachian District Junior Civitan sponsored (ASAP) as a District project and proudly supports the program with a $1,000.00 contribution each year. All money donated to this program is placed in the (ASAP) Scholarship fund in the foundation at Civitan International and only the interest can be used to fund the scholarships, making this an ongoing program. To date the Fund has over $20,000.00 and will sustain itself to provide the $1,000.00 each year. The District plans are to continue to add to this fund and hopefully have more and larger scholarships each year in the future.


Civitan International is an association of community service clubs. It was founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1917 by Dr. Courtney W. Shropshire, a prominent Birmingham physician, who also served as the first president of the organization.

Civitan's purpose is to provide opportunities for personal and professional development while improving communities through community service. There are approximately 36,000 Civitan members in nearly 1,200 clubs throughout the world. Junior Civitan, a program for young people, has a membership of approximately 17,000 in nearly 600 clubs. Civitan's motto is "Builders of Good Citizenship." The Civitan World Headquarters is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and provides support services to clubs in the areas of growth and expansion, leadership training, public relations, and fund raising.

The emphasis of the organization is toward helping people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities (MR/DD). However, Civitan clubs are involved in a variety of community service and fund-raising projects.

Civitan's most widely recognized fund-raising program is the Civitan Candy Box Project. The Candy box Project is serviced by volunteers and 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit people with MR/DD. Civitan funds the Civitan International Research Center, a facility for research and treatment of MR/DD located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For more information about Civitan International, Appalachian District or the local Club, contact any member of the Gate City Civitan Club.

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This page last updated September 1997

For more information about the Gate City Civitan Club, contact:

Reg StClair