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  • More than 100 at AKtion Club fundraiser

    More than 100 people attended the Midland AKtion Club’s second annual Talent Show/Art Exhibit/Fundraiser at the Midland First United Methodist Church. Emcee Jeremy Mathews introduced acts that included solos, group songs, original poems, jokes, instrumental pieces and a finale in which the audience joined the company in singing “Smile.”

    Performers included members of AKtion Club, the Kiwassee and Midland Kiwanis Clubs and Northwood’s Circle K. The art exhibit featured paintings, drawings, photography, greeting cards, needle-crafts, jewelry and a business card collection. 

    The event raised more than $600 for EliMiNaTe, a joint project between Kiwanis International and UNICEF that provides education and vaccinations to end maternal and neo-natal tetanus in mothers and children around the world. 

    Sponsored by the Kiwassee Kiwanis Club and the Arnold Center, the Midland AKtion Club is a service organization for adults living with disabilities. Members attend regular meetings, volunteer for a variety of projects throughout the community and raise funds to support initiatives that help children and youth around the world. For more information, contact Kristi Bugosh at kbugosh@arnoldcenter.org

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  • Challenge for Aktion Clubs

    Aktion Clubs have been a big supporter of The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. As of October 1, 2014, Aktion Clubs have raised more than US$92,694, which will save or protect more than 51,400 lives. What a great achievement! More than US$23,000 each year, through fundraising activities at the club and district level, and in partnering with sponsored Kiwanis Clubs.  We have even seen some of the Aktion Club members be honored with Walter Zeller Awards!   

    We could really celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Kiwanis International in January 2015, and reach a goal of $100,000, saving more than 4,000 lives between now and January 21, 2015. If each club would make a contribution equal to less than $1.00 per member this alone would reach the goal, and exceed it, since our total membership is just over 11,000 members.  Will you and your club help us, and be a part of the challenge?

    During this time period, we have many opportunities to raise these funds, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, holiday gifts, but don’t forget: Your funds need to be submitted to be counted and to save lives! 

    As a club, or as a district, do you have a story to share about your fundraising efforts, how many lives you saved, and pictures of your club in action? These should be shared, and sent to David Coulter at davidcoulter46@gmail.com so we can share your success, with other Aktion Clubs, and other SLP clubs, and inspire them. 


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  • Honor Kiwanis Family

    November is Kiwanis Family Month. Celebrate your local Kiwanis family by contacting your sponsoring Kiwanis club to see if they have a project with which they need help-or ask if a Kiwanis member can speak to your club. Find out what your sponsoring club has been doing and how you can support their efforts in the coming year. Your Kiwanis sponsor is a great resource; stay in touch! 

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  • Trick or treat for UNICEF: It’s time to celebrate!

    You did it! Thanks for making 2014 the best Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF yet. Your Aktion Club saved the lives of moms and babies because you chose to collect coins instead of candy. Now it’s time to celebrate! Announce your accomplishment. Hold a pizza party or ice cream social to recognize your club members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. And don’t forget to send in your hard-earned funds.
     

    Send a check or money order (payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) for at least US$250 along with your completed gift form by December 31 to be eligible for a Trick-or-Treat banner patch. Funds should be mailed to:

    The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
    Kiwanis International Foundation
    3636 Woodview Trace
    Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA
    ATTN: Trick-or-Treat
    Write the club name or club number on the memo line of the check.
     
    What’s next? If your club loved being part of the worldwide effort to raise funds for The Eliminate Project, then mark your calendars for Eliminate Week, May 4–8, 2015. Kiwanis-family clubs around the world will focus on raising funds and awareness for The Eliminate Project. Every Aktion Club is needed to participate. Stay tuned for more information and resources.
     
    And thanks again for making a difference and saving lives! 

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