December 2017               

2017 -2018 Officers

Gary Warfield, President

Garry Killmon, Immed. Past President

Louie Altizer, President Elect

Jeff Tull, 1st Vice President

Daniel W. Vanderwende, Treasurer

John M. Hassman, Jr.., Secretary


Richard A. Beauchamp

Harry C. Campbell

Dr. Kevin E. Carson

Ralph Scott

Walter N. Rudy

Bob Tomlinson

Jeff Tul


Bridgeville Kiwanis Foundation

2017 —2018 Officers

Kevin Carson, President

Ralph Scott, III Past President

Richard A. Beauchamp, Treasurer

Garry H. Killmon, Secretary

Kiwanis Communicator Editors

George F. Hardesty, Jr.

John M. Hassman, Jr.


 Kiwanis … is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. 


James J. Mitchell………………………….2017

John M. Hassman, Jr. …………………… 2018

Rita K. Webb …………………………….. 2018

Harry Campbell …………………………..2019

Roger Hovermale  ………………………..2019

Jeff Tull ……………………………………2020

David A. Holman …………………………2020


The Legend of St. Nicholas

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread, and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.

Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death.  The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1804, John Pintard, a member of the New York Historical Society, distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society’s annual meeting. The background of the engraving contains now-familiar Santa images including stockings filled with toys and fruit hung over a fireplace. In 1809, Washington Irving helped to popularize the Sinter Klaas stories when he referred to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book, The History of New York. As his prominence grew, Sinter Klaas was described as everything from a “rascal” with a blue three-cornered hat, red waistcoat, and yellow stockings to a man wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a “huge pair of Flemish trunk hose.


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore, an Episcopal minister, wrote a long Christmas poem for his three daughters entitled “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” Moore’s poem, which he was initially hesitant to publish due to the frivolous nature of its subject, is largely responsible for our modern image of Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf” with a portly figure and the supernatural ability to ascend a chimney with a mere nod of his head! Although some of Moore’s imagery was probably borrowed from other sources, his poem helped popularize the now-familiar image of a Santa Claus who flew from house to house on Christmas Eve–in “a miniature sleigh” led by eight flying reindeer–leaving presents for deserving children. “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” created a new and immediately popular American icon. In 1881, political cartoonist Thomas Nast drew on Moore’s poem to create the first likeness that matches our modern image of Santa Claus. His cartoon, which appeared in Harper’s Weekly, depicted Santa as a rotund, cheerful man with a full, white beard, holding a sack laden with toys for lucky children. It is Nast who gave Santa his bright red suit trimmed with white fur, North Pole workshop, elves, and his wife, Mrs. Claus.

A Santa by Any Other Name

18th-century America’s Santa Claus was not the only St. Nicholas-inspired gift-giver to make an appearance at Christmastime. Similar figures were popular all over the world. Christkind or Kris Kringle was believed to deliver presents to well-behaved Swiss and German children. Meaning “Christ child,” Christkind is an angel-like figure often accompanied by St. Nicholas on his holiday missions. In Scandinavia, a jolly elf named Jultomten was thought to deliver gifts in a sleigh drawn by goats. English legend explains that Father Christmas visits each home on Christmas Eve to fill children’s stockings with holiday treats. Pere Noel is responsible for filling the shoes of French children. In Russia, it is believed that an elderly woman named Babouschka purposely gave the wise men wrong directions to Bethlehem so that they couldn’t find Jesus. Later, she felt remorseful, but could not find the men to undo the damage.  To this day, on January 5, Babouschka visits Russian children leaving gifts at their bedsides in the hope that one of them is the baby Jesus and she will be forgiven. In Italy, a similar story exists about a woman called La Befana, a kindly witch who rides a broomstick down the chimneys of Italian homes to deliver toys into the stockings of lucky children.



COMMUNITY SERVICES, Gary Warfield, Chairman

Kiwanians who helped with the Union United Methodist Church food pantry.  John Trussell – 10 hours, Roger Hovermale – 5 hours, Derek Lofland -3 hours, Dan Vanderwende – 1 hour, Sonny Hardesty – 23 hours, and Jack Hassman – 11 hours.  Total community service hours donated by Kiwanians was 53 hours.  The food pantry received 8.882 pound of non-perishable food items received from the Woodbridge School District from December 6th through December 15th.  The Kiwanians sorted and put away the food items received.

Jeff Tull, Derek Lofland, and Jack Hassman moved furniture into the house owned by the Methodist Church for a homeless family who moved in on Thursday, December 21st.  6 hours.

$125 to the Union United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

80 Canned hams purchased to help needy families in the community. This was increased from 65.

$100 Emergency fund to help family pay rent.

YOUTH SERVICES, Dr. Kevin Carson, Chairman

$300 to the Woodbridge Junior Basketball boys and girl’s teams.

