The Valley District 

  "Building Good Citizens" 

Valley Blog

Announcing a New Junior Civitan Club!

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (1456)


Civitan International, Valley District Governor Steve Teasley, Junior Civitan Governor Preston Albertia, Junior Civitan Chair Gena Albertia and Clarksville Civitan Club President Joan Gater are happy to announce a new club:


Kenwood Middle School Junior Civitan Club

Charter Number 2739


Charter Date: January 12, 2016

Celebration Date: January 19, 2016


Kenwood Middle School Library

241 East Pine Mountain Road

Clarksville, Tennessee 37042


Please send congratulatory messages and donations to:

TBD , President

Kenwood Middle School Junior Civitan Club

Joan Gater, President

Clarksville Civitan Club

2582 Hedgerow Lane

Clarksville, Tennessee 37043



The Clarksville Civitan Club is sponsoring this enthusiastic new club. The club builders are Gena Albertia and Jay Albertia*.

Anyone needing more information about this new club should contact Peggy Davis at peggy.davis[at ]cmcss[dot]net or (931) 553-2080.


Please announce this information at your next club meeting and in your club bulletin. This is the 15th new Junior Civitan club announcement for the Junior Civitan International 2015-16 fiscal year.

Note: One asterisk indicates the club builder has built two clubs, two asterisks indicate three clubs and three asterisks indicate four clubs. MCB indicates the club builder is a Master Club Builder who has built five or more Junior Civitan Clubs.)


Civitan International is a non-profit, volunteer service organization based in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping persons with developmental disabilities. Civitan International is comprised of member clubs organized in communities across the United States and in over 35 countries worldwide all working to assist those affected by developmental disabilities through direct financial support and hands on projects. Visit us online at .


Civitan bids farewell to Gary Benmark

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (126)

From the obituary:

Gary Benmark, age 75, of Joelton, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, December 29th.

Gary was a member of Civitan International for 15 years, President of two Civitan clubs (Joelton Civitan Club and North Cheatham Civitan Club in Pleasant View). He was Valley District Area Director and Civitan International Foundation’s Valley District Liaison. He was the first inductee in Civitan International’s newly-formed Major Gifts Society.

Funeral Service is scheduled Monday, Jan 04, 2016 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church Joelton.

Corporate Business Park Civitan Club #1 Commitment

Posted on July 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (118)

Living in a community and being a member of a community are two very different things. As members of the Clarksville Corporate Business Park Civitan Club, we have chosen to be members of the community in which we live. A big part of this community are those who have volunteered to be members of our military and their families. Many people forget that our country’s armed forces are a 100% volunteer force. Everyone who serves has made a choice, a commitment, a sacrifice, an oath, to defend our nation and therefore, us. They put their lives on the line for us; they spend long days, months, even years away from their families. With over a decade of war, many of our service members have come home wounded; physically, mentally, and often emotionally. It is important as members of this community that we honor their service by helping them and their families in any way that we can to cope with these hardships.

Our club has made a commitment to the Warrior Transition Battalion of Fort Campbell, to serve our brave service members and their families. From the very start of our club, even before it was officially chartered, we have been working with the WTB in many ways. We have provided material needs such as food for families in need and dozens of cases of water to support the annual Blue Grass Rendezvous Bike Ride, a 165 mile trek from Fort Knox, KY all the way back to Fort Campbell. We provided financial aid for the wounded warriors to provide day care for their children so that they could attend an annual Christmas dance with their spouses.

Sometimes our warriors must fight a different enemy; illnesses such as cancer can quickly devastate a family. Things we take for granted, such as being able to run to the market for eggs or milk can be a challenge for someone who must care for a terminally ill spouse. We are there for our warriors during these hard times as well. This year we helped to provide for a family whose father, a soldier with the 101st, was dying from cancer. For a wife with four young children and an older daughter, Easter seemed impossible as she could not leave her husband’s side for fear that any moment could be his last. Well, those children had their Easter with their father, due to some special help from the Madison Street Wal-Mart and the Easter Bunny. Unfortunately, their father passed the next day, but his final Easter with his children was a special one. His passing brought a new need for the family, where we eagerly jumped in again to help, this time providing financial assistance so that the family could continue to receive another month of in home care to adjust to their new life.

All of these events have created a great bond in the relationship between the Fort Campbell WTB and the Business Park Club. Just recently, Kerry Graef, the director for the WTB, was a guest speaker at one of our meetings. The emotion in her voice as she thanked the members for their support was touching and helped to bring home just how important what we do is. To make the event even more special, she then presented the club with forty-six coins, one for each member at the time. The significance of this is very important; coins are only presented on very special occasions to individuals who have met exceptional achievements. They are usually presented by unit commanders and they are not presented very often, to have one presented by a unit is an honor. To receive forty-six of them is astounding. This great honor is a tribute to the relationship the Corporate Business Park Civitan Club has established with the Warrior Transition Unit. A relationship we will continue to nurture and grow to ensure that our Wounded Warriors and their families know that their community will always be there for them.

-WTB article from Brenton

Aloha from Junior Spring District MeetingWi

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (126)

WISH ... U were there!!!! on April 5th at Clarksville High School Valley District celebrated with a Lula Everyone was greeted with a lei but that was only the beginning of FUN FULL day!I have some many wonderful stories to share with you But, I will share a few things at a time ... Clarksville High School was named the District Club of the Year!!! and Valley District Jr. Civitan raised .... drum roll please ..... $2,120.64 for "Pasta for Pennies" and this will grow even more in couple of weeks when I attend the Civitan District Meeting in Cadiz, KY FYI: it has already has increased by .42 cents Let me tell why about this increase. I announced after the donation this morning that this number will be going up a Jr. Civitan opened her purse and said to me "it’s not much but, here you go" & she handed me .42 cents!< font face="Times" size="4"> Do WE not have amazing Juniors in the Valley District! I know we DO!!!


Looking forward to seeing everyone in about a week in Cadiz, KY!!!

Thank you for all the support of the Valley District Junior Civitan!!! love, Marie

FYI: I have x5 shirts left to sell $10 each  Sizes 4L  and 1 2X all the money goees to help a junior go to convention in June in Franklin,TN

New Providence Teddy Bear Drive

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (126)
Hello everyone. .. It's that time of year again for New Providence. From February 1-28 we will be taking any teddy bears to donate to the New Providence Community Center for children in crisis. Last year we were able to donate over 300 stuffed animals to them. If you or your club would like to donate please let myself or our club President Geogina Crosby. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.