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  • Aktion Club meets fundraising challenge for The Eliminate Project

    Written by David Coulter, Aktion Club representative to The Eliminate Project

    How many ways can you say thank you to Aktion Club members and their advisors for the tremendous efforts in raising funds for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus? I remember the Training and Leadership Conference in Indianapolis in 2011, when John Button (now the Kiwanis International president) talked to attendees—and challenged us to be  part of The Eliminate Project. Stuart McCormick was one of the people who inspired us to take part, and he led the effort, representing Aktion Clubs. 

    Two years ago, I stepped in as the Aktion Club representative. Last November, I made a challenge to raise a total of US$100,000 by the time the 2015 Kiwanis International Convention began in June. Thanks to your dedication, we made it: as of the most recent report, you have raised more than $120,000!
     
    During the final months of The Eliminate Project, let’s challenge all Aktion Clubs to boost fundraising efforts with a goal of receiving an Elimidallion to an advisor, an Aktion Club member, or any other honoree.You will need to have raised at least US$625, saving or protecting more than 347 lives. What you need to do? Send in the Kiwanis-family giving form together with your check, and order your award with the Kiwanis International Foundation.  It is that easy.  

    Follow the example of many other Aktion clubs, such as the Algona Aktion Club who just awarded seven Elimidallions with the funds raised at their Aktion Club Olympics. Make the lifesaving fundraising count and say 'Thank You for Saving Lives' - with an Elimidallion. Capture the moment!
     

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  • Aktion Club hits all-time record!

    Once again, club membership is at an all-time high for Aktion Club. Last month, membership reached a whooping 12,627 members. In fact, our program is once again the fastest-growing Service Leadership Program in the Kiwanis family. And it's all because of folks like you—club members, club advisors and everyone who helps make Aktion Club such a proud part of Kiwanis International's global organization. Thanks for all you do!

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  • Making sandwiches . . . and a big impact

    The Fountain Hills, Ariz., Noon Kiwanis Aktion Club has become a sandwich-making machine. Affiliated with Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), the club has been making bag lunches for people in need at least twice per month for the last few months. 

    The beneficiaries of their service have been families staying at Ronald McDonald House and homeless teens staying with Tumbleweed in Phoenix. The club has also been making regular trips to Extended Hands Food Bank in Fountain Hills. 

    Families at the Ronald McDonald House have children who are in the hospital for surgeries or other serious medical procedures, such as chemotherapy treatments for cancer. They typically need meals “on the go,” so bag lunches are wonderful things to have while they visit their loved ones in the hospital. Aktion Club advisor Charlie Fox has been scheduling and coordinating the projects. The Aktion Club has regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and periodic outings for service projects. The first Tuesday of each month has most often been dedicated to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and adding juice boxes, cookies, chips and other goodies into the brown bags. Fox then delivers the lunch bags to the Ronald McDonald House or Tumbleweed.

    The last Friday of the month has been devoted to small groups going to Extended Hands Food Bank to help sort food, cross out bar codes and other needed activities.

    STARS has grown to appreciate Aktion Club and the ways it has helped participants think about community service and its extraordinary impact on fellow members of the community. “This has been a tremendous year for our Aktion Club,” says Fox.“We’re proud of all the hard work they perform for others.”

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  • What a conference!

    Wow! With 149 participants, the 2015 Training and Leadership Conference had an excellent turnout in Indianapolis in late June. Highlights included Rhythm Trek's leadership-through-drumming session, as well as the movie “Where Hope Grows” and a personal appearance by its star, David DeSanctis. Aktion Clubbers joined in on the Kiwanis-family fun with a pancake breakfast outdoors in downtown Indy, where the rain held off just long enough; a baseball game featuring the hometown Indianapolis Indians, including fireworks; and other events to help celebrate Kiwanis International's 100th anniversary. 

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