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Kiwanis AKTION Club Established

Officers of the first Kiwanis AKTION Club of Catawba Valley were recently installed during a ceremony held by the Hickory Kiwanis, the sponsoring club.

The 2011 officers are Taryn Stinson, president; Casey Jarrett, vice president; Paige Lott, secretary; and Jered Church, treasurer. Officers and club members are also students in Catawba Valley Community College’s Compensatory Education program.

The club is sponsored by Hickory Kiwanis Club and Catawba Valley Community College Circle K Club. Its mission is to provide adults with disabilities the opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills, serve the community, be a part of society and show others they have dignity and are valued citizens.

“People living with disabilities want to be treated like everyone else,” said Darlene Hudson, CVCC compensatory education coordinator, instructor and Kiwanis AKTION Club advisor. “They want to have close friendships and feel connected in their community. They want to get out and give back. Other people will notice the members' abilities long before the disabilities.”

Kiwanis AKTION Club inspires adults living with disabilities to take on a leadership role-to play a part and make a difference. Members might make greeting cards for soldiers or children in the hospital. They might do yard work for seniors or distribute food baskets to families in need just to name a few service projects.

For more information about the Kiwanis AKTION Club, contact Hudson at 828-327-7000, ext. 4268, or

Pictured are (front from left) Paige Lott; Myriah Huber; Taryn Stinson, President; Justin Walker; and Linda Baker, Hickory Kiwanis Club member; (back row, from left) Darlene Hudson, CVCC Compensatory Education Coordinator and Instructor and AKTION Club advisor Casey Jarrett; Jered Church; Todd Hilderbran, Governor of the Kiwanis Clubs of North Carolina; Peter Rieke, district director of AKTION Clubs, Not pictured is Lanny Huffman, Hickory Kiwanis Club president.


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