Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City!
Where local people make a local difference one child and one community at a time!
Our History -
Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization of men and women who share the challenge of
community and world improvement. Since its founding in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915, Kiwanis has
grown to more than 8,400 clubs in 96 nations. There are about 606,608 active members in the
Kiwanis family, representing nearly every culture on every continent, all seeking to improve people’s
lives. Kiwanians give their time to make their communities and world better places in which to
live and work. As members of a club, they have opportunities to make business and professional
contacts; learn firsthand about local, national, and international issues; improve and use leadership
skills; participate in the life of their community and world; and develop life-long friendships.
The Defining Statement of Kiwanis: "Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at at time." The Kiwanis logo is accompanied by the words "Serving the Children of the World".
Along with clubs for adults, there are clubs for students of which the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City is the parent club sponsor for five(5) Youth Leadership Programs: The Stephen Decatur High School Key Club, The Buckingham Elementary K-Kids, The Showell Elementary School K-Kids, The Berlin Intermediate School Builders Club and The Stephen Decatur Middle School Builders Club. There are two other Kiwanis clubs, one for college students known as Kiwanis Circle K Clubs and another named Aktion Clubs for adults with disabilities.
The local Kiwanis Club was organized by 25 residents on February 20, 1980 and chartered by Kiwanis International on April 12, 1980. The original name was known as the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines. In 2005 the club changed its name to The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City and has members from both areas as well as Berlin, MD. It meets every week on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM in the Ocean Pines Community Center where a great deal of fun and fellowship are shared
Being a Kiwanis member can be rewarding in many ways. The greatest gift you could ever give
yourself as a person is the gratification in knowing you are contributing your help, time, and efforts to
people in and out of your community who are in dire need. Raising funds to help the poor,
participating in fellowship, and giving something back to your community are the highest levels of
self-satisfaction you can ever encounter!