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Crofton Kiwanis Club

A Service Club in Crofton, Maryland

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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.



Do you enjoy the American and Maryland flags that are on display around Crofton Parkway?


This program is coordinated by the Crofton Kiwanis Club, and has relied on the generosity of the people of Crofton over the years.


The flags have been hung on the parkway since 1990. They were the idea of Ed Dosek, the newly elected President of the Crofton Civic Association (CCA) at that time. He was looking for a patriotic way to celebrate Crofton.

There are 76 BGE light poles along the Crofton Parkway.  Each has two American flags, except for the 8 street entrances into Crofton where there is a Maryland flag along with the American flag.

The flags are hung in May before the Armed Services parade and removed after Veterans Day in November. The CCA managed the program initially until it was turned over to the Crofton Kiwanis Club.

TLC, a local business in Crofton, puts the flags up and takes them down and also stores them at their facility. Also during the year TLC will replace any flag causalities that might occur.

This year we replaced 35 flags and poles that were worn out. With those replacements the flag fund has gone into the red. 

If you would like to help with this project and donate you may send a check made out to the Crofton Kiwanis Foundation and mail to: 

The Crofton Kiwanis Foundation

c/o The Crofton Kiwanis Club

Box 3101

Crofton, MD 21114

Thanks for your support!

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Upcoming Events

(No Board meeting or Regular Monthly meeting scheduled for July)

Saturday, July 20th - Pie Bake-off, Farmer's Market at Crofton Library, 10 AM to Noon
Wednesday, July 24th - Picnic, Bell Branch Park, 6 PM
Tuesday, August 6th - National Night Out, Crofton Library parking lot, 6-8 PM

Wednesday, August 14th - Regular Monthly Meeting, Short Term Immigrant Foster Care program by Chris Wirt, Crofton Library, 7 PM

Wednesday, September 11th - Regular Monthly Meeting, Historic Linthicum Walks program by Don Bailey, Crofton Library, 7 PM

Wednesday, September 25th - Installation Night Dinner, location and time TBD
Wednesday, October 9th - Kristin DeBoy Caminiti of Kindness Grows Here, Crofton Library, 7 PM
Saturday, October 19th - Chili Cook-off, Farmer's Market

Wednesday, November 13th - Dr. Dennis Whigham speaking on the stream restoration project between Crofton Parkway and Davidsonville Road, 7 PM



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Our Annual Activities and Events

Past proud recipients of our annual Key Club scholarships and Teen of the Year awards.
Anna Lenzenweger of Spalding High School receives the Dan Scholfield scholarship presented by State Senator and Kiwanian Mike Malone, President Mike Pierre, Dan Scholfield, and mother.
Austin Gayhart of Spalding High School receives the Tom and Marnie Fallon scholarship presented by Mike Malone, Mike Pierre, and parents.
Emily Soto of Broadneck High School receives the William and Janet Hand scholarship presented by Mike Pierre, Service Leader Program Chair Bill Hand, and parents.
Julia Stanley of Spalding High School receives the Teen of the Year Award presented by Mike Pierre, Mike Malone, and Bill Hand.
Not pictured are Holly Falter of Meade High School receiving the Bobbi Coffman scholarship and Emma Alton of Indian Creek Upper School receiving the Sharon Drew scholarship.

Local home project sponsored by the
Crofton Kiwanis Club


Happy Helpers for the Homeless Project


Front: Jerry Esterheld and his grandson
Back: Mike Pierre, Dennis Clark, Kim Kavanaugh, Bill Hand, and Nancy Scaggs


10K Challenge and 5K Run

Since 1989 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. 

2022 10K and 5K Results

2021 Results

10K and 5K Overall

10K and 5K Age Groups

2020 Results (Virtual Runs Only)

10K and 5K

2019 Results

10K Overall 10K Age Groups

5K Overall 5K Age Groups


2018 Results

5K and 10K Overall Results

5K Age Group Results

10K Age Group Results


2017 Results


Halloween Parade

The Kiwanis Club holds its annual Halloween Parade the last Saturday of October, and we invite all Crofton residents and community organizations to participate in the Parade.


The Parade starts at the Crofton Country Club and ends at the Town Hall, where the prizes for best costume are handed out. The kids will meet at the Prince of Peace Church parking lot at 10:00 a.m. to register their costumes and be judged and then join the Parade staging area next door at the Country Club, where the parade starts at 11:00 a.m. 

If it rains, the Parade will be cancelled, but a virtual costume contest will supplant live judging. 


If your organization would like be one of the participants in the Parade, please contact Nickie Zancan (


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)


Blood Drives

The Kiwanis Club and Foundation of Crofton, MD in the past has teamed up 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 held 1-4 blood drives each year based on anticipated participation from local citizens.

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Rebuilding Together

On the last Saturday in April our club participated 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. 

(Pictured above is Rebuilding Together Chairman Bob Sharpe (left) with Dan Scholfield at last year's project)


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)


Club Recognition

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.


Club Meetings

Regular monthly Crofton Kiwanis Club meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month currently at 7:00 p.m. at the back room of Nautilus Diner.  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.

Officers and Board Members (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024)

President: Mike Pierre
President-Elect: Jim Harvey
Club Vice President: Renee Mackey
Club Secretary: Krista Latchaw
Foundation Treasurer: Dennis Clark
Club Treasurer: Nancy Scaggs

Immediate Past President: Patrick Heelen
Board Member: Melanie Smith

Board Member: Ray Zancan
Board Member: D'Ana Johnson
Board Member: Terri Clayton
Board Member: Bill Hand

Board Member: Traci Hall
Board Member: Reggie Haseltine


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