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The Fabulous Fourth – A Small but Mighty Division (Division 4)

By: Jennifer Hiscock

143 Kiwanis members are proud to call themselves members of Division 4, regionally located in Howard County and Anne Arundel County in Maryland. The division encompasses Maryland’s capital, Annapolis, and is comprised of beautiful rolling hills, as well as gorgeous waterfront property. However, Division 4 is distinct in another way. Not all of the Kiwanis members associated with the division live in Maryland or even the Capital District of Kiwanis! Division 4 is one of only two divisions in the Capital District of Kiwanis that has an e-club, a Kiwanis club that meets, serves, and leads through virtual connections. Division 4 is leading the way into the future! 

Division 4 is led by Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor, Krista Latchaw, and Capital District Kiwanis Foundation Director for Division 4, Jennifer Hiscock. The dynamic female duo has worked great together to ensure the clubs are strong, reach into their communities to serve, and support the Foundation’s mission. 

While the division only has five clubs and 143 members, the amount of service provided to the community is immeasurable! Read below for more details on each club: 

Kiwanis Club of Commodore-Mayo 

Chartered of Charter: 1955

Current club membership: 31

Social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/commodoremayokiwanis/ 

The Kiwanis Club of Commodore-Mayo is known as a staple of their community, through their ownership of a community-use building which includes an athletic field and pavilion. Many organizations, private groups, and community citizens have rented and used their building to create priceless memories. 

Kiwanis Club of Crofton 

Chartered of Charter: 1976

Current club membership: 50

Website: www.croftonkiwanis.org

Social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/CroftonKiwanisClub/ 

The Kiwanis Club of Crofton hosts a 5K/10K race every fall that has become a staple event in their community. The club’s event aims to raise money through registration fees which is then donated to local charities and non-profit organizations in their local community. The 5K/10K race has been occurring for over thirty years! 

Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City 

Chartered of Charter: 1940

Current club membership: 31

Website: www.ellicottcitykiwanis.org

Social media platforms: 

https://www.facebook.com/ellicottcitykiwanis\

https://www.instagram.com/ellicottcitykiwanis/

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City’s signature service project is a food insecurity effort called “Backpacks for Breaks.” The club comes together to secure food and assemble backpacks to provide three meals per day during winter and spring break, in partnership with their county school system. While this is their signature service project, the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City has been instrumental in providing direct service to their community for more than 81 years and has established many strong. longstanding partnerships. 

Kiwanis Club of Next Generation e-Club 

Chartered of Charter: 2020

Current club membership: 22

Website: https://k20360.site.kiwanis.org/ 

Social media platforms: 

https://www.facebook.com/CapitalKiwanisNextGen/

https://www.instagram.com/kiwanisnextgen_eclub/

The Kiwanis Club of Next Generation e-Club has changed the way Kiwanis thinks about service! As an internet-based club with members all up and down the east coast and as far west as Alabama and Tennessee, the club has demonstrated that there is no boundary to completing service. Each month, the club has a different service theme to keep members engaged, as well as an accompanying educational guest speaker. 

Kiwanis Club of Severna Park 

Chartered of Charter: 1956

Current club membership: 9

Website: https://k04548.site.kiwanis.org/ 

Social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/SevernaParkKiwanis/ 

The Kiwanis Club of Severna Park has recently received a lot of recognition for their Kiwanis Kids Kloset that was installed at a Judy Center within Anne Arundel County. The space was revitalized to help women and their children in need. Club members work very hard to secure donations to keep the kloset stocked and have formed terrific partnerships with local businesses who sponsorship donation drop-boxes at their establishments.

Advice From a Former TOY Awardee

How was the process?

When I applied to the scholarship for Teenager of the Year in 2009, the process was completed on paper. I made a copy of the application so that I could start over if I made any mistakes while completing it. The application was not too difficult, but I had to obtain several letters of recommendation. I made sure to give the people writing the letters of recommendations plenty of time to complete them. 

Words of Wisdom:

Give your self plenty of time to complete the application so you have plenty of time to thoroughly complete all of the sections and to proofread it. 

How did the scholarship support you?

The scholarship allowed me to purchase a laptop for college. I attended the engineering program at Virginia Tech, and at the time, they required all students in the program to purchase specific tablet computers that cost over $2000. 

