Wilmington Kiwanis’ Aktion Club has the ABILITY to serve


Aktion Club keeps up work

Holding up Valentine gift packets they assembled for cancer center patients, members of the Aktion Club take time out Thursday for a group photograph, joined by two women on the staff of the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center. From left in the back row are April Williams, David Burton, Raymond Bickel, Jon Arrington, Frank Powell, Barb Florea, Todd Bickel, Cancer Center social worker Michelle Roth and Cancer Center certified tumor registrar Diane Fawley; and from left in the front row are Aktion Club coordinator Sarah Edwards, Jerrod Rangel, Rachael Hinman, Jenny Rocheleau, Amy Grooms and Sarah Morgan, a staffer with Person Centered Services (PCS) which partners with Orion, Inc.

Holding up Valentine gift packets they assembled for cancer center patients, members of the Aktion Club take time out Thursday for a group photograph, joined by two women on the staff of the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center. From left in the back row are April Williams, David Burton, Raymond Bickel, Jon Arrington, Frank Powell, Barb Florea, Todd Bickel, Cancer Center social worker Michelle Roth and Cancer Center certified tumor registrar Diane Fawley; and from left in the front row are Aktion Club coordinator Sarah Edwards, Jerrod Rangel, Rachael Hinman, Jenny Rocheleau, Amy Grooms and Sarah Morgan, a staffer with Person Centered Services (PCS) which partners with Orion, Inc.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

After winning at Bingo, Aktion Club member Rachael Hinman, right, is pleased with her prize, as her mother Robyn Hinman, left foreground mostly hidden, and Aktion Club member Amy Grooms, center at table, look on.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

WILMINGTON — Recipients of the Orion Aktion Club’s two service projects this week will be patients at the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center and children in medical waiting rooms.

The Wilmington Kiwanis Club sponsors the local Aktion Club which is the only Aktion Club in the Dayton region, said Wilmington Kiwanis member Kim Hiatt. Aktion Clubs are service clubs for adults with disabilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of service-oriented people from the community, serves as an Aktion Club’s sponsor.

On Thursday at the Wilmington Presbyterian Church, local Aktion Club members put together 50 Valentine gift packets that contain candy, a story of encouragement and information about Kiwanis Clubs. These pink packets will be distributed by cancer center staff to patients there.

Similarly, club members assembled activity kits meant to occupy kids as they wait at doctors’ offices or at the hospital.

It wasn’t all work in the church fellowship room. With Wilmington Kiwanis member Keith Gerritz serving as game host, Aktion Club members enjoyed playing Bingo and winning prizes when their numbers formed a row.

Among the Orion Aktion Club’s other projects during the year are watering the flowers in hanging baskets in downtown Wilmington, cleaning up the bike path, collecting canned goods for Your Father’s Kitchen, and recently they collected items to provide to soldiers.

The Wilmington Kiwanis Club focuses its service efforts on children and youth, said Hiatt.

“We’re a small group but do mighty things,” she added.

They welcome new members, especially people interested in assisting the younger set. The club meets twice a month when it has a catered lunch. For more information, contact Hiatt at 937-987-2724.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

Holding up Valentine gift packets they assembled for cancer center patients, members of the Aktion Club take time out Thursday for a group photograph, joined by two women on the staff of the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center. From left in the back row are April Williams, David Burton, Raymond Bickel, Jon Arrington, Frank Powell, Barb Florea, Todd Bickel, Cancer Center social worker Michelle Roth and Cancer Center certified tumor registrar Diane Fawley; and from left in the front row are Aktion Club coordinator Sarah Edwards, Jerrod Rangel, Rachael Hinman, Jenny Rocheleau, Amy Grooms and Sarah Morgan, a staffer with Person Centered Services (PCS) which partners with Orion, Inc.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/01/web1_group.jpgHolding up Valentine gift packets they assembled for cancer center patients, members of the Aktion Club take time out Thursday for a group photograph, joined by two women on the staff of the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center. From left in the back row are April Williams, David Burton, Raymond Bickel, Jon Arrington, Frank Powell, Barb Florea, Todd Bickel, Cancer Center social worker Michelle Roth and Cancer Center certified tumor registrar Diane Fawley; and from left in the front row are Aktion Club coordinator Sarah Edwards, Jerrod Rangel, Rachael Hinman, Jenny Rocheleau, Amy Grooms and Sarah Morgan, a staffer with Person Centered Services (PCS) which partners with Orion, Inc. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

After winning at Bingo, Aktion Club member Rachael Hinman, right, is pleased with her prize, as her mother Robyn Hinman, left foreground mostly hidden, and Aktion Club member Amy Grooms, center at table, look on.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/01/web1_hinman.jpgAfter winning at Bingo, Aktion Club member Rachael Hinman, right, is pleased with her prize, as her mother Robyn Hinman, left foreground mostly hidden, and Aktion Club member Amy Grooms, center at table, look on. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal
Aktion Club keeps up work