The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City is fast approaching the end of their successful program year. The club was able to continue to meet the successes of past years.
The new program year begins Oct. 1, 2018 and runs through Sept. 30, 2019. The Kiwanis mission is “Serving the Children of the World.” This club is doing that and will continue this next year.
· The club has been sending scholarship checks to the colleges for the 12 young people who we are assisting this year. The total awards are $14,000.
It’s rewarding to read some of the letters of thanks from the students or their parents. The Kiwanis Club is making a difference. It also makes a difference with younger children, as well.
· This current year the Club has provided $10,600 to youth activities in our area. This includes six clubs that are sponsored in local elementary, intermediate and high schools and the new Aktion Club for those with disabilities at the Worcester County Developmental Center.
· Support is also given to the local 4Steps Therapeutic Program, Cedar Chapel School, Worcester GOLD Infants Pantry and its Christmas program for children through a club’s Toy Drive.
Also sponsored is a young girls’ basketball team through Ocean City Recreation and Parks. The club also contributes to Ocean Pines Association camp scholarships, the Cricket Center, the Kiwanis Key Leadership Program, a toy drive, food drives, Ocean City “Play It Safe” Program, and Project Eliminate of Kiwanis International to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
· Perhaps more important than money, the Club donated hundreds of volunteer hours to school art fairs, science fairs, and direct assistance to our sponsored school Kiwanis youth service clubs.
· The Kiwanis Club has also played a supporting role in the community, contributing $2,050 to community support organizations, the OPVFD, the OPA Concerts in the Park, OP Veterans Memorial, a coat drive, and Diakonia, plus hundreds of volunteer hours towards Nursing Home Bingo, dolls for patients, the blood drives, our house address signs and others.
So, how does all of this get done? Through volunteer hours and hard work on fundraisers. All of this is paid for by hard work on pancake breakfasts, the Italian dinner, hot dog sales, the wine tasting event, the Duck Race and weekly donations from members to Priority One.
Of course, it’s not all hard work; there is the satisfaction of working together to get these results, the weekly meeting, and occasional social events.
So here comes 2018-2019. The local children and the community need the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City to be successful again. “Kids need Kiwanis and Kiwanis Needs You.”
Friends and neighbors of members are needed to both support the club and its fundraisers, but more important, to participate as members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City to insure the ability to continue to meet all these needs.
New members bring their new ideas and participation in the club’s mission. While the club needs our existing members for what they are able to do, but more importantly their knowledge of our ongoing programs, new members are essential to the continuation of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City.
Consider joining with the Kiwanis Team to continue these services for the 2018-2019 program year. Thank you.
Ralph E. Chinn
President, Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City