Aktion Club

Our Board – 2014/2015

Bob Brimacombe

Bob Brimacombe, President

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Tom Frances, Vice-President

Alysha Thomsen

Alysha Thomsen, Treasurer

Alberto Holz

Alberto Holz, Secretary

 

President’s message:

Greetings from the Oliver & Osoyoos Kiwanis Aktion Club!

Our club meets the first and their Wednesday of each month from September through June from 11:00-noon at the Kiwanis Manor, 6012 Kootenay Street, in Oliver.

Members are adults with developmental disabilities, age 18 and over, who are interested in serving their community. We do, however, welcome those under the age of 18 to sit in on meetings in order to determine possible membership upon turning 18.

Our club officers, including the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer and elected annually by club members.  Dues are $10.00 per year.

We raise funds by holding bake sales at a number of functions, occasionally holding a car wash, basket raffles at Kiwanis functions, 50/50 draws at Kiwanis functions, recycling pop, beer & juice containers, to name a few.

The funds raised are used to support the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program (KCCP), the Kiwanis Eliminate project, Sleeping Children Around the World, the Kiwanis Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) program,  local high school scholarships, both Oliver & Osoyoos food banks, sponsoring a needy family for Share the Spirit, etc.

In addition, we collect used eyeglasses for distribution throughout the world to those who need them.  We collect pull tabs that assist Ronald McDonald House in their expenses. We place flags on veterans’ graves each Remembrance Day as a statement of honour and respect. We work alongside local Kiwanis club members in removing litter and improving the appearance of the town of Oliver during Kiwanis One Day.  These are just a few of our activities.

Happy 2015 !

Bob Brimacombe
2014-2015 President, Oliver & Osoyoos Aktion Club
Contact person:  Kiwanis advisor,  Lee Chic by e-mail at lchic@telus.net or (250)495-6617 or (250) 328-0263.

More than 500 clubs serving their communities

Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 12,000 members worldwide.

Aktion Clubs draw members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs.  Aktion clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor.

Aktion Club is supported at the district level and by the Kiwanis International Office in Indianapolis, Indiana, which provides programs, literature and opportunities to relate to individuals with disabilities from countries worldwide.

Motto:

Where development has no disability.

Vision:

To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.

Mission:

To provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities.

Core Values:

  • Character Building: The ability to the right thing, even when it might be the unpopular choice
  • Leadership: The ability to listen, communicate, serve and guide others
  • Inclusiveness: Accepting and welcoming differences in other people
  • Caring: The act of being concerned about or interested in other people or situations

Pledge:

I pledge on my honour to follow the Objects of Aktion Club. To better my community, my country and myself. To help those in need. To demonstrate loyalty to our community and nation. And to encourage others to do the same.

The History of Aktion Club

George D. “Jake” Swartout, 1988-1989 Governor of Kiwanis International’s Florida District, organized the first Aktion Club for adults who live with a disability in Putnam County, Florida, in 1987. With the assistance of fellow Kiwanians Ed Brooks and Dick Wittner, the Aktion Club concept spread throughout the Florida District and, by world-of-mouth, throughout the Kiwanis world. Aktion Club became an official Service Leadership Program of Kiwanis International on October 1, 2000.

Today, there are clubs in Canada, Barbados, Malaysia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Philippines, Australia and the United States.

Aktion Club allows adults living with disabilities to participate in community service projects, gain leadership skills and become more involved in society.

The mission of Aktion Club is:

  • to provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills
  • to serve their community
  • to be integrated into society
  • to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities

Oliver & Osoyoos Aktion Club:

Meetings:  First & third Wednesdays of each month (except July & August) 11:00 a.m. – noon @ Kiwanis Manor in Oliver at 6012 Kootenay Street.