Midland Civitan Club
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Club History

Civitan was first introduced in the Midland- Penetanguishene area back in 1957 when the first Junior Civitan Club in the area was formed. This club was sponsored by the West Toronto Civitan Club.

The Midland Civitan Club was chartered on July 28, 1967, Charter #1959 and was sponsored by the Barrie Civitan Club. The Club builders at that time were William Murphy, Midland and Bob Green from the Barrie Club. The Club charted with 35 members at that time, with William Murphy being the President.

The Charter was presented by Past Governor Ray Armstrong, Officers were installed by Governor Reg Mathews and presentations were made by the Barrie Civitan Club President Bob Green.

The Midland Civitan Club was instrumental in forming the first Civinette Club in the District. The Civinettes were not recognized by Civitan International. The Civinettes were formed September 1969 and were very active in the community. The Civinettes also worked along with the Midland Civitan Club.

March 13, 1970 the Midland Civitan Club sponsored the Huronia Jr. Civitan Club. District Officers at that time were Governor Bill Kedney, Governor-Elect Bob Green, Civitan International Chairman Reg Matthews. Mike Tinney was the Charter President and was the first to receive a Junior District Honour Key, May 1972.

Midland Civitan Club was also the sponsoring Club for the Owen Sound Civitan Club, Chartered Oct 6, 1971. Civitan Dick Ivens was President of the Midland Civitan Club at that time.

In December 1986, the Midland Civitan Club opened their membership to female members and 6 females were imitated in the Club at that time.

Since 1972 the Midland Club have had many members serve on the District Board.

Over the years the Midland Civitan Club has been involved in many community projects. When the Midland arena was destroyed by fire in the early 70's a telethon chaired by Civitan Dick Ivens raising over $30,000.00 which was matched dollar for dollar towards the construction of the new arena.

The Midland Civitans are also the major sponsors in the Civitan Club Midland Huronia Beach Volleyball Club and have donated over $35,000.00 in the past couple of years. This court has been used by many as international games have been held there which have been televised on TNN.

The Club is very involved with the Huronia Special Olympics, donating towards different activities and volunteering their time for floor hockey, swim meets, winter sports, bowling and baseball.

The Midland Civitan Club is involved in many projects for example sponsoring the Santa Claus Parade each year as well as the Canada Day Parades in both Midland and Penetanguishene, donating to the needy, Midland and Penetanguishene Hospitals, Salvation Army, Big Brothers, Big Sisters to name a few.