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Crofton Kiwanis Club
A Service Club in Crofton, Maryland
The Kiwanis Club and Foundation of Crofton, Maryland serves the Greater Crofton area, focusing on the needs of children and families, community involvement and enrichment, and service to the citizens. Examples of our activities include the Annual Crofton Halloween Parade, the Annual 10K and 5K Races, "Rebuilding Together", Salvation Army bell ringing, and blood drives. Our charitable activities include service to the aged at the Crofton Care and Rehab Center, Sarah's House, the Crofton Christian Caring Council, and assistance to Wounded Veterans. We also fund other charitable causes on an ad hoc basis.
Contact Membership Chair Russ Shipley at (410) 721-1195 or to find out more about Kiwanis or to inquire about joining.
July 8 - Special Board Meeting, via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
July 9 - Sarah's House dinners delivered
July 13 - Sarah's House dinners delivered
July 22 - Club outdoor gathering, bring your own chairs and food, Swann Park, 6:00 p.m.
August 5 - Board Meeting, via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
August 12 - General Meeting, via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Installation Night Dinner, Blue Dophin Restaurant, Crofton
Oct. 3 - Crofton Kiwanis 10K/5K Races, Crofton Country Club, 8:00 a.m. start
Oct. 22 - Taste of Crofton, ticket required from Crofton Chamber of Commerce
Crofton Kiwanis members and other community residents helped set up
Flags for Heroes for Memorial Day weekend.
From left to right: Ed Reilly, Jackie Tucker, Russ Shipley, Mike Kane, Margaret Kane, John Hill, John Maloney Maloney, Moi (perched on the ladder behind this crew), Al Tucker, Joe and Carol Narcavage, Dennis Clark and Joyce Maloney.
Recent home project sponsored by the
Crofton Kiwanis Club
Front: Jerry Esterheld and his grandson
Back: Mike Pierre, Dennis Clark, Kim Kavanaugh, Bill Hand, and Nancy Scaggs
The Kiwanis Club of Crofton has four families, inclusive of 16 children, that are part of the Adopt-a-Family program, led by Sharon Shipley. These families were provided with food (turkey and all the fixings) for Thanksgiving. In December, the families will receive an additional food package, plus a gift card to a local grocery store to purchase meat for their holiday meal. The parents also receive $60 gift cards for each child to be used to purchase Christmas gifts. The Kiwanis Club of Crofton has supported this project for over 20 years.
We were in the paper! And thanks to you all, we raised a bunch of money!!
Crofton Kiwanis Foundation Awards $6,000 in College Scholarships
(Left to right): Senior class recipients of Crofton Kiwanis Foundation $1,000 College Scholarships presented on May 8 are: Lauryn Carlton, Meade H.S.; Madeline Evans, Indian Creek School; Conor McCarty, Spalding H.S., Jair Pearsall, Meade H.S., Irene Souranis, Spalding H.S.,; and Samantha Wiegand, Spalding H.S.
Teen of the Year Jasryia Cunningham of Meade H.S. receives her Crofton Kiwanis Foundation award with a $250 check from Crofton Kiwanis Service Leadership Program Chair Bill Hand on May 8.
Kiwanians help with setting up flags for Flags for Heroes.
Flags will be up by Crofton's Lake Louise for 2 weeks.
Honoring Active Service Members, Veterans and First Responders:
George Beam Sr.,
Chumley and Stevenson men,
David Espie Jr.,
John Newport Greene III,
Peter Gross Jr.,
Arlo "Pete" Pedersen,
Robert Reilly Jr.,
John Walker, and
Ongoing Events and Activities
10K Challenge and 5K Run
For 30 years the Kiwanis Club and Foundation of Crofton, Maryland has sponsored the 10K Challenge race that covers the beautiful tree-lined residential streets of Crofton. The race includes some light hills but is mostly a flat course. Our race is always held on the second Saturday in June. Medals are given for the top 3 runners overall and first place male and female finishers in 19 age/gender categories. Short sleeve technical shirts are given to the first 250 entrants. Food, drink and other giveaways from our sponsors are available at the finish line. Electronic timing is used and results are posted within 8 hours. The 5K Race was added to the 10K in 2018. Both races in this family friendly community event offer something from the beginning runner to those preparing to train for a fall marathon.
Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors
Team Surlis Re/Max
Gold's Gym Crofton
Crofton Family Dentistry
Regan, Grace & Kerley
Edward Jones Financial Services
Solstice Kitchen & Bath
424 Wine & Spirits
Kumon of Crofton
Williams Financial Services
Kirk Lynn State Farm
Rich Reilly Insurance
Ed Reilly, State Senator
The Fallon Family
Joyce & John Maloney
Al & Jackie Tucker
Bay Area Wellness Group
Old Line Bank
Family Bike Shop
Thomas R. Callahan, Attorney
8 Days a Week Business Solutions
Effective Integrative Healthcare
Michael Malone, Attorney/Delegate
Nancy & Reggie Haseltine
Thanks to all who ran with us today and all our sponsors!