$125 Union United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

$75 to the Church of God Food Pantry.

$250 Special Olympics.

YCP1, Rita K. Webb, Chairman

$100 to the Greenwood Methodist Church Baby Pantry.

KEY CLUB, Rita K. Webb, Chairman

The Key Club will be hosting a blood drive at Woodbridge High School in January, 2018.  More information to follow.

Builders Club, Tom Carey, Chairman

No advisor at this time.

HUMAN & SPIRITUAL VALUES, Ralph Scott, Chairman

Ralph Scott donated two queen size beds and a full bed (mattresses, box springs, and bed frames, two sofas and a love seat to the homeless family.

Four members of the Union United Methodist Church helped move furniture into the house for the homeless family. 8 hours of service.

$75 to the Church of God Food Pantry.

$100 to the Greenwood Methodist Church Baby Pantry.

$125 to the United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

SPONSORED YOUTH, Key Club, Rita K. Webb, Chairwoman-

Woodbridge Early Childhood Education to purchase Christmas Presents for children - $140

K-KIDS –Garry Killmon, Chairman

 Nothing to report since the community center is closed due to the damage caused by broken water pipes.


The inter-club for December was with the Woodbridge High School Key Club.  Kiwanians in attendance were John Trussell, Roger Hovermale, Jack Hassman, and Garry Killmon.  Rita Webb the Key Club advisor opened the meeting.  The topic of discussion was the upcoming blood drive that the Key Club will be sponsoring in January.



DECEMBER    04 – Tom Carey

                        11 – Larry Snyder

                        22 – Walt Rudy

                        25 – Roger Hovermale

JANUARY      01 – Sonny Hardesty

                        03 – Kent Chase



January 8, 2018: Breakfast Meeting at Jimmies Grill – 7:30 AM – Garry Killmon - Chairperson

January 22, 2018 – Veterans Recognition Night – Mike Breeding and John Trussell – Co-Chairpersons





Mark Chisenhall is the chairperson for this interclub to be held at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford.  Also scheduled to attend are Bill Vanderwende, Tazz Tassone, Louie Altizer, Jim Mitchell, and Glenn Bailey.  The Seaford Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM.  Contact club President Kenna Nethken at 302-542-7320 or by email at or club secretary Susan Nancarrow at 302-542-3393 or by email at to let them know we are coming.



            There will be no meeting on Monday, January 1, 2018 since this is New Year’s Day.  Our Meeting will be Monday, January 8, 2018 at Jimmie’s Grille in Bridgeville beginning at 7:30 AM.  Each Kiwanian in attendance will be able to order off the menu and you will pay Jack Hassman.  Please include an 18% gratuity for the waitress when paying.  That is Jimmie’s policy to include an 18% gratuity for groups.  Jack Hassman will pay the bill at the end of the meeting. If you pay with a check, make the check payable to the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club.


            Just a reminder that this year’s dues of $85.00 are due on January 8, 2018.  You can pay Danny Vanderwende at the January 8th meeting or send a check to Danny at 2667 Seashore Hwy., Greenwood, Delaware 19950.



            The winners of this years annual Kiwanis House Decorating were Robert Dixon, 313 First Street, Dan & Catherine Driscoll, 409 Walnut Street, Ken Hitchens, 51 Emily’s Pintail Dr., and Bridgette Cunillera, 52 Canvasback Dr.  The four winners were presented with canned hams.



            We will be taking down the Christmas decorations in the towns of Bridgeville and Greenwood on Saturday, January 6th beginning at 9:00 am.  We will meet at the Bridgeville Town Hall.  We need as much help as we can get, so please try to attend.  Thank you.


Bridgeville Kiwanis Board of Directors Meeting

December 4, 2017


President Gary Warfield opened the meeting at 7:30 P.M. Board members in attendance were Harry Campbell, Richard Beauchamp, Bob Tomlinson, Jack Hassman, Mike Breeding, and Danny Vanderwende.

Richard Beauchamp made a motion to donate $250.00 to the Special Olympics.  Bob Tomlinson seconded the motion.  After some discussion, President Warfield asked for a vote.  The motion passed unanimously.

Bob Tomlinson made a motion to donate $250 to the Union United Methodist Church Food pantry and $150 to the Church of God food pantry.  After some discussion, President Warfield asked for a vote.  The motion passed unanimously.

Garry informed us that the pipes froze at the community center at Walker Mill and damaged the floor.  The one estimate they received is $10,000.  There was some discussion on the matter and the board said that First State should seek more estimates.  Garry Killmon stated that the trailer on cost $11,000 when it was purchased.  The board of directors also felt that we shouldn’t pay the entire amount of the repair.

