Kiwanis members clean Huntington Beach

Westlake Aktion Club members collect trash from Huntington Beach.

The Division 14 Kiwanis Clubs gathered at Huntington Beach in Bay Village on May 5 to take part in "Adopt a Beach," a program sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Clubs taking part were the Bay Village Kiwanis, the Bay Village Key Club, Westlake Kiwanis, Westlake Aktion Club and Rocky River Kiwanis. The participants who gathered for the event were directed by Camille Licate from Kids for Positive Change.

It was a beautiful Saturday for picking up trash on the beach. There were many pounds of trash picked up, mainly plastic which isn’t biodegradable. Plenty of plastic straws, cigar tips, plastic bottles, bottle caps, etc. were plucked from the shoreline. There were over 50 Kiwanis affiliated participants who showed up thanks to the work of Division 14 Lt. Governor Grergj Haxhiu.

Lt. Governor Haxhiu also spoke about "The Last Plastic Straw" campaign to eliminate the use of plastic straws which cause harm to animals and the environment. You can make a difference by skipping the straw or using a reusable straw. 

Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs – nearly 500,000 members strong – annually raise more than $100 million and dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. 

Kiwanis invites you to join us and get involved in changing the "world, one child and one community at a time." For more information on the Westlake club, visit; for the Bay Village club, visit

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018