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St Petersburg Civitan Club Chapter 19

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Can you believe it; it is Christmas time again. It seems like only yesterday I was baking cookies, wrapping presents, and trimming the tree. Where does the time go? St. Pete Civitan has many things planned during the month of December. st

Our club meets the 1 rd and 3 Wednesdays of each month.

December 1: Santa Parade with PARC downtown St. Pete. (Ring Side Café after Parade) December 5: Guest Speaker Tiffany Hughes, Development Director, SPC Foundation th


Location: Orange Blossom th Catering, 220 4 St N St Petersburg, FL

December 3: Salvation Army Bell Ringing in front of Publix on 4 St & 38 Ave N.

Time: 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

December 19: Christmas Party with PARC at Orange Blossom Catering

December 8: Nbr/Nbr Christmas Tree Delivery – Childs Park YMCA (Tampa Metro)

December 22: Nbr/Nbr Toy Box – Childs Park YMCS (Tampa Metro)

CHRISTMAS PARADE The Annual Christmas Parade is one of The St Pete Civitan’s annual event. We have multiple classic cars loaned to us for transporting members and clients of PARC.

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING Volunteers for this event can sign up at the Nov. 21st meeting. Shifts are 1 or 2 hours each. This event starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.

THE SNOWMAN Application for Awards must be submitted to Civitan International by Dec

I made myself a snowman, As perfect as could be,


I thought I'd keep it as a pet, And let it sleep with me.


I made it some pajamas, And a pillow for its head, Then last night it ran away, But first - it wet the bed! By: ~Shel Silverstein

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Sandi Stanford received the prestigious VIP Award from Civitan International. In order to receive this award, a candidate has to earn 200 points within the first 12 months of becoming a Civitan member. She earned 270 points in 9 months. There are five categories in which a candidate can earn points. The categories are Attendance, Service, Personal Development, Growth, and Communication.

GUEST SPEAKER At the November 7 meeting, we had the great honor and privilege to have an outstanding guest speaker. She was full of motivation and inspiration. Her life story gives us so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day and all through the year.

(From left to right): Judy Geier, Sec., Bonnie Ruth, Pres., Lt. Col. Kathy Champion & Angel, her guide dog, Sandi Stanford, PresElect, and Askia Aquil

US Army Lt Col (ret) Kathryn Champion, Civitan speaker extraordinaire, was inspiring, engaging, and humorous. What a spirit she demonstrated. Her youthful appearance belies her long decades of military service, including tours in several combat zones. Her service includes time spent defending our country, in Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and several other posts throughout the world. She has several degrees, including an MBA from Heritage College, and the lengthy list of awards received while proudly serving her country and includes the Bronze Star and others for multiple tours in war torn countries. She lost her sight due to a virus contracted during her tours in Iraq. She has other health issues due to the same virus but that does not stop her. In fact, nothing stops her from helping other wounded warriors in Tampa Bay.

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She is collaborating with Askia Aquil who works with Vets and housing matters as well. They are working towards the purchase of a place for family members to stay while Wounded Warriors are treated at Bay Pines VAMC. Lt Col Champion served as Grand Marshall for the Gulfport Parade honoring all Veterans Saturday, Nov 10, 2012. She also ran the Women’s Running Half Marathon on Sunday Nov 18 in an effort to raise 2 million dollars for the Southern Guide Dogs. Article submitted by: Norm Bungard

If you want to share something special in the ChitChat News, please send the information to or call Sandi Stanford @ (727) 278-3139.

With visions of fruitcakes at this time of year, Its time to choose Light or Dark as Christmas is near!


HAPPY NEW YEAR Remember in your Prayers: Paul Resop Jr. - recovering from surgery Ann Bridge - loss of her husband, John


Civitan Beach Club After months of discussions, the St. Pete Civitan Club members were called upon to vote - SELL or KEEP the Beach Club. Voting ballots were mailed to each member. Business Meeting, 11/21/12 – Ballots were counted and the membership decided to KEEP the Beach Club. St Pete Civitan Club Pres., Bonnie Ruth, stated the Beach Club Board would decide what the next steps would be to move forward with the Beach Club. Pete Gallieta, Pres. of the Beach Club, is looking for a volunteer Secretary for the BC board. If interested, please contact Pete at

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Are Special People The definition of a volunteer is a person that has a spirit of service, creativity, sensitivity for human pain, strong moral values, the ability to work in a team, and a social conscience. A volunteer is someone who works of his or her own free will and without monetary reward to benefit the community. Volunteering, provides services for individuals or community organizations without financial recompense. What motivates a person to do volunteer work? Volunteers do work for two reasons:  

They want to do something for the betterment of the community, develop innovative changes to make the world a better place. For personal reasons: to feel useful, to know, and live new experiences, to develop as a person, to build relationships, make new friends, and to work with others.

As a Civitan, you have already made the decision to volunteer your time; which puts you into the category of Special People. It’s time to say Thank You for all you do. When you volunteer, you get back more than you give tenfold. If you are looking

for places to volunteer that will match your experience, VolunteerMatch is a good place to start.

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