Florida Junior Civitans Win at the International Convention
Members of the Junior Civitans gather for the International Convention in Jacksonville.
Fifty Florida teens celebrated winning 1st place for their state wide project, Race for Research Run Walk or Roll for a Cure which, all combined, raised over $6,500 for medical research at the Civitan International Research Center. Florida Junior Civitans also received honorable mention and profile internationally for their other statewide project, Be a No Phone Driver Phocus on the Road, at the recent International convention in Jacksonville.
Florida placed 3rd as best overall District of the Year in International Junior Civitan. After intensive workshops then planning for the upcoming year with incoming Junior Civitan Governor Zachary Rivera of Bishop Moore in Orlando, their new goal is to place 1st next year.
Junior Civitans across Florida are celebrating the election of Matthew Pendleton of Sandalwood H.S. in Jacksonville as the 34th Junior Civitan International President. He was Junior Civitan Governor for Florida this past year, leading 1030 teens in community service and environmental projects. Mathew was presented with Distinguished Governor of Excellence for successful teamwork and leadership.
Eleven Florida Junior Civitan Clubs earned Honor Club patches for their banner and three clubs earned Honor Club of Distinction, meaning they completed all of the community service, social awareness, environmental and knowledge projects required by Junior Civitan International as well as joint projects with their sponsoring Civitan Club.
Locally, Leto High School, North Pinellas and St. Petersburg High School Junior Civitan Clubs were honored at the International Convention, in front of 350 teens from around the world. This past year, our teens collected blankets for the poor, helped with Special Olympics, helped restore oyster reefs, raised funds for Relay for Life, visited seniors in nursing homes, made Christmas gifts for needy children, fed the homeless and worked with abused children, just to mention a few of their many projects. We can be proud of our teens, helping in our communities, and making our world a better place.
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