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Hansard to lead state Civitan Clubs
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Dianne Hansard, center, receives an award for the Cumming Civitan Club from Bill Buscher and Mattie Fraser, both of Civitan International. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

A local woman will lead all Civitan Club chapters throughout Georgia.

Dianne Hansard, a 22-year member of the Cumming Civitan Club, was chosen governor-elect during the organization’s recent annual convention.

The role involves making a three-year commitment to state-level leadership.

During her first year, Hansard will learn from the current governor in preparation for assuming that role the next year. The following year, she’ll help train another governor-elect.

“It’s a three-year commitment because as immediate past-governor, you’re still doing all the same things and training with the new governor,” she said.

Civitan is an international organization that seeks to help children and adults with mental and physical challenges.

The local club holds many events, such as Halloween and Christmas parties for special education students and disabled adults, throughout the year.

Hansard said she’s begun her preparations to lead in 2013.

“I’ll be visiting all of the clubs in the state of Georgia and doing officer installations and any educational meetings about what the club is doing,” she said. “Really, just whatever they want me to do. I’ve already been really busy.”

As for her plans as governor, Hansard said she would like to create a new Civitan chapter, possibly in Dawsonville, Dahlonega or Canton.

“I’d like to do that to keep the organization growing and just to continue what they’re doing now,” she said.