Category Archives: Programs

Robb Taylor, Auburn Wheelchair Basketball Team


President Nathan Waters (l) and Coach Robb Taylor (r).

Robb Taylor, coach of the Auburn University Wheelchair Basketball Team, spoke to the Auburn Civitan Club.

Robb is also the assistant coach to the USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. He spoke about the Auburn University Wheelchair Basketball program and his trips to the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 and the upcoming 2020 games in Tokyo.

Jessica Kohn, Auburn Downtown Merchants Association


Jessica Kohn (l) and President Nathan Waters (r)

Jessica Kohn, Coordinator for the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association, recently spoke to the Auburn Civitan Club.

Jessica described the work of the Association and what new projects are beginning.

The Downtown Merchants are partners with the Auburn Civitans and the City of Auburn in the Flag Display project that has American flags flying on major national holidays.

Lee County History Seekers 4-H Club


L to R: Charles Mitchell, Auburn Civitan Club, Elizabeth and Emmalee Jordan, History Seekers 4-H Club.

Miss Elizabeth Jordan and Miss Emmalee Jordan, officers with the History Seekers 4-H Club, recently gave a presentation to the Civitan Club of Auburn about 4-H Club activities. Of particular interest was the planned “‘Back in Time”  holiday dinner that the Club is sponsoring at Pioneer Park on December 9. This activity will feature 4-Hers as servers and actors during a 3-hour holiday meal in a mid-1800s setting. Ticket information is available at


Eric Smith, Director, Auburn University Health Promotion and Wellness Services

Nathan Waters and Eric Smith

Nathan Waters (l), Auburn Civitan vice president, and Eric Smith (r).

Eric Smith spoke to the Auburn Civitans at the August 15 meeting. Eric serves as the Director of Health Promotion and Wellness Services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and history from Salisbury University and a Master of Arts in higher education from Ball State University.  Prior to working at Auburn University, Eric served in a variety of roles at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he became involved in health education, prevention, and cultivating a healthier campus environment.  When not in the office, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, running, biking, and racing in Ironman Triathlons.

Nancy McDaniel, Therapy Dogs on Call


Nancy McDaniel (l), Civitan Barclay Bentley (r), and Ari (front center).

Nancy McDaniel and her therapy dog, Ari, came to speak to our club on Tuesday, July 19 at Chappy’s Deli. Mrs. McDaniel works with Therapy Dogs on Call, provided through Easter Seals Alabama and based out of Montgomery. She and Ari work with a variety of groups: elderly, children, people in the hospital, Hospice, individuals on the autistic spectrum, Veterans, and more. Ari provides comfort and emotional support, different from a service dog that would assist individuals with visual impairments or seizure disorders.

Mrs. McDaniel discovered therapy dogs while she was helping her late mother get to/from cancer treatments. She described the impact the dog can have on individuals. She gave some excellent statistics about therapy dogs improving reading rates in children and improving mental function for Alzheimer’s patients.

Mrs. McDaniel also shared some photos of the 13 new puppies in their family. Ari delivered the litter about 4 weeks ago.

This was a wonderful presentation and everyone enjoyed visiting with Ari.

Easter Seals Dogs on Call website:

Dr. Cari Dunn and Stacy Jinright, Auburn Exceptional Outreach Organization


L to r, Auburn Civitan Barclay Bentley, Dr. Cari Dunn, Brittany and Brooke Owens, Stacy Jinright.

Dr.  Cari Dunn, Brittany and Brooke Owens, and Stacy Jinright  from the Exceptional Outreach Organization (EOO) spoke to the Auburn Civitan Club  at the Eagles’s Nest of Monarch Estate on June 3, 2016.  The EOO is a non profit 501 (c) (3)  organization, comprised of various community representatives and parent board members.  As a foundation, it is their mission to provide programs for exceptional  individuals with special needs by fostering growth through recreation, education, and social activities.



Jason Harbison, AU Trademark Licensing


At the Auburn University Club, on May 21, 2016, the Auburn Civitan Club held a program meeting. The speaker was Jason Harbison, Manager of Trademark Licensing, Office of Trademark Management & Licensing at Auburn University. Mr. Harbison’s interesting talk concerned the responsibility of his office for management of Auburn University’s valuable brand through the protection and promotion of Auburn’s trademarks, wordmarks, logos, slogans, etc.