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2022-2023 Winterville Civitan Officers Installed 9/8/2022

Congratulations to our new 2022-2023 officers!
President Michael Law
President-Elect Brian Freese
Secretary Patsy Chandler
Treasurer Caroline Rice
Thank you all for stepping up to lead us into a new era of growth and service to our community. Thank you District Governor Pamela Brems for making the trip to Winterville to officially install our new officers.
We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dodd Ferrelle, who displayed great leadership during his 2021-2022 term as president, and to Ray Marsden, who did a great job as our 2021-2022 secretary.
If you would like to learn more about Civitan and the work we do in Winterville and beyond, please email our President Michael Law or join us at one of our monthly meetings. We meet at the Winterville Train Depot at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

Main Street Trash Pickup 2/12/2022

We had a fun and productive morning during our quarterly trash pickup on Main Street and the Firefly Trail. Today we were joined by members of the Winterville Firefly Trail Local Action Committee. Our city is cleaner thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.

Record Year for the Snowflake 10K!


Drone footage courtesy of Matt Brewser with Marigold Solutions

 Including virtual runners, we had a record total of 277 registrations for the 2022 Snowflake 10K!  138 of those were thanks to our partnership with the Firefly Trail Race Series.  The race was a success by all accounts thanks to the Winterville Police Department, the Winterville Volunteer Fire Department, numerous volunteers from Civitan and the Winterville community, Classic City Race Services, and our sponsors.  Thank you all and we hope to see you again next year!

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Race Results

2022 Snowflake 10K Sponsors:

Golden Pantry     Commercial Bank     Coldwell Banker (Upchurch Realty)     

Lord & Stevens     Garrett Paving     Koons Environmental     

Lewis Co. Floors     Badcock  Furniture     Athens Dental Design (Dr. Burch)

Firefly Trail     Fleet Feet     Liz & Tony De Marco Family     

Greensboro Tire     DePalma’s     Winterville Marigold Festival     

Little City Diner     Prince Ave. Primary Care     Jerry’s Lock & Key     

Raymond James     Tucker Electric     Winterville Animal Clinic     

Winterville  Dental     Winterville United Methodist Church     City of Winterville

The course is on city and country roads through the beautiful and relatively flat countryside.  The Snowflake 10K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

Race Map

Event details and schedule:

Date: January 29, 2022

Location:   Pittard Park, 115 Parkview Rd, Winterville, GA

Registration and packet pickup begins at 8AM

10K starts at 9AM

Awards following the 10K

Awards: Overall Male and Female, Masters Male and Female, Grand Masters Male and Female and age group awards 3 deep starting with 10 and under to 75 and over in 5-year age groups.

Virtual Option: Run your 6.2 miles anyday between 01/22 and 01/29. Submit your finish time using this link: Finish times must be submitted no later than Saturday, Jan 29 at 12 noon. Awards are not available for the virtual option. T-shirts will be mailed within two weeks of the event.

Shirts and Goodies: Shirts are guaranteed to those who register by 1/12/22 and will be given out while supplies last to late and race day registrants. There will be plenty of refreshments.

Timing and Results: Finish line management and results provided by Classic Race Services with results posted to,,

Series Affiliation: The race is on the 2022 Black Bag Race Series and the Clover Glove Series.

Firefly Trail Series: This is the first race in the 2022 Firefly Trail Series.

Other Info: In case of rain, the races will go on. Delay of the start may happen in case of severe weather in the area at race time. If severe weather continues, then the race director or local authorities may make the call to cancel the race at that time. Sorry, no refunds.



Chandler Park Dedication

Chandler Park, a new pocket park next to City Hall, is a collaboration between the City of Winterville and the Winterville Civitan Club. Chandler Park honors the late George Chandler, a local community leader, former Civitan District Governor, and former Winterville Civitan President. More details, including info on purchasing commemorative bricks, can be found at the link below:
A dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Immediately following this ceremony, there was a memorial reception in the  Depot for George H. Chandler who passed away on October 15, 2020.

First Responders BBQ


Winterville First Responders and Their Immediate Families are invited to our

Annual Appreciation Cookout on Saturday, September 9th at the Pittard Park Pavilion from 4 to 6 pm.


The Odom Family Gets Handicap Van with Winterville Civitan’s Help

February 27, 2017 - The family of Clay Odom raised money to buy a handicap van for Clay who is a quadriplegic.  However, they came up short of what was needed.  They then reached out to Civitan for additional assistance and were finally put in touch with the Winterville Civitan club.  Club Past-President and former district Governor, George Chandler, spearheaded the project with the help of members Bill Chrisohon and former Civitan Governor, Ray Marden and pulled together the additional funds to purchase the van pictured.  This van is a used Toyota handicap conversion van that was traded into Heyward-Allen Toyota by non-the-less, Mrs. Libby Dreesen, another Winterville Civitan Club member. 

