A Short Dyersburg Club History
The Dyersburg Civitan Club was organized March 13, 1953 by Mr. Western Grizzard from Clarksville, TN. Western had been hired by Civitan to contact local communities throughout western Tennessee with the object of promoting and organizing new Civitan clubs. Some of the charter members were Murray Pope, US Postal Clerk; Len Shipman, officer at Dyersburg Fabrics; Robert Wood, supervisor at Dyersburg Fabrics; W.L. Noble, Oil Distributer and W.J. Boyd, Presbyterian Minister.
Rev. Boyd's brother-in-law, Eddie Lunn, was a Civitan International President and was also instrumental in leading Boyd and the others to form the local club. The Dyersburg Civitan Club elected Eddie to the International Presidency. Wendell West was delegated to attend the International Convention in Hot Springs , AR and was the last "official" registered delegate to the convention. Eddie Lunn won by one vote. Wendell has gone on to serve as both Lt. Governor and Governor of the Valley District. He is also credited with chartering the first Junior Civitan Club west of the Tennessee River.
We proud to have 40 highly active members and our longest continuing member is Lloyd Collier who has been a member since 1968 serving in many different capacities through the years.
What We do
Dyersburg Civitan’s are involved in a variety of projects that benefit residents of our community.
Our Community Service projects include:
- Christmas for Special Needs Students
- Developmental Skills Birthday Parties
- Special Olympics
- The Dictionary Project
- Building Wheelchair Ramps
- DSCC Scholarship as well as
- Direct Donations to 15 local charity or community service organizations
- and we support our service projects through the following Fund Raising events
- Annual Golf Tournament
- Vidalia Onion Sale
- Claxton Fruitcake Sale
- Dyer County Fair Food Booth
- The Haunted Trail
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