by Erica Oglesby

Members of the North Mecklenburg Civitan Club celebrated 20 years of service and honored two of its charter members with the elusive Civitan Club Honor Key on Tuesday evening at The Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson.

Recognizing two of its most prominent members, Nannie Potts and Vertie Torrence, the local Civitan Club commended both ladies on their service to their local communities, and bestowed upon them the club’s highest honor.

“They are the heart of the club,” said Cynthia Hall, president of the club. “They are the ones that have kept the club alive.”

Both members of the club since its inception in October 1990, Potts and Torrence are passionate about community life and local volunteerism.

Potts, a former Cornelius mayor from 1982 to 1983, is a native of Davidson, and a long-time participant in community events. A mother of three sons and grandmother to nine, Potts has been married to husband Gerald for more than 50 years. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher for 30 years, Potts loves children and began an after-school program for elementary school children at Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church.

Torrence, who co-founded the after-school program, was a teacher for 34 years. Active in her church, Torrence has also served on the Cornelius Library committee and is a member of the Cornelius Police Initiative committee.

Beginning with more than 30 members, the North Mecklenburg Citivan Club is an active organization in the Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius communities. Volunteering locally is the core foundation of the club, and Hall is pleased with the club’s community involvement.

“We make an impact to a lot of people in our community,” Hall said.

Small in size, the club now has nine members, but secretary and treasurer, Mark Vandivier says that doesn’t hinder the club’s drive to help others.