Were you in Key Club

Yes, I was in the Key Club while in high school. I was able to serve as treasurer of the organization during my senior year of high school. 

Are you a Kiwanian now?

Currently, I am not in Kiwanis, but I support the organization and its ideals. I am also involved in various community service opportunities in my community. 

What are you up to now?

I am living in Indianapolis with my wife and daughter. I work as a process engineer for Ingredion. I volunteer and serve at my church by mentoring youth and working with the children’s ministry programs. 

Division 2

By: Bob Wright, Division 2 Director, CapDist Kiwanis Foundation

The Northern Virginia Division (AKA #2) near Washington, DC has clubs large and small, in cities and the suburbs—11 in all, and hundreds of active Kiwanians.

I’m proud of these clubs’ numerous achievements. Together they sponsor many SLPs—quite a feat beyond their numbers: 46 Key Clubs, 2 Circle K, and 4 Builders Clubs. Individually they do wonderful work.

Of individual note recently, Alexandria teamed up with Friends of Guest House to get training for a new counselor who provides for women recently released from incarceration.

Arlington, Fredericksburg, and Mount Vernon had very successful fundraising in spite of COVID-19 and used those funds to greatly benefit their communities, emphasizing food insecurity, housing, and other children and family needs.

Fairfax feeds kids in elementary school through its Meals for Young Minds program. Leesburg helped a family with a severely disabled child pay for needed medical equipment and therapy that insurance doesn’t cover.

Manassas’ two clubs led the effort to raise the funds to build a dedicated YMCA building. South Arlington supported a Career Café in a local high school. Tysons’s Corner packed food to feed hungry children. Woodbridge built a kids’ playground in a community park.

In coming weeks the weekly Wednesday Foundation Facebook Live broadcasts will showcase some of these efforts.

I could go on bragging, but I invite you to interclub with them to learn all about what they do to benefit their communities.

This is D2 in a nutshell. Clubs doing what Kiwanians do, often going above and beyond to serve the children in their communities.

Ellis H. Stroup Key Club Leadership Scholarship

As Secretary/Treasurer to the Capital District for 36 years, Ellis Stroup was a role model for decades as he interacted with Kiwanians from all walks of life. A World War II Marine in the Pacific, Ellis became a successful businessman and a leader in Kiwanis. He earned the distinct honor or the longest serving District Secretary/Treasurer in the history of Kiwanis International.  

The Ellis H. Stroup Key Club Leadership Scholarship has been established by CDKF to honor Ellis’ extensive contributions to Capital District Kiwanis. The scholarship is for $2,000 (until funds are exhausted) to recognize a Key Club member for leadership achievement.

The award parameters include:

  1. Evidence of outstanding member in a Key Club within the Capital District.
  2. Participation in at least 80% of club projects and fundraisers.
  3. Involvement and accomplishments in non-school activities.
  4. Acceptance to a college, university, or post-secondary education; and
  5. Graduating senior

Potential applicants should utilize the existing Key Club application process. Applications will be judged by the established judging procedure. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation Board will appoint a representative to participate in the judging. The Leadership Scholarship recipient will be announced at the Key Club Convention and awarded at the Kiwanis District Convention.

You can apply here https://fs11.formsite.com/CapitalKeyClub/Scholarship/index.html.

Year-End Giving

by: Bob Wright, President-Elect, CapDist Kiwanis Foundation, December 10, 2021

Are you one of millions of Americans who donate to charity at the end of the year? The holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa bring out our generosity.

You and/or your Kiwanis Club and its Foundation could choose to support the unique work of our district Kiwanis foundation right now. Anyone can make a personal donation; clubs can recognize someone or make a gift, even its annual gift. How?

Our Capital District Kiwanis Foundation makes donating to help serve children in our 5-state area easy.

Give what is meaningful and affordable—that’s my rule of thumb. What Kiwanis does through service is very important to me, ranking near the top of my donations. I give accordingly.

Decide on your amount. Perhaps be recognized at the foundation’s Life Member ($150), Patron ($300), President’s Circle ($500), Founders Society ($1,000) or Tablet of Honor ($1,250) level.

