On November 1, 2017, members from Longboat Key, Sarasota, Bradenton, Cortez, North Manatee, Siesta Key, and the Aktion Club went to Der Dutchman in Sarasota for the Aktion Clubs 30th Annual Awards Luncheon. 
 
Mary Lynn Desjarlias was the emcee and did an outstanding job. Aktion Club President Adam C. called the meeting to order, Mackenzie H. led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Caitlin P. sang God Bless America, and Melissa S. did the invocation. They all did a wonderful job. 
 
After lunch, Mary Lynn welcomed everyone and introduced the guests.  They included FL District Governor C. Todd Smith; Brad Jones, CEO of the Haven; AKtion Club District Administrator Trina Sessions;  Division 17 Lt. Governor Mike Labrano, Barbara Wear AKtion Club Advisor Emeritus; and Molly Brzica, wife of Pete Brzica, one of the Kiwanis members who founded the Haven's AKtion Club.  When Mary-Lynn introduced Florida District Governor C. Todd Smith, she asked all of us to say "OOOO" every time his name was mentioned. We were able to follow Mary-Lynn's instruction almost immediately when Todd rose to give his remarks and congratulate the AKtion Club members on their 30th Anniversary.   
 
Trina Sessions, presented the Certificates of Leadership:  Mackenzie H., received the Outstanding Service as Treasurer, Melissa S., Outstanding Service as Secretary, Robert N., Outstanding Service as Vice President, and Adam C., Outstanding Service as President. Trina then installed the new officers for the year 2017-2018. President; Melissa S., Vice President; Edward C., Secretary; Cindy P., and Treasurer; Adam C.  (Photo at left: Trina with Edward C.)
 
This was followed by announcement of the "Citizen of the Year."  Before presenting the certificate to the honoree, John Masters announced that henceforth it would be known as the "Barbara Wear Citizen of the Year Award" to honor Barbara for her 28 years of service as Kiwanis Advisor to the Aktion Club.   John and Barbara then presented the award certificate to Adam C.  Adam gave a very good acceptance talk and was very excited to receive this award.   (Photo at Right:  Barbara, John and Adam C.)
 
During the year, the Aktion Club does their own fund raising and they give charitable donation. Here is a list of their donations for last year. “The Haven” Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund, “Mote Marine” Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, “In Kind” donation, wheelchair accessible picnic table, and bench, Special Needs Prom, Miracle League Baseball and Selby/ADT “Fall Festivities.”  With matches, the donation total for 2016-2017 came to $3,000.  This is a group of capable special needs adults, and when you see what they can do, you know they are very special people.
 
We need to say "thank you" to Division 17 Kiwanis Club supporting the Haven's Aktion Club:  Anna Maria, Bradenton, Cortez, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Manatee Sunrise, North Manatee, Sarasota, West Bradenton and Siesta Key.
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