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  • Registration period coming for Aktion Club TLC 2014

    Kiwanis International and the Cal-Nev-Ha District of Aktion Club invite you to Anaheim, California, for the 2014 Training and Leadership Conference, July 3–5. Enjoy sun, fun and fellowship with other Aktion Club members!

    The registration period is coming soon. Remember these important facts:
    Registration will begin March 3. The final deadline to register is May 30. 
    This year, all registration will be online. (Due to Kiwanis’ updated background-check policies, registrations will not be accepted on site or via mail.)
    If you register by May 16, you’ll get a discount! Early-bird registration will be US$125. (From May 17 – 30, registration will be US$150.)

    Participate in workshops for leadership training and personal development. Get involved in service projects. Attendees can also meet other members of the Kiwanis family—because Key Club is holding its international convention in Anaheim at the same time! 

    As the 2014 Aktion Club TLC approaches, get reminders and information at Or email Katie Griffin, Aktion Club Specialist at

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  • The Eliminate Project: Celebrate and keep planning

    Drum roll, please! Ladies and gentlemen, costumed creatures near and far: We’re pleased to announce that the members of Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs--including Aktion Clubs--have raised more than US$2.5 million to save or protect more than 1.3 million women and their futures babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. 

    We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every member for contributing to this effort. Remember that every life-saving penny counts, so please turn in any donated funds using one of these options: 
    • By credit card: Call 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 411
    • By sending a check or money order payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation with a completed gift form to:
    The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
    Kiwanis International Foundation
    3636 Woodview Trace
    Indianapolis, IN 46268
    Attn: Trick-or-Treat

    When you use the giving form, you can also earn recognition as a Bronze, Silver or Gold club.  Learn more at

    How is your club celebrating Mother’s Day this year?
    Maybe you’ll shoot hoops or skate circles around your fellow club members and friends. You could even open your own art gallery. What will you and your club do to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus? We've got an idea for you: Take part in Eliminate Week!

    The official dates for Eliminate Week are May 5–9, 2014, which is the week before Mother’s Day. You can download the new SLP idea book for The Eliminate Project to find fresh, new fundraising ideas. It’s a helpful tool to maximize your efforts to raise funds and save lives. 

    Thank you again for making a difference. Together we eliminate a dreadful disease from the face of the earth! 

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  • Aktion Club arrives in Europe!


    On December 16, the Kiwanis family reached an important milestone: the founding and charter celebration of the first Aktion Club in Europe. Aktion Club of Weinviertel attracted 80 guests from across the country and around the world to Korneuburg, Austria. Thanks to Mayor Christian Gepp, the historic ballroom of the Town Hall was host to the event, which included speeches and good wishes from members of the Kiwanis family.

    For instance, Austria District President Josef Wasser spoke of his pride as founder of the Aktion Club of Weinviertel.  He also talked about the general importance of Aktion Club in Europe. “Inclusion is one of our major goals,” Wasser said. “Aktion Club empowers people with disabilities. Members use their talents for the community. Leadership, taking responsibility, making decisions on their own—that is exactly what we want to promote through Aktion Club.”

    Other speakers included Stefan Schlager, president of the Kiwanis Club Hollabrunn Weinviertel, who promised that his club would always lend a helping hand to the Aktion Club. He presented the club banner, the bell and the mallet to Ronny Pfennigbauer, the Aktion Club’s first president. 

    Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser expressed his pride in Austria’s latest Kiwanis achievement. The first Kiwanis club outside of the U.S. had been founded in Austria 50 years ago in Vienna, he said, and now the first Aktion Club outside the U.S. was being founded in Austria. 

    Along with all Kiwanis members, Aktion Club is pleased to welcome Aktion Club Weinviertel to the Kiwanis family—and to congratulate everyone in Korneuburg on a great celebration.

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    By Robert G. Marko 

    President of the Kiwanis Club of Allegheny North and member of the Kiwanis Club of Glenshaw

    Last year, there were some proud Aktion Club members in Pennsylvania when the Royal Aktion Club won the 2013 Kiwanis International Single Service Award. The club was recognized for a service project the resulted in 1,200 pinwheels for the fall fundraising walks of the Western Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Association. The pinwheels were placed in gardens at the end of each walk, and each person who completed the walk took home a pinwheel as a memento.

    For the Royal Aktion Club, the rewards didn’t stop there. On December 19, 2013, the club’s members celebrated with a delicious pizza lunch . During the celebration, Luida Shearer, Pennsylvania Kiwanis Aktion Club administrator, presented the first-place trophy to Jennifer Radomski, 2013–14  president of the Royal Aktion Club. 

    In addition, Pennsylvania Kiwanis Division 4 Lt. Governor Sandy Brackin presented each club member with a “Building Bridges to the Future” pin from Pennsylvania Kiwanis Governor Mark Mishinski. Other ceremony participants included Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation Treasurer Dale Brackin, Kiwanis-club advisors Bob Marko and Ed Cochrane, and fellow Kiwanian Ron Shearer. The Royal Aktion Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Allegheny North, the Kiwanis Club of Glenshaw and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. 

    Inspiration and pride

    Mary Jean Kirby of PA Connecting Communities and members of that organization’s staff also attended. PACC offers the day programs in which the Aktion Club members participate. In fact, Mary Jean helped inspire the club’s project. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and Mary Jean provided information about the disease to club members. 

    In addition to the pinwheel project, the Royal Aktion Club have also made holiday door decorations—which they presented during a visit to a facility that cares for Alzheimer’s patients. The families of the Aktion Club members have expressed their pride in each club member’s service to a member of the Alzheimer’s community. 

    Meanwhile, the club’s service continues: Members have already completed more than 5,000 pinwheels for the 2014 Alzheimer’s Walks.

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