From the South Orange-Maplewood Kiwanis Club:
The newly revitalized Kiwanis Club of South Orange-Maplewood is having a presentation by Karen Weiland of the Parenting Center of the South Orange-Maplewood School District at the main branch of the Maplewood Library (51 Baker Street) in the Durand Room at 6:00 pm on Monday, January 28, 2019.
Come find out about more about The Parenting Center.
Since revitalizing last year, the Kiwanis Club of South Orange-Maplewood did the following:
- Contributed $3,500 for new kitchen ranges for The Isaiah House, a homeless shelter in East Orange
- Worked with the Isaiah House to improve their food service and incorporate more fresh
- Held a comedy night fundraiser at The Woodland
- Sponsored a student from Bloomfield to attend Key Leader, a weekend leadership training program
- Provided over 80 new jackets for homeless in multiple Essex County locations
- Contributed over $1,000 in Christmas presents to the Parenting Center for 30 children in 10 families
- Provided snacks to blood donors at the Maplewood Library
The Kiwanis Club of South Orange-Maplewood was organized with 50 members on February 8, 1922. It is presently the 5th oldest Kiwanis Club in New Jersey. In its early days, the club raised $20,000 (equivalent to $300,000 today) to construct a World War I monument for South Orange. In 1927, the club raised $10,000 (equivalent to nearly $150,000 today) to construct a Girl Scout Camp, which still exists today (The Oval at South Mountain Reservation). The club has always striven to help underprivileged boys and girls in the community. In 1998, the Kiwanis Club of South Orange-Maplewood started the Maplewood Annual Duck Race on Memorial Day in Maplewood Memorial Park. They ran it
for 17 years, until it was taken over by the South Mountain YMCA in 2016.
The Kiwanis Club of South Orange-Maplewood sponsors the Key Club in Columbia High School. Key Club is the oldest and largest student-led service program for high school students in the world.
Kiwanis is always seeking new members. We meet on the second Monday of the month at the South Orange Library and the 4th Monday of the month at the Maplewood library. Annual dues are $125, but they are reduced to $75 for former Key Clubbers or Circle Kers ($50 if the member is under 30). For more information, check out our Facebook page, or contact Gordon Meth at [email protected].
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, K-Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises more than 702,000 adult and youth members in more than 79 countries and geographic areas. Visit www.kiwanis.org for more information.