Release, Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce:
The Johns Creek Civitans, whose theme this year is “Local Heroes Making a Difference”, were named the “Outstanding New Club” in the world during the International Convention held August 11-16, 2014 aboard the Carnival Freedom cruise ship.
“We are a voluntary non-profit service club dedicated to helping people in Johns Creek with a special emphasis on enhancing the life experience on those with developmental disabilities and their families,” says Michelle Hanchey, president of the Johns Creek Civitans.
Since chartering its first members, the club has made an impact on Johns Creek with projects such as recognizing our Johns Creek Special Needs Teachers at an appreciation breakfast. Sponsoring a free Summer Kick-Off picnic in Johns Creek for special needs residence and families. Hosting dances for developmental disabled teens and young adults along with Great Prospects. Helping run the special needs Bocce Ball program this summer at Newtown Park. In addition, they have donated over 150 Toys for Tots which are distributed locally, written over 250 Christmas Cards for our Military through the Johns Creek City ‘Cards for Our Military Personnel’ program, recognized local Clergy with an Appreciation Breakfast as well as collected over 400 diapers for the North Fulton Community Charities. In addition, the club sponsored Jr. Civitans clubs in all three city high schools Northview, Johns Creek and Chattahoochee.
“The Johns Creek Civitan members are an example of what it takes to make a difference in their community for those citizens less fortunate and the Georgia District of Civitan is fortunate to have such an inspired group as a part of our organization,” notes Dianne Hansard, Governor for the Georgia District Civitans.
The members also raise money for medical research at the UAB Civitan International Research Center, a world-class medical facility dedicated to researching developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down syndrome, Rhett syndrome and other cognitive disorders. The scientists there work to find new and better treatments for these disorders, and in doing so collaborate with researchers around the world. This is the central outlet of Civitan International’s worldwide mission to help people with developmental disabilities having raised over $17 million to date.
“I don’t know of another Service Club that has acquired the talent and expertise that we have in the Johns Creek Civitan Club. Many of our charter members are active in our community such as Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker, Johns Creek Rotary president Bev Miller and Linda Pike president of the Johns Creek Business Association,” explains Doug Smith the inaugural president of the Johns Creek Civitans.