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  • ENTER TO WIN

    The world needs to hear about the great work Aktion Clubs are doing! Help Kiwanis International and the rest of the Kiwanis family promote Aktion Club by creating a promotion video.
     
    Your club could feature any of the following in the promotion video: images and details of the club's service projects; clips and testimonials from club members; sponsoring agency personnel or the sponsoring Kiwanis club members on club activities and achievements; and any other fun, creative ideas the members want to include.

    CONTEST RULES:
    • This is an international contest for any Aktion Club in good standing. (No district judging required.)
    • The video must follow the theme for the year. (Visit aktionclub.org/contestsandawards to find the annual contest theme.)
    • The completed Aktion Club video must be submitted here, on the official contest page, to be eligible. Other methods of submission will not be considered.
    • The contest submission period will be from 9 a.m. PT on Thursday, May 31, until midnight PT on Sunday, September 30. Submissions uploaded after that period will be disqualified.
    • The winner will be announced on or around October 15, 2018.
    • One person from the club can create a video, or it can be a group effort.
    • Videos must be no longer than two minutes.
    • Videos must include at least two of the following: images and details of the club's service projects; clips and testimonials from club members, sponsoring agency personnel or the sponsoring Kiwanis club members on club activities and achievements. Videos about subjects other than what is posted in the rules are not eligible and will not be judged.
    • Video formats accepted include: asf, asx, avi, divx, dv, dvx, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, qt, wmv, 3g2, 3gp, 3ivx, 3vx
    • The maximum size limit for a video file is 5GB. Anything larger will not be accepted.

    By entering this video contest, the winner and everyone involved agrees to the use of his or her name, voice and likeness and phot/video submissions in any advertising or promotion without compensation.

    Ready to enter? Submit your video by clicking on the button below. And don't forget to share the entry on social media so everyone can see your incredible work! Enter a video now!

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  • READY FOR KIWANIS ONE DAY?

    Each year, Kiwanis clubs around the world join in a day of service. It’s called Kiwanis One Day, and in 2018 it will be observed on October 27. In fact, it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring together the Kiwanis family of clubs to focus on local community service.

    Start planning now for Kiwanis One Day. Here’s are some ways to get started:

    How will your club make a difference in your community on Kiwanis One Day? Let us know at pr@kiwanis.org.

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  • KINDNESS MATTERS

    Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. It’s considered a virtue and it’s recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. Here are some random acts of kindness that Aktion Club members could do this month . . . just because.

    • Smile at everyone you see. It might be all they need to turn their day around.
    • Try to make sure all members of the club feel included.
    • Call a friend you haven’t seen in a long time just to say hello. 
    • Compliment someone in front of others.
    • Do the dishes when it’s not your turn.
    • Dog-sit for free.
    • Make a thank-you card for your advisor or friend.
    • Pick a bouquet of flowers from your garden and give it to a neighbor.
    • Offer to help someone struggling with grocery bags.
    • Post only encouraging comments on social media.

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  • MEMBERS CATCH A WAVE WITH FIRST DUDE’S FUNDRAISER

    It began as an initiative to raise about US$5,000. As of July, it has resulted in more than $25,000 in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Kiwanis International. 
     
    It’s due to the generosity of Kiwanians — and the leadership of Governor Joni Ackerman and the district’s “First Dude,” Greg Ronkainen. In Cal-Nev-Ha, it’s an annual tradition for the district governor’s spouse to have his or her own initiative. Greg, Joni’s husband and a longtime Kiwanian and Aktion Club advisor, decided to focus on Aktion Club. He initiated “Call to Aktion, Catch the Wave” as a fundraiser to help members get to their district’s convention at a weekend camp in Wonder Valley, California. Funds would also pay for Circle K members to attend as advisors—and more generally, to help organize more Aktion Clubs in the district.
     
    With the help of the Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation, a Kiwanis-club banner patch and a pin were designed, and grant amounts were set up. First, it was established that individual Aktion Club members could apply for a US$75 grant to help attend camp. Second, a limited number of Circle K members could apply for $150 grants to attend as advisors. Third, a grant of $400 would help pay the charter fee for any new Aktion Club.
     
    Every weekend for nearly six months, Greg traveled to the district’s Kiwanis clubs for presentations and to sell banner patches and pins. Aktion Clubs pitched in by selling pins too. (Kiwanians could also order them directly through the district foundation.)
     
    This month, the First Dude found out how immense the program’s success has been. Thanks to the $25,000 raised so far — with more than two months to go — everyone can get a grant to attend the district convention. The district can also fund six Circle K members as camp/convention advisors.
     
    With such success, the district can also help charter six new Aktion Clubs. Congratulations and thanks to the First Dude for his commitment and generosity — and to all Kiwanians and Aktion Club members in the district for helping our program grow!  

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  • AKTION CLUB HITS THE JACKPOT AT TLC LAS VEGAS

    Aktion Club members, advisors and others came together on a hot sunny day in Las Vegas for the annual Training and Leadership Conference. This year the TLC was held in conjunction with the Kiwanis International convention, giving members the chance to join other members of the Kiwanis family for education, entertainment and fellowship. In fact, Aktion Club members carried Kiwanis flags during the Kiwanis convention’s opening session.

    As you might expect, there was Vegas-style entertainment. For example, “Elvis” made an appearance with some showgirls and sang a few songs. But there was also a show from the Penguin Project, which gives kids with disabilities a chance to participate in theatrical productions. The Penguin Project’s participants even gave members a lesson that included plenty of singing and dancing.

    Other highlights from the weekend included:

    ·       A service project in which members assembled hygiene kits to benefit the homeless in Las Vegas through the Promise Foundation.

    ·       Club presentations on the best service and fundraising projects.

    ·       A visit from Joni Ackerman, governor of the host district of California-Nevada-Hawaii.


    One Aktion Club member was a star of both the TLC and the Kiwanis International convention. Dina Buno, of the Abbington Aktion Club, is also the subject of the recent movie “Dina.” She addressed the Kiwanis convention’s opening session, and the social portion of the TLC consisted of a screening of “Dina.”

    In fact, the screening was a red-carpet event. Members donned their finest attire and walked the red carpet to be recognized for the stars that they are in their communities. Circle K members from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas took photos and asked for autographs. After the movie and popcorn, there was a Q&A with Dina herself.

    Proceeds from the sale of Dina’s movie were donated to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund in the amount of US$500. It was a perfect way to partake of the showbiz-style glitz of Las Vegas—while adding the kind of substance that Aktion Club is all about.

    Look for details about next year’s TLC in the coming weeks and months!

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