At the annual Awards Banquet in October, Dr. Elizabeth Willis Jordan was honored as the 2019 Auburn Civitan Club Citizen of the Year.
Dr. Jordan of Auburn, better known as Betsy, has devoted a lifetime to helping others, especially youth in the Auburn–Opelika area. She is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, has three degrees from Auburn University including the DVM, and practiced veterinary medicine in Florida. She returned to her alma mater in 1995 and worked for six years in the AU College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Scott, have two teenage daughters, Elizabeth and Emmalee.
Betsy is a Master Gardener volunteer and has given back countless hours of community volunteer work. She helped establish a Junior 4–H Club at Richland Road Elementary School and was instrumental in getting donations to create a large, outdoor raised bed teaching garden for the school. She was the force behind the creation of the History Seekers 4–H Club. For more than eight years as an adult volunteer 4–H leader, she has guided this group of young people and their parents through award–winning projects that range from the 4–H Chick Chain program to public speaking, storytelling, photography, gardening, pioneer life, and a unique sweet potato project that has raised more than $7,400 for the local Community Market and donated hundreds of volunteer hours for the Market. Betsy has been the organizer, director, coordinator, and chief executive officer for one of the most unique 4–H projects in the state for the past three years, the Back in Time holiday dinner theater celebrating Alabama’s Centennial. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Lee County Historical Society. As a community leader, she has recruited volunteers, donations, inspiration, and enthusiasm to make this a community event with focus on the young people.
At our annual Awards Banquet at Venditori’s Restaurant in Auburn we celebrated another fine year.
The Club recognized President Joe Liddy for his great leadership throughout the year. As usual, the Club was active in many service projects and fundraisers and Joe inspired us with his enthusiasm and energy.
The Civitan of the Year award went to Billy Kennedy, recognizing his active participation in Civitan projects throughout the year. Billy chaired the Candy Box project that benefits children with disabilities and also represented our Club on the District Board.
Laurel Hendrix and Tammy Roppel were recognized for their work as treasurer and secretary, respectively. Keeping track of Civitans requires constant attention!
The Club recognized Dr. Betsy Jordan of Auburn as its 2019 Citizen of the Year. Her work with 4-H projects, the Lee County Community Market, and the Lee County Historical Society has had a great impact in our community.
Flags were flying in downtown Auburn for Labor Day, 2019.
The Flag Display project is sponsored by the Auburn Civitan Club, the City of Auburn, and the Downtown Merchants Association. Flags have been flying since 1965.
At the August monthly meeting, our own Bryan Chin presented a program about his visit to the Prague Technical Museum. Many interesting exhibits including classic cars, Czech bicycles, and much more.
L to R: Camper Dani Knitter, Counselor Kaylee, and Dani’s friend and fellow camper, Laney. (Not pictured, Dani’s parents Matt and Debra.)
Dani Knitter recently spent a week at Easter Seals Camp ASCCA, Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of traditional recreational and educational activities with a unique design for accessibility.
Camp ASCCA is a favorite project for the Auburn Civitan Club. Each year we provide donations, manual labor, and sponsorships for campers.
The downtown Auburn flags were flying on the Independence Day weekend.
Charles and Peggy spoke at the June meeting about their recent round-the-country trip on Amtrak, traveling from Alabama to New Orleans, the West Coast, Rocky Mountains, Chicago (and deep dish pizza!), and more.
American flags were flying in Auburn for a week in May. The flags were put up Tuesday May 21, 2019 to honor Auburn Police Officer William (Will) Ray Buechner, Jr, who was killed on duty. The flags remained up all week until the evening of Memorial Day, May 27.
Officer Buechner was fatally wounded Sunday, May 19. His funeral was held Friday, May 25.
Alison Hall (l) and Auburn Civitan Kirk Iversen (r)
At our monthly meeting in May, Alison Hall of the the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department spoke about the Department’s programs and its Master Plan. The Department is greatly involved in a many recreational programs for the Auburn community. Auburn Civitans are active supporters of many of these programs.
Auburn Civitans provided a rest stop for participants in the annual Bo Bikes Bama April 27. Over 1,000 cyclists rode in the event this year. About 700 of them did the 60–mile route, including the Civitan rest stop.
Each year, Bo hopes to inspire Alabamians and people across the country to lend their neighbors a helping hand. Money raised by Bo Bikes Bama goes to support the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, specifically providing funds for the construction of community storm shelters across the state.
This year was especially relevant because of the March tornados that hit communities in Lee County.