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Longtime Kiwanis leader Robert Scarburgh was honored posthumously with the Kiwanis Zeller Award. Club Secretary Rich Funke presented the award to Scarburgh's widow, Jean Scarburgh.
Longtime Kiwanis leader Robert Scarburgh was honored posthumously with the Kiwanis Zeller Award. Club Secretary Rich Funke presented the award to Scarburgh's widow, Jean Scarburgh. (submitted photo)

Happy 75th anniversary to the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City.

Founded in 1940, the Ellicott City Club is an affiliate of Kiwanis International, a 100-year-old global network of clubs in 80 nations. Central to each club is a commitment to service. To that end, each club's pattern of giving reflects the specific needs of the communities where it's located, with an emphasis on youth.

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In its 75-year history, the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City has made an indelible mark on our community. The county's youth baseball program, known today as Howard County Youth Baseball, owes its beginnings to the Kiwanis Club.

After club member Tony Wallas donated land for youth baseball games, the club purchased additional land to develop it into a sports complex with multiple ball fields, known today as Kiwanis Wallas Park. In addition, Kiwanis members served as baseball coaches to encourage the formation of new baseball teams.

To provide educational opportunities for our county youth, the club established an annual $14,000 scholarship for a graduating high school senior and an endowment for students enrolling in Howard Community College.

In addition, five county high schools — Atholton, Glenelg, Centennial, Marriotts Ridge and River Hill — have established Key Clubs that provide students an outlet for community service work. To support babies at risk, the club established a Howard County General Hospital neo-natal clinic that provides assistance for newborns and nursing mothers.

In 2000, to celebrate Ellicott City's sesquicentennial, the club donated the statuesque black clock on the corner of Main Street and the historic B&O train station.

Over the years, the club has supported many local organizations such as Boy and Girl Scouts, NeighborRide, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Howard County Department of Recreation, Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and Bright Minds Foundation.

Since its formation, the club has attracted an impressive leadership and membership base. On March 14, at the Club's 75th anniversary awards dinner, the group paid tribute to it's outstanding members.

With Brian Bell (Kiwanis Capital District Governor) and Bill Hand (Kiwanis Capital District Division 4 Lt. Governor) in attendance, past Ellicott City club president and Kiwanis Lt. Governor Robert Engelbach presented members Michael Byrnes, Jean Scarburgh and Jon Nuffer with 25-year service awards.

Sadly, two active and long-serving members, Robert Scarburgh and Donald Klein, passed away recently. Both men were tireless Kiwanis leaders who were honored posthumously at the anniversary dinner, each receiving a Kiwanis Zeller Fellowship award. Club secretary Rich Funke presented Klein's award to his daughters Barbara Klein and Joyce Klein and Scarburgh's award to his widow, 25-year-service awardee Jean Scarburgh.

Thank you Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City members for your commitment to service through almost a century of volunteer work and charitable donations in our community.

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