Kiwanis Sponsors AKtion Clubs

A new Kiwanis sponsored project has arrived in Ottawa...it is called AKtion Club. Our Spiritual Aims & Interna-tional Affairs Committee has been discussing and investigating this project over the past few year; now, in 1999, AKtion Club has become a reality in the Ottawa area, the first one in Canada!

Working with other area Kiwanis Clubs and local agencies an exciting community service has been borne. Wait a minute ...what is this AKtion Club? Why does it exist? Where did it come from? How does it operate? How can I get involved...

The Goals of AKtion

..to develop initiative and leadership..to provide experience in living and working together ..to serve the community..to prepare for useful citizenship

Who Sponsors an AKtion Club? Aktion Clubs are sponsored by local Kiwanis Clubs in cooperation with a local agency or sheltered workshop for citizens with mental retardation. The first AKtion Club program was piloted in Florida in 1987.

Kiwanis AKtion Club

Why Have an AKtion Club? Persons who are developmentally challenged often have many skills but little opportunity to develop or apply them. These special citizens have a few chances to interact socially and sometimes never learn to function in society. Too often they are isolated and dependent when they could be making valuable contributions to themselves and to the world around them. Shelters and agencies that serve those who are developmentally challenged do their best to help their clients reach their potentials. Many of these agencies, however, do not have the funding or staff to provide the activities and individual attention their clients need. The volunteer effort of local Kiwanis sponsors can address these and many other concerns through AKtion Club.

What does AKtion Club do? An AKtion Club performs a variety of services to the community. It conducts fund-raisers such as car washes, and other projects to raise money for needs in the community. AKtion Club members do many other community services includ-ing environmental projects, park beautification, food drives, and nursing home visitations, as well as assisting Kiwanis Clubs with their projects. AKtion Clubs also take time out for fun! AKtion members go to sporting events, and visit muse-ums, among many other activities. AKtion members play as hard as they work.

Because there's an AKtion Club in our city now, we will find its members anywhere there's service to be rendered or fun to be had! Our AKtion Club is already meet-ing regularly and its members are enjoying social and sporting events with their fellow Kiwanians.

Find out how you can get involved by contacting any member of the Spiritual Aims and International Affairs Committee. Harold Moore 1998-99 Chair Bill Cowie 1999-2000 Chair Spiritual Aims and International Affairs Committee.