Want to make your donation all at one time? Print the donation form at https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation-donation/ and return it with a check to the foundation.

Would you prefer to spread out your donation? Choose sustained giving and donate incremental amounts spread over the next year at https://bit.ly/CDKFsustainer. Be sure you click the “monthly donation” box—you may change the frequency later in the sign-up process.

Helping to further the cause of Kiwanis—serving children—is a reason to celebrate anytime, and especially so during this joyous season. I can’t think of a better gift this holiday season than helping children through our Capital District Kiwanis Foundation!

A child in need is very deserving indeed. Year-end giving helps our foundation do more and more for them.

May your holidays be merry and bright. May your Capital District Kiwanis Foundation donation be the icing on the cake.

Disaster Assistance Program

Background

The Capital District has been impacted by Natural Disaster over the years. Not as severe as the lower states with hurricanes, the Midwest with tornadoes, or the West Coast with forest fires. However, we have had devastating flooding in Ellicott City and Southwest Virginia. Tornadoes in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Hurricanes that have affected our east coast areas. And ice storms that have affected our entire District. We never know when areas served by our Capital District clubs will be affected again.

Task Force was created as follows:

A Disaster Assistance Project was established jointly by the Capital District Kiwanis and the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation to assist Kiwanians, their clubs, and their communities in providing immediate disaster relief assistance in the event of natural or man-made disasters (Natural disasters include events that cause great damage or loss of life, such as floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Man-made disasters include local events owing to human intent, error, negligence, or failure of a man-made system that cause significant damage or loss of life, such as fires, shootings, and major accidents.) declared by Federal/State/Local Authorities or by the Capital District Governor or Foundation President. To assist clubs in this endeavor, the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation will make available funds to clubs from donations received dedicated to Disaster Relief.

Impact:

Operating: The initial operating impact was the creation of a joint Task Force of the Capital District Kiwanis and the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation appointed by the District Governor

and Foundation President. Members of the Task Force will be no less than 2 or more than 3 current Board members of the respective organizations. The purpose of the Task Force is to administer the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation Disaster Assistance Program (DAP). They are also charged with determining how CDKF funds will be impacted.

Financial: There has been no financial impact to the Capital District Kiwanis. The intent of the program is to provide a means for clubs, individual Kiwanians, and others to make tax deductible financial donations to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation. The CDKF will have the option of providing additional funding for this program as matching the donations or simply use the donated funds for the Project. As indicated above, this will be a charge to the Task Force. Currently, the DAP has $9,250.00 donated by individuals specifically for the Hurley, VA flooding.

Do You Shop Amazon?

Technology, busy schedules, demanding jobs, and the Coronavirus pandemic have changed the way our society now shops. We no longer need to go into a brick-and-mortar store within a specified range of hours. People all over the globe have become accustomed to searching the internet, buying online with the ease of direct shipping, and shopping at any time of the day that fits within their schedule. Shopping has become easy, but supporting community organizations and charities has also become easier than ever through AmazonSmile!

AmazonSmile allows customers to support charitable organizations every time they shop through the Amazon platform with no additional steps or cost. Amazon donates 0.5% of the eligible purchase price to the charity of one’s choice – it’s a win-win for everyone! Unbelievably, all the approved United States charities participating in AmazonSmile have received a cumulative total of $285,795,312.80 as of August 2021.

The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is an approved organization that participates in the AmazonSmile program. To support the Foundation with your online purchases throughout the year, you need to designate us as your preferred charity. As of August 2021, the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation has raised $40.15 through AmazonSmile thanks to the generosity of many individuals.

If you would like to assist the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation in raising money to improve the lives of children in our local communities, please go to smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7226256.

#GivingTuesday

Have you heard of GivingTuesday? Many organizations use this day as a day to promote and ask people to donate to their organization financially. BUT Giving Tuesday is so much more than just giving to an organization financially.

As stated on the Giving Tuesday website, “GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes.”

Here are just a few ways you participate in #GivingTuesday for the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation:

  • Give Financially. https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation-donation/
  • Post on Social Media why you give to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation.
  • Promote our social media pages to people you know.

