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KIWANIS CLUB OF KIRKLAND LAUNCHES

NEW KIRKLAND AKTION CLUB 

 

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After being officially chartered this month by Kiwanis International, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland (KCK) is pleased to announce formation of the Kirkland Aktion Club.  The purpose is to help young adults between the age of 18-40 who are living with disabilities to participate directly in community service projects, gain leadership skills and become more involved in society.

The group started off as an informal get-together wherein several parents of children with disabilities agreed to meet periodically in order to give these young adults the opportunity to socialize, which had become very difficult once they left school.  One of the parents contacted our club for information about Aktion Clubs, and it was at this point that KCK members Charlie Chavez and Matt Gregory became involved, followed later by members Darcie Cailao, Tish Evora, and Bill Ward.   

Each time they met, a different parent would take the lead in deciding what sort of activity they would do the next time... in other words, "what's next?".  

One dedicated young family member decided to make this group her high school service project, and helped schedule and organize their monthly events.  Since bowling was so popular, the group named themselves the What's Next Bowlers, and began meeting one Saturday a month.  It was a much needed time of bowling, relaxation and socializing; something that the young adults... as well as their parents... would look forward to. 

Tragically, Charlie Chavez unexpectedly passed away in 2013, and in order to ensure that the group would continue to get the level of support they needed, the decision was made to try and convert What's Next Bowlers into a Kiwanis Aktion Club sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland.  They will continue to bowl monthly, but now these young adults will also have the opportunity to give back to the community that has supported them in the past.

Aktion Club Mission:

  • 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

Community Service and Fundraising:

Aktion 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. 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.  Check out their first project below!

 

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Established in 1947, and with nearly 100 members, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland is one of the largest service clubs on the Eastside.  Please take a moment to tour our website so you can better understand all the things we do to help make a difference in our community.

If you also have a desire to help the kids in our community --- and think you might want to join us in our effort to make Kirkland a better place --- please come and join us for lunch at Hector's.  We meet every Wednesday at 11:45.  We have a fun, lively club meeting followed by various guest speakers talking on a wide range of interesting topics.

Remember our future leaders are the kids of today, so why not join us to help create a better tomorrow.

            Darcie Cailao - Kiwanis Advisor

Kirkland Aktion Club

 

Want to join the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, click here for a Membership Application Form

Kirkland Kiwanis Dues Invoice Information          PDF

Applications for Kiwanis Scholarships are due by April 1, 2015.  Please use the 2014 forms until we able to update them.    

 

No Kidding!!

Our April 1st Guest Speaker Will Be....

 Anne Alberg

Anne will share her exciting experiences of her recent trip to Nepal, including her days spent at Base Camp.  

 

 

Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Weekly Meeting Information

Hector's
112 Lake Street South
   Kirkland, Washington 98033

When: Wednesdays (11:45 - 1:15PM)

Links to Help:     (Map)(Menu)(Parking)

See our Brochure - Join us for lunch!

 

Looking to keep up with what's going on in your community?  Click HERE

Do you want to get involved in various community projects?  Click HERE

 

 

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