New Bern Civitan Club

P.O. Box  13673  New Bern, North Carolina 28561




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 Welcome to the New Bern Civitan Club Website.

We hope you will find the information about our club and about Civitan interesting. If you enjoy being with interesting people and would like to help do some good for your community, come and join us!

The New Bern Civitan Club has started meeting again since early 2020. Everyone is invited to join us at our meetings.  There are no attendance or dress requirements..

New Bern Civitan Club

The New Bern Civitan Club was chartered on October 4, 1956 with 26 members. As of August, 2021 our membership now numbers 75.  Since our beginnings, our club has been dedicated to helping the less fortunate in the community, the state and the nation. While the Civitan primary charitable focus is intellectual and  and developmental disabilities, we also have many local projects.

 While "diverse" has certainly become an overused word, it well describes the membership of the New Bern Civitan Club. Members have included CEOs, high level managers, county and municipal officials, university professors, college presidents, attorneys, doctors, dentists, accountants and educators. We welcome all who wish to share in the ideals and fellowship of Civitan, and with those with a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

When do we meet?  See Calendar Page for schedule.

What does The New Bern Civitan Club offer you?


The New Bern Civitan Club offers you the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and to enjoy the company and fellowship of sharing weekly meals with other other caring community citizens.

Personal Growth

The New Bern Civitan Club offers you the opportunity to grow in your leadership and communication skills as you interact positively with others. 


The New Bern Civitan Club presents informative and interesting program meetings which inform and educate members about a wide range of topics. Programs include presentations on local charitable organizations, personal growth, and local issues of community interest.

Community Service

The New Bern Civitan Club provides its members with numerous opportunities to contribute to our community, state, and nation through a variety of “hands-on” service projects and through financial contributions from our fund-raising.



as old as life, as young as the rainbow, as endless as time.

do the work of the world and reach out in service to others.

hear the cry of children and the call throughout the world for peace,
guidance, progress, and unity.

search for others to join in the fellowship and service of Civitan.

utters the call to daily duty and speaks prayers in every tongue.

teaches me respect for law and the flag of my country.

beats for every friend, bleeds for every injury to humanity,
and throbs with joy at every triumph of truth.

knows no fear but its own unworthiness.

is for a better world through Civitan.

builders of good citizenship.

do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

to practice the Golden Rule and to build upon it a better and nobler citizenship


How Civitan Originated

On March 17, 1917, a group of Birmingham, Alabama businessmen and professional men began meeting weekly at lunch to discuss ways they might contribute to the improvement of the community. Like all major cities ─ then and now ─ Birmingham had problems. These men found some of the answers, and decided to join together as a winning team.

During World War I, these Birmingham Civitans generously contributed both resources and service. Club members not entering the armed forces took up the task of conscientiously supporting every drive started in support of the United States war effort.

Dr. Courtney W. Shropshire, a prominent physician and surgeon, was among the initial group. He is credited with being the founder of Civitan International.

 As word of the effectiveness of the Birmingham Civitan Club spread, men from other cities became interested in the Civitan concept. The growing interest outside Birmingham soon convinced the original members that their club could be a pattern for an international organization of Civitan clubs.

 The international organization was established on April 15, 1920, with Dr. Shropshire as president. Several years later the title Founder and First President was conferred upon Dr. Shropshire. Today there are also Campus  Civitan Clubs and Junior Civitan clubs geared to helping our young people get involved in helping their communities. These Civitan clubs help to support an award winning research institution dedicated to solving mental retardation issues, the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.