LGBT Lanark County the first LGBT Civitan Club in the world!

The Smiths Falls Civitan Club is making history. Just days ago, the club invited LGBT Lanark County to join forces, in a move that will see LGBT Lanark County become the first LGBT Civitan Club in the world.

Thrilled with the offer and excited to be joining the world-class volunteer organization of clubs, LGBT Lanark County accepted the invitation. Now, members are looking forward to their inaugural, charter celebration in Smiths Falls September 16.

Dating back to 1917 in Alabama, the Civitan club is a motivated web of volunteer-run clubs with the sole purpose of building good citizenship by serving individual and community needs. The mandate is a perfect fit for LGBT Lanark County, an organization whose purpose is to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the community to feel safe, welcome and supported.

This small-town move exemplifies big community spirit and it’s quite a civic feat. LGBT Lanark County officials say they’re honored that Smiths Falls Civitan Club members are such terrific supporters of their community development goals that they have offered to officially work together in this regard … and that Lanark County is the first community to take such a monumental step!

The charter night is scheduled for Monday, September 16 at the Smiths Falls Civitan Club.  Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and should RSVP Canadian District East Civitan Governor Bryan Wiltsie at or LGBT Lanark County Civitan Club President Penny Kelly at  The LGBT Lanark County Civitan Club encourages anyone in support of their mandate to join as official Civitan members.


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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