Civitans to host North District meeting

Staff Writer

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club met Wednesday at noon to discuss being the hosting club of the North Mississippi District Civitan Meeting, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

"We will be hosting the North District Meeting at Faith Baptist Church, at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 28," said Jay Jackson, president of the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club. "We haven't hosted this event for several years. We're honored that they asked us."
Jackson said since the West Point club is hosting the meeting, he wanted all the members to be there and participate.

"There are usually door prizes given at the district meetings," said Alvin Quinn, member of the club. "We need to ask all members to donate three items for door prizes. They don't have to be expensive, but nice."
Quinn said the club would also have to provide food for those in attendance. He said the average cost was usually $7 per plate.

"I'll get in touch with a caterer and see what we can work out," Quinn said. "We have another meeting scheduled before the Oct. 28, so we can iron out the details then."
Jackson said several of the members are not attending the meetings due to illness. He said Acie Vance has been visiting some of the members who are convalescing and who are planning to return as soon as they can.

"Some have missed meetings due to scheduling problems," Jackson said. "We understand when people are unable to come to every meeting. If you look at our current roster, if everyone attended, we would have around 15 members. That's a good starting point."
Jackson said he would like to have the club back to being a presence in the community. He invited the club members to work with the Junior Civitans at West Point High School and to return to some of the fundraisers that worked well.

"We are going to thrive again," Jackson said. "We need to get some new members who are interested in serving the community. We had our annual membership meeting, but we need to do more."
Patsy Grice, co-treasurer of the club, said she wasn't acquainted with many of the Civitan members. She said she would like for the club to hold a luncheon so all the members could get to know one another.

"I think that is a good idea," Quinn said. "We could agree on a date, call the members on the roster and get to know everyone. We have a few new members who could benefit from a get-together."

In the absence of club secretary, Irma Daily, Vance said he would like to nominate new member, Evelyn Bell as assistant secretary.
"When Irma is out there is no one to take the minutes of the meeting," Vance said. "I would like to put it before the club to make her assistant secretary. That way we'll have the minutes of the meetings even if Irma Daily isn't here."
Leroy Calvert made a motion that Bell be accepted as assistant secretary, Vance seconded the motion and a unanimous voice vote carried.

"I'd like to have an agenda for programs for the upcoming year," Jackson said. "We agreed to have the first meeting of the month to take care of club business and to put forth ideas. The second meeting will have a speaker. We need to all take a month and work on having an informative program."