Civitan International Alabama-West Florida District Gov. Jack Groves swears in the officers for the newly formed Greenville High School Junior Civitan Club during a ceremony on Wednesday. Pictured, from left to right, are Daisha Durant , president; Joseph Longmire, vice president; Asia Crenshaw, secretary; Mia Taylor, treasurer; and Absalom Adams, chaplain. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)
Civitan International Alabama-West Florida District Gov. Jack Groves swears in the officers for the newly formed Greenville High School Junior Civitan Club during a ceremony on Wednesday. Pictured, from left to right, are Daisha Durant , president; Joseph Longmire, vice president; Asia Crenshaw, secretary; Mia Taylor, treasurer; and Absalom Adams, chaplain. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

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Civitans charter club at GHS

Published 8:21am Friday, January 24, 2014

Kimberley Patterson described Civitan International as a big family.

That family got a little bigger on Wednesday.

During a ceremony at Greenville High School, representatives from the Alabama-West Florida District of Civitan International and the Camellia City Civitan Club presented the newly formed Greenville High School Junior Civitan Club with its charter.

“It’s hard to build a Junior Civitan club,” said Patterson, the Junior Civitan Chairperson for the Alabama-West Florida District. “It takes someone going at it continually. I had someone call me for almost two years about starting this club. If that person had not called me all those times, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Patterson said that person was Lomax Owens, a past president of the Camellia City Civitan Club. Owens was on hand for Wednesday’s ceremony and welcomed the newest members to the Civitan organization.

“We’re so excited to be chartering this club,” Owens said. “This is a special group. We’re proud citizens. That’s what Civitan is all about – building good citizens.”

Patterson also credited GHS teacher Shonda Bell with making the formation of the club possible by agreeing to serve as its sponsor.

Along with presenting the club with its charter and banner, District Gov. Jack Groves swore in the club’s officers.

Daisha Durant will serve as president.

Other officers include: Joseph Longmire, vice president; Asia Crenshaw, secretary; Mia Taylor, treasurer; Alexis Landrum, public relations coordinator; and Absalom Adams, chaplain.

Club members include: Sequoya Carter, Jazzmine Cook, Kate Crenshaw, John Downey, Malaka Griffin, Riona Gordon, Logan Harrell, Deleccia Howard, Christine Loveless, Saloni Patel, Christopher Polocca, Lilah Ruth, Constance Scarver, Norman Schmitz, Larry Scruggs, Kaitlyn Smith and Sellers Swann.

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