As the events played out, Chandler fielded the request from the family and knew Mrs. Dreesen had a handicap van which she and her late husband, Dr. David Dreesen, had purchased for his disability.  Chandler feeling that Mrs. Dreesen may want to rid herself of the van called on her and found that she had just traded the van to Heyward-Allen Toyota of Athens Georgia.  Not one to let time pass, George made his way to Heyward-Allen Toyota and met with Mr. Steve Middlebrooks, Partner/President, who then offered to sell the van to the Odom’s at cost.

 With that commitment in hand, Winterville Club’s team of Chandler, Chrisohon and Marden went to work to get the finances required to complete the purchase.  With their combined efforts, the Winterville Club, the Athens-Whitehead Club and the Oconee County Civitan Club successfully raised the needed funds.  On Friday, February 24, 2017 the Odom family took possession of the van just 4 weeks from Mr. Chandler’s first contact with the family.  With all the pieces falling in place as they did, one must believe that God’s hand was in it to answer that family’s prayers.  We offer a special thank you to Heyward-Allen Toyota, 2910 Atlanta Highway, Athens and to everyone who worked so diligently to make this happen for this deserving family.

As Alicias Threads Moreno put it on the Winterville Civitan Club’s Facebook page:

“…. God has Blessed our efforts! We closed the deal on a 2008 Toyota Conversion Van with only 66,000 miles last night! Online & Offline total donations was $5,200. The Civitans club of Winterville, GA matched our donations and along with the Toyota dealership Owner - Heyward Allen Toyota in Athens, GA got together for the rest of the $$ needed to make this van available for Clay. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU INVOLVED! We are so very Grateful and Appreciate it beyond words!”

AMVETS Riders Program

The AMVETS RIDERS are a dedicated and patriotic group of motorcycle riders who hold true to an unwavering respect for our Nation, our Flag, and our Military… past, present and future. They are committed to the freedom of this Nation, to provide community service and fellowship, and to preserve and support the aims and goals of the AMVETS National Organization. 

Kevin Ashe, Chapter 10 President & Tom McNamara, Georgia Department President
Kevin Ashe

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And they're off!

2016 Snowflake 10K a Big Hit with Participants!

Civitan Donates $10K to City of Winterville's Pittard Park

The Winterville Civitan Club has donated $10,000 toward accessible playground equipment for the handicapped at the park . A presentation  of the donation was made to the City Council by members of the Civitan Club on October 13, 2015.

Left to right: Councilman Mark Farmer, Mayor Emily Eisenman, Councilman Gary Snow, Civitan Member Dodd Ferrell, Civitan Member Caroline Rice, Civitan Member Tom Doonan, Councilman Kenny Tweedell, Civitan President George Chandler, Civitan Member Patsy Chandler, Civitan Member JoAnn Snow, Civitan Member Sam Alvarez, Civitan Member Jack Beach, Councilman Kenny Hodges, City Clerk Wendy Bond.

Athens-Clarke surplus sailboats go to local Sea Scouts Sponsored by Winterville Civitan

Read the story here.

Honoring Winterville's Police and Firemen

September 11, 2014

The Winterville Civitan Club honored its first responders today and remembered those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago.  Boy Scout Troop 44 was on hand to present the colors.  John Means, President-Elect  presented a short video in memoriam.  

Jennifer Causey took the following photos:


Civitan at the Front Porch Bookstore, June 5th

The Winterville Civitan Club will be serving up hot dogs, chips and drinks on Saturday, June 5th at the Front Porch Bookstore concert event .

Civitans will be meeting  at 5pm in front of the bookstore to set up, get cooking, and get to serving up the goodies to our friends and neighbors. The concert begins at 6pm.

The Winterville Civitan Club now has a Yahoo Group set up. If you haven't signed up for this list serve (another way we can communicate and share pictures, files, and calendar updates), you can click on the following link:*  to learn more about Civitan.

(Our Yahoo Group name is "wintervillecivitan" is you are already a Yahoo Groups member.)

Hope to see you all at the concert next Saturday!

Winterville Civitan Club Helps Kick-off Spring Concert Series

April 5, 2014

The Winterville Civitan Club was on hand Saturday, April 5 to help usher in the Front Porch Book Store’s Spring Concert Series.

Club members served free hot dogs, chips, and drinks to folks who came out to see Wintervillian Dodd Ferrelle’s band "March" take the stage.

More than 100 people showed up to the event, the first of many free Saturday evening concerts that will be held at the Front Porch Book Store on Marigold Lane in Winterville. All concerts begin at 6p.m. 

Front Porch Book Store is a non-profit run by the Friends of the Winterville Library, with proceeds from the sale of donated books benefitting the city’s library.

During the event, Civitan members chatted with residents and visitors about the club’s ongoing projects, including quarterly trash pickups along Main Street, building handicap ramps for residents in need, and fundraising efforts to benefit Civitan International Research Center, an interdisciplinary center focusing on developmental disabilities research and education.

The Winterville Civitan Club meets at 7p.m. for a meeting and a meal on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at the historic train depot on North Main Street. Guests are always welcome to attend a meeting and meet the neighbors that make up the local chapter of Civitan International.

For more information about the club, visit the website at, or call Civitan President Kenny Tweedell at 706-742-5494.

Civitan Helps to Usher In Summer Concerts for Front Porch Bookstore