Category Archives: Auburn Civitan News

Brian Henry Citizen of the Year

Brian and Kirk

Brian Henry (l) receives Citizen of the Year award from Kirk Iversen (r).

The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes residents of the Auburn area who have contributed their time and efforts for the betterment of the community above and beyond contributions made to their employer. Such contributions must be of a meritorious nature, rendered unselfishly to community needs.

One of the Auburn Civitan Club’s most noteworthy projects has been the 4th Grade Bicycle Safety Education Program, in which every 4th grade student in the Auburn City Schools receives training in bicycle safety. Sponsored by the Auburn Civitan Club, the Auburn City Schools, and the City of Auburn, a fourth pillar of the program has been Brian Henry.

Brian has contributed to this project since it began in 1999. He helped select and obtain the original bicycles purchased for the project and others bought later for expansion and replacement. Every summer, and throughout the year as needed, Brian services the bicycles on his own time and without compensation to keep them useable for the students. The Bicycle Safety Program would not be the success it has been without Brian’s essential contributions.

Brian (aka “The Bike Dude”) has also been greatly involved in other bicycle projects in the community. He has been a major part of the Auburn Bike Bash (another project supported by the Auburn Civitan Club) since its beginning in 2000, providing materials and tune-ups for riders each year. He has also provided materials and expertise for a City of Auburn program for disadvantaged kids who learn to rebuild and maintain donated, second-hand bikes and then keep them.

These and other contributions to bicycling in the Auburn Community were recognized by the Auburn Bicycle Committee when Brian received the first Friend of the Bicycle Committee award in 2004 (the Auburn Civitan Club was a recipient in 2007).

Brian’s citizenship contributions are not only within the bicycling community. He has been greatly involved in community’s youth baseball program, serving as a coach and member of the Board of Directors for many years.

Civitan Royalty at Awards Banquet

Several past and future governors attended the awards banquet.

Left to right: Billy, John, Lisa, Nathan, Emily, Winton, Tony.

Six past and future Civitan governors joined us at our annual Awards Banquet September 18.

Past governors included Billy Kennedy, Lisa Abercrombie, Winton Hodges, and Tony Ledbetter. District Governor-elect Emily Hodges installed our new officers and initiated three new Club members.

No word, yet, from 2015-16 Club President Nathan Waters on his future plans.

2015-16 Officers Installed

2015-16 officers installed

Left to right: Nathan, Barclay, Kirk, Emily, Laurel, Lisa, Tammy.

District Governor-elect Emily Hodges installed the 2015-16 officers at the annual Awards Banquet September 18.

The new officers are:

  • Nathan Waters – President
  • Barclay Bentley – President-elect
  • Tammy Roppel – Secretary
  • Laurel Hendrix – Treasurer
  • Brad Adams – Director 1
  • Lisa Abercrombie – Director 2
  • Lee Harris – Director 3
  • Bryan Recktenwald – Sgt. at Arms
  • Kirk Iversen – Immediate Past President
  • Charles Mitchell – Historian
  • Helen Brown – Chaplain

New Members Initiated

Initiated members

Left to right: Emily, Stuart, Sara, Joe

District Governor-elect Emily Hodges initiated three new members of the club: Stuart and Sara Brown and Joe Liddy.

Their enthusiasm and talents will be a big addition to the Club’s work and fellowship.

Club Honored at Awards Banquet

John Lanier and Kirk Iversen

John Lanier (l) and Kirk Iversen (r)

Alabama Central District Immediate Past President John Lanier presented several awards to the Auburn Civitan Club for accomplishments during the 2013-14 year.

Awards received for the 2013-14 included:

  • Civitans at the Helm – Admiral Level
  • Civitan International Golden Circle Club
  • Civitan International Honor Club
  • Alabama Central District Honor Club

Kirk Iversen accepted the awards on behalf of 2013-14 President Dodie Gross.

John also presented the Alabama Central District Distinguished President Award to Kirk Iversen.

2015 Awards Banquet

2015 Awards Banquet 2015 Awards Banquet

The 2015 Awards Banquet was held September 18 at Venditori’s.

Special guests included Immediate Past District Governor John Lanier, Governor-elect Emily Hodges, Past Governors Winton Hodges, and Tony Ledbetter, and Opelika Civitan Club President Nina Faye Ledbetter.

2015-16 officers were installed by Emily Hodges, who also initiated three new Auburn Civitan members.

Awards Chair Bryan Chin and his red bow tie were unable to attend, but we persevered and had a great time.

Bryan Chin, Awards Chair

Bryan Chin, Awards Chair.

Dr. Brad Adams, Advantage Chiropractic Clinic

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Dr. Brad Adams (l) spoke to the Auburn Civitan Club March 6, 2015. With him is President-elect Nathans Waters (r).

Dr. Brad Adams of Advantage Chiropractic Clinic spoke at the Auburn Civitan Club meeting on March 6th.

Dr. Adams began his education at Auburn University where he studied the basic sciences, including chemistry, biology, physiology, anatomy, and genetics. He continued his education at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Adams established Advantage Chiropractic Clinic with his business partner and fellow chiropractor Dr. Tom Vrbka in 2006. Dr. Adams has also earned advanced certification from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego for whiplash and brain traumatology, which lends itself to treating a variety of acute injuries from accidents.

Dr. Adams spoke about the many advantages of everyday activity, and healthy choices to stay in better physical health.