Dutch Fork Civitan Club
The Dutch Fork Civitan Club is a service club open to all men and women interested in volunteering and community service. We meet every second and fourth Monday, 7:00 PM at Zorba's Restaurant, 6169 St. Andrews Road (map). While focused on service projects to help people with disabilities, the Dutch Fork Civitan Club has been involved with many varied community service projects since the club was chartered in June, 1951.
Visitors are welcome at all our meetings.
June 25, 2001
The Dutch Fork Civitan Club welcomed Civitan dignitaries and guests from as far away as Mexico in celebration of the club's fiftieth anniversary at a dinner Monday evening at the Hilltop Restaurant. The evening was highlighted by an address from keynote speaker Randy Eckhoff of Mobile Alabama, President of Civitan International. Longtime members, Don Hosahw, Oscar Eargle, and Roy Schneider recalled some memorable facts from the history of the club and described some of the major service projects of the club over the past 50 years.
Originally known as the West Columbia Civitan Club, the club was chartered June 26, 1951 and met for much of the first twenty years on Meeting Street in West Columbia. With membership sharply dwindling in the late 1960's, the club was rebuilt through the efforts of John Doudoukjian and Les Griffin. During this time meetings and the primary service area were moved to the Irmo/St. Andrews area and the name changed to Dutch Fork.
Among the first service projects of the rebuilt club was the chartering of the Junior Civitan Club at Irmo High School. The two clubs continue to work together on various activities today. The club also participated in early Okra Strut festivals, cooking and selling hamburgers, hotdogs and other refreshments for festival goers. The club has enjoyed a long relationship with the Special Olympics program and the annual summer games remain a major club project today. The club refurbished and maintained a cabin at the Civitan Citizenship Center, now Camp Spearhead, and sponsored high school students to attend the leadership conferences at the camp. The club continues to serve the community today through many varied service projects including Palmetto Place, Midlands Center, Friendship Center, youth sports, Clergy Apreciation Week, Claxton fruitcake sales, South Carolina Autism Society and South Carolina School for Deaf and Blind. Members are particularly pleased to provide financial support for the Civitan International Research Center.
In recognition of his service to the community and the Dutch Fork Club, Roy Schneider was named a South Carolina Civitan District Foundation Fellow during the dinner which was presented by District Governor Nancy Ball. During the presentation Governor Ball noted that Schneider has been a very active member since joining the club in 1980 and holds Junior Civitan near to his heart, serving as the club's Junior Civitan Chair since 1983. Roy joins Dutch Fork members Don Hoshaw, Oscar Eargle, Mike Taylor and Steve Doudoukjian in attaining this high honor.
Also attending the dinner were SC District Governor Nancy Ball, SC District Governor-elect Ben Ross, Civitan International Region 3 Director Bryan Bobo and SC Area Director Mitch Bailey.
Pictured below are Civitan President Randy Eckhoff, Region 3 Director Bryan Bobo, District Governor Nancy Ball, and President Cole Porter.
The Dutch Fork Civitan Club is a community service club with membership open to anyone interested in volunteering and helping other people. Like Civitans around the world, we have a special interest in helping people challenged by developmental disabilities. Many projects focus on our primary service area, the Irmo, Lake Murray, St. Andrews and Chapin areas of the midlands but through our common goals with other Civitan clubs we can reach out around to world to help people in need. Visitors are welcome at any of our meetings and activities. The club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Zorba's, 6169 St. Andrews Road. Please join us at the next meeting. For more information contact us at DutchForkCivitan@gmail.com.
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