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Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City Recognized as Non Profit of the Year by Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce!
Kiwanis Club Receives Chamber Of Commerce Award
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. 
The Kiwanis Club or Greater OP-OC 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 chartered in 1980 by 25 residents and 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.
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 GOLD Holiday Famiulies, 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.
Installation Address to Kiwanis Members by Carolyn Dryzga, October 8, 2014

"Thank you:

To Peg Morton for spectacular efforts and spectacular results in organizing this wonderful celebration!

Thank you also to:

Lt.Governor Marks and wife for presiding over the inductions and being here with us tonight.

To Dick Clagett who left me with a great financial beginning and for all his wise advice.

To Mike Morton, Barb Peletier, my adviser Ralph Chinn and many more of you who have stood here or takent he lead to make this club the great organization it is!

A bit of background about me:

Born and raised as an Army brat, I continued my military affiliation through marriage, and now through my sone who is a Lt. Col. in the USMC.  With two wonderful children, I moved 37 times in my lifetime until this recent move to Ocean Pines...hopefully my last.

I  had no sense of what a "community" was until now.

Kiwanis is a new and wonderful experience, a lot of hard work yielding great results.  You, my fellow Kiwanians, are the living examples of local people making a local difference...you give back and pay it forward all the time!  You have changed me in a very good and purposeful way.

I don't want to spend too much time on the podium, so allow me to sharemy goals as your President:

Firstly -- I won't mess with the budget, but I will continue to promote use of the website and electronic distributions.  I will also continue to support you in what you already do so well.

Second -  This past August, 2014, I presented to the Board and received approval to start a satellite club which will have a 30-2-1 framework, e.g.
  • Three hours of service
  • two hours of "social" networking
  • One hour of member meetings...
  • Monthly

My recruiting efforts will focus on attracting the business and professional community hoping that this new framework will be a better fit for working adults.

This satellite club will be an extension of our own club...it will NOT be a new and separate entity.  The membership rights will be the same for both groups.

Since I have not yet started this initiative, I do not have many details to share with you tonight, but I will do so as it evolves.

Third -  Although this may be a bit of a stretch, I would like to create a marketing program to support ten months of selling Duck Race cash raffle tickets.  The beloved ducky race and picnic remain!

I recognize that these are ambitious endeavors.  I will do my best to achieve them, but I wouldn't be able to attempt them if the Club didn't already so such an amazing job with everything else.

Thank you for tonight and for the opportunity to serve.
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