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Civic Groups

Here is a partial listing of civic groups active in the Roanoke Valley. A listing of all organizations is available at the Council of Community Services Information and Referral Service, local: 982-2345, out-of-town: (800) 354-3388.

  • Altruist Club: Works with youth and underprivileged children. Presents annual Debutante Ball. Membership open to men and women. Meets first and third Wednesdays of each month, except for June, July, August and December. Contact Dorothy Curtis at 345-0186.
  • Civitan Club: Supports citizenship and good sportsmanship among students. Helps the mentally and physically handicapped and sponsors the Roanoke Valley Special Olympics. Open to men and women. Meets second and fourth Monday of each month at noon at the Comfort Inn on Orange Avenue, near the Roanoke Civic Center. Contact Betty Jo Anthony, president, at 981-2626.
  • Cosmopolitan Club of Roanoke: Group raises funds for area charities and contributes to Roanoke Valley Speech and Hearing Center. Sponsors the annual Cosmopolitan Track Meet at Salem High School for junior and senior high school students. Meets Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, Civic Center. Contact Roger Simpson at 774-3407.
  • Jaycees: Encourages accepting civic duty and understanding civic problems. Open to men and women ages 21 to 39. The Roanoke chapter meets second and fourth Tuesdays at the United Way Board Room on 325 Campbell Ave. in Roanoke at 5:30 p.m. The Cave Spring chapter meets second and fourth Mondays at the Honeywood Clubhouse at 7 p.m. The Salem Jaycees meet the first Wednesday of the month at the Salem Senior Citizens Building and third Wednesdays of the month at Bastians Bar-B-Q in Salem. For more information contact the Roanoke office at 345-1316, the Cave Spring chairman of the board, Kathleen Kennedy, at 981-0936 or the Salem office at 772-8871.
  • The Junior League of Roanoke Valley, Va. Inc.: Organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information, write 4504 Starkey Road S.W., Suite 102, Roanoke 24014-4004 or call the Junior League office at 774-3242, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September through June; and July and August, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The fax number is 772-9540.
  • Kiwanis: Major emphasis is on helping children. A focus is also placed on enhancing the quality of living for elderly adults and aiding handicapped individuals.
  • Kiwanis Club of Roanoke Inc.: Weekly meetings Wednesdays from 12:15 to l:30 p.m. are in the Patrick Henry Hotel ballroom. For more information. call John Shumate, secretary/treasurer, at 774-2807.
  • Kiwanis Club of Roanoke Valley: Meets the first and third Tuesday of every month with dinner and speaker on Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at D.J.'s Brasserie Restaurant. Contact Thomas Hahn at 989-4531.
  • Salem Kiwanis Club: Meets weekly Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center. Contact Paul Dotson, president, at 387-0521 or William Rich, secretary/treasurer, at 366-6718.
  • Lions Club: Works with sight conservation and eyeglass recycling, youth programs, Diabetes research, the Quest drug program and many others. Groups also have hearing conservation projects. For more information, call the Lions of Va. office at 774-2495.
  • Optimist Club of Roanoke: Promotes positive thinking. Open to civic-minded people interested in youth programs. Meets the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at D.J.'s Brasserie Restaurant. For more information contact Lee Garrett, president, at 774-4629 or write P.O. Box 20516, Roanoke, 24018.
  • Rotary Clubs: Service clubs involved in working with youth leadership projects, education, and support of Polio Plus, which seeks to immunize all children in Third World countries by the year 2005. Clubs open to men and women proposed by members.
  • North Roanoke Rotary Club: Meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Remington's Restaurant at Roanoke Marriott. For more information, contact Harry E. Land, president, at 344-8361.
  • The Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley: Meets Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at Hidden Valley Country Club. Open to people proposed by members. Contact Gardener Smith, president, at 776-7140.
  • Rotary Club of Roanoke: Meets second and fourth Thursday of the month at The Hotel Roanoke, 6:15 p.m. For information, contact Gerry Boush at 345-7976 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Salem Rotary Club: Open to people proposed by members. Meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at Salem Civic Center. Contact Judy Griesenbrock, president at 387-0267, or Lew Bishop, secretary, at 772-7906.
  • Roanoke Civil War RoundTable: A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization interested in the study of the Civil War and the preservation of Civil War sights. Meets the second Tuesday September-June at Friendship Manor's Friendship Hall, Hershberger and Florist roads N.W. at 7 p.m. Clive or Betty Rice, 563-9034.
  • Ruritan Club: Dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through fellowship, goodwill and community service. For more information contact Lou Rader, district governor, at 977-6106.
  • Valley Network Business and Professional Women's Organization: An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Promotes the interests of business and professional women and offers a spirit of cooperation and networking among women in various fields. Meets monthly the third Tuesday at noon. For more information, write Membership Chairman, P.O. Box 20482, Roanoke, 24018-0049.
  • Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs: A non-partisan, non-denominational service organization that is involved in such issues as women's health, illiteracy, child abuse prevention, community improvement, international understanding, opportunities for the disabled, etc. The Blue Ridge District includes six junior women's clubs and 16 general clubs open to all women. For information, call public relations at 986-0154. Valley Network sponsors an annual scholarship program for working women and offers Individual Development Programs on public speaking, parliamentary procedure, time management and other topics of interest to career women.

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