The Fort Dodge Civitan Club has received word from Civitan International that the local organization will receive the HOPE award for the past Civitan year.
HOPE - Helping Other People Experience - award is based on a clubs' participation in the candy box project.
President Pat Scheer and Candy Box Chairperson Vern Janssen said they are honored. It is the first International award to be given to the club since it was chartered in 1968.
The candy boxes placed at 19 businesses in the Fort Dodge area and six businesses in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area contain peppermints for the community to get a mint and give a donation. Twenty-five percent stays local and is used for club-sponsored dances, Special Olympics and the picnic they hold. The other 75 percent is sent to International to support programs worldwide. Local club members service the candy boxes, and collect and deposit the funds. Promotion of the candy boxes is handled by Janssen.
Presentation of the award will be at the International Convention in Denver on July 3. Members Roger and Nancy Leo will attend to accept it. In addition, the club's name will be added to the previous years' winners on the wall at the Birmingham office.
The local club's main focus is to help the mentally and physically disabled of the community. It meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Zakeer's restaurant, 425 Second Ave. S.