Other ways you can participate in #GivingTuesday:

  • Volunteer Virtually https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering
  • Encourage others to share kindness and generous during this time.
  • Check in on your neighbors and see if there is anything they need.

However you participate in #GivingTuesday, please share with us so that we can celebrate you and thank you for participating in #GivingTuesday.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, you can go to this website https://www.givingtuesday.org/

Paying It Forward

The Kiwanis Foundation has recently paid it forward by awarding three Kiwanis Clubs a grant which they will use to directly provide service to their community, all for the betterment of children. The Board of Directors gathered on Saturday, November 13th to review the applicants and make award decisions. We are pleased to announce the following three clubs and the ways they will impact their community through service:

Kiwanis Club of Beckley, West Virginia

We are excited to have West Virginia join the Capital District this year and we were even more excited they followed through with their first opportunity to apply for a grant! The Beckley club requested funds to purchase a xylophone and other instruments for the New River Youth Symphony. Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Beckley donates funds to help with the purchase of instruments and equipment, as well as help provide scholarships to facilitate the participation of students with financial needs. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $1,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Beckley, West Virginia!   

Kiwanis Club of Front Royal

The Front Royal club submitted a grant to purchase playground equipment for E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. The purchase of the equipment will replace outdated and unsafe playground equipment, which will in turn increase opportunities for children to be social during their recess and play times. The Kiwanis club has a long-standing partnership with the Elementary School which has been a win-win for the community. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $2,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Front Royal!

Kiwanis Club of Carrollton

The Carrollton club annually plans and executes a terrific opportunity for kids in their community known as the Southeast Region Kiwanis Fishing Clinic! They bring together several Kiwanis club in their area and provide an opportunity for 8–12 year old children to have the experience and joy of fishing. Attendees are also educated on the species of fish in the area, as well as water safety. We are excited to see this project continue as it has for the last 20 years, with many Kiwanis members from three divisions providing support. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $3,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Carrollton!

We will be sharing more about these projects as they come to completion, including pictures and videos, in hopes it will encourage your clubs to submit a grant application! We hope it will inspire your club and members to think of projects you could complete in your community, as Kiwanis strives to change the world one child, and one community at a time. If you would like information on the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation grants process, the funding cycle, or to complete an application, please visit our website at https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation-grants/

Welcome West Virginia

The former West Virginia District Kiwanians are very excited to be joining the Capital Kiwanis District, especially with respect to how our combined efforts through the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation can positively affect all of our communities.

The West Virginia District Foundation had a matching grant program which operated in a similar manner to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation’s grant program.  The West Virginia District Foundation awarded its final round of grants at its last Kiwanis District annual meeting in August.  Six Kiwanis clubs were awarded matching grants for worthwhile projects in their communities, some of which were projects the clubs had supported for a number of years.

  • The Shepherdstown Kiwanis Club was awarded a grant to purchase supplies for children at a day care facility in their community, the Shepherdstown Day Care.  This day care facility charges tuition on a sliding economic scale, and many of the families are struggling financially.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Logan designed a bicycle safety program for children in their community and received a grant to purchase bicycles and refreshments for the program.  The club planned to purchase 30 bicycles for children attending the program who needed them. 
  • The Weirton Kiwanis Club received a grant to purchase two benches to be installed outside of the city library so that members of the community could sit outside to read, socialize, wait for a ride, or use the free wi-fi, among other activities.
  • The Wellsburg Kiwanis Club was awarded a grant to create a history walk program, including purchasing and installing signage for children and adults to learn about the history of the community while exercising outdoors.
  • The Wheeling Kiwanis Club received a grant to assist two youth services programs in its community.  First, the club planned to purchase back to school supplies for elementary school students through the House of the Carpenter program.  Second, the club planned to give assistance to the McCrary House Transitional Living Program, which assists teens transitioning out of foster care due to reaching the age of 18.
  • The Beckley Kiwanis Club was awarded a grant to purchase instruments for children who want to learn to play music and participate as part of the New River Children’s Symphony.

Kiwanians in West Virginia look forward to continuing Foundation matching grant-funded programs like these in the future, and learning about the projects carried out by Kiwanians in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.  Our combined efforts will increase the ways in which we can improve the world, one child and community at a time!

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