Category Archives: Charities

Civitans Support Bo Bikes Bama

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.

Smoked Turkeys and Hams for Thanksgiving

Turkeys being smoked.

Auburn Civitans smoked about 200 turkeys and hams November 17–18 for the biggest fund-raiser of the year. This project has supported our service projects and charities ever since 1968.




Over a dozen turkeys and hams were donated to the Community Market, a program of the Food Bank of East Alabama. The Civitans support this program and the Food Bank throughout the year.

Eloise Kelly, Camp ASCCA camper


Nathan Waters, Auburn Civitan (l), with Eloise (center), and Searcy (r) Kelly.

Eloise Kelly and her family visited with the Auburn Civitans on November 13 to share her week at Camp ASCCA.

Her mother, Searcy, said that Eloise had a great time with all of the activities offered and had a great counselor, Marianna.

The Auburn Civitans sponsor one or two campers each year and enjoy being able to help these great kids and their families experience a great time.

Here is a YouTube video showing some of the fun stuff going on at Camp ASCCA.

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.