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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City is the local club of Kiwanis International.  The first Kiwanis Club was formed in 1915 in Detroit and has grown to have clubs in 80 nations.

The Defining Statement of Kiwanis:  "Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at at time."   The Kiwanis logo is accompanied by the words "Serving the Children of the World". 

Along with clubs for adults, there are clubs for students
of which the Kiwanis Club of Greater OP-OC parent club sponsors six (6):  The Stephen Decatur High School Key Club, The Salisbury School Key Club, The Buckingham Elementary K-Kids, The Showell Elementary School K-Kids, The Berlin Intermediate School Builders Club and The Stephen Decatur Middle School Builders Club.  There are two other Kiwanis clubs,  one for college students known as Kiwanis Cirlcle K Clubs and another named Acktion Clubs for adults with disabilities. 
The local Kiwanis Club was organized by 25 residents on February 20, 1980 and chartered by Kiwanis International on April 12, 1980.  The original name was known as the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines.  In 2005 the club changed its name to The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City and has members from both areas as well as Berlin, MD.  It meets every week on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM in the Ocean Pines Community Center where 
a great deal of fun and fellowship are shared.

Kiwanis Club Inducts New President and Officers for fiscal year 2015-2016! Mark Joseph accepts gavel from Carolyn Dryzga.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City Recognized as Non Profit of the Year 2013-2014 by Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce!
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines - Ocean City was awarded the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce award as the "Non-Profit of the Year" which was sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore on Thursday October 9th.  The award was presented to Kiwanis Club President Carolyn Dryzga by Doug Wilson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.  In addition, the Kiwanis Club received a Maryland Senate Citation from Senator Jim Mathias, a State Proclamation from Maryland Delegate Mike McDermott and a Worcester County Commendation from Commissioner Judy Boggs.
Some of the accomplishments of the past year, that being from October 1 2013 through September 30, 2014 under the leadership of now Immediate Past President Dick Clagett were: The Priority One contributions to Worcester G.O.L.D.'s Baby Pantry, Scholarships worth $16,500 awarded to deserving graduation senior students to further their educations, support of community based childrens' programs like CASA, The Cedar Chapel School, Ocean Pines Camp, Ocean City Summer Camp, the Cub Scouts, Ocean Pines Community Theater's Childrens' Theater and the McGuffy Reader Program and support of school Science Fairs, Art Fairs, It's Academic Competition, as well as supporting the student clubs in local schools.  The club also supports the community by contributing to Community Support organizations like The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department, Ocean Pines Association's Concerts in the Park, Diakonia, Worcester County Interfaith Caregivers, Worcester G.O.L.D Holiday Families, Coastal Hospice, the Appalachian Services Project, plus hundreds of volunteer hours towards Berlin Nursing Home Bingo, Companion Dolls, Blood Bank Drives, making and installing House Number Signs to assist first responders of the Police Department and Fire Department in finding the correct location, and more.  It's a lot of commitment to wonderful causes done willingly by the membership of the Kiwanis Club to make the community a better place to live and raise children.
Kiwanis is honored to receive the award.
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