Point Pleasant Kiwanis Club holds Charter event

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The Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant held its Charter Ceremony at Riverfront Park last Thurdsday. [FILE PHOTO/THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT — The Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant held its Charter Ceremony at Riverfront Park on Aug. 27, recognizing the members who have continuously supported the club’s mission and the local community since its founding earlier this year.

“It is a very important night for our members, for their families, for the towns that we serve — Point Pleasant Boro and Point Pleasant Beach and beyond — and Kiwanis International,” President Kristen Fischer said.

“Not only have we built a club that will serve the community for years to come, we did it during a pandemic. We also built a club that goes beyond the traditional Kiwanis model. Like a traditional club, our members volunteer, but we have some projects for all ages, so we welcome families in. 

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“This is what has defined us and allowed us to grow. Tonight we celebrate what we have come to be and look forward to all the wonderful things that will come.”

The Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant is a family-friendly community service club. According to its website, members are dedicated to giving parents a way to teach their children the value of community service by offering all-ages service projects; empowering children in communities to learn, have fun, discover their talents, and become leaders; providing opportunities for all people in the area to help others; along with much more.

“During this pandemic, we as a community were able to bond together. We gave hope for our communities to start again when they thought the world was shut down forever,” President-Elect Annmarie DeRosa said. “We have created a diverse and unique club filled with love, friendship, creativity and drive.”

Since its inception earlier this year, the Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant has presented a number of programs and other initiatives to support local children and others in the community, including ensuring area first responders and health workers have essential personal protective equipment as they respond to COVID-19 through providing face shield kits; Camp Kiwanis, which provided educational, fun programs for children stuck at home this summer due to the pandemic in an effort to keep them engaged; as well as this weeks Back to School Supply Drive.

“You made an instant impact in our community as soon as you guys started and I think that is wonderful,” Councilwoman Charlene Archer said during the ceremony. “You don’t see that a lot in organizations and … the enthusiasm you have shown has been really wonderful to see. I really appreciate all you have done.”

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