by: Katie Griffen
Aktion Club Specialist
Ten years ago today, October 1, 2000, Aktion Club officially became a program of Kiwanis International. The first Aktion Club was organized in Putnam County, Florida by George D. “Jake” Swartout, 1988-89 Kiwanis Governor. The Aktion Club concept spread throughout the Florida District and throughout the Kiwanis world.
Currently, there are 467 clubs and 9,425 members worldwide. Thanks to all who have been involved including members, advisors, sponsoring clubs and agencies that support individuals with disabilities. Aktion Club would not be where it is today without all of your dedication, service hours and fundraising efforts! The affects of Aktion Club on our members and communities is one of true value.
Aktion Club members give an estimated 92,484 hours of service each year, performing a variety of community services, such as environmental projects, park beautification, food drives, nursing home visitations and assisting Kiwanis clubs with their projects.
Sleeping Children Around the World is Aktion Club’s service initiative that has kept Aktion Club members focused on their fundraising efforts. Members, along with the Kiwanis International Foundation, have provided thousands of bedkits to children in underprivileged countries. Aktion Clubs support and uphold the Kiwanis mission of Serving the Children of the World.
Congratulations, Kiwanis Aktion Club! Here’s to many more years of service.