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  • Michigan Bowls for two causes

    The Mid-Michigan area Aktion Clubs raised US$1,546 during their Service Fundraiser Bowl-a-thon in March. The Aktion Clubs from Jackson, Hillsdale and Brighton, as well as Helping Hands Aktion Club from Lansing, raised the money for The Eliminate Project and for Sleeping Children Around the World, the Aktion Club service initiative that sends bedkits to needy children around the world.  More than 60 people participated in the event, which included bowling and pizza for lunch.

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  • Your Quarterly Reports Matter

    At the end of each quarter, club advisors receive an email message containing a link to the quarterly report. That's where your club should collect information on club activities for that three-month period. Some of the things you should keep track of are listed here. 
    • Service projects (including the amount of money spent to do the project and who it helped).
    • Service hours (the number of hours worked multiplied by the number of individuals serving).
    • Fundraising events (including how much money was raised and where funds were donated).
    • Kiwanis-family events (how many events your club hosted or participated in that included Kiwanis family members outside of Aktion Club, and which Kiwanis family members were involved).
    • Financial support from sponsoring Kiwanis club.
    • Biggest challenges.
    Of course, the true impact of Aktion Clubs’ service is immeasurable—even beyond the numbers you provide. However, keeping data on how Aktion Clubs improve their communities is vital for gaining community support and validating the program’s success in a concrete way.

    If you are not receiving these report requests, you may not be listed as the club or Kiwanis advisor.  If you're having this issue, email Katie Griffin at kgriffin@kiwanis.org. 

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  • Contests Encourage Clubs and Members

    Do you have budding artists in your Aktion Club? Or possibly a club member who loves talking to people? With the Aktion Club Poster Contest and Speech Contest, those members have opportunities to do what they love—and maybe even get recognized for it. 

    The annual contests offer opportunities to clubs too. For instance, a club with a strong service affiliation can enter the Single Service Project Contest to showcase its best service project of the year. And if your club members are crafty or like to take photos, the Scrapbook Contest is a great way to get the club involved in an activity that includes everyone!

    Where to get started

    The contest booklet contains everything you need to know about Aktion Club's contest and awards program—including submission forms and complete guidelines. The deadline for contest entries is September 15, 2014. Entries must be sent to your district administrator. Don’t know who your district administrator is? Check here. The district will vote and send the winners for each contest category to the international office. 

    The contest theme for 2013-14 is fundraising:
     
    Speech: Discuss a time where you felt like your fundraising efforts truly made an impact on a person, group or in your community.
     
    Poster: Draw a picture of yourself and your fellow Aktion Club members raising funds for an important cause.
     
    Single Service: With fellow members, tell about your best fundraising event of the year.
     
    Scrapbook: With your fellow members, create a scrapbook showing the events, service and fundraisers of your Aktion Club year.

    Remember to check the contest booklet for complete details. Winners of the international contest will receive one or more of the following, depending on the contest: trophy, certificate, medal and/or a banner patch. All winners will be announced in October.

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