In May, The Greater Waldorf Jaycees provided our Division's Clubs with a delicious dinner and a wonderful place to meet. During their meeting, the students shared their ideas and projects with one another. There were a few hundred students, advisors and Kiwanians in attendance! After dinner, each of the clubs sent a representative to the microphone to share what the they've accomplished during the school year. Once the dinner and meeting were finished they partied and danced with one another and had a great time.
Below are our Kiwanis Club of Laplata's sponsored Club's Representative's speeches as written.
Melody Philpots, a teacher at T. C. Martin Elementary School and the K Kids Advisor, is a member of the Kiwanis Club of LaPlata. As a community service project, Ms. Philpots' students made greeting cards, and then personally delivered them to residents of the Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.
The 2016 Division Council Meeting (DCM) was held at the Jaycee's Center in Waldorf Maryland in May.
Our Club's member, Evelyn Lavorgna, asked the art teacher, Rebecca Franch, at Middleton Elementary School if the Art Club would like to help our club. They said, "Yes!" They decided on making spinning tops that our club will put into shoeboxes for Samaratin's Purse. The pictures below show what a good time they had making these tops out of old CD's, paint and lots of imagination!
THE ART CLUB AT ARTHUR MIDDLETON ELEMENARY SCHOOL IN WALDORF HELPS OUR KIWANIS CLUB OF LAPLATA
Pictures from Flag Day at the Veteran's Museum in Bel Alton, MD!
This project, had all the makings of a great project and it turned out to be just that! It was run by the LaPlata High School Kiwanis Key Club members. They involved Kiwanis K-Clubs, Kiwanis Builders Clubs, and our Kiwanis Club of LaPlata.
They held a book swap/carnival. The children brought in books they already read and were able to leave with as many 'new to them' books as they brought. The Key Club members had a carnival going on at the same time as the swap. They children played games and earned tickets to purchase prizes. There were cupcakes, baked by members of the Key Club, a bake sale held by the Matula Builder's Club, which by the way, the LaPlata Key Club sponsors. Our club held a raffle for a basket of goodies.
All proceeds from this event whet to the Charles County Public Libraries.
Kiwanis club of LaPlata members, Donna Avery, Melody Philpots, Evelyn Lavorgna and Emily Ferren are ready to greet the participants for the 2016 Division Council meeting.
BBeLAPLATA HIGH SCHOOL KEY CLUB HOLDS 2nd ANNUAL BOOK SWAP-2016
Submitted by Emily Ferren, La Plata Club (Past Lt. Governor, Division 3)
On a beautiful spring day on the Potomac, Kiwanis One Day was celebrated as a Division 3 activity. Potomac River Clean-Up Day was a day for all K-Family clubs to work together to pick up trash along the water's edge. Point Lookout was looking good. Participants included the clubs of Spring Ridge Builders Club, Margaret Brent Builders Club, Huntingtown Key Club, La Plata Key Club, North Point Key Club, St. Mary's College of Maryland CKI, Kiwanis Club of Calvert County, Kiwanis Club of La PLata, Kiwanis Club of St. Mary's County and the Kiwanis Club of Waldorf. A delicious picnic was served by the adult clubs.
COMEDY CLUB NIGHT
2015 WAS A
Saturday evening, April 18, 2015, The Kiwanis Club of LaPlata, held a fundraiser for The University of Maryland Regional Medical Center's Birthing Center. All proceeds made from the event were matched by the Kiwanis' Capital District's Foundation.
This was a very successful fundraiser as it was very well attended! The comedians made us laugh for almost two hours straight!
A big thank you goes out to our Kiwanis Club of LaPlata's member, Emily Ferren, for believing this could be accomplished. Great job Emily! We have already been asked, "When are you going to do it again!?"
Brianna Albrittain, President,
Walter J. Mitchell K-Kids
Good evening, I hope you are all enjoying yourselves at this wonderful dinner. My name is Brianna Albrittain. I am the Walter J. Mitchell K Kids President. The K Kids have had a fun and successful year! I would like to tell you about some of the things we have been doing.
The K Kids have collected items for a food drive, made winter & Valentine’s Day cards for people in the nursing home and kids in the hospital, helped with a Halloween costume drive and got many donations, distributed flowers to the administrators and teachers, cleaned the school inside and out, and collected food & supplies for the Humane Society. We also made bracelets for kids who didn’t have any green on St. Patrick’s Day.
The K Kids and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to our advisors, Mrs. Laura Metz, Mrs. Mary Montgomery and Mrs. Jarboe, for all their help and guidance. We also would like to thank our Kiwanis sponsor, Ms. Emily Ferren for all of her support and for coming to all of our 8:00 AM meetings.
Thank you for inviting us to be at this wonderful dinner. We are all, so glad to be here.
Annie Landgraf, Secretary,
Milton Somers Builders Club
The Milton Somers chapter of the Builders Club has both participated and ran several activities this school year. Our Builders Club has participated in several community cleanups. We helped clean up the Potomac River and participated in our own schools Earth Day clean up. We have had a coat drive for the homeless in order to help them prepare for the winters to come. Our Builders Club has also written letters and drew pictures for the local Senior/Nursing homes just in time for all those holidays. We worked with La Plata's Key Club and T.C. Martin's k club for fundraiser nights at T.C. Martin. During this fundraiser, we made gingerbread houses and played games with kids in order to donate toiletries for needy families. In conclusion, the Milton Somers chapter has done a multitude of things this school year making it a success.
Kinsey Tyler, President
Key Club, LaPlata High School
We had a really wonderful year this year! We continued working closely with our local Kiwanis and K-Kids, and we continued volunteering for our La Plata town hall events. In the fall, we raised money for trick or treat for Unicef. In the winter, we took on Operation Christmas Child and made gift packages for kids around the world. In March, we had our successful book swap event and collected books for local children. Recently, we came together for teacher appreciation week and made notes with candy for each faculty member at our school. This school year, we increased membership by 80% (thanks to our previous president Chris Dang), which allowed us to win our most improved award at DCON in March.
We adopted a new road for our monthly cleanups, which is now Rosewick by Lowe's in La Plata. We are currently working on charity kickball tournament, Kicking for a Cause, which we are super excited about to raise money for some great charities. We had a wonderful year, and I'm looking forward to another great one.
This is a special project because Kiwanis Clubs all around the country do something to help their communities all on the same day.
For the past several years, our entire Kiwanis family-Kiwanis Kids, (K-Kids, elementary school age children) Builders Clubs, (Middle School age children) Key Clubs, (High School age young adults), Circle K Clubs, (college age young adults) Aktion Clubs (special needs children) and Kiwanis Clubs, together join forces for this service project. The Charles County Clubs, join forces with the St. Mary's Club and do a clean up at Point Look Out State Park. All the clubs pitch in by sending people, food and camaraderie.
While Kiwanis members serve their communities all year long this event shows how all members come together for Kiwanis One Day—a day of community service that is felt around the world.