We'll see you again on June 13, 2020.
The Kiwanis Club will be holding its 43nd Annual Halloween Parade on Saturday October 26th, and we invite community organizations to participate in the Parade.
Our parade will begin at Crofton Woods Elementary School at the intersection of Urby Drive and Crofton Parkway, where we will assemble between 10:00am and 11:00am with the parade stepping-off promptly at 11:00am.
The parade will wind down Crofton Parkway past the Crofton Country Club, with the costumed children and their parents joining the parade at the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church. It will continue down Crofton Parkway, ending at the Crofton Elementary School on Duke of Kent Street. The Crofton Community will line the street to join in the festivities which are enjoyed by young and old. The parade lasts approximately one hour.
Registration for the costume contest will be held at the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church starting at 10:00 AM.
At Crofton Elementary School on Duke of Kent St. we will distribute refreshments, and award prizes for the best costumes.
If your organization would like be one of the participants in the Parade, please contact Al Tucker at tel. 410-721-2078, or email:
Service Leadership Programs
The Crofton Kiwanis Club is actively involved in mentoring young adults at school meetings and during their service projects, as well as providing funds for attendance at conventions. We also provide up to three college scholarships each year. Currently our club sponsors the Providence Center Aktion Club and Key Clubs at Arundel High School, Archbishop Spalding High School, Meade Senior High School, and Indian Creek School. Our club also makes an annual contribution for a high school sophmore to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference.
(Pictured above is Past President/Service Leadership Chairman Bill Hand (left) with members of the newly chartered Indian Creek School Key Club)
The Kiwanis Club and Foundation of Crofton, MD is teaming with the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Blood Donor Center to have an AAMC Bloodmobile in front of Old Navy in the Waugh Chapel Town Center for blood drives. We plan to hold 2-4 blood drives each year based on anticipated participation from local citizens.
On the last Saturday in April our club participates with other local organizations in a Rebuilding Together home renovation project. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization that provides free home repairs and modifications to neighbors in need.
Please contact Bob Sharpe at (301) 580-0149 or for more information.
(Pictured above is Rebuilding Together Chairman Bob Sharpe (left) with Dan Scholfield at last year's project)
Regular monthly Crofton Kiwanis Club meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month currently at 7:00 p.m. at the Crofton Library, Room 1. Guests are always welcome for our regular meetings and to listen to our program's guest speakers.
The Club Board of Directors and Officers meet the first Wednesday each month at the First Baptist Church of Crofton at 7:00 p.m.
On the fourth Wednesday each month there is a club social meeting at Ledos Pizza at 6:30 p.m.
(Pictured left to right at the September 12, 2018 donation ceremony at Blue Dolphin Restaurant are Kiwanis President Patrick Heelen presenting $4,000 donation check to Crofton Christian Caring Council Chairperson Beth Ross, CCCC incoming Chairperson Sharon Shipley, and CCCC Financial Aid Volunteers Marge Wagovich, Judy Battista and Maria Bodnar.)
Charity Auction and Gift Basket
Each November for the past 15 or so years we held a combined silent and live bidding auction to raise funds for our many service projects. Every year we had over 400 items to bid on, including vacation rentals, sporting events, toys, household appliances, and restaurant discounts, which made this the biggest fundraiser of the year. The auction was held at the Bowie Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 3.
For 2018 we tried something new, a Gift Basket containing over $4000 worth of gift cards for fine dining at Crofton and Annapolis area restaurants. Tickets were $20 each. There were 725 tickets sold and the drawing was held at our December 12th Christmas Holiday Party at Ledos Pizza. This new fundraiser was a great success in raising over $18,000, with the proceeds begin split evenly between Sarah's House and the Crofton Christian Caring Council.
Other Club Activities
Crofton Christian Caring Council
Sarah's House Meals
Crofton Convalescent Center Bingo and Birthday Parties
Crofton Flag Project
Salvation Army Bell Ringing and Christmas Angels
Annual Installation Night and Charter Night Club Dinners
Adopt-a-Family Holiday Meals
Teacher of the Year Award
Kiwanis International's Young Children Projects
(Pictured above is a memorial on Crofton Parkway to beloved late club member and WW II veteran Pete Pedersen)
Our Kiwanis club has achieved Blue-level Today Club status for the 2016–17 Kiwanis year by contributing an average of $10 or more per club member to the Kiwanis Children's Fund.