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  • Aktion Club member's art featured in Malaysia

    During a trip to Malaysia last September, Kiwanis International Board member Jane Erickson visited multiple Down Syndrome centers in as part of a Kiwanis-related trip. While touring the Careheart Center in Johor Bahru, the director mentioned their art gallery contained no artwork from the United States. When Jane said she thought could obtain an artwork from an Aktion Club member in her Nebraka-Iowa District, the director said he’d be delighted.
     
    That's where Spencer Rideout came in. Working with Floyd Hutzell, Aktion Club's admininstrator for the district, Jane got in touch with John Green, an Aktion Club advisor in Iowa City. When John gave club members an opportunity to create an artwork, Spencer stepped up with several. He took them to the Kiwanis 100th anniversary celebration in Iowa City this spring and talked to Jane about each piece. He allowed Jane to choose one to send to the Careheart Center. 
     
    "It's an honor and a privilege," Jane says, "to have an Aktion Club member’s artwork displayed so prominently in a very special organization on the other side of the world. Kiwanis clubs and Aktion Clubs have made the world a smaller, more engaging, and much friendlier place."

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  • Special Olympics, Aktion Club team up in Indiana

    For the sixth consecutive year, members of Aktion Club and Special Olympics hosted a car wash in Shelbyville, Indiana. Most of the Shelbyville club's members are participants in Special Olympics and have been involved since their time in public schools. They love to team up with an organization that has transformed their lives through the joy of sports.

    And they did it well again this year: the event raised more than $1,100, which will be shared by Aktion Club and Shelby County Special Olympics. Of course, Ace Hardware helped prove the power of partnership too—donating use of a portion of its parking lot, as well as water, hoses, food and drink. 

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  • What do your members like to do?

    Do you have budding artists in your club? Or members who love to talk to people? They might consider participating in our poster or speech contest. If your club members like to take photos, the scrapbook contest would be a great choice. Clubs that have a strong service affiliation can enter the single service project contest to showcase their best service project of the year. 

    Don't forget: The deadline for the Aktion Club contests is September 15. Entries are due to district administrators on that date (unless otherwise indicated by your district leader). There's still time to participate! Advisors are encouraged to assist and lead members with their entries. 

    Remember, there are four categories: scrapbook, single service, poster and speech. Your club and member entries could even be entered into the international contest. (Aktion Club's district committee will judge entries, with the district administrator forwarding winners to Kiwanis International for international judging by September 30.) For complete details, check out the Aktion Club contest page

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  • It is not too late to save lives

    Aktion Clubs have united with all Kiwanis-family members and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth through The Eliminate Project. Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs have raised more than US$7,262,695 in cash and pledges. Pat yourselves on the back for all of your great work! Every US$1.80 donated will save or protect one woman and her future babies.

    Your Aktion Club was encouraged to raise funds and awareness during Eliminate Week in May. If your club participated, you can still submit funds and be recognized by following these two easy and important steps before September 1:

    1.Send in your donation. Use The Eliminate Project gift form for Kiwanis-family members. Remember to include your club number and name so you can receive proper credit and request recognition items.

    2.Get recognized. Tell us about your project by completing this easy form to receive a participation patch for your club.

    3.Double your lifesaving impact. Ask your Kiwanis club to match the funds you raised. Your Kiwanis club will receive a Unity Award, and you will be recognized as a 1K Club, for raising more than US$500, and saving or protecting more than 555 lives together. 

    Now is also a great time to start planning for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2015:

    • If your Aktion Club participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2013 or 2014, a box of supplies will be shipped by September 15. Here is a list of clubs who will receive supplies. Do not worry: If your club is not on this list, you can order them from the Kiwanis store by the end of September.

    • Your club can easily raise money for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF without going door-to-door. Consider hosting a dodgeball tournament or bake sale for donations. Start planning the fun. Find fundraising ideas, information on how to submit funds and how to earn a banner patch at www.TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat.


    Questions? Contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org. Thank you again for your generous support. You’re making a difference! We are changing the course of history. 


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