Jeff Tull spoke about the birthday calendar that the club used to put out and reviving it again.  There was discussion about bringing it back to raise a few more dollars.


Jeff also brought up there are some problems with the bucket truck.  It has a fuel problem and brake problem.  Jeff asked that the club helped pay for some of the repairs for the truck.  This item will be brought up at the next meeting.  Richard said that he will talk to Donnie from Greenwood about helping pay for the repair.

Richard Beauchamp made a motion to donate $300 to the Woodbridge junior basketball teams (boys and Girls).  Harry Campbell seconded the motion.  Jack Hassman and Danny Vanderwende both said that we gave this amount to the program last year.  President Warfield asked for a vote.  The motion passed unanimously.

Bob Tomlinson made a motion to give $200 to the baby pantry at the Greenwood Methodist Church.  Jack Hassman and Danny Vanderwende said that we have done this in the past.  President Warfield asked for a vote.  The motion passed unanimously.

Richard Beauchamp made a motion to amend Kevin Carson’s motion at the last board meeting to purchase 80 canned hams.  At our November 6th meeting a motion was made and passed to purchase 65 canned hams.  Mike Breeding seconded the motion.  The was some discussion regarding the increased need in the community.  Upon completion of the discussion, President Warfield asked for a vote.  The motion passed unanimously.


President Warfield adjourned the meeting at 8:07

            Respectfully submitted by:

Jack Hassman, Secretary

Bridgeville Kiwanis General Meeting

December 4, 2017


 President Gary Warfield opened the meeting at 6:30 P.M. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mike Breeding, the song Jingle Bells was led by Roger Hovermale, the invocation was delivered by Garry Killmon.  President Warfield introduced our guest for the evening, Carolyn Dryzga Lt. Governor for division five.  Mrs. Dryzga has also served as club president of the Ocean Pines Kiwanis Club.

The buffet dinner was fried chicken, peas and carrots, sweet potato fries, coleslaw, biscuits and jelly, and assorted breads.  Dessert was pumpkin pie.

Richard Beauchamp spoke about our Foundation.  The foundation was started in 2002.  He presented a brief history of the foundation and its first directors.

Jay Mervine will chair the Christmas house decorating committee in lieu of Tazz Tassone since Tazz is traveling and will not be in the area to tend to this task prior to Christmas.

Sonny Hardesty asked for volunteers to help with the food that will be delivered from the Woodbridge School District for the next two weeks.  Sonny had placed a sign-up sheet next to the boxes in the UUMC social hall.  Help will be needed around 12:00 noon to sort and store the food items.  The school that collects the most poundage of canned goods will win the opportunity to dress down for school for one day.

Lt. Governor Dryzga said some nice things about our club, but would like to see us recruit some more female members.  Presently, our club has only one female member.  Lt. Governor Dryzga stated that if we were to recruit more female members, they have a social network that could bring in more women.  Along with that, they would bring their husbands and they may also join our club. 

Lt. Governor was asked to draw the winning 50/50 ticket.  She drew Walt Rudy’s ticket.

Jack Hassman passed around a sign-up sheet for the Kiwanis Club’s annual Christmas Party held on Monday, December 18, 2017.  Jack also informed the club that we received another banner patch for our donation to the Children’s Fund.  Six of our club members will be attending the Lions Club meeting on Thursday night, December 7th, at 6:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church in Bridgeville.  We will be receiving a check from the Town of Bridgeville for approximately $7,500 for the Apple/Scrapple Tournament.


President Warfield adjourned the meeting at 7:33 PM.

Respectfully submitted by:

Jack Hassman, Secretary

Bridgeville Kiwanis Annual Christmas Party

December 18, 2017


            President Gary Warfield opened our annual Christmas Party by asking Bob Hunsberger to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roger Hovermale led the Christmas song and Garry Killmon gave the blessing.


There were 38 Kiwanians and spouses and friends in attendance for the evening’s festivities.  Prior to the beginning of the dinner, hors d’ouvres were served along with punch.  Dinner consisted of baked ham, meat balls, asparagus, coleslaw, rolls and butter.  Dessert was cheese cake.

            After the dinner, Bob Tomlinson and Roger Hovermale went over the rules of the gift exchange and Bob began calling out numbers for attendees to pick up a present.  As usual the gift exchange was fun as many of the gift cards were stolen the maximum number of three times.  The drill bits were also stolen three times as were many of the other presents.

            At the end of the party, Jack Hassman reminded everyone that our January 8th meeting will be at 7:30 am. At Jimmie’s Grille in Bridgeville and you will be ordering off the menu.


President Warfield adjourned the meeting at 8:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted by:

Jack Hassman, Secretary


Christmas House Decorating Chairman Jay Mervine pictured with one of the winners, Bridgette Cunillera of 52 Canvasback Drive in Heritage Shores.