Civitan hosts Clergy Appreciation

Submitted PhotoMasonnia Mattox, project; Peggy A. Tisdale, program; Bettye McClendon, publicity; Dr. Charles L. McDowell, pastor of Barney United Methodist Church, speaker; and Joanna R. Jones, president; gathered for the Valdosta Civitan Club clergy appreciation program. Active  members not shown include Emily Joiner, president-elect; Pauline Brown, secretary; Jane Singletary, treasurer; Ervin Holt, Alice Poplelarz and Christy Weaver, project members.

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Civitan Club honored community clergy at its recent meeting.

Civitan International designated February as Clergy Appreciation Month as a time of appreciation for clergy of all faiths who serve their community, according to a Civitan press release.

The time is set aside in remembrance of four chaplains (one Catholic, one Jewish, and two Protestants) who served aboard the USAT Dorchester during World War II. As the ship was sinking, they gave their jackets to four young men, making the ultimate sacrifice. It is told that the four chaplains were last seen arm-in-arm on the deck as the ship went down.

Dr. Charles L. McDowell, pastor of Barney United Methodist Church, was the speaker for the Civitan event. He presented a video depicting the events of that tragic day and referenced much of this information from the book, “No Greater Glory: The Four Immortal Chaplains and the Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II," by author Dan Kurzman. McDowell donated copies of the book to the Valdosta Civitan Club.

The Valdosta Civitan Club meets noon, the fourth Wednesday in each month, at Old Times Country Buffet, 1193 N. St. Augustine Road. New members are welcome. For more information, contact the club’s president, Joanna Jones, (229) 242-5810. 

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