The new year of
2015 brings with it some KIWANIS milestones, both globally and locally.
The global organization known as Kiwanis International was founded in
1915 in Detroit, Michigan. One year later it became international with
the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario. Thus 2015 is the
Centennial Celebration of the founding of the club 100 years ago. As our club prepares to celebrate this event, we also will celebrate our club's 35th year of providing Youth Leadership sponsorship in our local schools and on-going support to community organizations.
We will continue to do what we do best, and that is to serve the children, schools and community-support organizations of Worcester County.
We find joy and renewed spirit in what we do, and 2015 will be the year that we extend an invitation to the businesses and professional organizations of Ocean Pines, Ocean City, West Ocean City and Berlin to join our endeavors in a new satellite club which will meet monthly at a location to be announced soon.
Stay tuned and look for us everywhere...we will be working hard at our fundraisers and continuing to provide support to those organizations who support you!
Thank you for your continued generosity. Sincerely,
Carolyn Dryzga, President 2014_2015
Our History -
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.
Kiwanis Club was organized by 25 residents on February 20, 1980 and
chartered by Kiwanis International on April 12, 1980. The original name
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 of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City Recognized as Non Profit of the Year by Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce!
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.
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.