Volunteers from across New York descended on Rochester to share their ideas at the Kiwanis Aktion Club statewide conference this October. Lifestyles’ own Kiwanians were among the groups represented who talked about leadership, their club activities, and why they give their time.
“Kiwanis Aktion Club members serve their communities,” explained Eric Schwacke. “We’re here to serve. What can I can say – it’s a family.”
“With all that the Aktion Club members do, it’s a great feeling,” said Dennis Gable, advisor to the Staten Island contingent. “I’m very happy to be a part of it and to be involved with Lifestyles Aktion Club.”
Lifestyles was represented by Eric Schwacke, William Bush, Michael Cilmi and new member Kenneth Tobin, along with staff advisors Paula and Edward Gregory.
This year, the Lifestyles group collected toys for children, raised money at a 60’s dance to send people to Kamp Kiwanis, and gave clothes and holiday gifts to residents of Project Hospitality. Other Aktion Clubs at the conference included Ontario County, Newark, Waterloo, Brighton, Brockport, and Gates. The state clubs also conducted bake sales, clothing drives, arts and craft supply collections, car washes, disaster relief packages, and more.
The Gregorys made the most of crossing 300-plus miles of the state. They guided the four young men to some of the highlights of Central New York, taking in Lake Ontario, the Rochester Museum of Science and the Corning Museum of Glass.
The Aktion Clubs are Kiwanis groups of people with disabilities volunteering to support others. There are more than 500 Aktion Clubs with more than 12,000 members worldwide.
- Article by Eddy Gregory with Eric Schwacke and Meredith Arout.
- Photography: Eric Schwacke
- Video: Michael Cilmi, reporter, Eddy Gregory, producer.