I AM CIVITAN: as old as life, as young as the rainbow, as endless as time.
MY HANDS do the work of the world and reach out in service to others.
MY EARS hear the cry of children and the call throughout the world for peace, guidance, progress and unity.
MY EYES search for others to join in the fellowship and service of Civitan.
MY MOUTH utters the call to daily duty and speaks prayers in every tongue.
MY MIND teaches me respect for law and the flag of my country.
MY HEART beats for every friend, bleeds for every injury to humanity and throbs with joy at every triumph of truth.
MY SOUL knows no fear but its own unworthiness.
MY HOPE is for a better world through Civitan.
MY MOTTO: builders of good citizenship.
MY BELIEF: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
MY PLEDGE: to practice the Golden Rule and to build upon it a better and nobler citizenship.
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PERTH CIVITAN HISTORY
The Civitan Club of Perth has served the needs of the Perth community since it was chartered June 19, 1965. What began as a group of 27 members, with Russ Ellis as charter president, has grown to its present size of over 85 active members.
The Civitan Club of Perth is part of the Civitan International organization. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama U.S.A., this organization has over 850 clubs in 48 countries worldwide. Although the main focus of the Civitan International is helping people with disabilities, each club operates autonomously, selecting projects which are suitable for their own area.
Originally meetings were held in rec rooms, restaurants, the Legion and eventually Farrell Hall. In 1977 the decision to construct our own facility was made. Through donated help, reduced fees, a Wintario grant and the efforts of all members at the time, the dream became a reality in 1979. The club welcomed in the new year of 1980 with its first function in the new hall - a New Year's Eve dance. Civitan in Perth has never looked back.
Over the years the Civitan Club of Perth has supported many worthwhile causes in the area. The first street signs in the town of Perth were acquired with the assistance of Civitan. The Civitan Club of Perth also helped to establish the Perth Day Care Centre and the former Civitan Playground at the Stewart School.
The club has also provided funds to assist with the construction and/or operation of the Perth and District Indoor Pool, the Perth and District Union Library, Great War Memorial Hospital of Perth and District, Conlon Farm recreational facilities, Lanark Lodge, the Tay Valley Non Profit Housing Corporation and Algonquin College.
Community involvement is not only about giving money. The Civitan Club of Perth participates in various facets of the community such as the Perth Fair Parade, Tree Lighting at the Crystal Palace, Halloween Haunted House and the Festival of the Maples. We also provide a free Christmas dinner for seniors on the first Sunday in December.
During the Ice Storm of '98, the Civitan Club of Perth opened its hall, 24 hours a day for twelve days, to anyone who required a warm meal or a warm place to stay.
Civitan recognizes the importance of our youth and those less fortunate than ourselves. In 1974, the Civitan Club of Perth initiated a Citizenship Award which is presented to the student, in each of the area schools, best exemplifying good citizenship in the home, school and community. The Civitan Club of Perth also helps sponsor the Special Olympics, supports Big Brothers/Big Sisters and assists with the Children's Miracle Network Telethon on an annual basis. The Civitan Club of Perth also sponsors a Junior Civitan Club for youth in the community between the ages of 11 and 18.
In order to raise the funds necessary to support these various causes, the Perth Civitan Club is always challenged to initiate new projects. In the past there was very little that the Civitan Club of Perth did not attempt to do to raise money to reinvest in our community.
As a result of its efforts during the 1997-1998, 1999-2000 and the 2000-2001 years, the Civitan Club of Perth was recognized by Civitan International as the most outstanding Civitan club throughout the world. This prestigious honour has never before been awarded to a club in Canadian District East and only once in Canadian District West.
Hall rentals, catering and bingos are not just a service to the community but an important part of fund raising for the club. When you support the Perth Civitan, whether by renting our hall, attending a bingo or supporting any of our fund raising activities, you are helping to make your community a better place.
On November 10, 2016, Civitan's *Canadian East District split into two districts. The Civitan Club of Perth is proud to be part of Civitan's *Canada True North District*.