Kiwanis Club of Toms River, NJ
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Fun with Connections

The Kiwanis Club of Toms River once again provided dinner and a craft for the OceanMHS Connections Treatment Home families.  These foster care families care for youth with special emotional and behavioral needs.  OceanMHS supports the families with in-home supports, therapy, and trainings.   Kiwanis joined the group for a training on October 1st and provided a family friendly dinner and a great craft for the youth.  

Every joined together for a dinner of Sloppy Joes, Tater Tots, broccoli and salad, cooked by Kiwanis members Anne, Carol, John, Jill, Jack, Marty and Christina.   After dinner some Kiwinians cleaned up (thanks Jack for taking care of all those pots!) while others worked on a craft with the children.   Anne taught us all to make home-made juggling balls, which we decorated together. 

The children went home with their completed crafts, and there were leftovers for the families.   All in all it was another successful service project for the Kiwanis Club of Toms River! 

New Leadership Takes the Helm

On Monday, September 30 we installed our new President, Annemarie Schreiber!  Anne is a partner at the firm of Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks.  She was sworn in along with our new President-Elect, Jill Flynn.  Jill is Vice President and Branch Manager at OceanFirst Bank.  They will make a great team going forward, but they have big shoes to fill!  We are very grateful to our outgoing president, Carol Kaunitz (the self-proclaimed “Big Kiwana”), who led us for a fantastic and fun two years!  Our new Lt. Gov., Barbara Kelly, and outgoing Lt. Gov., Sue Philpot, were there to do the honors.

Scholarship Awards

 

Marc and Carol presented $750 scholarship awards to each of three Toms River high school seniors at our meeting of July 22.  The winners attended with their families.  The High School East recipient was Brook Marra, who plans to attend Stockton College.  From High School South, Lindsey Van Zile was the winner; Lindsey will attend Lynchburg College.  It should be mentioned that Lindsey was the president of the Key Club at South this past year.  Meghan Curran was the winner from High School North; she will attend the University of New Haven.

Connections Service Project a Success!

 

The Kiwanis Club of Toms River served dinner to the five families and staff of the Connections Program at Ocean Mental Health Services on July 10th.  Connections is a therapeutic Foster Care program.  The youth in the program have serious mental health or behavioral problems, and need a foster care placement which can provide a safe and loving home, access to supports for both the foster care parents and children and access to mental health therapies. 

 

On Tuesday several Kiwanis members met at OceanMHS to prepare a taco night dinner for the a Connections Porgram Family training session.  There were five families at the training, and four Connections staff.  We set up a wonderful taco buffet with all the fixings for a great meal.  Dessert was watermelon and cookies! The families were grateful for not only the delicious and fun meal, but also for the leftovers they were able to take home.   Jermaine told us this was his “best day ever”! Thanks to some unplanned over-shopping there were even leftovers for the grateful families to take home! 

 

The fun didn’t stop with dinner, though.  While the parents attended training and teenagers went upstairs to watch a movie the younger kids stayed with our Kiwanis group to work on a craft.  The "summer snowballs" were a hit and it wasn’t long before some of the teenagers joined in on the fun.   By the end of the evening the kids were playing catch and laughing and having an all around good time!

 

And as everyone gathered to leave the two teenage boys and one of the teenage girls came forward and presented Kiwanis with homemade thank you cards.  It was very touching.  We lookforward to our next service project with Ocean Mental Health Services and the families of the Connections program.  

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - 2011


Our annual bell ringing for Salvation Army was at WalMart this year, as opposed to our usual location in Ocean County Mall, on Saturday, December 17.  Seven of us participated, and we were there from 9AM until 2PM.  It was a very successful day!

Salvation Army Holiday Shop

Eileen, Anne, Christina and John M worked at setting up the S.A. Holiday Shop (kids’ toys and clothes) at the East Dover Firehouse on Sunday, December 12.  Anne also brought her kids and a neighbor to help.  They each put in over three hours that day.  The items were then available for pickup by parents on December 13, 14 and 15.  When we left on Sunday, the tables were piled high with hundreds (maybe thousands) of donated toys and clothes for kids ages zero to 18!

Installation of Officers - October 10, 2011

Club officers for the 2011-2012 administrative year were installed on Monday, October 10 at Capone’s.  New Lt. Gov. Floyd Adams did the honors.  The officers for the coming year are President Carol Kaunitz, President-Elect Anne Schreiber, Secretary John Meeker, Treasurer Allan Deninger and Past President Eileen Wojton.

Kiwanis Night at the BlueClaws

Friday, August 19 was the annual Kiwanis Night at the BlueClaws.  Many of our members and families attended and saw the BlueClaws win.  Our division sold 50/50 raffle tickets to support Children’s Specialized Hospital, and Eileen, Marna, John K and John M took care of one of the four tables.  The weather was soggy, but we had fun!