About Our Club

Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. The Kiwanis Club of Charles County is one of three clubs in Charles County, Maryland. It was formed in Waldorf, Maryland, and chartered on March 2, 1992, with Duncan Creelman serving as the club’s first president. Developed under the principles of Kiwanis International, the goal of the Charles County club is to strive for the principle objects of Kiwanis and strive for a better quality of life for youth in the county, for the community as a whole, and for the individual. Club members have the opportunity to participate in service projects as a group effort and bond together as a community service organization representing the Children of Charles County.
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INVITATION: We invite all members of the community to attend one of our meetings to learn more about Kiwanis and the Charles County club. Active club membership is important for the viability of any community service organization. Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at The Greene Turtle restaurant in La Plata, Maryland. Meetings include dinner, fellowship, business and/or guest speakers on a range of topics from the school system to county infrastructure.

Officers and contact information:
President 2017-19: Phil Jones – email: pwjones97@yahoo.com
President Elect: Curtis Smith – email: mrclsmith@yahoo.com
Vice President: Sherri Bowser – email: sbowser@ccboe.com
Immediate Past-President:
Treasurer: Joy Hinton –  email: jhinton@oldlinebank.com
Secretary: Chris Mais – email: christine1051@gmail.com

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The Objects of Kiwanis International

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.

  • Object 1 – To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
  • Object 2 – To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • Object 3 – To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  • Object 4 – To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • Object 5 – To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
  • Object 6 – To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

Meetings for 2019-2020


We are doing things a bit differently this year. Our meetings will be a mix of both in-person and virtual meetings. The in-person meetings will be held in a semi-private room in which we can conduct the meeting and order from the menu. Please arrive by 5:45 if you plan on ordering dinner.

Are you a guest? Great! Come to our meeting and see what it’s all about! 🙂

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • Tues, Sept. 17 at 6pm – Grille13 in Waldorf- backroom
  • Tues, Oct. 15 – virtual meeting  7pm – information to join will be emailed
  • Tues, Nov. 19 – virtual meeting  7pm – information to join will be emailed
  • Tues, Dec. 17 at Christmas Connection (TBD)
  • Tues, Jan. 21 TBD

Please remember to keep track of your monthly hours and activities to share at our meeting.

Prospective Members

Do you want to make a difference in the community? Were you in Key Club as a high school student? Do you enjoy making friends and connections? Would you like to become part of an active and growing Kiwanis club?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Kiwanis Club of Charles County is the one for you!!!check-out

  1. Contact our club through email: kiwanisofcc@gmail.com
    2. Join us at the Greene Turtle on the first Tuesday of the month 6pm-8pm Meeting Dates
    3. Browse through this website or our Facebook page.
    4. Speak with other members at our activities, events, and possibly in your own neighborhood or workplace.

Special Guests

At our meetings and DCMs, we often ask special guests to speak to the group.
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Upcoming Speakers:
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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPECIAL GUEST WHO MADE THE TIME AND EFFORT TO ADDRESS OUR CLUB IN RECENT YEARS! WE APPRECIATE YOU AND WHAT YOU DO FOR THE COMMUNITY!

May 1st – Bob Bowser, Dr. Mudd House Museum

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March 6th, 2018 – Mr. Tony Covington, State’s Attorney, for spoke about his office’s initiatives that will make a difference in the community.

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Feb. 6th, 2018 – Ron Walls Jr., Spiderman, spoke about the volunteer work and fundraising events he does. We admire the work he does to bring joy to children who really need it when they aren’t feeling their best. 🕷
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Nov. 7, 2017 – Jim Aanestad, Secretary of the Maryland Veteran’s Museum, spoke passionately and proudly of the museum that displays an important part of Maryland’s history. Jim is also a veteran and the grandfather of Heidi, one of our club members.
We are sorry to hear that Jim had passed away in December of 2017, shortly after speaking to our group! Thoughts and prayers go out to his family!

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Georgia A. Eaves, Lt. Governor of Division 3 , introduced herself to our club and spoke about her goals in her new leadership position in Kiwanis.
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Oct. 3, 2017- Jason Groth, Charles County Government, Resource & Infrastructure Management
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September 12, 2017 Meeting
Sharon Mudd spoke to the group about her daughter’s experience with finding a bone marrow donor and the organization “Be the Match”.https://i1.wp.com/www.bet.com/news/health/photos/2012/07/july-is-african-american-bone-marrow-awareness-month/_jcr_content/image.custom0x0.dimg/070512-health-july-african-american-bone-marrow-awareness-month-7.jpg
Aug. 1, 2017 Meeting
Bethany Goodwin – Youth in Transition/Foster Care Coordinator
She spoke about the growing need in our school system to help those considered homeless or in foster care. Our club was able to make a donation to help a family with school supplies/clothes for the start of the school year.
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Nov. 3, 2015 Meeting
Dr. Kim Hill – Superintendent of Charles County Public Schools
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October 6, 2015
Stacey Miller (immediate past Lieutenant Governor), Emily Ferren (past Lieutenant Governor), and Jenny Plummer-Welker (Committee Chair TOY 2015 and Distinguished Past Lt. Governor)

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April 7, 2015 – Troy Berry – Sheriff of Charles County
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DCM at Blue Dog – guest
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Christmas Connection

Kiwanis Club of Charles County volunteers regularly for the Charles County Christmas Connection. This annual holiday drive helps provide gifts for more than 2,500 less fortunate children in Charles County, as well as food baskets for senior citizens. It is organized by Charles County Children’s Aid Society, Inc.(CCCAS), in conjunction with the Charles County Department of Social Services, Department of Community Service Office on Aging, The Salvation Army Charles County Service Unit.

