Arc of Seneca Cayuga’s Self-Advocacy Group was recently chartered as an Aktion Club by the Seneca Falls-Waterloo Kiwanis Club. Aktion Clubs are part of the Kiwanis International family of programs and all club members are adults with disabilities who work together to provide a service to their community. Members of the Kiwanis Club were present and were joined by NYS Aktion Club Co-chair, Jaimie Neuringer of Rochester, who led the ceremony at Arc’s Waterloo-Geneva Road site. Neuringer presented the group with a banner for use at community events and gave each member an Aktion Club pin. According to Neuringer, Aktion Club has more than 11,000 Aktion Club members in 14 countries.
Newly-inducted officers for the Club are James Rice, President; David Wagner, Vice President;
Kelly French, Secretary and Michelle Musso, Treasurer.
Arc’s Self-Advocacy Group has already had great success through candy bar sales and chicken BBQ events.
More than half of the proceeds they have earned to date have been donated back to other Seneca County not-for-profit agencies, like Beverly’s Animal Shelter, House of Concern and the Seneca Falls Backpack Program.
The Group uses the rest of the money to educate the community on issues that directly affect people with disabilities. By including another local not-for-profit organization to receive at least half the proceeds of any of their fundraising activities, the Group is giving back to their community and raising awareness of their efforts.
Wally Cooper, Group facilitator, is excited about the collaboration with the local Kiwanis Club, “Because it will further increase our presence and our inclusion in the community.”
Mission: Arc of Seneca Cayuga embraces diversity by recognizing the uniqueness of each individual and by working to ensure the success of people with disabilities as they pursue lives of choice and fulfillment.
Photo caption: Aktion Club Officers: Kelly French, Secretary; James Rice, President; Wally Cooper, Facilitator; David Wagner, Vice President and Michelle Musso (seated), Treasurer. Marty Toombs (in back) represented the Seneca Falls-Waterloo Kiwanis Club.