Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club hosts district convention

Westlake Aktion Club officers open the convention. From left: President Jennifer Rutkoski, treasurer Elizabeth Mulhan, Michael Sigmund and Bernard Asher.

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club hosted the Ohio District Aktion Club Convention at Lutheran West High School in Rocky River. Aktion Clubs from all across the state of Ohio gathered for a day of fellowship, educational workshops, food, fun and competition. The Convention theme was “Blasting Into Service” with Lutheran West decorated in a space-age planetary theme.

The day started with a parade of club banners and an opening ceremony with a welcome from Ohio Kiwanis Governor Dan Litzinger speaking on the Kiwanis and service. Incoming Ohio Kiwanis Governor-elect Faith Levine also spoke about community service. The keynote speaker was Camille Licate from Kids for Positive Change.

There was a service fair with workshops for Aktion Club officers – fundraising made easy, making meetings fun and meaningful, healthy habits and hands-on activities. A breakfast and lunch was provided by Novotny Catering. The Aktion Clubs were entertained with rides on the Euclid Beach "Thriller Car" and by “Eric the Alligator Animal Show.” There was speech contest, poster contest, T-shirt design contest and a service project contest. The day finished with a mini Special Olympics set up by volunteers from Lutheran West. 

Aktion Club is a community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability. The mission of Aktion Club is to provide adults living with disabilities and opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills, to serve their community, to be integrated into society and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities.

Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process.

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 17, Posted 9:15 AM, 09.05.2018