New Civitan club officially chartered

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is raising awareness of persons with disabilities by sponsoring a new civic club open to people of all abilities.

Happy Trails Civitan Charter members
Happy Trails Civitan Club Charter members

The Happy Trails Civitan Club, sponsored by DRTC, adds a new dimension to the social and civic portions in the lives of people with disabilities. These individuals are finding more work in the community and may or may not be living with their families any more.

“We are looking at the whole person,” says Michael T. Jones, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at DRTC. “We love this opportunity for people with disabilities to have a safe place to be able to give back to the community that has supported them.”

Civitan International President Duane Capps addresses the Civitans
Civitan International President Duane Capps

Civitan International President Duane Capps made it official with a pinning ceremony at Wyman Frame – a division of DRTC. President Capps and other Civitan leaders, comprised of the Heartland and Great Southwest Districts, attended the ceremony as part of their regional meetings in Oklahoma City.

Agency staff lead tours throughout parts of the campus, highlighting the abilities of those it serves and showing how we all live life side by side. Attendees took part in interactive demonstrations from Prism Place (DRTC’s awards, trophies and promotional items division), Wyman Frame (picture frames) and subcontracting projects.

Civitan International is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 with a goal to charter 100 new clubs. Happy Trails Civitan Club membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character. Regular meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm at Wyman Frame (2502 N. Utah Ave. in OKC).

About Civitan International

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1917, Civitan now has active service clubs in 48 countries around the world. Members conduct service projects and volunteer in their community. For more information, please visit www.civitan.org, or call 1-800-CIVITAN.

 About Dale Rogers Training Center

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

Civitan International returning to Oklahoma City

Update 2/1/2017: The public is welcome to attend Happy Trails Civitan Club meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. “Like” the Happy Trails Civitan Club on Facebook!


Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), a nonprofit based in Oklahoma City that provides training and employment for people with disabilities, will serve as the host site of a new chapter of Civitan International.

civitan-internationalCivitan International, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities.

DRTC Executive Director Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed., who was the first woman elected as governor of the Oklahoma/Kansas district of Civitan International, is glad the club is returning to Oklahoma City.

“When Frank Kelley (Governor of the Heartland Civitan District) first reached out to me, I felt that helping start a new club concept that welcomes people with disabilities met a need in the community.” Thrash McGoodwin said.

People with and without disabilities can take part in club activities, which could range from collecting items for food pantries or homeless shelters, to volunteering at area retirement homes and beyond. Civitan is looking for energetic leaders who want to give back to their communities and have fun doing it.

Civitan International is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 with a goal to charter 100 new clubs. Membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character. Officer positions are available with the new club. Only $25 initiation fee and annual dues apply.

You’re invited to the first Civitan International meeting in OKC, set to charter in March 2017.

Wyman Frame – a division of Dale Rogers Training Center

2502 N. Utah Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Contact: Michael Jones

pr@drtc.org

405-946-4489 x1431

About Civitan International

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1917, Civitan now has active service clubs in 48 countries around the world. Members conduct service projects and volunteer in their community. For more information, please visit www.civitan.org, or call 1-800-CIVITAN.

 About Dale Rogers Training Center

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.