FLORENCE – Civitans from the Francis Marion University community gathered recently to celebrate the formation of one of Civitan’s newest clubs.
The guests and 26 charter members assembled at Erving Dining Hall on the university campus for the chartering of the FMU Civitan Club. The club was sponsored by the Florence Civitan Club.
Fred Kunz, president of the Florence Civitan Club, opened the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance. Julian Young, president-elect of the FMU Civitan Club, brought greetings and led the group in the Civitan Creed. Elizabeth McLean, treasurer of the FMU Civitan Club gave the invocation while Lynne B. Druschel, secretary of the FMU Civitan Club, read congratulatory letters from other Civitan clubs and leaders in the community.
The initiation of charter members was led by S.C. District Governor James W. McIlrath and Region 2 International Director and past Governor Dr. William D. Rentz.
The charter members of the FMU Civitan Club are G. Kathy Andrews, director of publications and marketing; Barbara Westphal, associate professor of nursing; Karen Coughenour, assistant professor of education; Christopher Covington, FMU student; Angela Crosland, news editor/writer; Betty David, instructor of accounting; Lynne B. Druschel, senior administrative assistant for history, political science, geography and sociology; Terri L. Earnest, assistant professor of sociology; Marty Hucks, assistant professor of nursing; Christopher Kennedy, assistant professor of history; Kristin Kiely, assistant professor of Spanish; Kevin Lasher, chair and associate professor and coordinator of the political science program; H. Franklin Larrimore Jr., director of printing services; J. Porter Lillis, assistant professor of sociology; Mary Mabe-Kulesa, administrative association in the School of Education; H. Elizabeth McLean, registrar; Janet S. McLeod, senior administrative assistant at Rogers Library; James McLeod, master craftsman at FMU; Johnathan G. Munn, assistant professor of economics; Robert Pugh, professor of business administration and coordinator of the management program; Cheri Love Richardson, assistant dean of students; Hubert H. Setzler III, assistant professor of management; Linda M. Sullen, payroll accountant; Cheryl R. Tuttle, administrative assistant for English, Modern Language and Philosophy; and Julian Young, community relations and events coordinator.
McIlrath installed the charter officers. The newly installed officers are: Setzler, president; Young, president-elect; Druschel, secretary; and McLean, treasurer.
The ceremony ended with closing remarks by Setzler.
Civitan is a worldwide organization of community service clubs. Members enjoy personal and professional development opportunities while helping others. The mission of Civitan is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.
Membership is open to the Florence community at large. For more information or to join the FMU Civitan Club, call Setzler at (843) 661-1433 or Young at (843) 661-4659.