Monthly Archives: October 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey and Ham Smoking Fundraiser

Turkeys being smoked.

Smoked turkeys ready to come off the grill.

Picnic hams smoking.

Smoked picnic hams ready to come off the grill.

Charles has announced the 2014 Thanksgiving Turkey and Ham Smoking fundraiser details.

Smoking begins Saturday, November 22 and ends Sunday, November 23. We’ll need all hands on deck for this project, which is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Finished turkeys and hams will be available for pickup at Price’s Barbecue House on Sunday from noon to 4:00 PM.

All Civitans will be collecting orders. Customers can also order by phoning Laurel at: 334-545-0069. The price for both turkeys and hams remains at $35, the same since 2009.

Here is the 2014 Smoking flier to download (pdf) (MS Word)

Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy

Lennie Squires

Lennie Squires (l), Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy, and Nathan Waters (r), Auburn Civitan Club Incoming President.

Lennie Squires of the Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy presented the program to the Auburn Civitan Club on October 17, 2014, at the Auburn University Club. This organization offers resources, workshops and support for families affected by autism spectrum disorders in Lee County, Alabama.

Their purpose is to join with educators, business professionals and parents to bring the communities in Lee County to a better understanding of ASD’s and how families are affected.

ASD is a developmental disability that can affect all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and can range from gifted to severely challenged. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 1 in 68 children are identified with ASD.

LCARA encourages interested families to contact them at P.O. Box 132, Opelika, AL 36803-0132.

Auburn Civitan Club Gives to Local History

Grinding apples.

Kids line up to help grind the apples into pulp at Auburn Civitan’s Apple Cider Booth.

Lynn Sylvester serves apple cider.

Past President of Auburn Civitan Club, Lynn Sylvester, serves freshly squeezed apple cider to guests.

Every October, the Civitan Club of Auburn gives of its time and resources to help the Lee County Historical Society with its annual HISTORICAL FAIR held in conjunction with SYRUP SOPPIN’ DAY IN LOACHAPOKA.  It’s part of the club’s community service projects.

This year’s event was held on Saturday, October 18.  With perfect fall weather, an estimated 10,000 people visited Pioneer Park in Loachapoka to enjoy the historic venues.  Civitan’s contribution was an old fashioned “Apply Cider Booth”.  Children and those who want to be children again could grind apples and squeeze the pulp to make delicious, fresh apple cider for all to enjoy.  The cider was free for the labor.  Fifteen bushels of Alabama-grown apples were processed into cider and at the end of the day, not a cupful was left over.  An estimated 3200 visitors enjoyed fresh apple cider and had a chance to interact with Auburn Civitans.   Club President, Kirk Iversen, said this was a great way to reach out in community service and let folks know that Civitans have a lot of fun volunteering.

Auburn Civitans Honor Memory of Past President

DodieAwardsTwo Civitan International Fellowships have been established in the memory of Dodie Gross, the beloved, two-time President of the Civitan Club of Auburn, who passed away this summer,  a Civitan International Foundation Shropshire Fellowship and a Civitan International Sustaining Research Center Fellowhip.  Kirk Iversen (L in photo), incoming president of the Civitan Club of Auburn presented 2 plaques in Dodie’s memory to her husband, Dr. Charles Gross (R in photo), at the Club’s annual  Awards Banquet held on September 19, 2014.

Elsie Lott, Food Bank of East Alabama Community Market

Elsie Lott and Kirk Iversen

Elsie Lott, East AL Community Market and Kirk Iversen, Auburn Civitan Club president.

At the Auburn Civitan Club meeting on August 1, 2014, at the Eagle’s Nest of Monarch Estates, Mrs. Elsie Lott was the speaker. Mrs. Lott is the Coordinator of the Community Market, an agency of the Food Bank of East Alabama, heading up a full-time professional management team.

Clients of the Community Market include senior citizens, the working poor, children, single parents, abused and neglected persons, victims of domestic violence, mothers and infants at nutritional risk, the newly unemployed, and persons with disabilities or emotional illness. They must be from Lee County. Also served are victims of disasters and people with emergency needs.

The Community Market is open six days a week with senior citizens being served on Monday and Tuesday mornings and families and individuals being served on Wednesday through Saturday.

The food offered by the Community Market is bought from the Food Bank of East Alabama. Also many kinds of fresh fruit, produce, day- old desserts and bread are donated from local grocery stores and bakeries.

The outreach of the Community Market is made possible through community support. Volunteers from many local churches and countless Auburn University work regularly. Mrs. Lott coordinates their work.

Those with an emergency need may call 334-749-8844 to make an appoint for an interview.