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Kiwanis Aktion Club benefit reminds us this is a 'special' month

Patti Hill has been a member of the Aktion Club since 2006 but didn’t give that much thought until she addressed a luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of the Stroudsburgs, which sponsors the club made up of members with disabilities.

“Ten years – wow, I didn’t think it was that long,” said Hill as she talked about some of her club’s activities, particularly a peanut butter and macaroni & chesse collection drive for a local food pantry.

Hill four years ago was one of the Aktion Club members sponsored by the Kiwanis Club to go to Indianapolis for the Kiwanis Club International Convention. She and other Aktion Club members have been involved with things like joining the Kiwanis members to ring the Salvation Army bell for its holiday Red Kettle drive and for helping out on the Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Day at East Stroudsburg High School South in early November that has been going on for 50 years.

She spends her time at one of the two Aktion Club locations at 400 Powerhouse Lane in Stroudsburg, which is connected with Community Partners Recycling at that location. The other building is in Grant Homes Plaza on Route 209 in Brodheadsville. Kiwanis Club member Sue Folk, the executive director of Developmental Educational Services, helps administer the group. 

“I love to get involved, just to get out of my house,” said Hill, as her good-natured joking kept Kiwanis members engaged throughout her talk. "I’m not that young but I am not giving away my age because it’s not ladylike. But I feel wonderful. I like having to do nice things for people. There are some nice activities.”

And she, like many Aktion Club members, is actively involved with the Community Partners Recycling program, which provides discreet and cost effective destruction of sensitive documents and employs 15 individuals with disabilities.

The speech came at a timely moment because earlier this month, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf designated March as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania in celebration of individuals with an intellectual disability and their families. Most of them were educated through special education programs to help them transition into adult life.

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