How did you become a volunteer with Memphis Civitan?
I was introduced to Civitan by a co-worker who took me to lunch one day to a Civitan meeting. I liked the people and the things they were doing, so I joined in June of 1987.
Why did you choose Memphis Civitan? What do you like about it?
I chose Civitan because it was the first civic organization I was introduced to, and I could see how I could make a difference in the lives of the special needs children and adults. Prior to this, I only volunteered at my daughters’ school and I felt the need to give back to the community.
Describe your best, funniest, or most educational experience as volunteer.
I absolutely love and look forward to The Grill Thrill at Bruce Elementary School each year. We cook hot dogs on a grill, and furnish chips, drinks, and a fruit snack or candy to the children at the school. It coincides with Halloween, so all of the children are dressed in their Halloween costumes, and our own Civitan members sometimes dress up for the occasion too. One of our members has become known as “The Screaming Mustard Man” because he offers up “free screams” with anyone wanting mustard on their hot dog. Screams are entirely optional. J
What is one thing you’d like potential volunteers to know about Memphis Civitan?
Our members come from all walks of life and are of all ages. Each one has a giving spirit and a heart of gold. Some of the finest people I know are members of a Civitan Club somewhere. Civitan is an international organization with a research hospital in Birmingham, AL where they study the causes of things such as autism, epilepsy, and other illnesses. Civitan members ROCK!