Aktion Club brings home trophies
The Aktion Club of Waynesville, a service and leadership club for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities sponsored by the Waynesville Kiwanis Club and The Arc of Haywood, received two first place trophies at the annual Aktion Club Convention in September.
The Carolina’s District Convention, covering both North and South Carolina, is held each year in Denton and has an attendance of more than 250 individuals. In addition to leadership training and social activities, the conference provides opportunities for clubs to enter a variety of contests.
The Waynesville Aktion Club was formed in the spring of 2012 and this was the first year the club entered the contests. Contest options included member of the year, speech contest, poster contest, scrapbook contest and a talent show.
As the Waynesville Aktion Club member of the year, Morgan Bielick of Maggie Valley was then nominated for the Carolina District member of the year and walked away with first place honors at the Aktion Club Convention. As a charter member of the Aktion Club, she has exemplified the spirit of the award because of her outstanding community service including the United Way Day of Caring, Salvation Army bell ringing and open door, her involvement in the Kiwanis spelling bee and Fun Day events as well as being an active participant in the Special Olympics. She also has supported the Aktion Club in their many projects and was an active member and leader on the scrapbook committee.
The Aktion Club also won first place honors at the district convention for their scrapbook, which included all their activities for the year. This prize-winning scrapbook was the result of hours of hard work and their creative work paid off. Their winning scrapbook was then mailed off to compete in the Kiwanis international scrapbook contest, and the Waynesville Aktion Club was notified this week that their scrapbook had been selected as the third-place winner at the national level after competing with 48 other districts throughout the U.S. This is the first time that any of the Carolina District Aktion Clubs has been selected for an international honor.
To learn more about Kiwanis Aktion Clubs, visit www.Aktionclub.org. For more information about The Arc of Haywood, a United Way agency, visit www.arcofhaywood.org.