Kiwanis drops July 4th festival

The Baltimore Sun

As co-presidents of the Kiwanis Club of Columbia, we wish to express our appreciation and that of the club members to County Executive Ken Ulman and the leadership of Recreation and Parks for their initiative and resolve to continue the July 4th Independence Day Festival that we have reluctantly had to forgo.

Our club agonized over the decision to end our 20-year sponsorship and production of the festival, but realized we had no other choice.

Continuance of sponsorship had simply become beyond the scope and ability of our declining active membership.

We withheld our decision from the public while seeking help to find a successor organization with the help of the Columbia Association, which has been a staunch supporter throughout the years, and Department of Recreation and Parks. We are delighted there now is a movement afoot to find a suitable replacement.

We are proud of our past efforts to provide Columbia and Howard County families such great entertainment. Our club pledges to make the transition to a successor group as easy and painless as possible. We stand ready to help make the Independence Day Festival bigger and better than ever.

Although our reduced membership dictated that we give up sponsorship of the festival, this Kiwanis Club will continue serving the community, especially children, by recruiting new members to help us support projects of other organizations.

We welcome interested individuals to join us at our regular meetings the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Evans restaurant off Route 100.

Jesse and Ruby Schneider Kiwanis Club of Columbia

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