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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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