Active member: Pays membership fees and dues, and may hold elective office in a club, a district, or International.
Honorary member: Members of a Civitan club can confer honorary membership on anyone who has distinguished himself or herself in a praiseworthy manner. An honorary member pays no dues and cannot vote or hold office, but may attend meetings.
Member-in-Military: Active members fulfilling a required military obligation are automatically placed in this category. A member-in-military pays no dues and may not hold an office, but has all other membership rights. This status is terminated upon release from active duty. A career member of the armed forces is not eligible for this category.
Life member: A club, in recognition of distinguished service, may confer life membership on any active member. The club assumes all dues payments for life on the member's behalf. Past International Presidents are automatically made life members in their "home" clubs.
Types of Civitan Clubs
Civitan offers more types of clubs than any other organization:
Traditional clubs: Most Civitan clubs charter as traditional meal-meeting clubs. Meetings are held weekly or semi-monthly at a restaurant. Clubs may meet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
ACTION clubs: ACTION is an acronym for "Active Citizens Taking Initiative On Needs," catering to people on the go with opportunities to become involved in "hands on" service projects rather than long lasting projects. These clubs do not have meals during their meetings but rather a social half hour prior to the meeting. Meetings are one-hour in length.
Singles-only clubs: This is an ACTION club restricted to unmarried adults, at least at the time of charter. The concept was created to give single adults the opportunity to get involved in community activities and meet new friends in a wholesome, respectable atmosphere.
Campus clubs: These clubs are organized on college campuses. Members are students of the school and are active in the meetings, projects and programs of the clubs. Click here to find out more about Campus Civitan.
Junior clubs: These clubs are usually organized at High Schools. Members are students fo the school and are active in the meetings, projects and programs of the clubs.
Become a Member
Membership in Civitan is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character. Every Civitan should understand and appreciate the mission of Civitan International and strive to promote the three principle goals of fellowship with one another, knowledge about the community at large, and service to humanity through the local Civitan club.
Civitans are dedicated to improving their communities through community service. On the international level, Civitan focuses on helping people with developmental disabilities. Civitan funds the UAB Civitan International Research Center, a research and treatment facility for mental and developmental disabilities.
On the local level, clubs are involved in a variety of fund-raising and service projects. Civitan realizes the importance of offering its members opportunities for personal and professional development, as well as the opportunity to meet new friends and develop long-lasting friendships with people who share similar interests.
At club meetings Civitans hear from community, business and government leaders who provide informative and entertaining programs on the issues that affect Civitans and their families the most.
Cost (Initiation Fees and Dues) -- It costs little to join Civitan. Each person must pay a one-time initiation fee of $15 ( United States funds) to Civitan International. Some clubs and districts charge an initiation fee on top of this fee. Most initiation fees for clubs in the United States and Canada, however, are between $25 and $35.
Each quarter the club treasurer bills members for quarterly dues. These dues are based upon what the club board of directors and members have agreed upon. International charges $12 per person per quarter. District and club dues are added to the total quarterly amount. Some clubs also include a meal charge with the dues.
Associate Membership: If you're not interested in joining a local club, but would like to support Civitan and keep up-to-date on current events, click here to apply for associate membership!