Ladies Civitans incoming and outgoing officers are, from left, President Maureen Tipton; Past President Pam Krichev, treasurer Connie Gaines Bartlett; sergeant at arms, Carol Vaux; incoming governor Alabama District North Catherine Muir, and board members Brenda Mayhall, Diane Butler, Rosalind Hall and Gaye Scudder. Not pictured are president elect Susan Collins and secretary Cheryl Stephens.

Members and guests of the Guntersville Ladies Civitan Club gathered on September 23 to celebrate the club’s 25 years of service to the community.

The evening event took place in the pavilion at Civitan Park and included the installation of officers for the 2021-2022 year. The club also honored founding member, Pat Jex McKemy, with a crystal gift and lifetime membership in the club.

When asked how the club got started, McKemy responded “I asked to join the men’s club and was refused, so I put on a dress and high heels, picked up my purse, and went up and down Gunter Avenue asking the women who worked in the businesses to come to an organizational meeting, Twenty-three women showed up for that first meeting, and the Guntersville Ladies Civitan Club was formed.”

Catherine Muir, Incoming Governor, Alabama District North, installed the incoming officers and congratulated the club for its twenty-five years of membership in Civitan International and the club’s many accomplishments. Outgoing president, Pam Krichev, thanked members for their support throughout the year and passed the gavel to incoming president, Maureen Tipton.

Although the club has had many areas of service, since Civitan International encourages support for the developmentally challenged, that has been a main focus for the club. The club, in partnership with the City of Guntersville, was responsible for building Every Child’s playground. It also built a patio at the ARC (a day center for intellectually challenged adults) as well as having parties and hosting a club for the clients there. The club expresses appreciation to all the local individuals and businesses whose support makes their projects possible.

In additions to service, club members like to socialize, and this event was no exception. The pavilion was beautifully decorated by members, Denise Cornwell and Anita Alley. Members enjoyed boxed hors d’oeuvre from Hadwin House and a beautifully decorated commemorative cake.

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