Civitan Child Welfare Auxiliary Gives Thousands For Children With Disabilities

Friday, July 11, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Considered one of the community's best-kept secrets, the Civitan Child Welfare Auxiliary has already given $18,678 in grant money to children with disabilities in the year 2014 alone.  

Last year, the organization created by the Chattanooga Civitan Club gave over $70,000. 

Tom Henley of Henley Medical said, "The very best carpenter cannot build a beautiful home without tools. What we do is provide tools for children with disabilities.


He said the Auxiliary provides families with money to get things most people would never think about needing. 

The Auxiliary paid for one child to get a prosthetic leg that could go in the water, so he could swim again like any other child. Other children have received money to get things like motorized wheel chairs or van lifts, equipment that can make their lives much easier.

Mr. Henley said, "We take our ability to clean ourselves and hygiene for granted. With so many of our children, it's very challenging." He showed the Civitan Club special chairs and equipment to help with this process, all funded by the Auxiliary. 

He said, "The way that it improves their lives is immeasurable."

On Friday afternoon, the Auxiliary presented a specially made tricycle to a young girl with Down Syndrome. Already faced with heart and lung problems from an early age, the girl had even more hurdles to overcome when her medications started causing weight gain. 

Her mother knew that this could be detrimental to her heart and lungs, so she reached out to the Auxiliary for help finding a way for her daughter to exercise.

Civitan Club member and member of the Auxiliary board Bill Dietzen said the organization wants to help even more children. 

At the end of each year, any money in the fund not used on specific children is donated to various children's organizations. However, he said, everyone would rather the money be given directly to families of special needs children.

Because of this, Mr. Dietzen and the rest of the board encouraged anyone with a child with disabilities needing help to contact the organization. 

He said, "We get a whole lot more pleasure out of doing it for kids."


Local DAR Chapters Present Gifts To Kate Duncan Smith DAR School

Members of the Chickamauga, Chief John Ross, Judge David Campbell and Nancy Ward Chapter traveled to Gunter Mountain, Grant, Ala., for Dedication Day at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. Joining the Daughters was Holly Mathews of Tennessee DAR Newsletter chairman. Ms. Matthews is a member of the Cavett Station Chapter in Knoxville.  The Kate Duncan Smith DAR School is one ... (click for more)

Choral Arts Hosts Meet The Musicians Fundraiser Oct. 27

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will host a fundraiser, Meet the Musicians, with Darrin Hassevoort - the new artistic director, and composer Douglas Hedwig.  The event will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks.  It will be held at Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Walden Club, 633 Chestnut St., Suite 2100.  For more information contact Board ... (click for more)

Top 12 Most Wanted Fugitive Corey Ripple Apprehended Wednesday Night

Robert Corey Ripple was apprehended on Wednesday evening by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was advised by the United States Marshall’s Office at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday that Ripple was seen turning in to an address on Dolly Pond Road. The agencies immediately formed an arrest team and went ... (click for more)

Harry Cooper, 54, Is Bicyclist Hit By Dalton Police Officer Thursday Morning

Dalton Police officer Allexis Rittenhouse  hit  Earnest Harry Cooper, 54, of 216 North Easterling Street in Dalton, who was riding a bicycle in the intersection of Thornton Avenue and Cuyler Street early Thursday morning. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash. The incident happened at 12:47 a.m . Officer Rittenhouse was traveling northbound ... (click for more)

Four Reforms For The Superintendent Selection Process

Hamilton County’s school district is suffering from a leadership crisis. Over the last decade, HCDE has had four superintendents, three being unable to even fulfill their contracts. This excessively high turnover rate has impeded endeavors to improve student achievement. Without stable and quality leadership, our students are robbed of the superior instruction they ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Little History Lesson

We are told that, as of today, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick holds the dual distinction of being “the most hated man in the NFL” and the wearer of “this year’s No. 1 Most-Purchased NFL jersey.” We also know that early voting just opened in “The Election of the Lesser of Two Evils” and, in Nashville, our educators are struggling with what parts of actual history should ... (click for more)