President Willie Wilson presided. Richard Pauze led the pledge to the U.S.A. Flag, and William Lawrence said the prayer. After dinner, members and guests shared memories of Civitan’s early days in Cadiz. James Guess, the only active charter member, and the late Arthur Wallace and Paul Gardner, Jr., were leaders in organizing the first school for retarded children here, providing a building and teacher in those years before any government or public school funds were earmarked for that purpose. William Lawrence introduced Leroy Parks, who served as President of Civitan International 1999-2000, and traveled all over the world. It was during this, and travels since, that he really understood how Civitans were making a difference everywhere.
Caring Civitans recognized needs and vowed to do something about them. One example is the Civitan Research Center in Birmingham, Ala., where work continues to search for prevention of birth defects and cures for the most deadly diseases from cancer to heart failure. Even restoring use of limbs for infants and for elderly stroke victims with a process called restraint therapy, where the “working” side is restrained, letting the affected area rebuild and become stronger. This research center is the result of Civitan’s willingness to “make a difference.” The Cadiz club made one of the first contributions when the center was beginning, years ago.
In club building membership efforts, Parks suggested using steroids. A lot has been in the news about athletes abusing steroids, but Civitan clubs can be more effective with the following: satisfying experiences. Being team oriented. Showing enthusiasm, being enthusiastic about making a difference in your club and community. Setting realistic goals. Members should be open minded. Should be innovative, seeking changes for the better. dedicated to the goals of Civitan. And stimulating-, working hard as an example to others who strive to make a difference for the better. That spells out “steroids” in a positive way.
Willie Wilson presented William Lawrence with the Past President’s Plaque. Parks presented Perfect Attendance Pins to James Guess, 51 years; Wallace Blakeley, 40 years; Willie Wilson, 14 years; Ronnie Cook, 10 years; James Rutland, nine years; Connie Cook, David Kyler, William Lawrence, and Richard Pauze, each two years.
Those attending were Rachel Lancaster, Tony Merrick, Leroy Parks, William and Carolyn Lawrence, Richard and Jane Pauze, Wallace and Deloris Blakeley, Willie and Jo Ann Wilson, and Ronnie Cook. The Gold Dollar winners were Jane Pauze and William Lawrence. Lawrence closed the program by reading the Civitan Creed.
Cadiz Civitan meets at 7 p.m. each first and third Tuesday at the Cadiz Restaurant. The December 19 meeting will start at 5 p.m., at Trigg School Cafeteria for Special Children to enjoy Buster’s treats, Magician/Ventriloquist Joe Boley, and Old Santa, with gifts they requested. Then at 7 p.m., the meeting and program will be held at the Cadiz Restaurant.