2018 Information:

2018 Volunteers:

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Here were the 2017 volunteers from our club:
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Here were the 2015 volunteers from our club:
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Here were the 2014 volunteers from our club:
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Members

OFFICERS:

President 2017-2018
Phil Jones
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Vice President
Sherri Bowser

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Immediate Past President 2016-2017
Cheryl Davis

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Secretary
Christine Mais

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Treasurer
Joy Hinton
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Membership Director
Vic DiBella
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SLP Director
Shannon Jarek

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Group Shot taken Dec 2016 with our donations of hat, scarves, and gloves

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We work hard and play even harder! Here are some of our group members celebrating a great year at the Blue Crabs game!
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Service Leadership Programs (SLPs)

Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable, and compassionate leaders by helping them learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis enables its youngest leaders to serve their communities, opening doors for them to change the world.  Kiwanis members have the privilege of serving and guiding these young leaders.

Elementary students – K-Kids
Middle school students – Builders Club
High school students – Key Club
College students – Circle K

Kiwanis has a strong partnership with Charles County Public Schools. Our club sponsors the following schools with Service Leadership Programs: Gale-Bailey Elementary School, Dr. Higdon Elementary School, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, Matthew Henson Middle School, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Indian Head Elementary School, Piccowaxen Middle School, General Smallwood Middle School, Westlake High School, and St. Charles High School.

Here are a few examples of the different activities the SLPs have been involved in recently.

March 7th, 2018 St.Charles High School’s Key Club Induction Ceremony at Carrabba’s. What an excellent group of students, families, and sponsors!

 

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Nice job, Key Club at St. Charles High School!

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On June 13, 2015, the Humane Society of Charles County posted the following on their Facebook page. “We would like to give a big shout out to the Dr. Higdon K-Kids for bringing in so many goodies for our animals. They collected money and so many items to feed and care for all of them. The animals and staff at the shelter appreciate what you collected and brought in for us.We couldn’t do it without the help you and other groups give us. Thank you very much.”

10923333_10100441597612225_5311031867224017713_nKey Club, K-Kids, Kiwanians, and Best Buddies held a Book Swap at La Plata High School to celebrate Read Across America on 2-27-2015! Here are the adults and sponsors who made it all possible! What a great success!!!

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Higdon Elementary School is very involved with Project Eliminate.

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Matula Elementary School K-Kids Club received their charter in November of 2015. Kiwanis Club oc Charles County 2014-16 President Vic DiBella speaks to the group of children about the importance of the club and future opportunities to make a difference!
matula_keyclubK-Kids received some small gifts and snacks from the Key Club of La Plata High School.

December 2015 The following clubs collected hats, gloves, and candy for children in need at another local middle school – La Plata H.S. Key Club, Westlake H.S. Key Club,  La Plata H.S. SGA, and La Plata H.S. Best Buddies. Just over 60 bags were collected just in time for the winter season! Kiwanis Club of Charles County donated the gift bags in which the items were placed and helped facilitate this service project!

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Westlake High School’s Key Club prepared dinner in January for the Angel’s Watch shelter in Hughesville.
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St. Charles High School volunteers monthly at the Sagepoint Senior Living Center. The club also has also volunteered at a local elementary school and plans to make regular visits in the spring to help with after-school tutoring.

 

 

 

Holiday Hat/Glove Collection

Two years in a row, our club  has helped organize a hat/glove drive to help out a local middle school with students in need. The collection drive starts in December and the items are delivered some time during the last week before Winter Break starts.

In 2016: 70 bags filled with gloves, hats, candy (and even some socks and scarves) were collected, organized, and delivered by the Kiwanis Club of Charles County to the local middle school. The following student groups contributed to the donations: La Plata High School SGA, La Plata High School Best Buddies, and North Point Key Club. Boxes of toys and other gifts were also donated! Great job to all who donated or helped out with this great collection!!!!

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Pictured: Sherri Bowser (Vice President of Public Relations and Best Buddies sponsor), Chris Cox (President-Elect), and Vic DiBella (Immediate Past-President)
In 2015: The following clubs collected hats, gloves, and candy for children in need at another local middle school – La Plata H.S. Key Club, Westlake H.S. Key Club,  La Plata H.S. SGA, and La Plata H.S. Best Buddies. Just over 60 bags were collected just in time for the winter season! Kiwanis Club of Charles County donated the gift bags in which the items were placed and helped facilitate this service project!
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Installation of Officers & New Members 10-18-2016

Stacey Mill (LT. Governor of Division 3) installs the officers and new members at our monthly meeting held on 10-18-16 at the Green Turtle!

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President Cheryl Davis (2016-17) getting pinned in her new leadership role.

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President Elect Chris Cox

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The official installation as President and President Elect.

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New members being installed into the club.

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Immediate Past-President Vic DiBella receives a special pin in honor of his leadership 2014-2016

Recognitions and Awards

Whether it’s our club itself or the K-Kids, Builder’s Clubs, or Key Clubs that we sponsor, we are proud of all our accomplishments.

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11079549_10100467280927655_7826575768172780830_oKiwanians accepting the proclamation to celebrate the 100th Kiwanis Anniversary with the County Commissioners.

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Other recognitions:
Distinguished Secretary (Christine Mais)
Distinguished Club
Ranked 3 out of 153 in District 3 for net growth (net gain of 11 members)
Ranked 1 out of 153 in District 3 for percentage growth (73.3000%)