Meet Chris Babich, a relatively new member of the Civic League

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How did you first become involved in the Civic League?

A member invited me to a meeting at the North East Library about a year and a half ago.  She introduced me to other members.  I previously worked in a children’s library so I have a special affinity to supporting libraries and increasing literacy.  Learning that the North East Library is one of the major beneficiaries of the Civic League is exciting to me. 


What have you gained personally from your membership in the Civic League?

Certainly friendship, and also learning more about the community and the needs of the local area.  We are permanent residents of Pennsylvania, but we’ve visited the area for many years, boating and enjoying other recreational activities.  About three years ago we bought a house in the local community.  We renovated the house and now spend over half of each week living here.    


What Civic League activities are you involved in?

We just recently set up a Facebook page for the Civic League.  Last June, I was a hostess at one of the gardens on our annual Secret Garden Tour.  During the holiday season I contributed food goods to benefit several families supported by the Civic League.   I brought some friends to the Fashion Show last October.  We had a lot of fun.  I have served as temporary secretary when needed. 


What do you like to do in your free time?

My husband and I belong to five ballroom dancing clubs.  We’re social, not competitive, dancers.  We have a lot of fun and have met some wonderful people.  We recently acquired a new boat so we’re looking forward to the boating season.  Right now, we have a trip coming up to Australia.  We love traveling, particularly cruising.


What do you see yourself doing in the future?

I’m just starting to get more involved.  I’ve always volunteered.  Helping others is important to me.  We often donate extra groceries to help the food pantry at Immaculate Conception Parish.  I can see myself getting more involved in the Civic League and the local community.   There are a lot of needs in this area.