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An Oklahoma Mardi Gras celebrates Aktion Club

It was a cool evening in Moore, Oklahoma, but the temperature inside was fever pitch. The Moore Aktion Club of Santa Fe Place waited anxiously to make a grand entrance accompanied by Key Club members and the court jester (one of the Key Clubbers) in full costume. Then the sounds of The Saints Come Marching In began—and so did the Mardi Gras festivities. 

All the members circled the meeting room several times, and some even danced with the court jester. “Madam Butterfly” Jessica Smith, the club’s facility advisor, swooped through the crowd of about 150 in full costume to begin the induction of 32 new Kiwanis Aktion Club members. 

Just six months ago, the Moore Aktion Club of Santa Fe Place became the first Aktion Club in Oklahoma. Its achievements go beyond its growing membership. Hosted at Santa Fe Place, a community living center for adults with disabilities, the club has already reached 1,500 service hours, done two fundraisers and sent 24 members to a special camp for adults with disabilities.  

Now each member was being recognized by Texas-Oklahoma District Administrator Lynn DeGeorge, and Moore Kiwanis Club members pinned each new member as their names were called. The crowd, which included Oklahoma State Representative Mark McBride and district trustee Steven Brooks, heard all evening how the community was embracing the work of Kiwanis through Aktion Club. 

The feeling is mutual. At every Aktion Club event, you will see members from several different Key Clubs, advisors for Bring Up Grades programs and members from many local Kiwanis clubs (including Moore, South Oklahoma City, Edmund, Norman, Southwest Oklahoma City).

On this night, Kiwanis advisors Mary Edwards and Brenda Journey were instrumental in the success of the event, helping put together the Mardi Gras banquet — and like everyone else, they’re looking forward to many more accomplishments from the Santa Fe Place Aktion Club. 

Meanwhile, the Aktion Club is already planning to make the banquet an annual event, with a different theme each year.

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